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IN PHOTOS: Pia Wurtzbach at New York Fashion Week

Feb 16, 2016 - 11:33 AM

Pia stylish as ever dazzles at New York Fashion Week At other events she also wears outfits by Filipino designers

3 bets for Makati mayor: What do Binay, Jumawan, Peña promise?

Jan 22, 2016 - 5:00 PM

A member of a political dynasty a theater director and an acting mayor bare their initial plans if they become mayor of the country s richest local government unit

MAY THE BEST MAN WIN. The candidates for Makati mayor are art instructor Jimmy Jumawan, Makati Representative Abby Binay, and acting Mayor Kid Peña.

Race to the Senate: The women who want your vote in 2016

Jan 03, 2016 - 8:30 AM

What do Leila de Lima Nariman Ambolodto Risa Hontiveros Alma Moreno Princess Jacel Kiram Lorna Kapunan and Susan Toots Ople promise to do if elected?

FUTURE SENATORS? These women candidates vow to bring various issues and advocacies to the Senate floor if elected in 2016. Image by Raffy de Guzman/Rappler

Defiant Parisians throng Champs-Elysees to bid adieu to 2015

Jan 01, 2016 - 1:28 PM

An attack can happen anywhere at any time But that can t stop us from living one Parisian says as crowds throng Champs Elysees to celebrate the new year

CELEBRATION. People gather on the Champs Elysees to watch the New Year video display on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, January 1, 2016. Photo by Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

To improve traffic in 2016, DOTC to overhaul bus, jeep systems

Jan 01, 2016 - 8:30 AM

The transportation department bares plans for point to point buses GPS monitoring bus rapid transit system phasing out of old jeepneys jeep deployment system and building of protected bike paths and sidewalks

LAST STRETCH. The DOTC is hoping to lay down the foundations for a better transportation in Metro Manila before a new administration is ushered in next year. Graphic by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

Homestretch: Will FOI, Bangsamoro, anti-political dynasty bills be dead in 2016?

Dec 31, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The 16th Congress has only 17 session days left in 2016 to pass these major pieces of legislation that could be the Aquino administration s legacy

WAITING IN VAIN. Will Congress be able to pass BBL, FOI and Anti-Political Dynasty Bills as legacy laws of the Aquino administration?

Newsmakers who died in 2015

Dec 31, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Let s remember the local newsmakers who passed away this year

2015: Protest against K to 12 at its loudest, reaches the Supreme Court

Dec 29, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Rappler documents the complaints against the senior high school program that will be implemented in 2016 while Education Secretary Luistro thinks there s more excitement than anxiety about the program

Democrazy! The biggest political shockers of 2015

Dec 29, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Even before the clock strikes 2016 this presidential election is turning out to be the most unpredictable divisive and chaotic on record Ready for more Duterteserye and PrayforAlma?

Taming Manila traffic: Hits and misses of 2015

Dec 28, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Metro Manila s traffic chaos is spiraling out of control and authorities are scrambling for ways to ease congestion in the Philippine capital region Rappler rounds up some of the traffic solutions proposed in 2015

MORE INFRASTRUCTURE. The DOTC has plans in the works for more rail systems, a BRT system, and infrastructure to keep up with the megacity's demands.

Binays' Makati receives governance awards despite corruption charges

Dec 25, 2015 - 6:10 PM

Makati s programs that became controversial in 2015 had in fact been recognized in past years by government agencies including Mar Roxas DILG

WHAT'S NEW? Same faces and the same controversies define the year that was for Makati.

Quality over quantity: House passes bills 'needed by our people' in 2015

Dec 24, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr says the House of Representatives focused this year on quality and responsive legislation : Hindi ito paramihan ng numero

IT'S QUALITY. Instead of quantifying their accomplishments, the House leadership said the Congress was able to pass important and 'responsible' bills.

2015: At DOLE job fairs, 45,000 applicants were hired on the spot

Dec 22, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The most number of applicants were hired at job fairs held in the Calabarzon region from January to November 2015

JOB SEEKERS. Filipino jobseekers fill-up application forms during a job fair inside SMX convention center during Labor Day in Manila. File photo by Ritchie Tingco/EPA

Aquino's last Christmas with the media: I will miss the ambush interviews

Dec 20, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Go slow on the cholesterol tonight Because if I get fortunate enough to get married I will invite you I m just not sure when the President jokes on his bachelorhood

SELFIE. President Benigno Aquino III grants a photographer's son's request for a selfie during the Christmas party with the Malacañang Press Corps. Photo by Joseph Vidal

Aquino and Binay: From family friends to political enemies

Dec 19, 2015 - 8:49 PM

The President s sisters say it is clear the Binays and Aquinos have parted ways after the Vice President describes his government as failed and crooked

Left photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo Bureau Right photo by Office of the Vice President

Top 10 Facebook moments in 2015 for Filipinos

Dec 19, 2015 - 7:00 PM

What topics did you like comment on or share this 2015? Rappler picks the top global and national events that dominated the Facebook news feeds of Filipinos

The top 16 Twitter moments in 2015 for Filipinos

Dec 11, 2015 - 7:31 PM

Rappler looks at the biggest 2015 news events that pushed netizens into a tweeting frenzy

Climate change, disasters, and 5 presidential bets

Dec 11, 2015 - 1:45 PM

Who among the 5 candidates has the best platform to address global warming and natural disasters?

Pelicans subdue Spurs to snatch playoff berth

Apr 16, 2015 - 1:47 PM

Anthony Davis scores 31 points pulls down 13 rebounds to lead New Orleans to a 108 103 win over San Antonio

PLAYOFF BOUND. The Pelicans' Anthony Davis dunks the ball. File photo by Justin Lane/EPA

LeBron on friendship with Wade: ‘It’s going to last forever’

Feb 14, 2015 - 4:13 PM

LeBron James describes his friendship with former Heat teammate Dwyane Wade as bigger than basketball

NO LOVE LOST. LeBron James (L) and Dwyane Wade (R) share a light moment as Wade plays correspondent for the NBA during All-Star Weekend. Screenshot from NBA.com

PNP-SAF chief, Junjun Binay, US blizzard | The wRap

Jan 27, 2015 - 7:11 PM

The chief of the Special Action Forces is relieved of his post Junjun Binay slams the Senate’s telenovela probe A blizzard hits the Northeastern United States

Youth suffer most of PH's 730 fireworks-related injuries

Jan 03, 2015 - 3:26 PM

The Philippines Department of Health says 65 of those who were injured while welcoming the New Year are between 5 and 20 years old

FIRECRACKER INJURIES. A Filipino reveler injured from a firework accident is rushed to a government hospital during celebration of New Year in Manila, Philippines on January 1, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Andi Eigenmann's New Year's Eve with Bret Jackson

Jan 02, 2015 - 9:59 PM

‘Just when I stopped planning my NY’s it turns out to be one of the awesome est ’ Andi writes of her time with Bret

New year fireworks-related injuries now at 593

Jan 02, 2015 - 1:00 PM

UPDATED The number of cases is still lower compared to the tally in the same period last year

MORE VICTIMS. Filipinos injured from a firework accident queue for treatment inside a government hospital in Manila. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

New Year firework-related injuries drop by 39% – DOH

Jan 01, 2015 - 2:36 PM

The Department of Health reports 351 fireworks related injuries as of January 1 a figure that is expected to rise until January 5

INJURED. A woman injured from a firework accident is rushed to a government hospital during celebration of New Year in Manila. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

From politics to planet, 2015 is year of big decisions

Jan 01, 2015 - 12:00 PM

With major decisions deals and deadlines coming up 2015 is a make or break year for the Philippines the region and the world

PNP on ‘high alert’ for New Year revelry

Dec 29, 2014 - 7:40 PM

The DILG wants to turn the potentially dangerous celebration into the safest holiday season

NEW YEAR 2015. Local police officers display some confiscated prohibited firecrackers near the rows of pyrotechnic sellers in Bocaue, Bulacan on Monday, December 29. The display serves as a reminder to the public to avoid such firecrackers to avoid untoward incidents during the new year revelry. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Most Filipinos welcome 2015 with hope – SWS

Dec 26, 2014 - 10:52 PM

UPDATED Nine out of ten Filipinos say they will greet the new year with hope rather than fear

HOPE FOR 2015. Fishermen prepare their fishing net along a shore in Tacloban on the eastern island of Leyte on October 16, 2014 which was devastated by typhoon Haiyan in 2013. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP