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Duterte defends Balutan in PCSO Christmas party controversy

Feb 12, 2018 - 5:45 PM

'Wala sa akin 'yan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about PCSO spending P4 million on its Christmas party in 2017

Philippine Charity Sweeptakes Office General Manager Alexander Balutan reechoes the government’s drive to eradicate illegal gambling as he urged illegal gambling operators to halt their operations and instead join the government in handling state-sanctioned numbers games during a press briefing in Malacañang on January 24, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

PCSO chairman resigns due to 'health reasons'

Jan 12, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Malacañang says PCSO chairman Jose Jorge Corpuz is not the head of a government agency who President Rodrigo Duterte said he would fire

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office chairman Jose George Corpuz, during a press briefing in Malacañang on January 24, 2017 says the government is targeting an income of P28.7 billion from Small Town Lottery which will finance the government’s charity works. KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photo

RAPPLER RECIPES: Lechon Gising Gising

Jan 07, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Still have leftover lechon clogging up your fridge?

PH embassy in Israel denies involvement in Christmas party strip show

Jan 06, 2018 - 11:51 AM

The embassy called the performance 'highly offensive' and asked the organizers to provide an explanation in writing

NO INVOLVEMENT. Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial clarifies that the embassy is not involved in thecontroversial Filipino Christmas party in Haifa, Israel. Photo from the Facebook page of the Philippine Embassy in Israel

RAPPLER RECIPES: Ensaymada French toast

Jan 04, 2018 - 9:08 PM

Another great breakfast idea using leftovers from your holiday feasts

PCSO officials not next on chopping block – Malacañang

Jan 03, 2018 - 1:33 PM

Malacañang defers naming the 'high-ranking official' President Rodrigo Duterte wants to fire, as the Chief Executive is still reviewing the legislative charter of the appointee's office

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. holds his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. He told the members of the media that he is vowed to fulfill President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's order to do what is best for the country and to tell the truth. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

RAPPLER RECIPES: Hamon and queso de bola fritata

Jan 03, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Save a ton of fridge space by using up your leftover holiday bolas for breakfast

Tim Yap and Javi Martinez Pardo are married!

Jan 01, 2018 - 2:27 PM

(UPDATED) Javi Martinez Pardo shares details of of their super low-key wedding

RAPPLER RECIPES: Roast chicken and pesto sandwich

Dec 31, 2017 - 2:15 PM

A filling snack or a light dinner, this sandwich is a quick and easy meal

RAPPLER RECIPES: Roast chicken pot pie

Dec 30, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Love comfort food? You'll love this recipe using leftover roast chicken

RAPPLER RECIPES: Fruitcake pudding

Dec 29, 2017 - 3:00 PM

A new twist on a Christmas staple

RAPPLER RECIPES: Crispy lechon on steamed buns

Dec 28, 2017 - 6:00 PM

What to do with all the leftovers from your Christmas parties? Try this delicious sandwich snack.

Holiday rush can lead to road crashes – expert

Dec 28, 2017 - 12:37 PM

Likelihood of road crash incidents is higher during the holidays when commuters flock to certain destinations

CHRISTMAS CRASH. A jeepney ran straight against a bus in Agoo, La Union. Photo from LTFRB

Christmas storm breaks records in U.S. lakeside city

Dec 27, 2017 - 4:44 PM

Meteorologists attribute the 58 inches of snow that fell over December 25 to 26 to icy winds blowing over the adjoining Lake Erie, one of North America's Great Lakes

RAPPLER RECIPES: Roast Chicken Tacos

Dec 27, 2017 - 2:31 PM

What to do with leftover roast chicken? Get creative and make some tacos!

Duterte on son’s resignation, NCCC mall fire, Peya Travel owner arrested | Evening wRap

Dec 26, 2017 - 7:12 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Paolo Duterte resignation, NCCC fire, Pope Francis Christmas message | Midday wRap

Dec 26, 2017 - 12:18 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

WATCH: Draymond Green rejects LeBron James' layup

Dec 26, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Green plays The Grinch to LeBron at the Oracle, sending his shot back

YULETIDE CHEER. Draymond Green becomes one of just 6 players to record a triple-double on Christmas Day, according to ESPN Stats. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Bikers spend Christmas with homeless Filipinos

Dec 26, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Every year, volunteer bikers from the Bike Scouts Philippines organize the 'Midnight Ride' to deliver gifts to homeless kids and their parents

Durant, Thompson lead Warriors to Christmas win over Cavs

Dec 26, 2017 - 11:33 AM

The Warriors have themselves a merry little Christmas at LeBron James and the Cavs' expense

CHRISTMAS SHOWDOWN. For the second time in 3 years, the Warriors come out on top against the Cavs on Christmas Day. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

LA Tenorio lookalike meets his PBA idol at Christmas Clasico

Dec 25, 2017 - 10:25 PM

Bohol native Lando Bago gets requests from people to take photos because of his resemblance to the Ginebra point guard

KALOKALIKE. Lando Bago had his Christmas wish come true when he met his celebrity lookalike LA Tenorio. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Pope Francis' Christmas 2017 message

Dec 25, 2017 - 8:46 PM

On Christmas Day, Pope Francis prays for peace and urges the world to see Jesus in the faces of little children caught in the middle of war

Pope Francis (C) waves from the balcony of St Peter's basilica during the traditional "Urbi et Orbi" Christmas address and blessing given to the city of Rome and to the World, on December 25, 2017 at St Peter's square in Vatican. / AFP PHOTO / Andreas SOLARO

Ginebra thwarts Magnolia on Christmas Day behind Slaughter's double-double

Dec 25, 2017 - 7:44 PM

Greg Slaughter has 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead Ginebra

CHRISTMAS WIN. Santa Claus had a win in his sack for the Gin Kings on this Christmas clash while Magnolia remains winless at the Philippine Arena. Photo from PBA Images

Caguioa dons retired Ginebra partner Helterbrand's jersey number as tribute

Dec 25, 2017 - 5:47 PM

Caguioa pays tribute to his now-retired 'Fast and the Furious' running mate Helterbrand

BROTHERS FOR LIFE. Caguioa pays tribute to co-Ginebra lifer Jayjay Helterbrand by sporting his jersey number for a conference. File photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

WATCH: Christmas around the world in Tangub City

Dec 25, 2017 - 3:57 PM

In 2007, the Department of Tourism names the city 'Christmas Symbol Capital of the Philippines'

LeBron James dwells on family, not Finals losses before Christmas game

Dec 25, 2017 - 3:27 PM

LeBron James says his family goals will stick with him, not his team's Game 3 loss in the Finals

YULETIDE CHEER. LeBron James says "seeing my daughter smile" will stick with him, not losing Game 3 of the 2017 Finals. File photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Christmas morning fire hits historic cathedral in Kalinga

Dec 25, 2017 - 1:50 PM

(UPDATED) Hours before the fire, mass during Christmas Eve was already interrupted twice because power conked out inside the Saint Joseph Parish Church in Tabuk City

CHRISTMAS FIRE. The historic Saint Joseph Parish Church catches fire early morning December 25, 2017. Photo courtesy of Dale Buslig Lopez

PH on Rohingya, Agoo Christmas crash, Pope Francis Christmas Eve message | Midday wRap

Dec 25, 2017 - 12:52 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Suspected Abu Sayyaf member arrested in Zamboanga City

Dec 25, 2017 - 12:44 PM

Local cops and navy intelligence officers arrest Baser Ahmad based on a warrant arrest issued by a court in Basilan

20 killed in Christmas Day road crash in La Union

Dec 25, 2017 - 10:33 AM

(3rd UPDATE) A Partas bus and a private jeep collide along a national highway. Among the casualties are at least 3 minors, including a 5-month-old.

CHRISTMAS CRASH. A jeepney runs straight against a bus in Agoo, La Union. Photo from Agoo Police

U.S. firm to help kin of employees killed in Davao mall fire

Dec 25, 2017 - 9:42 AM

Research Now SSI says it lost 37 of its workers in its local call center operation, housed at the top floor of the ill-fated Davao City mall

MALL FIRE. Research Now SSI says it lost 37 of its employees at the NCCC Mall fire in Davao City. Photo by SAP Bong Go

Pope Francis pleads for migrants at Christmas Mass

Dec 25, 2017 - 9:29 AM

In the Philippines, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urges Filipinos to remember people suffering from calamities, including typhoon victims

CHRISTMAS EVE. Pope Francis kisses a figurine of the Baby Jesus during a Christmas Eve Mass on December 24, 2017, at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Reasons to smile this season

Dec 25, 2017 - 9:04 AM

Thank you for a year when you chose to stay honest, decent, and true!

LIVE BLOG: Ginebra vs Magnolia - 2017 Christmas Clasico

Dec 25, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Follow along as NLEX faces GlobalPort at 3 pm and Ginebra battles Magnolia at 5:15 pm

Remember typhoon victims on Christmas – Cardinal Tagle

Dec 24, 2017 - 10:35 PM

'Christmas will not be complete' if we forget 'our poor and suffering brothers and sisters all over the world,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle lays down the image of Baby Jesus in a “manger” at the start of the Christmas Mass at the Manila Cathedral. Photo by Angie de Silva

Fire hits residential area in Cebu on Christmas Eve

Dec 24, 2017 - 9:45 PM

'Initial reports showed many houses were destroyed, although we have not received reports of casualties as of 9 pm,' says an employee of the Talisay City Fire Department

LOOK: 7 magical Christmas light and sound shows to catch until the new year

Dec 24, 2017 - 9:21 PM

Check out these dazzling displays of colorful lights dancing to holiday music

MAGICAL LIGHTS. There are several dazzling Christmas light and sound shows to catch this holiday season, and all are painstakingly made. Each minute of this 18-minute Magical Field of Lights show in Nuvali, Laguna, for example, takes four hours to program. All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang unless otherwise specified

Pope Francis prays for Vinta's victims in Mindanao

Dec 24, 2017 - 8:35 PM

'I wish to assure my prayers for the population of Mindanao in the Philippines,' Pope Francis says on Christmas Eve

PRAYING FOR MINDANAO. Pope Francis in his remarks after the Angelus on December 24, 2017, assures Mindanao of his prayers after Typhoon Vinta (Tembin) killed at least 200 people and forced 70,000 others out of their homes. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Mosul celebrates first post-ISIS Christmas

Dec 24, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Muslims, as well as local and military officials, stood with Christian worshippers amid the candles and Christmas trees

CELEBRATION. Iraqi federal police members flash the sign for victory as they celebrate in the Old City of Mosul. AFP file photo

Why do Filipinos love to celebrate Christmas?

Dec 24, 2017 - 6:27 PM

Sociologists explain why the holiday season is so widely celebrated in the country

HOLIDAYS. Majority of Filipinos anticipate Christmas and expect the season to be happy, results from an SWS survery show. Graphic by Alejandro Edoria

Mindanaoans most optimistic about Christmas, until...

Dec 24, 2017 - 4:10 PM

The Social Weather Stations survey is conducted December 8-16, before floods, landslides, fire, and the extension of martial law happen

FLASH FLOODS. Flash floods and landslides kill at least 18 in the town of Sibuco in Zamboanga Del Norte. Photo from the AFP Western Mindanao Command

Robredo asks Filipinos to remember Marawi residents this Christmas

Dec 24, 2017 - 3:54 PM

'Alalahanin natin ang mga kapatid nating nasa Marawi. Nagsisimula pa lamang silang bumangon mula sa gulo ng hidwaang naganap ngayong taon,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE. In her Christmas message, Vice President Leni Robredo asks Filipinos to remember residents who were affected by the months-long siege in Marawi City. Screenshot from VP Leni Robredo's Facebook page

Davao City cancels Christmas, New Year feasts to condole with fire, flood victims

Dec 24, 2017 - 3:27 PM

'This is not the time for merrymaking,' says Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who has also asked the city council to declare Davao City under state of calamity

EMPLOYEES TRAPPED? Authorities are verifying reports that at least 10 employees of NCCC Mall of Davao are still inside as fire rages on Saturday, December 23, 2017. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

'50-50 chance' Pingris will play in Christmas Clasico

Dec 24, 2017 - 3:15 PM

The Magnolia Hotshots' Marc Pingris is uncertain whether he'll be able to make an appearance after his kidney stone removal surgery

UNCERTAIN. Marc Pingris is uncertain in making an appearance in the PBA's Christmas Clasico. Photo by PBA Images

LISTEN: Jose Mari Chan's 'Christmas in our Hearts' in Filipino

Dec 24, 2017 - 1:54 PM

'Pinoy na Pinoy ang melody ng kanta kaya naisipan ko na mainam na lagyan ng letra sa Filipino,' sabi ng premyadong makatang si Michael Coroza

LOOK: Tangub City features Christmas around the world

Dec 24, 2017 - 1:34 PM

Why spend thousands to tour the world when you can enjoy the same vibe through this 25-year tradition in this city in Misamis Occidental?

Jerusalem tensions cast shadow over Holy Land Christmas

Dec 24, 2017 - 1:32 PM

(UPDATED) Bethlehem is normally flooded by tourists at this time of year, but has at times appeared almost empty of visitors as nearby clashes between Palestinian protesters and the Israeli army keep people away

CHRISTMAS TENSION. A picture taken on December 23, 2017 shows Palestinians standing in the Manger Square in the West Bank town of Bethlehem ahead of Christmas eve. Photo by AFP

[Two Pronged] All she wants for Christmas is an orgasm

Dec 24, 2017 - 1:04 PM

Lara wants to please her boyfriend, who makes her feel inadequate

Kerr says it would be 'irresponsible' to play Curry on Christmas

Dec 24, 2017 - 11:54 AM

Steph Curry continues to recover from his sprained ankle and will miss the Christmas day clash with the Cavs

TO MISS OUT. Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr backs up Curry in choosing to rest his sprained ankle. File photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Lawmakers' Christmas wish? Justice for EJK victims

Dec 23, 2017 - 10:30 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Legislators also call for peace and unity among Filipinos