[Vietnam travel guide] Hanoi: The chaos and charms of the capital

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Planning to explore Hanoi? Here's what you need to check out

A region in panic: ASEAN doubles down against ISIS threat

Nov 17, 2017 - 11:05 AM

World leaders understand that the ISIS threat is not over and a war could erupt again – in their countries, if not in the Philippines – as they expect the return of Asian fighters from the Middle East

URBAN WARFARE. The war in Marawi City challenged Filipino troops used to fighting in the jungles. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

What were the other ASEAN countries up to in Manila?

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:00 PM

A rundown of the main concerns and activities of the ASEAN member-states at the 31st Summit in Manila

ASEAN SUMMIT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and leaders and representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states do the traditional ASEAN handshake as they pose for a photo following the signing ceremony of the ASEAN Concensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of the Migrant Workers at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Philippines overtakes China in economic growth again

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:45 PM

In the 3rd quarter of 2017, the Philippine economy's 6.9% growth performs better than China and neighboring ASEAN countries

Trump defends Asia trip, vows 'maximum pressure' on North Korea

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:46 AM

Trump and his supporters are fighting a rearguard action against suggestions that the trip was a failure

ENTOURAGE. US President Donald Trump during the ASEN-US Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacanang photo

7 PH soap operas that made waves in Southeast Asia

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Filipino teleseryes have also become popular among our ASEAN neighbors

Miss Earth 2017 candidates share views on ASEAN, love for country

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:50 PM

The Southeast Asian ladies tell us what they want their leaders to push for during the 31st ASEAN Summit, and what they love about their countries

[OPINION] How rich are Filipinos compared to our ASEAN neighbors?

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Compared to our ASEAN neighbors, the Philippines has treaded on a deviant growth path. Now, our poorer neighbors are growing faster than us. As we lead this year’s special ASEAN Summit, we might ask ourselves: How can we bolster our shaky standing in the region?

Trump offers to mediate in South China Sea row

Nov 12, 2017 - 11:41 AM

(UPDATED) Trump's surprise proposal to insert himself into the decades-long row risks a backlash from China

TRUMP IN HANOI. US President Donald Trump, accompanied by his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang, attends a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on November 12, 2017. Kham/Pool/AFP

Trump, Putin brush aside U.S. election claims at APEC summit

Nov 11, 2017 - 11:40 PM

The two leaders snatch brief but chummy discussions on the margins of the APEC Summit in Vietnam

PUTIN AND TRUMP. US President Donald Trump (R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk as they make their way to take the 'family photo' during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. Photo by Jorge Silva/Pool/AFP

LOOK: Duterte, other leaders pose for family photo at APEC 2017

Nov 11, 2017 - 11:29 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and 20 other world leaders attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Vietnam

FAMILY PHOTO. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins his fellow leaders from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member countries as they pose for the family photo at the Intercontinental Da Nang Resort in Vietnam on November 11, 2017. All photos by Robinson Niñal Jr/Presidential Photo

N. Korea brands Trump a 'warmonger' as his Asia tour moves to Hanoi

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:04 PM

Trump has repeatedly railed against North Korea as he urges the Asia-Pacific region to take a united front against the threat posed by the isolated nation

TRUMP IN VIETNAM. US President Donald Trump looks on from the presidential limo following his arrival at Hanoi's Noi Bai airport on November 11, 2017. Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Duterte, Putin eye stronger PH-Russia defense cooperation, trade

Nov 11, 2017 - 7:04 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his officials tell President Rodrigo Duterte that Russian companies want to invest in the energy and transportation sectors in the Philippines

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Russian President Vladimir Putin prior to the start of their bilateral meeting at the Vinpearl Da Nang Resort and Villas in Da Nang City, Vietnam on November 10, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Selfie kings: Bong Go, Harry Roque pose with APEC leaders

Nov 11, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Some of the most historic encounters between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and world leaders are documented by top aide Bong Go through selfies

Trudeau pulls brakes on TPP trade pact in APEC sideline drama

Nov 11, 2017 - 10:18 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Ministers save the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is accused of 'sabotaging' the trade deal that the US has already abandoned.

NOT READY. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's not ready to close the TPP deal. AFP file phot

Trump praises Philippines for closing gender gap

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:47 AM

US President Donald Trump makes these remarks ahead of his trip to the Philippines for ASEAN 2017

TRUMP IN VIETNAM. US President Donald Trump speaks on the final day of the APEC CEO Summit, part of the broader Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit, in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 10, 2017. Photo by Anthony Wallace/Pool/AFP

How Facebook has affected ASEAN democracies

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:00 AM

With over 300 million monthly active Facebook users in Southeast Asia, various countries in the region have already seen how Facebook has negatively impacted their democracies

Roque sorry for tweeting 'Agnes Legarda,' not 'Christine Lagarde'

Nov 10, 2017 - 11:13 PM

(UPDATED) President Duterte's spokesman says he was probably thinking of UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard when he tweeted about IMF head Christine Lagarde

21 must-try dishes from ASEAN countries

Nov 10, 2017 - 9:58 AM

Each Southeast Asian country offers a remarkable food experience you should not miss

Duterte: APEC, ASEAN must help those left behind by globalization

Nov 09, 2017 - 5:53 PM

Addressing the APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam, the Philippine leader says America was the 'first victim of globalization' and urges regional blocs to help countries reap the benefits of free trade

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Vietnam Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan as the President is accorded with welcome honors upon his arrival at the Da Nang International Airport in Vietnam on November 8, 2017 for his participation in the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM). Malacañan Photo

More than 90 killed in Vietnam's deadliest typhoon in years

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:35 PM

More than 120,000 houses and 250,000 hectares of farmland were damaged in the storm, according to the country's disaster management authority

Residents and tourists are transported by boats through floodwaters in the tourist town of Hoi An on November 5, 2017, one day after Typhoon Damrey made landfall in central Vietnam. Stringer/AFP

Press freedom: What challenges do ASEAN journalists face?

Nov 09, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Censorship by state authorities, harassment and intimidation by armed forces, and repressive press laws continue to stifle free expression among ASEAN member countries

PRESS FREEDOM. Journalists in ASEAN face threats, censorship, and repressive laws.

Visa-free entry for Filipinos for 2018 Winter Games in South Korea – report

Nov 09, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The South Korean government says it will temporarily allow visa-free entry for tourists from 3 Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines, until April 2018, if they enter through the Yangyang International Airport

Putin-Trump bilateral in Vietnam 'likely,' says Kremlin

Nov 08, 2017 - 10:21 PM

A Kremlin spokesman says 'Putin and Trump both have full programs and bilateral meetings, which have been arranged in advance and then there is the program of the summit itself'

MEETING. Russia's President Vladimir Putin gestures as he delivers a speech during a reception in Moscow on November 4, 2017, to maek Russian National Unity Day.  Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Duterte arrives in Vietnam for APEC Summit, bilateral meetings

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is set to have bilateral meetings with leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the APEC Summit

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte disembarks from the Philippine Airlines chartered flight upon his arrival at the Da Nang International Airport in Vietnam on November 8, 2017 for his participation in the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM). Malacañan Photo

Duterte's response to Trump if he brings up human rights? 'Lay off'

Nov 08, 2017 - 5:56 PM

'I will not go there as a subservient lackey of anyone,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, when asked about his expectations of his first meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Vietnam

President Rodrigo Roa Dutere, in his speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport prior to his departure for Vietnam on November 8, 2017, announces that he will talk about the economic imbalance and the impact of globalization on the countries who have been left behind during the APEC-ASEAN Dialogue. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Rappler Talk: What to expect from the 2017 APEC Summit

Nov 08, 2017 - 9:44 AM

This year's APEC summit will have trade as its top agenda

Death toll from Vietnam typhoon rises to 61

Nov 07, 2017 - 11:39 AM

Muddy flood waters have submerged the hardest-hit provinces and swamped nearby Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

FERRIED. Residents and tourists are transported by boats through floodwaters in the tourist town of Hoi An on November 5, 2017, one day after Typhoon Damrey made landfall in central Vietnam. Stringer/AFP

Duterte, Trump to finally meet in Vietnam APEC summit

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:26 AM

The Philippine President will be in Vietnam from November 8 to 11

27 dead as Typhoon Damrey batters Vietnam

Nov 05, 2017 - 5:19 PM

There are reports of lesser damage around 500 kilometres north in Danang, the coastal city which will host the APEC summit next weekend

TYPHOON DAMREY. Vietnamese soldiers help rescue a sunken fishing boat on a river in the central province of Phu Yen on November 5, 2017, a day after Typhoon Damrey hit central Vietnam. AFP PHOTO / Vietnam News Agency

27 dead as Typhoon Damrey batters Vietnam

Nov 05, 2017 - 11:55 AM

(UPDATED) The storm hits just ays before the country welcomes world leaders to the APEC summit

This picture taken on November 4, 2017 shows men removing fallen trees on a street in Nha Trang after Typhoon Damrey hit central Vietnam.  Stringer / Vietnam News Agency / AFP

Trump says he will meet Putin as he kicks off Asia tour

Nov 05, 2017 - 10:21 AM

Trump's marathon trip comes with the North Korea crisis at fever pitch

WELCOME TO JAPAN. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump wave upon arriving at US Yokota Air Base in Tokyo on November 4, 2017. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Weakened Trump readies for high-stakes Asia trip

Nov 02, 2017 - 3:07 PM

Taking him from Japan to South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, the bumper November 3-14 trip is the US leader's first to the region since his election exactly a year ago

DEPARTING. US President Donald Trump makes his way to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, before departing for Greenville, South Carolina on October 16, 2017. Mandel Ngan/AFP

PH promises compensation for 2 slain Vietnamese fishermen

Oct 26, 2017 - 4:04 PM

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana makes the apology in a meeting with Vietnam's Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich as the two Southeast Asian neighbors discuss ways to improve cooperation

ILLEGAL FISHING? Two Vietnamese fisherman were killed while 5 others were arrested on Saturday, September 23, some 60 nautical miles off the coast of Bolinao, Pangasinan.

Trump to meet Duterte on Asia trip dominated by North Korea

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:20 AM

Trump's first Asian tour as president will take him to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines

Vietnam braces for more downpours as flood toll hits 72

Oct 16, 2017 - 3:20 PM

The desperate search for the missing continues with officials trying to clear roads as Tropical Depression Khanun barrels towards northern Vietnam

Vietnam flood and landslide toll hits 54

Oct 13, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Rescuers are desperately searching for 39 people still missing after heavy rains pounded several provinces this week, with forecasters warning of another major storm heading toward the country

DISASTER. Excavators and rescuers search for bodies of victims at the site of a landslide where 4 families with 18 members were killed in Tan Lac district, northern province of Hoa Binh on October 12, 2017. Photo by Viet Dung/AFP

Floods, landslides kill 37 in Vietnam, scores missing

Oct 12, 2017 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) Images on state media show people wading through waist-deep waters and tracts of forests wiped out by landslides

This picture from the Vietnam News Agency taken on October 11, 2017 shows residents standing at an end of a destroyed bridge in the northern province of Yen Bai. At least 37 people have died and another 40 are missing after floods and landslides ravaged northern and central Vietnam, disaster officials said on October 12. / AFP PHOTO / Vietnam News Agency / VIETNAM NEWS AGENCY

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Sep 25, 2017 - 9:15 PM

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Philippines assures Vietnam of 'fair' probe into fishermen's deaths

Sep 25, 2017 - 2:20 PM

'We would like to offer our sympathies over the unfortunate loss of life,' Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano tells Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano assures Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh that the Philippines will conduct a fair and thorough probe into the deaths of two Vietnamese fishermen. Photo from DFA

2 Vietnamese fishermen killed in West PH Sea incident

Sep 24, 2017 - 5:45 PM

(4th UPDATE) 5 other Vietnamese fishermen are arrested off the coast of Bolinao, Pangasinan

ILLEGAL FISHING? Two Vietnamese fisherman were killed while 5 others were arrested on Saturday, September 23, some 60 nautical miles off the coast of Bolinao, Pangasinan.

Widespread destruction in central Vietnam after major typhoon

Sep 16, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Typhoon Doksuri destroys around 123,000 homes and tears down trees and power lines in 5 provinces

DEVASTATION. A motorcyclist rides past a raw of destroyed homes in Ky Anh town, in the central province of Ha Tinh, the day after Typhoon Doksuri makes a landfall to the country's central coast on September 16. Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

3 dead as Typhoon Doksuri lashes central Vietnam

Sep 15, 2017 - 8:00 PM

More than 79,000 people are evacuated across the 4 provinces expected to be worst affected, the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said

Vietnam braces for 'strongest storm in a decade'

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:23 PM

Typhoon Doksuri is expected to make landfall in Vietnam midday on Friday packing heavy winds and rain

Myanmar 2-1 Vietnam: Indonesia juara grup, Vietnam tersingkir

Sep 13, 2017 - 10:37 PM

Garuda Nusantara siap menantang Thailand

LOLOS. Timnas U-19 Indonesia berhasil melaju ke babak semifinal Piala AFF U-18. Foto diambil dari akun Twitter @pssi_fai

LIVE UPDATES Piala AFF 2017: Duel Indonesia VS Vietnam

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:02 AM

Mampukah timnas U 18 mengalahkan timnas Vietnam?

Serangan balik Vietnam hancurkan Indonesia 0-3

Sep 11, 2017 - 7:03 PM

Pressing Vietnam di lapangan tengah tak bisa ditembus Garuda Nusantara

TAKLUK. Timnas U-19 takluk di tangan tim Vietnam dengan skor 0-2 pada pertandingan pada Senin, 11 September. Foto diambil dari akun Twitter @pssi_fai

Indonesia vs Vietnam: Redam kecepatan lawan

Sep 11, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Kemenangan bakal menggaransi posisi Indonesia sebagai penguasa grup B

Sejumlah pesepak bola Tim Nasional (Tim Nas) Indonesia U- 19 melakukan latihan akhir jelang mengikuti kejuaraan Piala AFF U- 18 yang dipusatkan di Karawaci, Tangerang, Banten, Senin (28/8). Menurut rencana Timnas U- 19 akan bertolak ke Myanmar pada 2 September 2017 dan akan melakukan debut perdananya melawan tuan rumah Myanmar pada 5 September 2017 di Grup B bersama Vietnam, Myanmar, Brunei Darussalam dan Filipina. ANTARA FOTO/Muhammad Iqbal/ama/17

Vietnam slams China over military drills in disputed sea

Sep 06, 2017 - 1:20 PM

UPDATED Hanoi condemns Beijing s latest military drills in the Paracel Islands a contentious archipelago claimed by both sides

Cebu Pacific to add holiday season flights to Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia

Aug 31, 2017 - 5:30 PM

The budget carrier will increase its flights from Manila to Tokyo Osaka and Nagoya as well as Hanoi and Bali beginning 4th quarter of 2017 until the 1st quarter of 2018