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After Clarkson, skater Margielyn Didal gets flag-bearer honor

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:49 PM

Gold medalist Margielyn Didal will lead the Philippine delegation in the 2018 Asian Games closing ceremonies

SKATER GIRL. Margielyn Didal's incredible Asian Games run has put a spotlight on Philippine skateboarding. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Jordan Clarkson gears up for PH flag-bearer role

Aug 17, 2018 - 2:32 PM

The Fil-Am NBA player will be at the helm of the Philippine contingent during the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Asian Games on Saturday, August 18

ROLE MODEL. Bestowing the honor of flag-bearer to Jordan Clarkson sends a good message, says Philippine chef de mission Richard Gomez.

Cayetano lectures career diplomats about diplomacy

May 28, 2018 - 8:49 PM

A politician-turned-diplomat, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano uses metaphors, such as a neighborhood squabble, to teach diplomacy to veterans in the foreign service

LECTURING DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano lectures career diplomats about diplomacy at the Department of Foreign Affairs' flag-raising ceremony on May 28, 2018. Photo courtesy of MJ Roldan/DFA

IN PHOTOS: Coda's modern-day kolot ceremony

May 19, 2018 - 7:19 PM

In Kiangan, Ifugao, a little boy goes through a rite of passage earlier than expected

The week in photos: April 28-May 4, 2018

May 05, 2018 - 7:30 PM

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

BIRTHDAY SUIT. A photo posted by TV host Troy Montero on his Instagram on May 2, 2018, shows him with long time partner Aubrey Miles enjoy the beach while posing naked in Coron, Palawan. Photo from Instagram.com/troymontero

New AFP chief Carlito Galvez: 'We must now walk the path of peace'

Apr 18, 2018 - 6:04 PM

'I take this opportunity to support the peace process with the MILF and the MNLF. We look forward to the final political resolution of conflict in Mindanao,' Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr says in his assumption speech

PEACE. New AFP chief Lieutenant General Carlito Jr. talks of peace during his inaugural speech. File photo PCOO

The week in photos: March 31-April 6, 2018

Apr 07, 2018 - 3:18 PM

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

Children look out of the window of a bus upon their arrival at the Abu al-Zindeen checkpoint near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab after Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families from the former rebel bastion's main town of Douma were evacuated from the last rebel-held pocket in Eastern Ghouta on April 3, 2018.Russia-backed regime forces have retaken control of 95 percent of Eastern Ghouta since February 18 through a combination of a deadly air and ground assault and evacuation deals. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

Supreme Court flag ceremony, High inflation rate expected, EU fund for PH drug rehab program | Midday wRap

Mar 05, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

WATCH: EXO, CL electrify fans in 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremonies

Feb 26, 2018 - 2:24 PM

K-pop fans all over the world go wild over EXO and CL in the Winter Games finale

MAIN HIGHLIGHT. EXO's performance makes headlines in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremonies. Photo from Twitter (@weareoneexo)

Campus journos 'defend press freedom' during NSPC 2018 awarding ceremonies

Feb 23, 2018 - 9:01 PM

'It's not just a contest for us. we will uphold press freedom even though we just came from a small island province,' says a campus journalist from Virac, Catanduanes

Booze alert as young Japanese women come of age

Jan 08, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Celebrated on the second Monday of the year from snow-swept northern Japan to the subtropical south, Coming of Age Day includes those who turned 20 the previous year or will do so before March 31

COMING OF AGE. 20-year-old women wearing kimonos ride a carousel after their "Coming-of-Age Day" ceremony at the Toshimaen amusement park in Tokyo on January 8, 2018. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Singapore's ASEAN 2018 chairmanship to focus on 'resilience and innovation'

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:46 AM

Lee calls ASEAN the 'lifeboat' of Southeast Asian countries

NEXT CHAIR. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addresses the closing ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila, November 14, 2017. Photo from ASEAN Media Pool

Silence as PH marines pay tribute to fallen men on 67th year

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:03 AM

The Philippine Marine Corps also celebrates the living heroes who led its operations not only in Marawi but in other conflict areas in the country

67TH. The Philippine Marine Corps celebrated its 67th year anniversary on November 7, 2017

Marawi rehab tops Duque’s agenda in DOH

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:32 AM

Secretary Francisco Duque III returns to the Department of Health: 'I am quite joyous with the fact that I’m back to where I truly belong'

Sec. Francisco Duque assumes the DOH post on November 6, 2017 from former secretary Paulyn Ubial. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: Marawi-assigned SAF troopers welcomed home as heroes

Oct 25, 2017 - 8:13 PM

The Philippine National Police Special Action Force's return was celebrated with a Heroes' Welcome Ceremony

#PugadBaboy: Dugo ng Shinobi 112

Sep 01, 2017 - 11:00 AM

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, August 12-19, 2017

Aug 20, 2017 - 2:28 PM

Must watch videos from this week

KIAN IS MY SON. Saldy delos Santos holds up his son's school ID, their only proper photo of their son. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

WATCH: Flying diver ignites SEA Games cauldron

Aug 20, 2017 - 12:28 AM

Teenage diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri flew through Malaysia s national stadium in a brave stunt to light the cauldron

FLYING HIGH. Nur Dhabitah Sabri flies high above the Bukit Jalil stadium to let the flames begin. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

SEA Games 2017: Malaysia welcomes athletes at opening ceremony

Aug 20, 2017 - 12:09 AM

From marching bands to fireworks and an elaborate light show Malaysia showcases well its culture traditions and modern tastes

WATCH: Team Philippines marches in SEA Games 2017 opening

Aug 19, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Taekwondo Olympian Kirstie Alora carries the Philippine flag

TEAM PHILIPPINES. The Philippine contingent parades during the 2017 Southeast Asian Games opening ceremony. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

WATCH: An elaborate wedding ritual by an Indonesian tribe

Aug 15, 2017 - 5:35 PM

One of hundreds of Indonesian indigenous tribes the Mandailing of North Sumatera have elaborate rituals surrounding their traditional wedding ceremony

TRADITION. Mandailing ceremonial elders discuss inducting the bride in a Mandailing clan. Photo by Uni Lubis/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: PMA Class '17 Recognition Day and Dunking Ceremony

Mar 11, 2017 - 5:27 PM

The class sets itself apart for having 8 women in the Top 10 including valedictorian Rovi Martinez

Dunking ceremony on March 2017 at the PMA

Sound mixer finally wins Oscar – on 21st try

Feb 27, 2017 - 10:11 PM

Hacksaw Ridge sound mixer Kevin O Connell is nominated 21 times over 33 years

'Moonlight' shines at Oscars with best picture win

Feb 27, 2017 - 6:32 PM

Here s what to know about the Oscars 2017 Best Picture

WATCH: Confusion as 'Moonlight' wins Best Picture Oscar after 'La La Land' announced winner

Feb 27, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Warren WHAT DID YOU DO? asks host Jimmy Kimmel

CORRECT CARD. 'La La Land' producer Jordan Horowitz (L) shows the card reading Best Film 'Moonlight' next to US actor Warren Beatty after the latter mistakingly read 'La La Land' initially at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. Mark Ralston/AFP

FULL LIST: Winners, Oscars 2017

Feb 27, 2017 - 1:08 PM

Casey Affleck wins Best Actor for Manchester by The Sea while Emma Stone takes home Best Actress for La La Land

Oscars 2017: 'Moonlight' wins Best Picture, after 'La La Land' first announced winner

Feb 27, 2017 - 1:08 PM

It s a Steve Harvey style gaffe as Moonlight is named the real Best Picture – AFTER La La Land was erroneously named the winner first

Screengrab from YouTube/A24

Oscars 2017: Emma Stone wins Best Actress

Feb 27, 2017 - 12:57 PM

In La La Land Emma Stone plays Mia an aspiring actress who begins to tire of the endless disappointments she faces as a barista dreaming of making it big in Hollywood

Screengrab from YouTube

Oscars 2017: Casey Affleck wins Best Actor

Feb 27, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Casey wins for his role as grieving brother Lee Chandler in Manchester by the Sea

Photo from oscar.go.com

WATCH: 'Mean Tweets' at Oscars 2017

Feb 27, 2017 - 12:34 PM

Lin Manuel Miranda Natalie Portman Eddie Redmayne Whoopi Goldberg Robert DeNiro and many more read their mean tweets much to their amusement

Screengrab from Twitter/The Hollywood Reporter/ABC

Oscars 2017: Viola Davis wins Best Supporting Actress

Feb 27, 2017 - 10:46 AM

Viola Davis wins for her performance in Fences

Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Women In Film/AFP

Oscars 2017: Mahershala Ali wins Best Supporting Actor

Feb 27, 2017 - 9:51 AM

The actor wins Best Supporting Actor for his role in Moonlight

SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Mahershala Ali attends the 32nd Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards sponsored by FIJI Water at Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for FIJI Water/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Oscars 2017 red carpet

Feb 27, 2017 - 8:37 AM

See Nicole Kidman Felicity Jones Taraji P Henson Octavia Spencer and more on the Oscars 2017 red carpet

IN PHOTOS: 42nd PBA season opening ceremony

Nov 20, 2016 - 7:27 PM

See photos from the opening ceremony of the 2016 17 PBA season here

HARDWARE. The Philippine Cup trophy up for grabs once again. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Dozens feared dead in stampede at Ethiopia religious festival

Oct 02, 2016 - 9:20 PM

3rd UPDATE The stampede happens during an anti government protest at a religious festival

TRAGEDY. People throw stones after a deadly stampede during the Oromo new year holiday Irreecha in Bishoftu, Ethiopia on October 2, 2016. Photo by Zacharias Abubeker/AFP

Rio Paralympics end with music – and relief

Sep 19, 2016 - 3:45 PM

The famous Maracana football stadium was packed with the Paralympians themselves seated across the field as proceedings kicked off with fireworks

Athletes celebrate during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on September 18, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

Rio Paralympics stages final show in shadow of tragedy

Sep 18, 2016 - 7:08 PM

At the closing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro s Maracana football stadium Brazilian officials ware officially to hand over to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

LAST DAY. The Rio Paralympics comes to a close. Seen in the photo is Michelle Stilwell of Canada celebrating after winning the 100M T52 wheelchair race. CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP

Rio opens Paralympic Games for 'superhumans'

Sep 08, 2016 - 1:25 PM

Samba parading wheelchairs and giant balloons highlight the opening ceremony at a sold out Maracana stadium

IN PHOTOS: UST opens UAAP Season 79 with grand parade, fireworks

Sep 03, 2016 - 9:52 PM

Take a look back on the opening ceremony of the UAAP held at the campus of host school UST

Opening of the 79th season of the UAAP games at the UST grounds on September 3, 2016.

UP sweeps first UAAP ballroom competition

Sep 03, 2016 - 6:32 PM

UAAP Season 79 opens with University of the Philippines reigning supreme in a dance sport once again

UAAP Season 79 to open at UST

Aug 24, 2016 - 6:03 PM

The season opening will be held on Saturday September 3 at the UST Plaza Mayor in front of the Main Building

PLAZA MAYOR. The opening ceremony for UAAP Season 79 will be held at the UST Plaza Mayor in front of the Main Building. File Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Hero's welcome for Indonesian Olympic gold medalists

Aug 24, 2016 - 11:40 AM

They arrived at Jakarta airport to enthusiastic scenes from the waiting crowd before traveling through the capital in an open top double decker bus

Olympic joy dampened by boos for Brazil's president

Aug 06, 2016 - 3:33 PM

It took fireworks to drown out the boos for Brazil s unpopular interim president Michel Temer as locals protest economic issues which plague the country

OPENING NUMBER. People celebrate during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Duterte to Filipino Olympic athletes: 'Give 100%'

Aug 06, 2016 - 3:31 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte wishes them the best in everything Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says

RIO OLYMPICS. Fireworks go off at the end of the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 5, 2016. Photo by Barbara Walton/EPA

Refugee team receives warm welcome at Olympics opening

Aug 06, 2016 - 12:50 PM

10 athletes from the Refugee Team will compete at the Rio Olympics

Why Alora took over as PH flag bearer for Lariba during Rio opening

Aug 06, 2016 - 12:03 PM

Table tennis player Ian Lariba receives an assist from her Philippines teammate Kirstie Alora at the Parade of Nations

WATCH: Marathon runner Cordeiro lights Olympic cauldron

Aug 06, 2016 - 11:36 AM

Let the Games begin

LET THE GAMES BEGIN. Brazil's Vanderlei Cordeiro, who won bronze at the 2004 Olympics, lights the Olympic cauldron. Photo by Sergei Ilnitski/EPA

IN PHOTOS: Stars at Rio 2016 opening ceremony

Aug 06, 2016 - 9:07 AM

See photos of Gisele Bündchen walking across the stadium Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima carrying the Olympic torch before the ceremony and more

OPENING CEREMONY. Supermodel Gisele Bundchen walks the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony, while Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima carry the Olympic torch hours before the ceremony. Screengrabs from Instagram/alessandraambrosio/adrianalima, Twitter/Rio2016_en

WATCH: Philippines at the Rio Olympics opening ceremony

Aug 06, 2016 - 8:59 AM

The Philippines is the 75th country to walk at the Rio 2016 Parade of Nations led by flag bearer Ian Lariba

PARADE OF NATIONS. Taekwondo competitor Kirstie Alora carries the flag for the Philippines, taking over for table tennis player Ian Lariba. Photo by Sergey Ilnitsky/EPA

IN PHOTOS: Fireworks, lights and Gisele at the Olympics opening ceremony

Aug 06, 2016 - 8:16 AM

A message of tolerance and respect is the theme of the Rio 2016 opening