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'Stronger, faster' Pacquiao turns 40 with lavish birthday bash

Dec 18, 2018 - 1:48 PM

Manny Pacquiao raffles off a car, pickup trucks and appliances while President Rodrigo Duterte attends the party

WELL-WISHERS. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao during the Senator's birthday celebration. Photo by  Robinson Niãal Jr/ Presidential photo

LOOK: Catriona Gray wears a 'Mayon' gown in Miss Universe 2018

Dec 17, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Presenting the 'Mayon' dress by Mak Tumang

On 1st Simbang Gabi, Cardinal Tagle hits abuse of power

Dec 16, 2018 - 2:55 PM

'Do not bully anyone,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on the first day of the Philippines' traditional Simbang Gabi

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle officiated the first dawn mass or Misa de Gallo at the Manila Cathedral. December 16, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Philippine Airlines celebrates Christmas togetherness with “Regalo”

Dec 14, 2018 - 12:54 PM

It's their way to honor the sacrifices of our OFWs and their families longing to spend the holidays with them in the Philippines

Church hits bid to put one Balangiga bell in National Museum

Dec 13, 2018 - 12:00 PM

'They belong in the church, not in a museum,' says the Catholic Church in Borongan, which owns the historic Balangiga Bells

HISTORIC BELLS. The Balangiga Bells arrive at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on December 11, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PLAYLIST: 21 holiday songs for different moods

Dec 12, 2018 - 7:17 PM

Have yourself a merry, moody, crazy – whatever mood it is you have – little Christmas with these songs

McDonald’s sheds light on OFWs and their long-awaited holiday reunions

Dec 12, 2018 - 2:58 PM

McDonald's latest video, entitled "Bros," is about the importance of family and how no time or distance can ever break its strong bonds

An 'On The Job 2' is in the works

Dec 12, 2018 - 2:58 PM

The sequel to the highly-acclaimed 2013 action film 'On The Job' is expecting a June 2019 release

Tony Labrusca 'totally okay' after 'punching incident'

Dec 11, 2018 - 8:01 PM

'I know the guard didn't mean it,' says Tony Labrusca, referring to a security guard who accidentally hit him during a mall show

1,859 distressed Bicolano OFWs availed of OWWA aid in first 10 months of 2018

Dec 11, 2018 - 7:07 PM

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in Bicol says the OFWs got a total of P36.8 million in livelihood assistance

OFW WELFARE CONCERNS. OWWA regional director Sammy Madrid (middle) at the OFW Day event at the Albay Astrodome in Legazpi City. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

The practice of kamayan and how it fosters Pinoy pride

Dec 11, 2018 - 10:36 AM

It’s a special tradition — but are you one of the 10% of Filipinos don't wash their hands before eating?

Margielyn Didal skates way to TIME's 2018 most influential teens

Dec 10, 2018 - 4:02 PM

The 19-year-old Cebuana joins activists, actors, musicians, fellow athletes, and other teen prodigies in the list

TRAIL BLAZER. Margielyn Didal puts skateboarding in the country's limelight with a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games. File photo by Mohd Rasfan

OWWA brings home 109 distressed OFWs from Saudi Arabia

Dec 08, 2018 - 2:12 PM

'Many of the workers decided to come home due to contract violations by their Saudi employers,' says the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration

OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac (2nd, R) welcomes OFWs repatriated from Dammam, Saudi Arabia, at the Manila international airport on December 8, 2018. Screenshot from OWWA video

Filipino students win 33 awards at India math contest

Dec 08, 2018 - 1:32 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Philippine team finishes first runner-up at the 8th International Youth Mathematicians Convention in Lucknow, India

WINNERS. The victorious Philippine team at the awarding ceremony of the 8th International Youth Mathematicians Convention in Lucknow, India. Photo courtesy of MTG

LIST: 2018 hotel buffets, special holiday meals

Dec 08, 2018 - 9:30 AM

What diet? Check out what hotels around the country have to offer during the 2018 holiday season.

LODI honors Filipino journalists for defending press freedom

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:55 PM

12 journalists are honored for their achievement in the cause of press freedom, including Rappler CEO Maria Ressa

Star Cinema working on new 'Magic Temple' movie

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:20 PM

And it's going international through a partnership between ABS-CBN Films and Singapore-based Cre8 Productions

MAGIC TEMPLE GOES INTERNATIONAL. ABS-CBN Films will be working with a Singapore-based production company for the new 'Magic Temple' flick. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Duterte's 'kill bishops' remark just for 'dramatic effect' – Panelo

Dec 06, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte was just 'upset' because the 'good things that he does for this country are not even appreciated' by the Catholic Church

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Philippine Air Force (PAF) Change of Command Ceremony at the Haribon Hangar, Air Force City in Clark Air Base, Pampanga on October 24, 2017, urges the PAF to continue performing their duties as he assures that the government has their full support. Malacañan Photo

LIST: Metro Manila bazaars for your 2018 Christmas shopping needs

Dec 06, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Last-minute Christmas shoppers, these bazaars have got you covered!

'Crazy Rich Asians' director working on movie about Journey's Ariel Pineda – report

Dec 06, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Arnel Pineda's rise to fame as the lead singer of the iconic rock band is about to be turned into a full-length movie

HIS JOURNEY. Arnel Pineda's inspiring story is about to hit the big screen. File photo by Rappler

'Kill bishops, all they do is criticize,' says Duterte

Dec 06, 2018 - 10:35 AM

'Itong mga obispo ninyo, patayin ninyo, walang silbi 'yang mga gagong 'yan,' President Duterte says a week after he made allegations against Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ozamiz Airport Modernization Project in Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental on November 28, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Winnie turns Trumpian

Dec 04, 2018 - 10:58 AM

The issue of Tsinoys has turned Monsod into a careless pundit, and she serves as a cautionary tale for young scholars like myself. Success in public service, a newspaper column, and the final word on a TV show can make one lazy.

Barriga to come back stronger after missing world title shot

Dec 03, 2018 - 3:12 PM

The Filipino boxer has come to terms with his split decision loss to Carlos Licona for the vacant IBF minimumweight belt

BOUNCE BACK. Mark Barriga absorbs his first defeat in his professional career after 9 straight wins. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Businessman Donald Dee dies at 72

Dec 03, 2018 - 7:07 AM

'The business community lost a passionate champion and leader, a stalwart in the industry, and a staunch advocate of and for employers,' says the Employers Confederation of the Philippines

Berna Romulo Puyat’s Christmas: Family time, Kris Kringle secrets

Dec 02, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Tourism Secretary Berna Puyat shares with us her holiday plans, family traditions, and her ultimate Christmas wish for the country

IN PHOTOS: Sundays at Central, HK

Dec 02, 2018 - 5:00 PM

On normal days, this part of Hong Kong is buzzing with cars and shoppers – but not on Sundays

SUNDAYS. On normal days, this part of Hong Kong is buzzing with cars and shoppers – but not today. Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez

Filipino boxer Mark Barriga falls short of world title

Dec 02, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The former Olympian fails to snatch the IBF minimumweight crown after absorbing a split decision loss to Mexican-American Carlos Licona

HALTED. Mark Barriga sees his nine-fight winning streak snapped. Photo by Alvin S. Go

Barriga switches stance in world crown collision vs Licona

Dec 01, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Undefeated Filipino fighter Mark Barriga looks to exploit his hand speed and ring smarts against Mexican-American Carlos Licona for the IBF minimumweight crown

Photo from RealFight PH (@realfihgtph)

'Respeto' bags 2 international awards

Dec 01, 2018 - 7:03 PM

The indie musical drama is recognized by film festivals in Germany and India

Q&A with Jon Ramon Aboitiz: 'Never fall in love with your business'

Dec 01, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Here are excerpts from Rappler's unpublished interview with business tycoon Jon Ramon Aboitiz in Cebu City in June 2017

PHILIPPINE TYCOON. Aboitiz Equity Ventures Chairman Jon Ramon Aboitiz prepares for an interview with Rappler in June 2017. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Kinatawan ng NCR pambansang kampeon ng ‘Iispel Mo!’ 2018

Nov 30, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Nanguna si Angel Mayhe Gueco sa taunang spelling bee sa Filipino, na idinaraos ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino tuwing kaarawan ni Gat Andres Bonifacio

WAGI. Panalo si Angel Mayhe Gueco (panglima sa likod mula kaliwa) ng National Capital Region sa 'Iispel Mo!' 2018 sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas noong Nobyembre 30, 2018. Larawan ni Gethsemani Cindy Gorospe/Rappler

Jon Ramon Aboitiz dies at 70

Nov 30, 2018 - 8:32 PM

(UPDATED) Jon Ramon Aboitiz chaired Aboitiz Equity Ventures, one of the Philippines’ most valuable family conglomerates

FILIPINO TYCOON. Aboitiz Equity Ventures Chairman Jon Ramon Aboitiz passes away at age 70. Photo from the Aboitiz Group website

[OPINION] Pablo Virgilio David: The shepherd of Caloocan

Nov 30, 2018 - 4:00 PM

We need Church leaders who will describe rightly what we are facing: a death of conscience by those who justify the killings

9 Christmas gifts ideas for the dog lovers (and dogs) in your life

Nov 30, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Because all dogs end up on Santa’s Nice List

Image from Shutterstock

[OPINION] Why I distrust Solita Monsod’s ‘Why Filipinos distrust China’

Nov 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

What the Monsod essay ‘boils down to’ is this: ‘We don’t trust China because we don’t trust Chinese and Chinese-Filipinos’ because, after all this time, and alas, we are still racists.

5 things to know about the movie 'Three Words to Forever'

Nov 29, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Sharon Cuneta and Richard Gomez reunites, plus a different partner for Kathryn Bernardo

Lighter Barriga set to put pressure on Licona

Nov 29, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Now at 107 pounds, Filipino fighter Mark Barriga expects to get his rhythm early against Mexican-American Carlos Licona in their Los Angeles bout this weekend

ALL SET. Mark Barriga plans to come out more aggressive against Carlos Licona in their IBF minimumweight title clash. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Meggie Ochoa boosts fight vs child sexual violence with historic triumph

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:44 PM

The first Filipino world champion in the Jiu-Jitsu International Federation banks on her latest feat to promote her advocacy

WOMAN IN ACTION. Meggie Ochoa delivers the country's first gold medal in a Jiu-Jitsu International Federation World Championship. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

Led by Davao archbishop, CBCP defends Bishop David vs Duterte

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles says he is 'saddened and disturbed' by President Rodrigo Duterte's statements against Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

CHURCH OFFICIALS. CBCP president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (center) and CBCP vice president Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (left) sit beside each other at a CBCP press conference on July 9, 2018. With them is another CBCP official, Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Born in Film: A photo exhibit by Franz Lopez

Nov 29, 2018 - 11:08 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The man behind Born in Film is Franz Lopez, a photographer and artist who aims to help revive the traditional art form of film photography

Fr Chito Soganub on Red Wednesday: Persecution strengthens us

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:56 AM

'Even if we are persecuted, we do not lose hope. We do not lose faith,' says Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub, the priest once held hostage by terrorists in Marawi City

RED WEDNESDAY. Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub leads prayers outside the Manila Cathedral, lit up in red on November 28, 2018, as Catholics mark Red Wednesday for persecuted Christians worldwide. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler     TIMES OF TRIAL. Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub urges Catholics not to lose hope in times of persecution, as the faithful mark Red Wednesday for persecuted Christians on November 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishop David hails conviction of Kian delos Santos killers

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:31 AM

'Salamat sa Diyos!' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, a drug war critic detested by President Rodrigo Duterte

PRAYING FOR KIAN. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David blesses the tomb of Kian Loyd delos Santos, a teenager gunned down by Caloocan policemen, as part of the remembrance of All Souls' Day on November 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Engineer, ex-cop appointed to Nat'l Commission on Muslim Filipinos

Nov 28, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Samad Pangandaman, president of the Mindanao Islamic Chamber of Commerce, and retired police general Abubakar Mangelen are named NCMF commissioners by President Rodrigo Duterte

Filipino muslims hold a morning prayer during the celebration of Eid'l Adha or Feast of Sacrifice at the Quezon City Memorial Cirle on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

The cast of 'Three Words to Forever' on the importance of marriage

Nov 27, 2018 - 6:33 PM

Richard Gomez and Kathryn Bernardo share their thoughts, while Sharon Cuneta is asked if she's ready when KC marries

Alliance appeals SC ruling removing Filipino as required college subject

Nov 26, 2018 - 9:21 PM

Petitioners say that implementation of the CHED memorandum will also leave rights guaranteed by the Constitution 'vulnerable to being diminished'

FIGHT RULING. Students and Filipino language advocates march towards the Supreme Court in Manilaon November 26, 2018 as they hold a protest action condemning the recent CHED Memorandum Order 20 which aims to remove the Filipino subject in the college level. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

iWant TV reviews: 'Ma' and 'Glorious'

Nov 26, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Are iWant TV's latest offerings a pass or fail? Find out here

The Pinoy vegan’s essential guide to surviving the holidays

Nov 26, 2018 - 8:51 AM

Going vegan for the holidays? Yes, it can be done

PLANT-BASED NOCHE BUENA. The holidays are extra-challenging for Pinoy vegans. Photo from Shutterstock

Aryanna Epperson's Christmas: Santa's Stakeout, ugly Christmas sweaters

Nov 25, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The rising beauty vlogger star let us in behind-the-scenes of her Instagram life, sharing the family traditions and family values close to her heart

Meggie Ochoa bags historic gold for PH in Jiu-Jitsu World Championships

Nov 25, 2018 - 12:49 PM

The 28-year-old fighter becomes the first Asian to win a gold medal in the worlds

HISTORY. Meggie Ochoa crowns herself as the country's first jiu-jitsu world champion. Photo from Instagram (@jjfphilofficial)

PH gymnast Carlos Yulo clinches bronze in Germany tilt

Nov 25, 2018 - 12:03 PM

It's another podium finish for the 18-year-old, this time in the 43rd Turnier Der Meister FIG Individual Apparatus World Cup

MORE TO COME. Carlos Yulo takes home another medal from a World Cup. Photo from Munehiro Kugimiya' Facebook page