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Surprise your loved ones with special flower arrangements this Valentine's day

Feb 03, 2020 - 11:34 AM will deliver your gifts for free is disrupting the flower industry through affordable bouquets

Sep 10, 2019 - 4:54 PM

They offer budget-friendly bouquets from only P399, multiple payment methods, and flexible delivery

Mercury found in smuggled whitening products in Mindanao

Jun 28, 2019 - 1:13 PM

Some effects of mercury in skin whitening products, according to the World Health Organization, are discoloration and scarring, among others

MERCURY-LACED. Many whitening products for sale in certain Mindanao cities were found to be contaminated with high levels of mercury./ Photo from EcoWaste Coalition

Northern Blossom Flower Farm: Atok’s floral carpet

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:25 PM

How a humble cut flower farm in Atok, Benguet, is upping the local tourism landscape

Photo by Ivan Layugan/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Where to find 'cherry blossoms' in the Philippines

Apr 15, 2019 - 2:40 PM

The blooms may not be the exactly like Japan's iconic sakura, but they are distant cousins sharing the same ancestor

CHERRY BLOSSOM? This tree in Dasmarinas, Cavite resembles Japan's sakura in full bloom. Photo courtesy of Mio Caguicla

5 flower delivery services to try in Manila this 2019

Apr 04, 2019 - 2:25 PM

With the help of these florists, surprising your loved ones with beautiful flowers is easier than ever

Russians splurge on flowers for International Women's Day

Mar 08, 2019 - 9:27 AM

A legacy of the Soviet era, March 8 is widely celebrated and a public holiday in Russia.

A woman walks next to a tulip stand at a flower market set up in a luxury department store in central Moscow on March 7, 2019, a day before International Women's Day.  Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

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

Mexico's Day of the Dead: An orange sea guides the souls of the departed

Nov 01, 2018 - 7:32 PM

In Mexico, there is a pre-Hispanic belief that the petals of the cempasuchil flower, or the Mexican marigold, form the orange-carpeted path that guides souls on the Day of the Dead

Peasants harvest cempasuchil (Mexican marigold) flowers at cultivation fields near Cholula, in Puebla state, Mexico, on October 26, 2018. The Cempasuchil flower is used in Mexico to celebrate the Day of the Dead by making paths of petals to guide souls to altars set up for them to enjoy the pleasures they had in life. ULISES RUIZ / AFP

Instagram goals: Rustan's Makati gets the Tiffany treatment

Oct 19, 2018 - 11:52 AM

The high-end department store along Ayala Avenue pays homage to the iconic jeweler's signature blue hue

TIFFANY BLUE. The jeweler's signature shade covers New York City in a campaign for its Paper Flowers collection. Photo courtesy of Rustan's Makati

At least 2 dead in Nicaragua's day of anti-Ortega marches

Jul 01, 2018 - 6:34 PM

'I'm here because I want to see my Nicaragua free, it hurts that children like me have died, but we must continue fighting to get this dictator out,' a 15-year-old student says at the Flowers March, which was done in honor of the youth killed during months of unrest

PROTEST. Flowers are seen on a Nicaraguan national flag during the "Marcha de las Flores" -in honor of the children killed during protests- in Managua on June 30, 2018. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Groups seek return of comfort woman statue

Jun 12, 2018 - 5:17 PM

On Independence Day, #Flowers4Lolas reiterate demands for the reinstallation of the statue that 'gives a face to victims of war and militarization' and for the Philippine government 'to uphold the truth in our history'

THE MISSING STATUE. Women gathered at where the statue was once erect, along the baywalk of Roxas Boulevard, Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

BTS, GOT7, NCT dominate Billboard 'World Albums' top 5

Mar 24, 2018 - 8:45 AM

K-pop groups dominate Billboard's World Albums Chart top spots for the week of March 24, 2018!

Sunflower farm in Quezon plants seeds of hope for PWDs

Mar 19, 2018 - 10:58 AM

’We need to change the mindset that PWDs are limited and that they can’t do anything,’ says PWD advocate Rhodora Fresnedi

LISTEN: Big Bang releases 'Flower Road' as group goes on hiatus

Mar 14, 2018 - 10:14 AM

This is the group's latest song since December 2016

BIG BANG. Korean pop group Big Bang releases 'Flower Road' on March 13. File photo from Big Bang's Facebook page

The week in photos: March 3-9, 2018

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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

Men dismantle the symbolicly attached prosthetic arms from a replica of the Venus de Milo during an action led by Handicap International to raise awareness on the thousands of amputees worldwide in need of a prosthesis, at the Louvre-Rivoli metro station in Paris on March 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT

LISTEN: Sade releases first song in 7 years

Mar 07, 2018 - 7:15 PM

The song is written for the 'Wrinkle in Time' soundtrack

SADE. The soul band releases their first song in 7 years. Screenshot from

IN PHOTOS: Baguio Panagbenga Festival 2018 street dance competition

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:36 PM

See all the beautiful, colorful costumes at 2018's Flower Festival!

When the fangirl interviews the K-drama star

Feb 17, 2018 - 11:15 PM

Meeting Korean actor Ji Soo in the flesh made me an even bigger fan

The week in photos: October 28-November 3, 2017

Nov 04, 2017 - 8:44 AM

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

Rohingya refugee childrens walk at Moynerghona refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on October 29, 2017.Bangladesh is planning to introduce voluntary sterilisation in its overcrowded Rohingya camps, where nearly a million refugees are fighting for space, after efforts to encourage birth control failed. More than 600,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar in August triggered an exodus, straining resources in the impoverished country. / AFP PHOTO / Tauseef MUSTAFA

[IN PHOTOS] Nurturing nature: Panagbenga 2017 street dance parade

Feb 25, 2017 - 5:42 PM

See all the colorful costumes at Baguio s annual flower festival

LOOK: Drew Barrymore visits Manila

Sep 20, 2016 - 3:32 PM

Drew posts a photo of herself at SM Makati for her 2016 branding trip for her cosmetics line Flower Beauty

DREW BARRYMORE. The Hollywood actress visits SM Makati for research for her makeup line Flower Beauty. Screengrab from Instagram/drewbarrymore

'Cherry blossoms? PH has beautiful native trees'

Jun 12, 2016 - 4:30 PM

According to Haribon Foundation there are many beautiful flowering native trees in the country that the world has yet to discover

NATIVE TREES. There are many native trees that are just as beautiful as the cherry blossom trees, according to Haribon Foundation. Photo by Irene Maligat and Maia Tañedo

El Niño drying up Cebu’s 'Little Amsterdam'

Apr 19, 2016 - 4:23 PM

Cebu province recently declared state of calamity due to dry spell

Colorful 'vomit-like' Australian $5 note unveiled

Apr 12, 2016 - 11:00 PM

Social media users are far from pleased with Australia s new 5 bill

Taiwan boy accidentally damages $1.5M Italian painting

Aug 25, 2015 - 11:19 PM

The painting Flowers by Italian artist Paolo Porpora dates back to the 1600s

Q and A with actor Jose Llana on Fil-Ams in musical theater

Mar 21, 2015 - 8:25 PM

Singing has always been in the Filipino blood and theater is a natural extension of that

Confessions of a cheapskate Casanova

Feb 14, 2015 - 6:04 PM

Being with too many girls at any given time can easily break the bank But Romeo comes with up creative peso pinching strategies

From guns to roses: Lives abloom at Dangwa market

Oct 31, 2014 - 2:29 PM

Two sellers at Manila s busiest flower market share their inspiring stories

WATCH: Rugby player suspended for punching opponent

Oct 14, 2014 - 1:59 AM

The victim says people do some things they regret but the RFL may suspend Ben Flower for 8 matches after charging him with a Grade F offense

RUGBY RUMBLE. The Wigan Warriors clash with St Helens rivals during the Super League Grand Final. Screen shot from YouTube

Flower shops in latest BIR shame campaign ad

Apr 23, 2014 - 2:50 PM

In its latest Tax Watch ad the BIR asks whether flower shops are paying the right taxes

Lee Min Ho arrives in Manila for 3rd PH visit

Mar 21, 2014 - 3:10 PM

The Boys Over Flowers and The Heirs actor is in town for a Benchsetter Fun Meet at the Araneta Coliseum

Mark your calendars for Panagbenga 2014

Jan 05, 2014 - 12:01 PM

Grand Weekend Parade set on Feb 22 23

Gardens destroyed, Baguio sells cheaper flowers for Undas

Oct 31, 2013 - 6:47 PM

The flower capital sells flowers cheaper than usual and also decides to go green by bringing flowers in pots to cemeteries

GO GREEN. A Baguio vendor says buyers now prefer the cheaper and environment-friendly option to bring flowers in pots instead of arranged cut flowers. Photo by Rappler

Beholding 'Metro Manila's' duality

Oct 10, 2013 - 1:29 PM

As with the metropolis it depicts there’s more than meets the eye in this Oscar contender

BLOODY GOOD. John Arcilla is a commanding presence. Photos: Chocolate Frog Films and Captive Cinema

Surviving The Killers

Oct 01, 2013 - 9:00 AM

US rock band fulfills long awaited Manila gig

HOT FUSS. The Killers were here. Photo from the band’s Facebook

Max Collins happy with Maryo J as mentor

Sep 11, 2013 - 6:04 PM

Actress learning life lessons from esteemed director and introspective film Bamboo Flowers

CHOICES. Direk Maryo's film 'will inspire everybody,' says Max. Photo from her fans' Facebook

New films by seasoned directors in Sineng Pambansa

Sep 05, 2013 - 5:18 PM

Festival highlights Philippine cinema s heritage through the masters

#PugadBaboy: Death by Flowers punchline 3

Aug 30, 2013 - 6:35 AM

Punishment for corruption

#PugadBaboy: Death by Flowers punchline 2

Aug 30, 2013 - 6:35 AM

Punishment for corruption

#PugadBaboy: Death by Flowers

Aug 30, 2013 - 6:34 AM

Punishment for corruption

Filipino worker in Cyprus exhibits artwork

Aug 19, 2013 - 6:11 PM

After kasambahay duties Rosita Sumagaysay turns to painting

KASAMBAHAY, ARTIST. 'Rosita's Flowers' by Rosita Sumagaysay. All photos courtesy of Miles Viernes

Korean star Lee Byung-hun married

Aug 11, 2013 - 11:52 AM

Bride is longtime girlfriend actress Lee Min jung star of mega hit Koreanovela Boys Over Flowers

DREAM COME TRUE. 'We will do our best to live a long, happy life,' said the actor's bride

Kenyan businesses hope for airport's swift return to normal

Aug 08, 2013 - 8:53 AM

Among the hardest hit by any incidents at JKIA are Kenya s flower producers

FIRE AFTERMATH. Smoke rises from the Jomo Kenya International Airport in Nairobi on August 7, 2013. Photo by AFP / Simon Maina

Death, injuries, booze in Haiti carnival

Jul 31, 2013 - 3:02 PM

Carnival of Flowers patrolled by 6 000 policemen Singer keyboardist Michel Martelly Haiti s incumbent president calls event success

'SUCCESS.' The Carnival will boost tourism and the economy, says President Martelly. Screenshot from

IN PHOTOS: Lee Min Ho back in Manila!

Jul 05, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Korean star in town for return engagement

THE RETURN. The Korean superstar is here to wow fans once more. All Photos by Jedwin M. Llobrera

The spirit of Flores de Mayo

May 01, 2013 - 10:25 PM

One person can be a ripple in the pond that can turn the tide of things

LIKE A FLOWER. Peace, purity, power, love, truth, and happiness are the main 'petals' that make up the human spirit. Photo by Norly Grace

Sillag Festival: Spectacle of lights, colors

Mar 11, 2013 - 10:42 AM

Find out what happened in the two day festival of lights in La Union

READY FOR FLIGHT. A woman holds a lantern upright before releasing it to the sky. All photos by Katerina Francisco

IN PHOTOS: Panagbenga 2013

Feb 24, 2013 - 11:31 PM

The 18th Panagbenga Festival explodes in color this year

3 hurt in Baguio grenade blast

Feb 24, 2013 - 11:04 AM

The explosion did not affect the Panagbenga Flower Festival according to police