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Ray Parks nabs historic 3rd straight ABL local MVP plum

May 05, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The Alab Pilipinas stalwart becomes the first and only player in the nine-year history of the regional league to win 3 MVP trophies

BATTLE-SCARRED. Ray Parks will enter the PBA having made history in the ABL. Photo from ABL

Indonesia detains Vietnamese fishermen after high seas clash

Apr 29, 2019 - 9:32 PM

The clash in the South China Sea at the weekend saw Jakarta summon Vietnam's ambassador on April 29, after the navy detained a dozen Vietnamese fishermen

SOUTH CHINA SEA. This screen grab taken from handout video on April 27, 2019 and released on April 29 by the Indonesian Navy shows members of the Indonesian Navy (R) watching as a Vietnamese coast guard ship (L) approaches and apparently rams their vessel, off the coast of Borneo in the South China Sea. AFP PHOTO/INDONESIAN NAVY

[OPINION] The world according to Rodolfo Severino

Apr 24, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Severino will be remembered as a great Filipino statesman in the tradition of those who served their homeland well by serving the world of nations

[OPINION] Remembering ‘Amba’ Rod Severino

Apr 21, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Former ASEAN secretary-general Rodolfo Severino Jr passes away on April 19, 2019, at the age of 82. Here's how I remember him.

'Immeasurable loss' to ASEAN community: Diplomats pay tribute to Rodolfo Severino Jr

Apr 20, 2019 - 8:44 PM

People who worked with former ambassador Rodolfo Severino Jr remember him as 'an exemplar in his career and a generous mentor'

ASEAN SEC-GEN. Then-ASEAN Secretary General Rodolfo Severino Jr during the closing ceremony of the 34th ASEAN Minister Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, on July 24, 2001. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Former ambassador Rodolfo Severino Jr dies at 82

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Much respected diplomat Rodolfo Severino Jr, former secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, served the Philippines for over 3 decades

PASSING OF A DIPLOMAT. File photo of Ambassador Rodolfo Severino Jr.

PBA-bound Ray Parks says farewell to Alab Pilipinas

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:42 PM

After wrapping up his three-year stint with Alab Pilipinas, Ray Parks gears up for his long-awaited PBA debut

MOVING FORWARD. Ray Parks looks to deliver the same stellar performances in the local pro league.  File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Hong Kong dethrones Alab Pilipinas in crushing quarters sweep

Apr 03, 2019 - 10:43 PM

Alab Pilipinas fails to defend its ABL crown as it fizzles out of the tournament with 6 straight losses

END OF THE ROAD. Michael Holyfield and Hong Kong Eastern deal PJ Ramos and Alab Pilipinas an earful – and later, a heartbreaker – in Game 2 of their quarterfinal duel. Photo from ABL

Alab on brink of elimination as HK pulls off quarters upset

Mar 29, 2019 - 10:48 PM

The skid continues for Alab Pilipinas as No. 7 Hong Kong stuns the defending champion in Game 1 of the ABL quarterfinals

Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Saigon stuns reeling Alab Pilipinas, spoils Balkman return

Mar 24, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Alab Pilipinas heads to the playoffs as the No. 2 seed on a four-game losing skid

STRUGGLING. Ray Parks and Alab Pilipinas hope to regain their winning touch in the playoffs. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Brawl mars Alab Pilipinas-Taiwan game

Mar 17, 2019 - 10:59 PM

Tempers flare late in the game as Taiwan's Formosa Dreamers spoil Alab's perfect home record

THROWN OUT. Alab stalwart PJ Ramos gets ejected after figuring in a late skirmish. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Signing of ASEAN-Japan trade Protocol: What this means for Filipinos

Mar 11, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Japan has been a close ally and strong trade partner to the Philippines. Trade relations are about to get better with the First Protocol to Amend the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

Taiwan's Formosa outlasts banged-up Alab Pilipinas

Mar 10, 2019 - 5:28 PM

Alab Pilipinas plays minus Renaldo Balkman and 3 other key cogs, but still hangs on to the top spot despite the loss

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Alab running out of bodies as Balkman, Domingo go down

Mar 09, 2019 - 2:12 PM

'We are a banged up team. We already have half of our guys whose status are game-time decisions,' says Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag

INJURY LIST. Renaldo Balkman adds to Alab's growing injury list after suffering a concussion during their game against Macau. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Fil-Am Mikh McKinney honored with Iverson comparisons

Mar 09, 2019 - 10:08 AM

Unleashing an eye-popping 50 points, Mikh McKinney definitely put on a show in his homecoming to the Philippines

ALL BUSINESS. Macau’s Fil-Am import Mikh McKinney gives Alab Pilipinas another scare. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Alab rallies past Macau, spoils McKinney's 50-point night

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:37 PM

The Alab Pilipinas Big 3 of PJ Ramos, Renaldo Balkman, and Ray Parks show up just when they're needed the most

SEALING THE DEAL. PJ Ramos fuels Alab Pilipinas’ strong closeout game against the Macau Black Bears. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas downs Singapore in bounce-back win

Mar 03, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos deliver the goods as Alab Pilipinas recovers from its worst loss in the ASEAN Basketball League

FULL CONTROL. Renaldo Balkman and Alab Pilipinas make sure to set the tone this time. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Hot-shooting Macau wallops Alab Pilipinas

Feb 27, 2019 - 9:44 PM

The Black Bears maul Alab right from the get-go, outscoring them 38-11 in the 1st quarter

NOT ENOUGH. The huge double-double outing of Alab import Renaldo Balkman isn’t enough to turn the game around. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas blasts Travis-less Mono Vampire

Feb 23, 2019 - 6:44 PM

The defending ABL champion cruises to its 16th triumph against a Thai side sorely missing PBA champion import Romeo Travis

BACK AT IT. PJ Ramos quickly gets to work after a one-game suspension. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

[OPINION] Thailand puts its spice in ASEAN 2019

Feb 23, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Thailand has been cooking up a set of major 'dishes' it plans to serve at this year’s ASEAN 'party'

China: Dominant, distrusted in ASEAN

Feb 19, 2019 - 5:09 PM

While its dominance is acknowledged, China is not seen as an altruistic presence by most respondents in Southeast Asia, according to a report of the Singapore-based ASEAN Studies Center

ASEAN. This photo taken on November 10, 2018, shows a woman walking past the national flags of ASEAN countries at the Suntec City convention and exhibition center in Singapore. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Playoff-bound Alab Pilipinas dominates Zhuhai anew

Feb 17, 2019 - 10:07 PM

Alab Pilipinas pulls away from the ABL pack after completing a season sweep of China's Zhuhai Wolf Warriors

STREAKY. Hot-shooting Caelan Tiongson (right) helps Alab Pilipinas erect a double-digit early against Chen Cai and the Wolf Warriors. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

PJ Ramos returns with triple-double in Alab's bounce-back win

Feb 15, 2019 - 10:21 PM

Alab Pilipinas cruises to a 26-point rout of China's Zhuhai Wolf Warriors to keep hold of the top spot

BACK IN FORM. There's no stopping Alab behemonth PJ Ramos this time. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

HK downs Ramos-less Alab Pilipinas, Deguara hauls 31 boards

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:36 PM

Alab's 7-foot-3 banger PJ Ramos sits out due to food poisoning as Hong Kong's own 7-foot-5 giant Sam Deguara runs wild

Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas clamps Hong Kong anew for 7th straight win

Feb 08, 2019 - 10:30 PM

Renaldo Balkman leads the pack as Alab Pilipinas stretches its winning streak to a season-best 7 games

Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Journalists, institutions decry 'absurd legal attack' against Rappler

Feb 07, 2019 - 3:24 PM

(UPDATED) Journalist groups and institutions denounce the weaponization of anti-cybercrime laws

Returning Ray Parks drops 23 in Alab Pilipinas win vs Saigon

Feb 03, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Ray Parks impresses in his return from a three-game injury layoff with 23 points and 7 assists

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas rips up Zhuhai, runs win streak to 5

Jan 29, 2019 - 10:10 PM

The defending ABL champions comfortably remain up top with an 11-2 record

DOUBLE-DOUBLE. Renaldo Balkman records a double-double of 34 points and 13 rebounds. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Ramos brushes off Deguara: 'I'm a dirtier person'

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:29 PM

PJ Ramos gets the last laugh even after Sam Deguara tried getting under his skin

LAST LAUGH. PJ Ramos (right) steps up to protect his team mates as he claimed that Sam Deguara almost injured Renaldo Balkman. Photo by Richard Esguerra/Rappler

Romeo Travis signs with Mono Vampire after Jason Brickman release

Jan 29, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Magnolia Hotshots champion import Romeo Travis is set to replace Mono Vampire's Jason Brickman

NEW ADVENTURE. Mono Vampire acquires the services of Romeo Travis after the import wins a PBA title with Magnolia. Photo by PBA Images

Alab Pilipinas blasts Hong Kong anew in battle of giants

Jan 27, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The 7-foot-3 PJ Ramos gets the better of his matchup with Hong Kong's 7-foot-5 behemoth Sam Deguara

Alab Pilipinas destroys Malaysia by 38 in revenge match

Jan 25, 2019 - 10:10 PM

PJ Ramos and Alab Pilipinas make sure there will be no heartbreaker this time as they thoroughly whip Westports Malaysia

BEHEMOTH. PJ Ramos makes the most of his height and heft to fuel Alab’s one-sided win. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas bests Mono Vampire in thrilling Finals rematch

Jan 20, 2019 - 10:38 PM

Hell-bent on defending home court, Alab Pilipinas regroups late in the game to edge Thailand in overtime in the ASEAN Basketball League

MASKED MAN. Alab Pilipinas star Ray Parks, who’s wearing a protective face mask due to a recent injury, plays a key role in the final stretch. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

4 more sports targeted for 2020 ASEAN Para Games

Jan 19, 2019 - 9:49 PM

If things go as planned, a record 18 sports will be played in the biennial meet to be hosted by the Philippines

WIN AS ONE. The Philippines will host the 10th ASEAN Para Games in January 2020. Contributed photo


Alab Pilipinas recovers from heartbreak, downs Macau

Jan 18, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Renaldo Balkman takes charge as Alab Pilipinas rebounds from a recent one-point loss in the ABL

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Para athletes' special needs top of mind in New Clark City

Jan 18, 2019 - 10:10 PM

Rooms tailor-made for persons with disabilities will be built in the Athletes' Village for the 10th ASEAN Para Games

MONTHS TO GO. The athletic stadium in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac is slated to be finished on August 31. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


Alab Pilipinas absorbs 2nd loss after Formosa game-winner

Jan 13, 2019 - 5:49 PM

Another one-point heartbreaker sends Alab reeling to its second loss in 3 games in the ASEAN Basketball League

LUCKLESS. Alab Pilipinas winds up sharing the top spot after another painful loss. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas rebounds with rout of Hong Kong

Jan 11, 2019 - 10:23 PM

PJ Ramos and Ray Parks take charge as Alab Pilipinas gets back on the winning track in the ASEAN Basketball League

HOTSHOT. Import PJ Ramos flirts with a triple-double in Alab’s sixth victory. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Malaysia Dragons deal Alab Pilipinas' 1st loss in ABL stunner

Jan 09, 2019 - 11:21 PM

Alab Pilipinas import Renaldo Balkman winds up doing the heavy lifting as local support goes cold on the road

HEARTBREAKER. Alab’s Renaldo Balkman posts a double-double of 31 points and 14 rebounds in the heartbreaking loss. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas stays perfect after easy win vs Wolf Warriors

Jan 06, 2019 - 9:48 PM

Rookie point guard Ethan Alvano delivers as Alab Pilipinas stretches its unbeaten run to 5 in the ABL

CRUISE CONTROL. Ethan Alvano and Alab Pilipinas prove too much for the visiting Wolf Warriors. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas halts late Singapore Slingers comeback

Dec 23, 2018 - 9:59 PM

Alab remains the only undefeated team in the ASEAN Basketball League with a clean 4-0 slate

UNDEFEATED. PJ Ramos Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas drops Formosa with late rally for 3rd straight win

Dec 21, 2018 - 10:05 PM

Alab remains undefeated in the league, while the Dreamers lose twice in a row

 Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Alab survives CLS Indonesia in rematch for 2nd straight win

Dec 16, 2018 - 11:01 PM

Needing an extra period this time, Alab Pilipinas leans on Renaldo Balkman to dispose of CLS Knights Indonesia in the Asean Basketball League

MONSTER DOUBLE-DOUBLE. Renaldo Balkman drops a huge double-double of 36 points and 12 rebounds to power Alab Pilipinas to back-to-back wins. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Ray Parks to skip PBA Draft ceremony for Alab game

Dec 13, 2018 - 6:22 PM

A consensus top 3 pick, the 25-year-old has decided to fly to Indonesia and suit up for Alab Pilipinas in its Asean Basketball League game this Sunday

DELAYED DEBUT. Ray Parks will likely see action in the PBA in May or June next year. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

NU Bulldogs stun defending champ Thailand in ASEAN University Games

Dec 11, 2018 - 5:24 PM

The shock Pool A win virtually seals the Filipinos' spot in the ASEAN University Games semifinals

PHILIPPINE TEAM. The National University Bulldogs donn the Philippines' colors in the 2018 ASEAN University Games. Photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas destroys CLS by 27 to start ABL title defense

Dec 09, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Imports Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos team up as Alab Pilipinas overwhelms the visiting Indonesian squad

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

[OPINION] In seeking solutions to Rohingya crisis, ASEAN must learn from the past

Nov 18, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The displacement of Rohingya is a regional crisis that needs regional solutions. The largest refugee camp in the world sits at the doorstep of ASEAN.

Rohingya photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Duterte belittles ASEAN-Australia event: What will they feed us, kangaroo?

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:07 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte lashes out against criticism that he was 'lazy' for skipping events at the recent ASEAN Summit in Singapore

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries during the 21st ASEAN-Japan Summit at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 14, 2018. Malacañang Photo

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Nov 15, 2018 - 4:19 PM

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U.S. urges sustained sanctions pressure on North Korea

Nov 15, 2018 - 2:30 PM

In remarks at the opening of a meeting with Southeast Asian leaders, Vice President Mike Pence says America's regional 'partnership also includes our pressure campaign regarding' the North