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Vanessa Ponce de Leon, Rohit Khandelwal are in Manila for the Mr World 2019 finals night

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:32 PM

Rohit Khandelwal is set to pass his title on after 3 years, while Vanessa Ponce de Leon will grace the finals night on August 23

Why Miss World 2018 Vanessa Ponce de Leon feels at home in the Philippines

Aug 08, 2019 - 12:52 PM

The beauty queen from Mexico talks about the social media, controversial questions, and wanting see the country's beaches

These 3 celebrities are part of Miss World Philippines 2019

Aug 06, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Kelley Day, Michelle Marquez Dee, and Isabella de Leon are giving pageantry a try

Negros island killings have 'very low' chance of spilling over to Zamboanga del Norte – army

Aug 04, 2019 - 1:14 PM

While army intelligence 'said the chances are very low,' according to Lt. Colonel Rufino de Leon, it is still possible for the NPA to create diversionary attacks'

RUFINO DE LEON. Lt Colonel Rufino de Leon, commander of the 97th Infantry Battalion covering Zamboanga del Norte and incoming commander of 5th Cadre Batallion based in Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte.

Liza Soberano on Jane de Leon: ‘I’m so happy for her’

Jul 20, 2019 - 3:17 PM

Liza says she is excited for Jane's career

LIZA SOBERANO. The actress shares her excitement for Jane de Leon being cast as Darna. File photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

4 Negros Oriental cops were set up for ambush, says regional police chief

Jul 19, 2019 - 7:06 PM

(UPDATED) Central Visayas police chief Brigadier General Debold Sinas says the victims, who were intelligence officers, were set up by a contact with links to the New People's Army

SITE INVESTIGATION. Regional police probers check the ambush site at Barangay Mabato in Ayungon town, Negros Oriental, on July 19, 2019. Contributed Photo

WATCH: The day Jane de Leon found out she's Darna

Jul 19, 2019 - 9:02 AM

The young actress turns speechless after ABS-CBN executives tell her she was the new Darna

3 Pinoy wrestlers join WWE tryout in China

Jul 17, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Crystal, Jake de Leon and Ken Warren are among the 40 wrestlers from Asia who tried their luck in WWE's search for its next wrestling superstars

WWE TRYOUT. Jake de Leon, Crystal, and Ken Warren of Philippine Wrestling Revolution joined other wrestlers from Asia in the WWE tryout held in Shanghai, China this year. Photos from WWE.com

What you need to know about Jane de Leon, the new Darna

Jul 17, 2019 - 2:37 PM

The 20-year-old Star Magic artist is set to follow the footsteps of Angel Locsin and Marian Rivera in playing the iconic role

Jane de Leon is the new Darna!

Jul 17, 2019 - 1:17 PM

Ding, ibigay ang bato kay Jane!

NEW DARNA. Jane de Leon has been cast in the iconic role. Screenshot from Instagram.com/imjanedeleon

Dream come true: Ateneo towers to debut together in PVL 2019

Jul 16, 2019 - 4:32 PM

Ateneo Lady Eagles Bea de Leon, Kat Tolentino, Maddie Madayag, and Kim Gequillana are sticking together in their professional volleyball debut

REUNION. The recent graduates of the Ateneo Lady Eagles will make their professional volleyball debut in Choco Mucho. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Wellmed owner, whistle-blowers indicted for estafa over PhilHealth scandal

Jun 14, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Bryan Sy and whistle-blowers Liezel Aileen De Leon and Edwin Roberto will have to post bail of P1.224 million per person

PHILHEALTH SCANDAL. Wellmed Dialysis Center owner Dr. Bryan Sy and the two whistleblowers Liezel Aileen De Leon and Edwin Roberto appear at the NBI in Manila on June 13, 2019 for a press conference on the Philhealth ghost dialysis scandal. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Veteran actors recognized at PMPC Star Awards for Movies 2019

Jun 03, 2019 - 11:35 AM

12 veteran actors are given the 'Mga Natatanging Bituin ng Siglo' award during the PMPC Star Awards for Movies 2019

Photo by Dion Besa/Rappler

Mariel de Leon signs with New York-based modeling agency

May 31, 2019 - 7:30 AM

Mariel is now part of True Model Management's roster of talents

Not just UAAP queens, Ateneo Lady Eagles also Twitter champions

May 22, 2019 - 7:36 PM

Four Lady Eagles claim spots in the list of top 5 mentioned players on Twitter during the UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball finals

TWEET GALORE. (From left to right) Ateneo's Jules Samonte, Kat Tolentino, Bea de Leon, and Maddie Madayag, and UST's Sisi Rondina were the most talked about players on Twitter in the UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball finals. Photos by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler and Josh Albelda/Rappler

Finals MVP Bea de Leon completes redemption with a crown

May 18, 2019 - 9:06 PM

Ateneo's chest-pounding captain feels glad that she decided to play one more year for the Lady Eagles

RIDING HIGH. The Lady Eagles give Bea de Leon a victory ride after the Ateneo captain bagged the Finals MVP. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

I didn’t vote the last elections, and boy do I regret it

Apr 09, 2019 - 5:57 PM

Another messiah, another mistake? One Rappler makes her case for why every single vote counts.

Ateneo's Bea de Leon wins UAAP Player of the Week plum

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:39 PM

The veteran middle blocker takes on a larger role offensively to help the Lady Eagles stretch their winning streak to 6 games

STEP UP. Bea de Leon stars for the Ateneo Blue Eagles in back-to-back UAAP wins last week. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Ateneo's Bea de Leon overcomes leadership struggles

Mar 15, 2019 - 6:58 PM

After a slow start to the season, Ateneo captain Bea de Leon rises together with the Lady Eagles

KEEPING TOGETHER. Bea de Leon's presence on the court is vital to the Ateneo Lady Eagles' performance. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

WATCH: Mike de Leon hits Duterte in short film 'Kangkungan'

Feb 24, 2019 - 1:02 PM

Vote as if your future and life depended on it, director Mike de Leon tells viewers

'KANGKUNGAN.' The acclaimed director releases a short film about the Duterte administration. Screenshot from 'Kangkungan'/Original footage courtesy of RTVM

Final public screening of 'Citizen Jake' set ahead of People Power anniversary

Feb 23, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The film, starring Atom Araullo, is director Mike de Leon's commentary on the country's current political and social realities

CITIZEN JAKE. In the film, Atom Araullo stars as a journalist whose principles clash with his estranged father's political interests.

Ateneo's Bea de Leon still gets 'veteran jitters'

Feb 18, 2019 - 10:22 AM

Even senior player Bea de Leon admits that playing in Sunday's Ateneo-La Salle season opener still made her nervous

POOR START. Bea de Leon admits that the Ateneo Lady Eagles were off to a poor start.  Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Joey de Leon's mom dies at 93

Feb 11, 2019 - 3:55 PM

The TV host confirms the death of his mom Emma

How McCoy de Leon, Elisse Joson kept it professional on the set of 'Sakaling Maging Tayo'

Jan 08, 2019 - 7:30 AM

The two set aside their differences and talk about their their first movie 'Sakaling Maging Tayo'

Photo by Precious del Valle/Rappler

Army launches New Year's Eve attack, captures NPA camp in Bukidnon

Dec 31, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Two rebels were also killed in the New Year's Eve attack by the Philippine Army

IN PHOTOS: Lotlot de Leon and Fadi El Soury's Batangas wedding

Dec 18, 2018 - 7:54 PM

This is Lotlot's second marriage

Who is Vanessa Ponce de Leon, Miss World 2018?

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:24 PM

The 26-year-old is the first woman from Mexico to bag the Miss World title

TRANSCRIPT: Miss World 2018 Q and A segment

Dec 08, 2018 - 10:25 PM

Which answer do you like the most?

Mexico's Vanessa Ponce de Leon is Miss World 2018

Dec 08, 2018 - 10:07 PM

De Leon bests 117 other candidates from around the world

Cops arrest 2 suspects in killing of Ateneo grad student

Dec 05, 2018 - 1:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The suspects are nabbed a day after the Marikina City government offered a P500,000-bounty for the killers of Francis de Leon

SUSPECT. Authorities present suspect Jayvee 'Diablo' Santos at a news briefing on December 5, 2018. Rappler photo

Marikina mayor offers P500,000-bounty for Ateneo grad student's killer

Dec 04, 2018 - 4:46 PM

(UPDATED) Francis de Leon, known to his former co-workers at the Department of Education as 'an example and inspiration to reformists in government,' was killed just a few blocks from his home in Marikina

'MODEL REFORMIST'. His former co-workers at the education department describe Francis de Leon as 'an example and inspiration to reformists in government.' He was killed in an apparent robbery in Marikina City on December 1, 2018. Photo from the DepEd Tayo Facebook page

24-year-old man found dead in Marikina

Dec 01, 2018 - 11:58 PM

Police identify the victim as Francis de Leon. The incident is still under investigation.

FOUND DEAD. Ateneo graduate Francis de Leon was found dead along J. Molina Street in Marikina City. Photo from De Leon's Facebook account

Thousands evacuated as Guatemala volcano erupts, then stops

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Many of those evacuated say they fear a repeat of the deadly June eruption

Is Africa starting to choke on China's lending glut?

Oct 18, 2018 - 10:23 PM

China is the single largest bilateral financier of infrastructure in Africa, exceeding the combined total of the African Development Bank (ADB), the EU, International Finance Corporation, the WB and the G8 countries

WELCOME. File photo of China's President Xi Jinping applauding as he attends the Forum On China-Africa Cooperation - Round Table Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 4, 2018. Photo by Lintao Zhang/Pool/AFP

Local Smack: Back at the 'Homefront'

Oct 02, 2018 - 6:46 PM

At 'PWR Live: Homefront', PWR wrestlers fend off foreign challengers and MWF mainstay Robin Sane. Plus, Quatro's title dreams are dashed as PWR Champion Ralph Imabayashi retains in controversial fashion.

MAIN EVENT. 'The Senyorito' Jake de Leon defends the PHX Championship against Britain-based wrestler Tengu at PWR Live: Homefront on September 23, 2018. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Andres Bonifacio’s personal Katipunan flag up for auction

Aug 31, 2018 - 6:33 PM

The auction also includes Bonifacio's 'Decalogue,' handwritten by the Katipunan leader himself

PIECE OF HISTORY. The Katipunan flag that once hung in Andres Bonifacio's study is up for auction. All images courtesy of Leon Gallery

LOOK: 'TGIS' cast reunite for a get-together

Aug 31, 2018 - 5:27 PM

The stars and the directors meet up to celebrate the show's 23rd year

LOOK: Iya Villania, Drew Arellano welcome 2nd son Leon

Aug 19, 2018 - 2:53 PM

The couple welcomes Leon on Sunday, August 19

Mariel de Leon doesn't plan on hiding her unpopular opinions

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:51 PM

The former beauty queen says that growing up, she always had her own views different from others

New Ebola virus found in Sierra Leone

Jul 27, 2018 - 8:19 PM

It is not yet known whether the new Bombali species of the virus – which researchers say could be transmitted to humans – can develop into the deadly Ebola disease

SIERRA LEONE AND EBOLA. People walk under an Ebola's information board featuring Sierra Leone's president Ernest Bai Koroma on January 22, 2016 in a street of Freetown. File photo by Sia-Kambou/AFP

Bea de Leon to play final year with Lady Eagles

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:02 PM

The Ateneo volleyball standout decides to play her 5th and final UAAP season due to an 'unfinished business'

'UNFINISHED BUSINESS'. Bea de Leon expresses her desire to stay with the Ateneo Lady Eagles in her final year of eligibility. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Leon chess: 12-year-old GM stuns Wesley So

Jul 08, 2018 - 12:38 AM

The young Indian grandmaster scores an upset in the opening match but So recovers to win the 4-game clash

BRILLIANT PAIR. World number two Wesley So (left) calls his young opponent R Praggnanandhaa  a ‘genius.’

After Jho Maraguinot, Ateneo's Bea de Leon takes talents to PSL

Jun 09, 2018 - 9:33 PM

De Leon bolsters an already formidable Foton lineup that parades towering sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat

FRIENDS TURNED FOES. Ateneo Lady Eagles teammates Bea de Leon (left) and Jho Maraguinot will go up against each other in the Philippine SuperLiga. File photos Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS, VIDEOS: PWR Wrevolution X 2018

Jun 05, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Ralph Imabayashi retains the PWR Championship and retires Miguel Rosales, Ken Warren regains the PHX Championship, plus more action at PWR's biggest annual event

STILL THE CHAMP. PWR Champion Ralph Imabayashi defeats Miguel Rosales in a 'Title vs Career' Match at PWR Wrevolution X at the iAcademy in Makati City on May 20, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Mike de Leon calls ‘Citizen Jake’ star Atom Araullo hypocritical, narcissistic

May 30, 2018 - 4:32 PM

The director responds to Atom Araullo's statement about their working relationship on the set of 'Citizen Jake’

Atom Araullo breaks silence after 'Citizen Jake' director's tirades

May 30, 2018 - 9:29 AM

'Mike is a deeply troubled person. The kindest thing I can say about him is that he needs help, patience, and understanding as he wrestles with his personal demons'

CITIZEN JAKE. Atom Araullo breaks his silence after movie director Mike de Leon's rant on Facebook. Screenshot from Citizen Jake

Citizen Baguio, or why 'Citizen Jake' is a love letter to the city

May 30, 2018 - 3:00 AM

Journalist and poet Frank Cimatu, a Baguio native, shares his thoughts on Mike de Leon's latest film

LOVE LETTER TO BAGUIO. Atom Araullo stars in Mike de Leon's 'Citizen Jake.' Screenshot from Citizen Jake

'Citizen Jake' director Mike de Leon on star Atom Araullo: 'He disappointed me'

May 24, 2018 - 7:15 PM

(2ND UPDATE) 'I think Atom and I are both relieved to close the book on this collaboration and finally get out of each other’s lives,' he said on Facebook

ATOM ARAULLO. Mike de Leon expresses his disappointment with the journalist-turned-actor in a post on Facebook. Screenshot from Facebook.com/CitizenJakeFilm

[OPINION] Who’s afraid of Citizen Jake?

May 24, 2018 - 4:12 PM

'Citizen Jake makes us not only witnesses to these challenging times but confronts us with truths both forgotten and ignored'

Did DFA do enough in rape scandal?

May 08, 2018 - 4:41 PM

After the son of a Philippine diplomat is raped, the family finds insufficient support from the Department of Foreign Affairs despite persistent pleas for help