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 2019
IN-DEPTH 09:47pm, Jun 14, 2019
Online gambling: Good for whose business?

AT A GLANCE The Chinese government is fighting online gambling, but companies are moving its operations offshore to avoid sanctions. Real estate and other Philippine businesses are booming due to ...

INVESTIGATIVE 10:00am, Jun 12, 2019
A Chinese online gambling worker's plight in Manila

AT A GLANCE: Poor Chinese workers are coming to Manila for better opportunities. Recruiters exploit regulatory loopholes to rake in more profit. Workers are exposed to racism, amid tensions between ...

BUSINESS 08:35pm, Jun 11, 2019
SEC intensifies crackdown vs investment scams

MANILA, Philippines – In just two days, government agencies carried out a total of 24 raids against 6 companies involved in investment scams. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), along with ...

RAPPLER IQ 08:19pm, Jun 11, 2019
EXPLAINER: How Kapa Ministry took advantage of investors

MANILA, Philippines – Kapa Community Ministry International (Kapa) claims it has helped millions of Filipinos grow their money. It promised Filipinos that after a one-time donation, they will be ...

BUSINESS 09:22pm, Jun 10, 2019
Deactivated Grab drivers ask LTFRB, DOTr for ‘understanding, compassion’

MANILA, Philippines – Bracing for financial losses, drivers of Grab who had been deactivated from the ride-hailing service sought for “understanding and compassion” from the Land Transportation ...

BUSINESS 05:10pm, Jun 10, 2019
Court freezes Kapa-Community Ministry's assets over Ponzi scheme

MANILA, Philippines – Kapa-Community Ministry International's bank accounts and assets were ordered frozen by the Court of Appeals (CA) over allegations that it operated the largest investment scam ...

BUSINESS 04:15pm, Jun 10, 2019
PSE kicks out Melco Resorts

MANILA, Philippines – Melco Resorts and Entertainment is set to be delisted from the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) on Tuesday, June 11, after failing to reach the minimum threshold on public ...

BUSINESS 06:55pm, Jun 09, 2019
IN PHOTOS: Ayala unveils Maxus vehicles in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – Ayala's AC Industrial Technology Holdings Incorporated (AC Industrials) officially launched Maxus Philippines on Wednesday, June 5, boasting of vehicles with massive space and ...

BUSINESS 02:54pm, Jun 09, 2019
Oil prices to drop further on June 11

MANILA, Philippines – Oil prices will go down for the 3rd consecutive week on Tuesday, June 11, as oil-producing countries continue to cut back on supply. Seaoil, Shell, and Petro Gazz said in ...

BUSINESS 02:18pm, Jun 07, 2019
Filipinos don’t want to work for construction anymore

MANILA, Philippines – Philippines’ golden age of infrastructure seems to be lackluster for Filipinos. While there are millions of available jobs, Filipinos no longer want to work for ...