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.

Jan 2020
BUSINESS 01:15pm, Jan 27, 2020
UnionBank net income shoots up 104% to P14 billion in 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) reported a net income of P14 billion in 2019, 104% more than what it earned in 2018. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange ...

BUSINESS 11:31am, Jan 27, 2020
Taxes from POGOs soar 169% to P6.4 billion in 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government’s crackdown against tax-dodging Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) yielded to more revenues, as it was able to collect P6.4 billion in taxes ...

PHILIPPINES 09:07pm, Jan 24, 2020
Batangas ghost town eyed as relocation site for residents displaced by Taal eruption

MANILA, Philippines – A ghost town initially intended for police and military personnel in Ibaan, Batangas, is being eyed as a potential relocation site for those displaced by the Taal Volcano ...

BUSINESS 07:34pm, Jan 24, 2020
BDO waives fees for Taal Volcano cash donations

MANILA, Philippines – BDO Unibank waived remittance fees on cash donations to make it easier for Filipinos overseas to provide financial assistance to victims of the Taal Volcano eruption. BDO said ...

BUSINESS 10:00am, Jan 23, 2020
Philippines misses GDP growth target for 2019

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Philippines' gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 6.4% in the 4th quarter of 2019, but it was not enough to propel the year's average within the government's ...

BUSINESS 06:30pm, Jan 22, 2020
Dennis Uy gives free fuel for Taal Volcano responders

MANILA, Philippines – Dennis Uy's companies joined other conglomerates in providing aid to those affected by the Taal Volcano eruption. Phoenix Petroleum has provided over 1,200 liters of fuel for ...

BUSINESS 05:20pm, Jan 22, 2020
SEC shuts down Peso Tree, Pesolalo, Pinoy Cash Loan

MANILA, Philippines – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ordered more online lending platforms to shut down due to lack of necessary licenses. In a statement on Wednesday, January 22, the ...

BUSINESS 02:55pm, Jan 22, 2020
Philippine agriculture again misses growth target in 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine agriculture continued to post dismal growth in 2019, as natural calamities and the African swine fever spread in Luzon. The Philippine Statistics Authority reported ...

BUSINESS 03:15pm, Jan 21, 2020
DOF slams Chevron over 'onerous' rental of government land

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Finance (DOF) said it uncovered an onerous lease contract between Chevron Philippines (formerly Caltex Philippines) and a subsidiary of state-owned National ...

BUSINESS 07:05pm, Jan 20, 2020
Malacañang’s rants send Ayala Land shares falling by 7%

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Blue chip Ayala Land fell by 7% to P40.50 on Monday, January 20, amid news that the Duterte administration may probe its lease contract for the UP-Ayala Land ...