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[OPINION | Dash of SAS] The Filipino global nurse: Trained to leave, now made to stay

May 30, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'It was upsetting to see photos of nurses in head-to-toe level 4 PPE watching over patients in non-air conditioned tents and think about their P10,000 monthly salary (even lower in private hospitals) and 12-hour shifts'

Duterte admin giving returning OFWs 'VIP treatment' – Roque

May 30, 2020 - 3:07 PM

Malacañang responds to a labor group that condemned the government for its 'garbage-like treatment' of migrant Filipino workers

Returning OFWs who finished thier prolonged mandatory quarantine queue outside the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange on May 28, 2020, to return to their respective provinces through the Balik Probinsya program. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

'Recognition for frontliners': Pinay nurse in UAE inspired by conversation with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince

May 30, 2020 - 11:02 AM

Jessa Dawn Ubag says she considered her video conference with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as a 'recognition of the Filipino community in the UAE, along with all frontliners'

PINAY NURSE. Jessa Dawn Ubag is among the lucky few who had a chance to speak with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, through a virtual chat. Photo courtesy of the Emirates News Agency

Cebu, rest of Central Visayas gear up for more OFW arrivals

May 29, 2020 - 8:19 PM

The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas says thousands of overseas Filipino workers are projected to arrive in Central Visayas in the coming week

OFW ARRIVAL. Overseas Filipino workers arrive at the Port of Cebu. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard Central Visayas

OFWs in Dubai battle coronavirus, too

May 28, 2020 - 6:11 PM

Most OFWs in Dubai opt to share living quarters to save on rent. They also become more vulnerable to the spread of the coronavirus.

Filipino cruise crew member in coronavirus limbo dies of apparent suicide

May 28, 2020 - 10:06 AM

A 32-year-old Filipino worker on a ship called Scarlet Lady, the only cruise ship owned by Virgin Voyages, died of 'apparent self-harm,' says the US Coast Guard

STRANDED. In this file photo The Virgin Voyages cruise ship Scarlet Lady is seen on the River Mersey in Liverpool on February 26, 2020. Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

Locavore sells ready-to-cook sizzling sinigang, lechon belly, crispy pata

May 28, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Locavore's Filipino favorites are available for delivery in frozen, ready-to-cook, or party tray form

Fontana Chinese get coronavirus test results faster than some OFWs

May 28, 2020 - 7:51 AM

Chinese workers at the resort complex are included in a list of OFWs who’ve tested negative for COVID-19, even though their swab samples were taken later than some Filipino repatriates still waiting for their results

MIX-UP. Names of Chinese workers who tested negative for COVID-19 were inadvertently published on a list of OFWs cleared of the disease. Photo of the swabbing of the Chinese workers sourced by Rappler; screen shot of list from PCG

Heredia rejoins Casimero for unification vs Inoue

May 27, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Renowned Mexican strength coach Memo Heredia joins Johnriel Casimero’s training camp, signaling a possible bout

BACK SOON? If sports restrictions ease up, Johnriel Casimero may head back to the ring by July. Photo from Team Casimero

Ebe Dancel celebrates birthday with Facebook show

May 27, 2020 - 7:44 PM

You're invited!

EBE DANCEL. The musician is celebrating his birthday with a show on May 29. File photo by Jaen Nappy Manegdeg and Jeff Digma/Rappler

Bench teases next endorser with 'Crash Landing on You' reference

May 27, 2020 - 4:59 PM

Is Hyun Bin the latest Bench model?

Fearing coronavirus, OFWs in Algeria ask PH gov’t to bring them home

May 27, 2020 - 4:52 PM

At least 152 Filipinos working in construction sites remain stranded in the African country

DISINFECTION. Municipal workers dressed in protective gear disinfect a street in the Bab el-Oued district of Algeria's capital Algiers on April 9, 2020. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

For Cardi B, lumpiang shanghai is ‘good as hell’

May 27, 2020 - 12:49 PM

The rapper is introduced to Filipino cuisine by her aunt-in-law

CARDI B. The rapper has been staying at home with her husband Offset and their daughter Kulture. Screenshot from

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with Faith Nisperos?

May 27, 2020 - 10:01 AM

The highly touted Ateneo volleyball rookie draws inspiration as an athlete from her idol Michael Jordan

Stuck and undocumented: A transiting OFW's tough choice

May 26, 2020 - 8:21 PM

Does he return to a country in disarray, or does he stay in another where he has no rights? Whatever choice he makes, the future is uncertain.

