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Boxing chair Pangilinan 'disappointed' in failed bid to host Olympic qualifiers

Jan 25, 2020 - 5:54 PM

Manny Pangilinan says he was disappointed the IOC Boxing Task Force rejected the Philippine offer to host the Olympic qualifiers

FAILED BID. Nesthy Petecio and other Filipino boxers are set to participate in the Olympic qualifiers that was moved to Jordan. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Boxing Olympic qualifiers in Wuhan cancelled as PH offers hosting

Jan 23, 2020 - 5:14 PM

Wuhan, the center of the coronavirus outbreak, cancels several events including the 2020 Asia and Oceania Boxing Olympic qualifying tournament

PREPARATIONS. Eumir Marcial is one of the Pinoy pugs who are vying for a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

NLEX’s Jericho Cruz added to Guam FIBA Asia Cup roster

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:34 PM

Jericho Cruz brings his act to the international stage again, but it won't be for the Philippines

Jericho Cruz. Photo from PBA Images

Thais find second case linked to China mystery virus

Jan 17, 2020 - 3:27 PM

Authorities ramp up airport screenings ahead of an expected surge in arrivals for Chinese New Year. More than 1,300 passengers are expected to arrive in Thailand daily from Wuhan alone. 

VIRUS. Thai villagers wear masks to protect themselves from the bird flu virus in Kanchanaburi province westhern of Thailand, 21 October 2005. (Photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul /AFP)

FALSE: SM MOA has ‘damaged foundation’

Jan 15, 2020 - 10:43 AM

An official statement from the mall management says the foundation of the mall is ‘built on concrete piles that reach the bedrock and will withstand extreme situations’

Amid China pneumonia outbreak, PH boxers prepare for Olympic qualifiers

Jan 14, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The 2020 Asia & Oceania Boxing Olympic qualifying tournament in Wuhan, China is still scheduled to push through

OLYMPIC HOPEFUL. World women's boxing champion Nesthy Petecio vies for a maiden Olympic berth in the upcoming continental qualifiers. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

3 airlines to help in repatriation of OFWs in Middle East

Jan 11, 2020 - 9:54 AM

Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia have committed to help in government repatriation efforts in the Middle East, says the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Fajardo still a 'big part' of Gilas despite exclusion in new pool

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:22 PM

June Mar Fajardo won't see action in the first window of the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers, but the SBP assures the San Miguel star remains part of its future plans

WELL-DESERVED REST. June Mar Fajardo will take a break from Gilas Pilipinas to start the new year. Photo from fiba.basketball


Philippines to host 2020 Badminton Asia Championships

Jan 10, 2020 - 5:59 PM

Top Asian shuttlers plunge into action in Manila as the country hosts a regional badminton team competition in February

TITLE DEFENSE. Indonesia vies to keep the men’s team crown. Photo release

Pingris surprise addition to Gilas Pilipinas' new 24-man pool

Jan 10, 2020 - 1:59 PM

As Gilas Pilipinas moves forward with a younger team for the 2023 FIBA World Cup, Marc Pingris may have been tapped to impart his knowledge and experience

BACK AT IT. Marc Pingris returns to Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from fiba.basketball


Next Gilas Pilipinas coach remains a question mark

Jan 04, 2020 - 7:54 PM

Gilas Pilipinas has yet to tap even an interim coach for the first window of the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers in February

GUESSING GAME. There is a small chance that Tim Cone might call the shots for Gilas Pilipinas anew. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Gilas Pilipinas, SBP moving on from Blatche

Jan 04, 2020 - 5:13 PM

The SBP and Gilas Pilipinas eye a different naturalized player for the qualifiers of the FIBA Asia Cup starting in February

THE END? Andray Blatche may have played his last game for Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA World Cup last year. Photo from fiba.basketball


Filipina chemist wins international metrology award

Jan 03, 2020 - 5:47 PM

The award is proof that the Philippines, while a developing country, is investing in metrology

INVESTING IN METROLOGY. Benilda Ebarvia wins the prestigious 2019 Developing Economies National Metrologies Institute Award. She is the first winner of the award from the Philippines. Photo from RRUDela Cruz/DOST

[OPINION] Asia's Winners and Losers in 2019: From K-Pop sensation BTS to the beleaguered people of Hong Kong

Jan 01, 2020 - 10:42 AM

So, who was up and who was down in the Indo-Pacific region in 2019? Here’s our assessment.

Pulse Asia: Duterte's approval, trust ratings surge in December 2019

Dec 21, 2019 - 6:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's trust and approval ratings soar most especially in Balance Luzon

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Thanksgiving Party for the beneficiaries of the killed-in-action (KIA) soldiers and killed-in-police operation (KIPO) personnel under the Comprehensive Social Benefits Program at the Malacañan Palace on December 10, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

93% of Filipinos hopeful about 2020

Dec 20, 2019 - 1:21 PM

(UPDATED) Results of the early December survey show 48% of Filipinos also expect the holiday season to be 'more prosperous for them and their families'

HOPE FOR 2020. Results from a recent Pulse Asia survey show nearly all Filipinos are hopeful for the coming new year. Rappler file photo

PH teen bet Concio rules Eastern Asia chess

Dec 15, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Michael Concio Jr scores a career breakthrough as the 14-year-old also earns an International Master title

Dela Rosa says no word yet from U.S. on supposed visa cancellation

Dec 14, 2019 - 2:37 PM

The senator and former police chief says he has yet to receive official communication that his US visa was cancelled over human rights violations in the government's war on drugs

CHIEF OPERATOR. Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa was the chief operator of the government's war on drugs when he was police chief from July 2016 to April 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Indonesia hit with $5.2 billion in forest fire losses – World Bank

Dec 12, 2019 - 8:11 AM

The World Bank's cost estimate does not include longer-term effects of repeated exposure to haze, such acute respiratory illnesses, or lost school time after students and teachers were advised to stay home

FUTILITY. A young boy tries to extinguish a fire at a peatland area near their neighborhood in Pekanbaru, Riau province, Indonesia on October 4, 2019. Photo by Wahyudi/AFP

Barack, Michelle, and Julia Roberts: This week’s outlook

Dec 10, 2019 - 12:01 PM

There’s no breather in the newsroom this week. For one, the Obamas are in the neighborhood!

Cayetano’s Phisgoc gets award from Phisgoc-endorsed body

Dec 05, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The Sports Industry Award Asia's own website says it is ‘endorsed’ and ‘supported’ by the Cayetano-led SEA Games organizing committee

'SPECIAL AWARD?' Phisgoc chair Alan Peter Cayetano receives his trophy from SPIA CEO Eric Gottschalk on December 3, 2019. Photo from Cayetano's Facebook page

Angel Locsin on Forbes recognition: 'I hope this would inspire other people to help as well'

Dec 04, 2019 - 8:02 PM

'I’m nowhere near from being a billionaire, but I try my best to do my part in my own little way,' says the actress

Angel Locsin is in Forbes' 'Asia's 2019 Heroes of Philanthropy' list

Dec 03, 2019 - 12:49 PM

Not all heroes wear capes

A TRUE ANGEL. The actress is recognized for her philanthropic work. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Esperon: China still has to persuade the region of its vision of global order

Dec 02, 2019 - 8:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's national security adviser says Southeast Asian countries should band together amid great power competition between the US and China

GREAT POWER COMPETITION. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr calls for Asean cooperation amidst great power competition betwen US and China. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Zombies, brollies and happis: Key moments of Pope Francis' Japan trip

Nov 26, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Here are some highlights of the Pope's four-day trip, which capped an Asia tour that also took in Thailand

IMPERIAL VISITOR. Pope Francis (right) arrives to meet with Japan's Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Toyko on November 25, 2019. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Max Eigenmann wins Best Actress at Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2019

Nov 22, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Max wins for her role in 'Verdict'

Pope Francis kicks off Asia tour with Buddhist temple visit

Nov 21, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The 82-year-old Pope is on his first visit to Buddhist majority Thailand, where he will spend 4 days before setting off to Japan

Pope Francis (C) waves as he leaves St. Louis Hospital in Bangkok on November 21, 2019. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

Southeast Asian leaders snub U.S. meeting after Trump skips ASEAN Summit

Nov 04, 2019 - 5:32 PM

The sparsely attended address from National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien stood in contrast to earlier ASEAN meetings, which had all been attended by most heads of state

O'BRIEN. US National Security advisor Robert O'Brien attends the 14th East Asia Summit in Bangkok on November 4, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN Summit. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Huawei pushes 5G in Southeast Asia, brushing off 'tech war' with U.S.

Nov 03, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Thailand and the Philippines have shrugged off cybersecurity warnings in a rush to exploit the ultra-fast 5G network promised by China's biggest smartphone maker, while Vietnam has edged away from Huawei

HUAWEI 5G. Illuminated Huawei and 5G signs are on display during the 10th Global mobile broadband forum hosted by Chinese tech giant Huawei in Zurich on October 15, 2019. File photo by Stefan Wermuth/AFP

Moana, Coco banner 2019 Disney On Ice in Manila

Oct 30, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Watch your Disney favorites come to life on ice!

SETTING SAIL. Moana and Maui voyage into this year's Disney On Ice in Manila. Photo from release

Intentional? Chinese ship in Recto Bank incident 'explicitly connected' to Beijing

Oct 17, 2019 - 11:29 AM

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says its new findings strongly suggest that the Chinese ship does not operate solely as a commercial fishing ship and 'raises the question of whether the collision with the Gem-Ver was intentional'

SUNKEN. Fishing Boat Gem-Vir in the West Philippine Sea after it was attacked by a Chinese fishing vessel. Sourced photo

High on ease, low on nutrition: Instant noodle diet harms Asian kids

Oct 15, 2019 - 1:03 PM

The Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia have booming economies and rising standards of living, yet many working parents do not have the time, money or awareness to steer clear of food hurting their kids

Property investors turn to Southeast Asia amid Hong Kong unrest

Oct 13, 2019 - 11:40 PM

With protests showing no signs of slowing, Hong Kong's property sector is feeling the pain

This photograph taken on August 19, 2019 shows an overview of highrise private condominiums in Singapore. - From luxury apartments in Singapore to Malaysian seafront condos, Hong Kongers are increasingly leaving the city to buy property in Southeast Asia, demoralised by increasingly violent protests as well as the China-US trade war. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP) / TO GO WITH HongKong-China-SEAsia-politics-unrest-property,FOCUS by Sam Reeves and Catherine Lai

Photo recap: Miss Asia Pacific International 2019

Oct 10, 2019 - 5:24 PM

This year's pageant theme is 'Love The Difference'

Spain's Chaiyenne Huisman is Miss Asia Pacific International 2019

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:05 PM

The Philippines' Klyza Castro finishes the competition as part of the Top 25

Top casino execs to meet in Manila in December

Oct 09, 2019 - 8:40 PM

As the Philippines positions itself to be the top gambling destination in Asia, the country prepares to host one of the most highly anticipated gaming expos

Erik Matti among directors for HBO Asia special series on food

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:22 PM

The director is one of 8 directors in 'Food Lore'

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

For the first time, Speaker rates higher than Robredo – Pulse Asia

Oct 07, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, elected as top House leader in July, gets better approval and trust ratings than the Vice President in September

TRUSTED. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano presides over the House session on September 9, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Maja Salvador wins Best Actress in Asia Contents Awards

Oct 06, 2019 - 10:07 PM

Maja wins the award for her role in the show 'Wildflower'

Gilas Women score breakthrough win to cap off FIBA Asia Cup

Sep 28, 2019 - 2:35 AM

The Philippines topples host India to retain its place in Division A

ALL SMILES. Gilas Pilipinas Women will not go home without a win. Photo from fiba.basketball


San Miguel eyes title berth vs Lance Stephenson, Liaoning

Sep 20, 2019 - 3:32 PM

After upsetting the defending champion, the San Miguel Beermen shoot for an East Asia finals slot against former NBA player Lance Stephenson’s Liaoning squad

BIG GAME. Terrence Romeo helps tow the Beermen to the East Asia Final Four. Photo release

K-pop concert Rainbows in Asia Music Festival postponed

Sep 19, 2019 - 12:27 PM

The organizers have yet to announce a new date for the festival

RAMF. The upcoming concert has been postponed. Screenshot from Facebook.com/2019RAMF

Indonesia's toxic haze affecting Borneo's orangutans – rescuers

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:08 AM

'The thick smoke does not only endanger the health of our staff... but also it affects the 355 orangutans we currently care for,' says the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, referring to just once center in Kalimantan

AFFECTED. File photo of a park employee holding an orangutan as it is shown to the public after several months in quarantine at Bali Safari Marine Park in Gianyar regency on August 19, 2019. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Indonesia forest fires rage, stoking global warming fears

Sep 12, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Indonesia's forest fires are an annual problem but have been worsened this year by particularly dry weather, and in recent days sent toxic smog floating over Malaysia

A firefighter extinguishes a fire in a forest at Rambutan village, in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra province, on September 11 , 2019. Malaysia has stepped up pressure on neighbouring Indonesia to tackle huge blazes tearing through its rainforests and smothering Southeast Asia in smog, as fires typically started to clear land for crops send diplomatic tensions soaring. ABDUL QODIR / AFP

Malaysia piles pressure on Indonesia over smog-belching fires

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:49 AM

An official in Sarawak state on Borneo – where air quality dropped to very unhealthy levels this week – demands Indonesia to send face masks and medical supplies to Malaysia for those affected by the pollution

HAZE. The Kuala Lumpur skyline, including the Petronas Twin Towers (centger), is seen shrouded in haze on September 11, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Hundreds of schools shut as forest fire haze blankets Southeast Asia

Sep 10, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Massive jungle areas in Sumatra and Borneo island are ablaze as thousands of personnel battle to quell the fires, frequently started to clear land for crop plantations

SENT HOME. Indonesian schoolgirls wear facemasks as they are sent home after schools were ordered closed in Pekanbaru, Riau on September 10, 2019. Photo by Wahyudi/AFP

Magsayo nails WBC Asia featherweight title in Bohol homecoming

Sep 01, 2019 - 12:12 AM

Bohol's pride Mark 'Magnifico' Magsayo keeps his record perfect at 20-0 after defeating Thai veteran Panya Uthok via unanimous decision

UNDEFEATED. Despite a boxing layoff, Mark Magsayo quickly returns to his winning ways. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Mark Magsayo vs Panya Uthok - WBC Asia Featherweight Championship

Aug 31, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Filipino fighter Mark Magsayo puts his unbeaten streak on the line against Thai veteran Panya Uthok at Pride of Bohol

WINNER, MAMAMOO, and more K-pop stars headed to PH for Rainbows in Asia Music Festival

Aug 31, 2019 - 2:21 PM

The festival will be hosted by Sandara Park

WINNER. The K-pop boy band will be returning to the Philippines for the Rainbows in Asia Music Festival. Screenshot from Facebook.com/OfficialYGWINNER

WATCH: Mark Magsayo vs Panya Uthok weigh-in

Aug 30, 2019 - 11:48 AM

A confident Magsayo, who carries a perfect 19-0 record with 14 knockouts, heads into the weigh-in declaring he’s in great shape for the homecoming fight against Uthok