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J.R.R. Tolkien biopic to premiere May 2019

Jan 18, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Biographical drama 'Tolkien' starring Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins will share stories on the renowned writer's early years

FAST FACTS: Barbie Forteza and Jak Roberto

Jan 18, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Who's behind the talked-about Kapuso love team?

WATCH: Get study tips from Ateneo's Isaac Go

Jan 18, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Two-time UAAP champion Isaac Go shows us his study habits that helped him nab back-to-back first honors in Ateneo

Duterte in Cotabato City: Vote 'yes' for Bangsamoro Organic Law

Jan 18, 2019 - 7:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte calls on the people of ARMM, Cotabato City, and Isabela City to cast their vote on January 21. 'Let us use the plebiscite as a peaceful means to finally correct the historical injustice committed against the Bangsamoro people.'

Screenshot from RTVM

LOOK: New e-jeep in Makati, Mandaluyong

Jan 18, 2019 - 7:19 PM

Fifteen e-jeeps are now plying Buendia MRT in Makati to Mandaluyong City Hall via Jupiter Street, from 5 am to 12 midnight

E-JEEP. Meralco, in partnership with LTFRB, Makati and Mandaluyong City goverments, launch eSakay electronic jeeps. All photos from the Department of Transportation

Columbian stuns loaded San Miguel in PH Cup debut

Jan 18, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Rookie CJ Perez and the Dyip rev up the charge in the closing minutes to shock the defending champion Beermen

STELLAR DEBUT. Top rookie pick CJ Perez makes a splash right on his first pro game. Photo from PBA Images

Almost half of Filipinos think Duterte can fulfill promises – SWS

Jan 18, 2019 - 6:56 PM

But in President Rodrigo Duterte’s home region of Mindanao, the percentage of people optimistic about his promises fall by 10 points

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his message during the birthday celebration of former Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Atty. Francis Tolentino held at the Tagaytay International Convention Center in Tagaytay City, Cavite on January 3, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LPA may enter PAR early Saturday, January 19

Jan 18, 2019 - 6:25 PM

If the low pressure area develops into a tropical depression, Signal No. 1 could be raised over provinces in the Eastern Samar-Caraga area by Saturday

Satellite image as of January 18, 2019, 5:30 pm. Image from PAGASA

WATCH: Liza Soberano proves her love for sinigang in new video

Jan 18, 2019 - 6:11 PM

The actress tries 5 different kinds of sinigang

SINIGANG LOVER. Liza Soberano tries to guess different kinds of sinigang in a new video. Screenshot from Black Sheep on YouTube

Singapore picks US F-35 fighter jet over Europe, China rivals

Jan 18, 2019 - 6:07 PM

After 5 years of deliberation, the affluent city-state picks Lockheed Martin's F-35 over Europe's Eurofighter Typhoon and Chinese-made stealth warplanes

STEALTH. A file photo

'Sakaling Maging Tayo' Review: Contagious joys

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:59 PM

The 'teenybopper romance' stars McCoy de Leon and Elise Joson

SAKALING MAGING TAYO. McCoy de Leon and Elise Joson star in their first film together. Screenshot from Black Sheep on YouTube

Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo to deliver UMPIL's 2019 Adrian Cristóbal Lecture Feb 20

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:55 PM

PRESS RELEASE: This year's Adrian Cristóbal Lecture will take place on February 20 at the Tanghalang Teresita Quirino, UST Graduate School, Manila

LECTURE. Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo will deliver the 2019 Adrian Cristobal Lecture on February 20, 2019. Photo from the UST Website

Indonesia's Go-Jek invests in

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:47 PM

Indonesian ride-hailing giant Go-Jek refuses to disclose the amount it has invested in, but says it is a 'substantial' acquisition of shares

INVEST. Indonesian unicorn Go-Jek invests in Philippine digital wallet startup Go-Jek photo from Shutterstock, platform image from

Japan satellite blasts into space to deliver artificial meteors

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:34 PM

A start-up based in Tokyo says it developed the micro-satellite for a celestial show over Hiroshima early next year which it calls a 'shooting stars on demand'

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, UT - AUGUST 13: A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above the hoodoos named Thor's Hammer (L) and the Three Sisters (R) early on August 13, 2016 in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. The annual display, known as the Perseid shower because the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky, is a result of Earth's orbit passing through debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Will Broner's beard come off? Team Pacquiao asks

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:29 PM

Manny Pacquiao's trainers raise concerns on Adrien Broner's long, thick beard before the Nevada Athletic Commission

NO ISSUE. Manny Pacquiao says he’ll fight Adrien Broner ‘with or without the beard.’ Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Vote vs BOL 'gains momentum' among youth in Cotabato City, Isabela City

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:24 PM

The two cities are among places to watch as ruling politicians have been vocal against their inclusion in the proposed new region

SPLIT VOTE. A banner against the Bangsamoro Organic Law is seen days ahead of a crucial plebiscite. Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

Planning a space? Here’s why you should put flooring on the priority list

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Experts at Studio ATD talk about the importance of good flooring

Ex-lover of Narcos boss: El Chapo turned me into drug smuggler

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:04 PM

A former mistress of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman testifies that the cartel leader lured her into a life as a drug trafficker

This Eastern District of New York (EDNY)undated evidence handout photo,submitted as evidence, and obtained January 17, 2019 shows Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez López, 29, a Mexican former lover of Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman, who took the stand on the trial of the Mexican druglord as a government witness on January 17, 2019. A former mistress of Mexican crime boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman testified January 17, 2019 that the cartel leader lured her into a life as a drug trafficker, shifting hundreds of kilos of marijuana a time on planes. "Until today I was confused because I thought it was a romantic relationship," Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez, 29, told the New York City court where Guzman faces trafficking, firearms and money laundering charges.Sanchez, who was arrested in 2017 crossing from Mexico into San Diego and stands accused of conspiring to traffic cocaine, told the jury she met Guzman when she was 21.  HO / The Eastern District of New York / AFP

Bangsamoro Vote 2019

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:00 PM

News, analyses, and videos on the Bangsamoro plebiscite, January 21, 2019

San Miguel slams Compton's 'kawawa ang liga' comment on Romeo's trade

Jan 18, 2019 - 4:57 PM

The Beermen point out that Compton and Alaska traded away 'competent' players like RJ Jazul and Calvin Abueva in the past

CONTROVERSIAL. Alaska head coach Alex Compton is quoted saying 'kawawa ang liga' regarding Terrence Romeo's addition to San Miguel. Photos from PBA Images

Siakam hits buzzer-beater to lift Raptors over Suns

Jan 18, 2019 - 4:45 PM

'To be honest I didn't know what I was going to do,' says Pascal Siakam as the Raptors escape the Suns for an 8th straight home win

GAME-WINNER. Toronto’s Pascal Siakam buries the heart-stopping last bucket that bounces off the backboard before going in. Photo from Toronto Raptors Twitter

Oxford says no to additional Huawei funding

Jan 18, 2019 - 4:32 PM

Oxford University says it had decided it would 'not pursue new funding opportunities' for both research contracts or philanthropic donations from Huawei and related group companies – though existing projects would continue

IN VIDEOS: Thousands of cops, soldiers given send-off for Bangsamoro plebiscite duty

Jan 18, 2019 - 4:13 PM

An elaborate ceremony marks the start of intensified deployments for securing the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite

CONCENTRATED. Cops and police gather in Camp Siongco in Awang, Maguindanao for their send-off to protecting the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Disney rings in live-action 'Hunchback of Notre Dame' remake

Jan 18, 2019 - 4:13 PM

We can't wait to see Quasimodo, Esmeralda, and Frollo come alive on the big screen!

Lakers shock Thunder in dramatic OT win

Jan 18, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Kyle Kuzma leads the young guns as the Lakers record one of their best shooting nights of the season

STEPPING UP. The young Lakers crew pulls off a shocker even minus LeBron James. Photo from NBA Twitter

Baguio council backs NUJP bid to exempt journalists as drug case witnesses

Jan 18, 2019 - 4:03 PM

Baguio City Vice Mayor Edison Bilog says the council wants 'to protect the integrity and welfare of media practitioners'

Vietnam 'willing' to host Trump-Kim summit – report

Jan 18, 2019 - 3:47 PM

Vietnam has cropped up in the swirl of rumors and conjecture over a possible site for the meeting, with the capital Hanoi or the coastal city of Danang seemingly the most likely bases for the summit

NEXT SUMMIT. In this file photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Ghosn received 8M euro in 'improper' payments – Nissan

Jan 18, 2019 - 3:34 PM

'Nissan views the payments Ghosn received from [Nissan-Mitsubishi B.V.] to be the result of misconduct and will consider measures to recover from Ghosn the full sum,' the firm says in a statement

GHOSN. In this file photo taken on April 29, 2005 then-Nissan's chief executive Carlos Ghosn gestures during the Renault general assembly in Paris. File photo by Eric Feferberg/AFP

DOJ trims terror tag list of Reds from over 656 to 8

Jan 18, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'Present petition remains to be without legal and factual basis and repackaged the old one in order to railroad the legal process,' says NDF legal consultant Edre Olalia

TERROR TAG.  Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)  founding chairman Jose Maria Sison is still among the 8 people that the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeks to declare as terrorists. Rappler file photo

Injured Embiid shines for Sixers

Jan 18, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Shrugging off a sore back, Sixers star Joel Embiid posts his 38th double-double of the season against the Pacers

ROAD WIN. Joel Embiid helps power the Sixers to a road win against the Pacers for a 30-16 record. Photo from NBA Twitter

What areas will vote to be part of the Bangsamoro region?

Jan 18, 2019 - 3:00 PM

More than 2.8 million people are expected to take part in the historic plebiscite

Graphic by Raffy de Guzman

LOOK: Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña takes down Imee Marcos tarp

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:41 PM

‘Cebuanos do not appreciate the politicization of Sinulog,’ says the mayor, who has ordered a team to take down other such tarpaulins along the parade route

A FAVOR. Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña takes down a Sinulog-themed tarpaulin by Imee Marcos since "Cebuanos do not appreciate the politicization" of the annual festival. Photo from Tommy Osmeña's Facebook Page.

21 dead in car bomb attack on Colombian police academy

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:39 PM

'All Colombians reject terrorism and we're united in fighting it,' President Ivan Duque says in the aftermath

Leyte university apologizes to Bretman Rock, Manny MUA over dress code poster

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Leyte Normal University assures the social media personalities that the poster was made 'without malicious intentions of maligning your persons'

Gio Tingson: Don’t use youth commission as Bong Go’s 'billboard' | Midday wRap

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Watch the midday wRap with Gelo Gonzales

Singapore former gov't stalwart seeks to form new party

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:21 PM

Analysts say the move by Tan Cheng Bock could represent a challenge to the government's dominance of the political system

NEW PARTY? Tan Cheng Bock, a former stalwart of Singapore's long-ruling government and ex-presidential candidate says he is seeking to form a new party ahead of elections expected as early as this year. File photo by Mohd Fyrol/AFP

Tesla recalls more than 14,000 cars in China over Takata airbags

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:20 PM

The affected vehicles in China are Model S cars made between February 2014 and December 2016, the State Administration of Market Regulation says

From tarpaulins to funds from mining: What 2019 candidates should avoid

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:16 PM

Environment groups call for ‘clean, green’ 2019 elections

More ARMM youth support Bangsamoro Law – survey

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:14 PM

More youth in the region now consider terrorism as the top priority to be addressed by the Bangsamoro Organic Law, according to the survey of International Alert Philippines

LAST PUSH. Supporters the Bangsamoro Law hold a rally pushing for a "yes" vote in Buluan, Maguindanao. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

UK PM May refuses to rule out 'no-deal' Brexit

Jan 18, 2019 - 1:44 PM

The world's fifth-largest economy is in political turmoil and grasping for solutions that could smooth its planned departure from the bloc after 46 years just 10 weeks from now

BREXIT. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a meeting in 10 Downing street in central London on January 30, 2018. File photo by Ben Stansall/Pool/AFP

IV of Spades releases debut album 'CLAPCLAPCLAP!'

Jan 18, 2019 - 1:13 PM


IV OF SPADES. The funk rock trio releases their debut album. Photo courtesy of Warner Music Philippines

Sandiganbayan chief scolds Andaya over comment on Malampaya scam case

Jan 18, 2019 - 1:04 PM

On the eve of his court appearance, House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr told media the schedule of the arraignment was 'nice timing.' He again escapes arraignment because of a pending motion to quash.

SCOLDED. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr is scolded by Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang over the former's media statement that the hearing on January 18, 2018, over his Malampaya scam case was of "nice timing." Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

UK's Prince Philip 'shocked and shaken' after car crash

Jan 18, 2019 - 12:43 PM

(UPDATED) The duke emerges unharmed but two people in another car are injured in the crash that occurred Thursday, January 17

PRINCE PHILIP. Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, reacts as he arrives to attend a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 13, 2017. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Hornets shake off slow start, sting Kings

Jan 18, 2019 - 12:39 PM

Tony Parker provides leadership and a steady presence to lead the Hornets bench against the young Kings

LEADER. Tony Parker finishes in double figures along with 6 other Charlotte players as the Hornets rally past De’Aaron Fox and the Kings. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Duterte taps ex-Malabon vice mayor as DSWD undersecretary

Jan 18, 2019 - 12:28 PM

President Duterte also appoints new members of the Nayong Pilipino Foundation Board of Trustees – Michelle Aguilar-Ong and Lucille Malilong-Isberto

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 33rd Cabinet Meeting held at the Malacañan Palace on January 7, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] In defense of Manila Bay

Jan 18, 2019 - 12:15 PM

Manila Bay now has 330 million units of fecal bacteria – a far cry from its one million units 20 years ago. What needs to be done?

File photos from Shutterstock

Twitter patches Android bug that made private tweets public

Jan 18, 2019 - 12:05 PM

Twitter says the bug on Android disabled the protected tweet setting if certain conditions were met, such as changing the email address connected to your account

Brazil, U.S. officials meet Venezuela opposition leaders

Jan 18, 2019 - 11:50 AM

Brazil's foreign ministry says the meetings are to 'analyze the situation in Venezuela stemming from the illegitimacy of President Nicolas Maduro's rule'

MEETING. This handout picture released by the Brazilian presidency press office shows Brazilian foreign minister Ernesto Araujo (2nd-L), Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (C), exiled Venezuelan supreme court justice Miguel Angel Martin (2nd-R) and Organization of American States representative Gustavo Cinosi (R) during a meeting with members of the Venezuelan opposition in Brasilia on January 17, 2019. AFP PHOTO/BRAZILIAN PRESIDENCY/ALAN SANTOS/HO

'I select on penis length,' says German female coach

Jan 18, 2019 - 11:46 AM

As the first woman to coach a men's team in one of Germany's top leagues, Imke Wuebbenhorst tackles sexism by responding sarcastically

TOUGH JOB. Pioneering female football coach Imke Wuebbenhorst says she should be judged on her performance. Photo from

Power brokers in the Bangsamoro region

Jan 18, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Rappler identifies the key groups and clans that have shaped and influenced the region over the years. What's in store for them in the future Bangsamoro autonomous region?