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LOOK: Mickey Mouse lights up Metro Manila stop lights

Nov 12, 2018 - 7:58 PM

Have you spotted these cute hidden Mickeys around the Metro yet?

[Right of Way] Solving the traffic problem in one easy step

Nov 10, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Move people, not cars

Single Origin has something for everyone

Nov 06, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Single Origin is also known for its generously portioned comfort food and craft cocktails, beer and wine selections

WINDOW DRESSING. Single Origin has branches in Greenbelt 3, BGC and Rockwell. Photo by Earnest Mangulabnan Zabala

New Metro Manila minimum wage set at P500 to P537

Nov 05, 2018 - 12:50 PM

(UPDATED) Wage Order No. 22 will take effect 15 days after publication in a newspaper, but labor groups say the increase won't help workers struggling with rising inflation

Hundreds of job seekers trooped to Quezon City Hall on Monday "Labor Day" to look for a vacant job at the job fair offered by the government. The Department of Labor and Employment said about 143,000 jobs available for job-seeking Filipinos, both for local and overseas employment. Photo by Darren langit/Rappler

Run free: Where to send off departed pets in Metro Manila

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM

Pets, like humans, deserve decent farewells on their final days on earth

MAN'S BEST FRIEND. Pets are considered family in the Philippines. File Photo from Shutterstock

DOTr targets Metro Manila Subway groundbreaking by December 2018

Oct 31, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The first 3 stations to be constructed will be Mindanao Avenue, Tandang Sora, and North Avenue

SUBWAY. The country's longest planned subway is set for groundbreaking in December 2018. Rappler file photo

P25 minimum wage hike in Metro Manila approved

Oct 30, 2018 - 10:38 PM

The amount is way lower than the proposed P334-increase by labor group ALU-TUCP, one of the petitioners

WAGE HIKE. An additional P25 will be given to Metro Manila minimum wage workers. Image courtesy of Shutterstock

LIST: Traffic rerouting schemes in Metro Manila cemeteries for Undas 2018

Oct 30, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Traffic rerouting schemes will take effect starting Thursday, November 1

UNDAS. Two young girls play on the top of apartment-type tombs inside the Manila North Cemetery on October 29, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Christmas 2018 mall schedules

Oct 27, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Here's a list of malls and their operating hours on November 1 and 2, and during the holidays

Express Pinoy pride through song with the 'Tagumpay' billboards along EDSA

Oct 26, 2018 - 12:11 PM

The 'Ating Tagumpay' billboards contain lyrics that celebrate the brand of grit, resilience and skill Pinoys are known for

MMDA: No days off for traffic personnel during Undas 2018

Oct 21, 2018 - 7:16 PM

Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Danilo Lim says days off will not be allowed for traffic personnel from October 27 to November 3

UNDAS. Thousands are expected to visit cemeteries in Metro Manila on All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LIST: Who’s running for mayor, vice mayor in Metro Manila for 2019?

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Here is a list of tandems and other aspirants expected to face off in the 2019 elections in the National Capital Region

Want to be a Rappler intern?

Oct 19, 2018 - 6:23 PM

Rappler is on the lookout for talented and dedicated students who are willing to go beyond their comfort zones in a challenging internship environment

[OPINYON] Yogyakarta Diaries: Pero binabagabag pa rin ako ng komedya sa Pilipinas

Oct 14, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Mabubusog na naman tayo sa pangako habang paparami nang paparami ang nahihirapang tugunan ang totoong pagkagutom

FULL LIST: The 'Magic 8' of the MMFF 2018 film festival

Oct 10, 2018 - 9:02 AM

Check out the full list of entries here

MMFF 2018. The full list of films for the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival has been announced. Photo shows last year's winners during the Gabi ng Parangal. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Adjusted malls hours, halted road works to ease Metro Manila holiday traffic

Oct 08, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The MMDA, mall operators, DPWH, and telecom and utility companies agree to implement several measures from November 5 to January 14

RUSH HOUR STARTS. EDSA traffic as seen from the MRT Quezon Avenue Station. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[Right of Way] Where the sidewalk ends: The woes of being a pedestrian in Metro Manila

Oct 04, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Why are sidewalks an afterthought in the construction of the metro's road network?

Metro Manila workers expect at least P20 minimum wage hike in October

Sep 28, 2018 - 11:02 AM

But labor groups say the P20 per day increase is a measly amount and not enough to help workers cope with the rising prices of goods

HIKE. The labor department announced that Metro Manila minimum wage earners will soon have a pay hike. Rappler file photo

Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge reopened, reconstruction reset

Sep 25, 2018 - 1:17 PM

Bowing to public clamor, the Department of Public Works and Highways reopens the 'Rockwell bridge'

REOPENED. The Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge was reopened to the public on September 25, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Metro Manila police to file complaint vs blogger Drew Olivar over bomb scare

Sep 22, 2018 - 5:25 PM

'We will prepare appropriate charges before the City Prosecutor,' says National Capital Region Police Office chief Guillermo Eleazar

NCRPO CHIEF. NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar says in a news briefing on September 22, 2018, that a complaint will be filed against blogger Drew Olivar for making a bomb scare post on social media. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN CHARTS: Effects of driver-only car ban on EDSA

Sep 15, 2018 - 7:09 PM

The Metro Manila Council and MMDA enforced new traffic policies regulating provincial buses and driver-only cars in EDSA. Are these working?

BGC one-way traffic scheme starts September 17

Sep 14, 2018 - 3:28 PM

The loop road that encloses the Serendra-Bonifacio High street complex will be affected

Taguig City

DPWH resumes repairs along EDSA, C5 on September 8 - 9

Sep 06, 2018 - 2:05 PM

Portions of EDSA, C5, Batasan Road, and Lacson Avenue will be closed for road repairs starting September 7, 11 pm

REPAIR. DPWH to repair southbound portions of EDSA this weekend. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[Right of Way] Will MMDA's driver-only car ban on EDSA work?

Aug 25, 2018 - 2:58 PM

Road safety advocate Vince Lazatin and friends Debbie Rodrigo and Dayo Montalbo drive along EDSA and talk about the controversial ban. What is this new scheme all about, and will it work?

Metro Manila mayors eye higher fines for buses, illegal parking

Aug 24, 2018 - 5:14 PM

The higher fines for illegal parking and buses going out of the yellow lane are still subject to changes

HIGHER FINES. Illegally parked vehicles and buses going outside the yellow lane will be fined higher soon. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Buses will be exempted from number coding if...

Aug 24, 2018 - 3:33 PM

All buses – city or provincial – will be exempted from the number coding scheme if participation in the driver-only car ban reaches at least 50%

TRAFFIC. Bumper-to-bumper traffic is seen along EDSA during the off-High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) scheme hours. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Metro Manila Council will not suspend driver-only car ban in EDSA

Aug 24, 2018 - 1:34 PM

The 'singles banned' dry run will continue along EDSA until further notice

BAN. An MMDA enforcer gives instruction to a 'driver-violator' during the dry run of the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Traffic Scheme on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, in Cubao, Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH reports 1,227 leptospirosis cases so far in Metro Manila

Aug 22, 2018 - 2:08 PM

This is a 358% increase from the 268 recorded cases during the same period in 2017

FLOODED. A boy swimming in flood water along 9 de Febrero in Mandaluyong after heavy rain due to Typhoon Domeng. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

MMDA suspends full implementation of driver-only car ban

Aug 17, 2018 - 2:02 PM

4TH UPDATE) The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority says it will continue the dry run of the new policy until the Metro Manila Council convenes and addresses calls to reconsider it

BAN. MMDA personnel jot down vehicle plate numbers of private cars violating the High Volume Occupancy dry run implementation along EDSA in Quezon City on August 15, 2018. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Malacañang on driver-only car ban: 'Let's give it a chance'

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:10 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque denies the policy discriminates against certain drivers, citing similar rules being implemented abroad

An MMDA enforcer gives instruction to a 'driver-violator' during the dry run of the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Traffic Scheme on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, in Cubao, Quezon Citry. Driver-only vehicles are barred from using EDSA from Quezon City to Magallanes in Makati City and vice versa from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. and from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Netizens’ single cry: driver-only car ban isn’t helping

Aug 15, 2018 - 6:59 PM

Singles feel the brunt of MMDA's bandaid solution to traffic congestion in EDSA during rush hour.

VIRAL: Woman refuses to surrender license to MMDA, gets cyberbullied

Aug 15, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Should altercations between private citizens and government officials be posted publicly on Facebook?

Senate calls for suspension of driver-only car ban on EDSA

Aug 15, 2018 - 2:08 PM

(4th UPDATE) In a resolution, the Senate 'strongly' urges the MMDA to 'conduct public consultations' and provide 'real solutions to Metro Manila congestion'

BAN. MMDA personnel jot down vehicle plate numbers of private cars violating the High Volume Occupancy dry run implementation along Edsa in Quezon City on August 15, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Vagrant shot in ankle by MRT3 guard

Aug 15, 2018 - 12:21 PM

(UPDATED) MRT3 guard Federico Bustamante shoots the man in the ankle after he refused to leave the rail tracks and reportedly started throwing rocks at security personnel and cars

SHOT IN THE ANKLE. MRT3 guards stand beside a naked vagrant who was shot in the ankle after he refused to leave the train  tracks and hurled rocks at personnel on August 15, 2018. The man was brought to a hospital for treatment. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

MMDA eyes driver-only car ban on EDSA starting August 23

Aug 14, 2018 - 6:27 PM

A dry run will be implemented from August 15 to 22

HOV. During rush hours, the MMDA will only allow high-occupancy vehicles along EDSA. AFP file photo

Manila Water proceeds with water service interruption

Aug 14, 2018 - 4:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Manila Water to cut water supply for 14 hours in Mandaluyong, San Juan, Pasig, Quezon City

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Anti-middle class ang driver-only ban sa EDSA

Aug 13, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Hindi naman tatamaan ang mayayaman na may family driver. Ang tatamaan ay ang middle class na walang driver at pinapang-hatid-sundo ang sasakyan

Gov't, NGOs give P105 million in aid to monsoon victims

Aug 12, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Evacuees receive assistance in the form of family food packs, sleeping mats, and medicines

EVACUEES. Families who evacuated to Malanday Elementary School in Marikina were provided with tents. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: Metro Manila flood situationer roundup

Aug 12, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Here's a look at floods on Sunday, August 12, as heavy rain continues to pour in the metro

LOOK: Thousands spend weekend in evacuation centers

Aug 12, 2018 - 1:16 PM

If you want to know how you can help, check our list of relief operations for those affected by the widespread flooding

LINING UP FOR FOOD. Families and individuals line up for food at the Mabuhay Basketball Court in Tatalon, Quezon City as 4 to 5 meter-high flood waters inundate their homes due to heavy rains caused by the southwest monsoon. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CSC cancels August 12 civil service exams in Metro Manila, Rizal

Aug 11, 2018 - 9:50 PM

(UPDATED) The Civil Service Commission says the Paper-and-Pen Test will proceed as scheduled in all other venues

MMDA urged to 'rethink' driver-only car rule on EDSA

Aug 11, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says the government 'cannot always try its luck through trial-and-error' when solving traffic congestion

EDSA TRAFFIC. The MMDA is under fire for the new policy barring single-passenger cars from EDSA during rush hour. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

LOOK: Heavy rain floods Metro Manila, Rizal

Aug 11, 2018 - 2:12 PM

(7th UPDATE) Tropical Storm Karding has left the Philippine Area of Responsibility but continues to enhance the southwest monsoon or habagat

FLOOD. Heavy downpour pounds Quezon City on August 11, 2018. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

By August 15, no more provincial buses on EDSA during rush hours

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:22 PM

Provincial buses will not be allowed to ply EDSA on weekdays from 7 am to 10 am, and from 6 pm to 9 pm

BAN. Provincial buses banned from plying EDSA starting August 15. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Why single out singles, netizens ask MMDA

Aug 09, 2018 - 3:32 PM

Motorists take to social media in response to the MMDA's proposed ban on driver-only cars along EDSA

MMDA to ban driver-only cars on EDSA during rush hour

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:17 PM

(UPDATED) Metro Manila mayors have approved the proposal but have yet to set the implementation date

BANNED. Soon, vehicles carrying only the driver will be prohibited from traversing EDSA during rush hours. AFP File Photo

From Hong Kong to Manila, CHINO is changing the food game

Aug 04, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The restaurant opens its first Manila branch in Taguig

CHINO. Erik Idos' Hong Kong restaurant opens a branch in Manila. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

WATCH: How PNP plans to bring down crime with stickers

Aug 03, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Are you ready to join PNP's Oplan Clean Rider in exchange for faster inspections?

RIDER CHIEF. Top cop Oscar Albayalde leads the motorcade which concluded the launch of Oplan Clean Rider in Metro Manila. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Erap Estrada is richest Metro Manila mayor in 2017

Jul 25, 2018 - 7:41 PM

Meanwhile, Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte is the wealthiest vice mayor in Metro Manila, according to their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth

MAYOR ERAP. Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada is the wealthiest mayor in Metro Manila in 2017. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Maine Mendoza to join MMFF movie with Vic Sotto, Coco Martin

Jul 25, 2018 - 11:58 AM

The movie is Maine's first movie without on-screen partner Alden Richards