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WATCH: Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces troops choose peace through the ballot

Jan 21, 2019 - 10:27 AM

Armed with nothing but their votes, soldiers of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front fight for peace

Duty over fear: The youth volunteering to guard the Bangsamoro ballot

Jan 20, 2019 - 10:15 PM

Young paralegals say it is their new jihad to guard the vote for the Bangsamoro Organic Law

VOLUNTEER. Young paralegals who volunteered to be pollwatchers attend a briefing a day before the Bangsamoro plebiscite takes place on Monday, January 21. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

WATCH: MILF, government push for Cotabato City in final campaign rally

Jan 19, 2019 - 10:02 PM

Votes for and against what is considered the 'crown jewel' of the Bangsamoro region remain split days ahead of the plebiscite

FINAL PUSH. The final campaign event for the Bangsamoro plebiscite is spent convincing residents of Cotabato City to support the law. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

WATCH: Get study tips from Ateneo's Isaac Go

Jan 18, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Two-time UAAP champion Isaac Go shows us his study habits that helped him nab back-to-back first honors in Ateneo

WATCH: Wardrobe of misogyny and violence in Nikki Luna exhibit

Jan 11, 2019 - 9:40 PM

Strength in vulnerability permeates these artworks

During Traslacion, a day’s work is fuelled by devotion

Jan 10, 2019 - 12:00 AM

The Feast of the Black Nazarene is the one day they could sell the whole day in the streets of Quiapo

WORK AND DEVOTION. For most vendors, work and devotion go together during the Feast of the Black Nazarene.

Meet the men who form the 'human bridge' of Traslacion

Jan 09, 2019 - 10:10 PM

Dozens of devotees offer their shoulders, knees, and backs as platforms for others to cross to and from the Quiapo Church during the 2019 Feast of the Black Nazarene

'HUMAN BRIDGE.' Devotees offer their backs, shoulders, and knees to help passersby switch sides along Quezon Boulevard, the busiest road during the Traslacion. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

WATCH: Walking towards Mary and Jesus during Traslacion

Jan 09, 2019 - 8:16 PM

Devotees cross crowded streets where each step is another chance to receive blessings from blessed replicas of the statue

MOVING FORWARD. Devotees cross crowded streets to reach San Sebastian Church for the "Dungaw". Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

WATCH: Surviving the busiest road in the PH during Traslacion

Jan 09, 2019 - 6:40 PM

How do devotees survive the most congested road in the Philippines during the Feast of the Black Nazarene? Faith.

BUSIEST TRASLACION ROAD. Quezon Boulevard is swamped with devotees for Nazareno 2019. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Waiting for Nazareno: The mood in a sea of people

Jan 09, 2019 - 6:28 PM

It's more fun on the ground – sun, sweat, and sore feet notwithstanding

Devotion or fanaticism? Why devotees sacrifice for Black Nazarene

Jan 09, 2019 - 12:56 PM

The risks are high, but why does the Catholic faithful remain steadfast in its devotion?

Hair by Willy Leyba, Paris-based hairdresser

Jan 08, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Cavite-born Willy Leyba never imagined that one day she would open a beauty salon in Paris, the world capital of beauty and fashion.

WATCH: Black Nazarene devotees seek blessings during procession of replicas

Jan 07, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Devotees pray for health, stability, and renewed hope for the coming year

PARADE. Devotees crowd outside the Quiapo church for the procession of replicas of the Black Nazarene image. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

On Bonifacio Day, workers demand freedom from poverty

Nov 30, 2018 - 7:49 PM

'Hindi pa rin tayo malaya sa kontraktuwalisasyon. Hindi tayo malaya sa mababang sahod. Hindi tayo malaya sa kahirapan,' says Makabayan bloc leader Neri Colmenares

PROTEST. Workers on strike and labor groups march to Mendiola on Bonifacio Day. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

VLOG: Si Xi Jinping, Duterte, at Rizal

Nov 21, 2018 - 8:37 PM

Sa pagbisita niya sa Pilipinas, inihahalintulad ni Xi Jinping si Rodrigo Duterte kay Jose Rizal

STATE VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte and President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China declare their joint press statements following the successful expanded bilateral meeting in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Malacañang photo

PANOORIN: Heart relic ni Padre Pio, dinagsa sa Manila Cathedral

Oct 09, 2018 - 9:26 PM

Bukas nang 24 oras ang Manila Cathedral para sa mga gustong bumisita sa heart relic ni Santo Padre Pio

HEART RELIC. The heart relic of Saint Padre Pio is brought to the Manila Cathedral on October 9, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappelr

WATCH: Why do teachers teach?

Oct 05, 2018 - 8:46 PM

On World Teachers' Day, Rappler speaks to teachers who tell us why they have chosen to continue in the profession despite its difficulties and challenges

EDUCATE. Teachers set aside difficulties of the job to educate generations of children. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Filipinos remember Martial Law: 'Dictatorship is back'

Sep 21, 2018 - 10:31 PM

Thousands of protesters gather to denounce a 'creeping dictatorship' as the Philippines marks the 46th anniversary of Martial Law

REMEMBERING DICTATORSHIP. An artwork depicting President Rodrigo Duterte (center), former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (left), and dictator Ferdinand Marcos is displayed on the anniversary of Martial Law on September 21, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

The Robin Padilla-Sonny Trillanes standoff: Contrasts, parallels

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:41 AM

(UPDATED) The verbal scuffle between Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Robin Padilla reminds us of their history as prisoners

Agatha Wong emerges as day's lone PH medalist

Aug 21, 2018 - 9:20 AM

The wushu star becomes the highlight of the Philippine delegation on Monday, August 20

DAY 2 HIGHLIGHT. Agatha Wong nabs the lone medal of the day. Photo from Asian Games media pool

IN NUMBERS: The Philippines in the Asian Games

Aug 18, 2018 - 12:58 PM

Filipino athletes hope to give it their best shot as the fierce battle begins in the 2018 Asian Games

WINLESS SPELL.The Philippine basketball team looks to end a 20-year medal drought. Photo from Asian Games website

#CJSearch: How did aspirants vote on key Supreme Court decisions?

Aug 16, 2018 - 7:00 AM

(3rd UPDATE) We are updating this to add the voting history of Justices Antonio Carpio and Estela Perlas Bernabe, who join Justices Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, and Andres Reyes Jr in the nomination for chief justice

TRACKING THE VOTE. Voting history in key Supreme Court decision reveals something about the justices aspiring to be the next Philippine Chief Justice. Photos courtesy of Supreme Court PIO

Bulacan police detain 19 after violent NutriAsia dispersal

Aug 01, 2018 - 9:10 AM

Striking workers and security personnel of condiments company NutriAsia are pointing fingers on who started the violence

DETAINED. University of the Philippines-Diliman student Jon Bonifacio talks to their legal cousel on July 31, 2018 at the Meycauayan Police Station. Photo by Naokira Mengua/Rappler

SONA 2018: Duterte cleans up but House spoils it

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his 3rd State of the Nation Address without going off-script, without cuss words, but definitely with drama, courtesy of his allies in the House of Representatives

WATCH: Meet the sign language interpreters of Metro Manila Pride 2018

Jul 05, 2018 - 4:14 PM

Get to know the 3 sign language interpreters who helped Metro Manila Pride 2018's deaf community #RiseUpTogether


#ShareIloilo: Islas de Gigantes, Iloilo's untouched gem

Jul 05, 2018 - 8:33 AM

On the northern coasts of Iloilo lies Islas de Gigantes, an untouched paradise

For residents, uncertainty looms over Boracay relocation plan

Jun 04, 2018 - 1:14 PM

Some residents protest the rumored plan to relocate them outside the top tourist island

FORESTLAND. The Cayetano family lives in a make-shift compound in a government-proclaimed forestland. Rappler photo

WATCH: Marawi after one year – a sea of destruction

May 23, 2018 - 12:01 PM

The road to normalcy is still hard and long

WATCH: On Labor Day, thousands of workers protest vs endo EO

May 01, 2018 - 10:08 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs an executive order supposedly ending contractualization, but labor groups think otherwise

LABOR DAY. On May 1, 2018, thousands of workers march to Mendiola to protest against the executive order signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in Cebu. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

WATCH: Demolitions on first day of Boracay shutdown

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:55 PM

The government, some residents, and business owners have started demolishing parts of their homes and establishments

WATCH: No clear gov't plans 2 days ahead of Boracay closure

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:10 PM

How will business owners, big and small alike, deal with the tourist hotspot's closure?

WATCH: Gov't simulates terror attack, hostage-taking in Boracay

Apr 24, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Inter-agency teams, led by the Philippine National Police, rehearse how they would respond to potential 'threats' during Boracay's closure

FACE OFF. Local police and protesters face head on in one of the simulations rehearsed at Boracay Island on April 24, 2018. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

WATCH: What will happen to the DMZ after the inter-Korea summit?

Apr 23, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Rappler visits the Korean Demilitarized Zone a week before the historic meeting between North Korea's Kim Jong-Un and South Korea's Moon Jae-in

WATCH: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle attend 2018 Invictus Games trials

Apr 08, 2018 - 2:09 PM

British royalty's engaged sweethearts attend the trials ahead of their upcoming wedding

Budget guide and itinerary: Cherry blossom season in central Japan

Apr 05, 2018 - 2:43 PM

This writer spends about P20,000 for a 3-day trip to see the famous cherry blossoms in bloom in central Japan. See her detailed budget guide and itinerary here to plan your own sakura-themed vacation

Photo by Irene Maligat

The grand carriages of Baliuag: Pomp and pageantry in piety

Mar 26, 2018 - 1:25 PM

In the town of Baliuag in Bulacan, Good Friday is more festive than Christmas

EXPLAINER: Hindi tax evader ang Rappler

Mar 24, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Ayon sa securities law expert at abogado ng Rappler na si Francis Lim, hindi kumita ang Rappler nang nag-issue ito ng PDRs dahil hindi naman income ang PDRs kung kaya't di taxable

WATCH: Still no justice 50 years after Jabidah Massacre

Mar 18, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Half a century later, the names of slain young Moros remain carved on concrete walls while justice is still nowhere to be found

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

#EDSA32: Filipinos remember a revolution that toppled a dictator

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:43 AM

32 years later, what are the lessons of the People Power revolution?

PANOORIN: 2,000 Katoliko, dumalo sa Walk for Life

Feb 24, 2018 - 9:14 PM

Paalala ni Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle sa mga Pilipino, ang buhay ay isang regalo

STOP THE KILLINGS. More or less 2,000 Catholics troop to Quirino Grandstand for the Walk for Life on February 24, 2018, to call for an end to killings in the Philippines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Rainbow Warrior calls for climate justice in PH

Feb 16, 2018 - 7:42 PM

The ship will be in the Philippines until March 5, visiting Manila, Guimaras, and Tacloban before sailing to other countries in Southeast Asia

WATCH: Duque talks to parents of kids vaccinated with Dengvaxia

Jan 25, 2018 - 10:32 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the clinical trial on the safety of Dengvaxia was not yet completed when the dengue vaccination program was launched

PANOORIN: Pista ng Santo Niño, ipinagdiwang sa Tondo

Jan 22, 2018 - 12:26 PM

Mula sa isang balkonahe, binasbasan ng mga pari ang samu't saring imahen ng Santo Niño na bitbit ng mga deboto

INFANT JESUS. Devotees raise their Santo Niño images to have these blessed at the Santo Niño de Tondo parish in Manila on January 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PANOORIN: Mga pamilyang deboto, kumpleto sa Nazareno 2018

Jan 09, 2018 - 9:20 PM

Isinama ng mga magulang na deboto ang kanilang mga anak sa Pista ng Nazareno

PANOORIN: Pag-uumapaw ng debosyon sa Nazareno

Jan 09, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Kahit mga pari, hirap pa ring maintindihan ang debosyon sa Poong Nazareno

NAZARENO DEVOTION. Devotees scramble to touch the rope pulling the carriage of the Black Nazarene in Binondo, Manila, on January 9, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PANOORIN: Nazareno prayer stations, sinimulan sa Traslacion 2018

Jan 09, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Layunin ng Quiapo Church na pagyamanin ang pananampalataya ng mga deboto ng Itim na Nazareno

NEW FEATURE. Quiapo Church introduces prayer stations for the Feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9, 2018. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

PANOORIN: Ano ang ginagawa ng Quiapo Church laban sa patayan?

Jan 08, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Ipinaliwanag ng Quiapo Church rector ang mga programa ng simbahan para sa drug rehabilitation at pagtulong sa mga pamilya ng EJK victims

NAZARENE FEAST. A replica of the image of the Black Nazarene is seen on top of a jeepney on January 7, 2018, in a replica procession ahead of the annual Feast of the Black Nazarene. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PANOORIN: Prusisyon ng mga Nazareno replica, piyestang piyesta

Jan 07, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The Philippine National Police says around 100,000 devotees joined this procession of replicas of the Black Nazarene image

PROCESSION OF REPLICAS. A child joins other Nazareno devotees during the procession of Nazareno replicas outside Quiapo Church on January 7, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Silsilah, a best-kept secret of Quiapo Church

Jan 07, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Days before Nazareno 2018, Rappler visits the Silsilah Dialogue Movement in Quiapo Church, an office promoting peace between Christians and Muslims

WATCH: Czeching Out Prague

Dec 30, 2017 - 12:41 PM

Join this virtual trip – or pilgrimage – to the historic fort of Vyšehrad, Charles Bridge, and the famous church of the Infant Jesus of Prague in the Czech Republic

LANDMARK IN PRAGUE. Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague, Czech Republic, is adorned with around 30 images of Catholic saints. File photo by AFP