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'Farewell' rebukes Oscars with Spirit Award win

Feb 09, 2020 - 12:11 PM

'The Farewell' wins Best Picture

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 08: Lulu Wang poses in the press room during the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 08, 2020 in Santa Monica, California. Phillip Faraone/Getty Images/AFP

Lawmaker questions how power firm with P7,000 capital got P100-M deal

Jan 20, 2020 - 3:05 PM

Congressman Jericho Nograles says IEMOP had no experience and no assets, but still bagged the contract to operate the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market

Second-round presidential campaign begins in Guinea-Bissau

Dec 14, 2019 - 11:19 AM

It's a race between Domingos Simoes Pereira from the traditional ruling party, and opposition figure Umaro Sissoco Embalo

CAMPAIGN. In this file photo, a campaign poster of one of the main opposition candidate, Domingos Simoes Pereira is seen along the road on the eve of Guinea-Bissau's presidential election on November 23, 2019, in Bissau. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

International experts quitting Hong Kong police protest probe

Dec 11, 2019 - 11:03 AM

The resignation is seen as a major setback for the Hong Kong government

A group of riot police stand guard on a main road during a protest in Mong Kok district in Hong Kong on September 7, 2019. Riot police fanned out across Hong Kong on September 7 in a bid to thwart plans by pro-democracy protesters to target the airport in the movement's first mass mobilisation since the city's leader made a surprise concession earlier this week.  Philip FONG / AFP

Guinea-Bissau votes on new president to break political deadlock

Nov 24, 2019 - 10:13 PM

Electoral frontrunners such as incumbent Jose Mario Vaz and ex-prime minister Domingos Simoes Pereira promise to tackle endemic problems such as corruption and joblessness

AT THE POLLS. A man gets ready to cast his vote at a polling station in Bissau early on November 24, 2019, as part of the presidential election in Guinea-Bissau. Some 700,000 voters are registered for the November 24 poll. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Hong Kong police watchdog unequipped to probe protest response – experts

Nov 10, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Protesters argue the Independent Police Complaints Commission lacks adequate investigatory powers, is stacked with pro-establishment figures and has previously been toothless when it comes to holding police to account

VIOLENT. A member of the police police fires tear gas towards residents and protesters in the Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong on November 2, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Spain votes in repeat general election amid Catalonia tensions

Nov 10, 2019 - 11:36 AM

(UPDATED) Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez calls the repeat polls after an inconclusive election in April which saw no working majority in parliament

SEEKING A MAJORITY. Spanish liberal Ciudadanos party leader and candidate for prime minister, Albert Rivera, delivers a speech during their last campaign rally in Barcelona on November 8, 2019 ahead of the November 10 general election.Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Sri Lanka election chief censors state TV ahead of polls

Nov 03, 2019 - 4:20 PM

This comes after the Independent Television Network aired a program that the election commission says had harmed the opposition frontrunner, who is also the brother of ex-president Mahinda Rajapakse

Spain jails Catalan leaders, sparking angry protests in Barcelona

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:16 PM

(UPDATED) A judge also issues a new international arrest warrant for Carles Puigdemont, a clear indication Spain will not rest until he and 5 others who fled abroad have been tried for their role in the crisis

INDEPENDENCE BID. Catalan regional president Quim Torra gives a speech in Barcelona on October 14, 2019, after Spain's Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan leaders to prison terms ranging from 9 to 13 years for sedition and misuse of public funds for their role in a failed 2017 independence bid. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Zuckerberg says new Facebook panel can overrule him

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:04 PM

The 'independent oversight board' will have the final say on these matters of what belongs on the social platform

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on April 30, 2019 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the opening keynote at the Facebook F8 Conference. Photo by Amy Osborne/AFP


East Timor celebrates 20 years since historic independence vote

Aug 30, 2019 - 6:04 PM

The capital Dili is filled with banners and flags as residents gear up for festivities, two decades after the tiny nation saw a rocky transition to stable democracy

20 YEARS. This file photo shows pro-independence students of East Timor University during a demonstration in front of their university in Dili, East Timor 04 May 1999, a day before the signing in New York of documents setting out a UN-supervised poll on the territory's future. File photo by WEDA/AFP

Kenny Leck: Living the book lover's dream

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:46 AM

He dreams of building a street of bookstores. But for now, he makes sure that the one bookstore he has is a home to passionate local authors and more importantly, a window to Singapore’s literary soul.

Movie reviews: 2019 Cinemalaya films Part 2

Aug 13, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Here's a review of 'Ani', 'F#*@bois', 'Iska', 'Malamaya', and 'Children of the River'

Movie reviews: 2019 Cinemalaya films, part 1

Aug 12, 2019 - 12:37 PM

Here are spoiler-free reviews of 'Edward,' 'Pandanggo sa Hukay,' 'John Denver Trending,' 'Tabon,' and 'Belle Douleur'

IN PHOTOS: Here's what happened at the Cinemalaya 2019 awards night

Aug 12, 2019 - 11:23 AM

'John Denver Trending,' is the biggest winner of the festival's awards night

best film full length

FULL LIST: Winners, Cinemalaya 2019

Aug 11, 2019 - 9:32 PM

'John Denver Trending' wins Best Film in the full length category

Cinemalaya 2019 guide: The line-up, movie scheds, and ticket prices

Aug 07, 2019 - 12:07 PM

Planning to watch a Cinemalaya movie? Here's a short guide

[OPINION] The new documentary film and its role in democracy

Jul 28, 2019 - 9:04 AM

We still have a long way to go before we elevate independent documentary culture in the Philippines, but there is hope

Trump celebrates U.S. might, avoids politics in Independence Day speech

Jul 05, 2019 - 10:08 AM

In a trickling rain, he repeatedly ascribes a singular greatness to the US, declaring it 'the most exceptional nation in the history of the world'

INDEPENDENCE DAY. A screen projects a video feed of President Donald Trump as he delivers remarks during the 'Salute to America' ceremony in front of the Lincoln Memorial, on July 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images/AFP

Trump, producer-president, makes July 4th his own show

Jul 04, 2019 - 9:45 AM

The US commander-in-chief and erstwhile Manhattan showman plans to tear up another norm, critics say, by hijacking traditionally non-partisan Independence Day as he seeks re-election

INDEPENDENCE DAY. Members of the U.S. Army finish parking an M1 Abrams tank in front of the Lincoln Memorial ahead of the Fourth of July "Salute to America" celebration on July 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

DepEd hails Filipino heroism in art exhibit

Jun 27, 2019 - 4:01 PM

'We can be living heroes: serving our country, serving our people, taking risks – it’s not the glory, it’s not the money, it’s not wealth, says Education Secretary Leonor Brioner as DepEd unveils the 'Bayani, sa Lupain ng Ginto't Bulaklak' exhibit

HEROISM. The Department of Education hails Filipino heroism during the unveiling of a mural exhibit. Photo courtesy of Department of Education

WATCH: Burj Khalifa lit in Philippine colors for Independence Day

Jun 13, 2019 - 10:10 AM

The world's tallest building in Dubai takes on the colors of the Philippine flag to mark the 121st Philippine Independence Day

BURJ KHALIFA IN PHILIPPINE COLORS. The Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, is lit up in Philippine colors on June 12, 2019, Philippine Independence Day. Screenshot from Burj Khalifa

Briones urges teachers to include local heroes in history lessons

Jun 13, 2019 - 9:34 AM

In a speech in Lapu-Lapu City, the education secretary says Visayans also fought for Philippine independence

HEROES TOO. Education Secretary Leonor Briones delivers a speech during the Independence Day celebration in Lapu-Lapu City on June 12, 2019. DepEd photo

Duterte pays tribute to patriots during Independence Day rites in Lanao del Sur

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:50 PM

'Today, let us pay tribute to our patriots – both from the past and the present – by safeguarding the democratic institutions that were built from the rubble of the wars that gave rise to our heroes,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

SALUTE. President Rodrigo Duterte salutes the honor guards as he leads the wreath-laying ceremony at the bust of Dr. Jose Rizal as part of the 121st Philippine Independence Day celebration at the 6th Infantry Battalion Grounds in Malabang, Lanao del Sur on June 12, 2019. Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Filipinos on Independence Day 2019: 'We’re far from free'

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Are we – as individuals, as a people, and as a nation – truly free? Netizens don't seem to think so.

IN PHOTOS: How Poblacion in Makati celebrated Independence Day 2019

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Folk dances, lechon, OPM bands, and the determination to have a good time – Repoblacion 2019 was as Filipino as it got

LUPANG HINIRANG. Early on in the night, revelers took a solemn moment to sing the Philippine national anthem. Photo by Gio Ramon/Rappler

On Independence Day, mother who lost son to Oplan Tokhang calls for 'true freedom'

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:28 PM

A woman who lost her son due to 'Oplan Tokhang' chooses to head to the streets and protest on Independence Day

IN PHOTOS: Celebrations, protests mark Independence Day 2019

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:01 PM

Government officials proudly raise the Philippine flag in celebration of 121 years of independence, while protesters angrily lift their placards to call for 'true freedom' in the country

LOOK: PH Coast Guard displays assets on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2019 - 2:55 PM

The display comes as the Philippines struggles to secure its territorial waters from China's expansive claims

EXHIBITION. Philippine Coast Guard held an open house at the South Harbor, showcasing the new motor boats and jet skis on Independence Day, June 12, 2019. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Using #RP612fic, netizens imagine Philippine heroes on social media

Jun 12, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Filipinos use jokes and memes to visualize Philippine historical figures in modern or alternative settings

Closely-watched Catalan separatist trial draws to close

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:51 PM

For some, they are 'political prisoners' repressed by the Spanish state – and a protest by independence supporters is planned in Barcelona to mark the end of the trial

INDEPENCIA. File photo of people shouting  slogans and waving Catalan pro-independence 'Estelada' flags during a protest in Barcelona on October 2, 2017. Photo by Pierre-Philippe-Marcou

LOOK: Google Doodle for Philippine Independence Day

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:35 PM

Check out the Doodle for the 121st Philippine Independence Day!

Screenshot from Google


Robredo to Filipinos: It's our duty to ensure a 'free, just, humane' society

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:25 AM

'Nawa'y pukawin ng pagdiriwang na ito ang isang malalim na pagmamahal para sa bayan,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on Independence Day

INDEPENDENCE. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony during the celebration of the 121st Philippine Independence Day at the Rizal Monument in Manila on June 12, 2019. Photo by OVP

Duterte hopes for 'truly independent' Philippines

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:11 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte will commemorate Independence Day with soldiers in Malabang, Lanao del Sur

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte sings the Philippine National Anthem during the Araw ng Kagitingan commemoration at Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu on April 9, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LIST: 2019 Independence Day rallies

Jun 11, 2019 - 9:09 PM

Groups will stage protests in various parts of Metro Manila to commemorate the country's 121st Independence Day

Background photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Small but significant ways you can fight for freedom

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:08 PM

Let the Independence Day be a reminder to fight for your freedom at home, in school, and at work

LOOK: Jollibee Funko Pop wears a barong for Independence Day 2019

Jun 11, 2019 - 4:29 PM

Jollibee now sports a Barong Tagalog!

Celebrate Independence Day with a Filipino film marathon at Cinema Centenario

Jun 04, 2019 - 5:18 PM

Grab your friends and save the date!

Games for learning and social change

May 25, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Philippine game developers continue to use games as a medium to create awareness, to educate, and hopefully to affect change in society

COGNITIO TERRA. Let the power of mathematics help you in this action game! Screenshot from Facebook video

Attacks vs journalists, social media blocks in Indonesia amid election riots – IFJ

May 23, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Media groups say at least 7 journalists were reportedly attacked while they were covering the protests, while social media platforms WhatsApp and Facebook were blocked

RIOT. Indonesian anti-riot police clash with protesters during a demonstration against Indonesia's President Joko Widodo's victory in the recent election in Jakarta on May 22, 2019. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

ANC wins closely-watched South Africa poll with absolute majority

May 11, 2019 - 12:49 AM

Seats in parliament are allocated based on vote share and the party with the most representatives selects the president, who will be sworn in on May 25

WIN. Supporters of the ruling party the African National Congress cheer as they arrive at the Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg to attend the ANC's final presidential election campaign rally on May 5, 2019. File photo by Marco Longari/AFP

Aglipayan group hits Duterte, endorses 10 Senate bets

May 01, 2019 - 5:10 PM

'We must not stand by as democracy is murdered,' say 150 bishops, priests, and laypersons of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente or the Aglipayan Church

CHINA TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the China National Convention Center in Beijing on April 26, 2019. Malacañang photo

Scottish leader calls for second independence vote by 2021

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:02 PM

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's government aims to 'give people a choice on independence' from the United Kingdom before the end of the current term of parliament expires in May 2021

Indie actor Kristofer King dies

Feb 24, 2019 - 9:22 AM

The actor is best known for his roles in Brillante Mendoza's movies

Nigeria panel confirms elections will take place on February 23

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:37 PM

'There won't be another postponement. The commission does not envisage there will be a postponement of the election scheduled for 9th March,' the Independent National Electoral Commission says

ELECTIONS. Rickshaws emblazoned with campaign posters bearing images of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party election candidate Atiku Abubakar and his running mate Peter Obi stand on a road in Abuja on February 19, 2019, ahead of rescheduled general elections. Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Logistical problems force Nigeria election delay

Feb 16, 2019 - 1:49 PM

'This was a difficult decision for the commission to take but necessary for the successful delivery of elections and the consolidation of our democracy,' the country's electoral commission chair says

Catalan separatists' long-awaited trial begins in Madrid

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:08 PM

All are on trial over an independence referendum that was held on October 1, 2017 despite a court ban, as well as a short-lived declaration of independence

TRIAL BEGINS. Former Catalan separatist leaders including (from front row R-L) Oriol Junqueras, Raul Romeva, Joaquim Forn, Jordi Sanchez, Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Jordi Cuixart, Carme Forcadell, Dolors Bassa, Carles Mundo, Santi Vila and Meritxel Borras attend their trial at the Supreme Court in Madrid on February 12, 2019. Photo by Emilio Naranjo/Pool/AFP

[OPINION] Judicial independence: Democratic counterweight to populist sentiment

Feb 09, 2019 - 12:59 PM

As the unelected branch of government, the judiciary’s sole standard of action is the rule of law rather than the public pulse. This is an essential democratic counterweight to the popularly elected officers of government.

DRC opposition chief wins vote as rival, church cry foul

Jan 10, 2019 - 1:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Election officials name Felix Tshisekedi, son of the country's long-term opposition leader, provisional winner of the troubled vote to replace President Joseph Kabila

WINNER. Presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi leaves after a meeting between CENI, SADC and other presidential candidates in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo on December 29, 2018, one day ahead of the General Elections. File photo by Luis Tato/AFP

Afghan presidential election delayed until July 20

Dec 31, 2018 - 12:05 AM

The presidential ballot is originally scheduled for April 20, which many observers had considered unrealistic