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PG&E agrees to $13.5 billion payout for deadly California fires

Dec 07, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Faulty Pacific Gas & Electric powerlines are blamed for sparking Camp Fire, the deadliest in the state's history

PG&E. The Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) logo is displayed on a hard hat at a work site on July 30, 2014 in San Francisco, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Cebu Pacific to deliver donations for Typhoon Tisoy victims for free

Dec 06, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Donors will have to get an endorsement from the Department of the Interior and Local Government for Cebu Pacific to accommodate their cargo

RELIEF GOODS NEEDED. Residents affected by Typhoon Tisoy are in urgent need of food items and shelter repair materials, among others. File photo from Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Max Eigenmann wins Best Actress at Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2019

Nov 22, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Max wins for her role in 'Verdict'

Meet the PH’s first trans woman flight attendants

Nov 20, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Jess Labares and Mikee Vitug now embark on their new journey as flight attendants – with flying rainbow colors

Cebu Pacific signs $4.8-billion deal for 16 Airbus planes

Nov 04, 2019 - 10:43 AM

The fuel-efficient and eco-friendly planes are scheduled to be delivered between 2021 and 2024

BRAND-NEW PLANES. Cebu Pacific signed the purchase agreement for 16 A330 new engine option aircraft, in line with its fleet modernization program. Photo from Airbus

6 companies eye $10-B Sangley Airport expansion project

Oct 30, 2019 - 9:41 AM

(UPDATED) Groundbreaking is set for January 15, 2020, and 'the first runway will be completed in 3 years,' says Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla

EXPANSION. Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla named 5 major local companies and one Chinese company that have expressed interest in the expansion of Sangley Airport. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

More evacuations as wildfire breaks out in Los Angeles

Oct 29, 2019 - 10:56 AM

The so-called Getty Fire ignites overnight near a major freeway and quickly spreads south and west towards neighborhoods, scorching some 240 hectares and sending people fleeing in the dark

Firefighters battle the Getty Fire in houses on fire in Brentwood, California on October 28, 2019. A wildfire broke out early Monday near the renowned Getty Center in Los Angeles, forcing widespread evacuations as the flames destroyed several homes in hillside communities. The so-called Getty Fire broke out overnight near a major freeway and quickly spread south and west, scorching 500 acres (202 hectares) and sending people fleeing in the dark.  Apu Gomes / AFP

Millions face power cuts as California fires spread

Oct 27, 2019 - 2:17 PM

The Kincade Fire, which is only 10 percent contained, has grown to 25,955 acres

FIREFIGHTERS. Members of an inmate firefighting crew are silhouetted against a hillside with a track of PG&E lines during firefighting operations to battle the Kincade Fire in Healdsburg, California on October 26, 2019. Photo by Philip Pacheco/AFP

Century Pacific to bring Philippine tuna, coconuts to Russia

Oct 15, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The maker of Century Tuna inks supply deals with top Russian food firms


After getting fresh capital, Metro Pacific Hospitals scraps IPO plan

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings says goodbye to its IPO plan for now, after getting a massive fresh capital infusion of P35 billion from a consortium led by global investment firm KKR

SHELVED. Metro Pacific Hospitals postpones its plans to go public after getting fresh capital from an investment firm. Screenshot from Makati Medical Center's online virtual tour

Cebu Pacific launches direct Clark-Guangzhou flights

Oct 12, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Cebu Pacific says the new route will cater to the increasing demand for leisure and business travel and will boost investments in the special economic zones in Central Luzon

CEBU PACIFIC FLIGHTS. A Cebu Pacific ATR 72-500 plane during flight. Photo from Cebu Pacific's website

Photo recap: Miss Asia Pacific International 2019

Oct 10, 2019 - 5:24 PM

This year's pageant theme is 'Love The Difference'

Spain's Chaiyenne Huisman is Miss Asia Pacific International 2019

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:05 PM

The Philippines' Klyza Castro finishes the competition as part of the Top 25

Creamline snaps Choco Mucho streak

Oct 05, 2019 - 11:53 PM

Jema Galanza and Michele Gumabao propel Creamline to its 12th straight win as Petro Gazz extends its own run to 8 games

File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

'The Ocean Cleanup' ship sweeps first Pacific plastic

Oct 05, 2019 - 2:34 PM

The project by The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch non-profit group, involves a supply ship towing a floating boom that corrals marine plastic with the aim of cleaning half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within 5 years

Dutch environmental activist and innovator Boyan Slat attends the presentation and the unveiling of his prototype of The Ocean Cleanup project in Scheveningen on June 22, 2016. The Ocean Cleanup, Slat's innovative Dutch project aiming to gather up the millions of tons of plastic in the oceans' great garbage patches, unveils its prototype on June 22 which will be trialled in the North Sea ahead of its expected deployment in 2020. Remko de Waal / www.anpfoto.nl / ANP / AFP

Ocean plastic waste probably comes from ships, report says

Oct 04, 2019 - 12:40 PM

A study offers fresh evidence that the vast garbage patches floating in the middle of oceans are mostly the result of merchant marine vessels tossing their waste overboard by the ton

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Gordon on slow APECO dev't: 'I want it done'

Oct 02, 2019 - 5:33 PM

Indigenous peoples whose ancestral lands would be affected by APECO are ignored in the budget hearing for 2020

Mr. Israel Maducdoc, president & CEO Asia Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (APECO) at the senate hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of SBMA and APECO. October 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tolentino, Choco Mucho halt skid; Army drubs BaliPure

Sep 21, 2019 - 10:38 PM

Kat Tolentino’s 36-point outburst propels Choco Mucho past Chef’s Classics while Army notches back-to-back wins

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Creamline goes 10 in a row; Air Force upsets Motolite

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:52 PM

Jema Galanza and Risa Sato power Creamline to its 10th straight PVL victory as Air Force stuns Motolite in straight sets

PVL Open Conference Creamline vs Balipure. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

More PH-U.S. security cooperation activities lined up in 2020

Sep 13, 2019 - 6:08 PM

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Benjamin Madrigal is presented with the Legion of Merit, the US' highest military decoration awarded to foreign military personnel

HIGHEST HONOR. AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr is presented with the Legion of Merit by US Indo-Pacific Commander Adm. Philip Davidson during the 2019 Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, on September 13. Photo from the US Embassy in Manila

Creamline completes first-round sweep; Army ends dry spell

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Creamline cruises past BaliPure to keep its perfect run going as Army snaps its skid versus Chef’s Classics

ON TARGET. Creamline's Pau Soriano gets one past the defense of BaliPure's Shirley Salamagos. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Baguio City eyes complaint vs Cebu Pacific over delayed judo team flight

Sep 07, 2019 - 9:46 PM

Baguio City Administrator Bonifacio dela Peña is set to meet with judo athletes and their coaches to discuss the plan to file a protest against Cebu Pacific

File photo from AFP

Manny Pangilinan's hospital chain plans stock market debut

Sep 04, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings Incorporated proposes to sell at a maximum of P182 per share

Cathay Pacific chairman John Slosar retiring

Sep 04, 2019 - 5:54 PM

Slosar's departure ends a nearly four-decade career with Swire and Cathay and caps a tumultuous month of sudden management changes at the airline as it tries to claw its way out of Beijing's bad books

RETIREMENT. In this file photo, Cathay Pacific's Chairman John Slosar attends a press conference on the company's half-year results in Hong Kong on August 16, 2017. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Motolite goes 3 in a row; BanKo, PetroGazz roll over foes

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Myla Pablo and Tots Carlos power Motolite to a quick win as BanKo Perlas and PetroGazz also breeze past separate PVL opponents

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Taiwan warns Pacific islands of China's 'empty promises' on aid

Aug 23, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Nations such as Australia and the US fear Beijing's interest is fuelled by a long-term goal to establish a military base in the islands, offering control of vast swathes of ocean

Royalty-free stock photo ID: 786594109  Capital Building at Ngerulmud in Palau  E By Erika Bisbocci

Creamline, Army still undefeated; BaliPure secures first win

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The Cool Smashers roll to a 4-0 start as the Lady Troopers pick up back-to-back wins in PVL action

THRILLER. Jovelyn Gonzaga and the Lady Troopers score a hard-earned win over the Flying Titans. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Dapitan ballet family’s students win gold, silver in Singapore competition

Aug 20, 2019 - 4:00 PM

3 students of the Jete Performing Arts Studio bring home medals from the recent Asia-Pacific Arts Festival in Singapore

Fiji PM labels Australia PM 'very insulting' after Pacific standoff

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:31 AM

Leaders of the other 17 nations in the Pacific Island Forum have called on Canberra to do more to cut emissions and curb Australia's lucrative coal industry

'VERY INSULTING.' This handout photo taken on August 14, 2019 and released on August 15 by the Australian Prime Minister's Office shows Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison arriving for the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu. Photo by Adam Taylor/Australian Prime Minister's Office/AFP

Cathay Pacific's torrid week ends with shock CEO resignation

Aug 16, 2019 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) In a statement, Cathay Pacific says Hogg has resigned 'to take responsibility as a leader of the Company in view of recent events'

RESIGNATION. This file photo taken on August 16, 2017 shows Cathay Pacific's chief executive officer Rupert Hogg speaking during a press conference on the company's half-year results in Hong Kong. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Cebu Pacific to begin Cebu-Busuanga flights in October 2019

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:55 PM

Cebu Pacific's subsidiary Cebgo will fly twice daily between the Mactan-Cebu International Airport and Francisco B. Reyes Airport

NEW ROUTE. A Cebu Pacific ATR 72-500 plane during flight. Photo from Cebu Pacific's website

As China pressure mounts, Hong Kong's Cathay sacks 2 pilots

Aug 14, 2019 - 8:13 PM

The airline says one of the pilots is currently involved in legal proceedings, while the other 'misused company information on Flight CX216/12 August'

CATHAY PACIFIC. This file picture taken on August 10, 2014, shows a woman walking past check-in counters for Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific at Hong Kong's international airport. File photo by Dale de la Rey/AFP

Ardern backs Pacific on climate, puts heat on Australia

Aug 14, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Australia's role in the Pacific Islands Forum is in doubt after leaders of the low-lying nations question whether its leader is committed to curbing a problem seen as a threat to their survival

ARDERN BACKS THE PACIFIC. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern looks on as she is welcomed by European Council President at the European Council in Brussels on January 25, 2019. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Ayala, Metro Pacific slammed for LRT1 extension, FTI construction delays

Aug 14, 2019 - 10:27 AM

Cavite 7th District Representative Boying Remulla says the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange would have been 'viable' if not for these construction delays

HOLD CONCESSIONAIRES ACCOUNTABLE. Cavite Representative Boying Remulla talks about commuters' problems during a Senate hearing on August 13, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cathay Pacific warns it could fire staff for supporting 'illegal protests'

Aug 12, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Cathay Pacific tells its employees that 'there will be disciplinary consequences' if they support or participate in Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests

A staff member stands in the Cathay Pacific Airways check-in area at Hong Kong's International Airport on August 10, 2019. - Hong Kong pro-democracy activists kept up the pressure on authorities with a colourful "family rally" and a sit-in at the city's airport, as protests enter a third month. (Photo by VIVEK PRAKASH / AFP)

Cathay Pacific shares plunge after China warning on protests

Aug 12, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Cathay Pacific appears to have become a target of China's ire after some of its crew joined the protests in Hong Kong

BACK TO PROFIT. In this file photo a Cathay Pacific airlines passenger plane prepares to take off from the international airport in Hong Kong. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Cathay to comply with China rules over Hong Kong protests

Aug 11, 2019 - 9:33 AM

'We have zero tolerance for inappropriate behaviour that affects the safe operation of our flights and the service experience we provide to our customers,' says Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg

PROTEST AT AIRPORT. Protesters rally against a controversial extradition bill at Hong Kong's International airport on August 9, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

LOOK: Cebu Pacific's first full cargo aircraft

Aug 07, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Cebu Pacific says its new plane will allow it to bring cargo in and out of destinations served by airports with short runways

Pacific leaders want summit focus on climate, not China

Aug 04, 2019 - 9:53 AM

The Pacific islands are now a hotbed of aid projects and charm offensives as anxiety over China's presence grows

Metro Pacific net income down by 9% in H1 2019

Aug 01, 2019 - 4:55 PM

Metro Pacific Investments Corporation reports lower earnings in the 1st half of 2019, but highlights the growth in core income and investments

RWM Asia Pacific Golf Challenge unfolds October 21

Jul 31, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Over 300 local and foreign amateurs are expected to vie for team and individual honors at Metro Manila’s finest golf courses

WIDE FIELD. The tournament is open to international golfers aged 35-70. Photo release

Century Tuna maker posts 9% increase in net income for H1 2019

Jul 31, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Despite only hitting 9% net income growth in the 1st half of 2019, Century Pacific is still gunning for double-digit growth for the year

No papers yet for lotto closure, says lessor Pacific Online

Jul 29, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Listed firm Pacific Online says it still has no information on the suspension of PCSO gaming operations beyond public statements of President Rodrigo Duterte and the PCSO

Pacific Online drags down Belle Corp's earnings in first half of 2019

Jul 26, 2019 - 4:12 PM

The slight increase in earnings of City of Dreams Manila was not enough to buffer Pacific Online's 49% revenue drop caused by competition with small town lottery

Trader's error causes Cebu Pacific shares to fall 38%

Jul 09, 2019 - 7:40 PM

From around P90 apiece, Cebu Pacific's stock price plummets to P58 on Tuesday, July 9


Netflix’s 'Pacific Rim' anime series set for 2020

Jul 05, 2019 - 4:56 PM

Two seasons are on their way!

Enjoy a lifestyle of fun and free travels with the new CEB GetGo Prepaid Card

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:26 PM

Use it to travel, dine, and shop to earn points for free flights

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Del Rosario quits board of Hong Kong-listed firm

Jul 03, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Former top diplomat Albert del Rosario resigns as non-executive director of First Pacific, over a week after being barred from entering Hong Kong

FORMER TOP PH DIPLOMAT. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario has resigned from the First Pacific board. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Century Tuna maker eyes offering more products

Jul 01, 2019 - 9:25 PM

From exporting tuna in 1978 to also selling milk, coconut products, and canned meat, Century Pacific Food still wants to expand its portfolio

Southeast Asian leaders throw weight behind China-led trade pact

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:02 AM

(UPDATED) Trade will be the focus of a two-day ASEAN Summit, amid discussions on the South China Sea, Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya Muslims, and ocean pollution

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets the officials who took part in the 6th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-US Summit at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 15, 2018. Malacañang Photo