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Albay designer uses 'pinukpok' to promote Bicol culture

Oct 05, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Young designer Jean Alta supposedly got her break when she was asked to design the barong Tagalog of a groom and his father using fabric made from abaca fiber

'KUTUR NI JEAN'. Some of the creations of Legazpi designer Jean Alta using pinukpok or abaca fabric.Photos by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Travis flirts with triple-double in Magnolia romp vs NorthPort

Sep 27, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Defending Governors' Cup champion Magnolia cracks the winning column behind import Romeo Travis and Ian Sangalang

ON TRACK. Romeo Travis and Magnolia pick up their first win in the Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

'Police bungled this': Detained NDF members ordered released

Aug 03, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Quezon City prosecutors order further investigation into the charges, but indicate in their resolutions the lack of evidence to back police claims

ARRESTED ACTIVISTS. NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar and QCPD director Joselito Esquivel briefs the media on July 24, 2019, on the arrest of National Democratic Front members Alexander and Winona Birondo. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

5 arrested for kidnapping fellow Chinese

Aug 03, 2019 - 3:18 PM

Police say the victim's family reportedly gave the kidnappers nearly a million pesos as initial payment for the release of the victim

ARRESTED. Police present the alleged kidnappers of Xing Zhao (in mask, at right) in Camp Crame on August 3, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

SC stops Quezon City from auctioning off U.P. Technohub

Jul 22, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The Supreme Court rules that the University of the Philippines cannot be made to pay taxes for the Technohub property. This exemption does not cover assets acquired under the UP-Ayala Land contract.

NO SALE. Supreme Court rules the University of the Philippines is exempt from real property taxes. Photo from WikiCommons

Meet PH’s new friends: U.N.-member countries that voted vs human rights resolution

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:58 PM

These are governments widely criticized for human rights violations, crackdown on dissent, and the stifling of democracy. Some are headed by leaders who bear similarities with President Rodrigo Duterte.

[ANALYSIS] Is the Kaliwa Dam actually viable?

Jun 01, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Make no mistake: while affected communities stand to lose most from the dam’s development, water consumers and taxpayers will also shoulder the long-term risks and burdens of the Kaliwa project

Albayalde sacks cops who 'leaked' memo on ACT teachers

Jan 07, 2019 - 12:55 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde says the leakage caused unwanted 'panic' from the Alliance of Concerned Teachers

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde during press conference at Camp Crame on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Police release photos of suspects in Cotabato mall bombing

Jan 05, 2019 - 12:51 PM

The photos were culled from CCTV footage on the second floor of South Seas Mall

DO YOU KNOW HIM? Police have asked the public for help in identifying this man, believed to be aged 25 to 30, suspected of involvement in the Cotabato City New Year’s Eve blast. Photo from Special Investigation Task Group SouthSeas

Overstaying in Senate? Topacio seeks to cancel Pimentel COC

Oct 22, 2018 - 3:50 PM

'We are ready,' says Senator Aquilino Pimentel III after lawyer Ferdinand Topacio filed a petition to cancel his certificate of candidacy for senator

SENATORIAL BID. Senator Aquilino Pimentel III grants media interviews after filing his of certificate of candidacy on October 11, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Only SC can decide on military trial for Trillanes – Lacson

Sep 26, 2018 - 3:05 PM

Senator Lacson also says President Duterte continues to enjoy the support of the military

WHAT'S LEGAL? Senator Panfilo Lacson weighs in on the Trillanes controversy. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Duterte resignation under the new federalism charter a bluff

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM

President Duterte knows very well that the real writing of the constitution will happen in Congress, where his lieutenants will in no way allow him to bid them goodbye midway in his term

UP Maroons leave for Serbia camp

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:30 PM

State U coach Bo Perasol expects the Maroons to be tested hard in the two-week Novi Sad training

GETTING READY. The UP Maroons hope the overseas training will boost their UAAP campaign. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Fear of robbery, unsafe streets, drug addicts up in Mindanao – SWS

Jun 21, 2018 - 9:28 PM

The Social Weather Stations' March survey shows a 2-point drop in the nationwide number of people who fear unsafe streets. In Mindanao, however, those who expressed this fear jumps to 48% in March from 35% in December 2017.

WAR ON DRUGS. A police officer at a crime scene after a buy-bust operation in Taguig City on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Bicam members: Who will finalize the Bangsamoro law?

May 31, 2018 - 7:00 AM

28 senators and representatives are chosen to reconcile conflicting provisions in the bills separately passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives

APPROVED. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and fellow Mindanao lawmakers celebrate after passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo from the House of Representatives

NFA assures public: No fake rice in PH

Jun 23, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Tests conducted by the Food Development Center on alleged fake rice samples have yielded negative results

BEWARE. Filipino consumers are being urged to be more vigilant in buying rice following reports, though still unverified, that fake rice might have infiltrated the Philippine market.

[Newspoint] Where is Duterte taking us?

May 27, 2017 - 12:42 PM

Questions must be asked now before the freedom to ask is itself lost

SPECIAL CABINET MEETING ON MARTIAL LAW. President Rodrigo Duterte leads a specia Cabinet meeting on his martial law declaration in Mindanao on May 26 , 2017. Malacanang photo

Panelo backs mass strip search at Cebu prison

Mar 04, 2017 - 1:15 PM

Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo says the operation itself is justifiable but the photos of the naked prisoners should not have been released as this violated their right to privacy

NAKED PRISONERS. This handout from the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) taken on February 28, 2017 and released on March 2, 2017 shows naked inmates at the Cebu city jail sitting during a joint raid by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Cebu Police provincial office on illegal drugs and contrabands. Photo by Merlie Dacunos/Â Cebu Provincial Police Office / AFP

No Chinese reclamation in Scarborough Shoal – DND

Oct 17, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Senator Richard Gordon also admonishes Zambales Governor Amor Deloso for retracting his previous statements on alleged construction in the disputed shoal

ROUTINE. Fisherfolk in Masinloc, Zambales, go on with their business despite the dangers of being attacked by Chinese coastguards in the disputed Panatag Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough). File photo by Randy V. Datu/Rappler

US senator warns PH of 'further conditions' on aid

Sep 28, 2016 - 4:53 PM

US Senator Patrick Leahy says there will need to be an appropriate response by the US government if extrajudicial killings continue

EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS. Senator Patrick Leahy (left) warns the Philippines of ‘further conditions’ on US aid because of recent killings in the Southeast Asian country. File photo by Chip Soodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Hague ruling: Are we apologizing for our victory?

Jul 14, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Without rubbing it in we should be rejoicing that the judgment has been in our favor that we are on the right side of the law that the rights are not only claimed by us but are lawfully ours

NEW TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr answers questions during a press conference at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Pasay City, south of Manila, Philippines, on July 1, 2016. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

SolGen vs de Lima, Japan Coast Guard, Pokemon Go | 6PM wRap

Jul 11, 2016 - 8:13 PM

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SAF: Tagaligtas

Jan 26, 2016 - 10:49 AM

The PNP Special Action Force marks the first year 44 of their brethren were killed in the Mamasapano clash

#StoryOfTheNation: How does APEC affect the Filipino people?

Nov 13, 2015 - 9:48 AM

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Isko Moreno quits as Manila traffic czar, contemplates 2016 run

Sep 28, 2015 - 6:59 PM

The Manila vice mayor ranks 17th 22nd among preferred senatorial contenders in the latest Pulse Asia survey on the 2016 elections

RESIGNATION. Manila Vice Mayor Isko Morena resigns as traffic czar. Rappler file photo

UP Mass Comm student council: Help homeless fellow Iskolar ng Bayan

Aug 07, 2015 - 4:16 PM

Can you help provide temporary accommodation to students who are unable to get into dormitories in the University of the Philippines Diliman?

HOMELESS. UP students camp out in front of the Kalayaan Residence Hall, while waiting for the results of their appeals for dorm applications. Photo from the UP Philippine Collegian UP Collegian

Aquino: Filipinos will choose 'right leader' in 2016

Jun 12, 2015 - 12:43 PM

Filipinos know what is right from what is wrong President Benigno Aquino III says at the Philippine Independence Day rites in Sta Barbara Iloilo

PH INDEPENDENCE DAY. President Benigno S. Aquino III and AFP Chief General Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr troop the line at the 117th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence in Santa Barbara, Iloilo, on June 12, 2015. Photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

2nd term for PH president, Binay vs Poe, Dubs over Cavs in Gm1 | 6PM wRap

Jun 05, 2015 - 6:39 PM

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Creative Entrepreneurship: Where Passion and Profit Meet

Jan 23, 2015 - 8:58 PM

Writer’s Block Philippines is hosting the first ever Creative Entrepreneurship Summit on 31 January 2015 Saturday 1 5pm at the Top Shelf of Fully Booked Bonifacio Global City

Amang weakens into tropical depression

Jan 18, 2015 - 11:56 PM

9 provinces remain under public storm warning signal no 1

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Jun 12, 2014 - 8:14 PM

Aquino vows due process in pork scam cases Estrada s lawyer says there s no proof Jinggoy got P183 M Jolie co chairs summit to end sexual violence

Aquino vows due process in pork scam cases

Jun 12, 2014 - 11:18 AM

On Independence Day President Benigno Aquino III also urges Filipinos to vote wisely in the 2016 elections to ensure a more just and prosperous nation that their forefathers had fought and died for

From car park to art space: Art Fair Philippines 2014

Feb 03, 2014 - 11:49 PM

Now on its second year Art Fair Philippines aims to bring art closer to everyone

PH is first Asian country to export bananas to US

Sep 15, 2013 - 4:35 PM

The first batch of highlands banana from Dole s plantation in Bukidnon will be sold in local Los Angeles stores next week

AVAILABLE SOON. Highlands bananas from Bukidnon will be available in Los Angeles stores soon. Photo courtesy of Philippine embassy in Washington

More enrollees boost STI Holdings's 2012 profits by 171%

Jul 17, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Listed STI Holdings which owns a network of schools nationwide posted a 171 increase in its net income for the fiscal year ending March 2013

EDUCATION BUSINESS. Expansion and acquisition of new schools expected to boost STI total enrollment to  100,000 by 2015. Screenshot of homepage

CamSur: Among the poorest, with no new choices

May 02, 2013 - 7:00 AM

For 27 years under the Villafuertes Camarines Sur has earned more money but the inequalities remained large with the poor seemed to be getting poorer

Cloudy skies, rainshowers persist

Mar 23, 2013 - 6:34 PM

Pagasa says Aurora Rizal and Quezon will continue to experience cloudy skies and moderate to heavy rainfall

Photo taken from the Pagasa website

7-11, AirAsia PH tie up for airline ticket payments

Jan 28, 2013 - 2:56 PM

AirAsia and PAL passengers can pay for their promo fares and other online purchases via 7 Eleven s 800 stores nationwide

Ex-DOE chief declines nomination to CJ post

Jun 16, 2012 - 9:54 PM

Lotilla says seniority in High Court should be respected

Ex-CA justice disqualified for CJ post

Jun 15, 2012 - 6:05 PM

The list of nominees and applicants to the post vacated by Chief Justice Renato Corona is now down to 26

PNB-Allied Bank merger a go after court favored Lucio Tan?

Jun 13, 2012 - 7:22 PM

The case against tycoon Lucio Tan has been dismissed by the Sandiganbayan potentially paving the way for the merger of PNB and Allied Bank