The woman and gallery that spurred Philippine modern art

Sep 17, 2017 - 5:30 PM

In the aftermath of the war, Lyd Arguilla provided a home for some of the Philippines' greatest artists to create a new scene

'MID-CENTURY MODERNS'. Coco Alcuaz talks to Leon Gallery owner Jaime Ponce de Leon and exhibit co-curator Lisa Nakpil.

Buses, jeepneys in the Philippines to be modernized by 2020

Sep 11, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The Department of Transportation signs a memorandum of understanding with the Development Bank of the Philippines to provide loans to PUV cooperatives for the purchase of new vehicles

WAITING FOR A RIDE. Passengers gather along Tandang Sora, Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City during a national transport strike. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte might not push through with mega prison in Nueva Ecija – Aguirre

Sep 03, 2017 - 7:54 AM

The President instead proposes to build a new medium sized facility and improve existing 7 regional prisons

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LOOK: Here's what Philippine modern art looked like after World War II

Aug 31, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The León Gallery opens its Mid Century Moderns exhibit featuring 1950s modernist paintings from the Philippine Art Gallery

'SUNDAY MORNING.' This painting by Ang Kiukok is among the 24 pieces featured in León Gallery's 'Mid-Century Modern' exhibit. All photos provided by León Gallery

Thai general among officials jailed for human trafficking

Jul 19, 2017 - 3:44 PM

UPDATED The most senior government figure among the 62 people convicted on Wednesday is Lieutenant General Manas Kongpan who received 27 years for multiple human trafficking charges and other offenses

Thai policemen stand guard outside of a criminal court in Bangkok on July 19, 2017.  Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Duterte admin's infra spending in May highest in 6 months

Jul 06, 2017 - 10:10 PM

Infrastructure spending rises by 31 4 in May 2017 alone the highest since November 2016

DAY AND NIGHT. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) inspects the 24/7 construction of an infrastructure project along Quezon Avenue. Photo from DPWH

House panel warns DOTr against rushing PUV modernization program

Jul 06, 2017 - 2:55 PM

The House of Representatives committee on transportation warns the Department of Transportation may be rushing its implementation of the Public Utility Vehicle modernization program

QUESTIONED. The House committee on transportation grills LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra on the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines. Photo by Rambo Talabong/

U.S. lists China among worst human trafficking offenders

Jun 28, 2017 - 8:59 AM

The release of the annual Trafficking in Persons Report appears to signal the Trump administration s closer embrace of human rights issues as an integral part of its foreign policy

2017 REPORT. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosts the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on June 27, 2017. State Department photo/ Public Domain

Is the PUV modernization program 'anti-poor?'

Jun 25, 2017 - 9:26 AM

With the benefits the proposed jeepney modernization program promises the government says it is not anti poor – it even is pro poor they say

REPLACED SOON. Despite it being overused, the jeepney has remained a cultural icon for the Philippines. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

DOTr launches modernization program for jeepneys, buses

Jun 19, 2017 - 8:45 PM

The Department of Transportation plans to phase out old PUVs make changes in the franchising system update routes and provide training for drivers

GREENLIT WITH A PEN. Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade and Interior Secretary Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy sign the Omnibus Franchising Guideline to begin the PUV Modernization Program. Photo by Rambo Talabong

No more secondhand military equipment in his time, says Duterte

Jun 02, 2017 - 8:03 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is willing to spend double the money on equipment as long as they are new Those given by Americans I don’t want them

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presided over the joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Heroes Hall in Malacañan Palace on June 1, 2017.  Joining the Joint AFP-PNP Command Conference are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Interior and Local Government Acting Secretary Catalino Cuy, AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año, PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa, Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs Arthur Tabaquero, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Isidro Lapeña, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) Director General Alex Monteagudo, Philippine Coast Guard Chief Joel Garcia, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go and other officials from various law enforcement agencies. Malacañan Photo

18 PH films to screen at New York's MoMA

May 06, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Movies by Lav Diaz Brillante Mendoza Erik Matti and more will be part of a Museum of Modern Art feature on Filipino films

'MA' ROSA.' Brillante Mendoza's film is one of the movies to be screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Screengrab from Facebook/marosafilm

PH set to acquire Pohang-class corvette from South Korea

Apr 27, 2017 - 3:50 PM

The Philippines will pay a token fee of 100 and shoulder the cost of refurbishing the decommissioned ship

DECOMMISSIONED WARSHIP. The Department of National Defense has written to South Korea to express intent to acquire one of the decommissioned ships of its navy. Photo from Wikicommons

Mengubah pasar kumuh jadi tempat selfie

Mar 31, 2017 - 9:43 AM

Pasar Kosambi dan Pasar Cihapit di Bandung jadi pionir revitalisasi pasar tradisional menjadi modern agar menarik banyak pengunjung Pedagang mengklaim omset mereka meningkat

Seniman John Martono (berikat kepala merah) melukis dinding Pasar kosambi dalam sebuah kegiatan bertajuk Kosasih (Kosambi Pasar Bersih) yang bertujuan agar pasar tradisional menarik untuk dikunjungi. Foto oleh Yuli Saputra/Rappler

PH Air Force now has 8 FA-50 fighter jets

Mar 29, 2017 - 1:12 PM

Four more FA 50s are expected to arrive in the next months

4TH BATCH. The Philippine Air Force formally receive 2 more FA-50 lead in fighter trainers it acquired from South Korea. DPC Photo

Philippines 'politically important nation for Japan'

Mar 27, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Japan State Minister for Defense Kenji Wakamiya notes the friendship between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

STATE MINISTER. Japan State Minister of Defense Kenji Wakamiya leads the formal transfer of TC90 planes to the Philippine Navy. Rappler photo

Maudy Ayunda, pendidikan, dan agama untuk hapuskan perbudakan modern

Mar 16, 2017 - 12:40 PM

Data Global Slavery Index menunjukkan sekitar 736 100 orang Indonesia atau 0 28 persen dari total populasi dunia hidup dalam perbudakan modern

ANTI PERBUDAKAN. Aktris Maudy Ayunda (kiri) dan pemimpin Global Freedom Network Andrew Forrest (kanan) saat deklarasi anti perbudakan di Kantor Wapres RI, Jakarta, pada 14 Maret 2017. Foto oleh Rika Kurniawati/Rappler

7 aturan makan sederhana namun sehat untuk orang super sibuk

Mar 14, 2017 - 9:04 PM

Gaya hidup modern yang semakin menyita waktu tidak jadi alasan untuk meninggalkan pola makan sehat

PH Navy awaits leased surveillance planes from Japan

Feb 26, 2017 - 9:54 AM

The first batch of 2 TC 90 maritime patrol aircraft is arriving on March 27

A file photo of a TC-90 plane of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. Image courtesy JMSDF

PH Air Force to welcome 2 more fighter jets

Feb 21, 2017 - 2:17 PM

The squadron of 12 brand new fighter jets will be completed within the year according to Air Force spokesman Colonel Antonio Francisco

BEEFING UP THE AIR FORCE. Half of the squadron of 12 fighter jets acquired by the previous Aquino administration have arrived. File photo

The perks of modern living: How technology improves our lives

Dec 12, 2016 - 1:19 PM

Choosing home appliances isn t just about functionality anymore

Balikbayan boxes tax-free starting Christmas

Dec 10, 2016 - 2:32 PM

Balikbayan boxes sent by qualified Filipinos abroad will be duty and tax free starting Christmas Day December 25

PH to decommission World War 2 ships

Dec 09, 2016 - 1:12 PM

This comes as the Navy eyes more modern ships

On balikbayan boxes: Why not implement tax exemption ceilings now?

Nov 14, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Hindi kasalanan ng mga OFWs natin kung natagalan ang pagbuo ng impementing rules for the CMTA says Senator Ralph Recto

Senator Ralph Recto said that the Bureau of Customs must already implement the new tax exemption ceilings for balikbayan boxes, in accordance with the new Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, even with the absence of implementing rules and regulations. Photo of Recto by Camille Elemia; balikbayan box by Bureau of Customs

What ails the BuCor modernization law?

Nov 13, 2016 - 10:30 AM

The lack of money to modernize the Bureau of Corrections is crippling the bureau worsening its age old problems

REFORMING BUCOR. Just behind the administration building of the Bureau of Corrections lies the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Implement new tax exemption rules on balikbayan boxes – Angara

Nov 12, 2016 - 2:53 PM

Senator Juan Edgardo Sonny Angara says this will help overseas Filipino workers OFWs sending home goods for Christmas

TAX EXEMPTION. A new law imposes a higher tax exemption ceiling on balikbayan boxes. File photo from the Bureau of Customs

WATCH: Gamer proposes to girlfriend at ESGS

Oct 30, 2016 - 3:02 AM

Add a marriage proposal to the list of surprises ESGS 2016 has unveiled

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is the glorious return of a classic

Oct 22, 2016 - 11:02 AM

An incredible remaster of one of the most iconic boots on the ground first person shooters

Customs: No taxes for certain shipments under P10,000

Oct 11, 2016 - 8:10 PM

This is good news for Filipinos who can now fully enjoy their small purchases from other countries says Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon

In this photo taken November 8, 2012, a crane stacks shipping containers at the international container port in Manila. Philippine exports rose by a surprising 22.8 percent in September, staging a recovery after the massive fall in the previous month, the government said on November 13. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO / AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO

Netizens define modern-day PH heroes: ‘Willing to serve the country, brave enough to speak up’

Sep 20, 2016 - 4:36 PM

In a Twitter conversation and Facebook poll conducted from August 29 to September 1 respondents weighed in on which traits best represent heroism today

First NEDA board under Duterte okays 9 infra projects

Sep 16, 2016 - 9:51 AM

The total cost of the projects is estimated at P171 14 billion NEDA also introduces some policy changes to speed up the approval process

Duterte: PH to buy defense assets from Russia, China

Sep 14, 2016 - 11:04 AM

The Philippine leader says he wants government to government transactions on military equipment and deals with no strings attached

MILITARY'S MAN. President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City to attend the 48th anniversary of the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing on September 13, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

FACT CHECK: FA-50s criticized by Duterte are from S. Korea, not US

Sep 09, 2016 - 9:00 PM

A quick check shows the two FA 50s cited by the President were acquired under the previous administration as part of the military modernization program in the face of China s threat in the disputed South China Sea

BOUGHT FROM KOREA. The FA-50 fighter jets President Rodrigo Duterte referenced in his speech on September 9, 2016, were bought not from the US, but from South Korea. Photo from the Philippine Air Force

DOF sets up website to consult public on BOC modernization law

Aug 29, 2016 - 3:30 PM

The Customs Modernization and Tariff Act is envisioned to transform how the Bureau of Customs is run

epa04900345 Filipino customs officers unload confiscated sugar from container vans at Port of Manila, Philippines, 27 August 2015. According to reports, the Filipino Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized more than 50 container vans with smuggled sugar in Manila. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

Conversation: Not all heroes wear capes

Aug 27, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Heroes are heroes not just because they are to be admired Join our Twitter conversation on August 29 using the hashtag HowToBeYou

What now? AFP modernization in the time of Digong Duterte

Aug 06, 2016 - 10:00 AM

While it may take years even decades to catch up with the military capability of our nearest neighbors the impetus has been initiated and is now moving with its own momentum that cannot be halted abruptly

Customs holds release of misdeclared shipment from China

Aug 03, 2016 - 3:22 PM

The goods declared as household wares turn out to be cosmetics and apparel without prior clearance from the Philippine Food and Drug Administration

MANILA PORT. The busiest port in the Philippines. File photo by Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse

Mandatory ROTC? How about no?

Aug 02, 2016 - 5:58 PM

What we need is a better path for the socio civic involvement of the youth a path that is congruent to the challenges of the changing times


Museum sketches bright future for art in Indonesia

Jul 26, 2016 - 2:34 PM

The opening of MACAN is hotly anticipated in a country where many private collections are shut away from the public

This undated artistic photo illustration released on July 19, 2016 by the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN) shows the exterior design for a major museum billed as Indonesia's first dedicated to international modern and contemporary art. Museum MACAN/Handout/AFP

BRP Tarlac: Hindi lang pang-giyera, pang disaster pa

Jul 01, 2016 - 3:50 PM

The BRP Tarlac is the country s newest and largest military sea vessel and the current pride of the Navy

UNPARALLELED. The BRP Tarlac is the country's current biggest and newest ship (file photo). Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino and the PH military: Toys for the big boys

Jun 27, 2016 - 5:04 PM

Up to P60 billion have been released for military modernization since President Aquino assumed office in 2010

President Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by PN Flag Officer in Command (FOIC) VAdm. Caesar Taccad,troops the line during the Philippine Navy (PN) 118th Anniversary Celebration at the Landing Ship Dock (SSV LD601) in Pier 13, South Harbour, Manila City on Wednesday (June 01, 2016). With theme: “Protecting the Seas, Securing Our Future”. (Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo )Bureau)

Use of modern family planning methods in PH rose in 2015 – report

Jun 22, 2016 - 4:15 PM

A report says government and non governmental organizations allocated a total of P40 70 billion in 2015 for the implementation of the Reproductive Health law

San Miguel, MVP group eye partnership for $10B airport

Jun 14, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Sought for comment Pangilinan says: As to infrastructure in general yes we are open to that

NEW PARTNER? Ramon Ang says San Miguel is also in talks with MVP group for other big ticket projects that the government may bid out in the future. Photo by Agence France-Presse

PH making 'strong efforts' vs slavery – report

Jun 02, 2016 - 11:07 AM

In the 2016 Global Slavery Index the Philippines ranks 13th in the Asia Pacific region with an estimated 401 000 of its citizens trapped in modern slavery

MODERN SLAVES. According to the 2016 Global Slavery Index, 45.8 million people are trapped in modern slavery, with two thirds in the Asia-Pacific region. Photo from the Walk Free Foundation

Aquino signs law increasing tax-exempt value of balikbayan boxes

May 31, 2016 - 7:04 PM

UPDATED President Benigno Aquino III signs the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act which is expected to reduce corruption in the Bureau of Customs as well as technical smuggling in the country

GOOD FOR OFWS. With the new law, OFWs will now pay less whenever they send balikbayan boxees to their loved ones in the Philippines. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Indeks Perbudakan Global: 736.000 orang terjebak perbudakan di Indonesia

May 31, 2016 - 3:31 PM

Menurut global indeks tersebut negara negara di dunia termasuk Indonesia membayar murah pekerjanya yang menghasilkan produk untuk pasar Eropa Barat Jepang Amerika Utara dan Australia

SERIBUAN BURUH BERDEMO TOLAK PP PENGUPAHAN. Ribuan pekerja dari berbagai serikat buruh meneriakkan yel yel sebelum melakukan longmarch di kawasan Tambun, Bekasi, Jawa Barat, Kamis (19/11).

More than 45 million trapped in modern slavery – study

May 31, 2016 - 10:55 AM

More than 45 million men women and children globally are trapped in modern slavery far more than previously thought with 2 3 in the Asia Pacific

RESCUE. Acehnese fishermen (L-in boat) help Rohingya migrants in their boat off the coast near the city of Geulumpang in East Aceh before being rescued on May 20, 2015. Photo by Januar/AFP

Abortion rates plunge in rich nations, unvaried elsewhere – study

May 13, 2016 - 11:45 AM

Researchers say the stubbornly high rate of abortions in poorer countries highlights an urgent need for better access to modern contraception including the pill implants and IUDs

5 hal yang perlu kamu tahu soal Samadikun Hartono

Apr 22, 2016 - 2:12 PM

DPR kritik pemulangan Samadikun yang diperlakukan spesial

DIKAWAL. Kepala BIN Sutiyoso (kiri) bersama Jaksa Agung HM Prasetyo (kanan) mengawal terpidana penggelapan BLBI Samadikun Hartono (tengah) sesaatnya tiba di Bandara Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta, pada 21 April 2016. Foto oleh M Agung Rajasa/Antara

Akhir pelarian Samadikun Hartono

Apr 22, 2016 - 9:09 AM

Kejaksaan Agung akan mengeksekusi aset milik Sadikun sebagai pengganti kerugian negara sebesar Rp 169 4 miliar

TERTANGKAP. Buronan perkara Bantuan Likuiditas Bank Indonesia (BLBI) Samadikun Hartono meninggalkan gedung usai menjalani pemeriksaan di Gedung Kejaksaan Agung, Jakarta, Kamis, 21 April 2016. Foto oleh Rivan Awal Lingga/Antara