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Panelo's alternative reality

Oct 11, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Plus the mayors' 100-day milestones

Greta's truth-telling and Bolsonaro's politics of denial

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:31 AM

Climate change, the Amazon, and Metro Manila congestion

Rappler Talk: A message to #WhenElaiMetBoyet on its social media post

Sep 26, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Advocates encourage celebrities to stop using people on the spectrum for entertainment

The tale of the disappearing ube jam

Sep 24, 2019 - 11:40 PM

The favorite pasalubong from Baguio brings home the argument about climate change

WATCH: For better or worse, Taylor Swift celebrates Pride in ‘You Need to Calm Down’ video

Jun 18, 2019 - 1:51 PM

The video features LGBTQIA+ icons such as the Fab 5, Ellen DeGeneres, Laverne Cox, and Billy Porter

PRIDE. 'Modern Family' star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband, lawyer Justin Mikita, are just some of the LGBTQIA+ celebrities that appear in Taylor Swift's star-studded music video. Screenshot from

Tales of 3 cities: family feuds, blurred lines and old vs new

Mar 30, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Sibling rivalry in Makati, challenging a 50 year old dynasty in San Juan and the Belmontes go after Duterte loyalists

Religious freedom at risk in 1 of 5 countries – report

Nov 23, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Of the 38 countries where freedom is threatened, the situation has worsened in 18 of them, 'in particular in two of the most populous countries in the world, China and India'

Japan Cabinet approves bill to accept foreign workers

Nov 02, 2018 - 5:18 PM

Among the sectors in Japan suffering from labor shortages are agriculture, construction, hospitality/tourism, and nursing

BLUE COLLAR. If the proposed law is passed, Japan will allow the hiring of foreign construction workers.  Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Local dance foundation shines spotlight on people with special needs

Jun 13, 2018 - 9:43 AM

The Heart at Play Foundation, an organization that promotes dance therapy to People with Special Needs, is determined to break stigmas and stereotypes

Facebook details policing for sex, terror, hate content

May 15, 2018 - 10:33 PM

Facebook says improved technology using artificial intelligence had helped it act on 3.4 million posts containing graphic violence, nearly three times more than it had in the last quarter of 2017

Marawi priest Chito Soganub says captivity a ‘test of faith’

Mar 23, 2018 - 3:38 PM

The Catholic priest held hostage by the terrorist Maute Group for 116 days opens up during the launch of an initiative to help rebuild Marawi

TEST OF FAITH. Marawi priest Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub says in a press conference on March 23, 2018, that his life in captivity tested his 'spiritual sanity.' Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: Gabbi Garcia

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:57 PM

The teen queen is performing at Rappler HQ!

Meet the Pope's new envoy to the Philippines

Nov 23, 2017 - 10:56 AM

'Please help me do my mission,' says the new papal nuncio, Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, in his first public appearance at the Manila Cathedral

VATICAN AMBASSADOR. Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, the new papal nuncio to the Philippines, makes his first public appearance at the Manila Cathedral on November 22, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Persecuted Christians remembered on 'Red Wednesday'

Nov 22, 2017 - 11:34 PM

(UPDATED) 'We never thought that this persecution of Christians that started in the Middle East...would come to the Philippines,' Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña says at the Manila Cathedral

Red Wednesday mass at the Manila Cathedral on November 22, 2017

Storytelling sessions held for children with special needs

Jul 19, 2017 - 7:11 PM

Beneficiaries of the event include children with intellectual disabilities and hearing impairment aged 3 to 36 years old

READING FOR KNOWLEDGE. A storyteller narrates the story of a mother to a group of children with exceptional needs to commemorate National Children'™s Book Day. Photo by Hannah Mallorca/Rappler

[E3 2017] Electronic Arts begins E3 with its big guns

Jun 11, 2017 - 3:27 AM

Electronic Arts takes out its big guns from a Battlefield 1 expansion a new game from Bioware called Anthem and a ton of Star Wars Battlefront II

EA at E3. Electronic Arts opens E3 with its pre-event press conference. Screen shot from YouTube livestream.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 3, 2017

Mar 03, 2017 - 11:29 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Friday

HRW: PH risks being lumped with North Korea, Syria

Mar 03, 2017 - 9:48 AM

The Philippine government needs to understand that their problems with the international community will not go away unless these killings stop says New York based Human Rights Watch of the Duterte administration s drug war

DRUGS WAR. Police conduct 'Oplan Tokhang' – a house-to-house campaign to make drug suspects 'surrender' – at an informal settlers community in Manila on October 6, 2016. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Post-Valentine weekend: Making special children feel they belong

Feb 18, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Quezon City government and the Philippine Association for Intellectual Disability gather some 2 000 children with special needs and their parents

CAMP PAG-IBIG. The Philippine Association for Intellectual Disability and the Quezon City government gather 2,000 children with special needs for a fun and creative 2-day camp on February 19-20, 2017. Photo by Benjamin Rey Nualan

Rappler Talk: The challenges of inclusive education

Feb 07, 2017 - 10:06 AM

How far has the Philippine education system advanced in promoting – and practicing – inclusive education?

Filipinos' growing concern: avoiding being a crime victim – survey

Jan 13, 2017 - 11:28 AM

This is an 8 percentage point jump from 30 the year before In 2015 Filipinos were least concerned about avoiding being a victim of a crime

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 30, 2016

Aug 30, 2016 - 10:51 AM

Hello Here s a round up of news you need to know this Tuesday

#PugadBaboy: Need for internet speed

May 28, 2016 - 5:00 AM

Amid challenges, artists with special needs shine

Apr 02, 2016 - 11:40 AM

A look at the inspiring work of talented Filipino artists with autism or special needs

WORKING TOGETHER. This is the result of a collaboration between Lorenzo 'Enzo' Medina with Saturday Group artists Buds Convocar, Ding Hidalgo, Rose Gisbert, and Robert Deniega. Photo courtesy of Rachel Harrison

Movie reviews: All 8 MMFF 2015 films

Dec 31, 2015 - 6:00 PM

Here are reviews for all 8 Metro Manila Film Festival entries including Honor Thy Father My Bebe Love and more

‘All You Need is Pagibig’ review: Love Overdose

Dec 30, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Critic Oggs Cruz writes All You Need is Pag ibig could have been a sickening saccharine trifle except that it’s not

Box office update: MMFF 2015 films earn P547-M in 5 days

Dec 30, 2015 - 6:59 PM

The movie Walang Forever enters the list of top earners

Box office update: MMFF 2015 films earn P468 million in 4 days

Dec 29, 2015 - 10:37 PM

‘My Bebe Love’ and ‘Beauty and Bestie’ remain on the top 4 of the list

IN PHOTOS: Stars at the MMFF Awards Night 2015

Dec 28, 2015 - 7:02 AM

See photos of the winners and performers here

BEST ACTRESS. The 'Walang Forever' star Jennylyn Mercado wins the award at the 2015Metro Manila Film Festival. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappelr

FULL LIST: Winners, MMFF 2015 awards night

Dec 27, 2015 - 11:15 PM

Walang Forever brings home the Best Picture award among many other awards Buy Now Die Later wins 2nd Best Picture while Honor Thy Father also wins big

MMFF 2015 AWARDS NIGHT. 'Buy Now Die Later,' 'Walang Forever,' and 'Honor Thy Father' win awards at the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival. Screengrabs from YouTube/TIFF Trailers/Quantum Films

MMFF 2015 movies hit P271 million mark

Dec 27, 2015 - 7:45 PM

Which 4 MMFF movies are topping the box office?

6 life lessons from 'hugot' director Antoinette Jadaone

Dec 26, 2015 - 3:40 PM

The All You Need is Pag ibig director gives advice to aspiring filmmakers and the heartbroken

ANTOINETTE JADAONE. The director of the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival entry 'All You Need is Pag-ibig' shares advice on love and life. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

MMFF 2015: 5 Things to know about 'All You Need is Pag-ibig'

Dec 24, 2015 - 10:15 PM

Hugot director Antoinette Jadaone s latest offering stars Kris Aquino Derek Ramsay and KimXi

KIMXI. Kim and Xian in 'All You Need Is Pag-Ibig.' Screengrab from YouTube

IN PHOTOS: MMFF 2015 Parade of Stars with AlDub, JaDine, KimXi, Kris, and more

Dec 23, 2015 - 4:43 PM

See photos of all the tandems at the MMFF 2015 Parade of Stars plus a collection of the videos and interviews that we were able to stream live aboard some of the floats

ALDUB. Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza on top of the 'My Bebe Love' float at the Metro Manila Film Festival 2015 Parade of Stars. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Xian Lim: My feelings for Kim Chiu grow everytime I see her

Dec 09, 2015 - 11:46 AM

Kim Chiu and Xian Lim talk about their feelings for each other at the All You Need is Pag ibig press conference

'ALL I NEED.' At a press conference for their movie 'All You Need is Pag-ibig,' Kim Chiu says that 'all she needs is Xian.' Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

MMFF 2015: How did 'All You Need Is Pag-Ibig' change after Herbert Bautista's departure?

Dec 08, 2015 - 9:22 PM

Though the film stays true to director Antoinette Jadaone s vision changes still had to be made to the MMFF 2015 film

ANTOINETTE JADAONE. Antoinette's Metro Manila Film Festival entry, 'All You Need is Pag-ibig,' originally cast Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista as the leading man. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

WATCH: 'All You Need is Pag-ibig' official trailer released

Dec 06, 2015 - 12:11 AM

Antoinette Jadaone s All You Need is Pag ibig stars Kris Aquino Derek Ramsay Kim Chiu Xian Lim and more

Screengrab from YouTube/Star Cinema

Ukraine's Donetsk rebels ban MSF, UN agencies

Oct 24, 2015 - 10:53 AM

UN agencies such as the World Food Programme would be affected by the ban as they do not have necessary accreditation

MEDICAL AID IN DONETSK. Medical brigade soldiers transport an injured Ukrainian serviceman at the Artemivsk village not far of Debaltseve, Donetsk area, Ukraine, February 19, 2015. Photo by Sergei Kozlov/EPA

Herbert Bautista out of MMFF movie with Kris Aquino

Oct 23, 2015 - 9:31 PM

The Quezon City mayor leaves All You Need is Pag Ibig Derek Ramsay joins the project

HERBERT BAUTISTA. The Quezon City mayor backs out of his MMFF movie with Kris Aquino. Screengrab from Facebook/Mayor Herbert M Bautista

Miss Possibilities: Where every girl gets a crown

Oct 21, 2015 - 6:03 PM

As the first pageant for girls with special needs in Asia Miss Possibilities celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of each participant

5 Friends You Need Post-Breakup

Jul 26, 2015 - 3:00 PM

What kind of friend are you to your brokenhearted buddies?


Jul 19, 2015 - 3:00 PM

In this Taiwanese short film a jealous fiance could not deal with the other man in his beloved s life

Insurance Commission goes after memorial chapels

Jul 13, 2015 - 10:00 PM

The commission issues legal orders to two unlicensed chapels offering plans that bear similarities to pre need services

Vietnam to bag deal for part of PH rice import needs

Jun 06, 2015 - 1:05 PM

The Philippine government moves to further improve the rice buffer stock for the coming lean months brought by the expected poor production this semester

STOCKING UP. 500,000 metric tons of rice are needed for the lean season. File photo by Rappler

Warriors vs Cavs: What you need to know about the 2015 NBA Finals

Jun 04, 2015 - 11:48 AM

Last two teams standing This is all you need to know about the 2015 NBA Finals

5 steps to financial fitness

Mar 27, 2015 - 10:18 AM

What should you do to be financially prepared for any contingency?

Pope Francis to kids: Don't be afraid, share your treasures

Feb 06, 2015 - 12:17 AM

Through a Google Hangout the Pope listens to children from around the globe shares life advice and admits that when it comes to technology he s a dinosaur

First-timers handled Yolanda assessment

May 15, 2014 - 7:00 PM

Lacking permanence the government needs to train new people again for every disaster

REBUILDING. A Yolanda survivor begins fixing his home, just weeks after the typhoon hit Eastern Visayas. File photo by Jake Verzosa

Lacson 'breaks laws' to hasten Yolanda rehab

May 07, 2014 - 5:35 PM

Absent a master rehabilitation plan 6 months after Super Typhoon Yolanda rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson insists the government is on track in its rehabilitation efforts

MORE POWERS? Rehabilitation Czar Panfilo Lacson says his lack of powers in his new job makes the task harder. Photo by Robert Viñas/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Savings save in disaster-hit communities

Apr 22, 2014 - 5:20 PM

Women in Yolanda hit communities encourage each other to learn the value of savings