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Go nuts over ChocNut with The Lost Bread's new soft-serve ice cream flavor

May 22, 2019 - 5:57 PM

Dessert cafe The Lost Bread reinvents a sweet childhood favorite

The deadly odds of pigeon racing in the Philippines

May 17, 2019 - 8:29 AM

Only 1 in 10 entries survive this brutal 600-kilometer MacArthur competition of pigeon racing or karera ng kalapati from Leyte to Manila

n this photo taken on March 25, 2019, Jaime Lim, one of the Philippines' best-known pigeon fanciers, shows one of his racing pigeons at his home in Manila. It is a brutal 600-kilometre gauntlet during which competitors face searing heat, wild seas, vicious predators, and the threat of kidnapping. This is the MacArthur competition -- the Philippines' longest homing pigeon race. It's a tough challenge for the birds and a tense affair for the owners. Ted ALJIBE / AFP

Keep cool and carry on: 5 local ice-cream brands to enjoy in Metro Manila

May 16, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Can't take the heat? Enjoy any of these 5 locally-owned artisanal ice cream brands and their new summer flavors! Which one's your fave?

[OPINION] Water is a human right

May 12, 2019 - 12:00 PM

The Philippine government has the obligation to provide water for all. Using private companies to fulfill the right to water does not absolve the government of its obligation.

DOTr allows 6-month pilot operations of Angkas, motorcycle taxis

May 10, 2019 - 7:01 AM

The Department of Transportation sets the fare that motorcycle taxis should charge, as well as safety requirements that should be provided by the drivers or operators

MOTORCYCLE TAXIS. Thousands of Angkas riders joined the massive Unity Ride. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

‘Walang tubig pero baha’: Sudden rains in Metro frustrate netizens

May 08, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Social media users lament how city dwellers experience extremes, such as drought in the summer and floods when there's rain

MMDA suspends provincial bus ban dry run

May 06, 2019 - 6:01 PM

But provincial buses are still not allowed to load and unload passengers along EDSA

SUSPENDED. MMDA temporarily suspends dry run of MMDA Regulation No. 2, which revoked the business permits of provincial bus terminals along EDSA. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Marcos Bridge eastbound side closed for repairs starting May 4

May 01, 2019 - 4:05 PM

The closure of the eastbound side of the Marcos Bridge in Marikina City will last for 4 months

CLOSURE. The eastbound side of the Marcos Bridge in Marikina City will be closed for 4 months, starting May 4, 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

Want to be a Rappler intern?

May 01, 2019 - 1:48 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

Angat Dam dips to critical level

Apr 28, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The Angat Dam's water level drops to 179.97 meters on Sunday, April 28, below its minimum operating water level of 180 meters

Photo from MWSS

MWSS slaps Manila Water with P1.13-billion fine for supply crisis

Apr 24, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Manila Water says it will abide by the decision of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System

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

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?

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

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

[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

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

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.

[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

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.

Manila Water waives minimum charge for all customers in March

Mar 26, 2019 - 9:49 AM

(UPDATED Manila Water also announces that it will not charge its 'most severely affected' customers – those without water for 24 hours a day for a week – for the month of March

WATER RATION. Residents of Rodriguez, Rizal queue for a water ration from the local government on March 24, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Pasig City residents share water supply woes

Mar 23, 2019 - 4:51 PM

Rappler goes around Pasig City to ask how a most basic human need – or the lack of it – affects a community

STRUGGLES. People from all walks of life in Pasig City share their experiences and struggles due to the water crisis hitting parts of Metro Manila and Rizal. Photos by Sofia Virtudes, Nicole Del Rosario, Jillian Siervo, and Isabel Lupac/Rappler

PODCAST: Ano ang dapat mong malaman tungkol sa Metro Manila water crisis?

Mar 20, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Walang magawa ang mga residenteng apektado kundi maghanap ng paraan upang makaipon ng tubig na gagamitin sa araw-araw. Paano tayo dumating sa puntong ito?

With their empty water containers, buckets and gallons, Residents of Hilltop, Barangay Bagong Ilog in Pasig City troop to a water rationing site of the local government unit on Saturday, March 16, 2019. The barangay is experiencing water shortage caused by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water and El Niño. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MWSS targets 99% water supply restoration by end of March

Mar 20, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Some of the last 11 barangays still suffering from water shortage are in high areas, making supply restoration there harder, says MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco

Residents fill their water containers from the truck of fire volunteers in Mandaluyong City on March 14, 2019 after a week of water shortage due to the depleting supply of the Manila Water from the La Mesa Dam which is already on critical level, lowest in 12 years. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Quezon congressman Suarez wants Kanan, not Kaliwa Dam

Mar 20, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez says building two Kanan dams would 'entail no cost to the government,' unlike getting a loan from China for the Kaliwa Dam

KANAN DAM ADVOCATE. House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez is against the China-funded Kaliwa Dam. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte threatens to scrap Manila Water, Maynilad contracts

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:03 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte scolds Manila Water and Maynilad executives and threatens to fire MWSS officials during his meeting with them in Malacañang

PRESIDENTIAL IRE. MWSS, Manila Water, and Maynilad officials get a full blast of President Rodrigo Duterte's outrage. Malacañang photo

Duterte to meet with MWSS officials about water shortage

Mar 19, 2019 - 2:00 PM

MWSS officials will likely be asked to give an update on what has been done to address the water shortage affecting parts of Metro Manila and Rizal, says Malacañang

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

LIVE: Senate probes Manila Water's supply shortage

Mar 19, 2019 - 10:03 AM

Manila Water and government officials will face senators on Tuesday, March 19, at 10 am


Japanese firm renews alternative Kaliwa water proposal

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Japanese firm Global Utility Development Corporation is stepping back into the picture over 10 years after it first proposed the Kaliwa Intake Weir

With their empty water containers, buckets and gallons, Residents of Hilltop, Barangay Bagong Ilog in Pasig City troop to a water rationing site of the local government unit on Saturday, March 16, 2019. The barangay is experiencing water shortage caused by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water and El Niño. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Manila Water: Services back to normal by May

Mar 18, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Manila Water CEO Ferdinand dela Cruz says they have restored water supply to 80% of the East Zone, or around one million customers

LIVE: House investigates Manila Water's supply crisis

Mar 18, 2019 - 1:12 PM

The House of Representatives looks into the worst water crisis that struck the capital in recent history

Lawmakers call for refund after Manila Water shortage

Mar 18, 2019 - 12:55 PM

But the company is unable to give a definite answer on this proposal

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The learned helplessness of our water crisis

Mar 18, 2019 - 9:15 AM

We need strategic thinking, not magnanimous confessions of guilt. We need a solution that does not hurt the environment or hand over more power to a foreign loaner.

Robredo on China-funded Kaliwa Dam: Bakit uutang tayo?

Mar 17, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo calls on the Duterte administration to explain why it is opting for a Chinese loan for the Kaliwa Dam, instead of a public-private partnership

Residents of Hill top, Brgy. Bagong Ilog in Pasig City on March 12, 2019, queue for water after the barangay experienced water shortage for several days cause by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Manila Water’s supply crisis: What we know so far

Mar 17, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The House and Senate are set to launch separate probes into the water crisis. Rappler explains the facts and lists other questions that still need answers.

Draft order places water board directly under Duterte

Mar 17, 2019 - 12:13 PM

To address the Metro Manila water crisis, a draft executive order places the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) under the Office of the President

WATER EO DRAFTED. The proposed executive order to solve the water crisis will also order the water resources board to craft a national water management master plan. Malacañang photo

Sonny Angara under fire for ‘#ShowerTogether’ tweet amid water crisis

Mar 16, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Netizens are quick to point out the insensitivity of the joke during a water crisis that is affecting not just households, but also businesses, hospitals, and schools

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DENR: 'No shortcuts' in ECC application for Kaliwa Dam

Mar 16, 2019 - 2:06 PM

The DENR says the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System has not completed the requirements for its environmental compliance certificate application for the project

Militant women's group Gabriela shouts water on March 15, 2019, during a protest outside the MWSS headquarters in Quezon City to condemn the recent water crises in Metro Manila caused by the operational adjustments conducted by the Manila Water. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

CSC: Agency heads can suspend office uniform requirement amid water crisis

Mar 16, 2019 - 1:22 PM

The Civil Service Commission says heads of agencies, including LGUs, are authorized to issue internal rules suspending the wearing of office uniforms for the duration of the water shortage in Metro Manila and drought in other areas

WATER WOES. A volunteer distributes water from a firetruck to residents of Barangay Oranbo, Pasig City on March 12, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

MWSS: Duterte given wrong advice on Manila Water mess

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:49 PM

Some praise President Rodrigo Duterte for his order to address the water crisis. MWSS, however, says he is ill-advised.

WATER CRISIS. Residents of Barangay Highway Hills in Mandaluyong City on Sunday, March 10, fetch potable water from a water hydrant. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DENR to open previously shut deep wells amid water crisis

Mar 15, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Given the hazards these deep wells may pose, Antiporda said that these will only be open up to October

Residents fill their water containers from the truck of fire volunteers in Mandaluyong City on March 14, 2019 after a week of water shortage due to the depleting supply of the Manila Water from the La Mesa Dam which is already on critical level, lowest in 12 years. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

MWSS: Water bypass was never closed

Mar 15, 2019 - 1:29 PM

MWSS chief regulator Patrick Ty explains that the high demand is still the main reason for the water supply shortage

PROTEST. Millitant groups storm the gates of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System in Quezon City on March 15, 2019, demanding a solution to the water crisis in Metro Manila. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte orders Manila Water, Maynilad to 'release water' from Angat Dam

Mar 15, 2019 - 12:37 PM

President Duterte's order is effective noontime, March 15, 'good for 150 days, in order to supply the affected areas in Metro Manila and deliver, as well as distribute sufficient water to the residents,' says Malacañang

PROTEST. Militant groups shout water on during a protest outside the MWSS compound in Quezon City on March 15, 2019, to condemn the water criss in Metro Manila. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Manila Water: Discoloration 'normal' during shortage

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Manila Water says the yellowish water coming out of faucets is not toxic and is safe to use

Manila Water sends 'conspiracy theories' down the drain

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Manila Water communications manager Dittie Galang says the company will never 'compromise the level of service' it gives to customers

House panel to probe water shortage

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:15 PM

The heads of Manila Water and Maynilad, chiefs of government agencies involved in water supply, and mayors of affected cities are being invited to the hearing

WATER WOES. Residents of Barangay Sauyo in Novaliches, Quezon City wait for a water ration from the local government on March 13, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Domino effect: Water crisis causing more trash, hurting businesses

Mar 14, 2019 - 4:55 PM

More plastic spoons and paper plates, limited drinks, disrupted operations. Manila Water's supply woes are causing environmental and economic impact.

Panelo: Manila Water shortage may be 'artificial'

Mar 14, 2019 - 1:34 PM

If reports are true that Angat Dam is not at a critically low level, inefficiency and mismanagement may be to blame for the water crisis in parts of Metro Manila, says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

Residents of Barangay Highway Hills in Mandaluyong City on Sunday, March 10, 2019, fetch potable water at a water hydrant in the barangay after experiencing low water pressure or no water supply caused by the operational adjustments to address the continuous decline of La Mesa Dam water level. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler