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Thai new year splashes in with water fights, raves

Apr 13, 2019 - 6:14 PM

As the sun sets, tens of thousands of ravers from across Asia are expected to dance into Saturday night under massive water cannons and spectacular pyrotechnics

NEW YEAR. Revellers spray water on two men pretending to study during the annual Songkran, or Thai New Year, celebrations on Khaosan Road in Bangkok on April 13, 2019.  Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Water battles with elephants kick off Thai New Year

Apr 11, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Traditionally marked by paying respects to elders and sprinkling water over Buddha figures at local temples, the Songkran holiday has largely evolved into a raucous water fight

SONGKRAN. Revellers and elephants splash water at each other during a ceremony to celebrate the Buddhist New Year, locally known as Songkran, in Ayutthaya on April 11, 2019. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Anger, grief sweep Iraq's Mosul as ferry disaster toll hits 100

Mar 22, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Residents of the northern city, scarred by years of jihadist rule, demand justice as Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi decrees 3 days of national mourning following the accident

RESCUE. Emergency personnel arrive on March 21, 2019, at the site of a popular picnic area in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on the shores of the Tigris river, after a ferry sank leaving more than 70 people dead in Iraq's worst accident in years. Photo by Waleed Al-Khaled/AFP

Almost 100 dead as Iraq ferry sinks on spring holiday trip

Mar 22, 2019 - 12:10 AM

(UPDATED) The accident sparks an outpouring of grief among residents who only recently resumed festivities on the banks of the Tigris after the northern city's recapture from the Islamic State group

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: 5 books that can help you achieve your New Year's resolutions

Feb 28, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The 1st quarter of 2019 is about to come to a close. How are your New Year's resolutions going?

China's 'red packets' go digital over Lunar New Year

Feb 11, 2019 - 8:01 PM

China, which is embracing a cashless society in which payments are made via smartphone apps, finds electronic 'red packets' are now hugely popular

The week in photos: February 2-8, 2019

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:08 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

NAKED RUNNERS. Members of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity participate in the 42nd Oblation Run at the University of the Philippines, Diliman on February 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa David/Rappler

15 killed in New Year knife rampage and arson attack in China

Feb 08, 2019 - 11:23 PM

Knife attacks are common in China, where the carrying of firearms is strictly regulated

INFOGRAPHIC: Celebrate the New Year with world-class entertainment in Singapore

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Start the New Year with a bang at the Lion City!

Your horoscope for 2019, Year of the Earth Pig

Feb 05, 2019 - 6:50 PM

People born in the year of the Horse are the luckiest, while single people born in the year of the Dog may find their significant other this year

EARTH PIG. Duty Free Philippines Corporations holds Lunar New Year celebration at the Luxe Duty Free in Pasay City. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Binondo celebrates Chinese New Year

Feb 05, 2019 - 3:12 PM

People welcome the Year of the Pig with grand festivities

FESTIVITIES. People snake their way down the streets of Binondo to celebrate Chinese New Year. All photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

Chinese communities around world welcome Year of the Pig

Feb 05, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Celebrations will take place across the globe to usher in the Lunar New Year

Children in animal hats pose in front of a pig giant pig installation ahead of the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong on Feburary 4, 2019. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

'Gangster' Peppa back in China's good graces in Year of the Pig

Feb 03, 2019 - 6:11 PM

'Peppa Pig Celebrates Chinese New Year' is set to be shown in time for the Chinese New Year

Porcine pickle: Hong Kongers divided over city's emboldened wild boars

Feb 02, 2019 - 10:15 PM

Increasingly in Hong Kong, humans and pigs are meeting face to snout

Young Wild Boar (Scientifical name Sus Scrofa) digging with his snout on the forest floor in nature park of hong kong

Bring home the bacon: the Taiwanese woman living with 4 pet pigs

Feb 02, 2019 - 4:59 PM

Website designer Jenny Tsai says her pigs are so clever they've worked out how to open the fridge, which is now protected from wandering snouts with a rope

Where to celebrate Chinese New Year in Metro Manila

Feb 02, 2019 - 12:44 PM

Here are all the places where you can ring in the Year of the Earth Pig

PROSPERITY GARDEN. Manila Hotel's iconic lobby gets dressed up for the Chinese New Year festivities. Photo courtesy of Manila Hotel

The week in photos: January 26-February 1, 2019

Feb 02, 2019 - 12:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

'HOT SPRING'. People enjoy a dip in a hotpot-shaped hot spring pool at a hotel in Hangzhou in China's Zhejiang province on January 27, 2019, to promote a healthy lifestyle in the run-up to the Lunar New Year which begins the first week of February. Photo by AFP

Feng shui masters say Trump secrets could be exposed in Year of the Pig

Jan 31, 2019 - 11:56 AM

A Taiwanese fortune-teller says that the pig can be a particularly bad year for those born in the year of the dog – which includes US president Donald Trump

This picture taken on January 19, 2019 shows feng shui master Alion Yeo holding a luopan, or Chinese compass, in his office in Hong Kong ahead of the Lunar New Year of the Pig. As the Chinese zodiac turns into the Year of the Pig next week, feng shui masters are predicting turbulence and division for world leaders at home -- not least President Donald Trump, who risks having past secrets revealed. Feng shui -- literally meaning "wind-water" -- is influential in many parts of Asia, where people adjust their lives and carefully position items such as a cup of water or pieces of crystal in offices and homes to maximise their luck and wealth. Isaac LAWRENCE / AFP

5 tips to make your online business 'fat' this 2019

Jan 30, 2019 - 1:53 PM

Time to go big this Year of the Pig!

FALSE: These photos do not show Duterte celebrating start of 2019 in 'simple style'

Jan 14, 2019 - 4:54 PM

No, these photos do not show Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte celebrating the start of 2019 in ‘simple’ style

[EDITORIAL]: #AnimatED: A dozen wishes for 2019

Jan 14, 2019 - 9:00 AM

We have our own wishes for the country, its leaders, and key institutions. What are yours?

WATCH: Hobbies for the holidays

Jan 09, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Have you tried any of these activities?

34% drop in firecracker-related injuries for New Year 2019

Jan 08, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The Department of Health closes its surveillance of firecracker-related injuries with no reports of deaths and stray bullet injuries

FIREWORK INJURY. Victims of firecrackers rush to emergency room at Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila during the New Year's Eve. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[Right of Way] Wishlist and New Year's resolutions for 2019

Jan 05, 2019 - 3:09 PM

It's Right of Way's 1st anniversary. Here's a wrap up of the issues we tackled the past year.

A neuroscientist's tips for a new year tuneup for your brain

Jan 05, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Shrink those distorting brain bubbles and build realistic connections to enrich life’s simple pleasures

Pop metaphorical ‘brain bubbles’ by grounding your brain in the here and now. Sofiaworld/Shutterstock.com

DOH: Firecracker-related injuries climb to 288

Jan 03, 2019 - 3:37 PM

The Department of Health says the 288 cases are 43% lower compared to the same period in 2018

INJURED. Victims of firecrackers rush to emergency room at Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila during the New years eve on 01 January 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Drinking sprees more hazardous than fireworks in Baguio

Jan 02, 2019 - 6:33 PM

No one was hurt by firecrackers in Baguio City during the New Year's Eve revelry, but two died and two were stabbed in drinking sprees greeting 2019

14 confirmed dead in Russia high-rise blast

Jan 02, 2019 - 3:48 PM

(UPDATED) Rescuers pull more bodies from the rubble of the collapsed building

What’s in the stars for 2019?

Jan 02, 2019 - 11:40 AM

How will 2019 start for you?

Politics is not just for the rulers, says Pope

Jan 01, 2019 - 9:52 PM

'We are all responsible for the life of the 'city', of the common good; and politics too is good to the extent that each one plays their part in the service of peace,' says Pope Francis

NEW YEAR. Pope Francis addresses the crowd from the window of the Apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's square during the New Year Angelus prayer in the Vatican on January 1, 2019. Photo by Alberto Pizzioli/AFP

Catriona Gray on saying goodbye to 2018: My heart is full

Jan 01, 2019 - 7:30 PM

'I have so much to be grateful for and in bidding farewell to 2018, my heart is full,' says Catriona

South Africa launches minimum wage ahead of election

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:51 PM

'Millions of South African workers will benefit. This is the result of many decades of tireless struggle and is a powerful demonstration of the shared resolve of all social partners to tackle poverty and inequality,' says South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa

NEW YEAR. South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa gives his new year's address. Screengrab from the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa Youtube

IN PHOTOS: How PH stars welcomed 2019

Jan 01, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Local celebrities ring in the new year with family and friends

Revelers spend New Year stuck 50 meters up at French funfair

Jan 01, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Eight French people spend 9 hours atop a funfair after a technical incident

STUCK. A helicopter hovers over a giant funfair ride after eight people got stuck high in the air in the Brittany city of Rennes late on December 31, 2018. Photo by Antoine Agasse/AFP

Big Apple joins in ringing in New Year after rough 2018

Jan 01, 2019 - 3:06 PM

Rain-soaked New York joins the new year festivities with the annual Times Square ball drop and performances from various artists

