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Biodiversity, autism awareness come together in benefit exhibit

Oct 12, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The exhibit will showcase 40 paintings of 22-year old Samantha Kaspar expressing visual art and inspiration from nature and biodiversity

Samantha Kaspar finds expression through visual art and inspiration from nature and biodiversity. Photo from ACB E-news

Renaldo Balkman returns to Alab Pilipinas for 3rd ABL season

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Alab Pilipinas taps former NBA player Renaldo Balkman anew in its bid to reclaim the ABL crown

Renaldo Balkman. File photo from Alab Pilipinas

Parks, 2 other Pinoys make ABL all-time top 10 list

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:24 PM

Ray Parks, Leo Avenido, and Jerick Cañada boast storied careers in regional play to land on the list of ABL’s all-time best players

Ray Parks. Photo from ABL

Alapag raring to make up for lost Alab season with Brickman, Gray

Oct 10, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Alab coach Jimmy Alapag unveils some key additions as the Philippines looks to avoid another late-season collapse

REDEMPTION. Jimmy Alapag hopes to steer Alab Pilipinas back to the top. File photo by Jerrick Reymar/Rappler

Baron, Macandili bag ASEAN volleyball awards

Oct 06, 2019 - 11:10 PM

Former La Salle stalwarts Majoy Baron and Dawn Macandili cop individual honors in the ASEAN Grand Prix

PRIDE. Majoy Baron (back row, right) wins another Best Blocker award while Dawn Macandili (back row, third from left) clinches the Best Libero award. Photo release

PH volleyball team bows to Indonesia, settles for 3rd

Oct 06, 2019 - 9:59 PM

The national women’s volleyball team fields a complete lineup yet still falls short against Indonesia

Shorthanded PH volleyball team folds to powerhouse Thailand

Oct 05, 2019 - 10:18 PM

Playing minus 4 key players, the Philippines bows to first-leg winner Thailand in straight sets

ASEAN Volleyball Grand Prix event

Alyssa Valdez back in top form for national team

Oct 04, 2019 - 10:42 PM

After recovering from an ankle injury, Alyssa Valdez quickly powers the Philippine women’s volleyball team

TEAM EFFORT. Alyssa Valdez says the entire team stepped up at the start of the Philippines’ second-leg campaign. File photo

Valdez returns as PH repeats over Vietnam in ASEAN Grand Prix

Oct 04, 2019 - 5:51 PM

The returning Alyssa Valdez shines as the Philippine women's volleyball team completes a sweep of Vietnam

GRAND RETURN. Alyssa Valdez returns from injury to lead the national team over Vietnam. Photo by Asian Games PH media pool

Tech startups compete to represent PH at the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards 2019

Sep 30, 2019 - 3:10 PM

The ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards 2019 will be announcing the national winners this coming October

Photo courtesy of the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards

Even without Valdez, PH shows promise in 2019 SEA Games campaign

Sep 23, 2019 - 3:47 PM

Even without volleyball phenom Alyssa Valdez, the Philippines topples world No. 37 Vietnam in the 1st ASEAN Grand Prix

STEPPING UP. The Philippine women's volleyball team steps up its 2019 Southeast Asian Games preparations. Photo from Aby Maraño's Instagram

Indonesia forest fires rage, stoking global warming fears

Sep 12, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Indonesia's forest fires are an annual problem but have been worsened this year by particularly dry weather, and in recent days sent toxic smog floating over Malaysia

A firefighter extinguishes a fire in a forest at Rambutan village, in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra province, on September 11 , 2019. Malaysia has stepped up pressure on neighbouring Indonesia to tackle huge blazes tearing through its rainforests and smothering Southeast Asia in smog, as fires typically started to clear land for crops send diplomatic tensions soaring. ABDUL QODIR / AFP

Malaysia piles pressure on Indonesia over smog-belching fires

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:49 AM

An official in Sarawak state on Borneo – where air quality dropped to very unhealthy levels this week – demands Indonesia to send face masks and medical supplies to Malaysia for those affected by the pollution

HAZE. The Kuala Lumpur skyline, including the Petronas Twin Towers (centger), is seen shrouded in haze on September 11, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

1st ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise underway in Thailand

Sep 03, 2019 - 8:39 PM

The drills are aimed at strengthening alliances among the US and Southeast Asian navies for 'an unparalleled advantage that no competitor or rival can match,' says a US Navy officer

PHILIPPINE CONTINGENT. The BRP Ramon Alcaraz and a crew of around 200 sailors from the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Marines left Manila for Thailand on August 28, 2019, to join the first ever ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

U.S., ASEAN kick off first joint naval drills

Sep 02, 2019 - 2:55 PM

(UPDATED) The first ASEAN-US Maritime Exercise between the regional bloc and Washington will last for 5 days, starting at the Sattahip Naval Base in Thailand and ending in Singapore

Philippines sends BRP Ramon Alcaraz off to ASEAN-U.S. naval drills

Aug 29, 2019 - 12:37 PM

The Philippine Navy will participate in the first ever maritime exercises between the United States and ASEAN member states, as the region pushes back against China's expansionism

NAVAL DRILLS. The Philippine Navy sends off the BRP Ramon Alcaraz and its crew to Thailand on August 29, 2019, for the first ASEAN-US Maritime Exercises. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Myanmar to join U.S.-ASEAN maritime drills despite sanctions

Aug 28, 2019 - 3:33 PM

The exercise, starting in the Gulf of Thailand on September 2, focus on crime, piracy and security

ZAW MIN TUN. Myanmar's Brigadier-General Zaw Min Tun answers questions from journalists during a press conference at the Defense Service Museum in Naypyidaw on August 23, 2019. Photo by AFP

ASEAN lawmakers: Free De Lima, drop charges vs opposition

Aug 25, 2019 - 10:26 AM

The ASEAN legislators also lament the sedition charges filed against Vice President Leni Robredo and key opposition figures in the Philippines

'FREE DE LIMA.' Jailed opposition Senator Leila de Lima attends her hearing at the Muntinlupa RTC Branch. File photo courtesy of De Lima's office

ASEAN, U.S. to hold first ever joint maritime drill

Aug 24, 2019 - 6:12 PM

Washington's re-engagement with Southeast Asia comes as a deteriorating trade war with China threatens to engulf the global economy

NAVAL DRILLS. In this May 9, 2019, photo released by the US Navy, the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group transits the Suez Canal. Photo by Darion Chanelle Triplett/Navy Office of Information/AFP

Filipino kids shine at 2019 ASEAN Cyberkids Camp

Aug 24, 2019 - 11:03 AM

The team of Mandaluyong Grade 4 students Nico Al Larano and Lance Gabriel Cara win silver medals at the ASEAN Cyberkids Camp in Hanoi, Vietnam

WINNERS. Nico Al Larano and Lance Gabriel Cara show their trophies and citations from the ASEAN Cyberkids Camp. Photo from DICT

Philippines helms 1st ASEAN Data Protection and Privacy Forum

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:11 PM

The aim of the meeting is to share knowledge and develop a framework for cooperative enforcement of data privacy laws and cross-border data flow

RAYMUND LIBORO. Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro helms the ASEAN Data Protection and Privacy Forum in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo courtesy of National Privacy Commission

Footage shows Bangkok bombing in mall minutes from ASEAN meeting

Aug 03, 2019 - 6:38 PM

Thai authorities say there were 9 successful or attempted bomb blasts throughout Bangkok which left 4 wounded as the city hosted the ASEAN ministerial meeting

Police conduct an investigation at the scene of an explosion in Bangkok on August 2, 2019. At least two small bombs exploded in Bangkok on August 2, rattling the Thai capital as it hosted a regional summit attended by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and leaving two people wounded. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

No Filipino harmed in Bangkok bombing – DFA

Aug 03, 2019 - 7:15 AM

'Filipinos staying and traveling in Thailand are urged to remain calm, but take extra precautions,' the Department of Foreign Affairs says

BOMB SITE. A policeman conducts an investigation at the scene of an explosion in Bangkok on August 2, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Bombs rattle Bangkok during ASEAN summit

Aug 02, 2019 - 11:57 AM

(3rd UPDATE) At least 4 people are wounded when several small bombs explode as the Thai capital hosts the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

A policeman conducts an investigation at the scene of an explosion in Bangkok on August 2, 2019. Two people were injured as at least two small explosions hit Bangkok, police said, as the political febrile country hosts a regional summit attended by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Pompeo to ASEAN: We're not asking to 'choose between' U.S., China

Aug 02, 2019 - 7:36 AM

In his opening remarks during the ASEAN ministerial meeting, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says, our 'engagement in this region has not been and will not be a zero-sum exercise'

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the House Appropriations Committee's State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee about his departments FY2020 budget request March 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. With Pompeo at the helm, the State Department has requested budget cuts of more than 11-percent over FY2019 and both Republicans and Democrats were critical of the request. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

China stakes claim to ASEAN 'neighborhood' as Pompeo jets in for Bangkok talks

Jul 31, 2019 - 11:49 PM

China staunchly disputes the right of outside powers – principally the US – to influence an issue in what it considers to be its 'neighborhood'

CHINA AND ASEAN. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) speaks at a press conference during the 52nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bangkok on July 31, 2019. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Aicelle Santos wins 2nd place in ASEAN+3 Song Contest in Vietnam

Jul 30, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Timmy Pavino and Steven Bedolido also participated in the competition

PSEi is ASEAN's 3rd best in 1st half of 2019

Jul 03, 2019 - 11:54 AM

The Philippine Stock Exchange index ends higher in the 1st semester of 2019, with foreign investors as net buyers

In ASEAN, Duterte vents 'disappointment' over sea code delays

Jun 23, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks at the ASEAN Summit show he is 'not beholden to or afraid of any foreign country'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states during the 34th ASEAN Summit plenary session at The Athenee Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on June 22, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Protectionism slammed as Southeast Asian leaders rally to trade pact

Jun 23, 2019 - 6:17 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Trade tops the agenda at the Bangkok meeting, as tit-for-tat tariffs between China and the US cast a dark cloud over global growth

ASEAN. AAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations member states lead the launch of the ASEAN Satellite Warehouse during the 34th ASEAN Summit opening ceremony at The Athenee Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on June 23, 2019. Malacanang photo

Oops! Duterte can't reach Singapore PM in ASEAN handshake

Jun 23, 2019 - 2:21 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong share an awkward moment during the ASEAN Summit in Bangkok

AWKWARD MOMENT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte can't reach the hand of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the traditional ASEAN handshake on June 23, 2019. RTVM screenshot

World Cup in ASEAN's sights in '15 years' – Thai FM

Jun 23, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Southeast Asian nations hope to bring for the first time in the region football's biggest spectacle by launching a joint bid to host the 2034 World Cup

CHAMPS. French players celebrate their World Cup triumph in the 2018 edition in Russia. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Duterte, Jokowi hail historic deal on sea boundaries

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:37 AM

The Philippines and Indonesia say the landmark agreement is a 'valuable example of peaceful and rules-based settlement of maritime borders'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a bilateral meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on the sidelines of the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit at The Athenee Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on June 22, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Philippines calls for 'upgrade of worker skills' in ASEAN

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asks other Association of Southeast Asian Nations leaders for support in enhancing human development in the workforce

BUSINESS. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with one of the chief executive officers (CEOs) from various Thai companies who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Waldorf Astoria Magnolias in Bangkok, Thailand on June 22, 2019. Malacanang Photo

Among world's worst polluters, ASEAN vows to tackle ocean waste

Jun 22, 2019 - 8:23 PM

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations are expected to sign a 'Bangkok Declaration' on fighting maritime waste – a first of its kind – which promises to 'prevent and significantly reduce marine debris'

PLASTIC USE. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations vow to do something about ocean waste. Image from Shutterstock

Southeast Asian leaders throw weight behind China-led trade pact

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:02 AM

(UPDATED) Trade will be the focus of a two-day ASEAN Summit, amid discussions on the South China Sea, Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya Muslims, and ocean pollution

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets the officials who took part in the 6th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-US Summit at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 15, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Malaysian PM vows ahead of ASEAN to help Rohingya bound for country

Jun 21, 2019 - 9:45 PM

'They are refugees. As much as we can do for them, we will,' the 93-year-old premier tells reporters on the sidelines of a business forum in Bangkok

PLAY. Young Rohingya refugees fly kites at the Hakimpara refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on November 18, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP

Duterte to discuss China's maritime claim 'lengthily' at ASEAN Summit

Jun 21, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The Philippine leader says he will pose this question during the regional summit in Thailand: 'Can you claim an ocean as your own?'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on June 18, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

ASEAN economies affected by US-China trade war – Lopez

Jun 21, 2019 - 4:05 PM

'ASEAN should be prepared and have better trading performance with other countries not involved in the US-China trade issue,' says Philippine trade chief Ramon Lopez

TRADE WAR. This file picture taken on November 6, 2018, shows a Chinese and US flags at a booth during the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

PH-China sea row not affecting fisheries sector – DTI chief

Jun 21, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez also says there's no need to raise the Recto Bank incident during the ASEAN Summit in Bangkok where country leaders are expected to discuss a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez on the sidelines of the exchange of business agreements between Filipino and Chinese investors at the Grand Hyatt Beijing on April 26, 2019. Malacañang photo

[ANALYSIS] Will boat sinking put pressure on ASEAN Summit?

Jun 20, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The ramming of a Filipino boat by a Chinese vessel in the Reed Bank could force Southeast Asian countries to put pressure on China for an early agreement on a rules-based code

ASEAN leaders told to get serious on Rohingya issue

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:37 PM

ASEAN leaders meeting in Bangkok this weekend must 'drastically rethink' their response to the crisis, according to Brad Adams of Human Rights Watch

PH bags 5 golds in 2019 ASEAN Age Group Chess Championships

Jun 16, 2019 - 9:03 PM

Vic Glysen Derotas and Mark Jay Bacojo sweep their divisions to banner the Philippines' golden haul

CHAMPION. Vic Glysen Derotas sweeps her division to bag one of the Philippines' 5 gold medals. Photo from Facebook

Narrowly getting plane tickets, Filipinos fly for ASEAN chess tilt

Jun 09, 2019 - 11:09 PM

A 57-man Philippine delegation will compete in the 20th ASEAN Age Group Chess Championship in Myanmar

YOUNG MINDS. Al-Basher Buto, seeing action in the Under-10, and Jean Antonette Brade, competing in the Under-8 division, wave as they make their way to the ticket counter at NAIA Terminal 2. Photos sent by Bong Buto


Outcry as ASEAN predicts 'smooth' Rohingya return to Myanmar

Jun 07, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Amnesty International says it is 'astonishing' the report failed to mention the military atrocities that drove the Rohingya out, the continued segregation of those who remained, or ongoing armed conflict in Rakhine

ROHINGYA RETURN? A young Rohingya refugee walks back to his home at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on February 4, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Ray Parks nabs historic 3rd straight ABL local MVP plum

May 05, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The Alab Pilipinas stalwart becomes the first and only player in the nine-year history of the regional league to win 3 MVP trophies

BATTLE-SCARRED. Ray Parks will enter the PBA having made history in the ABL. Photo from ABL

Indonesia detains Vietnamese fishermen after high seas clash

Apr 29, 2019 - 9:32 PM

The clash in the South China Sea at the weekend saw Jakarta summon Vietnam's ambassador on April 29, after the navy detained a dozen Vietnamese fishermen

SOUTH CHINA SEA. This screen grab taken from handout video on April 27, 2019 and released on April 29 by the Indonesian Navy shows members of the Indonesian Navy (R) watching as a Vietnamese coast guard ship (L) approaches and apparently rams their vessel, off the coast of Borneo in the South China Sea. AFP PHOTO/INDONESIAN NAVY

[OPINION] The world according to Rodolfo Severino

Apr 24, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Severino will be remembered as a great Filipino statesman in the tradition of those who served their homeland well by serving the world of nations

[OPINION] Remembering ‘Amba’ Rod Severino

Apr 21, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Former ASEAN secretary-general Rodolfo Severino Jr passes away on April 19, 2019, at the age of 82. Here's how I remember him.

'Immeasurable loss' to ASEAN community: Diplomats pay tribute to Rodolfo Severino Jr

Apr 20, 2019 - 8:44 PM

People who worked with former ambassador Rodolfo Severino Jr remember him as 'an exemplar in his career and a generous mentor'

ASEAN SEC-GEN. Then-ASEAN Secretary General Rodolfo Severino Jr during the closing ceremony of the 34th ASEAN Minister Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, on July 24, 2001. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP