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Lydia De Vega, Paeng Nepomuceno lead Hall of Fame class

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:31 PM

Asia's sprint queen and the four-time World Cup bowling champion banner the 10 Filipino sporting legends who will be enshrined in the Philippine Sports Hall of Fame

PSC tackles Hidilyn's weightlifting woes

Oct 01, 2018 - 6:38 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission makes sure that weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz will get enough support for her 2020 Tokyo Olympics bid

OLYMPIC BID. Hidilyn Diaz is working to nab the Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold with her core team. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Young athlete's death gives PSC more reason to fast-track facilities rehab

Oct 01, 2018 - 4:01 PM

PSC chairman Butch Ramirez says the agency will increase dormitory attendants and security personnel and add a doctor and nurse in their facilities

GONE TOO SOON. Philippine Sports Commission chief Butch Ramirez (right) and Wushu Federation of the Philippines secretary-general Julian Camacho express their grief regarding the death of 11-year-old wushu athlete Rasta Daraliay. Photo from Philippine Sports Commission


11-year-old PH wushu athlete dead after falling from bunk bed

Sep 30, 2018 - 7:49 PM

Junior wushu fighter Rastafari Daraliay died after a freak accident in the athletes’ dorm at the Rizal Memorial Complex

TOO YOUNG. Rastafari Daraliay was a promising wushu athlete. Photo from Instagram (@rastoogi_)


Batang Pinoy postponed due to Typhoon Mangkhut

Sep 12, 2018 - 2:38 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission and host Baguio have moved the 2018 Batang Pinoy opening to September 17

Asian Games gold medalists get additional P1M bonus

Sep 05, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Double gold medalist Yuka Saso is set to receive the biggest cash windfall of P9.33 million in total incentives

GOLDEN GIRLS. Filipino female athletes (clockwise from top left) Yuka Saso of golf, Hidilyn Diaz of weightlifting, the women's golf team, and Margielyn Didal of skateboarding deliver the gold for the Philippines. Photos by Asian Games media pool (golf), Money Sharma/AFP (Diaz), Philippine Sports Commission (Didal) and Asian Games 2018 Twitter (gold medal)

Ricky Vargas denies PSC threat to withhold Asian Games fund

Jul 06, 2018 - 2:05 PM

The POC president claims that Asian Games chef de mission Richard Gomez has already received funding from the Philippine Sports Commission

FEEDING MANY. The Philippine Olympic Committee has received the 2018 Asian Games fund that is set to cover 272 athletes.

Why Gilas should apologize

Jul 03, 2018 - 11:15 AM

As national team athletes, part of wearing our colors means caring for what their countrymen think, how they represent the Philippines, what image they uphold. Not just caring for their Gilas teammates. The whole Philippines is their team.

HIGHER STANDARD. Gilas Pilipinas should have shown restraint, dignity, and class when it matters most. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Marestella Sunang, PH athletics team find new home

Jun 30, 2018 - 7:54 PM

The country's long jump record holder becomes the first national team member to train at the Vermosa Sports Hub

REDEMPTION. Long jump specialist MarestellaTorres-Sunang is looking to bounce back from her lackluster 2014 Asian Games finish. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

PSC to recognize Jiu-jitsu Federation of the Philippines

Jun 18, 2018 - 1:52 PM

The national federation will need PSC's recognition for financial assistance in the upcoming Kazakhstan tournament

Karatedo group of the golden era wants end to 'fake karateka' reign in PH

May 08, 2018 - 4:52 PM

The Philippine Karatedo Federation 1987 denounces the decisions of the Romasanta-headed NSA and the POC

DETHRONEMENT. Joe Manansala (center) leads the PKF 1987 Inc in its mission to make Philippine karatedo great again. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Is there a chance for a PSL swimming prodigy to finally join the PH team?

May 02, 2018 - 10:20 AM

The call for unity by the two swimming groups paves the way for PSL swimmers to join the national team

UNITY. (left to right) former PSC commissioner Akiko Thompson, hopeful PSI president Ral Rosario, PSL ace swimmer Jasmine Mojdeh, PSL president Susan Papa and PSL Secretary-General Susan Benasa in the historic call for unity. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

DepEd restricted Rappler's access to Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 28, 2018 - 8:19 AM

The members of Rappler's field team deployed to cover the recently-concluded Palarong Pambansa 2018 in Ilocos Sur were not given accreditation IDs and were barred from covering several events at the games

BAN ON RAPPLER. DepEd makes it difficult for Rappler to cover the Palarong Pambansa 2018, held from April 14 to 21.

Philippine karatekas find refuge in POC as world body suspends local federation

Apr 26, 2018 - 9:36 AM

(UPDATED) The local Olympic committee will take charge of the national karatedo team’s training for the 2018 Asian Games

ASIAN GAMES PREPARATION. John Paul Bejar of the Philippines competes against Iwan Bidu Sirait of Indonesia in the finals of men's -55kg kumite in the 29th Southeast Asian Games karate competition. File photo by PSC-POC Media Group

DepEd, PSC to train campus journalists for Palarong Pambansa 2018 coverage

Apr 04, 2018 - 5:21 PM

This is the second time campus journalists have been invited to cover the annual schools-based sports event

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)

Vargas goal: 'Go beyond disputes and look for the best athletes'

Mar 01, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The new POC president already has a lot of plans in mind for Philippine sports

UPLIFTING PH SPORTS. Ricky Vargas starts healing process of PH sports as POC president.

IN PHOTOS: Meet the 2018 Philippine Sportswriters Association awardees

Feb 28, 2018 - 11:32 PM

Scribes honor the best and brightest athletes and sports leaders of the Philippines

ATHLETES OF THE YEAR. (From left to right) Jerwin Ancajas, Krizziah Tabora and Carlo Biado lift up their Athlete of the Year trophies. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Elizalde thinks Vargas' POC presidency will not heal PH sports

Feb 24, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'In reality, there's a lot of not friendly relations among a lot of people,' says Frank Elizalde, the former International Olympic Committee representative to the Philippines

NO HEALING. Frank Elizalde (left) and Ricky Vargas (right) pose for a photo after the latter won the POC presidency. Photo by Delfin Dioquino

Ricky Vargas ends Peping Cojuangco's 13-year reign as POC president

Feb 23, 2018 - 2:54 PM

(UPDATED) A new era begins in the Philippine Olympic Committee as Ricky Vargas dethrones Peping Cojuangco

NEW ERA. Ricky Vargas (rightmost) and Bambol Tolentino (leftmost) celebrate their wins as the new president and chairman of the Philippine Olympic Committee, respectively. Photo by Delfin Dioquino


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Feb 20, 2018 - 9:44 AM

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13 years of decline: PH sports nose-dives under Peping Cojuangco

Feb 19, 2018 - 12:56 PM

As elections for the Philippine Olympic Committee presidency draw near, Cojuangco aims to hold on to a 4th term despite the country's disappointing performances in international competitions

To lure more sports fans, TV5 offers digital content with ESPN

Jan 31, 2018 - 7:59 AM

TV5, the Philippines' 3rd largest network, forges an alliance with ESPN to achieve its goal of becoming the main sports media destination in the country

NEW STRATEGY. This is the latest step in the licensing and co-branding agreement between TV5 and ESPN. In the photo are Joyee Biswas, head of Southeast Asia, ESPN (L) and TV5 president Vincent Reyes (R). Photo from TV5

Court nullifies POC election result, Vargas to challenge Cojuangco for presidency

Dec 20, 2017 - 8:11 PM

Vargas is 'relieved by the court's decision' and will be allowed to challenge long-time POC president Jose 'Peping' Cojuangco

JUSTICE. Ricky Vargas is now allowed to run for the POC president position in 2018. Photo from SBP Facebook

Mini-grandmaster? Meet this 3-year-old Pinoy chess prodigy

Nov 05, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Alvin Roma and Jollibee Sedaya dream an endgame where their son, Magnus, becomes a grandmaster at a very young age.

CHESS PRODIGY. At 3 years of age, Magnus Roma starts joining and winning at chess tournaments for his age group. Photo by Vee Salazar/Rappler

WATCH: SEA Games 2017 comes to a close

Aug 31, 2017 - 9:31 AM

Here s a recap of how the Philippines fared at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games

Ex-Bacolod lawmaker indicted for graft over P21.56-M SEA Games fund

Jun 27, 2017 - 10:08 AM

The Ombudsman says the unliquidated SEA Games fund was deposited to the personal account of then Bacolod Representative Monico Puentevella in 2005

MONICO PUENTEVELLA. Photo from Monico Puentevella's Facebook page.

‘Alay Para Atleta’ launched to support PH para athletes

Jun 10, 2017 - 8:31 PM

The nationwide campaign seeks to involve the public in the Philippine paralympic movement

The Football Coach who escaped Marawi

May 30, 2017 - 5:19 PM

Ake Pastoral goes to Marawi to teach the Beautiful Game He ends up in a war zone

WATCH: Ilonggo dancesport duo shares lessons from Palaro 2017

May 07, 2017 - 10:20 PM

As dancesport makes its debut as a demo sport in Palarong Pambansa 2017 Western Visayas representatives Marc Layson and Heather Parangan talk about their journey

DANCE YOUR HEART. Heather Parangan and Marc Layson compete in the Latin American-Junior category at the Palarong Pambansa 2017 in San Jose de Buenavista, Antique. Photo by Marie Andrea Pefianco/ Rappler

Hidilyn Diaz dreams of seeing weightlifting at Palarong Pambansa

May 02, 2017 - 11:44 PM

The potential inclusion of weightlifting in Palaro is currently still in initial discussions stage

WEIGHTLIFTING AT PALARO? Filipino Olympic weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz hopes to see her sport at Palarong Pambansa. File photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Mothers know best

Apr 30, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Behind every athlete s dream is a family who aspires greater success for its children

HEARTWARMING. Imelda Ingram (L) kisses her daughter, Aaliyah Ingram, as reward for her triumph for placing first in 800m Sprint at the Binirayan Sports Complex in San Jose de Buenavista, Antique on Monday, April 24.

Palarong Pambansa 2017 wRap for Saturday, April 29

Apr 29, 2017 - 9:27 PM

Watch this special edition of the Rappler newscast from the Palarong Pambansa in Antique

Negros Island, Soccsksargen climb to top 5 as Palarong Pambansa 2017 closes

Apr 29, 2017 - 5:52 PM

Negros Island Region ends this year’s Palarong Pambansa with 26 gold medals 27 silvers and 36 bronze medals improving all of their medal haul from last year’s 21 28 39

NCR clobbers host region WWestern Visayas (Region VI), 3-1, to win the gold in the secondary boys football at the Binirayan Sports Complex on April 29, 2017. Photo by Mary Grace Dela Cerna/Rappler

21 records broken at Palarong Pambansa 2017

Apr 29, 2017 - 5:07 PM

Six records are broken in athletics while 15 are broken in swimming

RECORD BREAKING. Tankers dive at the relay finals at the Bilirayan Swimming Pool on April 27, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/ Rappler

How football helped a former boy’s home athlete achieve a scholarship

Apr 29, 2017 - 4:54 PM

For Jessie Reil Semblante the battle doesn’t end when the whistle blows Rather a more important battle begins right after the game has finished

SMILING THROUGH STRUGGLES. Jessie Semblante flashes a smile, something he does not do only through the good times but also during hardships. Photo by Alexx Esponga/ Rappler

Calabarzon upsets NCR in Palaro 2017 5-set volleyball finals thriller

Apr 29, 2017 - 2:18 PM

NCR however bags three special awards: Best Setter Best Libero and Best Outside Hitter given to Louie Romero Adnrianna Centeno and Lucille Almonte respectively

Calabarzon bags the gold in the Secondary Womens Volleyball defeating NCR in 5 sets. Photo by Mary Grace Dela Cerna/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: 'Time out!' in Palarong Pambansa 2017

Apr 29, 2017 - 2:01 PM

Participants and supporters find places where they can rest and somehow forget the tension that the Palarong Pambansa 2017 brings

TIME OUT. An athlete from Northern Mindanao take a nap at the grandstand of Binirayan Sports Complex.

NCR, Central Visayas rule Palarong Pambansa 2017 football

Apr 29, 2017 - 1:16 PM

NCR defends the championship title against Western Visayas in secondary football while Central Visayas defeats Western Visayas for the elementary football title

NCR clobbers host region WVRAA (Region VI), 3-1 to win the Gold in the Secondary Boys Football at the Binirayan Sports Complex on April 29, 2017. Photo by Mary Grace Dela Cerna/Rappler

How dancesport fared in its Palarong Pambansa 2017 debut

Apr 29, 2017 - 12:55 PM

The dance floor gets heated with footworks facial expressions routines and highlights of young duos eager to represent their region in the demonstration sport

NCR captures basketball secondary finals gold

Apr 29, 2017 - 12:38 PM

Heading into the 4th quarter shouldering a massive 28 point lead Western Visayas – even with its home court advantage – never found its way out of its slump

FLY HIGH. NCR defeats WVRAA (Region VI) 75-48 in the Secondary Boys Basketball championship at the EBJ Gymnasium on April 29, 2017. Photo by Mary Grace Dela Cerna/Rappler

The player-prayer warriors of Mimaropa

Apr 29, 2017 - 11:46 AM

While the sepak takraw team of Mimaropa will go home empty handed after months of preparation they say the experience has taught them humility

FAITH AT WORK. Mimaropa's Sepak Tajraw team prays after their game against the National Capital Region. Photo by Leslie Ann Sanchez/ Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Palarong Pambansa 2017 highlights on Friday, April 28

Apr 29, 2017 - 10:19 AM

The stage is set for final matches in basketball football volleyball and softball

SUPERMAN. Francis Obiena of NCR breaks his own record from 4.06 m to 4.30 m in Pole Vault. Photo by Chris Ben Hagad Noble/Rappler

Central Visayas clinches 3-peat in secondary badminton mixed doubles

Apr 29, 2017 - 9:55 AM

Cebu based Dean Tungul and Tricia Opon power up a 4 0 run in the last few minutes to equip a 10 point advantage 17 7 to stop the attempt of the Davao tandem to freeze their streak

PAYS OFF. Occupying first place, the Central Visayas (middle) proudly receive their gold medals. Davao Region receive silvers while National Capital Region (NCR) are satisfied in bronze medals. Photo by Kenneth Duran/ Rappler

Palarong Pambansa 2017 wRap for Friday, April 28

Apr 29, 2017 - 4:54 AM

Watch this special edition of the Rappler newscast from the Palarong Pambansa in Antique

Western Visayas, NCR advance to secondary basketball finals

Apr 28, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Western Visayas defeats the Calabarzon squad at a score of 79 59 NCR wins against Central Visasyas by a colossal margin at 72 45

JUBILANT. The gutsy secondary boys from Western Visayas celebrate their victory over the Calabarzon squad. Photo by Fidel Feria/ Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Palarong Pambansa 2017 athletes' quest for glory

Apr 28, 2017 - 7:43 PM

An athlete s passion is the true heart of the competition

AIM BIG, LEAP HIGH. Eastern Visayas athlete takes an extra effort to escalate the challenge of the high jump athletic event at the Binarayan Sports Complex.

Zambo’s Pague clinches Palarong Pambansa 2017 tennis gold

Apr 28, 2017 - 3:41 PM

After winning the silver medal last year in the same category Zamboanga Peninsula’s Jose Maria Pague beat Negros Island Region;s Ibarra Ortega with a score of 8 3

SMASH. Jose Maria Pague wins the gold medal for tennis in the individual boys event for secondary. Photo by Bea Mae Punongbayan/Rappler

N. Mindanao wins elementary baseball boys gold vs C. Luzon

Apr 28, 2017 - 3:07 PM

Two Northern Mindanao athletes also win individual awards: Julrey Morales for best pitcher and Kim Adam for the most number of stolen bases

HIGH AND PROUD. Central Luzon athletes line up for today's awarding as they place second after Region X in elementary boys baseball at Camp Fullon. Photo by Regine Villafuerte/ Rappler

NCR survives C. Luzon to arrange final date vs NIR in secondary softball

Apr 28, 2017 - 2:44 PM

Aliza Pichon and Shirlette Maygay lead the NCR softbelles to a 2 1 win against Central Luzon

STRIKE. Aleona Pichon (10) of the National Capital Region misses a hit midway through their semifinals match against Central Luzon at the Camp Fullon Field in San Jose de Buenavista, Antique on Thursday, April 28.  Photo by: Kenneth Duran/ Rappler