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Jan 01, 2019 - 3:01 PM

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Duterte’s New Year message: Reflect, learn from past lessons

Jan 01, 2019 - 1:25 PM

'Let us reflect on our storied past and learn from its lessons so that we can face the future with more confidence,' President Rodrigo Duterte says

SOLIDARITY. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte asks Filipinos to be in 'solidarity' with the government's efforts this new year. File photo from Malacañang

9 hurt as car rams into famed Tokyo street on New Year's Eve

Jan 01, 2019 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) With an 'intent to murder', 21-year-old Kazuhiro Kusakabe drives a small vehicle into Takeshita Street in Tokyo's fashion district of Harajuku at 10 minutes past midnight, a police spokesman says

CRIME. Police inspect a car whose driver rammed his vehicle into crowds on Takeshita street in Tokyo early January 1, 2019. Nine people were hurt, one seriously, when a man deliberately ploughed his car into crowds celebrating New Year's Eve along a famous Tokyo street, police and media said on January 1. Photo from JIJI PRESS / AFP

Thai man guns down 6 family members, including kids at New Year party

Jan 01, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The mass shooting takes place 10 minutes after midnight as Sucheep Sornsung joined his wife's family to ring in the New Year in the southern province of Chumphon

NEW YEAR CRIME. A man guns down his family. Image from Shutterstock

Sydney puts on dazzling 2019 fireworks, but gets the year wrong

Jan 01, 2019 - 12:08 PM

More than 1.5 million people packed the harbor front of Australia's largest city and noticed a signage beamed onto one of the Sydney Harbor Bridge's pylons: 'Happy New Year 2018!'

AUSTRALIA. New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the fireworks show. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

IN PHOTOS: World welcomes 2019 with fireworks and festivities

Jan 01, 2019 - 10:29 AM

Here's how the world celebrates the new year

UNITED KINGDOM. Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Filipinos welcome 2019

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:45 AM

Here are scenes of the first hours of 2019 in the Philippine capital

FIREWORKS DISPLAY. Families watch the fireworks displace the Luneta Park in Manila on New Year's Eve.  Photo by Ben Nabong

WATCH: Maria Ressa, other journalists at Times Square NY for Ball Drop

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:47 AM

Times Square Alliance president Tim Tompkins says it is fitting to honor free press and free speech in one of the world's most famous public squares as the world welcomes 2019

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa urges journalists to 'stand together' against disinformation

Dec 31, 2018 - 11:08 PM

Ressa, who is among the journalists to be honored at the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball Drop, calls on journalists to 'move away from competition' in the face of disinformation and attacks to press freedom

UNITE. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa calls on fellow journalists to stand united against disinformation in an interview with CNN on Monday, December 31. Rappler file photo

Tagle urges Filipinos to live life of prayer, caring to achieve peace

Dec 31, 2018 - 10:22 PM

If we don't care for each other, 'we will be sowing seeds of violence,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle in his homily for the New Year's Eve mass

PRAY FERVENTLY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle gives his homily during the New Year's Eve mass at the Manila Cathedral on December 31, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Be careful against many antichrists

Dec 31, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Do not force the infinite God to fit into our limited minds. They who call God stupid is antichrist. Pray for these people but do not imitate them. Respect them as elders but do not follow their bad example.

92% of Filipinos hopeful for 2019 – SWS

Dec 31, 2018 - 6:55 PM

Hope for the new year has always been high, but this year's figure is lower than the record high 96% of hopeful Filipinos going into 2018

Fireworks after the opening ceremonies of the Tiendesitas Christmas Tunnel Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

2019 an 'exciting year' for Filipinos, says Malacañang

Dec 31, 2018 - 1:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Malacañang says 'milestones' of the government in 2018 are 'beginning to bear fruit’ but the opposition believes the past year ‘saw an unraveling of the Duterte administration’

NEW YEAR. President Rodrigo Duterte applauds while listening to the performers during the Christmas tree lighting in Malacañang on December 3, 2018. Photo by Karl Norman/Presidential Photo

Why Gloria Arroyo’s New Year message may ring truer than others

Dec 31, 2018 - 10:19 AM

'Let us greet the new year with gratitude to God for all His blessings,' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who has so many things to be thankful for in 2018

COMEBACK. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo made a political comeback in 2018, when she took over the House leadership from Pantaleon Alvarez, an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo from Arroyo's office

How to start achieving common New Year's resolutions

Dec 31, 2018 - 10:00 AM

New year, new you? It’s time to do something about those resolutions.

NEW YEAR. What are your resolutions this 2019?