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Didal, Panugalinog rule Asian online skateboarding tiff

Jun 21, 2020 - 11:16 PM

Cebuanos Margielyn Didal and Motic Panugalinog reign supreme in the Asian Skateboarding Championships 2020 Online Skate Lockdown Video Competition

GRIND. Tokyo Olympic hopeful Margielyn Didal continues to polish her skateboarding skills at home. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP


Father and son headed to work arrested for backriding in Pangasinan

Jun 19, 2020 - 9:44 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Wala kaming masakyan papasok, kaya nag-angkas kami. Wala na kaming pambili ng pagkain,' says Pedro Mones, who works at a construction site with his son

Meet Joseph Dante, Manila's street barber

Jun 17, 2020 - 12:16 PM

Who is Joseph Dante, known on social media as Manila's street barber?

Joseph Dante, 44 years old, a carpenter turned barber is seen cutting the hair of one of his client along TM Kalaw in Manila on June 9, 2020. He lost his construction job due to the lockdown and opted to become a full time barber. Daily, he serves an average of 16 clients which pays him P30. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

#DuterteLive: Updates on Philippine community quarantine levels due to the coronavirus

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:43 PM

Watch President Duterte live on Rappler

IN PHOTOS: ‘My jeepney, our home’

Jun 10, 2020 - 2:50 PM

Without a home and livelihood for nearly 3 months because of the coronavirus lockdown, driver Julius Evangelista and his family live inside his jeepney

TOMORROW IS ANOTHER A DAY. Erlin fans his son sleeping inside the jeepney.

Inflation slows to 2.1% in May 2020

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:07 AM

(UPDATED) Lower transportation costs and food prices cause the downtrend in the Philippines' inflation rate

Tesda eyeing 'gulayan sa barangay' in Camalig as agri school site for Bicolanos

Jun 02, 2020 - 3:12 PM

Residents of Barangay Salugan in Camalig, Albay, can get free vegetables in the 'gulayan'

FREE VEGGIES. Farm worker checks out eggplants at "Gulayan sa Barangay" owned by the family of village chairwoman Shiela Dino in Barangay Salugan, Camalig town. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Coronavirus Updates: Metro Manila, Cebu City relax restrictions

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:00 AM

We label June 1 as ‘The Hunger Games: NCR, Cavite, and Cebu City Editions.’ For those returning to work, it’s like getting into a death match.

Labor groups urge government to hire PUVs during quarantine

May 30, 2020 - 7:54 PM

Labor groups also report that workers are getting pay cuts of as much as 25% during quarantine

SWABBED. Health workers continue COVID-19 swabbing during a mass testing at the SB Plaza in Novaliches in Quezon City on May 22, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Neck pain? You may want to set up your laptop for long-term work-from-home

May 23, 2020 - 8:00 AM

You need good ergonomics to make sure you avoid discomfort


Cebu City lifts Sitio Zapatera's total lockdown

May 20, 2020 - 10:32 PM

Zapatera was the first sitio to be put on lockdown in April, and stayed that way for 43 days

LOCKDOWN LIFTED. The lockdown in Sitio Zapatera is lifted. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Coronavirus Updates: More Cebu City sitios under lockdown

May 16, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Sitio Upper in the mountain village of Bacayan is the latest addition to the list, even as Cebu City transitions to modified enhanced community quarantine

Coronavirus Updates: Our lives starting May 16

May 15, 2020 - 9:00 AM

What we know so far about the levels of lockdown across the country

[ANALYSIS] The costs of school closures

May 13, 2020 - 12:00 PM

If education authorities want a new education 'normal' where blended learning is a viable strategy, they must go beyond simply encouraging its use. Government must provide funding support.

Rappler Talk: Robert Siy on Metro Manila's impending transportation crisis after lockdown

May 12, 2020 - 11:40 AM

Catch the Rappler Talk interview on Tuesday, May 12, at 3 pm

Whether ECQ or GCQ, Metro Manila mayors want single policy after May 15

May 09, 2020 - 7:56 PM

If the national government decides to extend the enhanced community quarantine of Metro Manila beyond May 15, it should be at a maximum of two weeks, say the big city mayors

UNDER LOCKDOWN. Roxas Boulevard in Manila on Thursday, March 18. FILE Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

[OPINYON] Ngayong may salot at walang piyesta

May 09, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Pinagpipiyestahan natin ang buhay ng mga tao at mga pangyayari. Dinudumog, nilalapa, wala halos itinitira. Bihira na ang nagsusuri. Subo na lang nang subo ng inaakalang masarap na impormasyon.

Metro Manila mayors to meet on ECQ fate on May 9

May 08, 2020 - 9:39 AM

Mayors are eyeing a 15-day extension of the lockdown but the final decision rests on the national government task force

Health workers conducts community rapid testing due to the growing number of confirmed cases of local transmission of COVID-19 at San Andres , Manila on May 1, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Soldiers to help run 'mega swabbing center' in Taguig

May 06, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines will provide non-medical support to the national government's COVID-19 testing center at Enderun Colleges in Bonifacio Global City

SWAB CENTER. Cabinet officials inspect the government's "mega swabbing center" at Enderun Colleges in Taguig City on May 6, 2020. Photo from the Department of National Defense

Vico Sotto peeved by ex-PBA player who cussed at gov't worker giving out aid

May 06, 2020 - 12:36 AM

'Yung sense of entitlement ng ibang tao, grabe talaga,' says the Pasig mayor as he explains why the well-off are not the priority in distributing the city's supplemental emergency subsidy

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

Inflation slips to 2.2% in April 2020 as virus freezes economy

May 05, 2020 - 9:07 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Philippines' inflation slows down as oil prices plunge, while prices of some food items inch up in April

'BeVolts': From street dwellers to aid workers

May 04, 2020 - 4:37 PM

They are used being vagrants – until helping each other to survive the coronavirus pandemic turned them into 'house parents' in homeless shelters

The De la Salle University in Manila temporarily houses street dwellers, indigents and stranded families due to the imposed enhance community quarantine at their sports center on April 12, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

'Pechay for free': Family in CamSur takes up gardening to help neighbors

May 04, 2020 - 2:15 PM

Aside from being able to help others during the coronavirus lockdown, the Furio family also manages to squeeze in some quality bonding time in their garden

FREE PECHAY. As a way to help out during the coronavirus crisis, the Furio family gives away pechay they've planted for their neighbors. All photos from Nancy Furio

DFA to implement 'new normal process' at consular offices

May 02, 2020 - 9:52 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs will implement new rules at its consular offices to protect both the public and its personnel during the coronavirus outbreak

Vico Sotto says coronavirus spread slowing down in Pasig City

May 01, 2020 - 3:58 PM

'But we will not be complacent. We’ve seen what happened in other countries where the number of cases spiked again. We just keep fighting,' says the Pasig mayor.

PASIG OFFICIALS. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto and City disaster risk reduction chief Bryant Wong lead the distribution of disinfectant kits to barangay leaders on March 13, 2020. File photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Post-lockdown: Quarantine checkpoints within Bukidnon removed

Apr 30, 2020 - 11:57 PM

However, Governor Jose Maria Zubiri says checkpoints in all regional and provincial borders will remain

Residents of Bukidnon pass through a quarantine checkpoint between the boundary of Libona, Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro City. Bukidnon announced its first COVID-19 case Thursday, April 9, 2020. The patient attended a derby in Davao City on March 12,2020. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Despite lockdown, Lyceans find ways to help frontliners, Filipinos in Batangas

Apr 30, 2020 - 3:47 PM

Students, faculty members, and personnel of the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas express their support for frontliners and Filipinos affected by the coronavirus outbreak in different ways

FOR OUR HEROES. Students and faculty of Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas lead initiatives to help frontliners and Filipinos during the coronavirus outbreak. Photos from LPU-B

Manila’s Tondo 1 set for 48-hour lockdown

Apr 30, 2020 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) The ‘hard lockdown’ will be from Sunday to Tuesday, May 3-5

LOCKDOWN. Members of the Manila Police District and Armed Forces of the Philippines join barangay officials as they enforce a strict 24-hour lockdown of Barangay 20 at the Parola Compound in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong

5 gov't programs businesses can take advantage of during lockdown

Apr 29, 2020 - 1:18 PM

Press release: Here are some ways a business can get help in paying salaries, getting a breather from obligations, or just staying afloat

[Kwentong COVID] Learning despite the lockdown

Apr 29, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Ellyssa Jhen Jiao writes about what's keeping her occupied during the lockdown

Illustration by Alejandro Edoria

[OPINYON] Sa naiinip

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:59 AM

Huwag mabahala. Sa iyong pagkainip humahanap ka ng kakaibang hamon sa kakayahan mo, di ba? Kaya nga nakalikha ka ng 1,001 recipes ng karne norte, di ba?

[Kwentong COVID] Salute to frontliners, TikTok with mama and kuya

Apr 27, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Distance learning and TikTok make the lockdown just a little easier to bear for Jamilah Claire Jumuad

Watch Kidlat Tahimik's 'Memories of Overdevelopment' on Lockdown Cinema Club

Apr 27, 2020 - 5:17 PM

A talkback with Kidlat Tahimik, moderated by Jessica Zafra, will follow the watch party on Monday, April 27

LOCKDOWN CINEMA FEATURE. Kidlat Tahimik will be screening one of his films during lockdown. File photo by Rappler

Bukidnon governor lifts lockdown order

Apr 27, 2020 - 1:36 PM

To jumpstart the province’s stalled economy, Governor Jose Maria Zubiri allows the gradual opening of establishments, offices, and other activities. However, non-residents are still barred from entering the province.

CAPTION: A Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) personnel gets sanitized inside a tent after disinfecting rounds in Barangay Gango, Libona, Bukidnon. Bukidnon governor Jose Maria Zubiri orders the gradual opening of the province's economic activities after lifting the 2-week lockdown in the province. (Bobby Lagsa/Rappler)

Makati man went berserk, cursed police – PNP

Apr 27, 2020 - 12:54 PM

Javier Salvador Parra says he intends to file a criminal case against Makati police as his lawyer studies it

ASSAULTED. Javier Salvador Parra gets a check up after he was tackled by a Makati cop to the ground in an attempt to arrest him on Sunday, April 26. Photo courtesy of Parra

[EDITORIAL] Tigilan ang giyera laban sa mga pasaway, virus ang kaaway

Apr 27, 2020 - 11:47 AM

Ito ang serbisyo publiko na hatid ni Digong at ng pulisya: ang mang-aresto, mambrusko at manakot? We deserve better from this government.

22 new coronavirus cases in Barangay Luz, Cebu City

Apr 26, 2020 - 8:46 PM


The cases are detected in the same barangay as Sitio Zapatera. On Sunday, 40 more new patients were recorded in Cebu City.

FRONTLINER. A worker in Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz, disinfects himself. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

[Kwentong COVID] Problems bigger than my grades

Apr 26, 2020 - 5:18 PM

Yliah writes about Good Samaritans and finding a reason to hope

Illustration by Alyssa Arizabal

[Kwentong COVID] When life slows down

Apr 25, 2020 - 7:18 PM

Jay Emmanuel Pangilinan writes about a world that's no longer in a rush

Illustration by David Castuciano

Is Baguio covered in Benguet’s extended lockdown? DILG says yes

Apr 25, 2020 - 9:02 AM

Residents are initially confused, thinking Baguio's administrative independence from the province also applies in a quarantine situation

CITY OF PINES ON LOCKDOWN. Baguio City police regulate the entry of people at the Baguio City Market as part of its physical distancing policy. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Angkas driver arrested for delivering beer in Quezon City

Apr 24, 2020 - 3:44 PM

Cops arrest an Angkas driver who was found transporting 2 cases of imported beer in Quezon City, where a liquor ban is in place

CHECKPOINT. Despite the stricter implementation of the enhanced community quarantine, an influx of motorcycle crowds the checkpoint at the Zapote, Las Piñas City on April 17, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[Kwentong COVID] Finding hope, easing fear in lockdown

Apr 24, 2020 - 1:33 PM

Grade 7 student John Laurence Carullo writes about how his own family is adjusting to the abrupt change and the lockdown

Illustration by Raffy de Guzman

Duterte's lockdown decision hinges on PH capacity to treat patients

Apr 23, 2020 - 2:41 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says President Duterte will likely be 'conservative' in his decision

PRESIDENT'S DECISION. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with some members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on April 8, 2020. Palace Photo


[Kwentong COVID] My 7th birthday in lockdown

Apr 23, 2020 - 12:15 PM

Grade 1 student Kimy writes about life – and a birthday – in lockdown

Illustration by Nico Villarete

[ANALYSIS] Should Duterte lift the lockdown? An imagined debate

Apr 23, 2020 - 10:59 AM

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the stakes are much, much higher. Now is not the time for the capricious, evidence-bereft brand of policymaking Duterte has grown used to and gotten away with.

Naga City in Cebu imposes stay-at-home rule on Sundays under expanded lockdown

Apr 23, 2020 - 10:17 AM

Only frontline medical workers, goverment officers, and workers of exempted business establishments will be exempted from the city government's expanded enhanced community quarantine on Sundays

INSPECTION. Naga City, Cebu Mayor Kristine Vanessa Chiong inspects checkpoints as the city gears up for stricter anti-coronavirus measures on April 20, 2020. Photo from the Facebook page of the City Government of Naga, Cebu Facebook Page

Even in stricter lockdown, military says it will play ‘support role’

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:59 AM

At least 2,500 soldiers are deployed in the National Capital Region and 2,000 more are ready to be sent out if needed. But the PNP takes the lead, says the military.

MILITARY TROOPS. Members of the military's Joint Task Force-National Capital Region hold a final briefing and send off at Camp Aguinaldo before their deployment on different parts of the metropolis to help enforce a lockdown midnight on March 15, 2020. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Ex-Anakpawis congressman Casilao, relief volunteers post bail

Apr 22, 2020 - 10:50 PM

Their arrest by the Norzagaray police is an 'attack on activists carrying out humanitarian activities [which] adhered to the bayanihan spirit in this time of an emergency situation,' says former partylist lawmaker, Ariel Casilao

DETENTION. Relief volunteers are stopped at a checkpoint in Norzagaray, Bulacan, and detained on April 19, 2020. Photo from Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas' Facebook page

At least 29 Metro Manila barangays failing to implement lockdown rules

Apr 22, 2020 - 10:41 PM

The chairmen of the 29 barangays are facing show cause orders issued by the Department of the Interior and Local Government

LOCKDOWN. Quezon City Police operatives install a barricade in Barangay Pasong Tamo, Quezon City on March 24, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

I do, I don't? Your guide to wedding plans during a pandemic

Apr 22, 2020 - 8:00 PM

For about-to-be-wed couples affected by the ECQ, here are some tips, factors, and alternatives to consider if you're planning to postpone your big day