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IN PHOTOS: Chinese New Year in Manila

Jan 25, 2020 - 4:51 PM

Here's how the crowds at Chinatown in Binondo, Manila, celebrate Chinese New Year

A dragon dance performance along Ongpin Street during the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration in Binondo, Manila on January 25, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte hopes Chinese-Filipino community to continue ‘charitable acts’

Jan 25, 2020 - 3:41 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte once again highlights the 'friendship' between the Philippines and China in his Chinese New Year message

CHINESE NEW YEAR MESSAGE. President Rodrigo Duterte says charitable efforts from the Filipino-Chinese community benefits the Philippines as a whole. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Chinese New Year traditions and beliefs explained

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Which traditions do you follow?

A traditional dragon and lion dance kicks off the Chinese New Year festivities at the Lucky Chinatown in Manila, considered one of the worlds oldest chinatown. january 22, 2019 Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: Year of the Metal Rat horoscope

Jan 24, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Raratratan ba tayo ng suwerte o dadagain ng malas ngayong Year of the Metal Rat?

LIST: 'Lucky food' to prepare for Chinese New year, and why

Jan 24, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Some of these 'lucky food' include round fruits, fish, and dumplings, which all signify good fortune and prosperity

Hong Kong turns holiday camps into quarantine zones as virus fears spike

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:31 PM

The international financial hub is on high alert for the virus, which has killed 17 people since the outbreak started in central China

VIRUS. A woman holds a child wearing a face mask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Where you can go to celebrate Chinese New Year 2020

Jan 23, 2020 - 9:00 AM

(UPDATED) From Manila to Davao, ring in the Year of the Metal Rat at these places!

CHINESE NEW YEAR. The Year of the Metal Rat is just around the corner. Rappler File photos

Catch Parokya ni Edgar, Sponge Cola, Gloc-9 at one street party

Jan 17, 2020 - 6:28 PM

Shanti Dope and Ex Battalion will also be performing at the Chinese New Year Countdown 2020 Street Party on January 24

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: 2020

Jan 10, 2020 - 8:08 PM

Pagbabalik-tanaw sa 2010s, at New Year's resolutions para sa 2020

Why you will most likely fail at your New Year's resolution

Jan 05, 2020 - 11:00 AM

If it's a person who triggers bad habits, maybe you can try avoiding that person starting this year

Locsin, new China envoy ring in 2020 together

Jan 03, 2020 - 8:53 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian start the New Year with a resolution to 'seize the day and live life to the full'

2020. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr celebrates the new year with newly appointed China Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian. Photo from Chinese Embassy in Manila

Mother and daughters investigated over German zoo fire

Jan 03, 2020 - 9:28 AM

The tragedy sparks an outpouring of sympathy, with tearful visitors lighting candles and leaving flowers and soft toys at the entrance of the zoo

Flowers, candles, stuffed animals and placards are placed at a makeshift memorial for the animals that died in a fire at the zoo's monkey house on January 1, 2020 at the main entrance of the zoo in Krefeld, western Germany. Fire ripped through the monkey house at Krefeld zoo on New Year's Eve, killing dozens of animals, including orangutans, chimpanzees and marmosets, the management said. Christoph Reichwein / dpa / AFP

On New Year's Day, Catriona Gray pens letter to younger self

Jan 02, 2020 - 11:45 AM

'Be kind and patient with yourself,' Catriona writes

IN PHOTOS: Here's how Filipino celebrities welcomed 2020

Jan 02, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Celebs work and play while welcoming 2020

IN PHOTOS: The world welcomes 2020

Jan 01, 2020 - 4:28 PM

From Tokyo to Athens, here's how cities around the world welcomed a new decade

Fireworks explode behind the quadriga of Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate to usher in the New Year on January 1, 2020. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)

The beat goes on: Fireworks, smoke and tear gas start new decade

Jan 01, 2020 - 2:17 PM

Billions around the world cheer in 2020 after a tumultuous year dominated by demonstrations calling for political revolt and action on climate change

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 1: Revelers at Times Square during the New Year's celebration on January 1, 2020 in New York City. People began celebrating New Year's Eve at Times Square in 1904, in 1907 the New Year's Eve Ball made its first descent from the flagpole at One Times Square. David Dee Delgado/Getty Images/AFP David Dee Delgado / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Fireworks-related injuries rise to 164 after New Year’s Eve

Jan 01, 2020 - 11:39 AM

(UPDATED) The number is 35% lower than last year's 249 injuries, says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

FIREWORKS. A worker assembles light sticks to sold in pyrotechnic stores in Bulacan. December 27, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: New Year fireworks, smoke, and tear gas as decade begins with a bang

Jan 01, 2020 - 9:30 AM

(UPDATED) Revellers watch fireworks display from Australia to the United Kingdom to welcome 2020

BURST OF COLORS. Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2020. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Duterte's New Year message: Begin anew, help in nation-building

Dec 31, 2019 - 8:03 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says all development efforts should be made sustainable and inclusive

BEGINNING ANEW. For 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte calls on Filipinos to begin anew with a stronger commitment to the task of nation-building. Photo from Malacañang

Fireworks-related injuries rise to 62 ahead of New Year

Dec 31, 2019 - 3:16 PM

(UPDATED) Nearly half of the cases involve illegal firecrackers

FIRECRACKERS. To avoid accidents and injuries, the government discourages the use of firecrackers during New Year celebrations. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

On New Year’s Eve, Robredo tells Filipinos to stay hopeful in 2020

Dec 31, 2019 - 11:47 AM

'Salubungin sana natin ang bagong taon nang may pag-asa sa ating mga mata, galak sa ating mga puso, at ngiti sa ating mga labi,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

HOPE. Vice President Leni Robredo posts her message for the New Year on Facebook on December 31, 2019. Screenshot from Robredo's Facebook page

LIST: Where to celebrate New Year's Eve in Metro Cebu

Dec 31, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Ready to party? Here are 10 places in Cebu to celebrate NYE 2020

LIST: Places to welcome 2020 in Metro Manila

Dec 31, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Still don't know where to welcome 2020? Check these places out

Fireworks-related injuries rises to 54 since December 21 – DOH

Dec 30, 2019 - 3:12 PM

The number of this year's cases is now 4 cases higher compared to the same period in 2018, even with a reminder from the health department to skip fireworks for the holidays

Sotto wants to regulate firecracker use

Dec 29, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto has filed a bill that seeks to prohibit the unsupervised use of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices

ILLEGAL FIRECRACKERS. Members of Task Force Malasakit-Office of the Mayor confiscate illegal firecrackers along Ilaya street in Divisoria, Manila on December 4, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

SWS: 9 in 10 of Filipinos enter 2020 with hope

Dec 29, 2019 - 6:46 PM

Though aspirations are generally high for the new year, the Social Weather Stations finds that hopefulness for 2020 rose in all areas except Mindanao

NEW YEAR. Crowds gather and enjoy the free concert and fireworks display. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Quezon City designates 180 zones for fireworks use, displays

Dec 29, 2019 - 3:52 PM

A team of barangay officials and volunteers will man each zone

COMMUNITY FIREWORKS DISPLAYS. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte encourages the public to enjoy the fireworks displays sponsored by the city government across the city. File photo by Ben Nabong

DOH: Firecracker injuries rise to 46 since December 21

Dec 29, 2019 - 2:19 PM

The Department of Health says many of the injuries were caused by illegal firecrackers

INJURIES. In this file photo from January 1, 2019, a man injured from using firecrackers is rushed to the emergency room of the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

EcoWaste warns vs firecracker use, balloon releases on New Year's Eve

Dec 29, 2019 - 9:03 AM

The environmental watchdog also asks Filipinos to keep parks clean as they celebrate the arrival of the New Year

NOT ECO-FRIENDLY. Fireworks light up the sky behind the Rizal Shrine in Manila on January 1, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Police on lookout for illegal firecrackers ahead of New Year revelries

Dec 28, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Making, selling, and using illegal firecrackers come with heavy penalties, and selling any pyrotechnic material to minors is prohibited, the Philippine National Police warns

FIRECRACKERS. The Philippine National Police will be inspecting firecracker sellers for illegal items. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

1,525 returnees to spend Christmas in prison 3 months after GCTA controversy

Dec 24, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Only 827 out of the 2,352 returnees have been released after reprocessing, the Department of Justice confirms

Bayan Muna Representatives Carlos Zarate and Ferdinand Gaite, ACT Teachers Representative France Castro, and KAPATID spokesperson Fides Lim visited the prisoners inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019. Photos by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

No fireworks display in Boracay to welcome 2020

Dec 23, 2019 - 9:10 AM

Since fireworks are not allowed near the ocean, New Year's Eve celebrations are set to be held in mainland Malay instead

Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Metro Manila number coding suspended December 23-January 2

Dec 23, 2019 - 8:00 AM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority says there will be no number coding during the holidays, with the suspension of the scheme longer for provincial buses

Hundreds of passengers bound for the provinces for Christmas vacation troop at the Bus Terminal along Edsa in Quezon City on Monday, December 23, 2019. Photo by DARREN LANGIT/Rappler

NLEX beefs up operations for 2019 holiday season

Dec 22, 2019 - 1:19 PM

Additional collection points, emergency medical services, and towing services will be provided during the holiday rush

HEIGHTENED ALERT. Traffic operations personnel at NLEX and SCTEX will be on heightened alert to manage traffic during the holiday season. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

93% of Filipinos hopeful about 2020

Dec 20, 2019 - 1:21 PM

(UPDATED) Results of the early December survey show 48% of Filipinos also expect the holiday season to be 'more prosperous for them and their families'

HOPE FOR 2020. Results from a recent Pulse Asia survey show nearly all Filipinos are hopeful for the coming new year. Rappler file photo

DOH reminds public: Skip firecrackers this New Year's eve

Dec 05, 2019 - 4:11 PM

The Department of Health has seen a downward trend in the number of firecracker-related injuries from 2017 to 2018, but says much is to be done to keep the number at zero

SKIP FIRECRACKERS. The Department of Health is calling on the public to skip firecrackers in their celebration of New Year.

No extended MRT3 hours for Christmas 2019 due to rail repair works

Oct 22, 2019 - 11:22 AM

MRT3 Director Michael Capati says this is to 'give way to the full blast rail replacement activities' that would rid the MRT3 tracks of dilapidated rails

NO EXTRA HOURS. The MRT3 will not be augmenting the increased passenger volume during the holidays through extended operating hours, to make way for its railway replacement works.  Photo by DARREN LANGIT

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