Wesley So fights to stay alive vs Carlsen

May 26, 2020 - 8:09 PM

Wesley So faces a big hurdle as he hopes to topple world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge

STAYING ALIVE. Wesley So is on an uphill climb as he faces rapid world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway. Photo by Berit Roald /NTB Scanpix /AFP

Negros Occidental, Bacolod officials ‘surprised’ by mass arrival of OFWs

May 26, 2020 - 1:00 PM

In a single day, 468 overseas Filipino workers arrive in Negros Occidental and Bacolod via two sweeper flights and a sea vessel

THEIR HOME. Some of the OFWs who arrived at the Bacolod-Silay Airport from Manila Monday night, May 25. Photo courtesy of Capitol PIO

More PH chess players banned

May 25, 2020 - 11:55 PM

The latest Filipino chess players to be handed down a suspension are Elwin Retanal, Harison Maamo, and Vladimir Gonzales

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DFA probing death of Filipino in Lebanon POLO shelter

May 25, 2020 - 5:51 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is also considering 'underlying factors' as the domestic worker entered the shelter a day before her supposed suicide

Duterte orders OFWs stuck in Metro Manila to be brought home this week

May 25, 2020 - 1:13 PM

(UPDATED) Some 24,000 overseas Filipino workers remain stranded in the capital region due to severe delays in the release of test results and certificates

BACK HOME. A quarantine team from DOH assist repatriated OFWs from different countries into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Manila on April 2, 2020. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Filipina domestic worker commits suicide in Lebanon – embassy

May 25, 2020 - 8:39 AM

Her death comes days after a rights group complained about the shelter she was in

BEIRUT. A picture taken on January 25, 2020, shows Lebanese soldiers standing guard beneath a giant national flag in the capital Beirut with a backdrop of snow-covered mountains. Photo by Anwar Amro/AFP

3 more Pinoy chess players suspended, Labog ban reversed

May 24, 2020 - 7:50 PM

Former Palarong Pambansa champion Eric Labog Jr clears his name, but 3 more Filipino players get suspended from online chess tournaments

Filipinos abroad with coronavirus now at 2,523

May 24, 2020 - 7:25 PM

There are 3 new deaths recorded, bringing the total number of fatalities among overseas Filipinos to 294

Two Hundred Fifty Three repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) return to Cebu City from Manila as they arrive in Pier 5 aboard 2go Passenger Ship on May 23, 2020. The OFWs already received their negative result after a swab test was done to them administered by the Sub-Task Group for the repatriation of OFWs as they will still render 14-days quarantine in the City. Photo by Gelo Litonjuan/Rappler

PH karateka Delos Santos shoots to world No.6 in online kata

May 24, 2020 - 2:43 PM

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, James delos Santos continues to bring glory to the country in online kata tournaments

WORLD NO. 6. James delos Santos proves that he can still bring glory to the Philippines even amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photo from James delos Santos' Facebook

Rice is life: How Margielyn Didal copes with Olympic road diet

May 24, 2020 - 11:16 AM

Margielyn Didal's lifeline comes from a Filipino staple that is not readily available in other countries

FUELING OLYMPIC DREAMS. Margielyn Didal shares her diet as national athlete and Olympic hopeful. Photo from Instagram (@margielyndidal)

'BULAWAN: Interviews with Filipino Medical Oncologists' ebook available for free download

May 23, 2020 - 5:03 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The print copy of 'Bulawan' was launched during the celebration of the PSMO’s 50th anniversary last October 25, 2019

Team Ancajas hopes to fly to Vegas in June

May 23, 2020 - 3:32 PM

As US boxing mulls return, Jerwin Ancajas stays ready for his thrice-postponed title duel

STILL GOING. Jerwin Ancajas continues to train amid the lockdown. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Plight of stranded OFWs: Gov't still processing 8,000 certificates

May 23, 2020 - 1:54 PM

The government task force is working to ensure that OFWs are released at most 5 days after going through quarantine, says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

A quarantine team from DOH assist repatriated OFWs from different countries into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Malate. Manila on April 2, 2020, for the start of their 14-day quarantine. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH para chess bet Severino lands 2nd in FIDE Online Cup

May 22, 2020 - 9:25 PM

Asian Para Games gold medalist Sander Severino settles for a runner-up finish in the 31-player field

IN THE HUNT. Sander Severino hopes to sustain his solid game in other upcoming online chess tournaments. Screengrab from Rappler

462 returning OFWs to arrive in Cebu on May 22

May 22, 2020 - 5:49 PM

The OFWs return to Cebu from Manila after undergoing isolation and virus tests. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases in Cebu’s jails now exceed 600 mark.

REPATRIATED. OFWs return to Cebu via ferry in April. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

WATCH: OFWs in prolonged quarantine because of delayed COVID-19 test results

May 21, 2020 - 9:56 PM

‘Emotionally tortured na po kami dito sa kaiisip kung kailan kami makakauwi sa aming pamilya,’ says a seafarer who’s been in quarantine since April 25

STRANDED, ANXIOUS. Marlo Albayalde reads a message he and his fellow seafarers prepared, appealing to the government to release their coronavirus test results. Screencap of video from Albayalde

Shorter shoots, less films out: PH film industry mull future post-lockdown

May 21, 2020 - 9:00 AM

What will film production look like after the lockdown?

FALSE: Archbishop Villegas says it would be better if Duterte resigned

May 21, 2020 - 8:51 AM

Archbishop Socrates Villegas did not say this quote. An earlier source of this quote was a site that published fake reports.

Filipino-Canadian nurses among unsung heroes of coronavirus pandemic

May 20, 2020 - 9:30 PM

Meet some of the Filipino-Canadians supporting Canada's healthcare system amid the ongoing pandemic

UNSUNG HEROES. (From L-R) Filipino-Canadians Aryanna Kassandra Perbillo, Mary Grace Ocampo, and Debbie del Mundo are among the frontliners in Canada's fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Contributed photos

Motorcycle-riding OFW in Pangasinan killed by wayward delivery truck

May 20, 2020 - 8:40 PM

A ten-wheeler truck crashes and then drags Christian Tolentino to his death

DREAMS CRUSHED. OFW Christian Tolentino dies after a 10-wheeler truck crashes into him while he was on his motorcycle. Photo by Andres Galvan

Reese Lansangan's 'A Song About Space' is part of NASA's newest campaign

May 20, 2020 - 4:30 PM

The song is used by NASA's #LaunchAmerica campaign

Filipina photojournalist Hannah Reyes-Morales receives ICP Infinity award

May 20, 2020 - 4:05 PM

'Photography has given me a way to raise my voice, to contend with the things that matter to me,' Hannah says

INFINITY AWARDEE. Photojournalist Hannah Reyes-Morales receives the International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism. Screenshot from

Philippine Olympic Committee to give athletes free bicycles

May 20, 2020 - 3:30 PM

POC president Bambol Tolentino promotes cycling as a mode of transportation for national athletes

Traveling to PH during pandemic? Here's what to expect

May 20, 2020 - 1:00 PM

Rappler breaks down guidelines on mandatory testing and quarantine which all returning overseas Filipinos and foreigners entering the Philippines will need to follow

ARRIVALS. Passengers from international flights arrive in Ninoy Aquino International airport Terminal 1 in Pasay City. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Gov't facing 'problem' with thousands of returning OFWs – Galvez

May 20, 2020 - 12:30 PM

The arrival of 42,000 more overseas Filipino workers may 'overwhelm' quarantine facilities, says the chief implementer of government policies on the coronavirus pandemic

BACK HOME. A quarantine team from DOH assists repatriated OFWs into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Manila. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with Nesthy Petecio?

May 20, 2020 - 10:17 AM

Rappler catches up with Nesthy Petecio as the world boxing champion tries to stay focused on her Olympic goals amid the tough times

Virus deaths among Filipinos in Dubai, neighboring emirates reach 43

May 19, 2020 - 8:38 AM

Among the Filipino victims are 3 nurses, two engineers, a community volunteer, and a high school official

Gaballo, Magsayo head list of Filipino world title prospects

May 18, 2020 - 10:11 PM

Several Filipino boxers with perfect records are being touted as probable world champions

UNBEATEN. Mark Magsayo has not lost after 20 fights in his professional boxing career. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Going into agriculture? DA has P2.5B in loans for MSMEs, returning OFWs

May 18, 2020 - 7:35 PM

The Department of Agriculture says the loans are zero interest, with technical assistance from the government

Planting Rice - Jaen, Nueva Ecija. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Who is YouTuber Emman Nimedez?

May 18, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Emman has a YouTuber since 2011 – and has since gotten over 1 million subs

Fil-Am contestant Francisco Martin finishes in 'American Idol' Top 5

May 18, 2020 - 4:13 PM

Just Sam wins the competition

Coast Guard: Repatriated OFWs with coronavirus fled quarantine facilities

May 17, 2020 - 8:41 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Philippine Coast Guard spokesperson Commodore Armand Balilo says some repatriated overseas Filipino workers were able to escape before their test results were released. One was found and taken into custody on Sunday, May 17.

Dealing with bashers: Kathryn Bernardo teaches us a thing or two

May 17, 2020 - 7:50 PM

Unbothered everyday

NOT TODAY, HATERS. Actress Kathryn Bernardo releases a vlog that's timelier than she herself perhaps expected. Photo from Kathryn Bernardo's Instagram

Filipinos abroad with coronavirus now at 2,397

May 17, 2020 - 7:36 PM

There are 3 new deaths recorded on Sunday, May 17, bringing the total number of deaths to 277

Health workers fill out documents before performing tests for COVID-19 coronavirus on other health workers at the screening and testing tents set up at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg, on April 15, 2020. (Photo by Michele Spatari / AFP)

Locked down? A food entrepreneur's lessons and opportunities

May 16, 2020 - 4:00 PM

What do you do when dining out isn't an option anymore? Innovate.