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Portal use may affect ads you get on Facebook-owned services

Oct 17, 2018 - 7:29 PM

Data gleaned from Portal use could, technically, be used in ads on Facebook-owned services, but it's unclear if the company will go ahead and do so

IN PHOTOS: Martine Cajucom’s wedding looks

Sep 08, 2018 - 6:04 PM

The stylish bride ties the knot with TV host Cliff Ho

BLUSHING BRIDE. Martine Cajucom says 'I do' in a Rosa Clara wedding gown. Photo from Instagram.com/meetkeso

Ruthless Nadal powers to first round win at Australian Open

Jan 15, 2018 - 7:44 PM

Nadal tears through Victor Estrella Burgos in 94 minutes and will next play Leonardo Mayer

TOP SEED. Rafael Nadal ruthlessly brushed aside Victor Estrella Burgos to power into the second round. Photo by Greg Wood/AFP

Rafael Nadal completes long road back to top

Nov 02, 2017 - 12:09 PM

The key, says the 31-year-old, Rafa, is to 'wake up every morning with the passion to go on court and with the passion to improve something and practice every day with the right attitude to try to make that happen... Not everybody is able to do it'

NUMERO UNO. Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning against South Korea's Hyeon Chung during their second round match at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 indoor tennis tournament on November 1, 2017 in Paris. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Nadal punishes penalized Kyrgios to win China Open

Oct 08, 2017 - 10:03 PM

World number one Rafael Nadal wins his sixth title of another remarkable year

CRUISING TO THE TITLE. The 31-year-old Spaniard was never really in trouble against the temperamental Australian in a 6-2, 6-1 rout in 92 minutes on Beijing's outside hard courts. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Nadal's 50th win at US Open earns quarters date with Rublev

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:57 AM

Rafael Nadal will face 19 year old Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals

ON TO THE NEXT. Rafael Nadal gears up to face the 53rd-ranked Andrey Rublev, the youngest US Open quarterfinalist since 2001. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Mission impossible? Nadal wants New Yorkers to be quiet

Aug 30, 2017 - 1:33 PM

Rafa echoes similar concerns made by Andy Murray in last year s US Open

SILENCE. The noise under the roof of Arthur Ashe stadium made it difficult for Rafael Nadal to hear the ball when hitting. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

US sanctions Mexico football captain Rafa Marquez for alleged drug cartel ties

Aug 10, 2017 - 4:07 AM

Rafa Marquez is accused by the US Treasury of being a front person for a major drug trafficking organization

RED CARD. Rafa Marquez was one of 22 people and 43 entities the US Treasury placed on a sanctions list in relation to a Guadalajara-based drug trafficking cartel controlled by one Raul Flores Hernandez. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

The King of Clay is here to stay

Jun 12, 2017 - 8:00 AM

There s much to appreciate about the next generation but Rafael Nadal has shown he isn t ready to leave the grand stage just yet

DOMINANCE. The future will have to wait as Rafael Nadal remains the King of Clay. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Nadal outclasses Wawrinka for 10th French Open title

Jun 11, 2017 - 11:24 PM

Rafael Nadal wins the 2017 French Open men s final in dominant fashion to earn his 15th Grand Slam title

DOMINANCE. Rafael Nadal remains the King of Clay by winning his tenth French Open title. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Nadal: 'I almost destroyed wrist at French Open'

May 26, 2017 - 6:37 PM

Rafael Nadal aims to achieve what should have been done last year: win his 10th Roland Garros title

A PERFECT 10. A 10th Monte Carlo Masters and a 10th title in Barcelona. Now Rafael Nadal targets what many in the sport thought was impossible: a 10th Roland Garros. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Rafael Nadal's coach announces split over decision-making row

Feb 12, 2017 - 12:21 AM

And the truth is that every year I had less decision making until the day when I will decide on nothing says Toni Nadal

SPLITSVILLE. Rafael Nadal and uncle/coach Toni Nadal, seen during a 2015 visit to Manila, will no longer work together on a professional level. Toni still says their relation is "excellent." Photo by Ena Terol/Rappler

Worried Rafa Nadal considers slashing schedule after Shanghai exit

Oct 13, 2016 - 1:28 PM

After being ousted at the Shanghai Masters in his first match Rafael Nadal may take time off to work on his game

BACK TO PRACTICE. Rafael Nadal says he may call an early halt to his season and hit the practice courts instead as he bids to halt a slide in his form and results in time for next season. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Rafael Nadal will be ready for Rio - Spanish Olympic chief

Jul 15, 2016 - 5:19 AM

Nadal who is recovering from a left wrist injury is scheduled to play singles and mixed doubles with Garbine Muguruza at Rio

RIO BOUND. Rafael Nadal will make his return to the Olympics after missing 2012 with an injury. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rafael Nadal will miss Wimbledon due to wrist injury

Jun 10, 2016 - 4:03 AM

The 14 time Grand Slam winner won t be cleared to play at Wimbledon due to the injury he sustained at Roland Garros

OUT OF ACTION. The wrist injury which compelled Rafael Nadal to withdraw from the French Open won't permit him to play at Wimbledon this year. Photo by Ian Langsdon/EPA

Time ticking for Federer, Nadal as injuries take their toll

May 28, 2016 - 3:00 PM

Federer 34 and Nadal a week away from 30 are dealing with injuries which have taken them out of the French Open Can they return to their past form?

INJURY WOES. Roger Federer (L) and Rafael Nadal (R) are among the biggest tennis stars in the world but their Grand Slam titles have slowed down in recent years.

Djokovic, Nadal on collision course at French Open

May 20, 2016 - 8:18 PM

Novak Djokovic looks to improve his luck in Paris but he may have to get through one of the greatest clay court players of all time

WE MEET AGAIN. Rafael Nadal (L) and Novak Djokovic met in the quarterfinals of the 2015 French Open, and are likely to face off again in the 2016 edition as well. Photo by Robert Ghement/EPA

'King of Clay' Nadal not obsessed with 10th French Open title

May 19, 2016 - 4:35 AM

Winning a 10th French Open crown would be nice for Rafael Nadal but the world number 5 insists that enjoying his play is most important

KING OF CLAY. Rafael Nadal has had some of his best success at Roland Garros, winning 9 championships. Photo by J.J. Guillen/EPA

Nadal beats Kyrgios, sets up Rome quarters showdown with Djokovic

May 13, 2016 - 3:52 AM

Nadal breaks Kyrgios in the first game of the second set and never looked back on his way to a convincing win that sets up a showdown with Djokovic

BUILT IN A DAY. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will meet for the 49th time. Photo by Claudio Onorati/EPA

Nadal ties clay-court record with ninth Barcelona title

Apr 25, 2016 - 10:11 AM

Rafa Nadal equals Argentine legend Guillermo Vilas s record of 49 clay court titles with his ninth Barcelona Open after overcoming defending champion Kei Nishikori

KING OF CLAY. Rafael Nadal wins his 49th title on clay, equaling Guillermo Vilas's record. Photo by Toni Albir/EPA

Murray wins but Nadal out in Miami Open health scare

Mar 27, 2016 - 3:44 PM

Andy Murray next faces Bulgarian 26th seed Grigor Dimitrov in his quest for a third Miami crown

MURRAY ADVANCES. Andy Murray of Great Britain in action against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan during their second round match at the Miami Open tennis tournament. Photo by RHONA WISE/EPA

Djokovic stops Nadal in straight sets to reach Indian Wells final

Mar 20, 2016 - 9:55 AM

Novak Djokovic improves to 21 1 this season and will square off in the final against Canadian Milos Raonic

ON TO THE FINAL. Novak Djokovic will meet Milos Raonic at the Indian Wells final. Photo by Daniel Murphy/EPA

Nadal and Djokovic book semis clash at Indian Wells

Mar 19, 2016 - 10:57 AM

Nadal and Djokovic defeat top 10 rated players to set up a semifinal clash at Indian Wells

NO DJOKE. Novak Djokovic set up a semifinals showdown with Rafael Nadal at Indian Wells. Photo by Mike Nelson/EPA

Nadal survives, Djokovic cruises into quarterfinals at Indian Wells

Mar 17, 2016 - 3:04 PM

Spanish star Rafael Nadal and world number one Novak Djokovic remained on course for a mouth watering Indian Wells semifinal

ON TRACK. World number 5 Rafael Nadal survived a scare from Alexander Zverev, rallying to beat the German teenager and reach the quarter-finals. Photo by Mike Nelson/EPA

Rafa Nadal to sue over failed drug test accusations

Mar 14, 2016 - 2:50 PM

The 14 time Grand Slam champion says he seeks justice against those accusing him of being a drug cheat

LITIGATION. Rafael Nadal plans to fight back against claims that he faked an injury to cover up a failed drug test. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rafa Nadal denies doping rumors after Sharapova controversy

Mar 10, 2016 - 1:59 PM

Rafael Nadal says he s only used legal methods to recover from his injuries over the years

CLEAN SPORT. Rafael Nadal wants to let the world know he is a clean athlete. Photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Uncle Toni open to Nadal coaching change after Australian Open disappointment

Jan 21, 2016 - 4:03 AM

Toni Nadal hasn t ruled out the possibility that Rafael Nadal may seek a new or expanded coaching team in a bid to arrest his slide in form

CHANGE. Rafael Nadal and uncle/coach Toni Nadal look at each other during a visit to Manila last year. File photo by Ena Terol/Rappler

Nadal crashes out of Australian Open in first round

Jan 19, 2016 - 6:15 PM

It was one of the worst ever Grand Slam performances for Nadal who also lost in the 2013 Wimbledon first round and has not won a major title since the 2014 French Open

FIRST ROUND KO. Rafael Nadal, ranked no. 5 in the world, saw his 2016 Australian Open end earlier than he expected. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Djokovic 'at level never seen before', says Nadal

Jan 10, 2016 - 4:41 AM

I played against a player who did everything perfect Rafael Nadal says of playing against Novak Djokovic

GOLDEN PERFORMANCE. Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy after winning the final match against Rafael Nadal. Photo by EPA

'Perfect' Djokovic thrashes Nadal to win Qatar Open

Jan 10, 2016 - 1:29 AM

Novak Djokovic needs just one hour 13 minutes to defeat Rafael Nadal and take a 24 23 lead in their career head to head series

FLAWLESS VICTORY. Novak Djokovic made quick work of Rafael Nadal in Qatar. Photo by EPA

Tennis stars Nadal, Raonic see hope for Filipinos through the sport

Dec 11, 2015 - 3:47 AM

Tennis has a reputation as a sport for the rich but stars Rafael Nadal and Milos Raonic see a future where the country can develop its own standouts

Rafa Nadal unsure if he can win another Grand Slam

Dec 10, 2015 - 7:24 PM

I don t know when that will happen and I don t know if that s going to happen the 14 time Grand Slam winner says

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rafa Nadal says retirement isn't on his mind

Dec 09, 2015 - 11:31 AM

Nadal was impressive in his 4 sets during the IPTL s Manila leg proving he can still compete at the highest level of tennis

Nadal: Filipinos are ‘fantastic,' will return to visit Philippine islands

Dec 08, 2015 - 11:55 PM

Nadal s packed schedule in this visit leaves him having to visit the country s islands another time

Raonic stuns Nadal as Mavericks upset Aces to end IPTL Manila leg

Dec 08, 2015 - 11:01 PM

The Philippine Mavericks win all 3 of their homecourt matches after dealing the Micromax Indian Aces their first loss in the 2015 International Premier Tennis League

UPSET. Milos Raonic pulls off an upset over Rafael Nadal in a men's singles thriller as the Philippine Mavericks escape the Micromax Indian Aces. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rafa Nadal vows to return to top form next year

Dec 07, 2015 - 11:26 PM

An improved Rafael Nadal will show up for the 2016 season the world s former top tennis player assures

SERVING A GOOD ONE. Rafa Nadal headband game was on point on Monday. He vows to be back in top form as well for the 2016 season. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Nadal touched by warm reception in first Manila visit, hopes to return

Dec 07, 2015 - 10:24 PM

I’m enjoying the people are so friendly I really hope to come back in the future Rafael Nadal says of his first Manila visit for the 2015 IPTL

MANILA LOVIN'. Rafael Nadal is loving Manila so much he looks forward to returning soon. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Rafa Nadal thrills Manila crowd in IPTL debut

Dec 07, 2015 - 9:21 PM

Nadal goes 2 0 in his first two sets

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rafa Nadal excites Manila as Indian Aces sweep UAE Royals

Dec 07, 2015 - 7:03 PM

The Aces win all 5 sets against the Royals as the Manila crowd shows its appreciation for Rafael Nadal

IN PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal conducts tennis clinic in PH

Dec 06, 2015 - 7:18 PM

Rafael Nadal a 9 time French Open champion hosts a tennis clinic for 60 Filipino kids in Manila

TENNIS CLINIC. Rafael Nadal hosts a tennis clinic in Manila to promote the Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy, which opens in Spain next year. Photo by Ena Terol/Rappler

WATCH: Rafael Nadal, uncle Toni teach young Filipina to play tennis

Dec 06, 2015 - 5:37 PM

One little Filipina girl who couldn t return a Rafa Nadal tap got the tennis lesson of a lifetime at Colegio San Agustin in Makati City

LESS-ON IS MORE. Toni Nadal, the uncle/coach of Rafael Nadal, gives a young Filipina girl an invaluable tutorial. Photo by Ena Terol/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal arrives in Manila for IPTL

Dec 06, 2015 - 2:21 AM

The Spanish tennis star will be one of the main attractions of the International Premier Tennis League s 3 day Manila stop which begins Sunday afternoon

BACK IN MANILA. World no. 5 Rafael Nadal returns to Manila for his second tour with the International Premier Tennis League. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera/Rappler

Rafa Nadal, Serena to play in Manila for IPTL this December

May 21, 2015 - 7:50 PM

World no 1 Serena Williams will headline the Philippine Mavericks while Rafa will play for the Micromax Indian Aces

Spanish claycourt specialist Rafa Nadal (L) and 19-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams (R) will play in Manila later this year. Photos from Shuttershock

Tennis legend Pete Sampras laments modern one dimensional tennis

Jan 24, 2014 - 5:09 PM

American legend Pete Sampras Friday lamented the lost art of serve and volley tennis and the one dimensional nature of the modern game which he likened to throwing rocks at each other

STATE OF THE GAME. Pete Sampras complains to a linesman's decision during his fourth round match against Swiss Roger Federer at the 2001 All England Tennis Championships in Wimbledon. Photo by Gerry Penny/EPA

'Grease' is the word

Oct 16, 2013 - 1:44 AM

9 Works Theatrical brings back to Manila one of the greatest musicals of all time

SANDY AND DANNY. Frencheska Farr and Gian Magdangal. All photos courtesy of 9 Works Theatrical

Meet the 5th generation of Aboitiz leaders

Sep 22, 2013 - 12:41 PM

Aboitiz has made a name for more than a century Time for a new generation to step up to the plate

CARRYING ON THE LEGACY. (front) Ana Aboitiz-Delgado, Rafa de Mesa; (back) Carlos Aboitiz, Tristan Aboitiz, William Paradies. Photos: Peter Imbong