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Ateneo de Manila has highest passing rate in 2018 Bar Exams

Jun 20, 2019 - 6:17 PM

University of the Philippines has the 2nd highest rate, and Cebu’s University of San Carlos has the 3rd highest rate

NEW LAWYERS. Around 1,800 bar exam passers take an oath during their oath-taking ceremony held at PICC in Pasay on June 13, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Korean pop titans BTS conquers the West

Jun 15, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Worldwide success BTS is the first ever K-pop group to top music charts in America and Britain

COA wants Napolcom to stop paying personnel dietary benefits

Jun 12, 2019 - 2:07 PM

It turns out that there are 6 other types of allowances worth P51.22 million that COA had recommended be stopped in recent years, but Napolcom did not comply

Tourism's GDP share rises in 2018 despite Boracay closure

Jun 10, 2019 - 7:50 PM

The number of jobs in the tourism industry also inches up by 1.8% to 5.4 million in 2018

Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

PH Navy audit shows delays in hundreds of millions worth of projects

Jun 08, 2019 - 6:11 PM

COA calls out the ‘slow completion’ of the Navy’s disaster risk reduction project

LOOK BACK: Catriona Gray's Miss Universe Philippines 2018 journey

Jun 08, 2019 - 5:18 PM

Catriona spent 10 months preparing to be Miss Universe Philippines 2018

Photos by Dion Besa/Rappler

Incentives of Didal, Cebuana athletes delayed

Jun 07, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Almost a year after making the country proud in the Asian Games, skateboarding star Margielyn Didal and 3 other Cebuana athletes still await their bonus

GOLDEN. Margielyn Didal emerges as one of the surprise standouts in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo from PSC

[OPINION] Sometimes, all you need is video

Jun 07, 2019 - 2:39 PM

Studies show that people remember images long after the headlines have faded from memory. Every Friday, I will curate videos that may punch the gut, tug at the heart, or just simply bring you up to speed.

[OPINION] Would you date a journalist – a Rappler journalist?

Jun 07, 2019 - 2:38 PM

What turns our morning coffee time from a leisurely sip into a hurried slurp? What makes us stay so late in the newsroom that our dogs forget what we smell like? I’d like to share that with you every Wednesday.

[OPINION] Why you should care about truth-seekers

Jun 07, 2019 - 2:37 PM

The Newsbreak Agenda: Every Thursday, starting July 26, I'll be sharing notes about stories that dig deeper and seek to make a difference in our world

[OPINION] Beyond the spin, past the chatter

Jun 07, 2019 - 2:37 PM

We write stories not only because they need to be told but because they ought to help clarify this murky world. I hope to talk to you about this, and more, every Tuesday.

Catriona Gray 'a little' emotional' about passing Miss Universe Philippines crown

Jun 05, 2019 - 5:30 PM

'This is really where it all began. This is where I was given a chance to represent the Philippines,' Catriona says on crowning the next queen

Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

Catriona Gray back in Manila

Jun 02, 2019 - 7:01 PM

Catriona is set to crown the new Miss Universe Philippines and attend a fashion gala

Filipinos block people online over political views – U.S. think tank

May 19, 2019 - 12:30 PM

But Filipinos are also the most 'comfortable' with discussing politics both offline and online among 11 emerging economies surveyed

A Pew Research Center survey shows Filiipinos have blocked people online due to their political beliefs.

On election day, Catriona Gray reminds Filipinos to 'do your part'

May 13, 2019 - 9:01 AM

'I encourage you to do your part in deciding the future of our beloved Philippines by exercising your right to vote,' says Catriona

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray homecoming parade along Ayala Avenue, Makati City on February 21, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Pia Wurtzbach leads benefit gala 'The Universe Gives Back'

May 10, 2019 - 3:15 PM

The fashion gala is one of the projects that the Miss Universe Philippines and Binibining Pilipinas will hold before the June 9 coronation night

Photo by Alexa Villano / Rappler

LOOK: Pia Wurtzbach, Catriona Gray meet in New York

May 07, 2019 - 10:30 AM

The two meet in New York and spent time with the Miss Universe Organization staff

Rappler Talk: Bar 2018 topnotcher Sean James Borja

May 06, 2019 - 7:46 PM

Tune in at 7:30 pm on Monday, May 6, as Rappler sits down with Sean James Borja to discuss the rule of law, legal education reforms, and the topic closest to his heart – LGBT rights

Couple shares success of passing Bar exam together

May 06, 2019 - 7:19 PM

Michael Calzado and Charmaine Lynn Tan share the same goal of passing all their subjects, being able to graduate from law school, and passing the Bar exams

