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WATCH: Trying out 7-Eleven and Manam's sisig and kare-kare

Apr 01, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Are 7-Eleven's latest batch of 'Chef Creations' close enough to the real thing? We find out.

Fil-Australian chess player Arianne Caoili dies

Mar 31, 2020 - 4:37 PM

Former top Filipina chess player Arianne Caoili passes away at the age of 33 due to car crash injuries

TRAGIC. Arianne Caoili succumbs to her injuries from a car crash in Armenia. Photo from Arianne Caoili's Instagram

WATCH: Sarah Geronimo, Dr. Melfred Hernandez sing 'Paano Kita Pasasalamatan'

Mar 30, 2020 - 12:09 PM

The two pay tribute to the late Raul Jara, one of the doctors who died after trying to save the lives of those who fell ill from the coronavirus

TULA: ‘Tatlo sa Harap ng COVID-19’ ni Rio Alma

Mar 30, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Bahagi ito ng serye ng mga tula na isinulat ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining Virgilio S. Almario habang naka-lockdown ang Luzon sa panahon ng coronavirus outbreak

TULA: ‘COVID-19 Alamat Kontra Armageddon’ ni Rio Alma

Mar 29, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Bahagi ito ng serye ng mga tula na isinulat ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining Virgilio S. Almario habang naka-lockdown ang Luzon sa panahon ng coronavirus outbreak

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[OPINION] 365 days later: The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Mar 29, 2020 - 10:30 AM

'At the end of the day, we will be the ones who will collectively redefine what it means to be Bangsamoro and redirect its future towards progress, development, and most importantly, self-determination'

‘Pangalan’ is Unique Salonga’s strange, personal coming-of-age story

Mar 29, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The young singer-songwriter’s sophomore album boasts a more focused style and deeper explorations of the dangers of living in the spotlight

TULA: ‘Taliba ng Bayan’ ni Rio Alma

Mar 29, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Handog ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining Virgilio S. Almario sa mga babaeng frontliners sa paglaban sa COVID-19

Number of Filipinos abroad positive for coronavirus climbs to 245

Mar 27, 2020 - 6:53 PM

The latest numbers from the Department of Foreign Affairs show 42 more cases of Filipinos with the coronavirus disease abroad, a majority of them in the Middle East

PARIS SCENE. A woman wearing a face mask looks through the windows of the La Chapelle metro station as she waits on the platform on March 27, 2020, in Paris, on the eleventh day of a strict nationwide confinement seeking to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Behind the songs: Syd Hartha

Mar 27, 2020 - 5:00 PM

The young musician sings more than just love songs

SYD HARTHA. The musician performs on Live Jam to kick of Women's Month. Rappler screenshot

Life on pause: OFWs strive to keep healthy during unpaid time off

Mar 27, 2020 - 4:20 PM

Some overseas Filipino workers in coronavirus-affected countries deal not only with the fear of getting sick, but also with days of ‘no work, no pay’ that may last indefinitely

LISTEN: Unique Salonga drops strange new album, 'Pangalan'

Mar 27, 2020 - 4:17 PM

The artist isn't afraid to go avant-garde in his sophomore offering

SOPHOMORE. Unique Salonga releases his second album, 'Pangalan.' Screenshot from

TULA: ‘May Bagong Bayani ang Ating Panahon’ ni Rio Alma

Mar 27, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Handog ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining Virgilio S. Almario sa alaala ng mga doktor na pumanaw at sa ‘mga kawal pangkalusugang lumaban sa COVID-19’

[FIRST PERSON] I became PH253

Mar 27, 2020 - 1:24 PM

'Once these results come back negative, it won’t take long before I am sent back to the throes of war — an invisible war against an invisible foe, to become a frontliner yet again, ever ready to save people one soul at a time'

Fashion designer Ito Curata dies

Mar 27, 2020 - 11:54 AM

Ito Curata, 60, dressed some of Manila top socialites

WATCH: Filipino artists sing 'We Heal As One'

Mar 26, 2020 - 9:35 PM

Luzon and other parts of the Philippines are in community quarantines to slow down the spread of the coronavirus

Task force pushes for P1.5-B financial aid to OFWs, workers hit by lockdown

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Filipino workers unable to get to their jobs abroad could receive P10,000, while employees of local companies affected by the coronavirus lockdown may get P5,000 from the government

RUSHING OUT. Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13, 2020, following President Duterte's announcement of a community quarantine on March 15 to prevent to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

EJ Obiena 'lost for words' after Tokyo 2020 Olympics delay

Mar 25, 2020 - 9:53 PM

Pole vaulter EJ Obiena, the first Filipino to secure a Tokyo 2020 berth, has to wait another year for his Olympic debut

DISAPPOINTED. EJ Obiena faces big adjustments as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics gets postponed to 2021. Photo from aminoVITAL release

PH youth step up: Scientists, engineers fill gaps in coronavirus response

Mar 25, 2020 - 6:50 PM

Students manufacture 3D-printed face shields while young engineers design an improvised disinfection chamber

Batangas school lab creates face shield for health workers. Photo by Louie Villaverde

In lockdown, the streets are silent – but Filipino musicians have not stopped playing

Mar 25, 2020 - 12:30 PM

The coronavirus pandemic has hit the music industry hard – but artists continue to make music online

Illustration by Nico Villarete

Aileen San Pablo Baviera: Revolutionary at heart, more than a China watcher

Mar 25, 2020 - 12:12 PM

Unknown to many, Aileen was also involved in the Philippine Left's revolutionary struggle

[OPINION] From a Filipina in the UK, on her self-imposed lockdown

Mar 24, 2020 - 3:35 PM

'It almost feels like having to go through the crisis two-fold, because I’m gathering and processing information about the situation in the Philippines and the UK simultaneously'

International experience lifts Jaja Santiago to a new level

Mar 22, 2020 - 10:38 PM

Already touted as one of the best volleyball players in the country, Jaja Santiago believes she has grown a lot more in the last two years in Japan

INTERNATIONAL DREAM. Volleyball star Jaja Santiago makes waves in the international front with Japan V-League team Ageo Medics. Photo from Jaja Santiago's Instagram

Casimero, Inoue avail of quality sparmates

Mar 22, 2020 - 7:01 PM

Their anticipated clash may have been moved to a later date but the buildup continues for Filipino champion Johnriel Casimero and unbeaten Japanese foe Naoya Inoue

STILL IN SHAPE. Even if it remains uncertain when his fight will be rescheduled, Johnriel Casimero plans to stay ready. Photo from Team Casimero

[OPINION] Undermanned, overworked: A doctor's view from the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak

Mar 22, 2020 - 5:48 PM

'People hoarding goods, and even our co-employees at the hospital grabbing donated food, is an ever present reminder of the human instinct to survive during times of disaster'

WATCH: How to shift to a work-from-home life

Mar 21, 2020 - 10:19 PM

Too lazy and can't concentrate at home? Here's a glimpse of what a productive work-from-home day can be

No challenge can stand against Junna Tsukii's Tokyo 2020 Olympics quest

Mar 21, 2020 - 10:16 PM

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Junna Tsukii remains hopeful that she can pursue her Olympics dream

OVERCOMING CHALLENGES. Junna Tsukii remains optimistic of her chances in qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo from aminoVITAL release

Aileen Baviera, 60: Her eyes were on China, her heart stayed with PH

Mar 21, 2020 - 3:30 PM

‘If one has to take a side, one must take the side of the Filipino people,’ says China expert Aileen Baviera, who died due to the novel coronavirus at age 60

COUNTRY'S LOSS. The late Aileen Baviera is one of the Philippines' leading experts on China. Screenshot from Yale University video

Aileen Baviera on her 40 years of China-watching

Mar 21, 2020 - 9:45 AM

In this 2019 essay, the China expert who died on Saturday, March 21, gives 'unsolicited advice' to young China watchers in the Philippines

BE CLEAR. UP Professor and China expert Aileen Baviera says the Philippines should be clear with what its want out of the relationship with China. Photo by Jodesz Gavilan/Rappler

Mulatto singer Joey Bautista dies

Mar 21, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The singer's wife Belinda Bagatsing confirms Joey tested positive for COVID-19

LISTEN: Maine Mendoza collaborates with Gracenote on song 'Parang Kailan Lang'

Mar 20, 2020 - 12:54 PM

Maine makes her debut as a singer

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

WATCH: Defend yourself with Kali Eskrima

Mar 19, 2020 - 10:32 PM

Get a glimpse of how Filipino martial art Kali Eskrima can save your life!

Donaire’s challenge to Oubaali still pushing through on May 16

Mar 19, 2020 - 5:05 PM

Nonito Donaire’s bid to claim another world crown versus unbeaten French Nordine Oubaali remains a go, for now

REBOUND. Nonito Donaire hopes his efforts tranlate to a win this time falling short against Japanerse Naoya Inoue last November. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Ryan Cayabyab kicks off 'Bayanihan Musikahan' Facebook fundraising concert series

Mar 19, 2020 - 1:45 PM

Ebe Dancel, Lea Salonga, Noel Cabangon, and Aicelle Santos are just some of the many Filipino musicians who are performing in the online shows

ONLINE CONCERT. Ryan Cayabyab performs his songs online as he announces a fundraising online concert with other Filipino artists. Screenshot from Ryan Cayabyab's Facebook page

Fighting on: Agatha Wong finds a voice in wushu

Mar 18, 2020 - 8:22 PM

Philippine wushu star Agatha Wong stands up against discrimination and other challenges in a male-dominated sport

iWant to stream ‘One More Chance,’ ‘Four Sisters and a Wedding’ and more for free

Mar 18, 2020 - 6:10 PM

Lucky enough to be able to stay home? Here's something that can fill your hours.

ONE MORE CHANCE. The John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo classic is streaming for free on iWant. Screenshot from

PH in race to trace Filipinos at Malaysian gathering linked to coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020 - 5:37 PM

At least one attendee from Lanao Del Sur tests positive for coronavirus and is seeking treatment in a hospital in Cotabato City

PRECAUTIONS. The prayer room in Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City where patient positive of coronavirus is a regular visitor. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/ RAPPLER

Ancajas, Casimero title defenses in Vegas postponed

Mar 17, 2020 - 10:22 PM

Top Rank Promotions says the world title fights of Jerwin Ancajas and Johnriel Casimero could happen in May, as it cancels all its scheduled events in March and April due to the coronavirus pandemic

SECLUSION TRAINING. Jerwin Ancajas is set to leave for Survival Camp in order to prevent him from contracting the virus. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Ancajas, Casimero continue training as fate of title defenses in U.S. unclear

Mar 16, 2020 - 8:07 PM

Filipino boxing champions Jerwin Ancajas and Johnriel Casimero are set to defend their world titles in the United States in April

LONGTIME CHAMPION. Jerwin Ancajas gears up for his ninth title defense of his IBF super flyweight crown. File Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

[OPINION] A few words of hope from an OFW amid the coronavirus pandemic

Mar 16, 2020 - 2:37 PM

'If you have OFW friends and family who are having a hard time understanding the situation, please do check on them by sending a message or calling'

Colombia lockdown puts Hidilyn Diaz's Olympics return on the line

Mar 15, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz becomes a victim of a travel ban in Colombia, where her last Olympic qualifier will be held

GOLDEN. Hidilyn Diaz rides on her 2019 Southeast Asian Games gold medal stint. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Casimero raises power, Neri wants more speed

Mar 15, 2020 - 7:14 PM

'He knows this fight could bring him superstardom,' trainer Nonoy Neri says as John Riel Casimero gears up for unbeaten Japanese Naoya Inoue

POWER. John Riel Casimero’s camp says the Filipino fighter has gotten even stronger. Photo from Team Casimero

Some PH athletes left behind amid PSC lockdown

Mar 15, 2020 - 4:53 PM

A total of 28 national athletes and 6 coaches wind up staying at government sports facilities even after an ordered lockdown

LEFT BEHIND. National athletes from fencing, boxing, athletics and 6 para-sports continue to be billeted in the Philsports Complex. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Let the music play: Bullet Dumas offers free download for 'Usisa,' O/C Records plans 'online concert'

Mar 14, 2020 - 8:25 PM

Artists continue to share their music amid the uncertainty brought about the the novel coronavirus pandemic

BULLET DUMAS. The musician offers 100 codes for the free download of his album 'Usisa.' Rappler screenshot

Ancajas 95% ready for 9th title defense, returns to Manila

Mar 14, 2020 - 7:42 PM

Due to the impending travel restrictions, Jerwin Ancajas heads to Manila instead of returning to his boxing camp in Cavite

Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

No Olympic worries for Yulo after Baku World Cup loss

Mar 14, 2020 - 5:09 PM

Philippine star gymnast Carlos Yulo fails to qualify for the finals, which were eventually canceled due the coronavirus outbreak

MOVING ON. Carlos Yulo fails to advance to the finals in the parallel bars and vault events of the FIG Apparatus World Cup. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Efren 'Bata' Reyes would have wanted to play in Olympics

Mar 14, 2020 - 4:12 PM

Filipino icon Efren 'Bata' Reyes says billiards could deliver the Philippines the elusive Olympic gold medal

LEGEND. Efren "Bata" Reyes says he had a good chance of capturing an Olympic gold medal when he was still at the top of his game. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

OFWs can return to mainland China, except Hubei province

Mar 12, 2020 - 9:34 PM

(UPDATED) The Filipino workers will be required to sign a declaration 'signifying their knowledge and understanding of the risks involved' upon their return to China

OUTBREAK SCARE. A large crowd waits outside a medical store in Bambang, Sta. Cruz, Manila to buy face masks on January 31, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Filipino para sa mga Filipino: KWF Selyo ng Kahusayan sa Serbisyo Publiko 2020

Mar 12, 2020 - 4:53 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Nananawagan ang Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino para sa mga lahok sa 'KWF Selyo ng Kahusayan sa Serbisyo Publiko'

Lea Salonga 'happy and thrilled' that Moira dela Torre's was picked to sing 'Reflection'

Mar 12, 2020 - 12:33 PM

'The Voice of the Philippines' coach says she's happy that Moira has been picked by Disney to sing the song for Filipino viewers