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Ateneo hit for art ampitheater named after Marcos 'dummy'

Apr 21, 2019 - 5:14 PM

The Areté amphitheater is named after Ignacio B. Gimenez, who is identified by the Philippine government in court records as a 'dummy' of the Marcoses

ARETE. Irene Marcos at the Ateneo Areté Ignacio B. Gimenez Amphitheater on April 7, 2019. Photo from Panday Sining Katipunan

Tagle at Easter Vigil: Be the love that triumphs over sin, death

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:51 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says expressing one's love need not always be through heroic feats, but can be done be through simple deeds

EASTER VIGIL. Lighted candles illuminate the faces of the Catholics who attended the Easter Vigil Mass led by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Black Saturday at the Manila Cathedral on April 20, 2019. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Utility firms, Quezon City gov't agree to simplify transactions

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The processing of excavation permits is expected to be faster, after the signing of a memorandum of understanding between utility firms and the Quezon City government

How Ateneo's e-jeeps revolutionized in-campus commutes

Apr 16, 2019 - 1:32 PM

The e-jeeps are a quick and sustainable transport alternative inside the campus — and they’re cheaper, too. Here’s how you can implement the same for your own organization

Manila Water COO Geodino Carpio resigns

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:50 AM

Manila Water appoints Abelardo Basilio as acting chief operating officer

Manila court defers arraignment of Maria Ressa

Apr 16, 2019 - 9:06 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa also defers the arraignment of ex-Rappler researcher writer Reynaldo Santos Jr to May 17. This will allow both journalists to file a motion for reconsideration on the denial of their earlier motion to quash.

MARIA RESSA. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa arrives at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 for her arraignment on Tuesday, April 16, 2018. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Metro Manila number coding suspended April 17-22

Apr 15, 2019 - 11:30 AM

(UPDATED) The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority says there will be no number coding beginning Holy Wednesday, April 17, until Easter Monday, April 22

Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Court junks Ressa appeal, says cyber libel valid 12 years post-publication

Apr 15, 2019 - 8:19 AM

(UPDATED) In denying Maria Ressa’s Motion to Quash, the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 effectively upholds the justice department's theory that cyber libel’s prescription period is 12 years, instead of one year

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa attends a hearing on the cyberlibel case filed by against her by businessman Wilfredo Keng at the Manila Regional Trial Court on March 1, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Universities should take strong stance against the Marcos dictatorship

Apr 14, 2019 - 7:40 PM

An Ateneo professor and a student leader respond to Tony La Viña's piece published in Rappler, saying that his concern about the university's decision on the Irene Marcos controversy is, among others, oversimplistic

No more congestion in 2 major Manila ports – Customs

Apr 14, 2019 - 11:10 AM

The Bureau of Customs says this shows their commitment 'to address trade challenges'

CONGESTED NO MORE. Shipping containers are stacked inside the Manila International Container Terminal. File photo from the ICTSI website

[OPINION] Should we ban the Marcoses from our campuses?

Apr 13, 2019 - 8:30 PM

I would think I have succeeded more as a teacher if my students were more angry at the Duterte administration's human rights record than being upset at the Marcos children visiting us

Darren Criss calls on PH mayors to implement zero waste programs

Apr 13, 2019 - 12:41 PM

The actor has been in the country since April 2

DARREN CRISS. The actor visits the country to learn about Metro Manila's waste management problems. Photo from

Channel Jose Rizal and be part of ‘Mi Ultimo Adios’ poetry recital at Dia del Libro 2019

Apr 12, 2019 - 4:47 PM

It’s all part of Instituto Cervantes de Manila’s World Book Day celebration on April 27!

DIA DEL LIBRO. At Instituto Cervantes de Manila's celebration of World Book Day, participants get roses along with their book purchases. Photo from

Ateneo official resigns after backlash over Irene Marcos invite

Apr 12, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Ateneo de Manila University President Fr Jose Ramon Villarin also issues the university's 'deepest apologies for the hurt this has brought'

RESIGNED. Ateneo Arete Executive Director Yael Buencamino resigns after students slammed the invitation of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' daughter, Irene Marcos, to a school event. Photo from Ateneo de Manila University on Facebook

Who are winning in campus mock senatorial polls?

Apr 12, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Share the results of your campus mock polls with MovePH, Rappler’s civic engagement arm

Sustained demand in real estate seen for 2019 – JLL

Apr 11, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Among the key drivers of the real estate demand are mainland Chinese investors, which are seen to diversify into other industries aside from offshore gaming

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

No meat, no problem: 5 Lent-friendly dishes we love

Apr 11, 2019 - 10:31 AM

Did anyone say oyster sisig? Or tuna pie?

Irene Marcos was invited to Ateneo, and students are up in arms

Apr 08, 2019 - 7:22 PM

Ateneo students are demanding an apology, saying, ‘The role of Ateneo is not to condone the fabrication of lies, but to be a pillar of human rights in a society that celebrates the mockery of the truth’

Irene Marcos at the Ateneo Areté Amphitheater, Thursday, April 4. / Photo fro, Panday Sining Katipunan

Meralco hikes power rates for April

Apr 08, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Meralco encourages consumers to conserve energy this summer

Antitrust body files case against a condo, mass housing developer

Apr 08, 2019 - 11:40 AM

(UPDATED) 8990 Holdings subsidiary Urban Deca Homes is found violating the Philippine Competition Act by preventing its clients in a Manila property from choosing their own internet service provider

3 Russian warships dock in Manila amid Balikatan

Apr 08, 2019 - 9:27 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippines welcomes the Russian Navy's 2nd goodwill visit in 2019 amid its ongoing Balikatan joint military exercises with the United States

PORT CALL. Russian ships dock in Manila, kicking off a 5-day goodwill visit to the Philippines. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

New Valenzuela pumping stations to ease floods, says DPWH

Apr 07, 2019 - 5:45 PM

The Department of Public Works and Highways opens two pumping stations in the barangays of Wawang Pulo and Coloong in Valenzuela City

DPWH opens 2 new pumping stations to address flooding in Valenzuela. Photo from the Department of Public Works and Highways

Pacquiao son suits up for Brent Manila in ISAC boys basketball

Apr 06, 2019 - 9:54 PM

Despite his equally illustrious teammates, Michael Pacquiao's Brent International School Manila Lions end up fifth place

FIFTH PLACE. LIONS Pacquiao son at International Schools Activities Conference

Ateneo team tops Asia Pacific Regionals of 2019 CFA Institute Research Challenge

Apr 06, 2019 - 8:00 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The Ateneo de Manila University team will compete in the CFA IRC Global Finals in New York City on April 25

WINNING TEAM. The winning team from Ateneo de Manila University. Photo courtesty of the CFA Institute

A$AP Rocky pissed off as fan interrupts Manila show

Apr 05, 2019 - 7:55 PM

A video shows that a member of the audience tries to steal the rapper's shoe while he's performing at the XYLO Nightclub

A$AP ROCKY. The rapper's show is interrupted when an audience member grabs his shoe. Screenshot from

Manila Bay master plan needs reworking – environment group

Apr 05, 2019 - 5:42 PM

If reclamation projects in the Manila Bay area will push through, Kalikasan PNE estimates that 11 million families will be affected, whether directly or indirectly

Various groups hold a protest to stop the reclamation projects set to be built in different parts of the historic and biodeversity-rich Manila Bay, at Harbour square in Manila on March 27, 2019. International Ocean Conservation Group, Oceana to Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, militant fisherfolk group, PAMALAKAYA Pilipinas, Canoe Kayak dragon boat federation and the members of the Manila Yatch Club bond together for the event. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

MMDA regulation revokes EDSA bus terminals permits

Apr 05, 2019 - 4:26 PM

But Catanduanes Representative Cesar Sarmiento 'strongly urges' traffic agencies to suspend the implementation of the new bus terminal scheme in a recently filed resolution

CHOKEPOINT. Bumper to bumper traffic along Edsa near Cubao, Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Metro Manila mayors set 60 kph limit on EDSA, major roads

Apr 05, 2019 - 3:07 PM

The date of implementation of the new speed limit will be announced by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority

SPEED LIMIT. Metro Manila mayors set a new speed limit for major thoroughfares. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Manila police hold security drills for Holy Week

Apr 04, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Cops simulate bombing and shooting incidents around churches in preparation for Holy Week

The Manila Police District and other responding elements from different goverment organizations participate in the simulation excercises on bomb incident and active shooter scenario at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros on April 4, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Titas of Manila: 40 and 'looking for someone to love'

Apr 04, 2019 - 11:00 AM

What's it like being a single lady in your 40s?

LOOK: Darren Criss is in Manila

Apr 03, 2019 - 9:51 PM

The actor is photographed with designer Francis Libiran

IN TOWN. Darren Criss snaps a photo with Francis Libiran in Manila. Photo from

[ANALYSIS] 6 economic issues senatorial bets ought to be talking about

Apr 03, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Here’s a suggestion: if a candidate can’t be bothered to show up in debates and lay bare their ideas for all to see, let’s not vote for him or her

Startup launches helicopter ride-sharing service

Apr 03, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Tech startup Ascent offers ride-sharing in the skies

CHOPPER SERVICE. Ascent offers helicopter ride-sharing in select parts of the Luzon island region in the Philippines. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Floyd Mayweather no show in Manila press conference

Apr 02, 2019 - 11:42 PM

Floyd Mayweather makes Philippine media wait for 8 hours and decides not to show up for a press conference

SWEET TIME. Floyd Mayweather decides to go malling and eating dinner by the Bay instead of honoring his commitment to the press conference. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Manila Water laying pipes to get supply from Maynilad

Apr 02, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Pipe laying is being conducted along E Rodriguez Sr Avenue in Quezon City, as Manila Water continues to deal with a supply shortage

Nagsasagawa ang Manila Water ng paglalatag ng linya sa E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave. sa Quezon City upang bigyang daan ang “cross-border water sharing” ng tubig mula sa Maynilad. Photo from MWC

IN PHOTOS: Andy Brown serenades Manila with intimate acoustic set

Apr 02, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The lead vocalist of Lawson drops by Manila for a solo acoustic performance

Andy Brown, Manila 2019

SM Prime Holdings adopts Parañaque River, estuary

Apr 02, 2019 - 4:40 PM

SM Prime Holdings will help the government improve the water quality of the Parañaque River and Estero de Gallina to the point where they can support aquatic life

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu visits an informal settlement along Estero de Gallina in Pasay City, where some 140 families currently reside in. These families will be relocated by the government. Photo by Anna Mogato/ Rappler

Titas of Manila: Single and in your 40s

Apr 02, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Are you happy and single too?

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Cleaner rivers, estuaries seen within 2019 – Cimatu

Apr 01, 2019 - 4:10 PM

To ensure that the waters stay garbage-free, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says they will review contracts between local government units and solid waste collectors

CLEAN-UP DRIVE. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu inspects a clogged up waterway in Barangay Tumana, Marikina City with Environment and Natural Resources Chief-of-Staff Rodolfo Garcia. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler.

AirAsia to fly Manila-Osaka route starting July 2019

Mar 31, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Budget airline AirAsia also announces a promo fare for this new route for its loyalty program members

Osaka Castle, Japan and Fort Santiago, Manila. Photos from Shutterstock

Just so you know: Jesse McCartney is coming to Manila

Mar 30, 2019 - 12:45 PM

We want you and your beautiful soul!

Estrada boasts of ‘legacy’ to win 3rd term as Manila mayor

Mar 29, 2019 - 11:25 PM

‘Mas tumahimik na po sa Maynila,’ says reelectionist Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada

CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF. Reelectionist Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada kicks off his campaign in Manila on March 29, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

MWSS eyes penalties for Manila Water after supply woes

Mar 29, 2019 - 7:39 PM

The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System is looking into penalizing Manila Water even though the concession agreement does not empower the agency to do so

Former ‘basurero’ Isko Moreno vows to clean up filthy Manila

Mar 29, 2019 - 6:04 PM

(UPDATED) Former vice mayor Isko Moreno, who is running for mayor, asks his rivals, who have both served as mayor: 'Eighteen years ago, there's no such thing as BGC. How are we after 18 years? Where is Manila? Where is Manila headed?'

MANILA CLEAN-UP. Manila mayoral candidate Isko Moreno at the launch of his campaign on March 29, 2019, vows to clean up the City of Manila in ways that his rivals Joseph Estrada and Alfredo Lim never did. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Call for nominations: 2019 Ateneo Art Awards

Mar 28, 2019 - 4:00 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Ateneo Art Gallery celebrates contemporary art and art criticism through the Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Art and the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism

Newsbreak Chats: Michael Yang, local elections, and Manila Bay rehab

Mar 28, 2019 - 3:36 PM

The team sits down on Thursday, March 28, to discuss the local elections, Manila Bay rehabilitation, and presidential economic adviser Michael Yang's alleged links to the illegal drug trade


[OPINION] Coming soon: Water wars

Mar 28, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Unless we act wisely, we may find out too late that the enemy is not without, but within

MWSS eyes Laguna Lake as additional water source

Mar 26, 2019 - 7:25 PM

MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco says Laguna de Bay should be dredged to improve its water quality, therefore making it easier to source water

MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco gestures during a congressional hearing, on March 18, 2019, on the water shortage being experienced in many areas in Metro Manila and Rizal province. Photo by Darren Langit

FALSE: Mar Roxas urges consumers to suffer through water crisis

Mar 26, 2019 - 5:33 PM

Mar Roxas' camp maintains the claim is 'fake news' and 'completely illogical' for him to say. The page that posts the claim is also unable to provide proof of the quote's source.

The Backstreet Boys are back, and here's how you can get tickets

Mar 26, 2019 - 11:09 AM

(UPDATED) Backstreet's back (in Manila), alright!