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The power of Pink Dot, Singapore's LGBTQ+ movement, lies in its rejection

Jul 03, 2019 - 1:16 PM

What happens after the music dies and the lights go out on Pink Dot?

Militarization of government, jeepney fare hike, Nadal out of Paris Masters | Midday wRap

Nov 01, 2018 - 2:38 PM

Watch Rappler’s Midday newscast with Ralf Rivas

Google Mini captures top spot in connected speaker market

Sep 20, 2018 - 9:28 AM

A report by Strategy Analytics shows that for the second quarter of 2018 the smallest device from Google captured 20 percent of the market with sales of 2.3 million

MINI. File photo shows Isabelle Olsson, lead designer for home hardware for Google, Inc., introducing the new Google Home Mini at a product launch event, October 4, 2017, at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, California. Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/AFP

Gov't approves permits to operate of 25 Boracay hotels, resorts

Sep 01, 2018 - 3:51 PM

The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force is implementing a 'No Compliance, No Opening' policy to ensure that establishments follow rules and regulations

HOTELS. The Department of Tourism releases a list of accredited accommodation establishments in Boracay. Photo from Fairways and Bluewater Beach Resort

Modern jeepneys proposed in Boracay

Aug 21, 2018 - 6:51 PM

While Yellow Dot recently did a survey of Boracay's transport requirements for public utility vehicle modernization, the Sangguniang Bayan of Malay, Aklan, wants to reconsider whether the proposal will complement e-trikes on the island.

JEEPNEY MODERNIZATION. Will Boracay get new jeeps? Background image from Department of Transportation

Tulfo brothers, Aegis Juris, Dingdong Dantes | Evening wRap

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:07 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Call for proposals: DOT tourism research grant

Jul 19, 2018 - 2:43 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Deadline for applications is on July 31, Tuesday

Photo by Naveen Ganglani/Rappler

Binay seeks to stop misuse of Duty Free funds amid Teo controversy

Jul 01, 2018 - 9:50 PM

Senator Nancy Binay says the Governance Commission for GOCCs should 'take seriously' its job to coordinate policies of government corporations

ACCOUNTABILITY. Senator Nancy Binay, chairman of the Senate committee on tourism, said the Governance Corporation for Government Owned and Controlled Corporations needs to strengthen its fiscal practices over the Comission on Audit's findings on the misuse of Duty Free funds. Photo from the Office of Senator Nany Binay

Joma: oust Duterte, Wanda Teo shopping spree, Princess Ayako | Evening wRap

Jun 28, 2018 - 8:52 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Guevarra on Calida, Puyat on Tulfo brothers, ABC cancels Roseanne | Evening wRap

May 30, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Veteran official named Tourism Promotions Board OIC

May 24, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Arnold Gonzales has been with the Department of Tourism for 30 years

OIC. Arnold Gonzales is the new Tourism Promotions Board officer-in-charge. Photo from Gonzales' Facebook page

P1-consultant runs Tourism Promotions Board besides Cesar Montano

May 19, 2018 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) Ronnie Albao, who sources say unofficially functions as Cesar Montano's chief of staff, denies the claims

CHIEF OF STAFF? Tourism Promotions Board Chief Operating Office (COO) Cesar Montano and Ronnie Albao pose for a photo at Senate of the Philippines. Photo from Ronnie Albao's Twitter account

Puyat 'uncomfortable' over tourism projects without public bidding

May 17, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says she has concerns over projects under TPB chief Cesar Montano's watch that did not pass through public bidding

NEW CHIEF. Newly-installed Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat arrives at the DOT office in Makati City on May 15, 2018. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Cesar Montano, DOT chief Romulo Puyat meet privately

May 17, 2018 - 2:06 PM

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat moves the meeting with Cesar Montano, originally set at the DOT office in Makati, to an undisclosed location

PROMOTIONS CHIEF. Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Chief Operating Officer Cesar Montano at the Philippine Move and Press Club 33rd Annual Star Awards. Photo from Cesar Montano - TPB page

Duterte on Philippine Rise, TPB and Buhay Carinderia, North Korea on meeting with U.S. | Midday wRap

May 16, 2018 - 12:59 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

'Buhay Carinderia' gets P80M in a month under Cesar Montano

May 16, 2018 - 9:23 AM

In less than a month, 90% of the P80-million sponsorship funds are paid to advertising company Mary Lindbert International for the Buhay Carinderia project, even if was far from completion

FOOD TOURISM. Mary Lindbert International CEO Erlinda Legaspi (L), Tourism Promotions Board COO Cesar Montano, and former Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo at the Buhay Carinderia Redefined launch on April 11, 2018. Photo from the Buhay Carinderia Facebook page

New tourism chief to talk to Cesar Montano over corruption allegations

May 15, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says she will 'get the side' of Tourism Promotions Board chief Cesar Montano on allegations that he paid in full the contractor for an P80-million project that has yet to be completed

NEW CHIEF. Newly installed Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat arrives at the DOT office in Makati City on May 15, 2018 to give her first media briefing. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Mon Tulfo on P60-M ad deal: 'Ben to be blamed, not Wanda'

May 10, 2018 - 8:12 PM

Mon Tulfo, the eldest among siblings, breaks his silence, saying, 'I am not trying to get Wanda off the hook in a case that might constitute plunder; as I said earlier, I want people to know the inside story'

SIBLINGS. From left to right: Wanda Tulfo Teo, Ramon Tulfo, and Ben Tulfo.

'Black dot' emoji locking up iPhone, iPad and Mac messaging app – reports

May 10, 2018 - 1:29 PM

The dot contains hidden code that overloads a device's CPU


Romulo Puyat vows to rid tourism department of corruption

May 09, 2018 - 8:24 PM

Incoming Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat promises there will be no corruption and says she will push for sustainable tourism

Romulo-Puyat vows to rid tourism department of corruption

NEW TOURISM CHIEF. Incoming Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat checks an item at an agriculture fair. Photo from the Department of Agriculture Facebook page

New DOT Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on hosting Miss Universe: 'Tignan muna natin'

May 09, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Puyat makes the comment in a TV show amid reports that the country will host the 2018 edition

Photo by Alecs Ongcal

Senators welcome appointment of 'clean, very qualified' tourism chief

May 09, 2018 - 3:03 PM

'We believe in her competence and integrity as the new tourism secretary,' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV on the appointment of Bernadette Romulo-Puyat

NEW TOURISM CHIEF. Incoming Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat checks an item at an agriculture fair. Photo from the Department of Agriculture Facebook page

Trillanes seeks Senate probe into P60-M DOT ads in Tulfos’ show

May 09, 2018 - 11:48 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the probe will 'look into the irregularities in the disposition of the DOT’s budget and its expenditures in advertising and marketing in order to ensure that government funds are legally and properly allocated'

PROBE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV wants the DOT advertisement placement in the 'Kilos Pronto' show.  File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Duterte names Bernadette Romulo Puyat as tourism chief

May 08, 2018 - 9:43 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Incoming Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat is an undersecretary at the Department of Agriculture

NEW TOURISM CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte is seen with Senator Cynthia Villar, Agriculture Undersecretary Bernadette Puyat, and Agrilink/ Foodlink/Aqualink 2017 Chairman Candelario Miculob in an event on October 5, 2017. Puyat is the new tourism secretary named by Duterte on May 8, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Wanda Teo resigns, Duterte on Dengvaxia, Avengers cast get tattoos | Evening wRap

May 08, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Teo has ‘no idea’ her brothers Ben and Erwin Tulfo host ‘Kilos Pronto’

May 08, 2018 - 4:52 PM

This claim by the resigned tourism secretary's lawyer is contrary to state auditors' finding the contract signed by DOT 'specifically required' PTV to air ads on 'Kilos Pronto'

SIBLINGS. From left to right: Ben Tulfo, Wanda Tulfo Teo, and Erwin Tulfo. Teo's photo from Malacanang, Tulfo brothers' photo from Bitag media

Ombudsman probes P60-million DOT-Tulfo controversy

May 08, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Ombudsman is looking into the controversy that led to the resignation of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo

SIBLINGS. Erwin Tulfo, resigned tourism secretary Wanda Tulfo Teo, and Ben Tulfo (L-R) are embroiled in a controversy after the tourism department's P60 million payment for advertisements were paid to the Tulfos' production company, Bitag Media.

Duterte didn't fire Wanda Teo – Topacio

May 08, 2018 - 3:45 PM

'The President trusted her to do what she thought was right,' says lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, when asked if President Rodrigo Duterte tried to stop the tourism chief from resigning

NEWS BRIEFING. Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio holds a news briefing on the resignation of his client, Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, on May 8, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Teo denies resignation, Duterte on De La Serna, Mayweather in Manila | Midday wRap

May 08, 2018 - 11:32 AM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Tulfo brothers to return P60M, Robredo backs Sereno, Mayweather to visit Manila | Evening wRap

May 07, 2018 - 10:17 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Acor Arceo

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The wonders of Wanda Teo

May 07, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The conflict of interest situation here is as clear as her brothers’ oral gyrations on their shows. If she does not see that, Teo has no business staying a minute longer in government.

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, April 30-May 6, 2018

May 06, 2018 - 11:39 AM

Here are the must-watch videos this week!

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Executive Order which prohibits illegal contractualization while delivering his speech during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Tulfo brothers go after other media outfits, colleagues

May 05, 2018 - 9:17 PM

The Tulfo brothers are engaged in word wars with other media practitioners and organizations over backlash following a Commission on Audit report

Rappler responds to Erwin Tulfo: 'Stick to the real issues'

May 05, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Erwin Tulfo’s recent antics are typical of him – dragging others down when he’s in trouble

Mon Jimenez, Duterte in Time Magazine, Cosby and Polanski | Evening wRap

May 04, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

NBI files graft complaint vs ex-DOT chief Jimenez over P1-B ad campaign

May 04, 2018 - 11:53 AM

(UPDATED) 'We believe these "charges" are meant to draw public attention away from the current controversy involving the current Department of Tourism leadership and PTV4,' says former tourism secretary Ramon Jimenez

FACT CHECK: Wanda Teo claims no hand in P60M ads, but DOT contract specified Bitag

May 01, 2018 - 8:42 PM

(UPDATED) The audit report says the contract signed by DOT 'specifically required' PTV to air ads on Kilos Pronto, the show produced by the brother of Tourism Secretary Teo

ADS CONTROVERSY. Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo finds herself in the middle of a controversy after an audit report flags P60 million worth of ad placements paid to her brother's production company. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler


Malacañang to probe DOT payment for ads on Ben Tulfo show

Apr 30, 2018 - 3:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has heard of the controversy and wants to get to the bottom of things, says the Palace

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque announces during a press briefing in Malacañang on March 20, 2018 that the dollar remittances from overseas Filipinos have risen to 2.7 billion in January this year according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Malacañang Photo

Wanda Teo claims no hand in DOT's P60-million deal with PTV

Apr 30, 2018 - 2:40 PM

(UPDATED) This comes after state auditors questioned the P60-million payment made by the Department of Tourism to People's Television Network for ad placements in her brother Ben Tulfo's show

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo reassures the media that the government will not spend funds for hosting the Miss Universe pageant next year during a press briefing in Malacañan on September 1. ACE MORANDANTE/PPD

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 30, 2018

Apr 30, 2018 - 10:35 AM

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COA questions P60-M DOT ads payment to Ben Tulfo's media outfit

Apr 28, 2018 - 5:48 PM

State auditors direct the People's Television Network, Incorporated to produce documents to support the Department of Tourism's payments to PTV 4 blocktimer Bitag Media Unlimited, Incorporated

Sacked SSS executive appointed tourism undersecretary

Apr 25, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Pompee La Viña, whose term as SSS commissioner was not renewed due to alleged 'abuse' of public funds, is appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to another post

FIRED. Former SSS commissioner Pompee La Viña is the latest official to be fired in President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-corruption  campaign. Screenshot from the Facebook of Pompee La Vina

PNP deploys riot police among 600-strong force securing Boracay rehab

Apr 17, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Police contingent now in place ahead of 6-month closure of tourist haven

 CLOSE WATCH. A member of the 600-strong  contingent from the PNP with fishermen of Boracay Island. Photo courtesy of PNP

Is the DOT’s media restriction in Boracay constitutional?

Apr 16, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Legal experts say there will be a solid case if media groups choose to challenge the restriction in court

IN CALAMITY? Boracay is one of the most popular beach destinations in the Philippines. File photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

DOT issues guidelines for media covering Boracay

Apr 14, 2018 - 9:47 PM

The process for media accreditation will start on Monday, April 16

Wanda Teo warns Coron execs, tour operators over oil leak issue

Feb 17, 2018 - 10:20 PM

Local authorities say the oil leaks come from tourist motor boats plying Coron Bay

CORON, PALAWAN. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Wanda Teo: 'High time' to shut down 200 erring establishments in Boracay

Feb 16, 2018 - 6:26 PM

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says the possible closure of businesses in Boracay would have 'limited impact' on the Philippine tourism industry

SAVE BORACAY. Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says the 'massive cleanup' of Boracay should start now. Malacanang file photo

Wanda Teo defends overseas trips of DOT clerks, drivers

Feb 16, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says she chose to send some rank-and-file employees to official trips abroad since they have never gone overseas

TOURISM CHIEF. Reporters interview Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo in Davao City on February 16, 2018. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Koreans, Chinese are top PH tourists in first 10 months of 2017

Dec 13, 2017 - 3:10 PM

Chinese arrivals also record the biggest surge, jumping 39.28%, while Indian visitors rose 20.28%

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 23, 2017

Nov 23, 2017 - 11:42 AM

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BJMP Acting Chief Deogracias Tapayan (left), QCPD Chief PCSupt Guillermo Eleazar (right) along with PDEA officials led the destruction of confiscated contrabands from a series of Greyhound Operations as part of the Oplan Linis Piitan in line with the president war on drugs campaign. The event was held at the BJMP NHQ in Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City on on October 24, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler