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More tickets for Alanis Morissette’s upcoming Manila show are going on sale

Feb 20, 2020 - 1:27 PM

The singer-songwriter is playing two shows at the Mall of Asia Arena in April

ALANIS MORISSETTE. The singer-songwriter is performing two shows in Manila in April. Photo courtesy of Ovation Productions

Thirdy Ravena, Nietos relish historic Ateneo GS jersey retirement

Feb 19, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Back to where they all started, Thirdy Ravena and Nieto twins Matt and Mike earn an unprecedented Ateneo honor

Manila fails DILG's good financial housekeeping standards

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:48 PM

(UPDATED) Only 10.8% of assessed local government units nationwide fail to meet the Good Financial Housekeeping criteria as of January 31, 2020

NON-PASSER. Manila is the only local government unit in the National Capital Region to be excluded from the list of Good Financial Housekeeping passers. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Ebe Dancel's first solo concert in February is pushing through

Feb 19, 2020 - 2:36 PM

Details of the safety measures that will be implemented during the concert will be emailed to ticket-buyers

20 YEARS. Ebe Dancel is staging his first solo concert in celebration of 20 years in the music industry. Photo courtesy of Make Good

Inside the Industry: Creating space for artists with Fringe MNL's Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan

Feb 17, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Operating from its base of operations, Pineapple Lab in Makati's Poblacion District, Fringe MNL describes itself as a home for "unicorns and creatives"

Want to be a Rappler intern?

Feb 17, 2020 - 5:26 PM

Rappler is on the lookout for talented and dedicated students who are willing to go beyond their comfort zones in a challenging internship environment

Rachelle Ann Go and Lea Salonga sing 'For Good' during Valentine's concert

Feb 17, 2020 - 1:25 PM

Lea is one of Rachel's guests in her concert 'The Homecoming'

LIST: Where you can find soufflé pancakes around Metro Manila

Feb 16, 2020 - 11:00 AM

More and more restaurants are jumping on board the fluffy pancake train

On Manila Bay reclamation, Duterte says 'wait until next presidency'

Feb 15, 2020 - 8:25 PM

'Manila is an old city and it will decay if you add so many things in front of Manila Bay. So ayaw ko,' says President Rodrigo Duterte of reclamation projects along Manila Bay

NO RECLAMATION. President Rodrigo Duterte says he will not approve of any reclamation projects along Manila Bay. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Filipino shuttlers bow out in Badminton Asia quarters

Feb 14, 2020 - 9:37 PM

Top-ranked Indonesia ousts the Philippines in the men’s quarterfinals of the 2020 Badminton Asia Team Championships

GALLANTE EFFORT. Philippine bets Alvin Morada and Ariel Magnaye manage to put up a fight against their Indonesian foes. Photo release

LIST: Traffic schemes for Alabang, Balintawak starting February 14

Feb 14, 2020 - 6:58 PM

The traffic adjustments will give way to construction works for the Skyway extension and Skyway Stage 3 projects

MORE TRAFFIC CONGESTION. Heavy traffic along South Luzon Expressway Northbound due to construction of Skyway near Alabang on September 26, 2019. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PH battles powerhouse Indonesia in Badminton Asia quarters

Feb 14, 2020 - 10:10 AM

A first-time qualifier, the Philippine badminton team hopes to score a major upset against top-ranked Indonesia

WINNING WAYS. UAAP standout Solomon Padiz tries to bring his champion act in the playoff round. Photo release

MMDA recommends banning motorcycle taxis on national roads

Feb 13, 2020 - 2:11 PM

'Kung ang tricycle tatlo na ang gulong bawal sa national road, lalo na 'tong mga motorcycle taxi,' says MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia

NO NATIONAL ROADS? The MMDA eyes banning motorcycle taxi operations along national highways. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Taiwan may cancel visa-free entry for Filipinos due to PH travel ban – MECO

Feb 13, 2020 - 12:44 AM

Malacañang says Taiwan's concerns will be relayed to President Rodrigo Duterte, though it maintains the ban is in place to quell the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus

VIRUS. Taiwan maintains it should blocked from international bodies such as the World Health Organization after the island confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Chen Chi-chuan/AFP

U.P. Manila to open 1-day human library experience on February 15

Feb 12, 2020 - 6:11 PM

Watch stories come to life through University of the Philippines Medical Students for Social Responsibility's human library as people share their experiences on various issues

LOOK: Get Root Beer Float ice cream at this dessert shop

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:53 AM

The Lost Bread's latest soft-serve flavor is made with Mug Root Beer!

