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Educational publisher gives free access to teaching resources

May 25, 2020 - 11:11 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Initially exclusive to Diwa partner schools, the Diwa Learning Town is now open to all educators to encourage them to start their learning continuity plan amid COVID-19

Rappler Talk: Women power – TOWNS protects our frontliners

May 02, 2020 - 10:26 AM

Rappler's Maria Ressa and ANCx's Ces Drilon talk to fellow TOWNS awardees about how the foundation was able to raise P60 million to purchase PPE sets for COVID-19 frontliners in hospitals all over the country

Meet John Covid, another baby named after coronavirus in Negros

Apr 30, 2020 - 12:43 PM

John Covid Castillon of La Carlota City is several days older than Covid Marie Tupas of Bacolod City

John Covid was the second baby to be reported in Negros Occidental to be named after the coronavirus disease 2019. Photo courtesy of Jose Castillon Jr.

LOOK: NBA stars mourn death of Karl-Anthony Towns' mother

Apr 14, 2020 - 2:52 PM

Steph Curry, Dwyane Wade, and other NBA stars send out their love to Karl-Anthony Towns who lost his mother to COVID-19

Karl-Anthony Towns' mother dies of coronavirus

Apr 14, 2020 - 8:44 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns' mom Jacqueline succumbs to the battle against coronavirus

TRAGIC. Karl-Anthony Towns hugs his parents, Karl and Jackie, after winning a game against the Denver Nuggets. Photo by Hannah Foslien/ Getty Images North America

21 arrested for holding illegal cockfight in Bulacan amid lockdown

Apr 07, 2020 - 8:53 PM

Ten alleged drug traders are also arrested in 3 Central Luzon provinces

Basilan town officials donate salaries for fight against coronavirus

Apr 07, 2020 - 3:36 PM

The combined salaries of Maluso town officials are reportedly worth over P800,000

‘Understand the severity’: Wolves’ Towns reveals mom in coma

Mar 25, 2020 - 2:25 PM

In an emotional Instagram video, Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns says his mother has been in a coma after contracting coronavirus

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

In the ghost town of Taal, dozens of evacuees wait in fear

Jan 14, 2020 - 12:28 AM

Dozens of evacuees remain in an evacuation site that shudders with every tremor

DESERTED. A thick blanket of ash covers the municipality of Taal, as residents evacuate to areas farther from Taal Volcano. Photos by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Malay PNP issues travel safety warning for Boracay tourists

Dec 30, 2019 - 4:12 PM

A warning by the Malay police says: 'Avoid having drinks with people you barely know to avoid possibility of date rape or theft. Have good, clean fun with a group to avoid untoward incidents due to intoxication'

Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

South Africa's Desmond Tutu hospitalized for 'infection'

Dec 05, 2019 - 9:02 AM

'Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been admitted to hospital for treatment of a stubborn infection,' says his his wife Leah Tutu in a statement

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 27, 2019 Archbishop Emeritus and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu, attends an exhibition and book launch of notable photographs of his life, which have been turned into paintings, in the centre of Cape Town. South African anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu has been admitted to hospital in Cape Town "for treatment of a stubborn infection", his office said on December 4, 2019. RODGER BOSCH / AFP

Embiid, Towns hit with two-game bans for altercation

Nov 01, 2019 - 9:16 AM

A day after figuring in a dustup, All-Star players Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns get slapped with two-game suspensions

HEATED. Sixers' Joel Embiid and Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns have a history of talking trash on and off the court. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP

Embiid, Towns ejected as Sixers win fourth straight

Oct 31, 2019 - 11:15 AM

After exchanging words, league stars Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns wrestle each other to the ground

MELEE. Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns figure in a fight as Timberwolves coach Brett Brown and Sixers' Ben Simmons break them apart along with Timberwolves' Jeff Teague and Robert Covington. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP

Creamline snaps Choco Mucho streak

Oct 05, 2019 - 11:53 PM

Jema Galanza and Michele Gumabao propel Creamline to its 12th straight win as Petro Gazz extends its own run to 8 games

File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Hong Kong leader endures barrage of anger at town hall meeting

Sep 26, 2019 - 10:30 PM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam faces more than two hours of grilling at a public 'dialogue session,' the first time her pro-Beijing administration has sat down with its critics in 16 consecutive weeks of unrest

FIRST TIME. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (centre R) listens to a question as she takes part in a town hall meeting at Queen Elizabeth Stadium in the Wanchai district of Hong Kong on September 26, 2019, with some 150 people picked via lottery after more than 20,000 people applied to attend the event. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Bloody weekend for crime-plagued Israeli Arab towns

Sep 22, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Israeli police probe 4 shooting deaths within 24 hours in Arab Israeli towns following elections in the country

ISRAEL. An Arabic-language election banner displaying a slogan reading: 'one million Arab votes, our unity is our strength,' is pictured in the Israeli city of Nazareth, on September 18, 2019. The Joint List coalition of Arab Israeli parties reportedly won 12 seats in Israel's parliamentary elections. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Tolentino, Choco Mucho halt skid; Army drubs BaliPure

Sep 21, 2019 - 10:38 PM

Kat Tolentino’s 36-point outburst propels Choco Mucho past Chef’s Classics while Army notches back-to-back wins

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Creamline goes 10 in a row; Air Force upsets Motolite

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:52 PM

Jema Galanza and Risa Sato power Creamline to its 10th straight PVL victory as Air Force stuns Motolite in straight sets

PVL Open Conference Creamline vs Balipure. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Creamline completes first-round sweep; Army ends dry spell

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Creamline cruises past BaliPure to keep its perfect run going as Army snaps its skid versus Chef’s Classics

ON TARGET. Creamline's Pau Soriano gets one past the defense of BaliPure's Shirley Salamagos. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Nostalgia incoming: A1 and O-Town to perform back-to-back in Manila

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:26 PM

Back-to-back throwback performances of the boy bands of our youth? We're ready!

Motolite goes 3 in a row; BanKo, PetroGazz roll over foes

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Myla Pablo and Tots Carlos power Motolite to a quick win as BanKo Perlas and PetroGazz also breeze past separate PVL opponents

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Duterte lifts ban on small town lottery but with conditions

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:05 PM

The President's order will be effective once the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office releases the new implementing rules and regulations of small town lottery

STL BAN TO BE LIFTED. A huge streamer of presidents order is seen outside of the PCSO Main Office at Saw Bldg. in Mandaluyong City on Monday. Justice Secretary Menardo Gueverra said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will look into the alleged irregularities in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), after President Rodrigo Duterte's verbal order late Friday evening. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Creamline, Army still undefeated; BaliPure secures first win

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The Cool Smashers roll to a 4-0 start as the Lady Troopers pick up back-to-back wins in PVL action

THRILLER. Jovelyn Gonzaga and the Lady Troopers score a hard-earned win over the Flying Titans. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

2 more La Union towns ban coal

Aug 04, 2019 - 5:04 PM

San Gabriel Mayor Herminigildo Velasco says the intention of the resolution is 'to build up a strong advocacy in opposing energy sources like coal' due to how hazardous coal is to the environment

Duterte gets back at Gordon over ex-military appointees: ‘Mind your big belly’

Aug 01, 2019 - 10:22 PM

‘Why do you criticize me? It's my prerogative. It is not prohibited by law,’ President Rodrigo Duterte tells Senator Richard Gordon

PREROGATIVE. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte salutes the reception party upon his arrival at the Jolo Airport before heading to Camp Bud Datu in Indanan, Sulu on July 15, 2019. Malacañang photo

PCSO is missing P6B from STLs, and Supreme Court may step in

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:58 PM

A 2018 PCSO audit report says 57 STL agents and 45 authorized agent corporations did not remit revenues to the agency for 2017 and 2018, resulting in shortfalls

SHUT DOWN. Members of the Philippine National Police, including NCR top cop Guillermo Eleazar (right most) immediately close PCSO establishments following President Duterte's order. NCRPO photo

COA flags PCSO for waiving P1.43-B claim from small town lottery operators

Jul 11, 2019 - 1:45 PM

'The Board of Directors of the PCSO has no authority to condone or waive valid claims by the PCSO,' says the Commission on Audit

Researchers say ancient Philistine town located in Israel

Jul 09, 2019 - 12:54 PM

'It is not 100% sure, but I think it's 90% that this was biblical Ziklag,' says Yosef Garfinkel, head of the institute of archaeology at Jerusalem's Hebrew University

Yosef Garfinkel, professor at the Hebrew University, displays pottery vessels that were found at the site claimed to be the Biblical town of Ziklag near the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Gat on July 8, 2019. Researchers in Israel said they have pinpointed the site of an ancient Philistine town mentioned in the biblical tale of David seeking refuge from the Israelite king Saul. Ziklag was a town under the rule of a Philistine king in nearby Gath after the ancient "sea peoples" began arriving in the region in the 12th century BC, the researchers say.

Getting to zero: Japan town trying to recycle all its waste

Jun 29, 2019 - 7:15 PM

A Kamikatsu town official says: 'We thought: If we can't burn waste in the town, then let's recycle. It's cheaper to recycle waste than burn it'

This picture taken on March 14, 2019 shows a worker drying washed paper packaging material at a waste centre in the town of Kamikatsu, Tokushima prefecture. Plastic, paper, metal? In Japan's Kamikatsu, sorting rubbish isn't that simple. Residents face a mind-boggling 45 separate categories for their garbage as the town aims to be 'zero-waste' by 2020. Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP

IN PHOTOS: Game the day away at Play Nation for under P500

Jun 06, 2019 - 4:00 PM

At U.P. Town Center's Play Nation, video games, unli-board games, unli-popcorn and unli-drinks await!

Timberwolves stun Warriors in controversial OT finish

Mar 30, 2019 - 12:16 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns buries the game-winning free throw with 0.5 seconds left in overtime

CLINCHER. Karl-Anthony Towns makes up for a poor shooting night. Photo from Minnesota Timberwolves Twitter

Towns hurt as Timberwolves nip Wizards in OT

Mar 10, 2019 - 3:37 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns erupts for 40 points and 16 rebounds but hobbles out late in regulation

GRITTY. Minnesota loses Karl-Anthony Towns late in regulation, but the Timberwolves still pull through. Photo from NBA Twitter

WATCH: Top 3 NBA plays

Feb 27, 2019 - 10:41 AM

Steph Curry knocks in a spectacular three and Karl-Anthony Towns flashes a pair of showboat dunks

SLICK. Steph Curry and the Warriors just won’t give their opponents a break. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Towns says he's lucky to be alive after car crash

Feb 26, 2019 - 12:30 PM

'The accident could have went – I'd say I had a 5% chance of making it out alive,' says Towns

LUCKY. Karl-Anthony Towns falls in the 1% that would sustain minor injuries from the car crash he was in.  File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Karl-Anthony Towns recovering after car smash

Feb 23, 2019 - 9:57 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves star misses a game for the first time in his NBA career after suffering a possible concussion in a car crash

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts to a call in the second half against the New York Knicks during their game at Madison Square Garden on March 23, 2018 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFP  Abbie Parr / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

WATCH: Top 3 NBA plays

Feb 10, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Joel Embiid and Anthony Davis come up with big blocks as the big men turn up to dominate the highlight reel

BIG PLAY. Joel Embiid proves clutch yet again for the Sixers. Photo from NBA Twitter

Swirling now: Shoobie Sorbet, Manila's first vegan soft-serve sorbet

Feb 01, 2019 - 5:00 PM

No dairy, no milk, no cream? No problem!

WATCH: Top 3 NBA plays

Feb 01, 2019 - 8:33 AM

Watch Karl Anthony Towns and Maurice Harkless throw down some mean dunks

HEADLINE. Karl Anthony Towns scores 16 points while flashing some highlight-worthy moves. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Towns hits buzzer-beater, lifts Wolves past Grizzlies in OT

Jan 31, 2019 - 3:09 PM

Saddled by early foul trouble, Karl-Anthony Towns finds himself in the right place at the right time in the dying seconds

CLUTCH. Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves deal the Grizzlies another heartbreaker. Photo from Minnesota Timberwolves Twitter

WATCH: Top 3 NBA plays

Jan 26, 2019 - 12:13 PM

Steph Curry spices up his scoring show with some slick moves and Karl-Anthony Towns throws down a monster dunk

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Timberwolves whip Lakers by 22, but still fire coach Thibodeau

Jan 07, 2019 - 9:38 AM

In an unexpected development, Minnesota fires head coach Tom Thibodeau just minutes after the Timberwolves' huge win over the Lakers

SACKED. After a reportedly long evaluation process, Minnesota fires coach Tom Thibodeau due to the team’s poor start and the Jimmy Butler fiasco. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Mavs silence Thunder, Towns shines for Timberwolves

Dec 31, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns records a sensational stat line of 34 points, 18 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals and 6 blocks

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves post up Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on November 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Injured Huddersfield star Mooy ruled out of Asian Cup

Dec 25, 2018 - 12:36 PM

Aaron Mooy gets a second opinion that confirmed his knee injury

INJURY. Aaron Mooy suffers from a medial collateral ligament tear in his right knee earlier in December 2018. Photo from Aaron Mooy's Instagram

CineFilipino winner ‘The Eternity Between Seconds’ bags award in Cape Town

Oct 28, 2018 - 10:09 PM

The film, starring Yeng Constantino and TJ Trinidad, was recognized at the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival

Malay town councilors divided over proposed environmental fee hike in Boracay

Jul 14, 2018 - 1:27 PM

Malay town councilor Maylynn Aguirre-Graf has proposed a P500-environmental fee for tourists in Boracay, up from the current P75, to help sustain efforts to protect the island

TOURIST SPOT. The Malay town council is discussing a proposal to increase the environmental fee for tourists entering Boracay Island. Photo by Adrian Portugal

South Africa lifts state of disaster over drought

Jun 13, 2018 - 9:20 PM

The drought, which hit Cape Town hard, is easing due to significant rainfall, but people are asked to conserve water due to the 'uncertainty of rainfall'

DROUGHT. An nearly water empty dam is pictured on a farm in Piket Bo-berg, Piketberg, north of Cape Town, on March 7, 2018 as a result of a three-year-long drought. Photo by Wikus De Wet/AFP

Murder charges filed vs alleged gunman of Fr Ventura – PNP

Jun 03, 2018 - 2:43 PM

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde says the alleged gunman of Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura was identified as a certain Arthymus Reynon

SHOT DEAD. Father Mark Ventura is killed by unidentified assailants after Sunday Mass on April 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of Gattaran Youth

Search for missing as Kenya burst dam toll reaches 45

May 11, 2018 - 10:24 PM

A portion of the earthen wall of the dam collapsed, sending millions of liters of water coursing down a muddy slope, engulfing nearby settlements and destroying power lines over a stretch of some 10 kilometers

FLOODING. Villagers cross through receding waters in an area of flash flooding at Solai in Subukia, Nakuru County on May 10, 2018, after the banks of a private dam used for irrigation and fish farming burst its banks some 40kms north of the lakeside town of Nakuru in Kenya's Rift Valley. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Summit Media's May 2018 covers

May 05, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Summit Media's last remaining print publications share their latest covers, just weeks after the publishing group announced that it will stop printing glossies

MAY ISSUES. Summit Media's remaining print publications share their May covers – which could be the last to see print. Photos from,, and

Plan for new 'Hong Kong Town' in mainland China sparks backlash

Apr 25, 2018 - 7:24 PM

The MTR Corporation, which runs the Hong Kong's railway network and acts as a property developer, is exploring areas in southern China that could be used to build the outpost

People ride a train on Hong Kong's subway system on April 8, 2017.  Aaron Tam / AFP