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DLSU suspends classes, work from December 2-7 due to SEA Games

Nov 12, 2019 - 11:14 PM

The announcement comes after the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority recommended 'class holidays' during the biennial event

Cone concerned as Rosario misses two Gilas Pilipinas tuneup games

Nov 11, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Tim Cone says Troy Rosario is one of the players Gilas Pilipinas will be relying on in the Southeast Asian Games because of the versatility he provides

ONE MAN DOWN. Tim Cone and Gilas Pilipinas miss the services of Troy Rosario against Alab Pilipinas. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas Pilipinas falls prey to Alab Pilipinas in SEA Games tuneup

Nov 11, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Gilas Pilipinas fails to reassert its mastery over Alab Pilipinas in the second of their two friendly matches

GEARING UP. Japeth Aguilar and Alab Pilipinas ramp up their preparation for the Southeast Asian Games with a string of tuneup games. Photo from PBA Images

LIST: Chokepoint areas, affected roads during SEA Games 2019

Nov 11, 2019 - 7:27 PM

Commuters and motorists can expect heavier traffic as early as November 14

CHOKEPOINTS. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority cautioned commuters and motorists to expect heavy traffic on multiple points along EDSA during the Southeast Asian Games 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PHISGOC urges SEA Games 2019 spectators to take P2P buses, not cars

Nov 11, 2019 - 5:46 PM

However, the designated areas where spectators can ride point-to-point buses to the venue have yet to be identified

BUSES, NOT CARS. The Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee discouraged spectators from bringing their cars to the Philippine Arena, and advised them to leave early for the opening ceremony. Photo by Cathrine Gonzales/Rappler

MMDA: 'Expect delays' during SEA Games opening ceremony simulation

Nov 11, 2019 - 5:16 PM

The simulation will take place on Thursday, November 14, along EDSA and other major roads

SIMULATION. Commuters and motorists should expect lengthier travel times on Thursday, November 14, in view of the simulation of the SEA Games 2019 opening ceremony that will occur in different areas around Metro Manila. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MMDA recommends road closures, 'class holidays' for SEA Games 2019

Nov 11, 2019 - 12:32 PM

The proposals are awaiting Malacañang's approval

BRACE FOR TRAFFIC. The Metropolitan Manila Development is in the process of making more traffic preparations ahead of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Kalei Mau doubtful for 2019 SEA Games debut

Nov 08, 2019 - 5:51 PM

Fil-Hawaiian Kalei Mau needs to get clearance from the USA volleyball federation to play for the Philippines in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

CRUNCH TIME. Fil-Hawaiian Kalei Mau has to secure clearance from the USA volleyball federation in time for the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by  Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

China imposes curfew on minors in gaming crackdown

Nov 07, 2019 - 3:11 PM

China's regulations will mean those under 18 cannot play games online between 10 pm and 8 am, and for only 90 minutes at a time during the daytime

ONLINE GAMING AND CURFEWS. This photo taken on January 29, 2018 shows a student using a computer in an eSports class at the Lanxiang technical school in Jinan, in China's eastern Shandong province. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Cone, Gilas Pilipinas try to avoid playing like All-Stars

Nov 05, 2019 - 9:21 AM

Coach Tim Cone wants Gilas Pilipinas to steer away from the All-Star team trap

BEST TEAM POSSIBLE. Tim Cone wants to maximize the talent at his disposal and form a team capable of winning gold in the SEA Games. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ravena set to replace Castro in Gilas Pilipinas' SEA Games pool

Nov 04, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Tim Cone says the coaching staff considered other replacements but chose Kiefer Ravena due to his 'rare maturity'

GOLD HAUL. Kiefer Ravena now has a chance to win a fifth straight SEA Games gold medal. Photo from

Gilas Pilipinas nips Alab Pilipinas in tuneup for SEA Games

Nov 04, 2019 - 8:33 PM

June Mar Fajardo and Roger Pogoy carry the scoring cudgels for the national team less than a month before the SEA Games kicks off

ALWAYS RELIABLE. June Mar Fajardo provides the scoring punch for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from FIBA

PHISGOC to 'defend' 2019 SEA Games vs IT firm seeking TRO

Oct 31, 2019 - 3:46 PM

'We are prepared to defend this monumental event against those who believe they are above the law or exempt from legal requirements,' says the PHISGOC

PREPARED. The Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee is prepared to defend the hosting from legal controversies.

