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Brutal slugfest between Casimero, Inoue in offing

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:45 PM

Brace for relentless action when Ormoc pride Johnriel Casimero clashes with unbeaten Japanese Naoya Inoue

NEXT UP. Johnriel Casimero looks to avenge the loss of  Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire to Naoya Inoue. Photo by Alvin S. Go

PH Navy continues searching for 7 missing fishermen in Pangasinan

Jan 22, 2020 - 7:28 PM

Reports reaching the Naval Forces Northern Luzon say that the fishermen onboard FB Narem 2 have been missing since January 14

Naval Forces NL conduct search and rescue operation for 7 missing fishermen in Pangasinan. Photo courtesy of Naval Forces Northern Luzon

LOOK: Judy Ann Santos meets with Mother Lily for producer's bio film

Jan 22, 2020 - 6:42 PM

'Mother (The Story of Mother Lily Monteverde)' will be directed by Erik Matti

On the streets of Manila, Martin Riggs lost his wallet and found his voice

Jan 22, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Talk about making something great out of a bad situation

MARTIN RIGGS. The busker has come a long way from playing for no one on the streets of Manila. Rappler screenshot

Musings of an OFW in Hong Kong

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:37 PM

Jimcy Labio is one of the estimated 130,000 Filipinos working in Hong Kong. She shares what makes this region close to her heart.

Ancajas title defense reset to April

Jan 22, 2020 - 9:19 AM

Jerwin Ancajas' ninth title defense against Mexican Jonathan Javier Rodriguez in Las Vegas gets called off again

Jerwin Ancajas. Photo by Alvin Brian S. Go/Rappler

Repatriated OFWs from Middle East may be redeployed to other countries – DOLE

Jan 21, 2020 - 5:55 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs also admits its difficulty in convincing OFWs in the Middle East to come home, as their top concern remains to be job security

REPATRIATION. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III says OFWs repatriated from the Middle East may be sent to other countries to work instead. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LOOK: Jerrold Tarog teases 'Day 1' of 'Darna'

Jan 20, 2020 - 5:57 PM

The movie finally starts shooting

Arthur Casanova appointed KWF commissioner

Jan 20, 2020 - 10:28 AM

He will serve as a full time commissioner for 7 years or until 2027

NEW COMMISSIONER. Arthur Casanova takes his oath before before Court of Appeals OIC Presiding Justice Hon. Remedios A. Salazar-Fernando. Photo courtesy of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino

'No holidays': Hidilyn Diaz on track for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Jan 19, 2020 - 11:26 PM

Hidilyn Diaz wants to boost her world ranking as the Philippine weightlifting star competes in the penultimate Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualifier

MOMENTUM. Hidilyn Diaz rides on her golden performance in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Adobo: The Filipino staple that’s never quite the same

Jan 19, 2020 - 6:00 PM

'Adobo Queen' Nancy Reyes-Lumen lets Rappler in on the beauty of adobo – the Filipino national dish made different in every home

WATCH: How to harness your inner samurai

Jan 19, 2020 - 5:32 PM

Rappler Hustle gives you a glimpse of how you can train like a Japanese warrior

Paligsahang 'Iispel Mo!' kasadong-kasado na sa Enero 2020

Jan 18, 2020 - 10:50 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Ang 'Iispel Mo!' ay pambansang timpalak sa pagbaybay sa wikang Filipino na batay sa mga umiiral na tuntunin ng Ortograpiyang Pambansa at Manwal sa Masinop ng Pagsulat

WATCH: Alex Eala dreams big in 2020

Jan 17, 2020 - 7:20 PM

Filipino teen sensation Alex Eala believes she can qualify for a women's Grand Slam tournament this year

SENSATIONAL. Alex Eala plans to take it up a notch as she aims for a women's grand slam berth. Rappler Screenshot

Catch Parokya ni Edgar, Sponge Cola, Gloc-9 at one street party

Jan 17, 2020 - 6:28 PM

Shanti Dope and Ex Battalion will also be performing at the Chinese New Year Countdown 2020 Street Party on January 24

Malacañang: Kuwait OFW deployment ban stays until labor agreement implemented

Jan 17, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The Philippine government says terms in a 2018 labor agreement with Kuwait must be incorporated in every contract with overseas Filipino workers in the Gulf State

Rapper Young Vito, Viva Records come under fire for releasing 'transphobic' song

Jan 17, 2020 - 3:53 PM

The rapper releases the song even after he issued a public apology for including offensive lyrics

SORRY NOT SORRY. The rapper gets backlash for releasing a song that people are calling transphobic – even after he released an apology for the song's lyrics. Screenshot from Instagram.com/youngvitoph

Sarah Geronimo's 'Tala' debuts on Billboard's World Digital Song Sales chart

Jan 17, 2020 - 12:06 PM

In the words of Sarah G, 'aabutin natin ang mga tala'

TALA. Sarah Geronimo's hit song makes it to the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart. Screenshot from YouTube.com/vivamusicgroup1

Pinoy albums that shaped the 2010s

Jan 16, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Singers, producers, band members, music video directors, journalists pitch in to identify the albums that defined the Pinoy music of the 2010s.

Bambu, Rocky Rivera, Gloc-9, Abra and more headline FlipTop Festival 2020

Jan 15, 2020 - 6:41 PM

The festival celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Fliptop rap battle league

FLIPTOP. The rap battle league celebrates its 10th anniversary with the FlipTop Festival 2020. Photo by Nina Sandejas

[PODCAST] Making Space: Married at 14

Jan 15, 2020 - 5:52 PM

In some parts of the Philippines, children as young as 12 years old can get married. Listen as Rappler's Vernise Tantuco and Mara Cepeda explore the topic in this episode of 'Making Space.'

Philippines orders total deployment ban to Kuwait

Jan 15, 2020 - 5:47 PM

The total deployment ban covers all newly hired workers – domestic workers, skilled workers, and professionals

'Miracle In Cell No.7' earns P475 million in box office

Jan 15, 2020 - 5:25 PM

The movie starring Aga Muhlach was the highest earner in the recent Metro Manila Film Festival

1st batch of Filipinos from Iraq to arrive in Manila on January 15

Jan 15, 2020 - 12:30 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the 13 Filipinos are coming from Baghdad and Erbil

FLYING HOME. A first batch of Filipinos will be flying home on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, after evacuating from conflict-threatened Iraq. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Amid China pneumonia outbreak, PH boxers prepare for Olympic qualifiers

Jan 14, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The 2020 Asia & Oceania Boxing Olympic qualifying tournament in Wuhan, China is still scheduled to push through

OLYMPIC HOPEFUL. World women's boxing champion Nesthy Petecio vies for a maiden Olympic berth in the upcoming continental qualifiers. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Veteran journalist Twink Macaraig dies

Jan 14, 2020 - 4:37 PM

Twink Macaraig dies after battling cancer

VETERAN JOURNALIST. Twink Macaraig in an interview on her battle against cancer on TV5 in 2017. Screenshot from TV5 video

Malacañang says 'standby fund' for Middle East evacuation not needed

Jan 14, 2020 - 2:56 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Duterte did not follow through with his request for Congress to hold a special session on the Middle East as tension in the region has so far de-escalted

MANDATORY EVACUATION. The Baghdad International Airport, in a file photo taken April 30, 2019. The Philippine government ordered mandatory evacuation for its citizens in Iraq on January 8, 2020. Photo from Shutterstock

WATCH: Marcelito Pomoy wows judges, audience in 'America’s Got Talent: The Champions'

Jan 14, 2020 - 1:41 PM

'I have a feeling that the super fans will put you through the next round, ' Simon Cowell tells Marcelito after his performance

LIST: All the new shows and films ABS-CBN is releasing in 2020

Jan 14, 2020 - 11:32 AM

The network releases its 2020 show reel

MAYWARD. The love team is set to star in an upcoming show 'Heart to Heart.' Screenshot from Youtube.com/ABSCBNOnline

Top Filipino athletes to be feted in PSA Awards 2020

Jan 13, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Carlos Yulo, Nesthy Petecio, and Ernest John Obiena lead the various sports personalities to be honored by the country's sportswriting fraternity

RECOGNIZED. Winners in the Southeast Asian Games will be honored by the Philippine Sportswriters Association. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


1st batch of Filipinos from Iraq to be flown to Qatar Monday night

Jan 13, 2020 - 6:47 PM

The Department of National Defense says at least 12 Filipinos may return to the Philippines on January 14, though this will depend on the availability of flights

PH will no longer send military 'battalions' to accompany Iraq evacuees

Jan 13, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Officials in charge of the repatriation effort realize 'it may not be wise to send uniformed servicemen to the Middle East due to the sensitivities of the countries there'

NO TROOPS. The government stands down on a plan to send two military battalions to accompany Filipinos evacuating Iraq. Alfred Frias/Presidential photo

Rappler Live Jam diaries: Underrated shows from 2019 you may have missed

Jan 11, 2020 - 4:50 PM

Do yourselves a favor and give these artists a listen

1st batch of Filipinos from Iraq to be flown to Manila on Sunday

Jan 11, 2020 - 3:19 PM

Filipinos in and near Tripoli, Libya, must be mandatorily evacuated, too, says the defense department, as tensions escalate in the North African country

FLYING HOME. A first batch of Filipinos will be flying home on Sunday, January 12, 2020, after evacuating from conflict-threatened Iraq. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

[OPINION] Getting judged for my tattoos, and the issue of taboos in 2020

Jan 11, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Getting judged for my tattoos wasn’t as bad or as traumatic as that of folks discriminated against for their gender or disability. But perhaps there’s that common feeling, the feeling of self-denial.'

Iloilo sets up 24/7 help desk for OFWs, families amid tension in Middle East

Jan 11, 2020 - 10:28 AM

The Operation Bulig Ilonggo help desk will attend to queries and emergency needs of distressed Ilonggo OFWs and their families in crisis areas in the Middle East

3 airlines to help in repatriation of OFWs in Middle East

Jan 11, 2020 - 9:54 AM

Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia have committed to help in government repatriation efforts in the Middle East, says the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

DSWD to assist repatriated OFWs from Middle East

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:48 PM

Repatriation desks will be set up in airports around the country to receive and assist overseas Filipino workers who will go home

Filipina workers returning home from Kuwait arrive at Manila International Airport on February 18, 2018. After a horrific murder of a Philippine maid in Kuwait, hundreds of such women are now streaming back home, recounting their abuse and hardship-- but also saying they are ready to work abroad again. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

DFA raises Alert Level 2 in Lebanon, urges Filipinos to remain vigilant

Jan 10, 2020 - 7:31 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says overseas Filipino workers with existing employment contracts and those who are registered under the Balik Manggagawa Program may still return to Lebanon

Rodriguez gets another crack at Ancajas crown in February

Jan 09, 2020 - 9:18 PM

Filipino champion Jerwin Ancajas dangles his super flyweight title against Mexican Jonathan Javier Rodriguez months after their fight got scrapped

ALL SET. Jerwin Ancajas vies to defend his title for the ninth time next month in Las Vegas. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

WATCH: SB19 is on fire in ‘Alab’ music video

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:23 PM

The video is released after the hashtag #SB19ALABMV trended all day on January 9

ALAB. SB19 releases the music video for their latest single. Screenshot from SB19 Official on YouTube

DFA downgrades alert levels in Iran, Lebanon

Jan 09, 2020 - 5:12 PM

Though Filipinos in Iran and Lebanon are no longer covered by the Philippine government's mandatory repatriation order, the deployment ban to those countries remains in place

Photo from Wikicommons

MMFF 2019 gross sales at P955 million in box office

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Aga Muhlach's 'Miracle in Cell No 7' made the most in the box office during the festival

[PODCAST] Who is the Filipino? The Black Nazarene faithful: Devotion or delusion?

Jan 08, 2020 - 7:10 PM

For some Christians, it is idolatry. For the Catholic Church it is a grand case of the so-called 'popular piety'

Cimatu to fly to Middle East to start evacuating Filipinos from Iraq

Jan 08, 2020 - 6:50 PM

'We will do everything to bring out Filipinos there,' says the environment chief who's been appointed special envoy to oversee repatriations from the Middle East

SPECIAL ENVOY. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu will be traveling to the Middle East to oversee the evacuation of Filipinos from conflict-threatened Iraq. File photo by Angie de Silva

Military to send ships, planes to evacuate Filipinos from Iraq 'ASAP'

Jan 08, 2020 - 3:40 PM

Army and Marine troops will be deployed to secure and assist Filipinos to be repatriated from Iraq, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Senator Bong Go and military and police officers during the closing ceremony of the National Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Summit and the 1st Presidential Silent Drill Competition at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on December 20, 2019. Malacañang photo

DOLE to send response teams to Middle East to aid in evacuation

Jan 08, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says teams will be deployed to assist in repatriation of Filipino workers in case it is needed

OFWS SAFETY. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello orders the deployment of rapid response teams to the Middle East. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DBM: Philippines has P1.82 billion for OFW evacuation from Middle East

Jan 08, 2020 - 1:25 PM

The Philippine government can also tap the P13-billion contingent fund for the evacuation of Filipinos from the Middle East, should the budget be insufficient

Alex Eala earns slot in 2020 Australian Open juniors main draw

Jan 08, 2020 - 12:57 PM

Philippine tennis star Alex Eala lands at No. 9 in the world juniors ranking to secure a slot in the Grand Slam juniors tournament

MILESTONE. Alex Eala kicks off 2020 within the top 10 junior tennis players in the world. Photo from Alex Eala's Facebook

Philippines orders evacuation of Filipinos in Iraq

Jan 08, 2020 - 9:53 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Department of Foreign Affairs says Alert Level 4 calling for mandatory evacuation has been raised in the country