IN PHOTOS: Jennylyn Mercado, Dennis Trillo open new cat cafe in QC

Feb 11, 2020 - 2:50 PM

The couple are owners of cat cafe Litterbucks

PH avoids elite Indonesia, India in Badminton Asia Team Championships

Feb 10, 2020 - 9:35 PM

Originally bunched with top seed Indonesia and fifth-ranked India, the Philippine men's team gets drawn into another group after a number of teams backed out

PUSHING THROUGH. Badminton Asia and the Philippine Badminton Association (PBA) ensure the safety of the players participating in the tournament in light of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) crisis. Contributed photo

Manila Coffee Festival returns in March 2020

Feb 07, 2020 - 6:31 PM

Coffee lovers, save the date – the Manila Coffee Festival is happening from March 13 to 15!

Enrique Razon wants more Manila Water shares

Feb 07, 2020 - 2:40 PM

Enrique Razon's Prime Metroline Holdings intends to make a mandatory tender offer for the shares of Manila Water at an offer price of P13 per share

Boys Like Girls is coming to Manila in April

Feb 06, 2020 - 9:22 PM

Tickets go on sale February 10

BOYS LIKE GIRLS. The rock group is coming to Manila. Photo from the Boys Like Girls' Facebook

Enrique Razon gets 51% voting interest in Manila Water

Feb 06, 2020 - 4:55 PM

The Ayalas get to keep most of Manila Water's assets, but Enrique Razon's Trident Water will be running the show

LOOK: You can find blue cheese ice cream at this local ice cream store

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Blue cheese lovers, this is for you!

LIST: Concerts in Metro Manila you can watch during Valentine's Day 2020

Feb 05, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Planning to watch a romantic concert? We got you covered.

Razon's buy-in of Manila Water won't stop contract review - DOJ

Feb 05, 2020 - 5:44 PM

Discussions with water concessionaires will start in March, says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

BUY-IN. Enrique Razon buys 25% share of Manila Water amid an ongoing contract review of water concessionaires. File photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

LOOK: Maria Ressa, Leila de Lima, Maria Lourdes Sereno star in exhibit on courage

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:31 PM

Young student-artists from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde's Fashion Design and Merchandising program put a spotlight on the 3 women for fighting for their rights and freedom

BRAVERY. Freshmen students of DLS-CSB's AB-Fashion Design and Merchandising program feature in an exhibit three brave women who fought for their rights and freedom: Senator Leila De Lima, Rappler's Maria Ressa, and former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. All photos courtesy of Center for Campus Art, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde

U.P. scientists develop test kit for novel coronavirus

Feb 04, 2020 - 8:45 PM

The test kit, which is still up for evaluation by the Department of Health, would enable faster detection of the novel coronavirus in samples taken from patients

PRECAUTION. Metro Manila commuters wear face mask as protection from the coronavirus on February 3, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Metal band Dream Theater to perform in Manila

Feb 04, 2020 - 12:47 PM

The progressive metal band is bringing their ‘The Distance Over Time World Tour 2020’ to the Philippines in April 2020

16 of the most romantic fine dining restaurants in every city

Feb 03, 2020 - 4:47 PM

Celebrating a special occasion soon?

Looking for the perfect place for a extra special date night?

'Star Wars: A New Hope' in concert is coming to Manila

Feb 03, 2020 - 3:58 PM

Enjoy the movie that started it all – with a live full orchestra

STAR WARS IN CONCERT. The iconic first movie in the franchise gets a full orchestra treatment. Image courtesy of CC: Concepts

Enrique Razon gets 25% stake in Ayala's Manila Water

Feb 03, 2020 - 9:25 AM

Enrique Razon Jr brings in P10.7 billion in fresh funds for Manila Water. The Ayala group remains a shareholder with a 38.6% stake.

Manila corners: Escolta, a street in-between

Feb 02, 2020 - 9:21 PM

A periodic block party and a cluster of hip new establishments have breathed new life into Escolta – but its old buildings and their faded glamor are still by far the most interesting things on this street

All illustrations by Raffy de Guzman

San Miguel still assessing full impact of Skyway Stage 3 fire

Feb 01, 2020 - 10:17 PM

The Skyway Stage 3 will not likely open by April, as previously planned. But San Miguel Corporation says it will resume construction 'at the soonest possible time, with the least delay.'

LOOK: Fire hits Pandacan warehouse, damages Skyway Stage 3

Feb 01, 2020 - 12:32 PM

(5th UPDATE) The huge blaze causes a portion of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3, which is under construction, to collapse

DAMAGED. Part of the Metro Skyway Stage 3 being constructed collapsed due to the warehouse fire in Pandacan, Manila, on February 1, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappker

Manila Water plans to raise P9 billion via share sale

Jan 31, 2020 - 4:59 PM

As government reviews its water contract, the embattled Ayala-led company decides to raise additional capital and funding so it could 'take decisive actions as needed'

The Jacksons to hold Manila concert in March

Jan 31, 2020 - 3:34 PM

The group is coming to perform at the Smart Araneta Coliseum

Manila gives out 500K facemasks to students amid 1st confirmed coronavirus case

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:28 PM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno warns establishments against overpricing facemasks, saying they could be charged for profiteering

CORONAVIRUS THREAT. Visitors at the Manila Chinatown in Binondo, Manila, wear medical masks fearing the outbreak of coronavirus. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[OPINION] Dear Duterte Legacy, more roads will not decongest EDSA

Jan 30, 2020 - 1:07 PM

'Almost all urban planning literature debunks the idea that expanding road space for vehicles eases up congestion'

Anime film 'Weathering With You' to screen in Manila, Davao, Iloilo cinemas

Jan 30, 2020 - 12:24 PM

The film tours the Philippines for Japan Film Week 2020

WEATHERING WITH YOU. Makoto Shinkai's anime masterpiece is set to screen in the Philippines. Screenshot from

Alanis Morissette is finally coming back to Manila in 2020

Jan 30, 2020 - 12:09 PM

Here's something you ought to know

BACK IN MANILA. The iconic singer is finally set to return to Manila. File photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Image North America/AFP

(G)I-DLE is coming to Manila

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:57 AM

The K-pop girl group is heading here in June!

(G)I-DLE. The girl group is heading to Manila. Screenshot from

PREP is coming to Manila

Jan 29, 2020 - 10:15 PM

Who's got you singing again?

BACK IN MANILA. The UK band is coming back to Manila. Photo from PREP's Instagram

Metro Manila has 2nd worst traffic in the world – report

Jan 29, 2020 - 7:21 PM

According to the TomTom Traffic Index 2019, Metro Manila is only second to Bengaluru, India in the world's worst traffic congestion

2ND WORST TRAFFIC. In 2019, Metro Manila ranked 2nd in the world's worst traffic congestion. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Man monitored for novel coronavirus dies of pneumonia in Manila

Jan 29, 2020 - 3:54 PM

Philippine health officials say the patient is a 29-year-old man from Yunnan, China, who had a preexisting illness. Tests would still be conducted to confirm if he was positive for 2019-nCoV.

THERMAL SCAN. The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020 amid the coronavirus outbreak in China, which has spread to other countries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

One 'Matinong Boyfriend' please: Sebastian's Ice Cream offers 4 V-Day flavors

Jan 28, 2020 - 1:00 PM

Care for a 'Matinong Girlfriend?' Or would you rather have a scoop of 'Unresolved Issues' or 'Closure?'

8-year-old boy killed by stray bullet in Manila shooting incident

Jan 28, 2020 - 9:54 AM

Riding-in-tandem gunmen target a barangay councilor but end up killing an 8-year-old bystander

Sarah Brightman coming to Manila in June

Jan 27, 2020 - 4:23 PM

The singer is coming to promote her album 'Hymn'

10 of the most loved fitness gyms in Metro Manila

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:14 PM

It's getting fit in here

Photo from Booky

IN PHOTOS: Remembering Kobe Bryant’s Manila visits

Jan 27, 2020 - 9:56 AM

A many-time Philippine visitor, Kobe Bryant delighted basketball-crazy Filipinos

NBA superstar Kobe Bryant poses with some Filipino children during his one-day visit to the Philippines at the start of an Asian tour sponsored by athletic footwear-maker, Nike in Manila, 05 September 2007. Bryant, who plays for both the US Olympic basketball team and the Los Angeles Lakers, said he could go for both the Olympic gold and the NBA championship but conceded that the US team was facing a tougher challenge in the Olympics than the American Dream Team of 1992 because the level of basketball talent in other countries had gone up sharply since then. AFP PHOTO/Jay DIRECTO (Photo by JAY DIRECTO / AFP)