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'We had our 20-year run together,' says Tiger Woods as he mourns Kobe Bryant

Jan 27, 2020 - 9:34 PM

Tiger Woods recounts the time he lived near Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles and trained with the late NBA great

GREATNESS. Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods both turned pro in 1996. Photos from Harry How/Getty Images/AFP (Bryant) and Shutterstock (Woods)

Italian basketball in week-long mourning for Kobe Bryant

Jan 27, 2020 - 9:27 PM

Kobe Bryant's former youth teams in Italy pay tribute by sharing childhood photos of the basketball legend

Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images/AFP

Alex Eala earns 1st doubles win in 2020 Australian Open juniors

Jan 27, 2020 - 9:13 PM

Alex Eala teams up with Indonesia's Priska Nugroho to advance to the 2nd round of the 2020 Australian Open juniors tournament

SOUTHEAST ASIAN DUO. Alex Eala (right) and Priska Nugroho of Indonesia make it to the 2nd round of the 2020 Australian Open juniors tournament. Photo from Alex Eala's Facebook

WATCH: Temporary shelters eyed for residents displaced by Taal eruption

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:57 PM

Two areas in Ibaan town in Batangas are being eyed as temporary shelters for residents affected by the Taal Volcano eruption

RELOCATION SITE. The Batangas provincial disaster office started cleaning the houses that displaced residents by the Taal Volcano eruption may soon occupy. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Nadal weathers Kyrgios storm to make Australian Open quarters

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:44 PM

Rafael Nadal keeps his bid for a 20th Grand Slam title alive by beating Nick Kyrgios

IN PHOTOS: 2020 Dinagyang Festival celebrates devotion to Sto Niño in full color

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:20 PM

This year's Dinagyang Festival spices things up by giving the audience a 360-degree view of the performances during the Ati Tribe dance competition

BURST OF COLOR. Eight Iloilo school-based tribes compete for the Dinagyang Ati Tribe competition at Iloilo Freedom Grandstand during the Dinagyang Festival on Sunday, January 26. Photo by Carl Don Berwin/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Despite remaining threat, Taal evacuees simply happy to be home

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:05 PM

But once the volcano shows signs of imminent explosion, residents say they'll pack their belongings and will be ready to evacuate again

Residents enter the town of Lemery, Batangas after they were allowed to return to their homes following the lowering of the Taal Volcano alert level from 4 to 3 on Sunday, January 26. Photo by AFP

'Emotions all over the place': Wade, sports stars remember Kobe Bryant

Jan 27, 2020 - 7:54 PM

'Today is one of the saddest days in my lifetime. It seems like a bad, bad dream that I just want to wake up from. It’s a nightmare,' says Dwyane Wade in a video message

RESPECT. Dwyane Wade says that earning Kobe Bryant's respect meant the world to him. Photo from Dwyane Wade's Instagram

Baseball coach, his family among dead in crash that killed Kobe Bryant

Jan 27, 2020 - 7:35 PM

John Altobelli, his wife Keri, and daughter Alyssa were aboard the chopper that crashed in foggy weather in the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas

TRAGIC. John Altobelli was 56. Photo from Twitter/@orangecoast

Despite reopening of town, Agoncillo residents remain in evacuation centers

Jan 27, 2020 - 7:20 PM

Agoncillo Mayor Daniel Reyes says ashfall from Taal Volcano damaged many houses in his town, so residents are unable to return even if they're already allowed to

Large fissures cause major damages to roads, houses, and establishments in Barangay San Teodoro in Agoncillo, Batangas on January 14, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal in Agoncillo, Batangas on January 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Plane crashes in eastern Afghanistan – officials

Jan 27, 2020 - 7:18 PM

It is not immediately clear how many people were on board, or if the crashed plane was a passenger or military jet

Portuguese hacker says he is behind Angola corruption leaks

Jan 27, 2020 - 7:12 PM

The hacker, Rui Pinto, handed over a hard drive 'containing all data related to the recent revelations concerning Ms. Isabel Dos Santos’s fortune' to a whistleblowing organisation in 2018, his lawyers say

RUI PINTO. In this file photo taken on March 5, 2019 Football Leaks whistleblower Rui Pinto is escorted by judicial officers as he arrives at the Metropolitan Court in Budapest, Hungary, for his trial. Photo by Ferenc Isza/AFP

WATCH: The best performances from the 2020 Grammys

Jan 27, 2020 - 7:00 PM

From Lil Nas X and BTS to Lizzo, here's what went down

SEOUL TOWN ROAD. Lil Nas X (center) performs with Jin, V, SUGA, Jimin, RM, J-Hope and Jungkook of BTS onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

France to fly home citizens from China's virus-stricken Wuhan

Jan 27, 2020 - 6:41 PM

The repatriation, via a direct flight to France, is done with Chinese permission under the supervision of medical experts, Health Minister Agnes Buzyn says

ARRIVALS. Passengers wearing protective face masks sit after landing from China at the Charles De Gaulle Airport on January 26, 2020 in Roissy-en-France. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Malacañang downplays possibility of U.S. terminating other military pacts

Jan 27, 2020 - 6:39 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Duterte government is not concerned the United States may terminate other military treaties following the Philippines' move to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement

PH-US WAR GAMES. This file photo shows US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts joining forces in an Amphibious Landing operation as part of the 2015 Balikatan Exercises made possible by the VFA. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LOOK: Filipinos commemorate Bryant's death in Valenzuela's House of Kobe

Jan 27, 2020 - 6:36 PM

Valenzuela City inaugurates the indoor basketball court dedicated to Kobe Bryant a day before his tragic death

'KOBE FOR THREE'. Kids shoot hoops in front of Kobe Bryant's mural in the House of Kobe. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs Tunisia - Dubai Int'l Basketball Championship 2020

Jan 27, 2020 - 6:07 PM

Barely scraping past in its first two wins, Mighty Sports looks to win convincingly against Tunisia's Es Rades on Tuesday, January 28

Environmental documentary 'The Story of Plastic' explores a global crisis

Jan 27, 2020 - 5:41 PM

'The Story of Plastic' hopes to help the audience have a better idea about the gravity of the plastic pollution crisis, as well as some insight into workable solutions

Screenshot from 'Story of Plastic'

FALSE: 'Actual footage' of helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant

Jan 27, 2020 - 5:35 PM

The video shows a helicopter crash in the United Arab Emirates in December 2018

LOOK: Dingdong Dantes now a lieutenant commander in PH Navy reserve force

Jan 27, 2020 - 5:26 PM

The actor first enlisted as a Philippine Navy reservist in 2006

Iran airliner overshoots runway, stops in highway

Jan 27, 2020 - 5:11 PM

The McDonnell Douglas jet, belonging to Iran's Caspian Airlines, was flying from Tehran's Mehrabad Airport with 135 passengers plus the plane's crew. State TV reports all were safe.

OFF THE RUNWAY. This picture taken on January 27, 2020 in Iran's southwestern city of Bandar-e Mahshahr shows a Caspian Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft which landed on a highway after it overshot the highway during its approach. Photo by Mostafa Gholamnezad/ISNA/AFP)

Nadine Lustre terminates Viva Artist Agency contract

Jan 27, 2020 - 5:03 PM

Nadine is 'self-managed' now, according to her lawyers

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Mongolia closes China border to cars, shuts schools over virus fears

Jan 27, 2020 - 4:54 PM

The measures announced by Mongolia are the most drastic steps taken by any nation so far over concerns about the coronavirus which has rapidly spread across China

PROTECTION. This photo taken on January 26, 2020 shows workers producing facemasks at a factory in Yangzhou in China's eastern Jiangsu province, to support the supply of medical materials during a deadly virus outbreak which began in Wuhan. Photo by AFP

Who is Gianna Bryant?

Jan 27, 2020 - 4:26 PM

Gianna Maria-Onore dies with her father and NBA legend Kobe Bryant in a fatal helicopter crash

GONE TOO SOON. Gianna Bryant is killed at 13 years old. Photo from Instagram/@kobebryant

Sarah Brightman coming to Manila in June

Jan 27, 2020 - 4:23 PM

The singer is coming to promote her album 'Hymn'

Kobe rape case tweet lands Washington Post journalist in hot water

Jan 27, 2020 - 4:13 PM

The reporter is harassed after tweeting a link to an article titled 'Kobe Bryant’s Disturbing Rape Case: The DNA Evidence, the Accuser’s Story, and the Half-Confession,' hours after the former player's death

KOBE BRYANT. The former NBA player, pictured at a press event here, dies in a helicopter crash, Monday, January 27, Philippine time. File photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Kobe Bryant was a superhero of this generation

Jan 27, 2020 - 4:01 PM

The Black Mamba is dead, and with each passing second, that sentence grows more difficult to comprehend

Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

‘D’Ninang’ review: Dreary godmother

Jan 27, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'Instead of becoming a family drama tainted with dark comedy, it ends up becoming a dreary mess'

Del Rosario urges Duterte to meet Trump, discuss military pact

Jan 27, 2020 - 3:26 PM

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says that while the Visiting Forces Agreement is 'imperfect,' it is 'essential' for the Philippine-US defense alliance

PH-US RELATIONS. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario urges President Rodrigo Duterte to talk to US President Donald Trump. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hundreds of Amazon employees criticize firm's climate stance

Jan 27, 2020 - 3:25 PM

More than 300 workers sign a Medium blog post by Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, which is pushing the company to go further in its climate change mitigation plan

AMAZON. A visitor checks in at the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. File photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

#RIPMamba: Fans express grief for Kobe Bryant’s death online

Jan 27, 2020 - 3:08 PM

'You're the main reason why I love the Lakers and the game.' Read how the rest of local Twitter is mourning the death of The Black Mamba

Filipinos in Singapore celebrate Sinulog, pray to avert Wuhan virus

Jan 27, 2020 - 3:05 PM

Some of them wearing surgical masks, overseas Filipinos join the 6th Sinulog in Singapore and pray for safety from the deadly Wuhan virus

'He was with me tonight': Trae Young matches Kobe's double-double record

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:29 PM

Hawks stalwart Trae Young pays tribute to his idol Kobe Bryant by donning a No. 8 jersey against the Wizards

GRATEFUL. Trae Young pays tribute to the late Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna on and off the court. Photo from Trae Young's Twitter

Sandiganbayan starts 2020 with number of cases down 24%

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:25 PM

For the entire 2019, the Sandiganbayan is able to dispose of 1,114 cases

Sandiganbayan Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes Solomon Islands

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:22 PM

(UPDATED) The US Geological Survey says the earthquake strikes at a depth of 17.7 kilometers some 140 kilometers southeast of the Pacific nation's capital Honiara

DOH investigating 11 possible cases of novel coronavirus nationwide

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:17 PM

There is no confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines so far. The persons under investigation are in 6 regions, including Metro Manila and all of the Visayas.

Health Sec. Francisco Duque III with WHO Country Represenattive Dr. Rabindra Abetasinghe briefs the media during a press conference at the DOH headquarters in Manila on January 21, 2020. The DOH is investigating the case of a 5-year-old child who traveled to the Philippines from Wuhan, China for manifesting fever, throat irritation and cough prior to entering the country. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

10 of the most loved fitness gyms in Metro Manila

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:14 PM

It's getting fit in here

Rappler Talk: Paul Reichler on seeking justice for Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:00 PM

On Monday, January 27, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to internationally-renowned lawyer Paul Reichler to discuss the first international court ruling against Myanmar, how it is going to be enforced, and what led him to take on the case

LIST: Beautiful, underrated Philippine destinations to visit in 2020

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Consider these under-the-radar places of nature and culture for your next travel adventures this year!


Shaq, Magic, Kareem, other Laker greats pay tribute to Kobe Bryant

Jan 27, 2020 - 1:50 PM

On the hardcourt, there's no comparing to the pain felt by those who wore the same purple and gold with Kobe Bryant

Photo by Francis Specker/EPA-EFE

[OPINION] A call to fairness: Female care workers are invisible and severely underpaid

Jan 27, 2020 - 1:44 PM

Women and girls put in 12.5 billion hours of unpaid care work each and every day – a contribution to the global economy of at least $10.8 trillion a year

Chinese premier visits city at epicenter of virus

Jan 27, 2020 - 1:18 PM

Li Keqiang is the most senior Chinese leader to visit Wuhan since the city was struck by the outbreak of a deadly virus

LI KEQIANG. People's Republic of China State Council Premier Li Keqiang at the Malacañang Palace on November 15, 2017. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

UnionBank net income shoots up 104% to P14 billion in 2019

Jan 27, 2020 - 1:15 PM

UnionBank's strategy? Digital transformation while maintaining lean operations.

#WalangPasok: Schools suspend classes as coronavirus precaution

Jan 27, 2020 - 1:07 PM

These are Chinese schools, where some teachers and students have been traveling to and from China to celebrate Lunar New Year

SUSPENSIONS. Some Chinese schools in Manila suspend classes amid teachers and students traveling to China to celebrate Lunar New Year, causing alarm for probable exposure to the coronavirus. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] How do we survive? The rise of data colonialism and digital dictatorships

Jan 27, 2020 - 12:42 PM

The following is a speech delivered by historian Yuval Harari at the 2020 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, in its session entitled 'How to Survive the 21st Century'

ACT NOW. A participant walks past a wall showing a quote by Indian pacifist Mahatma Gandhi at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 at the 'IFEMA - Feria de Madrid' exhibition center in Madrid, December 13, 2019. Photo by Cristina Quicler/AFP

Billie Eilish sweeps top Grammy awards

Jan 27, 2020 - 12:28 PM

(UPDATED) The 18-year-old beat out stiff competition from viral hitmaker Lil Nas X and the year's most-nominated artist Lizzo

US singer-songwriter Billie Eilish accepts the award for Song Of The Year for "Bad Guy" during the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)

Kobe's relentless spirit inspired NBA fans, players

Jan 27, 2020 - 12:12 PM

'I love everything about this game. For me, it's not a part of life, it is life, and it's a part of me,' Kobe Bryant said


Malacañang asks for 'impact assessment' on VFA termination

Jan 27, 2020 - 11:49 AM

Is the termination on hold? Guevarra says President Duterte threatened but did not order to terminate the VFA

JOINT DRILLS. The Philippine Marines and US forces opened the 3rd KAMANDAG joint exercises at Subic Bay International Airport on October 9, 2019. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/

Minimum P85 toll fee set for 3rd Mactan bridge

Jan 27, 2020 - 11:32 AM

The construction of the Cebu Cordova Link Expressway is scheduled for completion in 2021

TOLL FEE. The Cebu Cordova Link Expressway set its toll fees for once it opens in 2021. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Taxes from POGOs soar 169% to P6.4 billion in 2019

Jan 27, 2020 - 11:31 AM

The Philippine government improves in getting cash from tax-dodging online gambling operators, but it still falls short of its target