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Japan comfort women sue PH government at U.N. body

Nov 30, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Having exhausted all channels, including a suit at the Supreme Court, Filipino women raped and assaulted by Japanese soldiers in World War II run to the United Nations

'It's chicken sausage': Hotel denies serving athletes kikiam

Nov 27, 2019 - 3:30 PM

'We are so sad because our very own Pinoy athletes are the very first [ones] to destroy our dignity as Filipinos,' says Whitewoods president Edgardo Capulong

Still the 'Phenom': Kiefer Ravena shines in Mobile Legends exhibition game

Oct 27, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Kiefer Ravena flashes his skills off court as the basketball star also rules in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

PHENOM. Kiefer Ravena is ready to support the Sibol PH team in the upcoming 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: ESGS 2019

Oct 25, 2019 - 7:02 PM

Here's what you can expect to see at this year's Electronic Sports and Gaming Summit 2019

ESGS 2019. Photo by Angelo Gonzales/Rappler

LOOK: Archie and the gang drop by Rizal park in PH-exclusive cover

Oct 20, 2019 - 10:10 PM

The cover is illustrated by Miguel Mercado

IN PHOTOS: Fans flock to Bacolod’s 2nd pop culture convention

Oct 14, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The Bacolod Convention of Pop Culture is one of the activities of the MassKara Festival

UK, France, Germany ‘concerned’ over South China Sea tensions

Sep 01, 2019 - 12:48 PM

The E3 countries seek to 'underline their interest in the universal application' of the UNCLOS

MARITIME DISPUTE. A Chinese militia vessel identified by the Philippine Coast Guard during a patrol in Scarborough Shoal. File photo courtesy of the Philippine Coast Guard

Wildlife protections tightened as southern Africa protests

Aug 29, 2019 - 12:14 AM

'Humanity needs to respond to the growing extinction crisis by transforming the way we manage the world's wild animals and plants,' says CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero

Educating for Life holds 'No Place Like Home' convention 2019

Aug 28, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Educating for Life, in partnership with Moneygment and SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premier, presents this year the No Place Like Home Philippine Homeschool Convention

Wildlife meeting backs more protection for giraffes

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:41 PM

The African giraffe population as a whole has shrunk by an estimated 40% over the past 3 decades, to just under 100,000 animals, according to the best figures available to the International Union for Conservation of Nature

A picture taken on November 20, 2018 shows new-born giraffe Ella and her mother Amalka at their enclosure at Berlin's Tierpark zoo. - Five-year old giraffe Amalka gave birth to the baby on November 3, 2018. (Photo by Paul Zinken / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT

Locsin hits U.S. over sea convention

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:33 PM

'If only the greatest power on earth led by the example of subscribing to UNCLOS, it would be a safer world,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

TOP DIPLOMATS. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr meets with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo at the Department of State, December 20, 2018. File photo courtesy of US State Department

More than 2,300 tigers killed and trafficked this century – report

Aug 21, 2019 - 2:49 PM

'It looks like we are losing this fight,' says the author of the report by the conservation group Traffic

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Global ban on sending wild elephants to zoos moves step closer

Aug 21, 2019 - 10:59 AM

A large majority of countries vote in Geneva to prohibit the transfer of elephants caught in the wild to so-called captive facilities – a practice animal protection groups have long described as 'cruel'

A herd of elephants raise their trunks on their way to a watering pan supplied with water pumped from boreholes powered by more than 45 diesel-powered generators which run continuosly to ensure a steady supply of water for animals in the arid Hwange National Park on September 6, 2012. The action seems to be working, so far this year around 17 elephants have died in the area due to the extreme heat and lack of water which last year lost 77 elephants due to dehydration. Though the water maybe helping to increase the elephant population this has conversely led to the destruction of the environment. AFP PHOTO/Jekesai Njikizana. / AFP PHOTO / JEKESAI NJIKIZANA

Wildlife meet mulls trade rules to counter 'unprecedented' species declines

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:22 PM

The devastation caused to many species by poaching and booming illegal wildlife trade will be in the spotlight during a meeting of conservationists and policymakers in Geneva

ELEPHANT IVORY. A girl holds up an elephant's ivory tusk during a ceremony by authorities to destroy confiscated ivory and wildlife parts in Yangon on March 3, 2019. Photo by Sai Aung Main/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Here's what happened at the first ever Viva Convention

Aug 07, 2019 - 9:13 AM

Viva gathers its biggest stars in one event to celebrate its 38th

Photo by Alecs Ongcal

CA declares Bataan city's anti-smoking ordinance unconstitutional

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:41 PM

(UPDATED) 'The City Council of Balanga [has] overstepped Congress by passing an ordinance which imposes more prohibited acts than those specified under [RA 9211],' says the CA

Comic-Con's 50th edition to feature past and future hits

Jul 18, 2019 - 5:42 PM

Sequels, prequels, and nostalgic reunions await fans at Comic-Con International's 50th edition

Comic-Con hits 50: from hotel basement to Hollywood hangout

Jul 15, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The sprawling convention draws Hollywood A-listers like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Patrick Stewart, and the cast of 'Game of Thrones' to its frantically hyped panels, where billion-dollar franchises are launched

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 23, 2016 a Transformer character from the movie of the same name dominates a room during Comic-Con International 2016 in San Diego, California. - From Peter Parker's run-in with a radioactive spider to Superman fleeing an exploding Krypton: comic book fans love a good origin story. So when 135,000 geeks and nerds invade San Diego next week for the 50th edition of Comic-Con -- the world's largest celebration of pop culture -- the event's humble beginnings will be a hot topic of discussion. (Photo by Bill Wechter / AFP)

High tide or low tide? The question that won us the West Philippine Sea case

Jul 14, 2019 - 11:30 AM

A simple explainer on how the Philippines won its maritime case through a keen understanding of international maritime law

BURIED REEFS. This photo shows the status of reclamation activities in Keenan (Chigua) Reef in the West Philippine Sea as of December 12, 2014. File photo obtained by Rappler

Catch all your favorite Viva stars at Vivacon 2019

Jul 10, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Viva's very first entertainment convention is happening on August 3 and 4, their most star-studded event yet

Google hails Puerto Princesa Underground River with a Doodle

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Google users can see an illustration of the Puerto Princesa Underground River by artist David Lu on the search engine's homepage

Allow China to fish in PH waters? Panelo cites UNCLOS but forgets Constitution

Jun 26, 2019 - 2:32 PM

While an international agreement cites instances when a country can allow another to fish in its waters, the Philippine Constitution forbids it

PALACE SPOKESMAN. In this file photo, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo conducts his regular briefing for Palace reporters. Photo from the Facebook page of Salvador Panelo

‘Fur’ from the truth: Why you might sorely be mistaken about Filipino furries

Jun 24, 2019 - 3:37 PM

FurryPinas is a lot more wholesome than you think

UN labor agency approves landmark anti-harassment convention

Jun 22, 2019 - 10:19 AM

The convention is adopted following tough negotiations among different parties on issues like defining 'vulnerable groups'

Google employees stage a walkout on November 1, 2018, in New York, over sexual harassment. - A Google Walkout For Real Change account that sprang up on Twitter on October 31 called for employees and contractors to leave their workplaces at 11:10am local time around the world on Thursday. Tension has been growing over how the US-based tech giant handles sexual harassment claims. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP)

International laws spell out duty to rescue persons at sea

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:19 AM

This duty 'can be considered as another side of the right to life, which every individual enjoys under human rights law,' according to a 2016 paper

DFA replaces 'red ribbons' to authenticate documents

Jun 17, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says 'Apostille certificates,' which are recognized by signatories of the Apostille convention will replace authentication certificates

CERTIFY DOCUMENTS. The DFA says philippine embassies and consulates general had already stopped affixing red satin ribbons to certificates of authentication as of June 15, 2019 after the Apostille Convention took effect in May 2019. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

How to keep imported waste out of the Philippines

Jun 08, 2019 - 8:34 PM

The Philippines doesn't take in a lot of foreign waste compared to its neighbors, but it may become a dumping ground of smuggled garbage if the government doesn't act fast

With China and other Asian countries already imposing stricter regulations on importing waste, the Philippines will have to double its efforts in preventing more importation of hazardous waste in the future

Environmental groups step up pressure on gov't to ban waste imports

May 30, 2019 - 3:26 PM

The government is preparing a policy to ban all waste imports, including those meant for recycling. But this is not enough, says Greenpeace

Environmental groups were barred from entering the Subic Bay terminal hours before containers of Canada's waste are set to be shipped out after port authorities received an order from the DFA on Wednesday evening. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

FALSE: Panelo's claim that PH is not a signatory to Basel Convention

May 23, 2019 - 12:00 AM

The Philippines signed the Basel Convention on March 22, 1989 and the treaty was ratified by Congress in October 1993

Apparent gunshot heard in venue of Comelec canvassing

May 13, 2019 - 8:12 PM

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez tells reporters that it is an 'accidental firing that happened as a result of a shift change' of guards

'ACCIDENTAL FIRING.' Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez says the gunshot heard from the PICC on Monday, May 13, is an 'accidental firing that happened as a result of a shift change' of guards. Screenshot from Rappler video

PICC firm owes government P150 million, say state auditors

Apr 28, 2019 - 4:09 PM

This is equivalent to 50% of its net earnings in 2017, worth around P300 million

Tab Baldwin, Australia's Beveridge to lead 2019 NBTC Coaches Convention

Mar 19, 2019 - 12:59 PM

This year's NBTC Coaching Convention targets basketball mentors based outside Metro Manila

SEASONED COACHES. Former Australian juniors national team coach Rob Beveridge and multi-titled coach Tab Baldwin will take charge of the 2019 NBTC Coaching Convention. Photos by Illawarra Hawks (Beveridge) and Josh Albelda/Rappler (Baldwin file photo)

CEGP to hold nat'l convention, student press congress in Cebu

Feb 24, 2019 - 8:00 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The College Editors Guild of the Philippines is focusing on the 'campus press as vanguards for people's struggle for truth, justice, and democracy'

The past, present and future of PH's premier videogame convention

Dec 19, 2018 - 7:05 AM

In 4 years, ESGS has become an important date on the Filipino gamer's calendar. We look back at what they've been able to accomplish, and where they want to head next

ESGS has grown its audience and its impact since its inception. Photo from Gariath Concepts


Civil society groups condemn ban on colleagues at COP24

Dec 09, 2018 - 10:09 AM

'People are demanding climate action from our governments and should be supported for doing so. The Polish government is afraid to see the reality that also they need to act,' says CAN Europe director Wendel Trio

COP24. Protesters are pictured during a march for the climate on sidelines of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change summit on December 8, 2018 in Katowice, Poland. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Filipino students win 33 awards at India math contest

Dec 08, 2018 - 1:32 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Philippine team finishes first runner-up at the 8th International Youth Mathematicians Convention in Lucknow, India

WINNERS. The victorious Philippine team at the awarding ceremony of the 8th International Youth Mathematicians Convention in Lucknow, India. Photo courtesy of MTG

5 Pinoy champion boxers to be feted in WBC Asian Summit

Nov 18, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Manny Pacquiao and Jerwin Ancajas lead the reigning Filipino world champions who will be honored in the 3rd WBC Women's Convention and Asian Summit

PINOY PRIDE. Jerwin Ancajas and Manny Pacquiao are among the Filipino fighters who made it a banner year for Philippine boxing. File photo

Palestinians ask U.N. court to revoke U.S. Jerusalem embassy move

Sep 29, 2018 - 9:46 PM

Palestine has filed a lawsuit against the US at the International Court of Justice 'for violating international law by moving its embassy in Israel to the occupied city of Jerusalem'

INAUGURATION. US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (C-L) claps as US President's daughter Ivanka Trump unveils an inauguration plaque during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. File photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Wetlands disappearing 3 times faster than forests – study

Sep 27, 2018 - 5:21 PM

The 88-page report finds around 35% of wetlands – which include lakes, rivers, marshes and peatlands, as well as coastal and marine areas like lagoons, mangroves and coral reefs – were lost between 1970 and 2015

Heads up, bookworms! Manila International Book Fair begins September 12

Sep 03, 2018 - 12:06 PM

The annual event – a treat for both educators and casual readers – will be held from September 12 to 16

BOOK FAIR. The Manila International Book Fair is now on its 39th year. File photo by Vernice L Tantuco/Rappler

Activists urge killer robot ban 'before it is too late'

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:08 AM

'Killer robots are no longer the stuff of science fiction,' says Rasha Abdul Rahim, Amnesty International's advisor on artificial intelligence and human rights

SOLDIER BOT. A group of men look at a exoskeleton robot at the 2018 World Robot Conference in Beijing on August 15, 2018. Photo for illustration purposes only. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP


Democrats say hacking attempt was unauthorized 'test'

Aug 23, 2018 - 11:06 PM

DNC Chief Security Officer Bob Lord said the party and its security partners 'now believe it was built by a third party as part of a simulated phishing test on VoteBuilder,' the party's crucial computerized files on voters

BOB LORD. Chief Information Security Officer at Yahoo Bob Lord speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2017 at Pier 36 on May 15, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for TechCrunch/AFP

Del Rosario commends rare Duterte tirade vs China

Aug 17, 2018 - 2:51 PM

'We want to respectfully commend President Duterte on his recent remarks about China's aggressive and unlawful behavior in the South China Sea,' says former foreign secretary

SOUTH CHINA SEA. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario commends President Rodrigo Duterte for his recent remarks about China's behavior in the South China Sea. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Marvel stars, Pinoy art, endless cosplay at AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2018

Jul 28, 2018 - 10:57 PM

The comic convention is a celebration for the Pinoy geek community

SPIDER-FAN. Cosplayers come in droves to AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2018. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Cosplayers come full circle at Netflix's 'Riverdale' booth

Jul 28, 2018 - 6:57 PM

The Tiny Trio take their Josie and the Pussycats cosplay to the next level

JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS. The Tiny Trio take on the singing group from Archie Comics. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Netflix's APCC 2018 booth delivers lots of fun – and IG opportunities

Jul 28, 2018 - 6:22 PM

'Riverdale,' 'Stranger Things,' and 'Iron Fist' are just some of the shows that come to life at Netflix's AsiaPOP Comicon booth

NETFLIX AT APCC. Some of the streaming platform's most popular shows come to life at AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2018. Photo courtesy of Netflix

Jollibee Funko Pop creates lengthy queues at APCC Manila 2018

Jul 27, 2018 - 11:17 PM

Fans queued for hours on the first day of AsiaPOP Comicon to get their hands on the collectible toy

FUNKO FANS. People stood in line for hours to buy the Jollibee Funko Pop toy. All photos by Alecs Ongcal

APCC 'closet cosplay' tips from Canvas Cosplay

Jul 26, 2018 - 12:32 PM

If you want to dress up for AsiaPop Comicon but haven't been able to plan it, all you need are some wardrobe basics and your imagination

CANVAS COSPLAY. Philip Odango, also known as Canvas Cosplay, is known for cosplaying as Maui from Disney's 'Moana.' Photo from Instagram.com/canvascosplay

Get your geek on: 130,000 head for San Diego Comic-Con

Jul 17, 2018 - 10:12 AM

Described by Rolling Stone as the 'Super Bowl of people who don't like watching the Super Bowl,' 49th Comic-Con International will revel in movies, TV and – yes – comic books

THOR RAGNAROK. In this file photo taken on July 21, 2017, Jobeth Wagner plays the part of Hela from the movie Thor Ragnarok during Comic-Con 2017 in San Diego, California. Photo by Bill Wechter/AFP

Going to the ‘heart of Unclos’

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Excerpts from ‘Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case against China,’ which will be launched on Wednesday, July 18, at the Ateneo de Manila University