IT firm seeks TRO vs SEA Games organizers over bidding mess

Oct 30, 2019 - 10:57 AM

The 2019 SEA Games gets entangled in a legal controversy just a month before the country hosts the regional biennial meet

MESS. The SEA Games faces more problems with the regional biennial meet happening a month away. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

'Game of Thrones' prequel 'House of the Dragon' gets OK from HBO

Oct 30, 2019 - 9:22 AM

The show will be produced by George RR Martin, Ryan Condal, and Miguel Sapochnik, who directed 'Battle of the Bastards'

FINALLY, A PREQUEL. HBO announces 'House of the Dragon,' a prequel to the wildly popular 'Game of Thrones.' Image courtesy of HBO Asia

PH wushu athletes want to test 2019 SEA Games venue soon

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:30 PM

'If we can train in the actual venue at least two weeks before the competition, it will be good for us,' says two-time SEA Games gold medalist Daniel Parantac

GOING FOR GOLD. The Philippine Wushu team looks to exceed its one-gold result in the previous staging of the SEA Games. Photo from release

Compton serving as 'fresh eyes' for Gilas Pilipinas' SEA Games 2019 preparation

Oct 29, 2019 - 9:12 AM

Alex Compton gets tapped by Tim Cone to provide valuable input on Gilas Pilipinas during its practices

BACK AT IT. Alex Compton returns to the national team 4 years since serving as an assistant coach for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

SEA Games esports gold medalists to receive millions in rewards

Oct 28, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Gold medalists stand to receive P2 million for team events and P1 million for individual events

REP THE COUNTRY. Twenty-seven Sibol athletes will represent the Philippines in eSports in the SEA Games. Photo from PublicityAsia

'Special moment' for Brownlee as he joins Gilas Pilipinas practice

Oct 28, 2019 - 9:59 PM

Justin Brownlee hopes his naturalization pushes through as he looks to represent the Philippines 'sooner than later'

ALL SMILES. Justin Brownlee gets invited by his Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone to join Gilas Pilipinas in practice. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

Renovation of Rizal Memorial Coliseum nears completion for SEA Games

Oct 28, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The 85-year-old arena undergoes its first major reconstruction since 1953 as it hosts the gymnastics events of the SEA Games

OVERHAUL. The Rizal Memorial Coliseum is already at 85 percent of completion, according to architect Gerard Lico. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

PH athletics picks up 3 golds in 2019 SEA Games test event

Oct 28, 2019 - 9:54 AM

The Philippine athletics team shows promise in its buildup for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

SEA GAMES DEBUT. Kristina Knott aims to bring home gold medals in her debut in the Southeast Asian Games. Photo from release

Still the 'Phenom': Kiefer Ravena shines in Mobile Legends exhibition game

Oct 27, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Kiefer Ravena flashes his skills off court as the basketball star also rules in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

PHENOM. Kiefer Ravena is ready to support the Sibol PH team in the upcoming 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Cone doubtful injured Castro will play in SEA Games for Gilas Pilipinas

Oct 26, 2019 - 10:19 PM

Jayson Castro is expected to be sidelined for 4 to 6 weeks, meaning he could likely miss the SEA Games, which the country will host starting November 30

BIG LOSS. Jayson Castro is feared to miss the SEA Games due to a calf injury. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Toyota eyes Olympic platform to boost hydrogen tech

Oct 26, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Adoption of fuel-cell electric vehicles has been slow compared with electric cars powered by lithium-ion batteries

HYDROGEN. Toyota's Mirai hydrogen-powered concept car is seen on display during the Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo on October 23, 2019. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

'Panda dog' cafe sparks China animal rights debate

Oct 26, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The Cute Pet Games cafe opened last month in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province which is home to China's famous giant pandas, and features 6 panda-like Chow Chow dogs

OUTRAGE. A dog dyed black and white to mimic a panda cub is pictured at Cute Pet Games cafe in Chengdu in China's southwestern Sichuan province on October 23, 2019. AFP Photo


Oct 25, 2019 - 7:02 PM

Here's what you can expect to see at this year's Electronic Sports and Gaming Summit 2019

ESGS 2019. Photo by Angelo Gonzales/Rappler

SEA Games 2019: Polo action in Batangas on livestreaming

Oct 25, 2019 - 9:24 AM

The polo competition in Calatagan gets more accessible

ACTION-PACKED. Several world-class polo players and more than 200 prized horses are set to arrive for the SEA Games competition in Calatagan. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Lost their way: Chinese orienteering team caught cheating

Oct 24, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Spectators helped them by pointing the way, while a number of 'markings and small paths (were) prepared for them, which only they were aware of,' the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) says

'The girl you were warned about': Paris 2024 logo ridiculed online

Oct 24, 2019 - 10:40 AM

'The French Olympic logo tumbles out of bed on a Parisian morning,' tweets Paris-based journalist Megan Clement

PARIS 2024. This picture taken on October 21, 2019 shows a logo during a logo presentation ceremony for Paris 2024 Olympic Games at the Grand Rex cinema in Paris. Photo by  Stephane de Sakutin/AFP

Team PH to surprise in 2019 SEA Games, says Ramirez

Oct 22, 2019 - 8:01 PM

The recent golden performances of Carlos Yulo and Nesthy Petecio give hope to Team Philippines' campaign in the 2019 SEA Games

GOLDEN TRIO. (from left to right) Nesthy Petecio, Carlos Yulo and EJ Obiena bring glory to the Philippines on the world stage. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Multiple sources say Diablo 4 will be announced at Blizzcon

Oct 22, 2019 - 8:01 PM

An industry insider's tweet and an alleged mention of 'Diablo 4' on promotional material for a Diablo artbook spur speculation of a new game announcement

DOF backs more taxes for online gambling firms

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:57 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez supports the plan of Albay Representative Joey Salceda to slap more taxes on Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators and their service providers

Cone 'honored' as Gilas Pilipinas attendance perfect again

Oct 22, 2019 - 8:12 AM

All 15 members of the pool are present for the third straight week as the SEA Games, which the country will host, nears

ON THE SAME PAGE. Tim Cone believes every member of his 15-man pool is "buying in" to what Gilas Pilipinas is trying to build for the SEA Games. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Romeo glad to don Gilas Pilipinas jersey anew as part of 3x3 pool

Oct 21, 2019 - 9:57 PM

The last time Terrence Romeo played for the country was in 2018 against Australia in a FIBA World Cup qualifier – a game that turned into a full-blown brawl

GOOD FEELING. Terrence Romeo says he missed wearing a Philippines jersey. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

Far out: Myanmar's first surfing team to take off at SEA Games 2019

Oct 19, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Myanmar wants to make a splash when it debuts in the surfing competitions of the Southeast Asian Games here in the Philippines

MEDAL HOPEFUL. This picture taken on October 12, 2019 shows Myanmar's Nida Soe posing for a photo after her surfing practice session on Ngwe Saung beach in Irrawaddy division, ahead of the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Traffic ‘really going to be a challenge’ during SEA Games – Cayetano

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:03 PM

Expect Metro Manila traffic to get worse when the country's SEA Games hosting goes full swing late this year

HOST. The Philippines prepares to welcome thousands of guests from 10 countries in the region. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

'League of Legends' is coming to mobile, consoles

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:56 PM

'League of Legends: Wild Rift' will feature similar mechanics and gameplay to the original game, but with features tailored to the respective platforms it's coming to

THE WILD RIFT. A peek at what League of Legends could look like on mobile. Screenshot from Riot's 10th Anniversary announcement on YouTube.

LOOK: New Clark City Sports Complex 'on track' for 2019 SEA Games

Oct 16, 2019 - 6:40 PM

The sprawling 9,500-hectare development includes a 20,000-seater athletics stadium, a 2,000-seater aquatics center, and an athletes' village

ATHLETIC STADIUM. The track and field oval of the athletic stadium at the New Clark City Sports Complex, one of the venues for the 30th SEA Games. All photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Google streaming game service Stadia debuts on November 19

Oct 15, 2019 - 11:32 PM

It will be priced at $9.99 per month and compete against Apple Arcade

STADIA. Google vice president and general manager Phil Harrison shows the new Stadia controller as he speaks during the GDC Game Developers Conference on March 19, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

PH to take advantage of reduced 2019 SEA Games volleyball tourney

Oct 15, 2019 - 2:18 PM

The 2019 SEA Games women's volleyball tournament will adopt a single round-robin format as only 5 countries have confirmed their participation

MEDAL DROUGHT. The Philippine women's volleyball team hopes to end its 14-year SEA Games medal drought. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Standhardinger still shows up for Gilas Pilipinas practice despite trade

Oct 14, 2019 - 10:01 PM

National team coach Tim Cone says he is 'proud' of Christian Standhardinger for not using his trade from San Miguel to NorthPort as an excuse to skip practice

DETERMINED. Christian Standhardinger shows his dedication to Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Angeles City shuts down Chinese-operated POGO firm

Oct 12, 2019 - 2:58 PM

City Hall closes a POGO company which had no business permit and was not paying business taxes

PAGE 2019 (the Phil-Asian Gaming Expo) at SMX Convention Center in Pasay on July 12-14, 2019. Photo by Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Ateneo vs La Salle – UAAP Season 82 round 2

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:03 PM

Sparks fly whenever these two rivals meet, so this weekend's showdown between the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the La Salle Green Archers will certainly be no exception

'Call of Duty Mobile' hits 100 million downloads during launch week

Oct 10, 2019 - 8:39 PM

Analytics firm Sensor Tower says the game's download count eclipses other games in the same genre

Valdez: SEA Games-bound Eya Laure 'not a rookie' on court

Oct 10, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Alyssa Valdez says Eya Laure serves as an inspiration to the Philippine women's volleyball team

SUPER ROOKIE. Only 20 years old, Eya Laure provides a different kind of energy in a veteran-dominated national team. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Valdez, Laure lead 2019 SEA Games PH women's volleyball lineup

Oct 09, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Alyssa Valdez returns for her third straight SEA Games appearance as Eya Laure debuts in the regional meet

VETERAN PRESENCE. Alyssa Valdez represents the Philippines in the 2019 SEA Games hosted by the country. File photo by Asian Games PH media pool

Top casino execs to meet in Manila in December

Oct 09, 2019 - 8:40 PM

As the Philippines positions itself to be the top gambling destination in Asia, the country prepares to host one of the most highly anticipated gaming expos

China's expansion

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:33 PM

What the Philippines should watch out for

Marck Espejo banners 2019 SEA Games men’s volleyball lineup

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:52 PM

Five-time UAAP MVP Marck Espejo will make a return to the Southeast Asian Games volleyball tournament

RETURN. Marck Espejo is ready to lead the Philippine team in the 2019 SEA Games men's volleyball tournament. Photo courtesy of Sports Vision

Achievement unlocked: Game Jam+ elevates the development scene

Oct 07, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Game Jam+ wants to push indie game development a step further by encouraging creators to think about business models, marketing, and the people who will eventually play their game

GAME JAM PLUS! The participants and judges of the Game Jam+ event. Photo by Genesis Toh.