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The lovely secrets of the 'signing' brain

Sep 23, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Sign language is another language, and therefore, another rich world, another empowering culture that, like any other language, expands your mind

[Two Pronged] My 2nd husband wants my son to move out

Aug 19, 2018 - 4:35 PM

A Filipina married to an Englishman says he gave her one year to prepare her 22-year-old son for independence

Taiwan protests claim it was source of P6.8-billion shabu

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:00 PM

'We solemnly condemn the irresponsible news reports,' says Taiwan

TAIWAN FLAG. Taiwan's national flag flutters beside Taipei 101 at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei on October 7, 2012. Photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

Bills seek creation of Department of Culture

Aug 14, 2018 - 4:48 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza is opposed to the proposals, saying culture should just be part of the Department of Education

NEW DEPARTMENT. Lawmakers in the House of Representatives want to create a Department of Culture. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Is Unesco World Heritage status for cultural sites killing the things it loves?

Jul 14, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Achieving Unesco status is an internationally competitive process. Nations want this recognition because they can promote a place or practice as a unique cultural tourism attraction.

TOURIST MAGNET. Tourists take a photo of sunrise at Angkor Wat in 2016. Shutterstock

Mexico earthquake unearths ancient temple

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:56 PM

The structure is believed to date back to around the year 1150

AFTER EARTHQUAKE. View of the substructure inside the Teopanzolco pyramid in Cuernavaca, Morelos State, Mexico on July 11, 2018. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Taiwan extends visa-free entry for Filipinos until July 2019

Jul 12, 2018 - 11:56 AM

The trial period of the visa-free privilege 'will continue until July 31, 2019, and will be reviewed for further extension,' says the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

VISA-FREE. Taiwan extends the visa-free privilege for Filipinos until July 31, 2019. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

Whang-od awarded 'Dangal ng Haraya'

Jun 26, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Whang-od Oggay of Buscalan finally receives an award for preserving and celebrating the traditional art of tattooing

LIVING LEGEND. Whang-od Oggay of Buscalan finally receives an award for preserving and celebrating the traditional art of tattooing. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Whang-od to receive Dangal ng Haraya award

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:04 AM

Whang-od will be conferred the award in Kalinga on June 25

CULTURAL HERITAGE. Whang-od Oggay of Buscalan village will finally receive an award for spreading the traditional art of tattooing. Rappler file photo

Sweet tradition: A peek at Tausug treats

May 27, 2018 - 7:28 PM

Delicious sweets from a rich heritage, with preparations ranging from simple to intricate

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Do you hear 'yanny' or 'laurel?' Soundbite sparks internet din

May 17, 2018 - 11:36 AM

'It's Yanny,' tweets horror writer Stephen King. 'It's so clearly laurel,' quips supermodel Chrissy Teigen

National Artist for Literature Cirilo Bautista dies

May 06, 2018 - 12:14 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Malacañang sends its condolences to the family and friends of the late National Artist for Literature Cirilo Bautista

Vigan sets cobblestones in entire UNESCO heritage site

May 03, 2018 - 9:30 AM

In the next 6 years, the roads surrounding Plaza Salcedo and Plaza Burgos will also be made of cobblestones, says Vigan Mayor Juan Carlo Medina

HERITAGE ZONE. With an initial budget of P60 million, the public works department and the city government lay out cobblestones on streets connecting to the famous Calle Crisologo in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

[OPINION] Can you read Baybayin?

Apr 28, 2018 - 4:16 PM

People will be compelled to learn to read content written in certain writing systems if there is enough literature written using those systems to begin with

‘Educate first’: Filipinos react to Baybayin as national writing system

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The House committee on basic education and culture has approved a bill seeking to make the pre-Hispanic script the Philippines' national writing system

UST holds lectures on literature in the time of fake news and tokhang on April 17

Apr 13, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The 2018 Paz Latorena Memorial Lectures features veteran journalist Inday Espina-Varona and renowned cultural and literary critic Rolando Tolentino

[OPINION] The Philippines: A nation in need of a cultural evolution

Mar 28, 2018 - 6:20 PM

'The Philippines is in desperate need of a cultural evolution and not just another political revolution'

Canada considering tax on internet giants

Mar 15, 2018 - 10:44 AM

'The government of Canada recognizes that large internet companies are acting outside regulatory frameworks and may be a threat to our culture,' says a spokesman for Canada's Heritage Minister Melanie Joly


More than 25% of American adults online 'almost constantly' – survey

Mar 15, 2018 - 10:04 AM

About 11% say they don't use the internet at all


5 Philippine locations we would hate to see as celebrity prenup backdrops

Mar 13, 2018 - 9:33 PM

Maybe Billy Crawford and Coleen Garcia would think twice about doing a glamour shoot in these spots

'People's Museum' seeks to preserve identity of Ormoc City

Mar 10, 2018 - 10:00 AM

'We need a museum to remind us that we are part of a cultural band and we have a responsibility to our descendants to preserve our past,' says Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez

SITE OF PEOPLE'S MUSEUM. The people of Ormoc City will have their own museum come June 2018. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

NCIP to ABS-CBN: 'Immediately rectify' portrayal of Bagani in teleserye

Mar 07, 2018 - 11:18 AM

'The TV fantasy show distorts, misleads, and confuses rather than educates the Filipino TV viewers on the indigenous concept and term Bagani,' says National Commission on Indigenous Peoples chairperson Leonor Oralde-Quintayo

NHCP rejects bid to declare Lipa Carmelite Convent a nat'l historical landmark

Mar 01, 2018 - 7:48 AM

National Historical Commission of the Philippines Chairman Rene Escalante says the commission has no competency to validate and confirm the veracity of the apparitions that occurred at the site

MARIAN DEVOTION. Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church in Lipa City, Batangas. Photo via Shutterstock

3 rare handwritten letters by Andres Bonifacio up for auction

Feb 26, 2018 - 9:58 PM

Also up for sale are important artworks by Jose Joya, Anita Magsaysay-Ho, and Ang Kiukok

Why we drink beer

Feb 22, 2018 - 6:10 PM

What is it about beer that makes it a staple in almost every Filipino inuman?

Saudi Arabia to invest $64B in entertainment in next decade

Feb 22, 2018 - 4:38 PM

(UPDATED) General Entertainment Authority chief Ahmad bin Aqeel al-Khatib says the money will come from both the government and the private sector

MOVIE TIME. This file photo taken on October 20, 2017 shows Saudis attending the 'Short Film Competition 2' festival at King Fahad Culture Center in Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Soul-searching as symbol of 70s Singapore faces demolition

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:38 PM

The looming demolition of a horseshoe-shaped tower block that symbolized Singapore's growth sparks soul-searching about whether enough is being done to protect the country's recent history

ICONIC. This photograph taken on February 13, 2018 shows the Pearl Bank Apartments, on the edge of the business district, in Singapore. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Archaeologists find fossils, Mayan relics in giant underwater cave in Mexico

Feb 20, 2018 - 12:43 PM

Archaeologists who have been exploring the world's largest underwater cave present their findings, including fossils of giant sloths and an elaborate shrine to the Mayan god of commerce

MAJOR FIND. This handout picture released by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology (INAH) on February 19, 2018, shows the detail of a mask in the 'Gran aquifer' of Sac Actun in Quinta Roo state, Mexico. INAH/AFP

‘Black Panther’ is a lesson on how to reclaim native culture via the mainstream

Feb 19, 2018 - 6:44 PM

‘Black Panther’ sends an empowering message on postcolonialism

South Korea's Moon watches concert with Kim Jong Un's sister

Feb 11, 2018 - 8:22 PM

Meanwhile, conservative protesters burn the North's national flag outside the concert venue

DISPATCH. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong hands over an autographed letter from Kim Jong Un to South Korea's President Moon Jae-in on February 10, 2018. Photo from Yonhap/AFP

Federal PH: Alvarez wants separate states for indigenous peoples

Feb 07, 2018 - 6:44 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who identifies himself as a Manobo, says indigenous peoples should be able to 'govern according to their customs and laws'

STATES FOR IPs? The House Speaker continues rallying support for the shift to federalism. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Kat(h)awan: UP Diliman celebrates the Filipino body

Feb 03, 2018 - 11:51 PM

UP Diliman holds a 3-month Festival of Culture and the Arts celebrating the Filipino body

CCP accepting nominations for 2018 Thirteen Artists Awards

Jan 12, 2018 - 2:24 PM

Deadline for acceptance of nominations is on 31 January 2018 at 6pm

10 things to know about ‘Ferdinand,’ the road movie about a gentle bull

Jan 09, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Thinking of seeing this cute animated film in cinemas?

Taiwan denies it was source of cocaine found in Sorsogon

Jan 08, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office says 'so-called Taiwanese documents' submitted by the captain of the 'Jin Ming' ship were forged

This undated handout from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-Legazpi) released on January 5, 2018 shows police officials (in blue) and PDEA local director Christian Frivaldo (2nd R) sitting next to packs of cocaine during a press conference in Legazpi City, in Bicol region, south of Manila.  Millions of dollars of cocaine packed in a plastic drum has washed up on a seashore in the eastern Philippines, an anti-narcotics official said on January 5, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPINE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPINE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY (PDEA)" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Kim Jonghyun bemoans loneliness in suicide note

Dec 19, 2017 - 12:51 PM

'I am broken from inside. The depression that gnawed on me slowly has finally engulfed me entirely.'

GONE TOO SOON. This undated picture released by Yonhap news agency in Seoul on December 18, 2017 shows Kim Jonghyun, singer of popular K-pop group SHINee. Yonhap/AFP

Naples pizza-making wins UNESCO heritage status

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:45 PM

The art of the 'pizzaiuolo' joins UNESCO's list of 'intangible heritage,' securing the coveted status alongside a host of cultural treasures

WORLD HERITAGE. Members of the Pizzaioli Acrobats Coldiretti perform 'twirling' pizza to celebrate the Unesco decision to make the art of Neapolitan 'Pizzaiuolo' an 'intangible heritage,' on December 7, 2017 in Naples.  Tiziana Fabi/AFP

UP mass communication dean named to UNESCO national commission

Nov 29, 2017 - 6:15 PM

A communications expert for more than two decades, UP mass communication dean Elena Pernia will serve as UNESCO member for 3 years

UP DEAN. University of the Philippines mass communication dean Elena Pernia is appointed member of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines. File photo courtesy of UPCMC Alumni Association

5 pop culture villains we love to hate

Nov 17, 2017 - 4:11 PM

From the most vile teleserye kontrabidas to scheming witches in our favorite superhero flicks, our binge-watching sessions aren’t complete without these “bad guys”

You're a Filipino student if...

Nov 15, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Admit it: you can still perform the entire 'Desiderata' by heart

WATCH: Pikachu speaks English in new movie

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Pikachu professes obsessive attachment to Ash in straight English, ruining the childhood memories of a number of moviegoers

NEW LANGUAGE. The famous electric mouse from the Pokémon videogame series speaks an English sentence in the new movie. Screenshot from official Pokémon channel/YouTube

South Korean president elated that Filipinos love Korean culture

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Filipinos riding the 'Korean wave' help improve ties between the Philippines and his country, says South Korean President Moon Jae-In

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and South Korean President Moon Jae-in pose for a photo prior to the start of the bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacañan Photo

LOOK: World leaders' spouses tour Cultural Center of the Philippines

Nov 13, 2017 - 4:18 PM

(UPDATED) The spouses are also treated to lunch at the Manila Hotel where they witnessed a fashion show organized by Filipino designer Randy Ortiz

TREAT. Spouses of world leaders attending the 31st ASEAN Summit are given a tour inside the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Screengrab from ASEAN pool video

10 years in the making, the Louvre Abu Dhabi set to open

Nov 08, 2017 - 6:51 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron is attending the opening, along with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and leaders including Morocco's King Mohammed VI

LOUVRE ABU DHABI. Jean-Francois Charnier Scientific Director of the Agence France-Museums speaks during a press conference at the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum on November 7, 2017, on the eve of the official opening of the museum on Saadiyat island in the Emirati capital. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace

Winwyn Marquez thanks family, supporters after Reina Hispanoamericana 2017

Nov 08, 2017 - 4:04 PM

'Sa mga PH queens, mabuhay kayo. Hindi nila alam gaano kahirap pinagdadaanan natin and saludo ako sa inyong lahat!' says Wyn

IN PHOTOS: Winwyn Marquez's journey to Reina Hispanoamericana 2017

Nov 06, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Winwyn fulfills her dream of becoming a beauty queen like her aunt, Melanie Marquez

Louvre Abu Dhabi gears up for launch

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:48 AM

The Louvre Abu Dhabi opens its doors this week, bringing the famed name to the Arab world for the first time

LOUVRE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. Louvre Abu Dhabi'­s exterior. Photo by Mohamed Somji, copyright Louvre Abu Dhabi

UAE and Qatar stake billions in 'soft power' showdown

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:20 AM

Culture, media and sports have turned into battlegrounds for branding and global recognition

OPENING SOON. This file handout photo taken on May 24, 2016 and made available on June 15, 2016, by Abu Dhabi's Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) shows Abu Dhabi's Louvre museum, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, surrounded by sea water. TDIC/Handout/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 3, 2017

Nov 03, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday.

Baguio named to UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Nov 02, 2017 - 2:17 PM

Baguio, cited for crafts and folk art, is the first Philippine city to join the exclusive club