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Wesley So through to semis of World Fischer Random Chess Championship

Oct 07, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Wesley So beats Vladislav Fedoseev to join Fabiano Caruana, Ian Nepomniachtchi, and world champion Magnus Carlsen in the Final Four

IN THE RUNNING. Wesley So becomes one of the last 4 men standing in the World Fischer Random Chess Championship. Photo from

Wesley So knocked out of Chess World Cup quarterfinals

Sep 22, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Former world No. 2 Wesley So bows to Russian Nikita Vitiugov

SETBACK. Wesley So tries to shake off a recent slump. Photo from FIDE

Wesley So bags $60,000 in Croatian chess tilt

Jul 08, 2019 - 9:35 PM

Representing the US, Wesley So finishes 2nd in the Croatian Grand Chess Tour behind world champion Magnus Carlsen

UNBEATEN. Wesley So goes undefeated in the 2019 Croation Grand Chess Tour. File photo by Anastasya Karlovich/FIDE Press Officer

Wesley So draws world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen, keeps title drive

Jul 07, 2019 - 7:32 PM

Cavite-born Wesley So stays in the hunt for the Grand Chess Tour crown after scoring a draw against world champion Magnus Carlsen

Photo from Grand Chess Tour Photo from Grand Chess Tour

New film shows painful legacy of China's one-child policy

Jun 29, 2019 - 3:55 PM

'So Long, My Son' is directed by Wang Xiaoshuai and tackles the 'ocean of pain and heartbreak' China's one-child policy causes a family

Wesley So bows to Nakamura in Speed Chess Championship finals

Dec 03, 2018 - 8:51 PM

Despite having a higher Elo rating in classical play, the Cavite-born So surrenders a big edge to Nakamura in both rapid and blitz competitions

SECOND. Wesley So falls short of the Speed Chess Championships crown. File photo by Anastasya Karlovich/FIDE Press Officer

Leon chess: 12-year-old GM stuns Wesley So

Jul 08, 2018 - 12:38 AM

The young Indian grandmaster scores an upset in the opening match but So recovers to win the 4-game clash

BRILLIANT PAIR. World number two Wesley So (left) calls his young opponent R Praggnanandhaa  a ‘genius.’

Spain says France to take in Aquarius ship migrants

Jun 16, 2018 - 10:57 PM

Italy's new populist government and Malta has refused to let Aquarius dock in their ports, accusing each other of failing to meet their humanitarian and EU commitments

MIGRANTS AT SEA. This handout picture obtained on June 15, 2018 from French non-governmental organization Medecins Sans Frontieres - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) shows migrants onboard the MV Aquarius at sea on June 14, 2018. Photo by MSF/AFP

The week in photos: June 9-15, 2018

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A football fan sports a hair tattoo showing the portrait of Argentinian football player Lionel Messi at a hair salon in Novi Sad, Serbia, on June 10, 2018.A Serbian hairdresser proposes to his clients to draw with scissors on the back of their heads portraits of football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia. Mario Hvala gives his creativity free rain ever since, 18 years ago, he made with scissors a tarantula on a client's head after suggesting him: "Let's do something different." For the World Cup, which opens on June 14, 2018, he proposes to football afficionados to do the same thing with Messi and Ronaldo. / AFP PHOTO / VLADIMIR ZIVOJINOVIC

Wesley So drops last round, throws away chance to win Norway Chess

Jun 08, 2018 - 2:33 PM

Italian-American Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana clips So in the decisive round to rule the Altibox Norway Chess 2018

PIVOTAL. Fabiano Caruana adjusts the pieces as Wesley So tries to gauge his move in the decisive last round. Photo from

Wesley So beats world champion for first time

Jun 04, 2018 - 6:11 PM

The chess wiz exacts revenge on Magnus Carlsen in round 6 of Norway Altibox Tournament

BIG WIN. Wesley So breaks his slump at the most opportune time. Photo from

‘So Connected’ review: Social media love

May 25, 2018 - 8:01 PM

Movie critic Oggs Cruz weighs in on what sets Jason Paul Laxamana's movie apart

French minister outs himself on anti-homophobia day

May 18, 2018 - 7:48 PM

May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, and Mahjoubi says that while he did not want to 'make a big deal' of coming out publicly, 'if that might help to fight homophobia, I'll do it'

OUT. In this file photo taken on June 13, 2017, French Minister of State for the Digital Sector Mounir Mahjoubi poses during a photo session in Paris. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

The week in photos: May 5-12, 2018

May 13, 2018 - 11:36 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Supreme Court on May11, 2018 voting on the quo warranto case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Jameson Blake appeals to ElNella fans: Give 'So Connected' tandem a chance

May 05, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Janella Salvador, Jameson's partner in the movie 'So Connected,' says that onscreen partner Elmo Magalona has no issues that she's paired with another leading man

Jameson Blake. Photos by Precious del Valle/Rappler

Wesley So finishes 7th in debut Fide Candidates Tournament

Mar 28, 2018 - 4:27 PM

Fabiano Caruana, who like Wesley So plays for the US national team, wins the tournament and earns the right to challenge world chess champion Magnus Carlsen

FINAL ROUND. Wesley So and Levon Aronian in the post-game media briefing after the 14th and last round of the Fide Candidates Tournament Tuesday held in Kuhlhaus Berlin. Photo by Nick Dunaevsky of Fide World Chess

Wesley So draw with Karjakin pushes Caruana into the solo lead

Mar 27, 2018 - 6:44 PM

So remains at 7th place with one win, 3 losses and 7 draws

DRAW. Wesley So says that he couldn't really consult anybody with regards to his matchup with Sergey Karjakin. Photo from FIDE World Candidates Tournament Facebook

Wesley So has vital role in world chess championship qualifier

Mar 25, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Wesley So faces new co-leader Sergey Karjakin in the penultimate round

Wesley So vs former world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik in Round 12 of FIDE Candidates Tournament at Kühlhaus in Berlin. Photo by Anastasya Karlovich, FIDE Press Officer

Wesley So draws again in Candidates Tournament

Mar 24, 2018 - 5:27 PM

After 11 rounds, Wesley So is at 7th out of the 8 participants in the Candidates Tournament, where the winner will face world champion Magnus Carlsen

DRAW. Wesley So draws anew, this time against world number two Shakriyar Mamedyarov. File photo by Anastasya Karlovich/FIDE Press Officer

Wesley So collects sixth draw in Candidates Tournament

Mar 23, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Wesley So now affords a smile in the post-game press conference after pulling off an impressive draw in Round 10

ASIANS. Wesley So tangles with Dang Liren of China in a earlier round of the Fide Candidates Tournament in Beijing. Photo by Anastasya Karlovich, FIDE Press Officer

Another draw for Wesley So with 5 rounds to go

Mar 21, 2018 - 7:23 PM

Wesley So has interesting company in the cellar of the Fide candidates tournament

ALL AMERICAN. File photo of Wesley So and Fabiano Caruana playing in Round 8 of Fide chess candidates tournament in Berlin. Photo by Anastasya Karlovich, FIDE Press Officer

Wesley So draws vs Candidates Tournament leader Caruana in Round 8

Mar 20, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Wesley So's endgame plan at one point was a 'shock,' says Fabiano Caruana

CELLAR. Wesley So remains at the cellar with Levon Aronian with 3 points. Photo by Anastasya Karlovich, FIDE Press Officer

Round 7 loss all but eliminates Wesley So in Candidates Tournament

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:16 PM

Going into the second half of this top caliber tournament, Wesley So is at joint 7th and 8th with Levon Aronian

TIGHT SPOT. Wesley So erred in the endgame against Sergey Karjakin in Round 7 of FIDE World Candidates Tournament 2018. Photo by Anastasya Karlovich, FIDE Press Officer

Wesley So clinches 1st win in Round 6 vs Aronian

Mar 17, 2018 - 8:40 AM

Wesley So moves up to 6th place in the 2018 FIDE Candidates Tournament

CRUCIAL WIN. Wesley So defeats Levon Aronian who is the second to the oldest player in the tournament. Photo from FIDE Candidates Tournament Facebook

Wesley So fends off Kramnik attack to draw in Rd 5 of Candidates Tournament

Mar 16, 2018 - 4:59 PM

In a battle between the youngest and the oldest of the 8 grandmasters in this elite cast, Wesley So claims a draw from former world champion Vladimir Kramnik

WORRIED. File photo of Wesley So, who remains tied for last in thecandidates tournament. From the Facebook account of Wesley So

Wesley So seeks to rekindle flickering hopes vs Kramnik

Mar 15, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Another draw for Wesley So in Round 4 of the Fide candidates tournament in Berlin

STILL WINLESS. Wesley So has two draws and two losses to show after 4 rounds of the Fide candidates tournament in Berlin, Germany. From Wesley So's Facebook account

Wesley So draws with Ding Liren in Candidates Tournament Round 3

Mar 13, 2018 - 5:32 PM

As Wesley So finally snapped out of a losing streak, chess lovers around the world were gushing over Vladimir Kramnik's masterful conquest of Levon Aronian in Round 3

DRAW. File photo of Wesley So during a successful campaign last year. From the Facebook page of Wesley So

Wesley So drops Round 1 of Candidates vs Fabiano Caruana

Mar 11, 2018 - 3:18 PM

In a battle of chess grandmasters under the American flag, Fabiano Caruana defeats Wesley So in 33 moves of a Queen's Pawn opening

FAVORED. Though he dropped his opening round game, Wesley So is still in the running in the Fide World Candidates Tournament. From Wesley So's Facebook.

Wesley So opens bid in Candidates Tournament 2018

Mar 10, 2018 - 5:56 PM

So hopes to earn the right challenge current world chess champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway for the title

4TH BEST. Wesley So, who is seen holding his favorite chess piece (the King), is the 4th best rated chess player in the world. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

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Feb 20, 2018 - 12:30 PM

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Wesley So fails to defend Tata Steel Crown

Jan 29, 2018 - 4:01 PM

But the bigger battle for the Philippine-born So, who now plays under the US flag, is the Candidates Tournament where at stake will be the right to challenge world chess champion Magnus Carlsen

SURRENDERED TITLE. Wesley So continues to play for the US and ranks 6th in the world. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Wesley So beats former world champ Anand, finishes co-3rd in London Chess Classic

Dec 12, 2017 - 1:01 PM

(UPDATED) Wesley So collected draws in all his previous matches before pulling off his win over Anand in the $300,000 chess classic

THIRD. Wesley So finished co-3rd place in the London Chess Classic. From his Facebook account

Wesley So claims 5th draw, stays at joint second in London Chess Classic

Dec 08, 2017 - 7:03 PM

The Philippine-born So is part of the 7-man second place in the chess tournament

Briones holds dialogue with leaders of IP communities

Dec 07, 2017 - 2:46 PM

(UPDATED) IP leaders from Kalinga, Pampanga, Rizal, Tacloban City, Bukidnon, Agusan del Sur, Davao del Sur, and South Cotabato, sit down with Education Secretary Leonor Briones for a two-hour meeting

Briones with IP

Why Lumad groups are camping outside DepEd

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:00 AM

(UPDATE) DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones explains that Lumad schools applying for a permit should go through the process required by the department

CAMP OUT. Lumad groups are calling on the Department of Education to grant their permits t

DENR officer, doctor caught in Davao City pot session

Oct 18, 2017 - 7:11 PM

The suspects are Benjamin Jaraplasan Medel, a DENR official in Bicol who is visiting Davao, and Dr Stephen So Tay, a high-value target of PDEA in the region

BUSTED. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency XI officer in charge Iav Naravy Duquiatan shows photographs of October 17's buy-bust operation in Davao City, where a Davao-based physician and a visiting DENR official from Bicol were caught in a pot session. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Wesley So eliminated in World Chess Cup semifinals

Sep 22, 2017 - 4:40 PM

So loses the first blitz playoff in the semifinal against China's Ding Liren and then settles for a draw in the second game.

FINAL 4. Wesley So, seen in action from January 2017, made it to the semifinals of the World Chess Cup, the furthest since 2009. File photo by Koen Suyk/ANP/AFP

DOJ clears Philrem officials in Bangladesh Bank heist

Sep 07, 2017 - 10:35 PM

But the Department of Justice junks the appeal of former RCBC branch manager Maia Deguito who faces money laundering charges

CLEARED. Philrem president Salud Bautista appears before a Senate hearing in 2016 and claims she was instructed by RCBC-Jupiter branch manager Maia Deguto to convert and transfer stolen funds. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Wesley So ends Sinquefield Cup tied for last place

Aug 12, 2017 - 9:23 PM

Wesley So finishes tied for last place at 3 points

The week in photos: July 29-August 4, 2017

Aug 05, 2017 - 4:00 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ERUPTION. Hot lava flows down the Mount Sinabung volcano in the night in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia on July 30, 2017. Photo by Tibta Pangin/AFP

WATCH: First trailer for 'That's So Raven' spinoff released

Jun 03, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Raven and Chelsea reunite and we meet their kids in the first trailer for Raven s Home

'RAVEN'S HOME.' Raven-Symoné reprises her role as the eponymous character in Disney's 'That's So Raven' spinoff. Screengrab from Facebook/DisneyChannel

Wesley So's 67-game no-loss streak ends in Azerbaijan

Apr 22, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Wesley So resigns against Shakriyar Mamedyarov to suffer his first loss after winning or drawing in his last 67 games

DOWN. Wesley So finally dropped a match, ending his career-best streak. File photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP

Wesley So wins first US Chess Championship title

Apr 11, 2017 - 5:39 PM

Wesley So strengthens his case as one of the best chess players in the world by winning the U S Chess title

SO GOOD. Wesley So maintained his cool and navigated his way to the US Chess championship. Screenshot from YouTube

'Twenty: The Moment in Jakarta': Merayakan 20 tahun karier So Ji Sub

Apr 08, 2017 - 11:17 AM

So Ji Sub sukses menggelar fan meeting bertajuk Twenty: The Moment in Jakarta Jumat 7 April

So Ji Sub menggelar fan meeting bertajuk 'Twenty: The Moment in Jakarta', Jumat, 7 April di Kasablanka Hall, Kota Kasablanka. Foto oleh MecimaPro.

SAKSIKAN: So Ji Sub tiba di Jakarta

Apr 07, 2017 - 9:52 AM

So Ji Sub tiba di Bandara Internasional Soekarno Hatta Jumat 7 April dini hari

So Ji Sub tiba di Jakarta, 7 April dini hari untuk menggelar fan meeting hari ini. Foto dari akun Twitter Mecimapro.

Yang harus diperhatikan sebelum menghadiri fan meeting So Ji Sub

Apr 06, 2017 - 8:11 PM

So Ji Sub akan menggelar fan meeting bertajuk Twenty: The Moment in Jakarta Jumat 7 April di Kasablanka Hall

So Ji Sub siap menyapa penggemarnya pada Jumat, 7 April di Kasablanka Hall. Foto dari akun Twitter 51K_official.

8 fakta tentang So Ji Sub

Apr 05, 2017 - 12:42 PM

Jumat 7 April So Ji Sub akan menggelar fan meeting di The Kasablanka Hall Kota Kasablanka

So Ji Sub saat menggelar fan meeting di Taipe. Foto dari akun Twitter Mecimapro.

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Mar 25, 2017 - 12:29 PM

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Jelang 'fan meeting' di Jakarta, So Ji Sub merilis single baru

Mar 21, 2017 - 4:36 PM

Tak hanya satu aktor sekaligus penyanyi ini merilis dua single sekaligus

So Ji Sub baru saja merilis dua single baru pekan lalu. Tanggal 7 April, So Ji Sub akan menyapa penggemar lewat fan meeting di Jakarta. Foto dari akun Twitter Mecimapro.

SAKSIKAN: So Ji Sub menyapa penggemar di Indonesia

Mar 15, 2017 - 2:28 PM

So Ji Sub akan menggelar fan meeting di Kasablanka Hall 7 April mendatang

So Ji Sub menyapa penggemarnya di Indonesia lewat video greeting. Foto dari screen capture akun YouTube Mecima Pro