Christmas Eve - updates

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LOOK: Duterte spends Christmas Eve with family

Dec 25, 2018 - 1:01 PM

A photo posted by his son Paolo shows President Rodrigo Duterte surrounded by his children and grandchildren while enjoying a Christmas feast

DOJ turns over to NBI report on Davao Mall Christmas eve fire

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:44 PM

DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra says NBI will evaluate and recommend the 'appropriate action'

Photo by SAP Bong Go

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

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

Dec 25, 2017 - 12:52 PM

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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

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

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

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 30, 2016

Dec 30, 2016 - 11:33 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Friday

Obamas play Christmas Eve escape game; Trumps attend late night mass

Dec 26, 2016 - 1:31 PM

They were yelling screaming having a blast They broke out with 12 seconds left says the manager of Breakout Waikiki

'BREAKOUT.' US President Barack Obama plays Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

#ShareLove: Volunteer group feeds Manila's homeless on Christmas Eve

Dec 25, 2016 - 2:59 PM

The volunteer non profit Food for Empowerment in Emergencies and Disasters feeds 1 000 homeless in Manila and gives them relief packs for Christmas

SPIRIT OF GIVING. FEED and Bike Scouts volunteers prepare meals for the homeless of Manila. Photo by Arlit Janry Parlero/ Rappler

13 hurt in Christmas Eve blast in Midsayap, Cotabato

Dec 25, 2016 - 12:40 AM

UPDATED The blast strikes outside a church just as people are attending Christmas Eve mass

IN PHOTOS: Duterte visits young cancer patients on Christmas Eve

Dec 24, 2016 - 11:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte shows his affectionate side as he spends time with patients at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte does a fist bump with a cancer-stricken child during his visit at the Southern Philippines Medical Center's Children's Cancer and Blood Diseases Unit in Davao City on December 24,2016. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

Pilgrims in Bethlehem, fears in Europe for Christmas Eve

Dec 24, 2016 - 9:07 PM

Christians in Syria s Aleppo are also looking forward to celebrations after President Bashar al Assad s forces retook full control of the city following a rebel withdrawal this week

CHRISTMAS EVE. Christian pilgrims enter the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 20, 2016. Photo by Musa Al Shaer/AFP

10 Christmas stories around the world you (also) probably missed

Dec 29, 2015 - 1:28 PM

Last minute preps for Christmas made me miss the news I read back on people stories that happened during the holidays and came up with this list

Pope hits Christmas Eve attacks by BIFF

Dec 29, 2015 - 10:30 AM

UPDATED Pope Francis ‘asks all believers to reject violence in the name of God as the BIFF claims the attacks as part of a holy war

CHRISTMAS SEASON. Pope Francis kisses a statue of baby Jesus near the central altar inside Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, on December 27, 2015, before presiding over a Mass for families. Photo by Claudio Peri/EPA

Pope Francis urges 'tenderness' on Christmas

Dec 25, 2014 - 7:13 AM

UPDATED Do we have the courage to welcome with tenderness the difficulties and problems of those who are near to us? asks the leader of the world s 1 2 billion Roman Catholics on Christmas Eve

‘GOODNESS, MEEKNESS.’ Pope Francis kneels as he leads a Christmas Eve mass at St Peter's Basilica to mark the nativity of Jesus Christ, on December 24, 2014 at the Vatican. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Hong Kong protesters mark Christmas Eve with democracy march

Dec 24, 2014 - 9:24 PM

Protesters holding metres long banners that read We want true universal suffrage walked to the city s government headquarters to signal that the democracy movement was far from over

Protesters carry a long banner and yellow umbrellas - the recent symbol of Hong Kong's democracy movement - during a march to mark Christmas Eve on December 24, 2014. The city's democracy campaigners took to the streets in the first large rally after pro-democracy protest camps, which occupied major streets for over two months, were swept away. AFP PHOTO/ AARON TAM

Pemberton trial, Lacson resignation, Sony film release | The wRap

Dec 24, 2014 - 6:18 PM

Philippine court suspends US Marine trial Lacson steps down February 2015 Sony will release controversial film “The Interview” on Christmas Day

Jail warden, wife abducted in Davao del Norte

Dec 24, 2014 - 5:30 PM

The vehicle boarded by the couple is recovered a day after they were taken

2nd Christmas in ruins in Philippine disaster zone

Dec 24, 2014 - 4:40 PM

We already feel a lot better compared to last year says a resident of the typhoon weary city of Tacloban

ANOTHER DISASTER. Filipino residents rest inside a gymnasium turned into a temporary evacuation center in Tacloban City during Typhoon Hagupit, December 6, 2014. File photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Yellow alert lifted over Metro, 7 Luzon provinces

Dec 24, 2014 - 4:35 PM

A tailend of a cold front is still bringing light to moderate rains over Metro Manila and 11 other areas

MTSAT ENHANCED IR satellite image, 3:32 pm, December 24. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Air blitz death toll in Syria's Aleppo passes 400

Dec 25, 2013 - 11:37 PM

The death toll from a 10 day Syrian regime air offensive on Aleppo rebels passes 400 Wednesday

THE VIOLENCE CONTINUES. Syrians search for survivors amidst the rubble following an airstrike in the Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo on December 17, 2013. AFP/Mohammed al-Khatieb

Tagle leads Christmas eve mass in Aquino home

Dec 25, 2013 - 6:25 PM

All is well between President Benigno Aquino III and the country s top Catholic Church leader after last year s bitterly fought Reproductive Health law

Astronauts complete successful spacewalk to fix station

Dec 25, 2013 - 9:53 AM

Americans Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins float outside the orbiting lab for 7 5 hours to replace an ammonia pump whose internal control valve failed

WORK DONE. This Dec 24, 2013 NASA TV still image shows astronaut Mike Hopkins (L) on the robotic arm holding a spare pump and Rick Mastracchio position a spare pump as they slide it into the truss during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS). AFP photo

Syria air strikes kill 15 in hard-hit Aleppo

Dec 24, 2013 - 9:52 PM

Activists also reports an airstrike against Azaz on Syria s border with Turkey

THE VIOLENCE CONTINUES. Syrians search for survivors amidst the rubble following an airstrike in the Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo on December 17, 2013. AFP/Mohammed al-Khatieb

NASA astronauts step out on Christmas Eve spacewalk

Dec 24, 2013 - 9:21 PM

The main task of the day is to retrieve a spare pump module from an external stowage platform and install it

Central African president makes fresh appeal for peace

Dec 24, 2013 - 8:40 PM

UPDATED He also banned all illegal demonstrations in Bangui

Dark Christmas for Yolanda survivors

Dec 24, 2013 - 6:29 PM

Thousands of families in Leyte will have their noche buena – or a semblance of it – in candle light

Nigeria gunmen kill six at Christmas church service

Dec 25, 2012 - 10:29 PM

Gunmen attacked a church in northern Nigeria during a midnight mass on Christmas Eve killing six people including the pastor before setting the building ablaze

Rappler's Christmas playlist

Dec 24, 2012 - 1:47 PM

Need music ideas for your party or ger together on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? We ve got it covered

SPECIAL TIME FOR A SING-ALONG. Christmas isn't Christmas without our beloved Christmas songs

Christmas Eve Divisoria fire under control

Dec 24, 2012 - 10:15 AM

After almost 10 hours fire fighters successfully put under control a fire that razed a 3 story commercial building in Divisoria district

Hamon sa pag-iwas ng pagkain ng hamon (The challenge of not eating ham)

Dec 24, 2012 - 9:57 AM

Filipino Muslims and the challenges of not eating pork ham during Christmas

'SYMBOL OF THE NOCHE BUENA.' How do our Muslim brothers and sisters deal with a season where pork is a major dish? Aliyya Sawadjaan tells us. Photo from the Christmas Hams Facebook page

(UPDATED) Christmas Eve fire rages in Divisoria

Dec 24, 2012 - 7:30 AM

A fire that broke out past midnight on Christmas Eve engulfs a 3 story commercial building in Divisoria district

CHRISTMAS EVE FLAMES. Firefighters continue to work on controlling a fire that engulfed a commercial building in Divisoria. Photo from Txtfire Philippines' Facebook page.

Potential storm moving towards Mindanao

Dec 24, 2012 - 7:10 AM

Clouds and light to moderate rain showers are expected across the country

Extraordinary Christmas traditions

Dec 09, 2012 - 1:30 PM

Christmas doesn t have to be the same every year