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What does it take to be an aid worker?

Feb 18, 2018 - 8:54 PM

'There are lessons to be learned indeed. We can start by looking into the so-called internal organizational culture, a rather tough nut to crack, and delve into it to make the improvements'

[OPINION] Missing the point

Feb 13, 2018 - 12:40 PM

We are not here to pick a fight. We come in peace. As healers we will continue to try to prevent the impending disaster by educating and calming our people even if we have to do it one patient at a time.

Mestiza in Manila: What no one tells you when you move to the homeland

Feb 11, 2018 - 2:30 PM

'I do my best to use this privilege and power to contribute back to Filipino society. I’m incredibly proud to be Filipino. Manila may be melty and monstrous, but I love it.'

By ending Rappler-DepEd partnership, the only losers are the kids

Feb 10, 2018 - 8:54 AM

Think of some of the dream-come-true stories you've heard or witnessed, or your own story. What did they have in common? Opportunity.

Mayon volcano and its remains in memory

Feb 03, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Kuya was a force of nature, a stratovolcano like Mayon if you will, with his periodic eruptions

Mount Mayon spews ash before 9 am on Tuesday. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Why UST students lost their chill with Mocha’s award

Jan 27, 2018 - 5:30 PM

This outrage that erupted in UST needs to grow into a movement against fake news

Transforming universities into sustainable campuses, one pedal at a time

Jan 07, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Here are some points to consider on how university campuses can achieve sustainable mobility culture

Japan’s discomfort with history and the PH dilemma

Dec 30, 2017 - 11:07 PM

Japan should just allow the Filipinos the liberty to commemorate their history the way they want to, while it continues to do some soul-searching on how to come to terms with its own past

Comfort women

PH's lessons from disasters: #ZeroCasualty possible through social action

Dec 23, 2017 - 9:04 PM

This speech, delivered in November at the 2017 World Bosai Forum in Japan, is made timely by the rising death toll from Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin)

WORLD BOSAI FORUM. MovePH editor Voltaire Tupaz delivers a speech at the World Bosai Forum/International Disaster and Risk Conference held in Sendai, Japan from November 25 to 28, 2017. Photo courtesy of Kahoku Shimpo Publishing Co.

Who ‘killed’ Metro Manila?

Dec 18, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Force Filipino mayors to take a mandatory course on the basics of urban planning – an important task where they tend to show the utmost lack of understanding

Bayanihan in action: Stranded passengers help each other during Urduja

Dec 17, 2017 - 4:00 PM

On the road, a volunteer of Bike Scouts Philippines witness stories of bayanihan among passengers stranded due to Urduja

Bus Conductor Julito Gaviola cooking for his passengers. Photo by Winston Regarde

[OPINION] RevGov, the Constitution, and the end of the Republic

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Since the whole point of RevGov is setting aside the Constitution and its restraints, its fate then turns on enforcement, which means a willingness to put bodies and lives on the line

War in paradise in the time of Duterte

Dec 11, 2017 - 5:51 PM

'It is a war waged from ridge to reef where bullets and bombs constantly rain on the rural villages standing in the way of big mining operations, plantations, and other destructive projects'

‘Land is Life’ for the Lumad students of the Lumad agricultural school ALCADEV, who recently harvested the bounty of their communal farm. They have recently been forced to evacuate their lands once again because of militarization. Photo credit to ALCADEV

'Smaller and Smaller Circles': Circling back, looking closer

Dec 11, 2017 - 10:00 AM

'Can’t we see the almost similar plot and subplots reverberating in our time?'

A whale of a tale in Bais

Dec 11, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Philippines is home to 30 types of whales and dolphins. Gregg Yan travels to Bais to look for one of the rarest species of all – the pygmy sperm whale.

A Filipino humanitarian's #GiftofHope to the Rohingya, other refugees

Dec 10, 2017 - 4:02 PM

'The good thing is Filipinos are resilient. We learn from every mistake, we convert threats to opportunities, and we are able to still give when we ourselves have outstanding needs. Those are our traits.'

REFUGEES. More than 620,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh within 100 days since the renewed outbreak of violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state. Photo by Roger Arnold/UNHCR

Habal-habal: Understanding the true cost of a cheap ride

Dec 09, 2017 - 11:00 AM

The growing prominence of ride-sharing apps like Angkas has mainstreamed the operation of habal-habals in cities. But are habal-habals safe?

