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Bea Rose Santiago speaks out on sexual harassment

Nov 14, 2018 - 1:14 PM

On social media, the former beauty queen says she was sexually harassed by various men, including a priest, and a 'well-known CEO'

SPEAK OUT. Bea Rose Santiago talks about her own experiences of being sexually harassed. Screenshot from

WATCH: Kelsey Merritt makes breakouts looks chic in Vogue video

Nov 14, 2018 - 8:54 AM

Here's the makeup look she wore when she auditioned for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Kelsey Merritt meets Adriana Lima, other Victoria's Secret Angels

Nov 09, 2018 - 12:32 PM

She also shares backstage moments with Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, and Josephine Skriver

MODEL MOMENT. Kelsey Merritt meets her 'inspiration,' veteran Victoria's Secret Angel Adriana Lima. Photo from

Kelsey Merritt on VS fashion show: 'I feel like I won a beauty pageant'

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:35 AM

She is the first Filipina to spread her angel wings on the legendary Victoria's Secret runway

Filipina fatally stabbed in Japan

Nov 02, 2018 - 10:46 PM

(UPDATED) Japanese media identify the 48-year-old victim as Rowena Haga, who was reportedly attacked by her former boyfriend. Japanese police have the suspect in custody, the Department of Foreign Affairs says.

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‘Tokhang,’ at kung bakit ‘natural’ na mapili ito bilang Salita ng Taon 2018

Oct 26, 2018 - 10:18 PM

Karamihan sa mga salitang pinagpilian sa Sawikaan 2018 ay mga politikal na salita. 'Ganoong katensiyonado ang development pati ng wika,' sabi ni National Artist Virgilio Almario, tagapangulo ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino

SALITA NG TAON. Ang salitang 'tokhang' na ipinasa ni Mark Angeles (center) ang itinanghal na Salita ng Taon sa Sawikaan 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

‘Tokhang’ ang Salita ng Taon 2018

Oct 26, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Napili ang 'tokhang' mula sa 11 nominadong salita sa kumperensiyang Sawikaan ng Filipinas Institute of Translation, Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino, at UP

Church groups condemn harassment: Defending poor, powerless not a crime

Oct 08, 2018 - 3:56 PM

'Hindi pwedeng hindi tayo magsasalita dahil ito ang misyon natin, ito ang purpose ng church, ang mag-minister sa mga api at dukha,' Reverend Marie Sol Villalon of the Promotions of Church People's Response says

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines and ts member churches, Iglesia Filipina Independiente and the United Church of Christ in the Philippines holds a press conference in Quezon City on October 8, 2018, denouncing the red tagging and human rights violations committed by the AFP

Salita ng Taon 2018: Narito ang mga pinagpipilian

Oct 03, 2018 - 10:13 PM

Ang 11 nominadong salita ay naging laman ng mga balita at diskusyon, at bukambibig ng mga Filipino sa nakalipas na dalawang taon

Swedish actor faces murder case for killing Filipina wife

Oct 02, 2018 - 11:05 AM

The Filipina, 28-year-old Mailyn Conde Sinambong, was allegedly 'severely beaten' by her 50-year-old Swedish husband, says the Department of Foreign Affairs

SINAMBONG CASE. Consul General Maria Elena Algabre of the Philippine embassy in Oslo discusses the case of murdered Filipina Mailyn Conde Sinambong with her maternal aunt Lugina Eliasen in Stockholm on October 1, 2018, before meeting with the Swedish lawyer handling the case. Photo courtesy of Philippine embassy in Oslo

Kiko Pangilinan: Filipina athletes should be respected

Sep 03, 2018 - 1:17 PM

The senator also calls for improvement after the Philippine delegation fails to hit a top 15 finish

SKATE QUEEN. Margielyn Didal, who bagged the Philippines' last gold medal in the women's skate event, leads the delegation as the flag bearer.

Aglipayan bishop: Duterte destroying image of the Church

Jul 12, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Bishop Antonio Ablon of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente says Duterte is systematically destroying churches and church workers in the Philippines by destroying the image of the Church

BISHOP ANTONIO ABLON. Iglesia Filipina Independente Bishop Antonio Ablon, head of the IFI-Mindanao Bishop Conference on Wednesday, speaks at a press conference on July 11. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Rappler Talk: #RiseUpTogether and becoming better LGBTQIA+ advocates

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:31 PM

How do we #RiseUpTogether and become better advocates?

Remains of Filipina student slain in Ireland arrive in PH

May 31, 2018 - 3:51 PM

Jastine Valdez had just left her home in Wicklow County when she was abducted and murdered by a 40-year-old Irish man on the evening of May 19

HOME. The remains of Jastine Valdez, a 24-year-old Filipina student who was abducted and murdered in Ireland, arrive home via the Clark Airport. Photo courtesy of Clark International Airport Corporation

Shining a spotlight on Pinay scientists

May 26, 2018 - 4:24 PM

The achievements of notable Filipina scientists are proof that women scientists thrive in the Philippines

Ana Julaton retires from boxing, MMA

Mar 23, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Ana Julaton finishes her boxing career with a 14-4-1 win-loss-draw record and her mixed martial arts stint with a 2-4 card

HANGING UP THE GLOVES. Ana Julaton retires from the fighting world – both from boxing and mixed martial arts. Photo from Julaton's Instagram account

IN PHOTOS: The Filipina beyond Maria Clara

Mar 11, 2018 - 2:31 PM

Award-winning documentary photographer Rick Rocamora takes these photos of Filipinas over the years

Temporary Housing, Tondo, Manila 2015

[OPINION] Celebrating women’s month with the fearless females in fisheries

Mar 09, 2018 - 10:35 AM

These stories of meaningful participation in developing the fisheries sector affirm the need for gender equality

Janelle Mae Frayna ends up 4th in Malaysia after costly final round draw

Mar 08, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Tied for the lead heading into the final round, Frayna squanders her chance and lands 4th in the chess tournament held at Selangor, Malaysia

FRUSTRATED. Filipina Janelle Mae Frayna finished fourth the chess tournament held in Malaysia. From the FB of Institute for Chess Excellence

Janelle Mae Frayna tied for lead in Malaysian chess tournament

Mar 07, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Frayna, the Philippines' first woman grandmaster, shares the top spot with 3 others but carries a high tiebreak score in the event organized by the Institute for Chess Excellence of Selangor

JANELLE . From her Facebook account

NUJP: Expanded ban on Rappler by Malacañang 'a low point in pettiness'

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:12 PM

The NUJP adds. 'this show of vindictiveness is not just pathetically childish, more worrisome is it shows Duterte’s penchant for taking shortcuts in a case that is still pending before the courts'

Body of missing Filipina found in earthquake-hit Taiwan

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Officials say at least 9 people were killed after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit the popular eastern tourist city of Hualien, Taiwan

DANGER ZONE. Rescue workers block off the area to search for survivors outside a building which tilted to one side after its foundation collapsed in Hualien after a strong 6.4-magnitude quake rocked eastern Taiwan early on February 7, 2018. Photo by Paul Yang/AFP

Filipina caretaker missing after Taiwan quake – MECO

Feb 07, 2018 - 12:51 PM

(UPDATED) MECO Chair Lito Banayo says he has sent staff to check hospitals if there are any Filipino casualties

DANGER ZONE. Rescue workers block off the area to search for survivors outside a building which tilted to one side after its foundation collapsed in Hualien after a strong 6.4-magnitude quake rocked eastern Taiwan early on February 7, 2018. Paul Yang/AFP

Setelah disekap satu tahun, 2 WNI bebas dari Abu Sayyaf di Filipina

Jan 20, 2018 - 9:09 PM

Pemerintah Indonesia selalu membantah membayar uang tebusan untuk membebaskan sandera

PH women's sports teams and athletes on the rise in 2018

Jan 03, 2018 - 7:14 PM

Get to know the prominent women in PH sports today

Grant para sa pagsasaliksik sa wika at kultura

Dec 21, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Bukas ang grant sa mga indibidwal o grupo ng mga mananaliksik na nagnanais magsagawa ng pag-aaral sa mga katutubong wika ng Filipinas

What makes a modern Filipina?

Nov 22, 2017 - 1:00 PM

These are some of the ways Filipinas continue to break gender stereotypes


Nov 15, 2017 - 7:05 AM

Dapatkan informasi terbaru dari KTT ke-31 para pemimpin ASEAN dan pertemuan terkait, 11-14 November 2017 di Filipina

Pemimpin ASEAN sepakat beri perlindungan bagi pekerja migran

Nov 15, 2017 - 6:05 AM

Sayangnya, dokumen tersebut tidak mengikat secara hukum

SEPAKAT. Para pemimpin negara anggota ASEAN sepakat memberikan perlindungan yang lebih baik bagi para pekerja migran. Foto: screen shot Rappler

Krizziah Lyn Tabora wins Bowling World Cup after 14-year title drought

Nov 13, 2017 - 5:53 PM

Krizziah Lyn Tabora joins the ranks of Filipino bowling greats Paeng Nepomuceno, Christian Suarez, Lita dela Rosa and Bong Coo Garcia in holding titles in the BWC

HISTORIC. Krizziah Lyn Tabora is the first Filipino to win a BWC title after 14 years. Photo from Facebook

Presiden Jokowi tiba di Manila untuk mengikuti KTT ke-31 ASEAN

Nov 12, 2017 - 11:43 AM

Pada April lalu, Jokowi melakukan kunjungan kenegaraan ke Filipina dan disambut Presiden Duterte

DIALOG BILATERAL. Presiden Filipina, Rodrigo Duterte (kiri) tengah melakukan dialog bilateral dengan Presiden Joko Widodo di Istana Merdeka pada Jumat, 9 September. Foto oleh King Rodriguez/PPD

Winwyn Marquez thanks family, supporters after Reina Hispanoamericana 2017

Nov 08, 2017 - 4:04 PM

'Sa mga PH queens, mabuhay kayo. Hindi nila alam gaano kahirap pinagdadaanan natin and saludo ako sa inyong lahat!' says Wyn

IN PHOTOS: Winwyn Marquez's journey to Reina Hispanoamericana 2017

Nov 06, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Winwyn fulfills her dream of becoming a beauty queen like her aunt, Melanie Marquez

Filipina Everest conqueror to sail for China on a balangay

Nov 02, 2017 - 9:55 PM

Filipina adventurer Carina Dayondon plans to sail from Manila to southern China early next year, recreating trade and migration voyages made before Spain colonized the Philippines in the 1500s

SEA JOURNEY. This picture taken on October 6, 2017, shows a traditional Philippine wooden boat known as balangay sailing in Manila Bay. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Indonesia minta klarifikasi kepada Filipina soal WNI yang tertangkap di Marawi

Nov 02, 2017 - 7:18 PM

Otoritas Filipina pernah menyampaikan Ilham diduga telah tewas dalam peperangan di Marawi

DIDAKWA. Pria bernama Muhammad Ilham Syahputra ditangkap Polisi Filipina karena diduga ikut berperang di Marawi. Foto diambil dari Kepolisian Filipina (PNP)

Satu WNI yang terlibat peperangan di Marawi ditangkap otoritas Filipina

Nov 02, 2017 - 11:14 AM

Muhammad Ilham Syahputra mengaku masuk ke Filipina melalui jalur udara pada November 2016 menggunakan paspor palsu

DIMINTAI KETERANGAN. Seorang pria yang mengklaim bernama Muhammad Ilham Syahputra ditangkap otoritas Filipina pada Rabu, 1 November. Foto: sumber

Lakbay: Filipina artists hold exhibit on migration in Berlin

Sep 27, 2017 - 11:48 AM

The exhibit includes paintings, photos, film, and music that highlight the challenges and adventures that come with migration

FILIPINA ARTISTS. From L-R: Lola Abrera (film), Jenny Peñas-Macaraig (photography), Trinka Lat (film), Citadel Cruz (photography), Lea Millares-Sylvester (moderator), Jenny Fadrigo-Hankammer (painting), Philippine Ambassador to Germany Millie Sta. Maria-Thomeczek, Rowena Borsich (painting), Isa Tabasuares (music), KC Caguioa-Mönnich (painting), Kay Abaño (photography). All photos by Carol Ramoran

TNI bantah bayar uang tebusan untuk pembebasan WNI dari Abu Sayyaf

Sep 08, 2017 - 9:46 PM

Gatot menyebut pembebasan dua WNI bisa terealisasi berkat upaya diplomasi antara TNI dengan angkatan bersenjata Filipina

TEBUSAN. Panglima TNI Jenderal Gatot Nurmantyo membantah Indonesia memberikan uang tebusan kepada kelompok Abu Sayyaf. Foto oleh Indrianto Eko Suwarso/ANTARA

Filipina 0-9 Indonesia: Performa sempurna Garuda Nusantara

Sep 07, 2017 - 11:32 PM

Indonesia menghajar timnas Filipina dengan 9 gol tanpa balas

MENANG. Timnas U-19 berhasil menghajar timnas Filipina dengan 9 gol tanpa balas. Foto diambil dari akun @pssi_fai

Militer Filipina selamatkan dua sandera Indonesia dari kelompok Abu Sayyaf

Sep 07, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Kedua nelayan asal Indonesia dalam keadaan baik usai menjalani pemeriksaan medis

DIBEBASKAN. Dua sandera asal Indonesia berhasil diselamatkan militer Filipina pada Kamis, 7 September. Ilustrasi oleh Rappler

Filipina vs Indonesia: Garuda mencari 'korban' kedua

Sep 07, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Kemenangan bakal memuluskan jalan pasukan Indra Sjafrie ke babak kedua Piala AFF U 18

Pelatih Indra Sjafri memimpin latihan tim Bali United di Stadion Wayan Dipta, Gianyar, Bali, Kamis (26/1). Foto oleh Fikri Yusuf/ANTARA

Lawan Filipina di Piala AFF U-18, Indra Sjafri: Kita wajib menang!

Sep 07, 2017 - 8:29 AM

Timnas Indonesia akan bertemu Filipina Kamis petang ini

Para pemain Timnas U-19 merayakan kemenangan atas Myanmar, Selasa (5/9). Foto diambil dari PSSI

In praise of the modern ‘binibini’

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:37 PM

San Mig Light’s new web film celebrates the beauty and strength of Filipinas

Hadapi Filipina di babak final, tim bola basket Indonesia diminta tenang

Aug 26, 2017 - 1:56 PM

Indonesia berpeluang mencetak sejarah dengan meraih medali emas di ajang SEA Games

BEREBUT BOLA. Pebasket Indonesia Sandy Febiansyah Kurniawan (kanan) berebut bola dengan pebasket Vietnam Nguyen V. Hund pada SEA Games XXIX Kuala Lumpur di Maba Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Minggu, 20 Agustus. Foto oleh Wahyu Putro A/ANTARA

How technology helped blind singer Alienette Coldfire see the world, dream big

Aug 25, 2017 - 1:43 PM

I may not be one whom you can consider a celebrity but I can proudly say I m a person with a clear vision big dreams and definite plans for the future thanks to technology says the Filipina singer

Timnas kalahkan Filipina 3-0, kado manis kemerdekaan

Aug 17, 2017 - 9:34 PM

Timnas Indonesia menguasai permainan selama pertandingan

Septian David Maulana (kedua kanan) bersama rekan-rekan satu tim melakukan selebrasi seusai membobol gawang Filipina pada babak penyisihan Grup B SEA Games XXIX di Stadion Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia, Kamis (17/8). FOTO oleh Wahyu Putro/ANTARA

LIVE UPDATES: Timnas Indonesia vs Filipina

Aug 17, 2017 - 5:18 PM

Filipina sukses mengalahkan Kamboja di laga pertama penyisihan Grup B

Indonesia vs Filipina: Pantang berpuas diri

Aug 17, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Hasil seri 1 1 atas Thailand tak akan ada artinya tanpa kemenangan di laga kedua

PELEPASAN TIMNAS. Ketua Umum PSSI Edy Rahmayadi (ketiga kiri), pelatih Luis Milla (kedua kiri), pemain serta ofisial berpose saat pelepasan timnas U-22 di Jakarta, Kamis, 10 Agustus. Wahyu Putro A/ANTARA

PANOORIN: Pag-awit ni Mariel De Leon ng 'Ang Maya'

Aug 12, 2017 - 6:09 PM

Inawit ni Binibining Pilipinas International Mariel de Leon 2017 ang Ang Maya para sa Buwan ng Wika

ASEAN 50: Awal mula organisasi kawasan Asia Tenggara dibentuk

Aug 09, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Organisasi yang dibentuk tahun 1967 lalu kini berusia 50 tahun Apa saja tantangan yang kini dihadapi?

ASEAN. Warga bersepeda melewati bendera-bendera negara anggota ASEAN yang dikibarkan di sepanjang Sungai Mekong di Viantiane, Laos pada 5 September 2016. Foto oleh Ye Aung Thu/AFP