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Climate change can be reversed, Leonardo DiCaprio's 'Ice on Fire' claims

May 23, 2019 - 11:20 PM

The actor who produced the documentary has once again teamed up with director Leila Conners, who he worked with in the climate documentary 'The 11th Hour'

US actor Leonardo DiCaprio arrives for the screening of the film "Ice on Fire" at the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 22, 2019. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)

Fire hits Glorietta mall in Makati

May 19, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Fire out is declared at 6:31 pm on Sunday, May 19

Most Notre-Dame pledges not yet collected – archbishop

May 16, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Donors have pledged about a billion euros ($1.12 billion) but so far 'the greater part of these donations have not yet materialized,' says the Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit

DAMAGED. In this file photo, firefighters spray water as they work to extinguish a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris early on April 16, 2019. File photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Former Bureau of Fire Protection officials acquitted of graft charge

May 10, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Ten years after a controversial fire happened, the Sandiganbayan dismisses graft cases against two BFP officers

ACQUITTED. File photos of former Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Director Rolando Bandilla Jr. and Fire Chief Inspector Jhufel Brañanola.

French will have say on Notre-Dame restoration – minister

May 03, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Culture Minister Franck Riester promises a 'debate and a large consultation,' though the government will have the final say on the Paris landmark

DAMAGED. This photo shows the damaged roof of Notre-Dame-de Paris Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, a day after a fire that devastated the building in the centre of the French capital. File photo by Amaury Blin/AFP

Ex-QC officials, Manor Hotel owners appeal conviction over 2001 hotel fire

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:19 AM

Two former Quezon Ciy government officials and owners of the Manor Hotel file separate motions for reconsideration before the Sandiganbayan's 7th Division

Sandiganbayan Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Fire hits building under construction in BGC

Apr 28, 2019 - 11:54 AM

The fire was under control at 10:59 am, says the Taguig City Central Fire Station

FIRE. A fire hits a building under construction in Bonifacio Global City. Photo by Thysz Estrada

3 injured as fire razes houses in Cebu City

Apr 26, 2019 - 10:18 PM

About 80 houses are damaged, and some are totally destroyed, in Barangay Tejero, in Cebu City

Notre-Dame organ dusty but undamaged: organist

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'Nothing burned, nothing melted, very little water from the fire hoses got into the organ itself,' says organist Johann Vexo

A February 1, 2004 shows the organ of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, one of the most famous in the World. - (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

Workers ignored ban on smoking at Notre-Dame cathedral, admits contractor

Apr 25, 2019 - 8:15 AM

But a spokesman for the scaffolding company renovating Notre-Dame said: 'In no way could a cigarette butt be the cause of the fire'

Technicians work on Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral in Paris on April 23, 2019, one week after a fire devastated the cathedral.  KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Triggered ka ba ng nasunog na Notre-Dame?

Apr 22, 2019 - 12:24 PM

Dahil wala tayong personal na koneksyon sa 'intangible heritage,' ampaw ang koneksyon natin sa mga puntod ng ating kasaysayan

In shadow of burned Notre-Dame, Paris Catholics pray for Easter renewal

Apr 21, 2019 - 11:00 PM

The Easter Sunday Mass at Saint-Eustache church in Paris, celebrated in the wake of the Notre-Dame fire, is pervaded by the spirit and hope of a fresh start

Faithful attend mass in tribute to the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral at the Saint Eustache church in Paris, on Easter Sunday, on April 21, 2019. - A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Canada reunites Syrian refugee family after fire claims 7 kids

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:24 PM

After the traumatizing experience of losing her 7 children, a Syrian refugee is set to be reunited with her siblings and other family members in Canada

CULTURE OF HELP. Canadians welcome refugees in a protest in Toronto. Photo by arindambanerjee / Shutterstock

'Assassin's Creed' game set in Notre-Dame offered free for a week

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:08 PM

'We want to give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame,' says 'Assassin's Creed' game maker Ubisoft

FREE FOR A WEEK. The Assassin's Creed Unity game is set in Paris and uses the Notre-Dame Cathedral as one of its main game backdrops. Photo from Assassin's Creed Facebook page

IOC pledges 500,000 euros to ensure Notre-Dame ready for Paris 2024

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:28 PM

'The aim of completing the reconstruction in time for Paris 2024 will be an extra motivation for all of us,' says International Olympics Committee president Thomas Bach

DAMAGED. This photo shows the damaged roof of Notre-Dame-de Paris Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, a day after a fire that devastated the building in the centre of the French capital. Photo by Amaury Blin/AFP

Notre-Dame esplanade to get 'ephemeral' wooden cathedral during rebuild

Apr 18, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo backs the idea of a 'wooden cathedral' that will host priests who will address tourists and visitors

Firefighters secure Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, in the aftermath of a fire that caused its spire to crash to the ground. - Crowds of stunned Parisians and tourists -- some crying, others offering prayers -- watched in horror in central Paris on April 15 night as firefighters struggled for hours to extinguish the flames engulfing the Notre-Dame Cathedral. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP)

[OPINYON] Kung aaraw-arawin ang pagluluksa

Apr 18, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Nang masunog ang Notre-Dame Cathedral sa Paris, France, hindi ko lubos-akalain na ganito kalalim ang pagkaantig ng mga Pilipino sa imahen ng isang simbahang nasusunog

Scammers preying on Notre-Dame donors, France warns

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:19 AM

The French Heritage Foundation says it issues no appeals by phone, mail or email for donations

NOTRE-DAME FIRE. Firefighters spray water as they work to extinguish a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris early on April 16, 2019. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Disney offers $5 million for the Notre-Dame it once immortalized on film

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:28 AM

The iconic Paris cathedral is immortalized in Disney's 1996 animated blockbuster 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'

Watch out for false information about the Notre-Dame fire

Apr 17, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Be on the lookout for disinformation involving the tragic Notre-Dame fire, which destroyed the roof of the Parisian cathedral

Firefighter douse flames billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. - A major fire broke out at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky, the fire service said. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year, where renovations are currently underway. (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP)

France launches global contest to replace Notre-Dame spire

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:52 PM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Edouard Philippe describes the task of rebuilding it as 'a huge challenge and historic responsibility'

DESIGNING NOTRE-DAME. A man rides his bicycle along the Seine banks, close to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on March 10, 2016. File photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Firefighting robot Colossus helps put out Notre-Dame fire

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Colossus, built by French technology firm Shark Robotics, is meant to be water and fire-resistant, allowing it to withstand extreme conditions

COLOSSUS. Shark Robotics' Colossus robot is a modular machine meant for firefighting and other types of dangerous operations. Image from Shark Robotics.

Cops, fire, jail personnel on full alert for Holy Week 2019

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:44 AM

'Criminals do not rest, so the DILG and its attached agencies must not rest as well,' says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, who has raised the alert status of the agencies

HOLY WEEK DRILL. Members of the Manila Police District participate in a drill in Intramuros, Manila, on April 4, 2019, in preparation for Holy Week. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

'Like a bombing': Daylight reveals extent of Notre-Dame damage

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:22 AM

'It felt like I was looking at a bombing,' says Philippe Marsset, the vicar general of Notre-Dame, who was among the first to enter the cathedral

DAMAGED. This photo shows the damaged roof of Notre-Dame-de Paris Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, a day after a fire that devastated the building in the centre of the French capital. Photo by Amaury Blin/AFP

World leaders stunned by Notre-Dame fire, urge rebuilding

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Political, cultural, and religious leaders stress the unique and iconic place the Notre-Dame Cathedral has in human history and express solidarity with France

FIRE. People watch as Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral burns late into the night on April 15, 2019, in the French capital Paris. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

'Hunchback of Notre-Dame' tops bestseller lists after fire

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:27 PM

The monument was ravaged by fire on April 15

NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS. The famed cathedral, pictured here in December 2006, is said to be a central character in Victor Hugo's novel. A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed cathedral in central Paris on April 15. File photo by Pierre Verdy/AFP

Workers questioned over Notre-Dame inferno as donations pour in

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:24 PM

(4th UPDATE) A host of French billionaires and companies have stepped forward with offers of cash worth around 600 million euros to remake the iconic structure

FIREFIGHTING. Firefighters secure Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, in the aftermath of a fire that caused its spire to crash to the ground. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

YouTube accidentally links Notre-Dame fire to 9/11 attacks

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:25 PM

A spokesman for YouTube, which is owned by Google, says the text box feature had been disabled for live streams related to the fire

EXTINGUISHING THE FIRE. Firefighters spray water as they work to extinguish a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris early on April 16, 2019. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Philippines 'saddened, bothered' by Notre-Dame fire

Apr 16, 2019 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) The Manila Cathedral, which was destroyed by fire in the past, grieves the burning of part of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in France

NOTRE-DAME FIRE. Firefighters douse flames billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Notre-Dame, soul of the French nation

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:32 AM

The iconic cathedral is deeply enmeshed in Paris's history since construction began at the end of the 12th century and lasted more than two centuries to 1345

NOTRE-DAME. This file photo taken on July 14, 2017, shows an aerial view of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. Photo by Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP

Some Notre-Dame treasures saved by French firefighters

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:30 AM

The Holy Crown of Thorns and a sacred tunic worn by 13th-century French king Louis, two irreplaceable artifacts, have been rescued

NOTRE-DAME. Firefighters spray water as they work to extinguish a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris early on April 16, 2019. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Notre-Dame fire under control, Macron vows to rebuild

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:10 AM

(3rd UPDATE) French President Emmanuel Macron vows to rebuild the cathedral, described as the soul of the nation and expressed relief that 'the worst had been avoided' in a blaze that had at one point threatened the entire edifice

CATHEDRAL FIRE. Bystanders look on as flames and smoke billow from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. Photo by Fouad Maghrane/AFP

Seoul declares national disaster as winds fan giant forest fire

Apr 05, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Fanned by strong winds it quickly spread through the mountainous area, incinerating 400 homes and 500 hectares of land, says the government

Firefighters try to put out a fire from smouldering debris after a forest fire hit the area in Donghae on April 5, 2019. - A giant forest fire swept across swathes of South Korea on April 5, as authorities declared a rare national emergency, deploying 900 fire engines and tens of thousands of personnel to bring it under control. (Photo by YONHAP / YONHAP / AFP) / - South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT NO ARCHIVES RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIPTION USE

IN PHOTOS: Manila police hold security drills for Holy Week

Apr 04, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Cops simulate bombing and shooting incidents around churches in preparation for Holy Week

The Manila Police District and other responding elements from different goverment organizations participate in the simulation excercises on bomb incident and active shooter scenario at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros on April 4, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Bangladesh arrests owners of blaze-hit Dhaka tower

Mar 31, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Authorities have ordered an investigation into safety measures at the FR Tower

TOWER FIRE. Wreckage of the burnt building is seen in Dhaka on March 29, 2019, a day after flames tore through the 22-storey FR Tower. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh high-rise inferno death toll rises to 25

Mar 29, 2019 - 8:17 PM

Following the fire, authorities have ordered a probe into claims that the building lacked fire equipment, its fire exits were inadequate and it had been illegally extended

AFTERMATH. A Bangladeshi forensic expert looks on as he works at the scene of the burnt building in Dhaka on March 29, 2019, a day after flames tore through the 22-storey FR Tower. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

The week in photos: March 16-22, 2019

Mar 23, 2019 - 2:36 PM

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

PARADE READY. Nudists stand in front of a cafe before the start of the Nude Love Parade in San Francisco, California on March 17, 2019. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Bus catches fire along EDSA

Mar 22, 2019 - 7:40 PM

(UPDATED) The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority says northbound traffic from Ayala to Shaw is slow-moving. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

ON FIRE. A VTSC bus catches fire along EDSA on Friday night, March 22. Firefighters manage to put the fire out past 7 pm. Photo by Cherline Trajano/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: 200 homes razed in Quezon City fire

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:10 PM

The fire, which reached general alarm, affects over 700 families in Barangay Damayang Lagi

HUGE. Residents try to salvage their possessions after a fire razed their homes. All photos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

The week in photos: March 9-15, 2019

Mar 16, 2019 - 12:45 PM

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

CARNIVAL. Costumed revelers perform in a carnival procession on the streets of Strumica, Macedonia, during the great evening carnival on March 9, 2019. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

Blaze hits Camp Aguinaldo as fire prevention month begins

Mar 04, 2019 - 4:37 PM

The fire hits a one-story warehouse at the military camp

FLATTENED. A one-story Camp Aguinaldo warehouse is brought to the ground after flames spread in the afternoon of Monday, March 4, 2019. Photo courtesy of DWDD Radio

The week in photos: February 23-March 1, 2019

Mar 03, 2019 - 8:55 AM

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

VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE. A woman in the United States takes a picture to Mexico through the border fence as residents of Anapra, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, and other people attend a prayer with priests and bishops from both countries to ask for the migrants and people of the area, on February 26, 2019.  Photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

The week in photos: February 16-22, 2019

Feb 23, 2019 - 7:59 PM

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

HOMECOMING. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray blows a kiss to well wishers during a homecoming parade in Makati City on February 21, 2019. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Manila Customs operations to continue despite razed building

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:40 AM

(UPDATED) Affected offices have been temporarily moved to the Customs gymnasium to ensure uninterrupted transactions when work resumes next week

FIRE. Fire razes the historic Bureau of Customs building Manila on February 22, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Cordillera burning: Forest fires hit parts of mountain region

Feb 23, 2019 - 9:52 AM

Fires are reported in Itogon, La Trinidad, Baguio City, and Mount Pulag in Benguet, and in Sagada in Mountain Province

RESPONDERS. A chopper is dispatched to rescue people caught in the forest fire in Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet, on February 20, 2019. Sourced photo

Fire hits Customs building in Manila

Feb 22, 2019 - 10:45 PM

The fire has reached 5th alarm past 10 pm Friday, February 22

FIRE HITS BOC. The fire that hit the Bureau of Custom's building at the Port of Manila has reached 5th alarm past 10 pm Friday, February 22. Photo by Jirume Monta/BOC-PIO

Inferno kills at least 70 in Dhaka apartment blocks

Feb 21, 2019 - 3:05 PM

It started in one building where chemicals for deodorants and other household uses were illegally stored and spread at lightning speed to 4 nearby buildings, the fire service says

DHAKA FIRE. Flames and smoke rise from building after a fire broke out in an old part of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on February 21, 2019. Photo by AFP

5 killed in huge Benguet forest fire

Feb 20, 2019 - 9:50 PM

(UPDATED) The dead include 4 Philex Mines foresters and one resident

4 luxury vehicles among those razed in EDSA fire

Feb 20, 2019 - 4:40 PM

BFP Mandaluyong says totally damaged in the blaze at the high-end auto repair shop were a Mustang, Porsche, Subaru, and the Toyota Sequoia of Senator JV Ejercito

A fireman inspects the charred wreckage of cars after a fire hit the Autoplus Supply Corp. at Brgy. Wack-Wack, Mandaluyong City along EDSA on Monday, February 18, 2019. Seven cars, including a sports car and SUV, worth millions were burned. No one was reported hurt during the blaze. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Delhi hotel fire kills 17

Feb 12, 2019 - 1:29 PM

The fire breaks out at the Hotel Arpit Palace in a congested part of central Delhi, with images showing it engulfing the entire top floor

BURNED OUT. A general view shows the Hotel Arpit Palace after a fire broke out on its premises in New Delhi on February 12, 2019. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP