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WATCH: Michael Christian Martinez performs 2018 Olympic routine in Manila

Feb 22, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Martinez fulfills his his dream of skating to a river dance and tribal-themed program

ZERO DEDUCTIONS. Michael Christian Martinez finishes with a clean performance after practicing for only 16 days. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

More skating for two-time Olympian Michael Christian Martinez

Feb 22, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Martinez still wants to achieve more goals in his figure skating career

ICE KING. Michael Christian Martinez performs his Emerald Tiger routine. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ivanka Trump, North Korean general to attend Olympic closing

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:43 PM

The Winter Games have seen a flurry of cross-border visits and diplomacy on the habitually tense peninsula

TO KOREA. In this file photo, Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump looks on during a panel discussion at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the Hyderabad convention centre (HICC) in Hyderabad on November 29, 2017. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Duterte on Ranada, Lorenzana on PSG, Napolcom on Dela Rosa | Evening wRap

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:01 PM

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'Skated with our hearts': Virtue and Moir win stunning gold

Feb 20, 2018 - 5:12 PM

'We knew today we'd put in a fantastic performance, gave it all we had, we skated with our hearts,' Scott Moir says of his record-breaking ice dance Winter Olympics win with fellow Canadian Tessa Virtue

HEARTS. Canada's Tessa Virtue and Canada's Scott Moir compete in the ice dance free dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 20, 2018. Photo by Roberto Schmidt/AFP

13 years of decline: PH sports nose-dives under Peping Cojuangco

Feb 19, 2018 - 12:56 PM

As elections for the Philippine Olympic Committee presidency draw near, Cojuangco aims to hold on to a 4th term despite the country's disappointing performances in international competitions

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 19, 2018

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:13 AM

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PRESIDENTIAL AIDE. Special Assistant to the President Bong Go (right) with President Rodrigo Duterte at the Camp Panacan Station Hospital  in Davao City on January 29, 2018. Malacañang Photo

2018 Winter Olympics: Philippines' Asa Miller lands 70th in giant slalom

Feb 18, 2018 - 2:58 PM

The 17-year-old Filipino-American, participating in his first Olympiad, clocks in a combined finish time of 2:49.95 in two runs

DREAM COME TRUE. Asa Miller dons the Philippine colors in his first Olympic appearance. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP


The week in photos: February 10-16, 2018

Feb 17, 2018 - 5:46 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

People throw talcum powder during the street carnival 'Los Indianos' in Santa Cruz de la Palma, on the Spanish Canary island of La Palma, on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / DESIREE MARTIN

Hanyu defends Olympic title, snowboarder Ledecka pulls off ski shock

Feb 17, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Hanyu and Ledecka rule the ice and snow, respectively

MAGIC. Ester Ledecka and Yuzuru Hanyu take home Olympic golds. Photo by Martin Bernetti (Ledecka) and Aris Messinis (Hanyu).

Oh my quad! US skater Chen makes history with 6 quads

Feb 17, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Chen breaks his own record of 5 quads set last year

Cybersecurity roundup: February 11 to 17, 2018

Feb 17, 2018 - 11:22 AM

Here's an overview of some of the major occurrences in the cybersecurity sector from February 11 to 17

Mexican Olympian gets hero's welcome – after finishing last

Feb 16, 2018 - 6:17 PM

After crossing the finish after 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) of gruelling freestyle cross-country racing on Friday, February 16, German Madrazo is lifted high into the air and onto the shoulders of two other athletes

AN ACHEIVEMENT. Tonga's Pita Taufatofua (L) and Morocco's Samir Azzimani (R) lift Mexico's German Madrazo onto their shoulders as they celebrate at the finish line in the men's 15km cross country freestyle at the Alpensia cross country ski centre during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 16, 2018 in Pyeongchang. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Michael Christian Martinez: Olympian and pioneer in Philippine figure skating

Feb 16, 2018 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) The two Winter Olympics stints of Martinez are already a feat on its own, especially when you hail from a country where snow is nowhere to be found

OLYMPIAN. Philippines' Michael Christian Martinez shown here after competing in the men's single skating short program of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 16, 2018. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

South Korea to pay $2.6 million for North's Olympic presence

Feb 14, 2018 - 2:36 PM

The 2.86 billion won will cover transport, hotel, food and other cost for 229 cheerleaders, a taekwondo demonstration team, and around 140 art performers, the country's Unification Ministry says

NORTHERNERS IN THE SOUTH. North Korean cheerleaders wave national flags during the pair skating short program of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 14, 2018. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Wind causes alpine chaos as slalom postponed

Feb 14, 2018 - 11:46 AM

Strong winds buffet the Rainbow course in Yongpyong, making it unsafe to hold the race

Calida on Ombudsman probe, Roque on fake news bill, HRW on Duterte | Evening wRap

Feb 13, 2018 - 9:00 PM

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Be my Olympic Valentine: Pyeongchang becomes dating hotspot

Feb 13, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Skeptics may say they should be concentrating more on winning medals, but with time to kill between their events, some male and female competitors appear to have gone looking for a match on Tinder

TOP FORM. Athletes practice during a speed skating training session at the Gangneung Oval Arena during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in Gangneung on February 8, 2018. Aris Messinis/AFP

Japanese speed skater vows to clear name in first 2018 Olympics drug case

Feb 13, 2018 - 11:08 AM

(UPDATED) Kei Saito failed an out-of-competition test prior to the event, the Court of Arbitration for Sport says in a statement

SPEED SKATING. This file photo taken on February 10, 2018 shows South Korea's Seo Yira (L) and Japan's Kei Saito (R) taking part in the men's 1,500m short track speed skating heat event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Gangneung. Mladen Antonov/AFP

North Korea's Kim lauds South's hospitality

Feb 13, 2018 - 10:08 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says it is important to build on the Olympics-driven momentum for dialogue on the divided peninsula

HISTORIC. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong (L) hands over an autographed letter from Kim Jong Un to South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (R) during their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on February 10, 2018. Yonhap/AFP

Michael Martinez, Asa Miller carry PH colors in Winter Olympics 2018

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Michael Martinez will compete on February 16 in the men's single skating while Asa Miller will see action on February 18 in the men's alpine skiing

CARRYING THE FLAG. Michael Martinez (left) and Asa Miller (right) are donning the Philippine colors in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Photo from Martinez' Facebook account and Miller's Instagram account


Poe on fake news bill, Mercado on frigates probe, Basyang slows down | Midday wRap

Feb 12, 2018 - 1:08 PM

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Feb 12, 2018 - 9:47 AM

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Olympics hit by cyberattack, source not revealed

Feb 11, 2018 - 10:01 PM

North Korea and Russia deny launching any attacks on the Pyeongchang Olympics

OLYMPIC GAMES. The Unified Korea delegation parades during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018.  Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

South Korea's Moon watches concert with Kim Jong Un's sister

Feb 11, 2018 - 8:22 PM

Meanwhile, conservative protesters burn the North's national flag outside the concert venue

DISPATCH. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong hands over an autographed letter from Kim Jong Un to South Korea's President Moon Jae-in on February 10, 2018. Photo from Yonhap/AFP

Earthquake, wind and fire: extreme conditions hit Olympics

Feb 11, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The biting cold, which makes Pyeongchang one of the chilliest Olympics on record, is set to dramatically worsen

WINTER OLYMPICS. The Olympics rings during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018. Photo by François-Xavier Marit/AFP

Love on ice – skating and dating at the Olympics

Feb 11, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Love on and off the ice may or may not conquer all

SOUL MATES. USA's Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim share a life together both on and off the ice. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Day 1: Medal tally, brief results

Feb 11, 2018 - 12:23 AM

Germany leads the medal tally so far, with 2 gold medals. The Netherlands and Norway have bagged 4 medals each.

GOLD MEDAL. Germany's Andreas Wellinger celebrates during the victory ceremony after winning the men's normal hill individual ski jumping event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 10, 2018, in Pyeongchang.  Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Joint Olympic team makes history for two Koreas

Feb 10, 2018 - 9:56 PM

Short-track speed skater Lim Hyo-jun wins South Korea's first gold. Meanwhile, the joint Korean women's ice hockey team competes, as Kim Yo Jong – sister of Kim Jong Un – watches from the stands.

Kim Jong Un invites S. Korea's Moon to Pyongyang

Feb 10, 2018 - 3:49 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The invitation, delivered by Kim's visiting sister Kim Yo Jong, says Kim was willing to meet the South's leader 'at the earliest date possible'

DISPATCH. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong hands over an autographed letter from Kim Jong Un to South Korea's President Moon Jae-in on February 10, 2018. Photo from Yonhap / AFP

The week in photos: February 3-9, 2018

Feb 10, 2018 - 1:44 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Russian conceptual artist Andrey Kuzkin performs naked and headlong near the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, northern Germany, on February 8, 2018.The performance was part of the series "The Phenomenon of Nature or 99 Landscapes with Trees". / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Daniel Reinhardt / Germany OUT

'Kimchi diplomacy' for two Koreas in Olympic rapprochement

Feb 10, 2018 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) There is speculation Pyongyang could invite South Korea President Moon Jae-in to visit for a summit later this year

TOP-LEVEL TALKS. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (3rd R) talks with Kim Yo Jong (2nd L), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, and North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam (3rd L) during their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on February 10, 2018. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

North and South Korea heads of state meet, shake hands

Feb 09, 2018 - 5:42 PM

Kim Yong Nam, who is officially leading Pyongyang's diplomatic delegation to the Games, meets Moon Jae-in at a leaders' reception ahead of the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang

MOON JAE-IN. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in speaks during the opening ceremony of the 132nd IOC Session prior the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 5, 2018 in Gangneung. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Kim Yo Jong: North Korea's political princess

Feb 09, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Kim Yo Jong made history as the first member of the North's ruling dynasty to set foot in the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War

POWER. Kim Yo Jong (right), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sibling, talks with South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon (not pictured) upon her arrival at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, on February 9, 2018, to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Photo by Dong-A Ilbo / AFP

Norway's Olympians shell-shocked as they're sent 15,000 eggs

Feb 09, 2018 - 2:44 PM

Norwegian chefs get an Olympic surprise as a truck-load of eggs is delivered

SURPRISE. An online purchase gets lost in translation leading to 15,000 eggs being delivered for Norwegian chefs in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. (Stock Photo)

Kim Jong Un's sister arrives in South Korea

Feb 09, 2018 - 1:49 PM

Kim Yo Jong is part of a high-level diplomatic delegation led by the North's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam as the Winter Olympics trigger a diplomatic rapprochement between the rivals

47 Russians lose late court bid to compete at Olympics

Feb 09, 2018 - 11:48 AM

The International Olympic Committee is swift to welcome the decision, the latest twist in the Russian doping scandal, saying the ruling 'supports the fight against doping and brings clarity for all athletes'

Norovirus strikes again on eve of Winter Olympics

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:56 PM

No athletes are among those taken ill with the stomach bug, which causes diarrhea and vomiting, and organizers say they are doing everything they can to keep it that way

NOROVIRUS CHECK. South Korean soldiers inspect a visitor at a security checkpoint as they replace security guards showing symptoms of the norovirus at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 6, 2018 ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

South Korea's Moon to meet North's head of state, Kim's sister – Seoul

Feb 08, 2018 - 4:03 PM

(UPDATED) President Moon Jae-In will have lunch with the high-level delegation Pyongyang is sending for the Winter Olympics

TOP LEADERS. This file photo taken on May 10, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (2nd R), followed by President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong-Nam (2nd L), walking on a balcony of the Grand People's Study House after watching a military parade and mass rally on Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang. Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea holds military parade on eve of Winter Games

Feb 08, 2018 - 2:09 PM

(UPDATED) The parade is part of the nuclear-armed North's Olympics-linked charm offensive

Doping hangs over Olympics before they even begin

Feb 08, 2018 - 1:53 PM

WADA chief: 'Every effort has been made to provide a proper playing field for the athletes and I hope, more than anything else, that at the end of the Games that is what it will be'

NO DOPING PLEASE. Volunteers stand next to the doping control area at the Olympic Village ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, on February 6, 2018 in Pyeongchang. Franck Fife/AFP

Rough start for Russians as Pyeongchang Winter Olympics open

Feb 08, 2018 - 1:50 PM

The first Pyeongchang Games results comes from the debut of curling

FIRST RESULT. Team USA siblings Mike and Becca Hamilton defeat a Russian married couple. Photo from Twitter (@MattJamilton and @heccabamilton)

Fears for Olympic athletes as stomach bug cases triple

Feb 07, 2018 - 8:17 PM

No athletes are among the 86 confirmed cases so far and officials at the Winter Games say they are doing everything they can to ensure it stays that way, two days before the Olympics open

NOROVIRUS CHECKPOINT. South Korean soldiers inspect a visitor at a security checkpoint as they replace security guards showing symptoms of the norovirus at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 6, 2018 ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Kim Jong-Un's sister to visit South Korea in historic first

Feb 07, 2018 - 3:52 PM

(UPDATED) Kim Yo-Jong, who is a senior member of the ruling Workers' Party, will be part of a high-level delegation for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

BROTHER AND SISTER. This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 12, 2015 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting the Sin Islet defence company in Kangwon province, while Kim Yo-Jong (2nd L) his younger sister, follows him.  KCNA via KNS / File / AFP

The invisible team: Russia here but not here at Pyeongchang Olympics

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:56 PM

It is all a far cry from 4 years ago, when Russia hosted the Sochi Winter Olympics and the country soared to the top of the medals table

Russia's team leader and driver Nadezhda Sergeeva takes a turn in the first women's unofficial bobsleigh training session during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 7, 2018 in Pyeongchang. / AFP PHOTO / Mark Ralston

North Korean cheerleaders in high spirits on Olympic arrival

Feb 07, 2018 - 12:58 PM

More than 200 North Korean cheerleaders will root for athletes from both sides of the peninsula at the Winter Olympics

UPBEAT. North Korean cheering squads wave upon their arrival at the Korean-transit office near the Demilitarized Zone ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Paju on February 7, 2018. Ahn Young-joon/Pool/AFP

'Don't know how I'm here': Colombian roller-skater gets shock Olympic chance

Feb 07, 2018 - 11:11 AM

Gomez switches to speed skating from roller skating

ACCIDENTAL OLYMPIAN. Laura Gomez makes it to the Olympics after only speedskating for 6 months. Photo from PyeongChang 2018

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Feb 06, 2018 - 9:47 PM

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Military guard Olympics as tummy bug sidelines 1,200 security staff

Feb 06, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Nine hundred military personnel are now on duty after 41 security guards were hospitalized with norovirus following the sudden onset of vomiting and diarrhea

THE NEW GUARDS. South Korean soldiers inspect a visitor at a security checkpoint as they replace security guards showing symptoms of the norovirus at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 6, 2018 ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP