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'Dragon slayer' Kaka Bag-ao wins as Dinagat Islands governor

May 14, 2019 - 9:16 PM

The Dinagat Islands Representative defeats another member of the once powerful Ecleo clan

Bag-Ao kicks off campaign for governor of Dinagat islands. Photo courtesy of Office of Rep. Kaka J. Bag-ao

Human rights 'core guiding principle' of new HIV, AIDS law

Jan 09, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The law's principal authors say it will help address the stigma against people living with HIV and AIDS

HUMAN RIGHTS. Legislators say the new law strengthening the HIV and AIDS policy of the Philippines focuses on human rights.

Storm in a teacup in Britain over eco-friendly bags

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:57 PM

Britons are up in arms over new biodegradable teabags that leave a bitter taste in the mouth as they split open, spilling their contents into teacups

'Pinakawalanghiya': Opposition hits House's draft charter

Dec 11, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao says the proposed constitution 'represents everything that is wrong with our government'

OPPOSITION VS CHA-CHA. Representatives Kaka Bag-ao, Jose Christopher Belmonte, and Ariel Casilao are against the House's draft federal charter.

Shabu in lifters, burned bags, Ryan Gosling | Evening wRap

Aug 30, 2018 - 10:07 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Ralf Rivas

VIRAL: School official burns students' bags as punishment

Aug 18, 2018 - 3:18 PM

(UPDATED) Bicol Central Academy administrator Alexander James Jaucian is caught on video shouting at students, calling them 'stupid'

Here's how many times you need to reuse your shopping bags

Aug 11, 2018 - 8:30 AM

As with all matters environmental, it’s essential that we have the right knowledge to make informed decisions

REUSE. Recycled paper bags. Photo from Jeremy Piehler/Flickr, CC BY-NC

Cool geeky items you could find on Lazada

Jun 22, 2018 - 6:51 PM

“The geek shall inherit the earth.”

Malacañang on Sereno, Sotto on Senate presidency, Markle’s wedding dress | Evening wRap

May 18, 2018 - 7:12 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Bea Cupin

IN PHOTOS: These Louboutin bags were inspired by Manila

May 11, 2018 - 8:49 PM

Here's why Christian Louboutin fell in love with the city

'What were they thinking?': Robredo, LP solons criticized for Holocaust Memorial photo

Apr 16, 2018 - 10:30 PM

In the photo, Robredo and LP solons were seen happily posing at a monument that honors the memories of the millions who lost their lives during the holocaust

DISRESPECTFUL. Vice President Leni Robredo and Liberal Party lawmakers are criticized online for posing happily in a photo at the holocaust memorial in Berlin. Photo from Rep. Teddy Baguilat's Twitter account.

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, March 26 - April 1, 2018

Apr 01, 2018 - 12:26 PM

From rolling away "stones of sin" to threats against media to an exclusive video on violent rituals in the police academy

Kaka Bag-ao on speaking up against a supermajority

Mar 28, 2018 - 11:13 AM

'Hindi ibig sabihin na tatalikuran ko 'yung mga paniniwala ko,' says the Dinagat representative on taking contrary positions as a member of the supermajority

DINAGAT REP. Kaka Bag-ao considers herself a 'salaried worker' in the House of Representatives. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

5 travel bags for all kinds of summer adventures

Mar 17, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Travel bags

The most ridiculous items in this year’s Oscars swag bag

Mar 03, 2018 - 10:52 AM

Underarm sweat patches, anyone?

Longchamp's S/S 2018 collection takes us on safari

Feb 01, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The new Longchamp collection is inspired by South Africa's diverse and colorful culture

How Pacsafe's co-founders turned an accident into an international brand

Jan 26, 2018 - 5:34 PM

From an unfortunate accident to the anti-theft bags we know today – here's how Pacsafe came to be

Forget the self-driving car, meet the self-driving suitcase

Jan 12, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Several innovations at CES 2018 are geared towards helping travelers with the weighty problem of dealing with baggage.

HIGH-TECH TROLLEY. The Travelmate suitcase can automatically follow its user around. Photo from Travelmate Robotics


LOOK: Washable paper bags for the eco-conscious fashionista

Jan 06, 2018 - 7:29 PM

Uashmama's washable paper bags look and feel like leather

Alvarez defends budget cuts for opposition lawmakers

Dec 21, 2017 - 11:46 AM

(UPDATED) The Speaker says funds have been reallocated for free college tuition and for the salary hikes for soldiers and policemen

BUDGET CUTS. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez defends the budget cuts for opposition lawmakers in 2018. Rappler file photo

Opposition congressmen get zero budget in 2018

Dec 20, 2017 - 2:25 PM

(UPDATED) House opposition leader Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says the move was done in the bicameral conference 'reportedly upon instructions of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez'

NO BUDGET. Opposition congressmen lead by Raul Daza (left) and Edcel Lagman (right) hold a press conference at the House of Representatives in Quezon City. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

These reusable bags are a stylish way to cut waste

Nov 28, 2017 - 2:30 PM

SM's signature eco bag gets a christmassy upgrade

SM GREEN BAG. The limited edition of the brand's signature green bag has a capacity equal to 3 shopping bags. All photos by Earnest Mangulabnan-Zabala/Rappler

Did Sereno favor court nominees? 5 justices asked to testify

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:23 PM

Representatives Ramon Rocamora and Kaka Bag-ao caution against calling all the justices, saying the House panel is resorting to a fishing expedition

Pangilinan bill seeks new Constitution subject for Grade 12 students

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:43 PM

The proposed Constitutional Education subject would cover topics like the rights and duties of citizens, social justice, and human rights

CONSTI CLASS. LP president and Senator Francis Pangilinan wants Grade 12 students to learn about the Constitution in school. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

You can bring these eco-friendly bags wherever you go

Oct 16, 2017 - 4:15 PM

They're good for the environment, and your outfit!

The bags made of second chances

Oct 02, 2017 - 2:42 PM

Yvette's Bags and Beads Collection employs inmates and former inmates from the Davao City Jail – a powerful message of hope and second chances

Hontiveros ally in House hits 'Leilanization' of senator

Oct 02, 2017 - 2:11 PM

Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag-ao says Senator Risa Hontiveros is being persecuted by the Duterte administration, similar to what was done to Senator Leila de Lima

Rep. Kaka Bag-ao, one of the four who voted against to determine if the impeachment complaint is sufficient in form and substance filed against Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno at the House Committee on Justice on Wednesday. photo by DARREN LANGIT

What the stars brought home in their Emmys gift bags

Sep 18, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Benjamin Steakhouse Prime gift certificates, soy candles, Patchi chocolates, and beauty products are just some of the items the stars got

House approves SOGIE equality bill on 2nd reading

Sep 14, 2017 - 10:14 AM

This is the farthest the bill has gone in the legislative process since it passed on 3rd and final reading during the 11th Congress

EQUALITY CHAMPS. Legislators celebrate after the SOGIE Equality Bill is approved on 2nd reading. Photo courtesy of Jeff Crisostomo

LP House members, allies: Duterte admin 'employing fear to defeat facts'

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:43 PM

Several members of the Liberal Party in the House – alongside a long time party ally and a PDP Laban member – slam the administration for its attacks on checks and balances

DISSENT. Representatives Kaka Bag-ao and Jose Christopher Belmonte, LP members who are part of the House justice committee, thumb down the impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

1st impeach complaint vs Sereno 'sufficient in form, substance'

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:54 AM

2nd UPDATE The House committee on justice finds the second complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno – filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution – insufficient in form

IMPEACHMENT COMPLAINT. The House committee on justice tackles the impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

In Kyoto, 'Sampaguita' is for fashionistas

Sep 10, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The Philippines national flower is also the name of a shop in Japan s old capital selling elegant bags and hats made of Philippine fibers and assembled by Filipino workers

[WATCH] 'What's in my bag?' with Bembol Roco

Aug 21, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Bembol Roco is bringing the fanny pack back

IN PHOTOS: These Pacsafe bags are the prettiest, safest bags for the street

Jul 19, 2017 - 7:02 PM

Stylishly secure the new Pacsafe line will take you to wherever you need to go

LGBT advocates lead charge for anti-discrimination bill

Mar 14, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Representatives Emmeline Aglipay Villar Kaka Bag ao and Geraldine Roman sponsor the proposed SOGIE Equality Act for 2nd reading in the House

EQUALITY CHAMPS. SOGIE Equality Act co-authors and Representatives Kaka Bag-ao and Geraldine Roman listen as House women and gender equality chairperson Emmeline Aglipay Villar sponsors the bill on 2nd reading. Photo from Bag'ao's office

Who decides who lives? Lawmakers explain death penalty votes

Mar 08, 2017 - 9:23 PM

Here are links to the speeches of 14 congressmen and women who voted no and 3 who voted yes to House Bill 4727

APPROVED. The members of the 17th congress vote on the House Bill 4727 on 3rd and final reading on March 7. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Death penalty revival puts the poor, OFWs at risk – Bag-ao

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag ao likens her colleagues yes votes for the death penalty to saying yes to killing of the poor and OFWs on death row

VOTED NO. Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag-ao explains her vote against the death penalty. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

The Spark Project to offer new crowdfunding methods in March 2017

Feb 25, 2017 - 4:38 PM

Starting March the Spark Project is set to offer donations based and investment type crowdfunding methods

CROWDFUNDING. The Spark Project Team, headed by CEO and Founder Patch Dulay (leftmost), is ready for its ‘best year yet’, 2017. Photo by Angela Casco/ Rappler

Capital punishment in PH jeopardizes OFWs on death row – Bag-ao

Feb 23, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag ao tells congressmen Ang pagboto po natin ng yes sa death penalty ay katumbas sa pagdiin sa kanila sa kamatayan

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag-ao says the death penalty bill is detrimental to OFWs on death row as well to poor Filipinos. Screengrab from congress.gov.ph

WATCH: Rappler X introduced at NSPC 2017 for online publication contest

Jan 28, 2017 - 5:12 PM

Here are the top 7 best teams in the Online Publishing demonstration contest at the National Schools Press Conference 2017

Afghan boy who wore plastic bag jersey meets idol Messi

Dec 14, 2016 - 12:31 PM

Six year old Murtaza Ahmadi gets his dream come true after meeting Lionel Messi

Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi poses for a picture with the FC Barcelona team, including his idol Lionel Messi, on the pitch before the start of a friendly football match against Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli FC on December 13, 2016 in the Qatari capital Doha. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

Hontiveros: Death penalty in our 'Kill Bill' list

Dec 08, 2016 - 7:20 PM

Two other lawmakers also condemn the proposal to revive the death penalty as well as plans to lower the age of criminal liability in the Philippines

'Don't use impeachment as tool for political reasons' – lawmaker

Dec 08, 2016 - 3:05 PM

Lawmakers react to Senator Leila de Lima s claim that President Rodrigo Duterte may be impeached for protecting cops tagged in the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr

House death penalty bill: How they voted

Dec 07, 2016 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED The House justice committee votes in favor of reimposing the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines Who voted for and against the measure?

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. How did the House justice panel vote on the death penalty bill?

Shameful, horrible, deplorable

Nov 08, 2016 - 3:28 PM

Lawmakers react to the SC ruling allowing a corrupt and ruthless dictator to be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani

AMONG HEROES. The Libingan ng mga Bayani

Lawmakers condemn Davao blast, reaffirm support for Duterte

Sep 03, 2016 - 2:56 PM

UPDATED Congressmen call for continued public support for President Rodrigo Duterte who has declared a nationwide state of lawlessness but a few of their colleagues caution against the declaration

BLAST SITE. President Rodrigo Duterte visits the blast site that left 14 people dead and 60 injured in Davao City on September 3, 2016. Photo by Robinson Ninal/PPD

Check out Heart Evangelista's line of hand-painted bags

Aug 20, 2016 - 1:12 PM

Heart is scheduled to hold the Carry Your HeART exhibit featuring her hand painted bags on September 3

Kids unsafe in society that condones violence – female LP lawmakers

Aug 16, 2016 - 3:40 PM

While their party is allied with President Rodrigo Duterte s PDP Laban 5 female legislators from LP say they oppose apparent summary executions committed in the name of the war on drugs

WAR ON DRUGS. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Proponents hope to pass anti-discrimination bill in 17th Congress

Jun 30, 2016 - 11:27 AM

The bill that seeks to end discrimination in the Philippines faces strong opposition in the Lower House

PRIDE. LGBT groups and individuals gather at the Luneta to celebrate the 22nd Pride March in the Philippines on June 25, 2016

From Basilan to Forbes: The young scientist behind biodegradable plastic bags

Feb 29, 2016 - 9:56 AM

Forbes Magazine s young game changers under 30 include Amin Hataman the ARMM governor s 15 year old son who invented biodegradable bags made from coconut by product