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EXPLAINER: Ano ang polio?

Oct 01, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Ano ang polio at paano maiiwasan ang pagkalat nito? Panoorin ang video explainer ng Rappler.

EXPLAINER: What is polio?

Sep 01, 2019 - 7:22 PM

The DOH says the Philippines is at high risk for poliovirus transmission. Why so? And how do we prevent the long dormant disease from coming back?

HIGH RISK FOR POLIO. The Department of Health says the Philippines is at high risk for poliovirus transmission and advices parents to get children under 5 vaccinated to prevent the disease.

EXPLAINER: How online casinos hit the jackpot in the Philippines

Aug 27, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Rappler breaks down how online gambling flourished in Manila and why it could be the latest test of the relationship between the Philippines and China

EXPLAINER: The GCTA law that may free Antonio Sanchez

Aug 23, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Understand the GCTA law and the Supreme Court ruling that surrounds this issue.

EXPLAINER: What you need to know about SOGIE Part 2

Aug 14, 2019 - 8:36 PM

In this video, we explain how SOGIE can be mixed and matched in many ways

SOGIE Explainer Part 2

EXPLAINER: Why ATM fees will change soon (and may even go down)

Aug 14, 2019 - 4:45 PM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas clarifies why it decided to lift a moratorium on changing ATM fees

EXPLAINER: What you need to know about SOGIE

Jul 25, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Gender is often confusing for a lot of people. In this video we explore the concept of SOGIE.

EXPLAINER: Never bastos? Duterte's top sexist moments

Jul 18, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Rappler compiles President Rodrigo Duterte's top sexist moments in this video explainer

EXPLAINER: The Philippines’ next House Speaker

Jul 13, 2019 - 12:58 PM

Will Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Cayetano get the support of a House that isn't too fond of him? Will Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco get to serve for 21 months, as promised him?

Explainer: The Sandman Comics Series

Jul 09, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Here’s a beginner-friendly guide to the critically-lauded series

EXPLAINER: Ano ang provincial bus ban?

Jul 05, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Sagot ba talaga ang provincial bus ban sa problema sa trapiko?

[EXPLAINER] The gospel according to Tito Sotto: Teach a man to fish, and his haul could be Chinese

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Senate President Tito Sotto – the man in the #Sinotto memes – comments on the 'exclusivity' of fish in the Recto Bank. Are his statements valid?

EXPLAINER: What is the provincial bus ban?

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:08 PM

Is the provincial bus ban really the answer to the metropolis' traffic woes?

EXPLAINER: It's the rainy season, but why does the water shortage continue?

Jul 02, 2019 - 9:23 PM

Despite the rain, Metro Manila's main water source is still at critical level

EXPLAINER: Boat sinking at Recto Bank – from indignation to dismissal

Jun 19, 2019 - 2:50 PM

The Philippine government's messaging on the ramming of a Filipino boat by a Chinese vessel, evolves from confused to echoing China's line

SUNKEN. Fishing Boat Gem-Vir in the West Philippine Sea after it was attacked by a Chinese fishing vessel. Sourced photo

EXPLAINER: What Filipinos can expect from the Universal Health Care Law

Apr 01, 2019 - 12:27 PM

All Filipinos will be granted health coverage but not everything will be free. Here's what you can expect.

How wireless recharging works – and how it doesn’t, yet

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:38 AM

Ever wondered how wireless charging plates transmitted power to a device?

WIRELESS CHARGING. Photo from Samsung

EXPLAINER: What Judge Soriano means in saying Duterte's Proclamation No. 572 is 'legal'

Oct 23, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Law professor Ted Te downplays fears of a possible effect of Judge Soriano's ruling, simply because ‘a trial court is not binding’

'GUTSY' Makati RTC Branch 148 Judge Andres Soriano is hailed by law professors for his "gutsy" decision that allows opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to keep his freedom. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

U.N.’s high-level meeting on TB: Why the Philippines should care

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:12 PM

Tuberculosis is the world’s biggest infectious killer. The Philippines is among 8 countries where two-thirds of 2017 TB cases were found, data showed.

EXPLAINER: Why Judge Alameda disregarded affidavits in Trillanes case

Sep 25, 2018 - 8:59 PM

A military officer swears under oath that she received, accepted, and processed Trillanes’ amnesty application, but Judge Alameda says it’s a substitute document that has no probative value

AMNESTY CASE. Judge Elmo Alameda, Rey Robles and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (right-left) meet inside the courtroom of Branch 150 as the senator pays bail on September 25, 2018. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

EXPLAINER: What is the value of Belgium tribunal’s guilty verdict on Duterte?

Sep 20, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque calls it a 'sham proceeding' and 'propaganda by the Left'

The Robin Padilla-Sonny Trillanes standoff: Contrasts, parallels

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:41 AM

(UPDATED) The verbal scuffle between Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Robin Padilla reminds us of their history as prisoners

EXPLAINER: Why DOJ has 2 requests for Trillanes warrant

Sep 07, 2018 - 4:14 PM

(UPDATED) The 2nd and last motion for an alias warrant against Senator Trillanes is filed Friday afternoon at the Makati RTC Branch 150

Press con with Sen. Trillanes on Friday morning, September 7. He then proceeded to a room to meet his supporters.   Photo by Angie de Silva

EXPLAINER: How inflation affects you

Sep 05, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Is inflation all bad? How does it affect savings? Rappler breaks it down for you.

Here's what we really know about Google's mysterious search engine

Aug 29, 2018 - 11:47 AM

Algorithms, AI, crawlers – here's a look at some of the underpinnings of Google's search engine

What is a blockchain token?

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:51 PM

Tokens can either be a form of currency exclusively for use in a specific blockchain-based network or as a 'security' token denoting ownership of a real-life asset

TOKENS. One advantage of tokens is that they can be divided into smaller fragments than real-life currencies, and can support faster automatic transactions

The ’Big Ideas Simply Explained’ books explained

Jun 01, 2018 - 7:32 PM

These bestsellers have caught the eye of both students and lifelong learners

EXPLAINER: How SC majority tried to close all doors for ousted Sereno

May 12, 2018 - 12:27 PM

The 153-page ponencia of Associate Justice Noel Tijam effectively assures Sereno's ouster – even if Congress tries to intervene

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks before a crowd supporting her on May 11, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Not all projects are eligible for a Swiss challenge

Jan 30, 2018 - 7:36 PM

The Philippine president prefers a Swiss challenge for government projects, but the law says not all deals are eligible for that mode of implementation

SWISS CHALLENGE. Swiss challenge is when the government invites private groups to make competing offers, while giving the original proponent the right to match them. File photo

What is a VPN and how can it keep me secure online?

Jan 05, 2018 - 4:18 PM

A virtual private network or a VPN adds an extra layer of protection against malicious parties online

The difference between HTTP and HTTPS websites

Nov 08, 2017 - 6:42 PM

Knowing the difference between HTTP and HTTPS sites could drastically improve your online security

From the impeachment process to Miss Universe: Why we love to explain things

Nov 07, 2017 - 11:49 AM

The internet has its good and bad moments. Rappler tries to contribute more to its good side by bringing credible and factual information to our readers through IQs and explainers.

Indicted? Charged? A guide to court jargon

Aug 06, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Understand the court process behind the highly publicized cases in the news today

A few key facts about Bitcoin

Jan 06, 2017 - 11:27 AM

With the virtual currency recently surging in value here are a few things you should know about it

BITCOIN. This illustration shows a Bitcoin sign in Hong Kong on August 3, 2016. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

CHEAT SHEET: What you need to know about PH-China case

Jul 10, 2016 - 7:30 PM

To help you navigate the issues better Rappler compiles key stories revolving around the Philippines case against China over the West Philippine Sea

HISTORIC CASE. The Philippine delegation presents its arguments against China before an arbitral tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, in November 2015. Photo from the Permanent Court of Arbitration

Your guide to the FIBA OQT in Manila

Jun 30, 2016 - 3:51 PM

The tournament will see a total of 6 nations vie for the lone ticket to the Rio Olympics basketball tilt this August

A guide to 3x3 basketball

Mar 16, 2016 - 11:52 PM

See some of the basic rules of 3x3 how the sport is gaining ground internationally and how it could be the next big thing in the Philippines

What is Meldonium, the drug Sharapova tested positive for?

Mar 08, 2016 - 11:02 AM

Meldonium which is used to treat ischemia was added to the list of substances banned by the World Anti Doping Agency this year

DOPED. Maria Sharapova is the highest profile athlete to test positive for the recently banned Meldonium. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

EXPLAINER: Why it's alright not to have voting receipts

Feb 29, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The paper audit trail’ required by law does not have to be a receipt; it can be the ballot itself depending on the voting technology chosen by Comelec during a particular election

HOW IT WORKS. The Board of Election Inspectors shows representatives of election watchdogs how the votes are transmitted from the precinct-based machines during the mock elections in Bagong Pag-asa Elementary School in Quezon City. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

APEC what? An explainer on Manila's high-profile week

Nov 11, 2015 - 6:17 PM

What s the APEC buzz about and what s in it for the so called rising tiger of Asia? Rappler explains what happens in APEC and what Manila gets out of hosting the summit

AQUINO'S SHOW. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III inspects the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. The PICC is the venue of the main APEC leaders' meeting. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Mayweather vs Pacquiao 101: What you need to know

Apr 27, 2015 - 12:43 AM

Not a boxing fan? Read this explainer to learn everything you need to know about the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Manny Pacquiao fight and the sport of boxing

#PugadBaboy: Complain and explain

Aug 22, 2014 - 5:00 AM

Meralco returns to PSE index

Feb 24, 2014 - 10:41 PM

The change follows the PSE s review of its indices covering trading from January to December 2013

BACK IN. Meralco will rejoin the Philippine Stock Exchange Index. AFP Photo

[Two Pronged] Caught in the act

Jul 20, 2013 - 2:34 PM

A teenager catches her parents having sex

TOUCHY SUBJECT. How to explain sex to your child after he or she catches you in the act?

'Despicable Me 2' tops in US for a second week

Jul 15, 2013 - 7:41 AM

Minions adults and gigantic robots rule ticket sales in the US

WATCH IT AGAIN. The Minions are lovable and fun to watch. Image from the 'Despicable Me 2' Facebook page

'Despicable Me 2' tops American box office

Jul 08, 2013 - 8:08 AM

Gru and his minions reign the US box office

CUTE GIBBERISH. Catch the minions in 'Despicable Me 2.' Image from the movie's Facebook page

How do we explain tragedy to kids?

Apr 21, 2013 - 11:21 AM

Although we do need to exercise some level of discipline regarding data access it is unreasonable to assume that we can filter everything our kids are exposed to

INFORMATION SOURCE. When your children have questions, the first person they will ask is you, the parent. Photo of Kiara and friend by Sharon Pe Yu from Michael G. Yu's Facebook page