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Ylona Garcia, Bright Vachirawit on 88Rising’s 'Asia Rising: Summer Edition' lineup

May 27, 2020 - 5:36 PM

The two stars are part of the online festival's lineup

RISING STARS. Bright Vachirawit and Ylona Garcia are performing in 88Rising's upcoming online festival. Screenshots from Instagram.com/bbrightvc and Instagram.com/ylonagarcia

[ANALYSIS] Why Facebook’s Oversight Board is not diverse enough

May 25, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Where is Southeast Asia in the FOB?

'Super cyclone' Amphan batters Bangladesh, India

May 21, 2020 - 9:22 AM

'The situation is more worrying than the coronavirus pandemic. We don't know how to handle it,' India's West Bengal state leader Mamata Banerjee says

FLOOD. Residents walk along a house on a flooded street heading to a shelter ahead of the expected landfall of cyclone Amphan, in Dacope of Khulna district on May 20, 2020. Photo by Munir uz Zaman/AFP

Millions batten down as 'super cyclone' Amphan hits Bangladesh, India

May 20, 2020 - 11:03 PM

Authorities scramble to evacuate more than 3 million people from low-lying areas, but the task is complicated by the need to prevent the spread of coronavirus

SUPER CYCLONE. This NASA Earth Observatory image obtained May 20, 2020, shows Tropical Cyclone Amphan at 16:15 Universal Time (9:45 p.m. India Standard Time) on May 19, 2020 as it moved north-northeast over the Bay of Bengal. Handout/NASA Earth Observatory/AFP

'Super cyclone' to slam India, Bangladesh

May 20, 2020 - 9:39 AM

Along with 'very heavy rainfall,' the system is expected to result in a storm surge pushing the sea level several meters higher

AMPHAN. A man looks out as waves hit a breakwater at Kasimedu fishing harbor in Chennai on May 19, 2020, as Cyclone Amphan barrels towards India's eastern coast. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

Public should balance 'news diet' during coronavirus pandemic

May 08, 2020 - 3:34 PM

'Your life depends now literally on the information that you are receiving…. The people need to act like their lives depend on the information they are getting,' says Steve Herman of Voice of America

Virus pushes Indonesia zoo animals to brink of starvation

May 01, 2020 - 3:28 PM

'If a few more months pass and we don't get any aid from the government or other international organizations, then with a heavy heart we'll have to feed herbivores...to the carnivores.'

This picture taken on April 29, 2020 shows a tiger resting inside its enclosure at the zoo in Bandung, West Java. Indonesian officials said on April 30 that some 60 cash-strapped animal parks -- home to roughly 70,000 creatures -- across the Southeast Asian archipelago have been closed since mid-March and most say they have only enough food until the middle of May. TIMUR MATAHARI / AFP

Southeast Asia finds ways to minimize waste during coronavirus outbreak

Apr 22, 2020 - 5:41 PM

As demand for disposable face masks, disinfectant and protective equipment soars, innovative Southeast Asians have come up with ideas to curb single-use litter while shielding themselves and others from the virus

RECYCLED. Buddhist monk Chamnanwej Sutthiyano inscribes spiritual incantations on masks made from recycled plastic bottles, amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

China, India to narrowly avoid recession in virus-hit 2020 – IMF

Apr 14, 2020 - 11:25 PM

The International Monetary Fund predicts growth of 1.2% for China and 1.9% for India in 2020, despite the coronavirus pandemic

People stand in queue keeping social distance beside a Covid-19 awareness scarecrows placed by Chennai municipality at a market during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Chennai on April 11, 2020. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)

Pandemic a 'perfect storm' for South Asia, World Bank says

Apr 12, 2020 - 5:45 PM

The World Bank slashes its growth forecast for South Asia, as it expects at least half the countries in the region to fall into 'deep recession' in 2020

NEW CASES. A commuter wears a face mask on a street in Karachi on February 28, 2020 as Pakistan has detected its first two cases of novel coronavirus. Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP

Asia cracks down on coronavirus 'fake news'

Apr 10, 2020 - 5:14 PM

People have been wrongly detained under vaguely worded cybercrime laws or broad state-of-emergency powers ushered in since the outbreak began, rights groups say

SOLO. A woman wearing a face mask travels on a ferry in Hong Kong on February 5, 2020, as a preventative measure following a virus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Majority of Metro Manila residents oppose gov't bailout of big businesses

Apr 10, 2020 - 4:17 PM

It is the only one of 9 proposed policies tested that fails to get majority support, Publicus Asia's online survey shows

Roxas Boulevard on Thursday, March 18. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Asia virus latest: Myanmar reports first death, China factory turnaround

Apr 01, 2020 - 8:55 AM

The governor of Jakarta says nearly 300 suspected and confirmed victims of the virus have been wrapped in plastic and quickly buried since the start of this month

PROTECTION. A boy, wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the novel coronavirus, holds onto an electronic weighing machine at a market in Yangon on March 21, 2020. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Magnitude 7.5 quake hits off Russia's Kuril Islands – USGS

Mar 25, 2020 - 1:46 PM

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says 'only very small tsunami waves were generated by this earthquake and there is no further threat'

Asia steps up virus efforts as second wave of infections strikes

Mar 22, 2020 - 6:48 PM

The World Health Organization has called for 'aggressive' action in Southeast Asia amid fears a major outbreak of the virus could cause some decrepit health care systems in the region to collapse

Perfect storm: Coronavirus imperils Asia's sprawling slums

Mar 19, 2020 - 2:22 PM

The deadly coronavirus pandemic looms over hundreds of millions packed into Asia's massive slums, where staying clean is nearly impossible and people have to leave their homes daily to survive

Families live in concrete pipes used as makeshift dwellings along a street in Manila on March 22, 2016.  Roughly one quarter of the nation's 100 million people live in poverty, which is defined as surviving on about one US dollar a day, according to government data. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

WHO says 'aggressive' action needed in Southeast Asia to stop virus

Mar 18, 2020 - 10:39 AM

There are concerns that weaker public health care systems in many Southeast Asian countries will be unable to cope with a major outbreak

MOM AND KID. The PNP conducts a checkpoint at Tunasan, Muntinlupa on March 17, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Former Army chief Alberto is new PH ambassador to Israel

Mar 12, 2020 - 8:11 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also reappoints former speaker Jose de Venecia Jr as special envoy for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

NEW AMBASSADOR. In this file photo, former Philippine Army commanding general Major General Macairog Alberto attends a defense and security exhibition held in Bangkok in November 2019. File photo from Philippine Army

Tokyo-bound Eumir Marcial nails gold in Olympic qualifiers

Mar 12, 2020 - 2:40 AM

Narrowly winning the first two rounds, Eumir Marcial puffs enough gas in the third and final round to beat Abilkhan Amankul of Kazakhstan

GOLD HAUL. Eumir Felix Marcial follows up his gold-medal winning run in the Southeast Asian Games with another top prize. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


PH's Irish Magno punches way to Olympics

Mar 11, 2020 - 6:21 PM

Irish Magno becomes the fourth Filipino to clinch a ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

MAIDEN. Irish Magno will see action in her first Olympics. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


Eumir Marcial punches Olympic qualifiers finals ticket

Mar 11, 2020 - 11:52 AM

After clinching a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth, Eumir Marcial goes for gold in the men's middleweight final

FINALS-BOUND. Eumir Marcial aims for the gold to fulfill his expectations of being the tournament No. 1 seed in the men's middleweight. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Lorenzana denies Chinese vessels hampered Pag-asa Island construction

Mar 10, 2020 - 9:24 PM

'Although there are always Chinese ships in the vicinity of Pag-asa, they have never in any way interfered with the rehabilitation of the island,' says the defense chief

PAG-ASA ISLAND. This satellite image from June 2019 shows construction work on Pag-asa Island, the Philippines' main outpost in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from AMTI-CSIS

Olympic qualifier heartbreak more painful than breakup, says Petecio

Mar 09, 2020 - 11:31 PM

Nesthy Petecio succumbs to her Japanese foe as she falls short of nailing a slot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

FALL SHORT. Nesthy Petecio could not carry her winning ways from her gold-medal triumph in the Southeast Asian Games to the Olympic qualifiers. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


Petecio fails first shot at Olympics

Mar 09, 2020 - 8:55 PM

World boxing champion Nesthy Petecio bows to her Japanese foe in the Olympic qualifiers as she misses her first try at securing a Tokyo 2020 ticket

ONE MORE CHANCE. Nesthy Petecio can still qualify for the Olympics through the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


Eumir Felix Marcial books Tokyo 2020 Olympics slot

Mar 09, 2020 - 1:04 AM

(UPDATED) Filipino boxer Eumir Felix Marcial secures his maiden Olympic berth as he advances to the semifinals of the qualifiers

ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED. Eumir Felix Marcial qualifies for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the men's middleweight category.Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Boxers Magno, Paalam make quarters as Bautista crashes out

Mar 08, 2020 - 6:05 PM

Irish Magno and Carlo Paalam are one win away from a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth

OLYMPICS CHANCE. Irish Magno will go up against Indian legend Mary Kom in the 2020 Asia & Oceania Olympic boxing qualifiers quarterfinals. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LOOK: Despite swarm of Chinese boats, PH building up Pag-asa Island

Mar 07, 2020 - 3:31 PM

Satellite photos from a US-based think tank show progress in runway repairs and beaching ramp construction even as Chinese militia vessels surround the Philippines’ main outpost in the West Philippine Sea

PROGRESS. THIS photo from the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (AMTI-CSIS) shows the progress of repairs and construction on Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from AMTI-CSIS

Asia-Pacific economies seen to face $211-billion hit from coronavirus

Mar 06, 2020 - 3:30 PM

S&P Global Ratings expects the Asia-Pacific region to grow 4% in 2020, which would be the worst performance since a contraction in 2008 caused by the global financial crisis

Pedestrians, wearing facemasks amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, walk down an elevated walkway in Bangkok on March 4, 2020. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Marcial books quarterfinals slot, nears Olympics berth

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:49 PM

Eumir Felix Marcial moves one win away from qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

OLYMPIC DREAM. Eumir Felix Marcial nears his dream of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Petecio one win away from maiden Olympics berth

Mar 04, 2020 - 10:20 PM

Nesthy Petecio eases into the Olympic qualifiers quarterfinals, putting her a win away from qualifying for the quadrennial meet

FAVORITE. Nesthy Petecio proves that she is one of the favorites for a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Ian Clark Bautista stuns former youth world champion in Olympic qualifiers

Mar 04, 2020 - 8:26 AM

The Philippines opens its campaign with Ian Clark Bautista upsetting Japanese Hayato Tsutsumi in the 2020 Asia and Oceania Olympic boxing qualifiers

REVENGE WIN. Ian Clark Bautista is set to face his Thai rival Chatchai Butdee in the next round of the 2020 Asia & Oceania Olympic boxing qualifiers. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PH ranks first in Asia for gender diversity in the workforce – report

Mar 03, 2020 - 1:14 PM

The Philippines has the most female industry leaders in Asia. But even at its best figure, women still do not make up more than a third of leadership roles across Asia.

PH boxers begin Tokyo 2020 Olympics quest in Jordan

Mar 01, 2020 - 9:23 PM

The Philippines sends a 10-pug delegation to the 2020 Asia and Oceania boxing Olympic qualifying tournament

CHAMPION. Nesthy Petecio vies for a maiden Olympic berth in the upcoming continental qualifiers. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Indigenous youth in Asia Pacific find strength in unity

Feb 25, 2020 - 10:32 AM

'It’s your community that gave you identity. It should be a self-obligatory response to give back to them,' shares Jal Mustari, an indigenous youth from Marawi City

Gilas Pilipinas responds to Indonesia blowout challenge

Feb 24, 2020 - 12:07 AM

Parading 5 amateur players in its 12-man lineup, Gilas Pilipinas still manhandles Indonesia to open the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Kiefer Ravena and Marc Pingris issued a challenge to the rest of Gilas Pilipinas to beat Indonesia by a big margin, and their teammates did not disappoint. Photo from fiba.basketball


Thirdy a revelation for Gilas Pilipinas, but Dickel far from surprised

Feb 23, 2020 - 10:41 PM

Thirdy Ravena leads Gilas Pilipinas' 30-point romp of Indonesia in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers with a masterful game on both ends

STERLING START. Thirdy Ravena and Gilas Pilipinas open the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers on the right foot. Photo from fiba.basketball


Gilas Pilipinas blasts Indonesia behind Thirdy revelation

Feb 23, 2020 - 8:59 PM

Thirdy Ravena shines the brightest in a team with 7 PBA players as Gilas Pilipinas gets off to a rousing start in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

FUTURE. Thirdy Ravena powers his way to 23 points in just his second game for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from fiba.basketball


Jericho Cruz, Guam crushed by New Zealand in FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

Feb 23, 2020 - 5:35 PM

Bouyed by its statement win over defending champion Australia, New Zealand demolishes Jericho Cruz and Guam for a perfect start in the first window

WORLD STAGE. PBA player Jericho Cruz gets a starting nod for Guam. Photo from fiba.basketball


HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Indonesia - FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

Feb 22, 2020 - 6:23 PM

Five amateur standouts see action as Gilas Pilipinas faces Indonesia in a road game on Sunday, February 23

Nearly 900,000 pangolins trafficked in Southeast Asia – watchdog

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:01 AM

Over 96,000 kilograms (210,000 pounds) of the creatures' scales were also seized in Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam between 2017 and 2019 alone, the report says

RESCUED. A live Philippine pangolin has been turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Central Luzon. Photo by Christian Sarmiento

Kiefer, Gilas Pilipinas out to stamp class vs Indonesia

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:36 PM

Gilas Pilipinas may be heavily favored against Indonesia, but Kiefer Ravena says there will be no letup for the young squad in the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers

LEADERSHIP ROLE. Kiefer Ravena will serve as captain for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from fiba.basketball


Jericho Cruz cracks Guam lineup for FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

Feb 20, 2020 - 6:03 PM

NLEX guard Jericho Cruz aims to help Guam pull off an upset against New Zealand

GUAM PROUD. Jericho Cruz has been named into Guam's 12-man lineup for the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers. Photo from fiba.basketball


Double Gilas Pilipinas duty not a problem for CJ Perez

Feb 20, 2020 - 5:40 PM

CJ Perez says he is always willing to give his all for the country as he competes for Gilas Pilipinas in the 5-on-5 and 3x3 events

RELIABLE. CJ Perez has become a Gilas Pilipinas mainstay, both for the 5-on-5 and 3x3 events. Photo from fiba.basketball

Thirdy-Kiefer Gilas Pilipinas linkup a 'big responsibility'

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:52 AM

Ravena brothers Thirdy and Kiefer team up for Gilas Pilipinas for the first time

FOR THE FUTURE. Thirdy Ravena gets his second Gilas Pilipinas call-up. Photo from fiba.basketball


Mocon the 'unlucky' cut in Gilas Pilipinas lineup

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Javee Mocon joins Marc Pingris as the only PBA players to miss the final 12-man cut against Indonesia in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

CUT. Javee Mocon will have to wait for another opportunity to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from PBA Images


Ravena bros headline Gilas Pilipinas lineup for FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

Feb 19, 2020 - 8:31 PM

Interim coach Mark Dickel names 7 PBA players and 5 amateur standouts in Gilas Pilipinas' 12-man lineup

LEADER. Kiefer Ravena is tasked to lead this new bunch of Gilas Pilipinas players as team captain. Photo from fiba.basketball


GlobalPort-PH polo team nails All Asia Cup medal finish

Feb 19, 2020 - 8:15 PM

The Philippines settles for runner-up honors after bowing to Thailand in the final match

PODIUM. GlobalPort-Philippine team members Adrian Garcia (left), Rep. Mikee Romero (third from left), Anthony Garcia and Robert Esguerra (right) celebrate their podium finish with Thailand Polo Association President Kanoksakdi Bhinsaeng (fourth from left) and AirAsia vice chair Sheila Romero, Anthony Garcia. Photo release

Business groups call for ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Feb 18, 2020 - 3:40 PM

(UPDATED) The business groups note the critical role of a free press in economic development

Filipino shuttlers bow out in Badminton Asia quarters

Feb 14, 2020 - 9:37 PM

Top-ranked Indonesia ousts the Philippines in the men’s quarterfinals of the 2020 Badminton Asia Team Championships

GALLANTE EFFORT. Philippine bets Alvin Morada and Ariel Magnaye manage to put up a fight against their Indonesian foes. Photo release

Gilas Pilipinas game in FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers postponed

Feb 14, 2020 - 1:43 PM

Two other games are moved to a later date due to the threat of the novel coronavirus outbreak

GEARING UP. Vic Manuel and Gilas Pilipinas will have an extra couple of days to prepare and practice for the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler