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Avatar robots at graduation? Japan pioneered them

May 24, 2020 - 9:01 AM

A public school in Taguig is the first in the Philippines to dress robots in toga to represent its graduates. The first in the world to do that was a university in Tokyo.

SUBSTITUTES. ‘newme’ avatar robots representing graduates of the Business BreakThrough University in Tokyo exit the stage after receiving diplomas from president Kenichi Ohmae on March 28, 2020. Photo from the BBT University website

Perfectly OK to stay home, says One OK Rock

May 17, 2020 - 9:05 AM

As we in mega Manila rush out to the streets and malls, the world-famous Japanese rock band urges fans to remain holed up at home the way they know best: through a music video

Screenshot from One OK Rock's video

Shinzo Abe joins ‘Dancing on the Inside’ bandwagon

Apr 12, 2020 - 5:10 PM

Musician Gen Hoshino launches a campaign urging Japanese people to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic, drawing big-name volunteers

'STAY HOME.' Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joins other prominent figures who have appeared on videos to the music of Gen Hoshino, urging people not to go to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. Screenshot from Gen Hoshino's Instagram

[OPINION] An open letter to DOH’s communications team

Apr 06, 2020 - 4:18 PM

'Please stay true to your commitment, DOH. Let us help each other inform the citizenry properly, because if we fail to do this, we cannot heal as one.'

[OPINION] A letter to the men and women behind paid trolls in the Philippines

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:00 PM

The very least you can feel about all of this is a huge and crushing regret, and a conviction never to take on the job of chief disinformation architect ever again

[OPINION] Hugas-kamay: Why DIY solutions to a public problem will not keep us alive

Mar 26, 2020 - 3:58 PM

We must not only rely on individual efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The state has to fulfill its obligations first by addressing structural problems as they cut across classes.

[OPINION] Checking your privilege during the coronavirus pandemic

Mar 19, 2020 - 3:51 PM

'To ask whether a person is privileged (or not) only elicits unproductive discussions. The question we should ask instead should be: how do we make sense of the privilege that we have?'

[OPINION] 'Pasaway' commuters amid lockdown? These people don't have a choice

Mar 19, 2020 - 3:28 PM

'For vulnerable sectors, crisis is a gun to the head: they always have to bear the full severity of the consequences'

[OPINION] The out-of-touch, elitist gaps in our lockdown

Mar 18, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Not a lot of upper-class and middle-class Filipinos realize how good they have it in the midst of this lockdown. They forget to check their privilege, and come off as incredibly insensitive and narrow-minded.'

[OPINION] Loving your country is very different from loving your government

Mar 16, 2020 - 1:30 PM

'I love the Philippines. I love the people in it.... So I will not turn a blind eye when government incompetence makes these people suffer even more.'

[OPINION] Notes from a supermarket on the last day of freedom

Mar 14, 2020 - 8:47 PM

'There was a part of me that wanted to stand in front of the checkout aisles and shout at all the folks nursing their loaded carts: STOP IT! STOP BEING SO SELFISH! Andaming nagugutom sa mundo!'

Staying compassionate in the time of coronavirus

Mar 12, 2020 - 5:32 PM

It’s the most rational and ethical thing to do to help slow down the spread of this pandemic

[OPINION] Leaving the medical profession to become a journalist

Jan 04, 2020 - 1:00 PM

A preacher in church once said, 'Do not just step into the open door, walk into the open door. If you’re afraid, then do it afraid.'

Pain and promise: Journey of a millennial first-time mom

Jan 04, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Hearing my daughter’s first cry instantly transformed my world. Having gone through hell, I was inexplicably happy.

The indignity of the U.S. travel bans is not about our politicians

Dec 24, 2019 - 1:05 PM

It's true, it is within the United States' sovereign power to block entry to anyone it wishes. But my migration framework prevents me from unequivocally saying that.

[OPINION] Christmas isn't necessarily merry for people with depression and anxiety

Dec 23, 2019 - 9:55 PM

The family unit – more so the Filipino family – is a complicated creature, and whether or not we want to admit it, not all issues can be wrapped in sparkly paper and topped with a festive bow.

The unbearable weight of traveling while female

Dec 07, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Many times I feel that nothing is better than another female's company when I’m traveling alone

Entering the Church of Carly Rae Jepsen

Oct 26, 2019 - 10:18 PM

I know not everyone would understand the reasons behind our near-spiritual obsession, so let me tell you the story of mine

'REAL LOVE.' Carly Rae Jepsen performs in the New Frontier Theater in Cubao, Quezon City. Photo by Jeremy Caisip/Rappler

[iSpeak] Owning my trauma, no matter how 'small'

Oct 21, 2019 - 8:00 PM

It took years to stir what had been living inside me for years, what had been whispering, 'me too, me too, me too'

Remembering teachers who shape our lives

Oct 09, 2019 - 3:31 PM

Great teachers who shape our values, our sense of right and wrong, will always be with us

[ANALYSIS] When Duterte doesn't know what he's talking about

Sep 23, 2019 - 8:43 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks before fully understanding issues. He barks orders before analyzing the situation and considering all angles. What do we do?

[OPINION] Back in Cebu: Why local voices matter in covering the news

Jun 08, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The cultural, religious, socio-economic backgrounds of reporters shape the way they view the world – and in turn greatly impacts their perspective and how they report the stories

[OPINION] Sometimes, all you need is video

Jun 07, 2019 - 2:39 PM

Studies show that people remember images long after the headlines have faded from memory. Every Friday, I will curate videos that may punch the gut, tug at the heart, or just simply bring you up to speed.

[OPINION] Would you date a journalist – a Rappler journalist?

Jun 07, 2019 - 2:38 PM

What turns our morning coffee time from a leisurely sip into a hurried slurp? What makes us stay so late in the newsroom that our dogs forget what we smell like? I’d like to share that with you every Wednesday.

Dos and donts of being a pageant fan

Jun 01, 2019 - 6:02 PM

Filipino fans can be the best but they can also be the worst critics of beauty queens

Bb Pilipinas Grand parade Araneta Center. Photo by Rob Reyes

President Duterte, praying the gay away didn't work for me

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:59 AM

You can’t fix what’s not broken

 AN ALLY? President Rodrigo Dutete is inconsistent about his remarks on the LGBT community. File photo by Manman Dejeto

[OPINION] To 'woke' people on Twitter: Turn online noise into action

May 21, 2019 - 7:45 AM

Being woke should emphasize how we understand a particular issue and then translate this to offline action

I voted for my nephew's future but I felt I failed him

May 18, 2019 - 5:00 PM

How can I explain to my nephew that Filipinos elected candidates who lied, stole money from the people, and whose backgrounds are questionable?

Covering the PDP-Laban, Duterte campaign despite the Rappler ban

May 18, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'I had to be invisible to be present'

END OF THE CAMPAIGN. Taken after the President's speech during PDP-Laban's miting de avance in Pasig City, the last event of the 2019 campaign.  Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

[OPINION] The lies they pushed on Election Day

May 18, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Checking viral claims as politicians play dirty

[OPINION] Impunity in Cebu and why covering this election was personal

May 17, 2019 - 3:32 PM

Most people who follow the news noticed that there were at least 3 to 4 shootings happening every day.... I’m no longer watching impunity from a safe distance.

[OPINION] Should we be optimistic after the 2019 elections?

May 17, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Bright spots in the poll results offer some rays of hope

[OPINION] I voted but that wasn't enough

May 15, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Each vote matters but there's something that matters more

[OPINION] #PHVote 2019: Of upsets and surprises

May 14, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Where is the hope?

[OPINION] Let us not call Filipino voters ‘bobo’

May 14, 2019 - 7:44 AM

Filipino voters are not 'bobo'. They are coming from a legitimate, deeply-rooted desire to see things change.

[OPINION] Make that one party list vote count

May 13, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Even if political dynasties have invaded the system

[OPINION] New elections, new lows? Say no

May 13, 2019 - 7:00 AM

With your vote, save the country from hitting rock-bottom

GLOOMY. Consumers are now pessimistic on the economy. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] What you need to know this election day

May 13, 2019 - 2:56 AM

Are you ready for it and for what it will bring?

FINAL PUSH. President Rodrigo Duterte attends the miting de avance of PDP-Laban's own and guest senatorial candidates. Malacañang Photo

[OPINION] Think about the environment when you vote

May 11, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Mining, sustainable tourism, land use, energy are some of the issues

MANILA BAY. People flock to Manila Bay on February 5, 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[TRIVIA] ‘Loco’ local races

May 10, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Here are 6 interesting election tidbits

[OPINION] How well do you know the candidates?

May 10, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Acquiring data from government can be a pain

[OPINION] Will the next Senate be independent?

May 07, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Let us manage some expectations: the 18th Congress will be filled with allies of President Rodrigo Duterte

File photo by Alecs Ongcal

[OPINION] What can you do besides voting?

May 06, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Stay engaged and do it right

[OPINION] The labor vote is weak

May 05, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Labor Win banks on the support of the workers, but they may not deliver

PROCLAMATION RALLY. Labor Win coalition, composed of (L-R) Allan Montano, Neri Colmenares, Sonny Matula, Ernesto Arellano, and Leody De Guzman, officially kickstarts their senatorial campaign on February 19, 2019. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

[OPINION] Making press freedom an election issue

May 03, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Your vote can protect a free and independent Philippine media

I didn’t vote the last elections, and boy do I regret it

Apr 09, 2019 - 5:57 PM

Another messiah, another mistake? One Rappler makes her case for why every single vote counts.

Why I skipped class

Mar 29, 2019 - 5:38 PM

If all of us take a step towards the right direction, we can move the Philippines forward

WATER PUMP. Then 15-year-old Stacy de Jesus facilitated the installation of a water pump in a purok in Bago City, Negros Occidental.

They’re fighting over Lang Leav’s ‘instapoetry,’ and I think that’s good

Mar 10, 2019 - 7:17 PM

There is no harm in attempting to bring back the culture of reading especially in the age of scrolling

One year banned from President Duterte’s events

Feb 20, 2019 - 7:00 PM

All Rappler reporters, including provincial correspondents, have been barred from covering the President for an entire year. This sets a worrying precedent that threatens press freedom.

What I wish happened when I got bullied

Dec 22, 2018 - 10:03 AM

'Whatever form it takes, bullying all boils down to a struggle for power, to the need to feel dominant'