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LIST: Where to get egg tarts in Metro Manila

Jul 09, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Egg-cited for your next sweet fix? Here are some local businesses to check out for freshly-baked classic (or ube) egg tarts.

4 MMDA personnel test positive for coronavirus

Jul 07, 2020 - 2:20 PM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority will close its Makati City office for disinfection from July 9 to 12

You can get cookies stuffed with Flat Tops, Choc Nut from this home bakery

Jul 03, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Other pastries on this home-based bakery's menu include s'mores, madeleines, and M&M cookies!

Duterte extends GCQ in Metro Manila until July 15

Jul 01, 2020 - 12:28 AM

Only Cebu City remains under enhanced community quarantine

GCQ. A barangay worker disinfect the streets of Barangay 60 in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Macao Imperial Tea launches new fruit drink series

Jun 30, 2020 - 12:34 PM

The 7 new fruity drinks are available starting Wednesday, July 1

'Sulong 'wag patinag': In a pandemic, Metro Manila Pride 2020 goes online

Jun 28, 2020 - 4:27 PM

No virus can stop the rainbow flag from flying

Bicol's Biggs now delivers frozen ribs in Metro Manila

Jun 27, 2020 - 6:55 PM

You can now prepare Biggs' famous baby back ribs at home – just pop them in the oven or cook them over a grill

Resorts World Manila offers special staycation packages for frontliners

Jun 26, 2020 - 5:01 PM

This is their way of honoring our new breed of heroes

The Grid's Tsuke-Men offers take home tsukemen, ramen kits

Jun 23, 2020 - 8:26 PM

Stall #4 from The Grid joins the kit craze so you can enjoy tsukemen and ramen from the comfort of your own home

Photo courtesy of The Grid

15 Metro Manila routes open for compliant modern jeepneys on June 22

Jun 21, 2020 - 4:50 PM

More jeepney routes will be opened within the week, while UV Express units will be allowed to operate before the end of June, adds the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board

JEEPS DURING GCQ. Drivers of Common Transport Service Cooperatives on Sunday, June 21, 2020, exhibit the interiors of a modern jeepney that follows the guidelines for public transport in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MMDA gets boat donation for Pasig River service

Jun 20, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The ferry boat, donated by the RII Group of Companies, can carry 55 passengers per trip

FERRY BOAT. Reghis Romero of the RII Group of Companies donates a ferry boat to the Metro Manila Development Authority to help ease the vehicular traffic in Metro Manila. Photo from RII Group.

Popular Cubao bar Today x Future closing down

Jun 18, 2020 - 2:41 PM

Today x Future, a sanctuary for people from all walks of life, is the latest casualty in the aftermath of the coronavirus lockdown

GOODBYE FOR NOW, FUTURE. The popular Cubao bar says it's closing shop. Photo by Rappler

Duterte extends Metro Manila GCQ until June 30

Jun 16, 2020 - 12:36 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's decision comes as the National Capital Region remains a battleground in the country's fight against the coronavirus

Passengers returning to work wait for augmentation buses along Commonwealth Avenue Quezon City on June 1, 2020, the first day of the General Community Quarantine in NCR. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

#DuterteLive: Updates on Philippine community quarantine levels due to the coronavirus

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:43 PM

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How to help locally stranded Filipinos near NAIA who want to go home

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:20 PM

Relocated to the covered court of nearby Villamor Airbase Elementary School, the stranded passengers need personal protective equipment such as face masks

Loclly Stranded Individuals set up mats to stay on under the Skyway flyover near the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on June 11, 2020, as they wait for available flights back to Mindanao after they were stranded in Metro Manila following the implementation of the ECQ. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Vikings Luxury Buffet to reopen for dine-in — sans the buffet

Jun 11, 2020 - 12:30 PM

Glass shields for food stations, an order-all-you-can format – the popular buffet joint tweaks its operations as it prepares to open its doors to dine-in customers

PSA: You can upsize your Macao Imperial Tea drink to 1 liter for free

Jun 10, 2020 - 3:52 PM

The free 'monster upsize' is available on one day only

Stranded worker dies while waiting for bus ride home to Bicol

Jun 10, 2020 - 9:15 AM

Single mother Michelle Silvertino stayed in a footbridge in Pasay City for several days, waiting for a bus ride to Camarines Sur

Mango graham, popcorn ice cream: The Lost Bread launches new tub flavors

Jun 06, 2020 - 3:13 PM

There's even a new '90s Kid Mix flavor, which combines iced gems, marshmallows, and sprinkles

Ate Rica's Bacsilog reopens select PH branches for delivery, takeout

Jun 05, 2020 - 12:51 PM

Missing Ate Rica's Bacsilog? There are now 62 branches open for delivery and takeout

Coronavirus Updates: Metro Manila, Cebu City relax restrictions

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:00 AM

We label June 1 as ‘The Hunger Games: NCR, Cavite, and Cebu City Editions.’ For those returning to work, it’s like getting into a death match.

[EDITORIAL] Bangungot ng Kamaynilaan: Lalong humihirap ang maging mahirap

Jun 01, 2020 - 2:05 PM

Sa gitna ng lumalalang antas ng pamumuhay sa kalunsuran dulot ng congestion at trapiko, at banta pa sa kalusugan dulot ng virus – saan lulugar ang pobreng mahirap?

Over 23,000 TNVS units, taxis can ply Metro Manila roads again under GCQ

May 31, 2020 - 8:38 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board reminds drivers, operators, and passengers to follow health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19

COMMUTING. Taxis accept services at SM North Edsa. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

LIST: Sushi, sashimi shops open for delivery in Metro Manila

May 31, 2020 - 12:37 PM

Can't go wrong with Japanese food! These local restaurants and home businesses are selling their sushi rolls and fresh sashimi for delivery.

Sign of the times: Funeral parlor announces GCQ

May 30, 2020 - 11:13 AM

Some comments say in jest that St Peter Life Plans and Chapels – more than the government – is 'taking care of us’

Despite GCQ, Metro Manila still far from winning COVID-19 battle

May 29, 2020 - 8:24 PM

Metro Manila cities differ in how they are faring against the virus, leading a U.P. expert to call for continued caution amid the easing of quarantine measures

People start to visit a partially open shopping mall under the modified enhanced community quarantine in Manila on May 16,2020. Malls are scheduled to reopen some of their stores and services to the public, provided that customers follow safety protocols such as social distancing and wearing face masks. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

ROKU Sushi + Ramen closes down

May 29, 2020 - 6:55 PM

After 8 years of service, the Japanese restaurant located along Katipunan Avenue has decided to 'pause' operations beginning Thursday, May 28

[OPINION] It's time to create a true Pinoy bicycle

May 29, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'One often neglected topic, in the context of finding long-term solutions [for sustainable transport], is the importance of a local bicycle manufacturing industry'

Buses and jeeps banned, modified coding for cars, in pitched Metro Manila GCQ

May 27, 2020 - 2:09 PM

The Metro Manila Council suggests allowing taxis and TNVS, and letting private cars go out on coding day on the condition there are at least two passengers. These are still up for approval.

MOBILITY. Early morning traffic along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City build up with mostly private vehicles as people starts reporting for work on May 18 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


3 bus changes from North to South NCR under planned single route system

May 27, 2020 - 1:58 PM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority says this will ease traffic and will address concerns over reduced public transportation capacity during the pandemic

EDSA. An electronic billboard along EDSA flashes inspirational messages amid the pandemic and telling commuters to travel only for essential needs as NCR starts on MECQ on May 16, 2020. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler


Mayors recommend GCQ for Metro Manila by June 1

May 26, 2020 - 8:23 PM

Metro Manila mayors agree to suggest loosening coronavirus lockdown measures in the National Capital Region with the aim of reviving the economy

Metro Manila skyline. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Razon's of Guagua reopens PH branches for delivery, takeout

May 26, 2020 - 5:42 PM

Hello Razon's halo-halo, pancit luglug, sizzling sisig, bulalo, and more! Check out the list of reopened branches here.

[OPINION] Breaking the wheel: The rise of bicycle-riding

May 25, 2020 - 12:10 PM

'LGUs must avoid building bicycle infrastructures just for the sake of doing it. It is not enough to create bikeways by just laying down paint on the road.'

[OPINION] Diary of a wimpy biker in Metro Manila

May 24, 2020 - 5:00 PM

'At the end of the day, we all just want to get to our home safely and quickly.... If we treat others on the roads as enemies, we really are bound to make enemies.'

Mom and Tina's reopens Makati, Pasig branches for delivery, takeout

May 18, 2020 - 6:46 PM

Corned beef, anyone?

In MECQ, Metro Manila residents can't go to home provinces yet

May 17, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Essential workers or authorized persons outside residence are still the only ones allowed to leave and enter Metro Manila, explains Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

CHECKPOINT. In this file photo, motorists crowd a part of EDSA in Quezon City on April 21, 2020, as members of the PNP-HPG check whether drivers and passengers belong to the list of Authorized Persons Outside of Residence. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Metro Manila, Cebu City, Laguna under 'modified' ECQ until May 31

May 12, 2020 - 12:39 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Eight regions will be placed under GCQ, while the remaining 8 will be under no quarantine measures but must follow health protocols

Members of the Manila Police District and the Manila Health Department don their Personal Protective Equipment as they go to houses of Persons Under Investigation to bring them to the Delpan COVID-19 Quarantine Facility at Parola in Tondo, Manila on April 15, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Robert Siy on Metro Manila's impending transportation crisis after lockdown

May 12, 2020 - 11:40 AM

Catch the Rappler Talk interview on Tuesday, May 12, at 3 pm

PH to lose P520 billion annually due to reduced public transport – expert

May 12, 2020 - 7:53 AM

Transport expert Robert Siy notes that people need to have infrastructure where they feel safe to walk and bike, given the fear of contracting coronavirus in crowded spaces

'KEEP DISTANCE'. Workers place markers on a coach at the LRT2 depot in Pasig City as physical distancing efforts by the LRTA in preparation for the possible resumption of operation of public transports when NCR is place under general community quarantine. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Metro Manila Pride 2020 canceled over coronavirus fears

May 11, 2020 - 11:39 PM

'Whether on the streets or in our homes, Pride must live on in each of us and in our solidarity within and outside the LGBTQI+ sector,' the organizer Metro Manila Pride says

Rain or shine, members of the LGBTQ+ community parade the streets of Marikina City to protest for equality during the 50th anniversary of the stonewall protest, June 29, 2019. File Photo

Whether ECQ or GCQ, Metro Manila mayors want single policy after May 15

May 09, 2020 - 7:56 PM

If the national government decides to extend the enhanced community quarantine of Metro Manila beyond May 15, it should be at a maximum of two weeks, say the big city mayors

UNDER LOCKDOWN. Roxas Boulevard in Manila on Thursday, March 18. FILE Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Two crises collide: The pandemic is a grave subplot in Metro Manila's housing horror story

May 09, 2020 - 8:05 AM

COVID-19 could have dire implications for the megacity’s housing crisis. With a government that's historically misfired in supplying homes to its poorest, is there any hope?

Metro Manila mayors to meet on ECQ fate on May 9

May 08, 2020 - 9:39 AM

Mayors are eyeing a 15-day extension of the lockdown but the final decision rests on the national government task force

Health workers conducts community rapid testing due to the growing number of confirmed cases of local transmission of COVID-19 at San Andres , Manila on May 1, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Ippudo reopens for delivery in Metro Manila

May 07, 2020 - 11:42 AM

Now you can have Ippudo's bowl of ramen broth, noodles, chashu, and toppings delivered to your home from these 3 reopened branches!

Metro Manila, other 'high-risk' Luzon areas to remain on lockdown

Apr 24, 2020 - 8:21 AM

The enhanced community quarantine will last until May 15 for these areas, says Malacañang

Tomas Morato, QC on March 17, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Should Duterte lift the lockdown? An imagined debate

Apr 23, 2020 - 10:59 AM

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the stakes are much, much higher. Now is not the time for the capricious, evidence-bereft brand of policymaking Duterte has grown used to and gotten away with.

More troops to be deployed in areas most hit by coronavirus

Apr 19, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Soldiers will augment the police 'to strictly implement' physical distancing and other measures during the lockdown, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

SOLDIERS. Military contingents provided a support role to the police in enforcing a community quarantine in Metro Manila on Sunday, March 15, 2020. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

MMDA: P5,000 fine for motorists defying physical distancing rules

Apr 17, 2020 - 10:22 PM

The Highway Patrol Group says it will be stricter on vehicles passing through EDSA. It will confiscate the licenses of drivers who have more than 3 passengers.

UNUSUAL. A number of private vehicles ply Tomas Morato Avenue in Quezon City on April 13, 2020 as if its a normal working day and no lockdown is being enforced. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

MAP: Barangays with coronavirus cases in Metro Manila

Apr 08, 2020 - 5:53 PM

(7th UPDATE) See where the cases are at the barangay level in 15 cities and the town of Pateros

LIST: Restaurants, food delivery services, recipes for Holy Week

Apr 08, 2020 - 12:30 PM

For Catholics observing Lent, here are a few seafood options to consider for the Holy Week