Ralf Rivas



Ralf writes about macroeconomy, finance, banks, utilities, and conglomerates for Rappler.

He has a degree in Sociology from the University of the Philippines Los Baños. Landing a job in market research was initially his career goal, until he chanced upon a classified ad of IBC 13.

Ralf covered politics and disaster for the state-controlled network, and was eventually cast as a news anchor at PTV 4.

He jumped to GMA 7 and worked as a segment producer for almost 5 years. He produced investigative stories, explainers, and features for News to Go, Unang Hirit, and State of the Nation with Jessica Soho.

He gained business reporting experience in Bloomberg TV Philippines, and wrote about the stock market and corporate news.

Ralf occasionally plays ultimate frisbee and watches movies on weekends.

Follow him on Twitter @ralfrivas or drop him a message at ralf.rivas@rappler.com.

Jun 2020
BUSINESS 09:40pm, Jun 02, 2020
Some Victoria Court branches closing due to coronavirus

MANILA, Philippines – Some branches of popular motel chain Victoria Court will be closed, as the coronavirus pandemic batters the industry. In a video sent to employees, Victoria Court chief ...

BUSINESS 03:00pm, Jun 02, 2020
Philippine shares bounce to 6,000 as lockdown eases

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) climbed back to the 6,000 level, as the economy started to wake up after months of hibernating due to the coronavirus. After settling ...

BUSINESS 03:15pm, Jun 01, 2020
Business groups 'appalled' as officials violate rules while Filipinos suffer

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines' biggest business groups slammed public officials violating health protocols, while ordinary citizens get arrested for being unable to conform to one of the ...

BUSINESS 01:45pm, Jun 01, 2020
5 Honda, Isuzu outlets close as coronavirus hits car sales

MANILA, Philippines – House of Investments will be closing 5 of its car dealership outlets effective on Tuesday, June 2, as the car industry projects a dramatic drop in sales due to the coronavirus ...

May 2020
BUSINESS 02:15pm, May 29, 2020
China-led AIIB approves $750-million loan for PH's virus response

MANILA, Philippines – Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) approved a $750-million (P37.9-billion) loan to the Philippines to stave off the impact of the coronavirus ...

IN-DEPTH 11:57am, May 29, 2020
No-touch faucets, rapid tests: Big business adjusts to coronavirus

MANILA, Philippines – Frequent visitors of Hotel Sogo will feel a very different vibe when it reopens after the coronavirus lockdown is eased. Hoteliers will still greet guests, but they will be ...

BUSINESS 08:15pm, May 28, 2020
Jollibee reports net loss of P2.07 billion in Q1 2020 due to coronavirus

MANILA, Philippines – With no dine-in customers during the coronavirus lockdown, Jollibee Foods Corporation reported a net loss of P2.07 billion in the 1st quarter of 2020, representing a 253% ...

BUSINESS 04:50pm, May 27, 2020
After clash, Dominguez offers Economics 101 for Imee Marcos

MANILA, Philippines – Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III offered to provide a special briefing on the economy for Senator Imee Marcos after they clashed on several issues in a virtual hearing ...

BUSINESS 12:50pm, May 27, 2020
Okada Manila to lay off over 1,000 workers due to severe losses

MANILA, Philippines – Luxury resort and casino operator Okada Manila will be laying off more than 1,000 employees, as its losses deepen due to the coronavirus pandemic. In an email to employees on ...

BUSINESS 04:20pm, May 26, 2020
Duterte's infrastructure push gets $400-million boost from ADB loan

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte's ambitious Build, Build, Build program is getting another massive boost, as the Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a $400-million policy-based ...