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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

LIST: Philippine companies among Forbes Asia's best firms in 2019

Aug 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Forbes Asia says nearly two-thirds of the companies on its 2019 Best Over A Billion list are run by or linked to families or individuals who have appeared on its rich lists

Gilas girl Fajardo relishes victory over China in FIBA 3x3 U18 Asia

Aug 27, 2019 - 8:00 PM

'Having to play China for the third time, what were the odds to win against them?' recalls FIBA 3x3 U18 bronze medalist Ella Fajardo

PROMISING TALENT. New Jersey-based Filipina Ella Fajardo contributes to the Philippines' bronze medal finish in the 2019 FIBA 3x3 Under-18 Women's Asia Cup in Malaysia. Photo from FIBA

Future bright for Gilas Girls after bronze finish in FIBA 3x3 U18 Asia

Aug 26, 2019 - 3:35 PM

In order to achieve the feat, the Philippines takes down no less than top seed China

PODIUM FINISH. Gilas Pilipinas Girls will not go home empty-handed from the FIBA 3x3 U18 Asia Cup. Photo from FIBA


Dapitan ballet family’s students win gold, silver in Singapore competition

Aug 20, 2019 - 4:00 PM

3 students of the Jete Performing Arts Studio bring home medals from the recent Asia-Pacific Arts Festival in Singapore

Filipino named All-Star MVP in Basketball Without Borders Asia

Aug 19, 2019 - 4:52 PM

Harold Alarcon helps steer the East All-Stars to a win over the West All-Stars to beat out his 7 teammates for the special award

RISING STAR. Harold Alarcon impresses in the Basketball Without Borders Asia. Photo from NBA Philippines


PBA finalists San Miguel, TNT rekindle rivalry in Macau

Aug 17, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Newly crowned San Miguel Beer leads 3 PBA teams in an Asian club tournament this September

SUPER TEAM. PBA champion San Miguel tests its mettle against club teams from China, Japan, and South Korea. Photo from PBA Images

PH women's rugby tops 2019 7s Trophy Series

Aug 11, 2019 - 7:24 PM

The Philippine Lady Volcanoes get promoted to the top-tier Asia Rugby Women's Series

CHAMPIONS. The Philippine Lady Volcanoes go undefeated in the 2019 Asia Rugby Women's 7s Trophy Series. Photo from Philippine Rugby

Laure leads 5 Filipinos in NBA-FIBA camp

Aug 11, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Standouts from the national youth team and Jr NBA get to represent the Philippines in the Basketball Without Borders Asia

REPRESENT. Echo Laure and 4 other young Filipinos head to to Japan to join other campers from 18 countries. Photo from Laure's Facebook account

Gritty Buto leads late charge as PH bags 6 chess golds

Aug 09, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Al-Basher Buto cops the under-10 crown as 5 other young Filipinos rule in the 2019 Eastern Asia Youth Chess Championship

BACK ON TOP. After a dry spell, chess whiz Al-Basher Buto regains his winning form. Contributed photo

Most Filipinos express 'big trust' in results of 2019 elections – Pulse Asia

Aug 07, 2019 - 4:52 PM

The results of a June 2019 Pulse Asia survey also show that 91% of Filipinos favor automated elections

CREDIBLE ELECTIONS. Poll watchers prepare the audit log from the vote-counting machines in Araullo High School, Manila on May 13, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

RWM Asia Pacific Golf Challenge unfolds October 21

Jul 31, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Over 300 local and foreign amateurs are expected to vie for team and individual honors at Metro Manila’s finest golf courses

WIDE FIELD. The tournament is open to international golfers aged 35-70. Photo release

36% of Filipinos want Chinese in Recto Bank incident sanctioned – Pulse Asia

Jul 26, 2019 - 1:02 PM

Moreover, 26% of Filipinos believe China itself must also pay for the injuries suffered by the Filipino crew and damage done to their fishing boat, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey

SANCTIONS SOUGHT. The damaged fishing boat Gem-Ver arrives at the shores of Bgy. San Roque, San Jose Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

More Filipinos distrust China after Recto Bank incident – survey

Jul 26, 2019 - 11:09 AM

China's overall trust rating among Filipinos sank by 13 percentage points after the incident between a Filipino boat and a Chinese ship in the waters off Palawan

"MARITIME INCIDENT." Fishing boat Gem-vir off the coast of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malaysia, Vietnam show PH can stand up to China

Jul 23, 2019 - 5:41 PM

'When claimants stand up for themselves and refuse to be intimidated, Beijing most often backs down rather than uses force,' says Gregory Poling of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. A Philippine Coast Guard ship (R) sails past a Chinese Coast Guard ship during a joint search and rescue exercise between Philippine and US coast guards near Scarborough Shoal. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Filipinos' top SONA 2019 issues: Pay hike, lower prices, Philippine sovereignty

Jul 19, 2019 - 3:14 PM

Pulse Asia Research, Incorporated polls Filipinos on the topics they want President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss or mention in his 4th State of the Nation Address

ASSERT PH VICTORY VS CHINA. Protesters rally near the Presidential Palace ahead of the third anniversary of Philippines' victory over China at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, in Julu 2019.  Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Robredo, Sotto gain approval, trust of more Filipinos – Pulse Asia

Jul 17, 2019 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) Former Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo remained the least appreciated and trusted top Philippine official in her final week as a public official, according to a Pulse Asia survey

STILL TRUSTED. Vice President Leni Robredo visits Senate President Vicente Sotto III after she personally appeared before the Senate committee on finance for the deliberation of the 2019 budget of her office. File photo by OVP

Duterte trust, approval ratings unchanged after Recto Bank incident

Jul 17, 2019 - 10:46 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte maintains his first quarter trust and approval ratings and remains the most trusted government official, according to Pulse Asia's June 2019 survey

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the "Araw ng Pasasalamat" for the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on July 12, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Monsoon rains wreak flood havoc across South Asia

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:18 PM

The downpours – which stretch from June to September – can turn deadly, and wreak havoc again this year across India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan-administered Kashmir

FLOODING. Members of an Indian family stand atop a hut at the flood affected area of Hatishila in Kamrup district of India's Assam state on July 16, 2019. Photo by Biju Boro/AFP

14 killed in building collapse as monsoon batters South Asia

Jul 15, 2019 - 4:34 PM

(UPDATED) Heavy monsoon rains leave more than 100 dead across South Asia

COLLAPSED HOUSE. Indian rescuers work on a site after a multi-storey building collapsed following heavy rains near Kumarhatti. Photo by AFP

Indonesia to return 49 containers of waste to Europe, U.S.

Jul 03, 2019 - 7:29 AM

Jakarta joins a chorus of Southeast Asian nations that are increasingly unhappy about being used as dumping grounds for trash from Western countries

In this picture taken on June 19, 2019, Indonesian officials check one of the 49 containers loaded with a combination of garbage, plastic waste and hazardous materials in violation of import rules, in Batam island. Dozens of shipping containers full of waste will be returned to France and other developed countries, Indonesia said on July 2, 2019 as Southeast Asian nations increasingly reject serving as dumping grounds for international trash. Andaru / AFP

ON THIS DAY: Gilas-Australia FIBA brawl breaks out

Jul 02, 2019 - 2:20 PM

It's been a year since Philippines and Australia figure in the infamous bench-clearing basketbrawl

ONE YEAR AGO. The infamous Gilas-Australia FIBA brawl breaks out on July 2, 2018. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Duterte and the poor: What the surveys say

Jun 30, 2019 - 7:04 PM

Throughout his 3 years in office, President Rodrigo Duterte has managed to keep poor Filipinos satisfied with his performance. Pollsters help us make sense of this.

SATISFIED. Why has Rodrigo Duterte maintained such good ratings among the poor?

World Cup in ASEAN's sights in '15 years' – Thai FM

Jun 23, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Southeast Asian nations hope to bring for the first time in the region football's biggest spectacle by launching a joint bid to host the 2034 World Cup

CHAMPS. French players celebrate their World Cup triumph in the 2018 edition in Russia. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Indonesia returns 5 containers of waste to the U.S.

Jun 15, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Huge quantities of waste have since been redirected to Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines

Maria Ressa wins Stanford's Shorenstein Journalism Award

Jun 01, 2019 - 7:35 PM

The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Center at Stanford University honors veteran journalists who 'contributed greater understanding of Asia through outstanding reporting on critical issues affecting the region'

MARIA RESSA. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa as she pleads not guilty on the 4 cases of tax evasion charges lodged against her and the online news organinzation on April 3, 2019. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Gilas 3x3 head Magsanoc defends tapping high schoolers for Asia Cup

May 31, 2019 - 8:42 PM

The Philippines slips to No. 33 in the men's 3x3 ranking, putting in peril its bid to crack the Top 24 for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifiers

[ANALYSIS] Huawei and the Shangri-La Dialogue

May 30, 2019 - 9:33 AM

The Pentagon sets its eyes on Beijing in a new Indo-Pacific security strategy that is expected to be unveiled at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, which begins Friday, May 31

Rappler investigative team wins 2 SOPA awards for drug war story

May 29, 2019 - 9:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Rappler's 7-part investigative story, 'Murder in Manila' will receive the Group B Excellence in Human Rights Reporting Award and the Group B Excellence in Investigative Reporting Award from the Society of Publishers in Asia

Gamescom convention will launch in Singapore in 2020

May 29, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Gamescom Asia will be held in Singapore from October 15 to 18, 2020 at the Suntec Singapore Convention Center

GAMESCOM ASIA. One of the prime European games conventions heads east. Screenshot from gamescom.asia.


Australia boots out Gilas women from FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup

May 26, 2019 - 2:14 PM

The Philippines ends its campaign as the women’s team bows to the Aussies in the quarterfinals

Gilas women poised to reach FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup quarterfinals

May 24, 2019 - 8:15 PM

The Philippines absorbs its first loss of the tournament at the hands of Japan before venting its frustrations on Sri Lanka in the pool round

NOT THE END. The Gilas Pilipinas women's team are in a good position to avoid elimination. Photo from FIBA


Gilas bows out as Perlas sweeps FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup qualifiers

May 23, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Gilas Pilipinas falls short despite stringing up two wins as Perlas advances to the main draw with a 3-0 slate

Photo from FIBA