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Pinoy Pacio secures ONE Championship strawweight belt in Jakarta

Sep 23, 2018 - 8:56 AM

The Team Lakay standout dethrones Yoshitaka Naito via unanimous decision in a rematch of their 2016 title contest

ON A ROLL. Joshua Pacio extendS Team Lakay's hot streak. Photo from ONE Championship

Why the NHCP wanted to stop the Bonifacio flag sale

Sep 14, 2018 - 9:05 PM

The controversial sale has raised a lot of questions

CONTROVERSIAL SALE. The personal Katipunan flag of Andres Bonifacio is sold for P9.3 million – but not without controversy. Image of flag from Leon Gallery, Image of Bonifacio from Wikimedia Commons.

Andres Bonifacio’s personal Katipunan flag sells for P9.3M in auction

Sep 13, 2018 - 2:14 PM

The flag is among several historical pieces that were sold during the Leon Gallery’s Magnificent Seven Auction

SOLD. Andres Bonifacio's personal Katipunan flag fetches a high price at Leon Gallery's Magnificent Seven auction. Photo courtesy of Leon Gallery

[OPINION] What 'Goyo' teaches us about leadership, youth, and patriotism

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:58 PM

'Watch it because we are all Goyos in a way: young, foolish, idealistic, uncertain, selfish, imperfect, vain, and incompetent'

How to defend democracy? Filipinos urged to learn from heroes

Aug 27, 2018 - 1:19 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Vice President Leni Robredo and some lawmakers on how it is to be modern-day heroes amid threats to the nation's values

Duterte honors 'ordinary heroes' on National Heroes Day

Aug 27, 2018 - 12:15 PM

Soldiers who fought for Marawi City, cops implementing anti-drug operations, OFWs, and teachers get special mention in President Rodrigo Duterte's National Heroes Day speech

Manga creators: Jose Rizal more than a Filipino hero

Aug 01, 2018 - 1:35 PM

The Japanese comic book on the Philippines' national hero is a first in many ways for its artist, writer, and publisher

Jose Rizal manga cover

Second volume of 'Jose Rizal' manga now out

Jun 27, 2018 - 5:10 PM

The second volume focuses on the national hero's mother and how she struggled after her wrongful arrest

JOSE RIZAL. The national hero is the subject of a new manga by Ryu Konno and Matsui Takahiro. Screenshot from Facebook.com/cccmoments

[OPINION] Reading, understanding, and appreciating Rizal

Jun 24, 2018 - 12:41 PM

Admiring Rizal without understanding him is a kind of empty nationalism and blind devotion

Images from Wikimedia Commons and Shutterstock

WATCH: Jose Rizal manga launches on hero's birthday

Jun 19, 2018 - 10:32 AM

At 4 pm Manila time on Tuesday, June 19, the first of the 4-volume Japanese-style comics about the Philippine national hero will be available online for free

RIZAL MANGA. The 4-volume series is set to be released on June 19, Rizal's birthday. Image courtesy of Rya Konno, Matsui Takahiro/TORICO,CCC

Marawi generals return to honor men killed in battles last year

May 24, 2018 - 7:10 PM

'Huwag mo ako interview-hin. Baka umiyak ako.' The Philippine military unveils a 'Heroes Wall' inside Marawi camp.

HONORING THE DEAD. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana leads a wreathe-laying ceremony for soldiers killed in Marawi. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

After 18 years, Tagum soldier killed in Erap's all-out war gets hero's burial

Apr 30, 2018 - 7:08 PM

Technical Sergeant Claudio Forrosuelo died fighting the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Maguindanao in 2000

HERO. The remains of valour awardee Technical Sergeant Claudio Forrosuelo are exhumed from Tagum City in April 2018, and will be brought to Taguig City for interment at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Photo from the Facebook account of Joemar Rey Escaro Yanga, the late soldier’s nephew

Banario willing to fight anywhere after ONE ditches cage for ring

Apr 21, 2018 - 9:33 AM

'The Rock' finds himself inside a new fighting space, but comes out with a win just the same

Photo by Richard Esguerra

Kevin Belingon destroys Andrew Leone at ONE Heroes of Honor

Apr 21, 2018 - 12:17 AM

Fellow Team Lakay stalwarts Honorio Banario, Gina Iniong also emerge victorious

NUMBER ONE. Kevin Belingon dominates former bantamweight world title challenger Andrew Leone. Photo by Richard Esguerra

GoPro launches Hero entry-level action camera

Apr 02, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The new action cam is priced at $199, which is $100 cheaper than the next higher model, the GoPro Hero5

HERO. The action cam maker attempts to woo a casual audience with their most affordable GoPro yet. Photo from GoPro


Cops should always carry their guns, even when off-duty, says PNP chief

Mar 23, 2018 - 7:41 PM

To prevent crimes, the PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa wants policemen to carry their guns at all times, even when they are off-duty and in civilian clothes

WHO'S NEXT? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa speaks to reporters at the PMA homecoming in Baguio City. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Cesar Montano gives update on planned 'Sultan Kudarat' movie

Mar 17, 2018 - 3:44 PM

Cesar Montano says the Tourism Promotions Board commits to produce one big historical film a year, and that his ultimate dream is to cast a 'Hollywood actor' in a project

WATCH: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly are partners in 'Ant-Man and the Wasp'

Jan 31, 2018 - 10:30 AM

The movie is set to hit cinemas in July

Gravity Eustaquio gets sweet revenge in ONE Championship

Jan 27, 2018 - 12:13 PM

Geje 'The Gravity' Eustaquio avenges a heartbreaker of a loss last September in Jakarta to The Kazakh

INTENSE. Geje Eustaquio takes down Kairat Akhmetov in One championship, January 26 2018. Photo by ONE Championship

Mavericks adopt new Chinese name - Lone Ranger Heroes

Jan 05, 2018 - 6:22 AM

The other two finalists were the Fierce Colts and Wild Horses

NEW NAME. The Mavs' days of being known as "Little Cows" in China are over. File photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: The Marawi war hero who received a Medal of Valor

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:09 AM

The Philippine Medal of Valor is the country’s highest military honor for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty

FAST FACTS: List of Medal of Valor awardees and their privileges

Dec 20, 2017 - 12:19 PM

Marawi hero Army Captain Rommel Sandoval is the latest recipient of Medal of Valor. He is only the 41st to receive the award since 1935.

Most coveted Medal of Valor goes to Scout Ranger slain in Marawi

Dec 20, 2017 - 12:19 PM

(UPDATED) The late Captain Rommel Sandoval, 38, died to save one of his soldiers in the Marawi siege

LOVE FOR COUNTRY. Captain Sandoval was a member of the PMA Class 2005. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler    LOVE FOR COUNTRY. Captain Sandoval was a member of the PMA Class 2005. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Duterte eyes Efren Peñaflorida to lead PCUP

Dec 16, 2017 - 10:34 AM

Efren Peñaflorida is the man hailed CNN Hero of the Year in 2009 for his efforts to educate kids in Metro Manila's slums

EDUCATING THE POOR. CNN Hero awardee Efren Peñaflorida speaks to media after a Kariton Klasrum culminating activity. File photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Mystery Manila and Ayala Museum team up for a Night at the Museum-esque adventure

Nov 28, 2017 - 4:37 PM

Quest of Heroes made history fun for millennial barkadas

A year after Marcos burial, minority senators honor protesters as 'true heroes'

Nov 18, 2017 - 3:59 PM

'On this day, let us choose to remember not the burial but the people who rose to the call: protesters who showed a strong sense of hope, pride, and solidarity,' say minority senators a year after dictator Ferdinand Marcos was given a hero's burial

NOT A HERO. Mostly victims during the martial law, protesters oppose the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Brothers, soldiers

Nov 15, 2017 - 4:50 PM

Gregorio Mainar has been taking care of his kid brother, Ondoy, since he was born. Now, as Ondoy lies in a coma, Gregorio and his family prepare to take care of him for the rest of his life.

SPECIAL CARE. Gregorio Mainar and his wife, Sheryle, feed Arvin through a tube. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Fallen Marawi deputy police chief gets hero’s welcome in Pampanga

Nov 08, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Inspector Edwin Placido was among the first to sacrifice his life to defend Marawi from local terrorists. His remains were only recovered on September 15, and identified through the nameplate attached to the policeman's uniform.

MARAWI HERO. Police Regional Office 3 director Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus (back) and other police officials give a hero’s welcome to the late Inspector Edwin Placido. Photo from PRO3 Public Information Office

Duterte sets aside P500M for treatment, housing of injured soldiers

Nov 08, 2017 - 10:27 AM

The Philippine leader tells soldiers who lost their limbs that they should aspire to be like South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, the first double-leg amputee to compete in Olympic track events

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to the wounded soldiers who are among the beneficiaries of the Karne, Isda Supply Suporta sa Masa at Ekonomiya (KISS ME) Project during its launching at the Fort Andres Bonifacio in Taguig City on November 7, 2017. MARCELINO PASCUA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Silence as PH marines pay tribute to fallen men on 67th year

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:03 AM

The Philippine Marine Corps also celebrates the living heroes who led its operations not only in Marawi but in other conflict areas in the country

67TH. The Philippine Marine Corps celebrated its 67th year anniversary on November 7, 2017

Duterte brings top Marawi soldiers to Japan to 'unwind'

Nov 01, 2017 - 11:59 AM

The Philippine President brings along top commanders who served in Marawi 'for a respite'

ALCAIN1 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accorded with military honors upon his arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City following a successful two-day visit to Japan on October 31, 2017. Accompanying the Preisdent is Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of Staff Rey Guerrero. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Undas 2017: PH military remembers Marawi heroes

Oct 31, 2017 - 5:12 PM

'Captain Sandoval left behind a wife who was anxiously waiting for a long overdue vacation abroad with her husband. She will instead stand vigil at the cemetery.'

SPECIAL FORCES. Harold Mark Juan is a member of the Army Special Forces

IN PHOTOS: Heroes’ welcome for PH Navy’s Marawi contingent

Oct 30, 2017 - 5:59 PM

The Marines fought fiercely to clear 3 critical bridges in the Marawi battle area, while the fleet patrolled Lake Lanao to make sure enemies could not escape and reinforcements were not able to go in

Robredo urges Filipinos to remember Marawi heroes during Undas

Oct 29, 2017 - 4:55 PM

'Because of the fight for peace, they sacrificed their lives,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

WAR IS OVER. Soldiers celebrate as President Rodrigo Duterte says Marawi City is liberated from local terror groups. File photo by Bobbby Lagsa/Rappler

Each Marawi hero's family to get P2-M livelihood aid

Oct 26, 2017 - 11:24 PM

San Miguel Corporation's Ramon Ang says this is the least the conglomerate can do for the 165 soldiers and policemen who died fighting terrorists in Marawi City

LIVELIHOOD ASSISTANCE. San Miguel COO Ramon Ang signs MOA to donate P330 million worth of livelihood assistance to the families of slain Marawi soldiers

Marawi in 360: The Cost of War

Oct 26, 2017 - 9:09 PM

Part 2: Experience firsthand the living conditions of the evacuees. Listen to their pain and their worries. Witness the cost of the war through the first-ever, virtual-reality war documentary on the city and surrounding towns.

MASS BURIAL. Bodies were recovered from the main battle area in Marawi city where IS-linked Maute Group are holding ground. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Marawi after the war

Oct 26, 2017 - 10:27 AM

What's next for Marawi now that the war is over?

WATCH: Marawi-assigned SAF troopers welcomed home as heroes

Oct 25, 2017 - 8:13 PM

The Philippine National Police Special Action Force's return was celebrated with a Heroes' Welcome Ceremony

Marawi in 360: Inside the War Zone

Oct 23, 2017 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) Part 1: Experience firsthand what has been left by the battles in Marawi, and the challenges faced by the Philippine military through the region's first-ever, virtual-reality war documentary

ON THE GROUND. Soldiers at the battle zone. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

The war in Marawi: 153 days and more

Oct 23, 2017 - 4:23 PM

This page puts together Rappler's reports on the longest and bloodiest Philippine military operation since World War II

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi heroes: Soldier brings home brother killed in Marawi

Oct 22, 2017 - 7:54 AM

Brothers Romeo and Rojero Rayco – both with the rank of Private First Class – fought in Marawi City, but only one of them comes home alive

BACK HOME. Private First Class Rojero Rayco sprinkles holy water on the casket of his brother, Private First Class Romero Rayco

LOOK: Soldiers in Tanay welcome home heroes of Marawi

Oct 21, 2017 - 6:13 PM

'Your accomplishments is the proof of the combat expertise and excellence of the Jungle Fighters wherever we may be deployed in country,' says 2nd Infantry Division Commander Major General Rhoderick Parayno

The week in photos: September 23-29, 2017

Sep 30, 2017 - 2:01 PM

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

CRISIS CASUALTIES. Dead bodies of Rohingya Muslim refugees lay on the shore of Inani beach, near Cox's Bazar on September 28, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

GoPro announces Hero 6 and spherical cam Fusion

Sep 29, 2017 - 10:35 AM

The new cameras arrive as GoPro faces intense pressure from low-cost competition in the mini-camera market

FUSION. The new line boasts spherical lenses to capture surroundings. Photo from GoPro


Malacañang orders agencies to display photos of heroes, not officials

Sep 27, 2017 - 4:10 PM

The directive, which also covers public schools, is meant 'to strengthen the people's nationalism'

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at the 120th founding anniversary of the Department of Justice on September 26, 2017. Malacañang photo

How an army captain died saving his soldier's life in Marawi

Sep 23, 2017 - 2:36 PM

Company Commander Rommel Sandoval could not bear seeing any of his men wounded. For this, he paid the ultimate sacrifice.

'DAREDEVIL.' Caprain Rommel Sandoval's courage was 'above and beyond the call of duty,' said his superiors. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

These geeks are protesting injustice through cosplay

Sep 21, 2017 - 12:30 PM

The cosplayers are releasing a photo series on the 45th anniversary of Martial Law

A NEW HOPE. Jedi master Obi Wan Kenobi protests the EJKs. Photo courtesy of A Hero's Call

Duterte confers honors on Marawi heroes

Aug 28, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Police and soldiers who were killed in action in the months long conflict in Marawi City are among the Order of Lapu Lapu Kalasag awardees

President Rodrigo Duterte pays tribute to fallen soldiers during the observance of the National Heroes Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers in Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City on Monday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

FAST FACTS: What makes a Filipino historical figure a national hero?

Aug 28, 2017 - 9:02 AM

While there are no laws that officially proclaim a Filipino a national hero there are criteria that determine how a historical figure qualifies as a national hero

HEROES. Filipinos who have a concept of nation and fight for the nation's freedom may be considered heroes, according to criteria set by the National Heroes Commission. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Duterte: Harness Filipino heroes' virtues to fight crime, poverty

Aug 27, 2017 - 2:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s National Heroes Day message also urges the Filipino public to honor national heroes by upholding the rule of law protecting the nation and fostering goodwill

President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo attend the 70th Philippine Air Force anniversary at the Clark Air Base in Mabalacat, Pampanga on Tuesday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler