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China space program targets July launch for Mars mission

May 25, 2020 - 3:49 PM

Called 'Tianwen,' the Chinese mission will put a probe into orbit around Mars and land the robotic rover to explore and analyze the surface.

MARS MISSION. This undated handout picture released by the China National Space Administration on November 14, 2019 shows a view of an exploration lander for China's Mars mission before a hovering and obstacle avoidance test at a facility in Huailai inChina's Hebei province. Photo by Wan Ke/China National Space Administration/AFP

Growing up in poverty, June Mar glad to give family better life

Mar 18, 2020 - 9:14 PM

June Mar Fajardo says the reason he worked hard to become the reigning six-time PBA MVP is to provide his parents a stable and secure life

MA AND PA. June Mar Fajardo shares his sixth PBA MVP award with his supportive parents Bonifacio and Marites. Photo from PBA Images


Europe-Russia delay mission to find life on Mars

Mar 13, 2020 - 12:09 AM

The unmanned ExoMars mission aims to land a robot on the Red Planet to seek out signs of life

MOVED. A picture shows a working prototype of the newly named Rosalind Franklin ExoMars rover at the Airbus Defence and Space facility in Stevenage, north of London on February 7, 2019. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

June Mar Fajardo claims record-extending 6th straight PBA MVP

Mar 08, 2020 - 5:43 PM

Helping San Miguel win two titles last season, June Mar Fajardo adds another piece of precious hardware to his enormous trophy case

DOMINANT. June Mar Fajardo emerges as the best player in the PBA for the sixth straight year. Photo from PBA Images


Wanderland 2020: Barbie Almalbis added to lineup as Bruno Major drops out

Feb 27, 2020 - 4:27 PM

The festival is happening on March 7 and 8

BARBIE ALMALBIS. The singer-songwriter, seen here performing on Rappler Live Jam in 2016, is added to the lineup at Wanderland 2020. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Without June Mar, San Miguel feels like an 'underdog'

Feb 26, 2020 - 9:10 PM

An injured June Mar Fajardo leaves a gaping hole in the middle for San Miguel, which is seeking a sixth straight Philippine Cup title

LONG TIME. June Mar Fajardo might miss an entire PBA season. Photo from PBA Images


Trembling Mars gives up more seismic secrets

Feb 26, 2020 - 2:22 PM

For 15 months NASA's InSight robot craft scoured the surface of Earth's neighbor, and measured hundreds of so-called 'Marsquakes'

INSIGHT. This handout file illustration obtained on April 27, 2018 courtesy of NASA shows NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) which was launched on May 5, 2018 as part of NASA's first-ever mission to study the heart of Mars. Photo by NASA/AFP

Joint resolution extending ABS-CBN's franchise to June 2022 filed in House

Feb 25, 2020 - 1:35 PM

(UPDATED) Cebu City 1st District Representative Raul del Mar says extending the validity of ABS-CBN's franchise would allow lawmakers to protect public interest in the grant of franchises

FRANCHISE ISSUES. A veteran lawmaker from Cebu files a joint resolution that would give Congress more time to deliberate on the ABS-CBN franchise bills. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

June Mar in 'high spirits' amid fear of missing entire PBA season

Feb 21, 2020 - 6:17 PM

San Miguel coach Leo Austria says June Mar Fajardo assured him that he will be 'back soon'

BIG LOSS. June Mar Fajardo will be greatly missed by San Miguel in the upcoming PBA Philippine Cup. Photo from PBA Images


June Mar health top priority for San Miguel, not PH Cup six-peat

Feb 05, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo could miss an entire season due to the severity of his shin injury

OUT. June Mar Fajardo will be badly missed by San Miguel as he recuperates from his shin injury. Photo from PBA Images


June Mar out indefinitely due to shin injury

Feb 05, 2020 - 2:45 PM

San Miguel absorbs a major blow as reigning five-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo suffers a shin fracture in practice

KEY LOSS. San Miguel braces for a season minus main man June Mar Fajardo. Photo from PBA Images

Fajardo still a 'big part' of Gilas despite exclusion in new pool

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:22 PM

June Mar Fajardo won't see action in the first window of the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers, but the SBP assures the San Miguel star remains part of its future plans

WELL-DESERVED REST. June Mar Fajardo will take a break from Gilas Pilipinas to start the new year. Photo from fiba.basketball


Fajardo saves best for last with first SEA Games gold

Dec 11, 2019 - 1:34 PM

After back-to-back heartbreaks in the FIBA World Cup and the PBA, June Mar Fajardo ends his year with a personal milestone

EXTRA SPECIAL. June Mar Fajardo says he will keep his first SEA Games gold medal until he gets old. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


Vietnam finds Fajardo code hard to crack as 'Kraken' breaks loose

Dec 07, 2019 - 10:49 AM

June Mar Fajardo runs roughshod over Vietnam as Gilas Pilipinas follows up its 52-point rout of Singapore with a 41-point blowout in the 2019 SEA Games

DOMINANT FORCE. June Mar Fajardo overpowers Vietnam to help Gilas Pilipinas punch its semifinals ticket in the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Fajardo holds slight edge over Perez, Ravena in BPC race

Nov 23, 2019 - 7:32 PM

June Mar Fajardo looks to capture his ninth Best Player of the Conference trophy in his seventh PBA season

TALL ORDER. June Mar Fajardo has to help San Miguel overcome a twice-to-beat disadvantage against Barangay Ginebra to maintain his lead in the race. Photo from PBA Images


China completes Mars lander test ahead of 2020 mission

Nov 14, 2019 - 8:19 PM

Experts say the successful landing test is key in planning the future mission

MARS LANDER. This undated handout picture released by the China National Space Administration on November 14, 2019, shows a view of an exploration lander for China's Mars mission before a hovering and obstacle avoidance test at a facility in Huailai in northern China's Hebei province. AFP PHOTO/China National Space Administration

Cansino, Prado share UAAP Player of the Week award

Oct 21, 2019 - 5:14 PM

CJ Cansino proves why he was named team captain even as a sophomore, while Mar Prado joins an elite company with a sensational scoring outburst

KEY COGS. Mar Prado and CJ Cansino both come up big for their respective teams. Photos from UAAP


Red planet rumbles: NASA's recordings of 'marsquakes' let us listen to the martian heartbeat

Oct 05, 2019 - 10:00 AM

While the vibrations have been altered a bit so our ears can actually pick them up, you can now hear the marsquakes for yourself!

MARS. Photo from NASA/JPL

Roxas to Martires: 'Unquestionably unfounded' to say IRR strayed from GCTA law

Sep 18, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Ex-DILG secretary Mar Roxas reiterates that the IRR he had signed in 2014 'faithfully reflects' provisions of the GCTA law

DEFENDING THE IRR. Former DILG chief Mar Roxas responds to the letter of Ombudsman Samuel Martires concerning the GCTA law IRR. File photo by Rappler

De Lima, Roxas signed IRR 'in good faith' – GCTA law author Rodriguez

Sep 17, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez believes the two former Cabinet officials should not be held liable for the GCTA mess

GCTA LAW AUTHOR. Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez is one of the principal authors of the GCTA law. Screenshot by Rappler

Roxas to Ombudsman: 'Why target us when we only followed GCTA law?'

Sep 10, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Former DILG chief Mar Roxas says he is ready to answer all questions that will be asked by Ombudsman Samuel Martires regarding the GCTA law's IRR, which Roxas had signed

'WHY TARGET US?' Ex-DILG chief Mar Roxas says the IRR on the GCTA that he had signed merely adhered to the provisions of the law. File photo by Rappler

Martires asks De Lima, Roxas why GCTA rules didn't exclude heinous crimes

Sep 10, 2019 - 1:36 PM

The Ombudsman's letter has a tenor of agreement that the GCTA law excludes heinous crime – a legal contention that can reach the Supreme Court

EXPLANATIONS. Ombudsman Samuel Martires asks explanations from former justice secretary and now Senator Leila de Lima and former interior secretary Mar Roxas why their IRR on the GCTA Law did not exclude heinous crimes. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

June Mar finally meets Boban: 'Liit lang pala ng mundo'

Sep 03, 2019 - 10:47 PM

June Mar Fajardo says he will learn a lot from his on-court encounter with the 7-foot-3 Boban Marjanovic

LOOK-ALIKE. Boban Marjanovic and June Mar Fajardo have long been compared by Filipino basketball fans for their physical similarities. Photos from fiba.basketball


Duty calls: Fajardo skips San Miguel victory party for Gilas practice

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:15 PM

June Mar Fajardo says Gilas Pilipinas is the priority now, with the FIBA World Cup just around the corner

BACK IN THE FOLD. June Mar Fajardo reunites with Gilas Pilipinas for the first time in more than two weeks. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


Missing Gilas stars finally show up as FIBA World Cup nears

Aug 20, 2019 - 7:24 PM

June Mar Fajardo, Roger Pogoy, and Troy Rosario boost Gilas Pilipinas' attendance in practice with less than two weeks before the global hoops tilt

IN THE FOLD. June Mar Fajardo is back on board for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from FIBA


Guiao gives missing Gilas stars benefit of the doubt

Aug 19, 2019 - 11:23 PM

However, Yeng Guiao cautions that with the FIBA World Cup nearing, June Mar Fajardo, Roger Pogoy, and Troy Rosario need to show up soon

CRUCIAL PART. June Mar Fajardo is expected to play a key role for Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA


NASA descends on Icelandic lava field to prepare for Mars

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:13 AM

With its black basalt sand, wind-swept dunes and craggy peaks, the Lambahraun lava field at the foot of Iceland's second biggest glacier, Langjokull, is chosen as a stand-in for the Red Planet's surface

In this picture taken on July 19, 2019 shows the NASA's new robotic space explorer at their base at the Lambahraun lava field in Iceland where they are getting it ready for the next mission to Mars. To prepare for the next mission to Mars in 2020, NASA has taken to the lava fields of Iceland to get its new robotic space explorer ready for the job. With its black basalt sand, wind-swept dunes and craggy peaks, the Lambahraun lava field at the foot of Iceland's second biggest glacier, Langjokull, was chosen as a stand-in for the Red Planet's surface. Halldor KOLBEINS / AFP

A layer of 'aerogel' could make Mars habitable and even enable life to develop there – but here's why we should wait

Jul 20, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Ideas for changing or 'terraforming' Mars, by introducing an atmospheric greenhouse effect to warm it, have been around for a long time

Artist concept of settlement on Mars. NASA

New video shows Trump partying with Epstein at Mar-a-Lago

Jul 17, 2019 - 10:36 PM

NBC News says it found the 1992 video from Trump's Palm Beach, Florida club in its archives, showing the real estate tycoon welcoming Epstein to the party and appearing to discuss women dancing to music in front of them

NASA's Curiosity rover finds new methane spike on Mars

Jun 24, 2019 - 11:58 PM

'With our current measurements, we have no way of telling if the methane source is biology or geology, or even ancient or modern,' says Paul Mahaffy of NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center

Q and A: Chasing the Binibinis with Mars Franz

Jun 09, 2019 - 10:30 AM

Here's how – and why – Mars Franz went from pageant fan to pageant blogger

Mar Roxas on 2019 defeat: 'I don't know what comes next'

May 22, 2019 - 3:12 PM

'Our country continues to need us and our best efforts,' says the former Liberal Party stalwart

2019 DEFEAT. Opposition candidate Mar Roxas loses his 3rd consecutive elections, as he places only 16th in the 2019 senatorial polls. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

How does June Mar Fajardo keep his championship hunger?

May 17, 2019 - 10:31 AM

The reigning five-time PBA MVP adds another glitzy trophy to his ever-growing collection after leading San Miguel to a historic fifth straight Philippine Cup title

RACKING IT UP. June Mar Fajardo wins his third Finals MVP award as he bags his seventh PBA title. Photo from PBA Images


June Mar Fajardo clinches 3rd Finals MVP plum

May 15, 2019 - 10:37 PM

The reigning five-time MVP helps San Miguel make history with a fifth straight Philippine Cup championship

THE KRAKEN. June Mar Fajardo saves his best for last with a masterful performance in San Miguel's Game 7 win over Magnolia. Photo from PBA Images


For 3rd time, Mar Roxas is rejected at polls

May 15, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Ranked number 16 based on partial and unofficial results from 96.3% of precincts nationwide, Roxas' performance is a far cry from when he topped the senatorial race in 2004

ANOTHER LOSS. Mar Roxas, drenched in rain, waves to his supporters during Otso Diretso's thanksgiving concert on May 8, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Mar Roxas fails to top senatorial polls in Western Visayas

May 14, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The Otso Diretso candidate ranks only fourth in his home region, behind party mate Bam Aquino

Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Mar Roxas fails to secure top place in his bailiwick region. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Otso Diretso not conceding the fight just yet for Aquino, Roxas

May 14, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The defeated opposition senatorial bets are hoping that their colleagues Bam Aquino and Mar Roxas can still make it to the Magic 12

STILL SMILING. Otso Diretso spokesperson Barry Gutierrez and senatorial bets Samira Gutoc and Erin Tañada pose for a picture ahead of their press conference on May 14, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappelr

Cebuano actor Richard Yap fails to unseat Del Mar from congressional seat

May 14, 2019 - 1:16 PM

(UPDATED) The 'Please Be Careful With My Heart' star calls his loss a 'disappointing end' to the campaign

SIR CHIEF. The actor loses his bid for congress. File photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

LOOK: Korina Sanchez's birthday message to husband Mar Roxas

May 13, 2019 - 8:44 PM

‘Honey, bilib ako sayo. I am so excited that you may get this chance to serve again,’ Korina shares on Instagram

Koko Pimentel, Mar Roxas early bird voters among Senate bets

May 13, 2019 - 7:04 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Senatorial bets start casting their votes on Monday, May 13

MARKET STOPS. File photo of Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Mar Roxas taking his 'Mr Palengke' campaign to Cebu City in April 2019. File photo by Micole Gerard Tizon/Rappler


'Mali 'yung way niya': June Mar Fajardo feels for 'Spider-Man'

May 11, 2019 - 3:17 PM

The San Miguel star center tells fans not to follow suit, saying people could have gotten seriously hurt from the incident

NO PROBLEM. June Mar Fajardo says the man identified as Paolo Felizarta probably had no intention to hurt. Photo from PBA Images


June Mar Fajardo lets game do the talking

May 09, 2019 - 4:08 PM

The San Miguel star does not need words to back up how he has continuously dominated the PBA

PILING IT UP. June Mar Fajardo wins a record eighth Best Player of the Conference award. Photo from PBA Images


Otso Diretso thanks rain-soaked supporters: 'You are the spirit of this campaign'

May 08, 2019 - 11:52 PM

Heavy rain pours during the opposition senatorial ticket's thanksgiving concert at the UP Sunken Garden. But the crowd stays to listen to their speeches.

THANK YOU. Otso Diretso candidates pose for a selfie together with their supporters, who were all soaked from the rain on May 8, 2019. All photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

June Mar Fajardo stretches Best Player streak in PH Cup

May 08, 2019 - 7:35 PM

The San Miguel star center bests NorthPort forward Sean Anthony and TNT guard Roger Pogoy for the coveted award

THE KRAKEN. June Mar Fajardo continues to outdo himself. Photo from PBA Images


Mar Roxas seeks to defeat ghosts from 2016 bid

May 06, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Mar Roxas is not out for redemption in 2019. But he's finding that easier said than done.

Opposition senatorial bet Manuel Roxas II meets with the various sector at village gym in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City on Wednesday, March 13. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Recto endorses Roxas, reelectionist bets in 2019 Senate race

May 05, 2019 - 12:03 AM

Senators Cynthia Villar and Juan Edgardo Angara also attend the Bangon Lipa rally

ENDORSEMENT. Senator Ralph Recto endorses former senator Manuel Roxas II in the 2019 Senate elections. Screengrab from Mar Roxas staff

June Mar Fajardo comfortably ahead in Best Player race

Apr 30, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The San Miguel center is a cinch to nail a record sixth straight BPC crown in the Philippine Cup

THE KRAKEN. June Mar Fajardo continues to stamp his class in the PBA. Photo from PBA Images


Roxas asks Cebuanos: Can your birthday gift be a vote for Otso Diretso?

Apr 28, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Otso Diretso senatorial bet Mar Roxas celebrates his 62nd birthday on May 13, when Filipinos will also go to polling precincts to vote

BIRTHDAY VOTE? Otso Diretso candidate Mar Roxas (2nd from L) and the slate's other bets do the Otso Diretso hand sign for the cameras in Cebu City on April 28, 2019. Photo courtesy of Otso Diretso media

FALSE: Aquino admin officials 'stole, deposited' 3,500 metric tons of gold in Thailand

Apr 25, 2019 - 11:31 PM

The value of gold allegedly stolen and shipped is more than the value of the total gold reserves in the country

Leyte town mayor backs Roxas' Senate bid: 'He was always there to help'

Apr 23, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Palo town Mayor Remedios Petilla credits ex-DILG chief Mar Roxas for helping her town rebuild after Super Typhoon Yolanda

ALLIES. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Mar Roxas meets with Palo, Leyte Mayor Remedios Petilla on April 23, 2019. Photo from Roxas' media staff