[OPINION] Why public health is public wealth

Dec 04, 2017 - 11:30 AM

'Public health is such an all-encompassing field...there will always be a way to harness your particular skill set, giving you one of the rare opportunities in life to combine your talent with your passion'

Beyond sardines: The quest for sustainable fisheries

Nov 21, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Whether you’re a restaurant owner, a fishing boat maker, a fish buyer, a nutritionist, a farmer, a housewife, or simply a diner who loves seafood, it’s time to think about where your fish comes from and how it's caught

MILLIONS OF SARDINES. Moalboal’s millions-strong sardine schools sustain many kinds of animals, like tuna, dolphins and even seabirds. To avoid predators, the tiny fish form complex, flowing shapes. Photo by Danny Ocampo

The buried giant embodied in our trains

Nov 16, 2017 - 9:53 AM

'How many more limbs or arms should be injured for those in power to act on commuters’ safety?'

Mourning misogyny: Rest in beauty, Isabel Granada

Nov 10, 2017 - 10:03 AM

If you are a woman of Granada's age (40s), misogyny or that ingrained contempt and prejudice against women demands that you constantly look like you are just about to turn 18

Are minors now safe in the Philippines?

Nov 05, 2017 - 10:07 PM

Are minors now safe after President Duterte transferred drug operations from the PNP to PDEA?

On road safety and courtesy

Oct 28, 2017 - 9:16 PM

Everybody needs to learn and practice respect for each other's rights on the road and extend courtesy to everyone so we can have order in our streets

Whang-od as a brand name

Oct 25, 2017 - 2:49 PM

'We can celebrate Apo Whang-od and her craft in a most honorable and respectable way, but not in a circus such as what we all have witnessed', a UP social anthropologist who studied Kalinga tattoos weighs in on the issue

What I can't understand about the Whang-od controversy

Oct 24, 2017 - 7:36 PM

'The fact is that Whang Od came to Manila to do what she actually does every day – except during harvest time, as I was told – in Buscalan: commodifying her culture.'

WHANG OD IN MANILA. Apo Whang Od's visit in Manila stirs a debate whether the move was an act of exploitation or commodification of their culture. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Whang-od at Manila FAME: Marginal notes on a damaged culture

Oct 22, 2017 - 4:16 PM

'I was thrilled to see that she finally met Coco Martin. I thought it was also nice that she was invited to come over – but I didn't realize she would be put to work'

MANILA FAME. At the 3-day trade show, Apo Whang-Od tattoos attendees. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler  MANILA FAME. At the 3-day trade show, Apo Whang-Od tattoos attendees. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Living well despite having bipolar disorder

Oct 19, 2017 - 8:20 PM

'I write this to inform you – those of you who have been prevented from gaining themselves because of a vow of secrecy supposedly meant to protect you from the outside world – that there is no shame in our condition'

Diving with a million sardines

Oct 15, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Sardines: cheap faceless fish packed into tin cans. Just how important are they? Oceana’s Gregg Yan dives to see them in a whole new light.

MILLIONS OF SARDINES. Moalboal’s millions-strong sardine schools sustain many kinds of animals, like tuna, dolphins and even seabirds. To avoid predators, the tiny fish form complex, flowing shapes. Photo by Danny Ocampo

What I learned from being featured by the Duterte online machine

Oct 10, 2017 - 10:09 PM

I am a responsible person who makes positive contributions to my family, community, and country. Drug use in no way adversely affects my personal or professional lives.

Duterte’s shift toward China threatens ASEAN centrality

Oct 08, 2017 - 11:00 AM

The sudden change in Philippines-China relations shows that Chinese influence remains to be one of the greatest challenges to ASEAN centrality when it comes to the South China Sea disputes

The police's menace of guns, power, and machismo

Oct 07, 2017 - 9:00 AM

When we give a gun to a person tasked to police and protect us, do we hope or do we worry?

The case for 'Oplan Bakal'

Sep 19, 2017 - 6:17 PM

Oplan Bakal helps ensure the safety of the majority of the customers and the club personnel themselves

Cyberbullied by a scorned mistress: A wife fights back

Sep 17, 2017 - 11:10 AM

After years of being bullied online, I finally got the nerve to do something about it. The final straw was when the scorned mistress created a fake account on Facebook.

Being human and humanitarian

Sep 16, 2017 - 10:50 PM

In a world that is not equal and is increasingly challenged by conflict, humanitarian workers face death defying missions and the highest levels of risks and threats to fight the battles that people cannot fight on their own

HUMANITARIAN AID. At a tent city in Pantar, Lanao del Norte. Photo by Diana Mendoza

Teaching martial law period literature in the era of post-truth

Sep 16, 2017 - 2:00 PM

If there could be one lesson from anti-Marcos writings, it should be respect, and teachers should strive to put this lesson forward

'Treinta': Tula para sa tinedyer na si Reynaldo de Guzman

Sep 07, 2017 - 1:29 PM

Ngunit ang treintang ito na tumapos sa kanilang buhay ay magbabago ng kahulugan dahil sa poot ng taumbayan – mula sa tula ni Ben Domingo Jr

Abolition of Negros Island Region: Good or bad news?

Aug 30, 2017 - 12:13 PM

The Negros Island Region was probably not a good idea in the first place

How Manay Judy Taguiwalo inspired me as a DSWD employee

Aug 23, 2017 - 7:10 PM

No other secretary has given solo parents a hundred percent support and recognition as Manay Judy did a government social worker writes

MANAY JUDY. In this file photo,  Judy Taguiwalo speaks to members of the media and guests following the launching of the ASEAN 2017 Cultural Community (ASCC) Pillar at the Marquee Mall, Angeles City in Pampanga on January 24, 2017. Malacañang Photo

Why Duterte walked away from the table: A reflection on the NDF peace process

Aug 23, 2017 - 1:40 PM

Did the 39;oligarchs 39; – big business owners and Mindanaoan political elites – gain anything from the collapse of the talks? What about the national security establishment? The answer I find is mixed

Finding Kian: We remember. We mourn. We fight.

Aug 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM

We found the spot where Kian breathed his last We lit candles and silently meditated about what must have been going through in Kian’s mind as he lay there Was he still thinking of the school exam the following day?

Growing old in PH margins: Gutom, malasakit, at diskarte

Aug 17, 2017 - 3:11 PM

The Philippines’ older adult population is faced with issues that transcend desires for self actualization as it combats the threats of food insecurity house tenure and health care inaccessibility

Let us go beyond #WeWantUberGrab

Jul 18, 2017 - 1:50 PM

What I support is a more comprehensive campaign that calls for better public transportation that benefits everyone – commuters and drivers alike

Subconscious bigotry: When you associate Muslims with terrorism

Jul 15, 2017 - 11:15 AM

I posit that in the deepest recesses of the non Moro’s psyche he has some distrust hate or even a feeling of separation simply because his Moro friend is a Muslim

Duterte's first year: Philippine health agenda 'a sham'

Jul 12, 2017 - 6:33 PM

The Philippine health agenda of the Duterte government promotes the increasing role of the private sector and insurance like Philhealth to finance public health facilities

What if our farmers give up on us?

Jul 09, 2017 - 3:15 PM

It is time to rethink how each of us can help Filipino farmers even in small ways

FARMERS. Let us rethink ways to help farmers in the Philippines

Let's re-educate ourselves about the environment

Jul 02, 2017 - 9:59 AM

With the expected growth in population how much more of this waste will be left in the streets in coming years?

Being a Filipino abroad in the time of Duterte

Jul 01, 2017 - 11:00 PM

At the end of the day my passport says Pilipinas and not Duterte so I represent the values our heroes died for I do not represent Duterte says a Filipino abroad

Marawi children need our help

Jul 01, 2017 - 2:35 PM

Children in these areas need immediate psychosocial support They are starting to live in constant fear with a decreasing sense of normalcy

CHILDREN. Rescue workes load children onto a truck after government troops evacuated trapped residents from their homes in the outskirts of Marawi on May 31, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

UP Law valedictory address: On gender, privilege, and rule of law

Jun 27, 2017 - 1:59 PM

Fake news attempts to revise history and malicious propaganda being propagated by self serving individuals must be dealt with with the full force of what we know and what we believe in Now more than ever we need to win the war against untruth and the battle against memory

Maranao UP graduate: 'Magmalasakit sa mga naaapi'

Jun 25, 2017 - 2:15 PM

UPDATED Sa kasalukuyan po alam nating lahat na patuloy pa rin ang gyera sa Marawi sa ating mahal na Mindanao The lives of our fellow Filipinos – both Muslims and Christians – have been put at risk due to the aggression of certain groups

Arman A. Ghodsinia a BS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, 2017, Summa Cum Laude deliver his speech during the University of the Philippines 106th Graduation Rites on June 25, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler