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IN PHOTOS: Lee Seung-gi finally meets PH Airens in Manila fan meet

Oct 24, 2019 - 7:30 PM

'The first memory is really just the perfect memory. I'm so happy that I was able to make it with my Filipino fans,' Lee Seung-gi says during the Manila stop of his Asia fan meeting tour

SEUNG-GI'S VOYAGE. Korean actor Lee Seung-gi greets his Filipino fans for the first time. All photos courtesy of CDM Entertainment

[OPINION] Thanks for all the (inedible) fish

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:30 PM

'Right now it feels like someone declared open house for strangers to make this country their home – without ground rules,' asserts Chinese-Filipino Anna Gamboa

Globe Telecom's 0917 Lifestyle, Saga Events bring back StyleFestPH

Jul 09, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Get a chance to be one of the young designer-entrepreneurs who will take part in the Designer Mentorship Program

First impressions, prices: Hong Kong's Elephant Grounds in Metro Manila

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:47 AM

BGC's Elephant Grounds cafe is what brunch dreams are made of!

Allow China to fish in PH waters? Panelo cites UNCLOS but forgets Constitution

Jun 26, 2019 - 2:32 PM

While an international agreement cites instances when a country can allow another to fish in its waters, the Philippine Constitution forbids it

PALACE SPOKESMAN. In this file photo, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo conducts his regular briefing for Palace reporters. Photo from the Facebook page of Salvador Panelo

Another petition vs Duterte Youth's Cardema filed with Comelec

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Millennials PH asks the Commission on Elections to cancel Duterte Youth chairman Ronald Cardema's bid for a party-list seat, citing his 'attempt to mislead, misinform, or hide the fact that he is ineligible'

OPPOSTION FILED. Another opposition vs Duterte Youth Ronald Cardema was filed before the poll body on June 17, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

YouthWorks PH bridges youth skills from school to work

May 25, 2019 - 5:48 PM

'The project is all about enhancing the skills of the youth to be employed,' says Philippine Business for Education Chair Ramon del Rosario

Pinoys tweet, search about migrating as election results come in

May 14, 2019 - 2:36 AM

Search and tweets on migrating are both up, as soon as partial and unofficial election results were released on May 13

Youthworks PH now accepting techvoc trainees from CDO

Apr 06, 2019 - 7:59 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Following Cagayan de Oro, YouthWorks PH will also hold a series of recruitment activities in Metro Manila, Cebu, Zamboanga, Iloilo, General Santos, and Davao

Photo from Shutterstock

MMDA, Sesame Street partner for educational campaign for kids

Mar 18, 2019 - 3:49 PM

Children in Metro Manila may now learn about road safety, waste management, and public safety in a fun manner with Sesame Street characters

EDUCATIONAL DRIVE. (Left) MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim and (Right) Will De Pippo, Director for Asia-Pacific of Sesame Street, sign an agreement for an educational drive for children at the Children Road Safety Park in Malate, Manila. Photo by: Lito Boras/RAPPLER  EDUCATIONAL DRIVE. (Left) MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim and (Right) Will De Pippo, Director for Asia-Pacific of Sesame Street, sign an agreement for an educational drive for children at the Children Road Safety Park in Malate, Manila. Photo by: Lito Boras/RAPPLER

Robredo on taho incident: 'Pambabastos sa bansa natin'

Feb 10, 2019 - 1:26 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo questions the 'special treatment' given to China by the Philippine government

PANTAWID ANNIVERSARY. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks before the Pantawid Program beneficiaries during the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Pamilya ng Pantawid's second anniversary held at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Photo by the Office of the Vice President

Lorenzana to review Mutual Defense Treaty: 'Is it still relevant to our security?'

Dec 28, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the objective of the review of the treaty is to either 'maintain it, strengthen it, or scrap it'

DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana holds a press conference in Malacañang on December 28, 2018. Screenshot from PCOO's Facebook account

#TheLeaderIWant: Gary Alejano on taking his fight to the Senate

Nov 22, 2018 - 5:40 PM

If elected senator, how will the former Marine captain prove that he can be the soldier of every Filipino?

PH, Russia finalize military cooperation activities for 2019

Nov 10, 2018 - 11:23 AM

The 2019 activities include cooperation and security consultations between Philippine and Russian defense officials, and reciprocal visits of delegations and observers for military training activities

PORT CALL. Russian guided missile cruiser Varyag makes a port call in Manila on April 20, 2017. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: This VR gaming spot makes the trek to the Marikina-Pasig boundary worth it

Oct 30, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Get ready for a different kind of gaming experience

VirtualPH at the Ayala Malls Feliz, October 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Who will feed the farmers?

Oct 28, 2018 - 1:20 PM

'This is not the first massacre of farmers in Philippine history. Filipino farmers have long fought for genuine agrarian reforms... They ask for land, not bullets.'

'RH Bill Story' launch: Fight for reproductive rights continues

Oct 21, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Marilen Dañguilan, a medical doctor trained in policymaking, launches her book 'The RH Bill Story: Contentions and Compromises'

BOOK LAUNCH. Marilen Dañguilan launches her book 'The RH Bill Story: Contentions and Compromises.' Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Election fever heats up as filing of candidacies begins

Oct 11, 2018 - 7:32 AM

'We don’t want to turn it into a circus of supporters,' the Commission on Elections says of the filing of certificates of candidacy from October 11 to 17

WHERE THE ACTION IS. All eyes are on the Commission on Elections headquarters at the Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila, for the filing of certificates of candidacy for senatorial candidates in the 2019 elections. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

More than 2.5M register as new voters, exceeding Comelec target

Oct 08, 2018 - 10:27 PM

All in all, the Comelec expects the number of registered voters to total approximately 60 to 61 million

VOTER REGISTRATION. Filipinos register as voters on September 29, 2018, the last day of voter registration this year. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

China should be 'Big Uncle' to ASEAN, says Arroyo

Sep 09, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'In my humble view, the ideal approach is for China to think of itself as the Big Uncle to many nephews in the family,' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

CHINA ALLY. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo delivers the keynote speech at the China-ASEAN Mayors' Forum on September 8, 2018. Photo from Arroyo's office

Right to ride: Over 2,000 riders join ‘Unity Ride’ to call for motorcycle taxi regulation

Aug 11, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Motorcycle groups are protesting against ‘unfair’ policies by the government

Support the right to ride, join unity ride against unfair motorcycle policies

Aug 08, 2018 - 3:09 PM

The unity ride will assemble at CP Garcia cor UP Ave on August 9, 8 am

PH Economy, Facebook shares, Lake on Mars | Midday wRap

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:10 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Margie de Leon

PH junior paddlers land best finish in Southeast Asian championship

Jul 10, 2018 - 8:02 PM

Philippines places 4th for the first time in the annual Southeast Asian tournament

RISING STARS. The Philippine table tennis youth team's performance catapulted the country to a 4th place standing. Photo from Philippine Table Tennis Federation Inc

[OPINYON] Tayo nang maglaro ng Chinese barter

Jun 24, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Bukod sa malaking usapin ng soberanya sa teritoryo, sa likod ng ilang kilong isda kapalit ng instant noodles o bottled water ay ang binabanggit ko: kalayaan at kusang-loob

Marcos wealth, Duterte defends China, effects of cursing | Midday wRap

Jun 19, 2018 - 12:08 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Jee Geronimo

Robredo to youth: Don’t lose hope, good will triumph over evil

Jun 16, 2018 - 9:48 PM

'Ang pinaka-number one na lesson in history, hindi tumatagal ang kasamaan, na parating in the end, ang nagta-triumph ay iyong kabutihan,' Vice President Leni Robredo tells youth leaders

'HOPE AND FAITH. 'Vice President Leni Robredo addresses participants at the national summit of Millennials PH at the OVP Quezon City Reception House on June 16, 2018. Photo from OVP

Meet the 10 new PH startups participating in IBPAP's 'Takeoff' program

Jun 10, 2018 - 12:41 PM

The IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) hosts another batch of progressive, new ideas from the PH startup scene

TECHNOPRENEURS. 10 new PH startups join IBPAP's 'Takeoff' accelerator program


5 things to check out at TOYCON 2018

Jun 09, 2018 - 2:15 PM

Not sure if you should attend TOYCON 2018? Iñigo de Paula tells you why you should

Cayetano says PH can't file protest vs China bombers

Jun 02, 2018 - 8:06 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it is 'ridiculous' to protest about an action beyond Philippine shores. 'Paano tayo magpo-protest sa hindi natin territory?'

NO PROTEST. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines cannot file a protest against China's bombers in the South China Sea. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DFA won't publicly condemn China over bombers

May 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Instead of publicizing a diplomatic protest, the Philippines says it is 'closely monitoring developments in the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea'

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST? Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says it is no longer the Philippines' strategy to file diplomatic protests against China at every opportunity it has. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DFA silent on Chinese bombers in South China Sea

May 20, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon condemns 'this creeping invasion' while Senator Risa Hontiveros tells government 'to end their subservience to China'

SILENCE. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, under Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, has not issued a statement on China's bombers in the South China Sea as of May 20, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Chinese bombers land on South China Sea island

May 19, 2018 - 11:28 AM

'Nearly all of the Philippines falls within the radius of the bombers, including Manila and all 5 Philippine military bases earmarked for development under the US-Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement,' says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies

CHINESE BOMBER. A video posted by the state-owned People's Daily of China shows a Chinese bomber in takeoff and landing training on an island reef in the South China Sea. Screengrab from People's Daily

Biggest Uniqlo store in Southeast Asia to open at Glorietta 5

May 14, 2018 - 12:10 PM

It will be the Japanese clothing brand's 15th global flagship store in the world

GLOBAL FLAGSHIP STORE. The biggest Uniqlo store in the country and the region will soon be opening in Makati City. Image courtesy of Uniqlo Philippines

Making travels more meaningful

May 10, 2018 - 4:19 PM

For Ann Marie Cunanan, founder of Meaningful Travels, we can all travel with a purpose

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, April 30-May 6, 2018

May 06, 2018 - 11:39 AM

Here are the must-watch videos this week!

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Executive Order which prohibits illegal contractualization while delivering his speech during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[Right of Way] The Sucat and Bicutan Problem, Part 2: What about Bicutan?

May 04, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Apparently, it's not just the Sucat interchange that's getting much flak in the South

Two Filipino inventions receive gold recognition in Geneva tilt

Apr 25, 2018 - 4:38 PM

The winning inventions are a quick dengue detection system and a portable smart surface system

BIOTEK M. Currently still in development, the Biotek M Dengue-Aqua is being designed to expedite clinical dengue testing. Photo from DOST.


[Right of Way] The Sucat and Bicutan Problem, Part 1: PH's most complex intersection?

Apr 20, 2018 - 5:16 PM

Sucat, the bane of the motorists and commuters of the South. How to deal with this chokepoint?

U.S. vows to give PH full control of military facilities

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'All EDCA facilities are under complete control of the Philippines. They are all [inside] Philippine bases,' says US Ambassador Sung Kim

GROUNDBREAKING. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim lead the groundbreaking ceremony for EDCA in Basa Air Base on April 17, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Construction for PH-US EDCA military deal begins

Apr 17, 2018 - 7:30 AM

(UPDATED) A groundbreaking ceremony is held at the Basa Air Base on Tuesday, April 17, attended by Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim.

GROUNDBRREAKING: A multi-purpose warehouse will be built inside Basa Air Base in Pampanga, the first major project under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Sara Duterte wants father to ditch talks with communist rebels

Apr 13, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio says peace negotiations with communists are 'counterproductive and plainly useless'

DAUGHTER'S ADVICE. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio believes peace negotiations with communist rebels are 'unproductive.' Malacanang photo

Spartan PH unveils obstacle course camp in BGC

Apr 13, 2018 - 4:39 PM

Filipinos who want to get a firsthand experience of Spartan Race Philippines' obstacle course camp can avail it for free from April 13 to 15

NEW CAMP. Spartan Race Philippines opens an obstacle course camp in Bonifacio Global City. Photo from Spartan's official Facebook page


[Right Of Way] Special Episode: Interview with Michael Brown, security and enforcement advocate

Apr 12, 2018 - 10:03 PM

Two road safety advocates have a conversation on enforcement, as well as proposed solutions for Metro Manila's traffic woes.

[Right of Way] Stop human traffic cones

Apr 09, 2018 - 3:00 PM

With traffic enforcers deployed right by traffic lights and intersections, they put their lives on the line

Enjoying nature in Albay’s sole high-end green resort

Mar 31, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Tourists are welcomed by a school of fish at the breakwater of the Marina Bay area of Misibis Bay Resort, less than 10 meters away from the shore

Tourists swim and glide along with school of fish at the Marina Bay area of Misibis Bay resort in Cagraray Island, Bacacay town.(Rhaydz B. Barcia)

LOOK: List of PSC's 10 priority sports in 2018

Mar 29, 2018 - 3:31 PM

These are the top 10 sports that will receive a bigger share of the government's allocated budget

BANNERING. (from left to right) weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, judoka Kiyomi Watanable and gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo. Photo by presidential photo (Diaz), PSC-POC Media Group (Watanabe), Munehiro Kugimiya's Facebook page (Yulo)

[Right Of Way] The sorrowful mysteries of living in Metro Manila

Mar 23, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Living in Metro Manila, transport woes and all, can feel like a daily penance

WATCH: Juan Miguel Severo performs spoken word poem at the Mendiola walkout

Feb 25, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Severo: 'Bago ako maging artista, Pilipino muna ako. Bago ako maging artista, estudyante muna ako.'

UPLB students win award for promoting agriculture

Feb 24, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Promoting agriculture, students from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) bag the 2018 Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Award

LAKBIOTEKNOLOHIYA. UP GRAINS representative Albert Caraan receives Lenovo Tech Visionary Award during TAYO Awarding Ceremonies on Thursday, February 22 at AG New World Manila Bay Hotel. Photo by Keb Cuevas/Rappler