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Dave Chappelle to bring comedy show to Manila in January 2020

Dec 13, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle heads to Manila for the first time for a two-night show in Solaire in January 2020

LANY coming back to PH for 2020 Cebu music festival

Dec 13, 2019 - 3:58 PM

The trio is back! LANY is headed for Cebu's Plus63 music festival in February 2020.

Vice Ganda to MMFF movie critics: 'Can you imagine Christmas without comedy?'

Dec 13, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'Comedy is a genre. It’s a legit genre. It’s as special as drama, adventure, action,' says Vice

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Politics in U2 songs, a primer

Dec 13, 2019 - 8:24 AM

We dissect the meanings behind some of the songs U2 performed in Manila

U2 IN MANILA. The band's political stands – for some reason – confuse some 'fans.' Rappler photo

DOJ again flexes legal muscle in water row

Dec 12, 2019 - 7:41 PM

(UPDATED) 'Should liberality be used in favor of the concessionaire to the detriment of the public and the government?' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

FLEX. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra leads the DOJ review that prompted the revocation of extension of contracts of Manila Water and Maynilad. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U2 plays 'Heroes' for volunteers, journalists: 'We salute you, truth-tellers'

Dec 12, 2019 - 12:19 PM

U2's frontman Bono recognizes Red Cross volunteers and journalists before launching into a cover of the David Bowie classic

SALUTE. U2 plays at the Philippine Arena on December 11. Rappler photo

Angry, happy: Fans react to Bono's politics during U2's Manila concert

Dec 12, 2019 - 11:06 AM

For some reason, some fans are still confused by U2's political activism

LISTEN: U2’s Philippine concert setlist

Dec 12, 2019 - 9:12 AM

The Irish rockers performed a set including their entire 'Joshua Tree' album at their first Philippine concert on December 11

TONIGHT WE CAN BE AS ONE. U2 opens their Philippine concert with 'Sunday Bloody Sunday.' Photo by Dino Testa/Rappler

U2 dedicates 'Ultra Violet' to Maria Ressa, PH women

Dec 11, 2019 - 11:36 PM

(UPDATED) Images of the Rappler CEO and other Filipinas like Cory Aquino, Lea Salonga, and Lidy Nacpil are projected on screen as the band performs 'Ultra Violet'

HERSTORY. U2 pays tribute to 'women who light up history' as they play their song 'Ultra Violet.' Photo by Dino Testa/Rappler

Down the drain: Manila Water, Maynilad owners' shares plunge to near-decade low

Dec 11, 2019 - 8:20 PM

Manila Water, Metro Pacific Investments, and DMCI are the biggest losers in the Philippine Stock Exchange on Wednesday, December 11, as the government's battle with water concessionaires continues

MWSS: For now, we need Manila Water, Maynilad

Dec 11, 2019 - 7:40 PM

The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System admits the government's existing resources aren't enough to provide water services

WATER WOES. Metro Manila residents line up for water amid a shortage of supply. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ex-MWSS chief: Water deal not 'onerous' in 1997

Dec 11, 2019 - 7:21 PM

Former MWSS chief Angel Lazaro III says the consultants they hired back in the 90s sought the bidders' comments on the draft water deal

NOT ONEROUS. Former MWSS chief Angel Lazaro III says the water deal was logical at the time they signed it in 1997. Screengrab from Senate website

LIST: Road closures for 2019 MMFF Parade of Stars

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:59 PM

The parade will be hosted by the city of Taguig on December 22

Legally yes, realistically no: Duterte's powers to take over water operations

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Guevarra reveals it is the DOJ that recommended revoking the extension of Maynilad and Manila Water

LEGAL BASIS. President Rodrigo Duterte's latest threat of a water takeover finds its legal justification from Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra.

In Duterte-land, U2’s Bono touches on the taboo

Dec 11, 2019 - 5:12 PM

’You don’t compromise on human rights,’ he wants to tell the President

Regine Velasquez, Sarah Geronimo to perform in joint concert

Dec 11, 2019 - 3:39 PM

The two power performers will hold their very first concert together in February 2020

LOOK: Angel Locsin meets U2 frontman Bono

Dec 11, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Angel also gets a signed souvenir from the Irish rock star

Maynilad on revoked extension of deal: 'Very grave concern'

Dec 11, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Both Maynilad and Manila Water tell lawmakers they found out about the cancellation only on the same day the MWSS announced it in a House hearing

'VERY GRAVE CONCERN.' Maynilad president and CEO Ramoncito Fernandez is against the cancellation of the extension of their concession agreement with the government. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Here's where U2 actually went after landing in Manila

Dec 11, 2019 - 11:07 AM

No, Bono was not singing with a busker on Bonifacio High Street

IN THE PHILIPPINES. U2 frontman Bono speaks to the media during a signing ceremony in Manila on December 10, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan / AFP

MWSS cancels Manila Water, Maynilad concession agreement extension

Dec 11, 2019 - 11:00 AM

After waiving billions of pesos in claims, Manila Water and Maynilad will see the end of their concession agreement in 2022. New companies may come in by then.

Manila Water, Maynilad: We're not public utility companies

Dec 10, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Defining the relationship of Manila Water and Maynilad with state regulators has several legal and business implications

Duterte threatens Manila Water, Maynilad with expropriation

Dec 10, 2019 - 5:54 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to 'take everything' from the two firms if he is not satisfied with how they explain 'onerous' provisions in their concession agreements

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 44th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on December 2, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U2's Bono to Duterte: 'You can't compromise on human rights'

Dec 10, 2019 - 4:40 PM

'The safety of journalists is very important, and I think a democracy requires a free press,' says U2 lead singer Bono

BONO'S MESSAGE TO DUTERTE. U2 lead singer Bono speaks to the media during a signing ceremony in Manila on December 10, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan / AFP

Fil-Am poet Bino Realuyo's work to be featured in U2's first Philippine concert

Dec 10, 2019 - 2:52 PM

The poet says there is 'poetic justice' in his inclusion in the band's first-ever concert in the Philippines

U2. The band performs their Joshua Tree tour in Singapore. The Irish rockers are now in Manila to play their first ever Philippine show. Photo by Rupert Ambil/Rappler

Maynilad, Manila Water will no longer demand payment from gov't

Dec 10, 2019 - 2:41 PM

(UPDATED) Maynilad and Manila Water say they will no longer implement arbitration rulings which compel the government to pay them billions of pesos

Avril Lavigne is coming to Manila in 2020

Dec 10, 2019 - 1:29 PM

Let's get our happy ending with Avril on May 2020

Iza Calzado, Meryll Soriano address 'healthy competition' between 'Culion,' 'Mindanao'

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'Perhaps instead of pitting us against each other maybe we should celebrate each other and celebrate that we are making film,' says Iza

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Risky business: Why gov’t made sure Manila Water, Maynilad would earn

Dec 09, 2019 - 9:32 PM

Part 2: What is 'onerous' now was logical before. Rappler looks at the history of how government enticed the private sector to take over water services.

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PH government admits it's unable to take over water operations

Dec 09, 2019 - 5:10 PM

In the event that Manila Water and Maynilad do not agree to the revision of contracts, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says 'then we go to court'

WATER CONCESSIONAIRES. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says teams from DOJ, DOF, OSG and OGCC are working on revising the water concession agreements with Maynilad and Manila Water. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Pasig River ferry service relaunched, free until January 31

Dec 09, 2019 - 3:49 PM

The ferry will run from Pinagbuhatan in Pasig City to Escolta in Manila

RELAUNCHED. Commuters may now take the Pasig River ferry again, with two new boats provided by the Pasig city government. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle seen to step down as Manila archbishop

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:54 AM

As the powerful ‘Red Pope,’ Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is expected to address hot-button issues such as the Vatican’s policy toward China

FIESTA MASS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle presides over the Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 9, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Baby found dead in NAIA Terminal 3 restroom

Dec 08, 2019 - 4:25 PM

The Manila International Airport Authority orders a review of security camera footage within the vicinity of the restroom

NAIA TERMINAL 3. File photo from Wikimedia Commons

Cavite City-Lawton ferry service will be free until January 31

Dec 08, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Ferry providers Seaborne Shipping Company Inc. and Shogun Ships Co. Inc. agree to serve passengers for free during the first month of operations

FREE FERRY SERVICE. The Seaborne Mercury is one of two ferry boats that will be providing free service from Cavite City to Metro Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Jung Yong-hwa of CNBLUE to perform in Manila

Dec 07, 2019 - 11:28 AM

CNBLUE's lead vocalist Jung Yong-hwa is returning to the Philippines for a solo concert in March 2020

Manila city council declares Panday Sining 'persona non grata'

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:47 PM

The resolution comes after the artist group riled Manila Mayor Isko Moreno for spray-painting on the walls along United Nations Avenue and the Lagusnilad Pass

PROTEST OR VANDALISM? A text in paint by Panday Sining on the wall of Araullo High School in Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SM Prime gets approval for 360-hectare reclamation project

Dec 06, 2019 - 6:48 PM

'We have complied with all the requirements of national agencies and secured all the required permits and clearances to enable SM Prime to commence with the reclamation project,' says SM Prime President Jeffrey Lim

Artists, musicians raise funds to free activists who spray-painted LRT posts

Dec 06, 2019 - 6:30 PM

For the Panday Sining members arrested for alleged vandalism, artists are selling their work, while musicians will do a benefit gig at Mow’s Bar, Matalino Street, Quezon City, on Saturday, December 7

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Dec 06, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Be one of the lucky winners of P1 million every week until January 2020

Public interest, private hands: How Manila Water, Maynilad got the deal

Dec 06, 2019 - 12:32 PM

A water crisis in 1997 sealed the deal for both Manila Water and Maynilad. The same problem might end it, too.

Defying court, Duterte refuses to pay Manila Water

Dec 05, 2019 - 8:39 PM

'Pakainin ko 'yung pera sa kanila,' says the Philippine leader, in defiance of an arbitration court's decision on what the government owes the Ayala-led water concessionaire

DUTERTE VS MANILA WATER. President Rodrigo Duterte refuses to pay Ayala-led Manila Water the P7.39 billion the government owes based on a recent decision of an arbitration court. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Hotel gives P10-M donation to Manila's housing project

Dec 05, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Rizal Park Hotel's donation will go to Manila’s vertical housing program – one of Isko Moreno’s landmark projects

TURNOVER. Rizal Park Hotel chairman Ramon Paz hands over a P10 million check to Manila Mayor Isko Moreno inside his City Hall office. Manila PIO photo

Gov't not keen on 'compromise' with Manila Water – DOJ

Dec 05, 2019 - 2:50 PM

'Some members of the Cabinet want an overhaul of the existing concession agreements. Others are thinking of more drastic actions,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

WATER DEALS. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the Philippine is not keen on compromising the arbitration win of Manila Water. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

98 Degrees to stage Manila, Cebu, and Davao concerts in 2020

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:54 PM

90s boy band 98 Degrees is heading to Manila, Cebu, and Davao in February 2020!

Duterte orders crafting of new water concession agreements

Dec 04, 2019 - 5:07 PM

President Duterte also orders the filing of charges against 'all those involved' in the concession agreements with Manila Water and Maynilad, claiming the deals are studded with provisions that harm Filipinos

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at the Malacañan Palace for the ceremonial signing of the Postponement of the 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections Act and the Malasakit Center Act on December 3, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Khalid returns to Manila for April 2020 concert

Dec 04, 2019 - 11:10 AM

Khalid is bringing his 'Free Spirit World Tour' to the Philippines

Manila Water seeks middle ground on P7.4-billion arbitral ruling

Dec 04, 2019 - 10:20 AM

(UPDATED) Manila Water says it is open to a workable arrangement in implementing the arbitral ruling, as President Rodrigo Duterte launched tirades against the company

Duterte threatens Ayalas, Pangilinan after Manila Water arbitration win

Dec 03, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Manila Water's win against the government refuels President Rodrigo Duterte's determination to scrap the concession agreement of the Ayala-led company as well as that of Manny Pangilinan's Maynilad

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 44th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on December 2, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

FALSE: Video of white van 'abducting' student

Dec 03, 2019 - 6:19 PM

The video is staged and created by a group of teenagers for fun

NAIA terminals to close for 12 hours on December 3 due to Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 02, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Stranded passengers are advised to stay home and avoid going to the airport

CLOSED. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals will be closed for 12 hours on December 3, due to the expected winds and rains brought about by Typhoon Tisoy. Photo from NAIA Wikipedia page

No traffic improvement by end of 2019? Blame Congress, says Duterte

Nov 30, 2019 - 7:40 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte asks Congress to pass the 2020 national budget in December to avoid another delay that could impact government projects

Motorists endure heavy traffic along NLEX in Quezon City as they return from the northern provinces during the long Undas weekend on Sunday. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler