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The week in photos: September 15-21, 2018

Sep 22, 2018 - 6:25 PM

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

BABY STEPS. People walk on a path covered with sand and debris in the low-lying coastal village of Lei Yue Mun in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 17, 2018. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

UNESCO teaches fact-checking in new handbook

Sep 22, 2018 - 12:08 PM

The handbook gives journalism educators, trainers, and students a framework to help navigate the issues associated with ‘fake news’

FULL TEXT: Kidlat Tahimik’s open letter to Baguio and BACCI

Sep 04, 2018 - 8:49 PM

On the 109th Baguio day, the indie film icon calls for more support for the city's art and artists

KIDLAT TAHIMIK. The film icon pens a letter to his hometown and its artists. Rappler screenshot

Singapore bid for UN street food honor sparks culinary clash

Aug 30, 2018 - 4:08 PM

'When you talk about hawkers, Singapore is not the only one to have hawker culture,' says Malaysian chef Redzuawan Ismail

HAWKER CULTURE. Singapore is home to countless hawker centers such as this one in Tiong Bahru, where food stalls serve various local dishes at affordable prices. File photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Is Unesco World Heritage status for cultural sites killing the things it loves?

Jul 14, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Achieving Unesco status is an internationally competitive process. Nations want this recognition because they can promote a place or practice as a unique cultural tourism attraction.

TOURIST MAGNET. Tourists take a photo of sunrise at Angkor Wat in 2016. Shutterstock

‘Journalism, F*ke News and Disinformation’: Fighting back is now mission critical

Jun 09, 2018 - 4:36 PM

Journalists need to ramp up their coverage of disinformation actors, even outside of election periods. They can partner with others, including communities, in combating pollution of the information environment.

Parisians seek UNESCO heritage status for bistros, cafes

Jun 08, 2018 - 4:31 PM

An association wants to raise awareness both in France and abroad of 'the role that bistros and cafe terraces play in bringing people and cultures together, and their role as intellectual and artistic melting pots'

CULTURE. People eat at the terrace of a restaurant while protesters walk past during a demonstration calling for the legalisation of undocumented immigrants in Paris on June 2, 2018. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Marine scientist is 2018 'Women in Science' National Fellow

Jun 06, 2018 - 8:03 AM

Dr Charissa Marcaida Ferrera hopes that with her fellowship, she could inspire young girls to pursue a career in science

FELLOW. Charissa Marcaida Ferrera is a university researcher from the UP Marine Science Institute. Photo courtesy of L’Oréal Foundation

Shining a spotlight on Pinay scientists

May 26, 2018 - 4:24 PM

The achievements of notable Filipina scientists are proof that women scientists thrive in the Philippines

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, April 30-May 6, 2018

May 06, 2018 - 11:39 AM

Here are the must-watch videos this week!

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Executive Order which prohibits illegal contractualization while delivering his speech during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

On World Press Freedom Day, rights groups urge public to support journalists

May 03, 2018 - 1:14 PM

This year's celebration of the global event comes amid continuing attacks against the Philippine press, says Human Rights Watch

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 3, 2018

May 03, 2018 - 10:04 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

RESCUE OPERATIONS. A viral video from the DFA shows the rescue of distressed OFWs in Kuwait. Screenshot from DFA video

WATCH: Makinig. Magbasa. Magmasid. Mag-isip.

May 03, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Philippine media groups ABS-CBN News, the CMFR, the NUJP, the PCIJ, Rappler, and the SunStar group launch an animated video that encourages people to read more, listen more, and consume news from diverse sources.

Rappler partners with UNESCO, global news groups for World Press Freedom Day 2018

May 03, 2018 - 7:30 AM

This worldwide campaign aims to bring together media groups from different countries and regions to support free and independent media

[OPINION] What does it even mean to be free?

May 02, 2018 - 3:04 PM

As we prepare to celebrate World Press Freedom Day, we try to take stock not only of our freedom to tell stories and speak truth to power, but also of our new world that we assume appreciates such freedom

World Press Freedom Day 2018

May 01, 2018 - 12:48 PM

Rappler joins in the celebration of the 2018 World Press Freedom Day happening on May 2-3, 2018 with the theme, ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’

#25SecondsForPressFreedom: Journalists explain why press freedom matters

Apr 29, 2018 - 10:10 PM

In a UNESCO campaign for World Press Freedom Day, renowned journalists talk about the importance of press freedom in a democracy

Hybrid power plant to rise in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:59 PM

'It’s a dream come true for all of us here,' says Park Superintendent Elizabeth Maclang of the power plant which is expected to be operational by 2019

The longest underground river in Asia found in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, found in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Photo by  Giovanni G. Navata/Wikimedia Commons

Egyptian photojournalist Shawkan winner of 2018 World Press Freedom Prize

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:56 AM

'The choice of Mahmoud Abu Zeid pays tribute to his courage, resistance and commitment to freedom of expression,' says Maria Ressa, president of the independent international jury of media professionals on the 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

JAILED PHOTOJOURNALIST. Photographer Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as Shawkan, gesturing from inside a soundproof glass dock, during his trial in the capital Cairo on August 9, 2016. He is the wiiner of the 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

LOOK: BenCab creates Baguio logo for Creative Cities Network

Feb 01, 2018 - 4:49 PM

The Philippine city is represented by 3 mountain ranges and the Philippine flag

Macron wants French baguette to get UNESCO heritage status

Jan 13, 2018 - 10:40 AM

'The baguette is envied around the world. We must preserve its excellence and our expertise, and it is for this reason that it should be heritage-listed,' says President Emmanuel Macron

BAGUETTE. President Emmanuel Macron wants France's traditional baguette to be recognized as one of the world's cultural treasures on UNESCO's list of 'intangible heritage.' File photo from Wikipedia

Naples pizza-making wins UNESCO heritage status

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:45 PM

The art of the 'pizzaiuolo' joins UNESCO's list of 'intangible heritage,' securing the coveted status alongside a host of cultural treasures

WORLD HERITAGE. Members of the Pizzaioli Acrobats Coldiretti perform 'twirling' pizza to celebrate the Unesco decision to make the art of Neapolitan 'Pizzaiuolo' an 'intangible heritage,' on December 7, 2017 in Naples.  Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Naples pizza twirling seeks nod as UNESCO 'intangible'

Dec 02, 2017 - 6:09 PM

Naples' candidacy for pizza twirling has created a buzz in the southern Italian city where the art has been handed down for generations

A competitor removes his pizza from the oven during the 2014 Pizza makers World Championships in Naples on September 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MARIO LAPORTA / AFP PHOTO / MARIO LAPORTA

UP mass communication dean named to UNESCO national commission

Nov 29, 2017 - 6:15 PM

A communications expert for more than two decades, UP mass communication dean Elena Pernia will serve as UNESCO member for 3 years

UP DEAN. University of the Philippines mass communication dean Elena Pernia is appointed member of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines. File photo courtesy of UPCMC Alumni Association

LIVE: Closing Spaces – How do media and civil society fight back?

Nov 16, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Watch the livestream of this debate seminar in Copenhagen about journalism, democracy, and human rights

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 3, 2017

Nov 03, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday.

Baguio named to UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Nov 02, 2017 - 2:17 PM

Baguio, cited for crafts and folk art, is the first Philippine city to join the exclusive club

Filipina scientist wins prestigious 'Women in Science' fellowship in Australia

Oct 26, 2017 - 10:39 AM

Dr Jacquiline Romero, a researcher at the University of Queensland in Australia, is recognized as an Australian Fellow of the prestigious L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship for her work on quantum alphabets

FELLOW. Dr Jacquiline Romero is one of the Australian Fellows of the prestigious L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship. Screenshot from YouTube

World's deepest lake in peril, scientists warn

Oct 19, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Over the past several years, Lake Baikal, a major international tourist attraction, is being crippled by a series of detrimental phenomena, some of which remain a mystery to scientists

BAIKAL LAKE. A handout picture taken on September 20, 2015 and provided by Oleg Timoshkin, biologist at the Russian Academy of Sciences' Limnological Institute in Irkutsk, shows Spirogyra algae in the waters of Lake Baikal.  File photo by Oleg Timoshkin/Russian Academy of Sciences' Limnological Institute/AFP

U.S. pulls out of UN cultural body, citing 'anti-Israel' bias

Oct 12, 2017 - 9:25 PM

(UPDATED) 'This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO,' US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says in a statement

UNESCO. A logo of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is displayed in front of the organization headquarters on September 14, 2011. File photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Baguio is in the running to become a UNESCO creative city

Sep 01, 2017 - 9:01 PM

UPDATED The summer capital s creative culture will hopefully get the recognition it so richly deserves

DepEd partners with UNESCO, KOICA on new ALS project

Jul 19, 2017 - 10:49 AM

The project will focus on Tacloban City and the municipality of Palo in Leyte

ALS PROJECT. According to DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, the initiative aims to tackle gender inequality in education, and help girls to realize their full potential. All photos by Cielo Esmeria

Pulau Okinoshima yang larang perempuan masuk menjadi warisan dunia, UNESCO dikecam

Jul 11, 2017 - 1:10 PM

UNESCO dianggap menyimpang dari prioritas global untuk kesetaraan gender

Tampak Pulau Okinoshima yang ditetapkan UNESCO menjadi salah satu situs warisan dunia. Foto dari AFP

Mosul minaret destruction 'deepens wounds' of Iraqis – UNESCO

Jun 22, 2017 - 8:26 PM

The head of the UN s cultural agency says This new destruction deepens the wounds of a society already affected by an unprecedented humanitarian tragedy

BOKOVA ON IRAQ DESTRUCTION. Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Irina Bokova speaks during a session of the Belt and Road Forum at the China National Convention Center (CNCC) in Beijing on May 14, 2017. File photo by Mark Schiefelbein/AFP

LIVE: World Press Freedom Day 2017

May 04, 2017 - 4:08 PM

Watch the commemoration of this year s World Press Freedom Day in Jakarta Indonesia

Israel trims UN budget again over Jerusalem resolution

May 03, 2017 - 8:40 PM

UNESCO again accepted an absurd resolution yesterday about the status of Jerusalem – the capital of the Jewish people for 3 000 years Netanyahu says at the opening of a cabinet meeting

NETANYAHU. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the prime minister office in Jerusalem on November 18, 2014. File photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

Sketsatorial: Hari Kebebasan Pers Sedunia

May 03, 2017 - 2:48 PM

Pada 1 4 Mei 2017 Indonesia dipercaya menjadi tuan rumah perayaan Hari Kebebasan Pers Sedunia dengan mengangkat tema “Berpikir Kritis di Masa Kritis: Peran Media Mempromosikan Kedamaian dengan Masyarakat yang Aktif dan Terbuka”

Surveillance, security laws hurting investigative journalism

May 01, 2017 - 9:08 PM

A massive study produced by UNESCO encourages journalists to train themselves in digital security educate the public and advocate for institutional changes

Screenshot of the cover page of the UNESCO study

Arti kebebasan berekspresi bagi anak muda Indonesia

May 01, 2017 - 5:42 PM

Setiap 3 Mei diperingati sebagai Hari Kebebasan Pers Sedunia Rappler dan UNESCO memberikan lokakarya kepada 20 mahasiswa dan jurnalis muda

KEBEBASAN BEREKSPRESI. Iqbal Hariadi, seorang peserta workshop World Press Freedom Day, saat presentasi di hadapan para peserta lainnya di JCC, pada 1 Mei 2017. Foto oleh Abdul Qowi Bastian/Rappler

'Fake news' is not journalism

May 01, 2017 - 1:00 PM

UNESCO chief Irina Bokova: Where does the responsibility lie for ensuring that fact based debate is not stifled?

Indeks Kebebasan Pers Sedunia: Kerisauan Indonesia dalam peringkat yang lebih baik

Apr 27, 2017 - 4:43 PM

Jakarta akan menjadi tuan rumah peringatan Hari Kebebasan Pers Sedunia pada 1 4 Mei 2017

Call for proposals: Photos on safety of journalists and issue of impunity

Apr 05, 2017 - 7:14 PM

The selected photographs will help to raise awareness on the working conditions of journalists

New flights to cut travel time to Banaue Rice Terraces

Mar 25, 2017 - 11:00 AM

A local airline will offer flights from Clark to reduce total travel time to the popular tourist destination

FAST TRAVEL. The new route from Clark International Airport to Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya is expected to cut travel time to the Banaue Rice Terraces in more than half.

Oil sands development threatens Canadian nature reserve – UNESCO

Mar 11, 2017 - 12:38 PM

The UN organization vows to add the country s Wood Buffalo National Park to its list of world heritage in danger if corrective measures are not taken quickly

THREATENED. The UNESCO says a massive delta in the heart of the Wood Buffalo National Park is threatened by pollution and water extraction from nearby oil sands mines and hydroelectric dams upstream. File photo from the UNESCO website

Quake-prone Pacific nations hold joint tsunami drills

Feb 15, 2017 - 6:22 PM

Civil defense offices will rehearse the relaying of tsunami warnings for large quakes off the coasts of Chile and Peru Colombia and Ecuador the Philippines the Solomon Islands Tonga and Vanuatu

DRILL. In this file photo, teachers evacuate children to higher ground during an earthquake and tsunami drill in Valparaiso, some 120 km west of Santiago, on November 3, 2016. Martin Bernetti/AFP

ISIS wreaks new destruction in Syria's ancient Palmyra

Jan 21, 2017 - 11:20 AM

The UN s cultural agency has reacted with outrage calling the fresh destruction a war crime and cultural cleansing

NEW DESTRUCTION. This handout picture provided on January 20, 2017 by UNITAR-UNOSAT and taken on December 26, 2016, shows a close-up of a satellite-detected image of the Roman amphitheater in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria. Handout photo by UNITAR-UNOSAT/AFP

Aleppo's famed Old City left 'unrecognizable' by war

Dec 14, 2016 - 9:40 AM

For centuries Aleppo was Syria s economic and cultural powerhouse but now most of the city is in ruins after years of savage conflict

HERITAGE DESTROYED. A general view shows Syrian pro-government forces walking in the ancient Umayyad mosque in the old city of Aleppo on December 13, 2016, after they captured the area. George Ourfalian/AFP

Fund set up to protect endangered heritage sites

Dec 03, 2016 - 10:37 PM

This is the first time that countries organizations experts and donors have come together to protect the property of humanity and to provide the means to achieve it

NIMRUD. An Iraqi worker cleans up the archaeological site of Nimrud, south of Mosul in northern Iraq, 21 April 2001. Nimrud was built in the 13th century B.C. during Mesopotamia's Assyrian era. Excavations, carried on since the mid-19th century, have revealed remarkable finds, including the palace of King Shalmaneser III (statues in picture). File Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Iraqi forces recapture ancient city of Nimrud

Nov 14, 2016 - 1:35 AM

Nimrud which is classified as a UNESCO world heritage site is retaken from the Islamic State

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 09, 2013 shows a partial view of an ancient statue dated from the Assyrian civilization, at the archaeological site of Nimrud that lies on the Tigris River around 30 kilometres (18 miles) southeast of Mosul, Iraq's second city.  Iraqi forces said on November 13, 2016 they had recaptured the Nimrud area, the site of an ancient Assyrian city blown up by the Islamic State group, as they battled the jihadists south of Mosul.   / AFP PHOTO / Hubert Debbasch

Journalist killed every 4.5 days, says UNESCO

Nov 02, 2016 - 7:04 PM

Most deaths – 59 over the last two years of the 2006 2015 report – happen in conflict zones During that period 78 of the 213 journalists killed 36 5 percent were in Arab States

CRIMES AGAINST JOURNALISTS. Image taken from UNESCO report.