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Save me from selfies, says drag star RuPaul

Oct 15, 2019 - 1:07 PM

The 'RuPaul's Drag Race' host says his new global fame meant he was even being stopped in the street by fans when he is not in drag

US drag queen and actor RuPaul accepts the award for Outstanding Competition Program onstage during the 71st Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on September 22, 2019. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

Brexit on October 31 a 'priority' for British government – Queen

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'My government's priority has always been to secure the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union on October 31,' says Queen Elizabeth II

BREXIT. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) sits with Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on the Sovereign's throne in the House of Lords as she delivers the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament in London on October 14, 2019. Photo by Toby Melville/Pool/AFP

WATCH: All hail the queens of Philippine drag

Oct 06, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Wigs snatched, mugs fully painted, corsets laced, and heels on point, these drag queens are breaking barriers and using drag not only as a platform for self-expression and art, but also for social commentary

Claims vs Manila 'drug queen' still only 'speculation' – PDEA

Oct 03, 2019 - 6:06 PM

After repeatedly branding her as a 'drug queen' 'law enforcers say they are still in the process of building a case against former barangay chief Guia Gomez Castro

DRUG QUEEN.' Guia Gomez Castro is accused of being in cahoots with "ninja cops" in Manila. Photo from Manila PIO

Upon PH request, U.S. cancels visa for alleged drug queen

Oct 02, 2019 - 3:45 PM

'The BI is now working with US immigration authorities to effect her deportation to the Philippines,' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

DRUG QUEEN.' Guia Gomez Castro is accused of being in cahoots with "ninja cops" in Manila. Photo from Manila PIO

Queen and Adam Lambert rock festival urging foreign aid

Sep 30, 2019 - 10:36 AM

The band are among the artists and actors, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Alicia Keys who appeared at the Global Citizen Festival

Adam Lambert and Brian May of Queen perform onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Alleged drug queen’s ‘cohort’ arrested in Manila

Sep 30, 2019 - 10:08 AM

Marlon dela Cruz is caught in a buy-bust operation in Sampaloc, while Manila's so-called drug queen Guia Gomez Castro has fled the country

'COHORT.' Police arrest Marlon dela Cruz in a buy-bust operation. MPD photo

Queen frontman Adam Lambert bares glam authenticity

Sep 29, 2019 - 11:34 AM

The former 'American Idol' finalist shares singing for Queen and making music

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Adam Lambert of Queen performs onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen/AFP

Albayalde: ‘Drug queen’ issue shouldn’t have been publicized

Sep 28, 2019 - 3:38 PM

'It’s as if the PNP is being blamed for everything already,' says a visibly frustrated Oscar Albayalde, who is set to retire on November 8

READY TO RETIRE. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde speaks to reporters at the Philippine Military Academy. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

At least 3 arrest warrants out vs Manila 'drug queen'

Sep 27, 2019 - 11:54 AM

(UPDATED) Alleged Manila drug queen Guia Gomez Castro is wanted by at least 3 courts, according to Metro Manila police chief Major General Guillermo Eleazar

DRUG QUEEN.' Guia Gomez Castro is accused of being in cahoots with "ninja cops" in Manila. Photo from Manila PIO

DOJ to request Interpol monitoring of Manila 'drug queen'

Sep 26, 2019 - 2:19 PM

The justice department belatedly issues an Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order

INTERPOL. The Department of Justice (DOJ) requests Interpol monitoring of former barangay chairwoman Guia Gomez Castro, whom the Manila Police tagged as a drug queen. Photo courtesy of Mayor Isko Moreno

Woman tagged as 'drug queen' by Manila police has left PH

Sep 25, 2019 - 2:13 PM

(UPDATED) Guia Gomez Castro left the country on September 21, according to the Bureau of Immigration

DRUG QUEEN? Manila Police District tags as a "drug queen" Guia Gomez-Castro, a barangay chairwoman in Sampaloc, Manila. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Johnson denies lying to Queen in Brexit crisis

Sep 12, 2019 - 11:05 PM

British Prime Minister Boris also vows that Britain will be ready for a no-deal departure from the EU on October 31 despite his own government's assessment that planning remained 'at a low level'

BREXIT CRISIS. In this file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II welcomes newly elected leader of the Conservative party, Boris Johnson during an audience in Buckingham Palace, London on July 24, 2019, where she invited him to become Prime Minister and form a new government. File photo by Victoria Jones/Pool/AFP

Brexit bill passes UK upper house in blow for Johnson

Sep 06, 2019 - 10:54 PM

The law, which would require Boris Johnson to seek a three-month delay to Brexit if he does not manage to strike a deal with the EU in October, will now go for formal approval by Queen Elizabeth II

APPROVED. Pedestrians walk past the Palace of Westminster, housing the Houses of Parliament, pictured from Westminster Bridge, in central London on August 28, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)

‘Drag, beauty, fashion, glamour’: An interview with ‘Drag Race’ superstar Alaska Thunderfuck

Aug 20, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The extraterrestrial Glamazon talks about her music, Manila, ‘RuPaul,' and female empowerment – ‘whether they have a vagina or not'

Dutch Princess Christina dies after cancer battle

Aug 16, 2019 - 7:01 PM

'We are saddened at the death of our dear sister and aunt,' the royal family says in a tweet

PRINCESS CHRISTINA. Princess Christina, the sister of the former Queen of the Netherlands Beatrix, has passed away on August 16, 2019 in The Hague, according to the Dutch Royal House. File photo by Martijn Beekman/ANP/AFP

Boris Johnson becomes British PM with Brexit vow

Jul 24, 2019 - 10:56 PM

In a speech in Downing Street, Johnson repeats that he will prepare to leave the European Union without an agreement with Brussels but suggests this is a 'remote possibility'

NEW PRIME MINISTER. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II welcomes newly elected leader of the Conservative party, Boris Johnson during an audience in Buckingham Palace, London on July 24, 2019, where she invited him to become Prime Minister and form a new government. Photo by Victoria Jones/Pool/AFP

May slaps down 'Stop Brexit' cry in farewell speech

Jul 24, 2019 - 9:49 PM

(UPDATED) Theresa May tenders her resignation to Queen Elizabeth II, the head of state

MAY RESIGNS. Britain's outgoing prime minister Theresa May, (L), accompanied by her husband Philip, gives a speech outside 10 Downing street in London on July 24, 2019 before formally tendering her resignation at Buckingham Palace. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Drag Queen Story Hour: Once upon a time in a bookstore...

Jul 06, 2019 - 8:21 PM

'We have a message, and the message is to empower the youth to be good people and to accept everybody for who they are, through storytelling,' says Athena Kills, one of the storytellers in Drag Queen Story Hour

BE WHO YOU ARE. Drag queen Athena Kills (left) reads seated beside Scalene Onixxx to adults and children during Drag Queen Story Hour at Cellar Door Books in Riverside, California on June 22, 2019. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Beauty queen April Love Jordan dies at 31

Jun 24, 2019 - 9:50 PM

The beauty queen joined a number of pageants including Miss World Philippines 2012 and was the winner of the International Beauty & Model Festival 2009

Murray mulls over US Open singles return

Jun 24, 2019 - 4:24 PM

Marking his tennis return with a doubles victory in the Queen's Club Championships, Andy Murray says there is a possibility of a singles comeback

CHAMP AGAIN. Andy Murray teams up with Feliciano Lopez to clinch the Queen's Club Championships title. Photo from ATP Tour's Twitter account (@ATP_Tour)


Del Potro heads for surgery, unsure if he will play again

Jun 22, 2019 - 6:40 PM

'I don't know what's going to happen next,' former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro on fears that he may have just played his last tennis game

SIDELINED. Even if Juan Martin del Potro’s surgery turns out successful, he won’t recover in time for Wimbledon. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Kyrgios fined heavily for Queen's antics

Jun 22, 2019 - 4:16 PM

Temperamental Australian Nick Kyrgios gets slapped with a near $20,000 fine for separate counts of unsportsmanlike behavior

NOTORIOUS. Nick Kyrgios’ notoriety on and off court continues. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Queen honors 'The Crown' actress Olivia Colman

Jun 09, 2019 - 10:28 AM

The actress, along with singer Elvis Costello and author Lee Child are among those awarded by the queen in celebration of her 93rd birthday

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 24, 2019 Best Actress winner for "The Favourite" Olivia Colman poses in the press room with her Oscar during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. - Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman, who will perform Queen Elizabeth II in the series "The Crown", was honored by the Sovereign for her contribution to the influence of British culture. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP)

Trump, Queen lead emotional tributes to D-Day heroes

Jun 06, 2019 - 8:16 AM

The Battle of Normandy on June 6, 1944, famously known as D-Day, led to the liberation of Europe and helped bring about the end of World War II the following year

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) reacts as she sits with US President Donald Trump an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, in Portsmouth, southern England, on June 5, 2019. - US President Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II and 300 veterans are to gather on the south coast of England on Wednesday for a poignant ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Other world leaders will join them in Portsmouth for Britain's national event to commemorate the Allied invasion of the Normandy beaches in France -- one of the turning points of World War II. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP)

Trump, queen, and world leaders remember D-Day heroes

Jun 05, 2019 - 7:18 PM

(UPDATED) The Battle of Normandy on June 6, 1944 led to the liberation of Europe and helped bring about the end of World War II the following year

D-DAY. (L to R) Philip May, husband of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump, US First Lady Melania Trump, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel attend an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, in Portsmouth, southern England, on June 5, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Thai King praises 'unity' in speech on final coronation day

May 06, 2019 - 9:26 PM

'I want the unity shown here with this goodwill to be an encouraging sign for everybody, all sides to perform their duties for the prosperity of our country,' King Maha Vajiralongkorn says

KING. Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn (C), Queen Suthida and his daughter Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol (L) wave to well-wishers from the balcony of Suddhaisavarya Prasad Hall of the Grand Palace as they grant a public audience on the final day of his royal coronation in Bangkok on May 6, 2019. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

From bodyguard to Queen, Thailand's Suthida makes public debut

May 02, 2019 - 10:48 PM

Thailand's Queen Suthida is seen kneeling alongside the king as they pay their respects to statues of previous Chakri dynasty monarchs in Bangkok's historic quarter

PUBLIC DEBUT. Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn (L) and Queen Suthida (R) pay their respect at King Rama V monument in Bangkok on May 2, 2019, ahead of the royal coronation which will take place from May 4 to 6. Photo by Dailynews/Pool/AFP

Thai King announces consort to be Queen ahead of coronation

May 01, 2019 - 11:01 PM

The Royal Gazette has published an announcement saying Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya, a former flight attendant, has 'legally married' the king in accordance with royal traditions

QUEEN. This screengrab from Thai TV Pool video taken on May 1, 2019 shows a ceremony in which Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn 'legally married' Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya in Bangkok. Photo by Thai TV Pool/THAI TV POOL/AFP)

Abdication becoming more frequent in the modern age

Apr 29, 2019 - 10:59 AM

As medical technology improves and lifespans grow, the concept of a lifetime of duty is gradually being eroded and abdications are becoming increasingly acceptable and frequent

(COMBO) This combination of file pictures shows Pope Benedict XVI (top-L)in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba on March 27, 2012, Spanish King Juan Carlos de Borbon (top-C) at La Moneda Presidential Palace in Santiago on June 5, 2012, Japan's Emperor Akihito (top-R) at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 2, 2018, Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (bottom-L) in Doha on December 18, 2012, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands (bottom-C) on April 30, 2013, King Albert II of Belgium (bottom-R) in Liege on July 19, 2013. When the 85-year-old Japanese Emperor Akihito steps down on April 30, 2019 it will be the latest in a string of historic abdications that have included the pope and several monarchs. CARL COURT, CLAUDIO SANTANA, KARIM JAAFAR, JOHN THYS, ESTEBAN FELIX, Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP / POOL / AL-WATAN DOHA

Reality show 'The People's Queen' will be available on iflix

Apr 24, 2019 - 1:20 PM

The show stars 5 aspiring queens who undergo training to win a crown

Screenshot from Instagram/@thepeoplesqueenshow

Uganda hunt for kidnapped U.S. tourist enters third day

Apr 04, 2019 - 9:53 PM

'The operation to rescue the tourist is still ongoing,' Uganda's tourism minister, Godfrey Kiwanda, says on Thursday, April 4.

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK. A hunt for a tourist and driver kidnapped from Queen Elizabeth National Park is underway. Image from Shutterstock.

Manhunt in Uganda after U.S. tourist and driver kidnapped

Apr 04, 2019 - 12:07 AM

Four kidnappers stop a group of tourists at gunpoint around dusk on Tuesday, April 2, as they pass through the Queen Elizabeth National Park to see wild animals

Jonas Gaffud leaves Aces and Queens after 18 years

Apr 01, 2019 - 5:20 PM

'As much as I would love to continue training girls as head of Aces and Queens, I believe it is time for me to leave the group to pursue other endeavors,' says Jonas

American crowned queen in Thai transgender pageant

Mar 09, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Jazell Barbie Royale is the first person of color to win the Miss International Queen since the competition started in 2004

Contestant Jazell Barbie Royale of the US reacts while being crowned the Miss International Queen 2019 by Miss International Queen 2018, Nguyen Huong Giang during the transgender beauty pageant in Pattaya on March 8, 2019. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

WATCH: Queen, Adam Lambert open Oscars 2019

Feb 25, 2019 - 12:06 PM

They totally rocked us

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: Adam Lambert (L) and Brian May of Queen perform onstage during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP

Queen to rock you at Oscars 2019

Feb 19, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Good news: it's the former!

Queen calls for 'common ground' as Brexit divides Britain

Jan 25, 2019 - 6:08 PM

(UPDATED) Government ministers interpret the comments as broadly supportive of their desperate search for a compromise over Brexit

COMMON GROUND. In this file photo taken on June 21, 2017 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attends the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Houses of Parliament in London on June 21, 2017. File photo by Carl Court/Pool/AFP

Queen warns of 'tribalism' in Christmas address

Dec 26, 2018 - 2:18 PM

'Even the power of faith, which frequently inspires great generosity and self-sacrifice, can fall victim to tribalism,' says Queen Elizabeth II

CHRISTMAS ADDRESS. Queen Elizabeth II warns of religious 'tribalism' in her Christmas address aired on December 25, 2018. Photo from 'The Royal Family' on Facebook

Catriona Gray's mom once dreamt of daughter's Miss Universe moment

Dec 18, 2018 - 9:27 AM

'Honey, I dreamt of you winning Miss Universe in a red dress,' her mother once told Catriona

Catriona Gray of the Philippines competes after being selected as top 10 finalist during the 2018 Miss Universe Pageant in Bangkok on December 17, 2018. - Miss Philippines was crowned Miss Universe on December 17 in Bangkok after a trailblazing ceremony praised for featuring its first transgender candidate but marred by gaffes about the English-speaking ability of two Asian contestants. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Cebuana wins Miss Silka Philippines 2018 crown

Dec 04, 2018 - 4:34 PM

17 year-old Maraiah Queen Arceta is the beauty pageant’s 11th titleholder

Britain's Prince Charles celebrates 70th birthday

Nov 15, 2018 - 12:35 PM

In two official photographs released to mark the Prince of Wales's milestone, Charles is shown surrounded by his wife Camilla, two sons William and Harry, and 3 grandchildren

ROYAL FAMILY. Britain's Prince Charles poses with his wife Camilla, two sons William and Harry, and 3 grandchildren. Photo from The Royal Family's Facebook page

Bea Rose Santiago speaks out on sexual harassment

Nov 14, 2018 - 1:14 PM

On social media, the former beauty queen says she was sexually harassed by various men, including a priest, and a 'well-known CEO'

SPEAK OUT. Bea Rose Santiago talks about her own experiences of being sexually harassed. Screenshot from Instagram.com/bea.santiago

Rappler Talk Entertainment: Voltaire Tayag on what it takes to win a crown

Nov 13, 2018 - 12:15 PM

Why do pageants matter and what do they bring into the conversation?

Prince Charles at 70: Man on a mission

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:18 PM

Prince Charles, who is turning 70, is the longest-serving heir in British history and would become the oldest person ever to inherit the throne

'THE MEDDLESOME PRINCE.' Prince Charles' views vary in a wide range of topics, from dairy farming to culling of badgers. Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga

WATCH: Katarina Rodriguez's transformation in 'The People’s Queen'

Oct 09, 2018 - 2:52 PM

The show premieres on October 24

LOOK: Beauty queens at the ABS-CBN Ball 2018

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:50 PM

Pia Wurtzbach, Maxine Medina, and Catriona Gray are among those who came to the big event

Photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

This touchscreen tablet rolls up like an ancient scroll

Sep 07, 2018 - 2:31 PM

The 7.5-inch flexible screen can be popped up to expand display real estate when needed

FLEXIBLE SCREEN. The prototype from Australia's Human Media Labs is inspired by ancient scrolls, rolling up into a canister-like holder for storage. Photo from Human Media Labs/Queens University


Stars celebrate Queen Aretha at marathon funeral

Sep 01, 2018 - 4:13 PM

Stevie wonder, Ariana Grande, and Jennifer Hudson perform during the service, attended by president and musicians

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 31: Stevie Wonder performs at the funeral for Aretha Franklin at the Greater Grace Temple on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Franklin, 76, died at her home in Detroit on August 16. Franklin, 76, died at her home in Detroit on August 16. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Kid you not: Goats can read your face

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:43 PM

The findings suggest 'livestock species have very sophisticated minds to interpret their environment' and 'likely adapt their behavior' based on human facial expressions