Photo by Rob Flores

'Para sa pangarap': Doctor achieves dream of becoming a lawyer

May 05, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Doctor Jean Joan Polido, one of the passers of the 2018 Bar Exams, shares how she decided to pursue her childhood dream

FROM MD TO ATTY. Dr. Jean Joan Polido shares a photo of her after passing the 2018 bar exams. Photos from Jean Joan Polido

'A dream come true': 2018 Bar passers celebrate success

May 03, 2019 - 11:27 PM

Bar passers and their families share heartfelt moments after the results of the 2018 Bar Examinations are announced

GRATITUDE. The proud mother of Nadine Patriziah Agustin rejoices when she sees her daughter pass the 2018 Bar Examinations on May 3. Photo by Isabel Lupac/Rappler

Bar 2018: La Salle Manila gets first topnotcher as USC continues feat

May 03, 2019 - 7:55 PM

The Ateneo de Manila University School of Law returns to the top after 6 years, while the University of the Philippines College of Law returns to the top 10 after two years

Bar passers express their emotion as they flock to the Supreme Court in Manila on May 3, 2019, to see the results of Bar examination. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Cebu Bar topnotchers: PH needs lawyers ‘really fighting for the rule of law’

May 03, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Marcley Augustus Natu-el, Mark Lawrence Badayos, Jebb Lynus Cane, Alan Joel Pita of the University of San Carlos place 2nd, 3rd, 9th, and 10th in the 2018 Bar exams

Malacañang to 2018 Bar exam passers: Integrity highest virtue in law profession

May 03, 2019 - 5:53 PM

'We hope that many of our country’s new lawyers consider pursuing a career in the government,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, who also tells the incoming batch of lawyers not to be biased when faced with questions of law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the 9th anniversary of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the 25th anniversary of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on February 19, 2019. Joining the President is MinDA Chair Datu Abul Khayr Alonto and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

From Philippine team member to her clan's first lawyer

May 03, 2019 - 4:19 PM

'Yung effort ng anak ko, talagang it paid off,' says Emma Dublin, the proud mother of national team member now also a lawyer Maria Rodielita A. Dublin

SUCCESS. Athlete turned lawyer Maria Rodielita Dublin passes the 2018 Bar Examinations and becomes the first lawyer in her clan on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo from Maria Rodielita Dublin

2018 Bar topnotcher wants to be 'voice for people who need a voice'

May 03, 2019 - 3:59 PM

2018 Bar topnotcher Sean James Borja says what drew him to the law profession is 'being able to provide a voice to those who don't necessarily have it'

BAR TOPNOTCHER. Sean James Borja gives his address at the graduation of Ateneo Law School Class of 2018, as class valedictorian, on July 15, 2018. Photo from the Ateneo de Manila University website

Bb Pilipinas hopeful Bea Patricia Magtanong among bar exam passers

May 03, 2019 - 3:35 PM

The beauty queen is among the 1,800 successful bar examinees

LAWYER. Bb Pilipinas candidate Bea Patricia Magtanong passes the 2018 bar examinations. Photo by Dion Besa/Rappler

De Lima’s son passes Bar Exams 2018

May 03, 2019 - 1:38 PM

(UPDATED) When Vincent Joshua Bohol graduated from San Beda College Alabang in June 2018, the court did not allow his senator mother to attend the ceremony

MOTHER'S PRIDE. Senator Leila de Lima’s son, Vincent Bohol (in red, to her right), passes the 2018 Bar exams. Sourced photo

FULL LIST: Bar Exams 2018 passers

May 03, 2019 - 12:57 PM

Here's the complete list of the 1,800 successful examinees

TEARS OF JOY. Bar passers express their emotion as they flock to the Supreme Court in Manila on May 3, 2019, to see the results of Bar examination. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Sean James Borja of Ateneo de Manila University tops 2018 Bar Exams

May 03, 2019 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) Sean James Borja tops the exams with a score of 89.306%. The other top 10 passers are from the University of San Carlos, Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines, and De La Salle University-Manila.

BAR TOPNOTCHER. Sean James Borja of Ateneo de Manila University is the 2018 Bar Exams topnotcher. Photo from the Facebook page of Sean James Borja

Bar Exam results 2018: 22.07% passing rate

May 03, 2019 - 11:57 AM

The passing rate for Bar Examinations 2018 is lower than that of the previous year, when 25.55% passed

RESULTS ARE OUT. Supreme Court Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo announces the results of the 2018 Bar Exams in front of the SC building on May 3, 2019 Photo from SC PIO

'Pinch-me moment': Tyra Banks interviews Catriona Gray for 'V' magazine

May 02, 2019 - 11:21 PM

The supermodel and producer interviews Catriona for 'V' magazine

WATCH: Catriona Gray's message for the candidates and winner of Miss Teen USA 2019

Apr 30, 2019 - 4:46 PM

'You have sisters for life,' Catriona tells the Miss Teen USA 2019 candidates

Months after fraud-tainted poll, Afghan lawmakers sworn in

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Even now, results for 33 seats in central Kabul province have not been announced amid allegations of rigging, irregularities, and technical difficulties

NEW PARLIAMENT. In this file photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani talks at the second Kabul Process conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on February 28, 2018. File photo by Shah Marai/AFP

Catriona Gray asks followers to pray for PH, reminds Filipinos to be alert

Apr 24, 2019 - 6:11 PM

'We're in this together,' says Catriona

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray homecoming parade along Ayala Avenue, Makati City on February 21, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Maria Ressa wins Tully Award for Free Speech

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:49 AM

The annual award from the Tully Center for Free Speech at the Newhouse School in Syracuse University is given 'to a journalist who has shown courage in facing a free speech threat'

MARIA RESSA. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is interviewed by media at the Rappler headquarters after she posted bail over cyber libel charges on February 14, 2019. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Catriona Gray is Esquire Philippines' sexiest woman alive

Apr 01, 2019 - 4:41 PM

'Miss Gray will see you now,' reads the cheeky cover for the profile

SEXIEST WOMAN, TOO. The Philippine franchise of Esquire hails the Miss Universe as 2019's sexiest woman alive. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Paula Shugart: 'Catriona Gray is the essence of confidently beautiful'

Mar 23, 2019 - 4:25 PM

The Miss Universe president also weighs in on the recent 'tug-of-war' issue over the Miss Universe Philippines franchise

Catriona Gray: 'I represent the diverse Filipina beauty'

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:24 PM

'I represent Filipina beauty but I also represent the diverse Filipina beauty,' says Catriona

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray homecoming parade along Ayala Avenue, Makati City on February 21, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Oops! Catriona Gray explains how the Mikimoto crown got broken

Mar 20, 2019 - 11:14 AM

'The Mikimoto has seen better days as a result of my dancing,' Catriona says

Catriona Gray calls for donations to buy computers for Young Focus

Mar 18, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Young Focus needs $5,000 to buy 10 computers for the out-of-school youth

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray visits the children at Young Focus Foundation in Tondo, Manila on February 27, 2019 where she do her volunteer work. The foundation helps the children on their on education, health care and personal support. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/Rappler

Mak Tumang to hold fashion exhibit in SM Mall of Asia

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:28 PM

'The Universe' features 9 gowns worn by Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

WATCH: Catriona Gray meets Indonesian president Joko Widodo

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:30 AM

Catriona meets Jokowi during a courtesy call alongside winners of Puteri Indonesia 2019

Philippines' TNC bags $500,000 as it reclaims World Electronic Sports Games crown

Mar 11, 2019 - 12:47 AM

TNC is now a 2-time WESG champ having won the inaugural tournament as well in 2016

TNC. Photo from World Electronic Sports Games 2018


Catriona Gray's open letter on International Women's Day: Get tested for HIV/AIDS

Mar 09, 2019 - 3:21 PM

'HIV is just a status: it doesn’t define you as a woman, more so as a person,' says Catriona

2018 Catriona Gray pays a courtesy call to Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo by Maria Tan

IN PHOTOS: Catriona Gray's Miss Universe, homecoming gowns on display at SM City Clark

Mar 08, 2019 - 4:12 PM

From Mayon to Alon, they're all here

WATCH: Behind the scenes of Catriona Gray's photoshoot with Fadil Berisha

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:45 AM

We can't wait to see more photos of Catriona from the ace lensman

Fashion forward thinker: Catriona Gray’s ripple effect

Mar 03, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Catriona's use of Filipino outfits from local textiles has opened many opportunities for designers

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: All of Catriona Gray's homecoming looks

Mar 01, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Which outfit was your favorite?

IN PHOTOS: Catriona Gray’s whirlwind homecoming week

Mar 01, 2019 - 11:00 AM

What a week it's been for the beauty queen

HELLO GOODBYE. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray's homecoming celebration was short and sweet. Photo by Dion Besa/Rappler