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Hillary Clinton, Helen Mirren among guests in Berlin for 70th film festival

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:41 PM

Some 340 films from all 4 corners of the globe will be showcased, with 18 competing for the prestigious 'Golden Bear' prize

Here's the schedule for Wanderland 2020

Feb 18, 2020 - 12:36 PM

The festival is pushing through despite several acts canceling their appearance

WANDERLAND 2020. The music and arts festival is pushing through as scheduled with new acts joining the lineup. Screenshot from Facebook.com/wanderlandfest

CCP accepts short feature entries for Cinemalaya 2020

Feb 15, 2020 - 3:30 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The 10 best short features will be announced on May 12 and will be screened at the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival in August

Panagbenga opening moved to late March as precaution vs coronavirus

Feb 12, 2020 - 6:04 PM

All towns in the Cordillera region have scrapped their festivals to avoid crowds, where the virus can easily spread

NEW SCHEDULE. The tourist-drawer Baguio Flower Festival or ‘Panagbenga’ will open with a grand parade on March 28, from its original February 1 schedule. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Manila Coffee Festival returns in March 2020

Feb 07, 2020 - 6:31 PM

Coffee lovers, save the date – the Manila Coffee Festival is happening from March 13 to 15!

Albay governor cancels Magayon Festival

Feb 06, 2020 - 1:56 PM

Governor Al Francis Bichara also creates a task force to prepare Albay from a possible 2019-nCoV outbreak

Albay gov. Al Francis Bichara orders cancellation of month long Magayon Festival set on April to prevent and retain Bicol from novel coronavirus.(Rhaydz B. Barcia)

IN PHOTOS: The movable feast of Ilocos Sur

Feb 01, 2020 - 7:40 PM

Crab cake, beef ribs, and lechon baka pasta make up this year's feast

KANNADIWAN. Ilocos Sur holds its yearly Kannadiwan Festival or movable feast. All photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Baguio cancels Panagbenga opening, other big events due to coronavirus threat

Jan 31, 2020 - 1:54 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Sunday openings of Session Road are also suspended for now

PANAGBENGA. While Mayor Benjamin Magalong has cancelled the opening of the Baguio flower festival on February 1, he's yet to do the same for the street parade from February 29 to March 1, 2020. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: 2020 Dinagyang Festival celebrates devotion to Sto Niño in full color

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:20 PM

This year's Dinagyang Festival spices things up by giving the audience a 360-degree view of the performances during the Ati Tribe dance competition

BURST OF COLOR. Eight Iloilo school-based tribes compete for the Dinagyang Ati Tribe competition at Iloilo Freedom Grandstand during the Dinagyang Festival on Sunday, January 26. Photo by Carl Don Berwin/Rappler

Filipinos in Singapore celebrate Sinulog, pray to avert Wuhan virus

Jan 27, 2020 - 3:05 PM

Some of them wearing surgical masks, overseas Filipinos join the 6th Sinulog in Singapore and pray for safety from the deadly Wuhan virus

Ramona Diaz's 'A Thousand Cuts': 'A risky film on free press, lawless regime'

Jan 26, 2020 - 2:30 PM

‘The film takes place in the Philippines but its central conflict, as you may imagine, reverberates far beyond that country’s border’

SUNDANCE PREMIERE. The documentary is screened at the Egyptian Theater. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Solution to online harassment? Regulation, says Sundance 2020 panel

Jan 26, 2020 - 9:01 AM

‘The tech platforms are saying ‘We don’t know what to do, or we're doing our best,’ but it's not enough,’ says Maria Ressa

Solutions: Rappler chief executive officer and executive editor Maria Ressa discuss solutions to prevent online harassment at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival's Truth to Power forum. With Ressa are New Yorker columnist Masha Gessen and Patrick Gaspard, Open Society Foundation president. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler.

Devotee for 40 years: Iloilo's faithful steward is Dinagyang's hermana mayor

Jan 25, 2020 - 5:04 PM

'The divine Santo Niño has brought a lot of blessings into my life over the years. That’s why I have to give back tenfold, as thanksgiving for all the graces I’ve received,' says Emma Galindez-Zapanta

67-year-old Sto. Niño devotee Emma Galindez-Zapanta is this year's newly-installed hermana mayor for the 2020 Dinagyang Festival celebration. With the role, she is tasked to be steward of sorts of the image of the Señor Sto. Niño for the duration of the Dinagyang Festival, leading the nine-night novena mass at the Parish of San Jose de Placer. Photo by Rhick Albay

Taylor Swift kicks off Sundance festival with 'Miss Americana'

Jan 25, 2020 - 9:59 AM

The Netflix documentary traces the career of the 30-year-old singer, from her beginnings in country music to international stardom

U.P. Diliman Arts and Culture Festival 2020 commemorates 50th year of First Quarter Storm

Jan 23, 2020 - 2:53 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The festival serves to raise awareness on the significance of this pivotal chapter during the turbulent Marcos regime especially on issues concerning human rights

LOOK: There’s a Milk Tea Festival happening at SM Megamall

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:02 PM

Coco, Gong Cha, Tiger Sugar, and more – find your favorite milk tea brands in one place until January 31!

LIST: Winners of Sinulog 2020 dance competitions

Jan 20, 2020 - 2:35 PM

Prizes range from P100,000 to P1 million

SINULOG. Hundreds of dancers compete in the annual Sinulog competition. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

WATCH: Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe wins top prizes in Sinulog Festival dance competition

Jan 20, 2020 - 9:17 AM

Dance legends the Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe wins two top prizes in the 2020 Sinulog Festival, taking home at least P2 million

CHAMPS. Sinanduloy bags 2 prizes after a hiatus from the Sinulog Festival. Photo by Clarenz Jay Mendoza/Rappler

WATCH: Negros Oriental dance troupe in Sinulog 2020 pays tribute to slain farmers

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:16 AM

In a rare show of activism, the Pakol Festival perform a routine that showed the violence farmers experience in Negros Island

FARMERS. This performance pays tribute to farmers killed in Negros. Photo by Chang Euldan/Sinulog Foundation

A mom asks Santo Niño, let her children killed in drug war 'enter heaven'

Jan 19, 2020 - 5:14 PM

Among the thousands who honored the Holy Child during the Fiesta Señor in Cebu City is a mother, whose faith has remained immovable despite losing her children in tokhang operations

MOTHER'S PRAYER. A mother shares story of how children were killed in her own home. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Over 130 homegrown films find home in Iloilo's regional film festival

Jan 18, 2020 - 4:52 PM

The festival kicked off in December 2019 but due to popular demand and support from the local government, it has been extended until January 24, 2020

THE CHANTERS. CineKasimanwa also served as a homecoming of sorts for the award-winning film “The Chanters” directed by James Robin Mayo. The screening of this film became one of the highlights of the festival. Screenshot courtesy of CineKasimanwa

Borongan City's Monika Afable is Sinulog Festival Queen 2020

Jan 18, 2020 - 2:17 PM

Monika Afable of Borongan City, Eastern Samar, also brings home a number of corporate awards

SINULOG FESTIVAL QUEEN. Monika Afable of Borongan City, Eastern Samar, takes home the crown. Photo from Sinulog Foundation Incorporated

LIST: Where to party during Sinulog 2020

Jan 18, 2020 - 10:56 AM

Whether it's a pool party or a music festival, here's a list of parties you can let loose in during Sinulog weekend

PARTY. Parties are back during the 2020 Sinulog. File photo by Alecs Ongcal

Signal shutdown to proceed during Sinulog 2020 events

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:24 PM

Despite a previous announcement that cellular signal would not be shut down, local police request that these be switched off during Sinulog due to the attendance of President Rodrigo Duterte

SHUTDOWN. The signal shutdown will proceed during this year's Sinulog Festival. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cate Blanchett to head Venice Film Festival jury

Jan 17, 2020 - 12:49 PM

Actress Cate Blanchett will preside over the prestigious film festival's jury this September, two years after she headed Cannes in 2018

Pit Señor: A complete pilgrim's guide to Santo Niño de Cebu

Jan 16, 2020 - 6:10 PM

Joining Sinulog 2020? Here's a rundown of must-dos when on a pilgrimage to Cebu City’s Basilica Minore del Santo Niño

MAGELLAN'S CROSS. A first trip to Cebu City is not complete without visiting Magellan’s cross. The holy site is a mere 15-minute cab ride from WCCHC.

Labella defuses Sinulog 2020 exclusive broadcast rights backlash

Jan 15, 2020 - 6:52 PM

The announcement allays the concerns of media groups who learned of the exclusive broadcast contract between MyTv and the Sinulog Foundation

NO EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS. Mayor Edgar Labella intervened on an exclusive deal between MyTv and Edgar Labella. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Bambu, Rocky Rivera, Gloc-9, Abra and more headline FlipTop Festival 2020

Jan 15, 2020 - 6:41 PM

The festival celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Fliptop rap battle league

FLIPTOP. The rap battle league celebrates its 10th anniversary with the FlipTop Festival 2020. Photo by Nina Sandejas

Cebu political heavies to share stage on final day of Sinulog 2020

Jan 14, 2020 - 7:29 PM

Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia and Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella, together with provincial board members, are dancing on the last day of Sinulog

PIT SENYOR. In this file photo, Cebu Governor  Gwen Garcia dances in the 2013 Sinulog Festival. Photo by Bernardo Arellano III

IN PHOTOS: Beatrice Luigi Gomez wins Binibining Cebu 2020

Jan 14, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Beatrice Luigi Gomez succeeds Steffi Aberasturi as the new titleholder

Beatrice Luigi Gomez reigned supreme during the coronation night of Binibining Cebu. Photo by Jasper Ylanan

Spike Lee to be first black president of Cannes film festival jury

Jan 14, 2020 - 5:15 PM

The 'BlacKkKlansman' director is the first person of black African descent to preside at the world's biggest film festival

Manila's biggest Christian music fest is happening this February

Jan 14, 2020 - 1:24 PM

Catch Rend Collective, Citipointe Live, IV of Spades, The Ransom Collective, Leanne and Naara, and more

LIST: Sinulog 2020 events

Jan 14, 2020 - 10:38 AM

Here's your list of events for Sinulog 2020

MARDI GRAS. Sinulog 2020 is underway in Cebu City. Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

San Fernando's Beatrice Luigi Gomez crowned Binibining Cebu 2020

Jan 14, 2020 - 10:02 AM

Check out the full list of winners here!

BB CEBU. Beatrice Luigi Gomez reigned supreme during the coronation night of Binibining Cebu. Photo by Jasper Ylanan/Rappler

Sinulog 2020 reminder: Only transparent bags allowed in Basilica

Jan 13, 2020 - 1:50 PM

People are discouraged from bringing backpacks into the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu. Only small and transparent bags will be allowed inside.

CLEAR BAGS ONLY. Only clear bags will be allowed inside the premises of the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Cebu City allows street parties during Sinulog Grand Parade

Jan 13, 2020 - 12:50 PM

Under the conditions set by the city government, street parties can only be held outside the 100-meter zone of the parade route, and requires a special permit

STREET PARTIES. Parties will be allowed this year but with conditions. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Sinulog officially begins in Cebu City

Jan 11, 2020 - 9:58 PM

The Sinulog Festival kicks off its 40th annual celebration in Cebu City

Cebuana beauty queens who made it in national, international pageants

Jan 11, 2020 - 4:24 PM

Sinulog season is also pageant season in Cebu!

MMFF 2019 gross sales at P955 million in box office

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Aga Muhlach's 'Miracle in Cell No 7' made the most in the box office during the festival

Cebu City police want to impose gun ban during Sinulog 2020

Jan 08, 2020 - 3:46 PM

The Central Visayas Police Regional Office asks Camp Crame's permission to ban firearms in Metro Cebu during the weeklong Sinulog festivities

No cell signal shutdown during Sinulog Festival, says Cebu City mayor

Jan 08, 2020 - 3:04 PM

Mayor Edgar Labella says keeping the signal on would help authorities – as well as families – stay connected but a shutdown may happen if police discover a threat

CELEBRATION. There will be no signal shutdown on Sinulog Day. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

‘Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity’ review: A worthwhile spoof

Jan 01, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'Believe it or not, 'Mission Unstapabol' is a refreshing effort from Tuviera, Sotto and their usual team.'

‘3Pol Trobol: Huli Ka Balbon’ review: Toxic cinema

Dec 31, 2019 - 3:00 PM

'3Pol Trobol' peddles the most obsolete of ideals

‘Miracle in Cell No. 7’ review: Improving on the original

Dec 31, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'The localization makes not just its charms but also its tragedy more profound'

MMFF 2019 reviews: The full list

Dec 30, 2019 - 7:34 PM

Here's a quick guide to reviews of all the MMFF 2019 films. Which one are you watching?

‘The Mall, the Merrier’ review: More of the same, but messier

Dec 30, 2019 - 4:00 PM

There is nothing discreet about 'The Mall, the Merrier'

‘Sunod’ review: More than standard horror fare

Dec 30, 2019 - 12:15 PM

'Sunod' is a solid effort

‘Write About Love’ review: More wrong than right

Dec 30, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The film sounds good on paper but fails to register fully

‘Mindanao’ review: A betrayal

Dec 30, 2019 - 8:00 AM

'Mindanao' is dulled by its attempts at safe neutrality

Joji is coming to Manila for Wanderland 2020

Dec 29, 2019 - 12:53 PM

Are you ready for Joji?

JOJI IN MANILA. The singer and producer is part of the Wanderland 2020 lineup. Photo from Joji's Instagram