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LIST: 10 group games you can play remotely

Apr 05, 2020 - 6:16 PM

Here are some remote game night ideas for the lockdown


Inside the Industry: Twitch streaming with Ramenstyle

Apr 04, 2020 - 9:48 PM

For this episode of Hustle's Inside the Industry, we talk videogames with Vince Cabrera aka Ramenstyle

GAB seeks assistance for pro boxers, fighters

Apr 02, 2020 - 9:18 PM

Filipino boxers and martial artists cannot ‘exercise their profession’ due to the imposed community quarantine, says GAB chairman Abraham Mitra

SUPPORT. Rising Filipino boxer Carl Jammes Martin, whose March fight versus Ardin Diale got postponed, lauds GAB’s move. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

POGO slowdown amid pandemic to hurt property sector

Apr 01, 2020 - 5:25 PM

The booming property sector in the Philippines fueled by Chinese gambling money hits a snag, as the coronavirus pandemic stops POGO operations

To save bandwidth, Steam to only update games you actively play

Mar 31, 2020 - 6:37 PM

Steam is hoping to help users manage their bandwidth by tweaking its automatic update feature to actively work only on recently played games

Athletes turn to video game streaming for coronavirus relief

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:53 PM

Following the suspension and cancelation of major sports leagues, athletes decide to pursue video game streaming to raise funds for the fight against coronavirus

ESPORTS. NFL star JuJu Smith Schuster and NBA star Donovan Mitchell are both avid video gamers. Photos from Instagram/@juju (Smith Schuster) and Twitter/@spidadmitchell (Mitchell)


Filipino-made RPG ‘Grand Guilds’ out now

Mar 26, 2020 - 5:12 PM

(UPDATED) Works such as 'Final Fantasy XIII' and 'Adventure Time' serve as eureka moments for developer Justin Villegas

GRAND GUILDS. Photo from Kickstarter/Grand Guilds

PH recommends Vietnam SEA Games pushback due to Olympics delay

Mar 25, 2020 - 3:01 PM

Philippine Olympic Committee president Bambol Tolentino supports talks of scheduling the next SEA Games late 2021

OVERALL CHAMPIONS. Philippines prepares to defend the overall championship title in the   2021 SEA Games. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Online gaming booms as virus lockdowns keep millions at home

Mar 25, 2020 - 1:22 PM

Online gaming proves a welcome diversion for many people chafing at movement restrictions, the cancelation of countless public events, and the relentless onslaught of news about the pandemic

Pagcor says POGOs donated P150M in medical supplies, food

Mar 21, 2020 - 4:53 PM

POGOs were previously sanctioned for not paying taxes

6 mobile games to get you and your friends through lockdown

Mar 17, 2020 - 6:24 PM

We’ve compiled a list of free multiplayer mobile games for you and your friends can socialize to

Xbox Series X features, specs revealed

Mar 17, 2020 - 5:14 PM

Microsoft reveals new details about their fastest and most powerful console yet

XBOX SERIES X. A shot of Microsoft's latest game console. Image from Microsoft.

PH hosting of ASEAN Para Games delayed to October

Mar 16, 2020 - 10:40 PM

The ASEAN Para Games is now slated to be held almost a year after the Philippines' hosting of the 2019 SEA Games

POSTPONED. Star para swimmer Ernie Gawilan is set to perform in front of the homecrowd in October. Photo courtesy of Janet Tenorio

Coronavirus stops bingo and casinos, POGOs remain open

Mar 15, 2020 - 1:10 PM

Pagcor allows POGOs to continue operating, but with only a minimal number of workers


We need leadership, sanity during crisis

Mar 12, 2020 - 10:00 PM

Enough of mediocrity

Duterte says POGOs 'clean,' but AMLC warns of dirty money

Mar 11, 2020 - 11:55 AM

The Anti-Money Laundering Council flags the lack of transparency and low level of awareness of rules in the online gaming industry

Duterte clears POGOs despite alleged crime links

Mar 10, 2020 - 10:08 PM

'Under my oath of office as President of the Republic, as elected by you, 'yang POGO na 'yan, malinis 'yan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

ON POGOS. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during a meeting with local chief executives at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on February 10, 2020. File photo by Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

Probably not 3,000, but Chinese agents are around us – intel experts

Mar 10, 2020 - 11:54 AM

(UPDATED) Are there undercover Chinese military agents among POGO workers entering the country? Military and intelligence community sources say they've been here all along.

CHINA RISING. This photo taken on September 15, 2019 shows people singing a patriotic song during an event in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province, to celebrate the 70th year of the founding of the People's Republic of China. File photo from Agence France-Presse

Panelo defends Duterte's decision to keep POGOs running: 'Hindi naman masama'

Mar 09, 2020 - 4:50 PM

'You cannot be burning the entire house just because there are so many rats there,' says Panelo of the President's decision to keep POGOs despite alleged crime links

KEEP POGOS. Players at the 2019 Phil-Asian Gaming Expo at SMX Convention Center in July 2019. File photo by Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Tinik sa lalamunan ang mga POGO

Mar 09, 2020 - 11:04 AM

Halimbawa ito ng gangster mentality ng mga opisyal natin na nag-aasam ng mabilis na kita kapalit ng ating katinuan at kaluluwa

Duterte won't ban POGOs despite alleged crime links – Panelo

Mar 08, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte's decision is also based on the need to fund government projects

NO BAN. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech after leading the inspection of the North Luzon Expressway Harbor Link Circumferential Road 3 (C3)-R10 Section in Caloocan City on March 5, 2020. Malacañang photo

'If we're acting like a province of China, why allow POGOs?' – Drilon

Mar 05, 2020 - 10:36 PM

'Why are we so in love with POGOs?' Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon asks sarcastically

TALE OF TWO PRESIDENTS. China is out against gambling as Philippines embraces the industry in its shores. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

PS2 turns 20: What were your favorite games for the console? Here are 5 of ours

Mar 05, 2020 - 8:57 PM

We’re taking a look back at some of our favorite games released on Sony’s top-selling console


Malacañang: Duterte won't rush decision on calls for POGO suspension

Mar 05, 2020 - 5:41 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also says the President's decision to suspend lotto operations in 2019 – widely criticized as done in haste – should not be compared to his perceived slow action on calls to suspend POGO operations

'DECISIVE PRESIDENT.' President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech before newly appointed government officials in Malacañang on March 3, 2020. Malacañang photo

PNP says rise in Chinese kidnappings linked to POGO worker influx

Mar 05, 2020 - 5:15 PM

PNP deputy director for operations Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar says the increase in crime is related to the number of Chinese who have arrived here

RISE IN KIDNAPPINGS. PLtGen Guillermo Eleazar talks to the media after the hearing on the alleged money laundering, crimes, and other nefarious activities associated with the operations of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) in the country at the Senate on Marh 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

2,000+ Chinese military in PH for immersion? Checking, says AFP chief

Mar 05, 2020 - 4:05 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines is verifying a raw report from Senator Panfilo Lacson that up to 3,000 members of China’s military are in the Philippines on an ‘immersion mission’

CHINA'S MILITARY. Chinese military personnel gather at the Shenzhen Bay stadium in Shenzhen, bordering Hong Kong in China's southern Guangdong province, on August 15, 2019. File photo by Agence France-Presse

Drilon to Pagcor: 'Stupid mindset' to allow POGOs for money

Mar 05, 2020 - 2:46 PM

'The social problems that POGO has brought to our country is not worth the relocation fees that you earn for Pagcor. Let me tell you that right in your face,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

'STUPID MINDSET'. Senate Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon joins Senator Gordon at the hearing on the alleged money laundering linked with Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) on March 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Baka military?' Residents troubled by POGO workers moving into Parañaque subdivision

Mar 05, 2020 - 2:03 PM

Villagers say it's suspicious that a new firing range has popped up near their club house as droves of able-bodied Chinese nationals move into their neighborhood

ONLINE GAMING. The Phil-Asian Gaming Expo in Pasay City in July 2019. File photo by Rappler

'Filipinos' safety first': Hontiveros wants Chinese 'criminals' deported

Mar 05, 2020 - 12:45 PM

The Chinese embassy says criminal cases in the country involving its citizens are only 'isolated incidents'

DEPORT. Senator Risa Hontiveros wants criminals from China deported. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on money laundering, sex trafficking in POGO industry

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:07 AM

The Senate probes alleged money laundering, crimes, and other nefarious activities associated with POGO operations

Gordon says Duterte's 'soft' stance on China fuels POGO scandals

Mar 04, 2020 - 8:44 PM

'That's why there is some tolerance. Takot sila eh. Hindi nila alam. 'May deal ba si boss dito? May deal ba ang Presidente dito? Pinagbibigyan niya itong mga ito',' says Senator Richard Gordon

TOO SOFT. Senator Richard Gordon says the Duterte administration is too soft with China. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

POGOs linked to crimes: Forged PH passports, money-laundering, sex trafficking

Mar 04, 2020 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATE) Here's a rundown of issues hounding the opaque Philippine offshore gaming operations industry

POGO. A screen shows how online gambling is done. Photo by Rappler

Pasig officials charged as Vico Sotto cracks down on illegal businesses, fixers

Mar 02, 2020 - 11:17 AM

(UPDATED) ‘Hindi ‘nyo po talaga ako makukumbinse na okay ang POGO para sa Pasig City,’ says the mayor as he warns his own bureaucracy against ‘negotiating’ with illegal business operators

VICO SOTTO. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto addresses residents on October 8, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

U.S. game makers conference postponed amid virus fears

Feb 29, 2020 - 7:12 PM

Organizers of the Game Developers Conference says it will be held later this year

POSTPONED. Attendees walk by the Sony PlayStation booth at the 2019 GDC Game Developers Conference on March 20, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Netizens can’t get enough of new mobile game 'Adorable Home'

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:06 AM

Check out some of the adorable (and highly relatable) tweets from 'Adorable Home' players!

LOOK BACK: Our favorite ABS-CBN game shows from the past

Feb 24, 2020 - 11:30 AM

Pilipinas, game ka pa rin ba?

China cracks down on cross-border crimes as POGOs thrive in PH

Feb 23, 2020 - 6:25 PM

There are reports that China has canceled the passports of thousands of Chinese working for Philippine offshore gaming operators

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

Vico Sotto shuts down illegal Chinese restaurant in Pasig, says no to POGO

Feb 23, 2020 - 11:38 AM

'Kakapal ng mukha!' Indignant at owners of a permit-less restaurant, the Pasig mayor offers to help the Bureau of Immigration track down and deport illegal workers and businessmen in the city.

VICO SOTTO. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto addresses residents on October 8, 2019, his 100th day in office. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

BIR shuts down POGO for failing to pay P114-million taxes

Feb 21, 2020 - 5:54 PM

Synchronization Anywhere for You Incorporated is the first POGO firm to be padlocked by the Bureau of Internal Revenue

CLOSED DOWN. BIR closes down Synchronization Anywhere for You Inc in Pasay City. Photo courtesy of BIR

The Chinese among us

Feb 21, 2020 - 11:00 AM

They can be crime suspects, victims, or complicit Filipinos

Going viral: Demand for disease-themed movies and games explodes

Feb 21, 2020 - 9:29 AM

Interest in 2011's 'Contagion' film, mobile phone game 'Plague Inc,' and Netflix's 'Pandemic' docuseries soar around the world

Duterte says he 'loves' immigration chief Morente amid POGO bribery mess

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:54 PM

Does the President exempt Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, a former Davao police chief, from accountability for the bribery scheme that let illegal Chinese workers slip into the country?

IMMIGRATION CHIEF. Bureau Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente in July 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Majority of immigration officers part of 'pastillas scheme' – BI whistleblower

Feb 20, 2020 - 7:56 PM

Whistleblower Allison Chiong says immigration officers in NAIA Terminal 1 receive as much as P20,000 a week in the bribery scheme

WHISTLEBLOWER. Immigration Officer 1 Allison Chiong tells all at the Senate hearing on POGO operations. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte sacks immigration officials, employees over POGO bribery scheme

Feb 20, 2020 - 3:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte found 'probable cause' to investigate allegations that immigration officers have taken bribes to let illegal Chinese workers slip into the country, says his spokesman

DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the Philippine Air Force Change of Command ecremony at the Col. Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on January 16, 2020. Malacanang photo

BI sacks heads of NAIA terminals as it probes bribery claims

Feb 18, 2020 - 1:12 PM

Bureau of Immigration spokesperson Dana Sandoval says the officials 'were removed from their posts due to command responsibility' while the BI investigates the alleged 'pastillas' scheme for arriving POGO workers

NAIA. The facade of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Kawhi dedicates All-Star MVP to Kobe: 'This one's for him'

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:34 PM

Kawhi Leonard wins the first-ever Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP award after helping Team LeBron topple Team Giannis

MAIDEN. Kawhi Leonard captures his first NBA All-Star Game MVP plum. Photo from Instagram/@nba


LOOK: How syndicates, airport officials split P10,000 bribe from POGO workers

Feb 17, 2020 - 8:59 PM

In a modus called 'pastillas,' POGOs pay P10,000 per person and provide free lunch to get VIP treatment

BREAKDOWN. A table from an informant shows how airport officials split a P2,000 bribe among them.

‘Magkano at hanggang kanino?’: Hontiveros reveals bribery in entry of POGO workers

Feb 17, 2020 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) The senator confronts immigration officials at a hearing after an informant alleges that the entry of POGO employees is facilitated for P10,000 per person

Senator Risa Hontiveros, chairperson of Senate Committee on Women, Children Family Relations and Gender Equality, presides the senate inquiry on the sexual trafficking connected to POGO operations in the country. February 17, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Team LeBron nips Team Giannis in All-Star Game honoring Kobe

Feb 17, 2020 - 1:34 PM

A tweaked format paying homage to the late NBA icon Kobe Bryant turns the All-Star Game into an ultra-competitive match

REPEAT. LeBron James and Team LeBron frustrate Giannis Antetokounmpo and Team Giannis anew. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP


LOOK: Team Giannis, Team LeBron chill in All-Star practice

Feb 16, 2020 - 6:25 PM

NBA superstars head to the Windy City all bundled up as they gear up for the All-Star spectacle