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Pearl Harbor veteran interred on sunken ship

Dec 08, 2019 - 4:16 PM

Veterans and officials mark the 78th anniversary of the 1941 sneak attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor, which brought a previously reluctant United States into World War II

SALUTE. This handout picture released by the US Navy shows attendees saluting the ashes of USS Arizona survivor Lauren Bruner during his sunset interment ceremony as part of the 78th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Remembrance Commemoration on December 7, 2019 in Pearl Harbor. Photo handout by US Navy/AFP

2 killed in shooting at Hawaii's Pearl Harbor base

Dec 05, 2019 - 11:02 AM

The shooting unfolds 3 days before the 78th anniversary of the 1941 Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that left more than 2,400 US service members dead

(FILES) This file photo shows a general view of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on June 29, 2012 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. At least three people were injured, two of them critically, when a gunman opened fire at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii before taking his own life, local news reports said Wednesday. Kent Nishimura / AFP

World's oldest pearl found in Abu Dhabi

Oct 20, 2019 - 9:33 PM

Authorities say the discovery of the natural pearl is proof that objects have been traded since the Neolithic times

Scientist looks to resurrect Hong Kong's 'Pearl of the Orient' past

Jun 08, 2019 - 11:28 PM

'We have a history of pearl fishing of over one thousand years... but because of overfishing in Hong Kong, we only have very few of them left,' says former investment banker turned scientist Yan Wa-tat

In this picture taken on March 14, 2019, a worker harvests pearls, each containing a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip, on a fishing raft culturing Akoya pearl oysters, in the rural Sai Kung region of Hong Kong. On a raft floating off Hong Kong's rural eastern coastline former investment banker turned scientist Yan Wa-tat patiently scrapes barnacles off some 2,000 oysters -– a tiresome but crucial part of his mission to bring back pearl farming. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

CA affirms freeze order on bank accounts linked to Chinese drug syndicate

Aug 23, 2018 - 7:56 PM

(UPDATED) Millions of pesos are believed to have been deposited by a convicted drug lord into the bank accounts

LOOK: Floyd Mayweather wraps up PH tour reminiscing beach days

May 12, 2018 - 9:56 PM

The retired American boxer pampers himself in the natural wonders of El Nido and Samal Island

MORE FUN IN THE PH. Floyd Mayweather chills by the poolside of El Nido's eco-luxury resort Pangulasian Island. Photo from Instagram (@floydmayweather)

Soul-searching as symbol of 70s Singapore faces demolition

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:38 PM

The looming demolition of a horseshoe-shaped tower block that symbolized Singapore's growth sparks soul-searching about whether enough is being done to protect the country's recent history

ICONIC. This photograph taken on February 13, 2018 shows the Pearl Bank Apartments, on the edge of the business district, in Singapore. Roslan Rahman/AFP

A day in the life: Youth volunteers

Dec 28, 2017 - 6:26 PM

Volunteering can seem like a thankless job, but for these two millennials, it’s a priceless experience. Watch these 360 videos to learn what motivates them

Beaches shut after palm oil spill in Hong Kong

Aug 06, 2017 - 11:20 PM

The leakage is caused by the crash between two vessels near the Pearl River estuary in southern China

In this photograph taken and released by the South China Morning Post newspaper on August 6, 2017, congealed palm oil washes up on the shoreline at Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong.  Ten beaches typically packed on a hot weekend have shut down in Hong Kong on August 6 due to a palm oil spillage from a ship collision in mainland waters. / AFP PHOTO / SCMP / Handout / - Hong Kong OUT - Taiwan OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SCMP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVE

Fighter with breast implants cleared to compete at UFC 210

Apr 08, 2017 - 1:11 PM

Pearl Gonzalez is allowed to fight Cynthia Calvillo after initially being barred due to having breast implants

ALL CLEAR. Pearl Gonzalez is allowed to fight at UFC 210 after initially being told she couldn't due to her having breast implants. Photo from Gonzalez's Instagram/pearlgonzalez

Iza Calzado wins Yakushi Pearl Award at Osaka film fest

Mar 12, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Iza wins the award for her role in the movie Bliss

Crewman of Vietnamese ship killed off PH, 7 others abducted

Feb 20, 2017 - 1:53 PM

The Abu Sayyaf is known to operate in the area but the Philippine Coast Guard says investigation is still ongoing

WATCH: Teaching urban poor kids the value of education

Feb 11, 2017 - 2:20 PM

From 40 nursery scholars Project PEARLS now supports 500 elementary and high school students from Tondo Manila

TRANSFORMED. Juvi Ann is an example of the impact Project PEARLS has had on the Ulingan community. Photo courtesy of Project PEARLS

MovePH 2016: Online campaigns and the communities they served

Dec 31, 2016 - 3:10 PM

As 2016 ends we in MovePH highlight the online campaigns we’ve launched and their impact on the communities that we continue to serve

NATIONWIDE COVERAGE. Rappler's 20 core Movers with the MovePH team pose for a photo after the 3-day training. Photo from Rappler

Abe, Obama hail reconciliation at Pearl Harbor

Dec 28, 2016 - 8:35 AM

The two global leaders paid homage to the more than 2 400 Americans killed on December 7 1941

RECONCILIATION. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greet Pearl Harbor survivors on December 27, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Kent Nishimura/AFP

Japan's Abe in Hawaii to visit Pearl Harbor with Obama

Dec 27, 2016 - 7:23 AM

Abe will be the first Japanese leader to go to the US Arizona Memorial the wreck where 1 177 US personnel died

In this file photo, the USS Arizona Memorial is seen during a memorial service marking the 74th Anniversary of the attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor December 07, 2015 on the island of Oahu at the Kilo Pier, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Kent Nishimura/Getty Images/AFP

Japan's Abe departs for visit to Pearl Harbor

Dec 26, 2016 - 10:47 PM

Officials say the purpose of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe s visit is not to apologize but rather to pay homage to the victims and encourage historical reflection

After Hiroshima, Abe and Obama to pay respects at Pearl Harbor

Dec 25, 2016 - 11:18 AM

UPDATED The two leaders are set to meet on December 27 in Honolulu Hawaii weeks before US President Barack Obama steps down from office

PEARL HARBOR. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to visit Pearl Harbor, where Japan surprise attacked the United States in 1941, which led the US in history's bloodiest war.  File photo by Junko Kimura-Matsumoto/EPA/POOL

#ShareLove this holiday season, one good deed at a time

Dec 16, 2016 - 11:01 AM

Check out this list of organizations with charitable activities you can join this Christmas

Japan PM Abe won't apologize at Pearl Harbor – government

Dec 06, 2016 - 12:55 PM

UPDATED Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga: The purpose of this visit is to commemorate war dead not to apologize

Local television news displays Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaking to reporters at his official residence in Tokyo on December 5, 2016. Jiji Press/AFP

Abe to make first Pearl Harbor visit by Japan leader

Dec 05, 2016 - 6:58 PM

UPDATED The Hawaii visit comes after Obama in May journeyed to Hiroshima the Japanese city where a US plane dropped the world s first atom bomb in the closing chapter of World War II

In this file photo, the USS Arizona Memorial is seen during a memorial service marking the 74th Anniversary of the attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor December 07, 2015 on the island of Oahu at the Kilo Pier, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Kent Nishimura/Getty Images/AFP

MovePH, Project PEARLS partner for storytelling, content

Sep 13, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Project PEARLS is a non profit organization that provides scholarships and health care to underprivileged children

FOR EDUCATION. (L-R) MovePH Community Manager David Lozada, Project PEARLS writer Karen Bublanes, Project PEARLS Administrator Monica Aclan, and MovePH Executive Director Rupert Ambil ink their partnership on Tuesday, September 13 at the Rappler HQ. Photo by Jeff Digma/ Rappler

LOOK: Giant 34-kg pearl, hidden for 10 years, now on display in Palawan

Aug 24, 2016 - 10:23 AM

Locals and tourists in Puerto Princesa City are abuzz about a 34 kilogram pearl that was kept hidden under a bed for 10 years and was only made public now

GIANT GEM. The huge 34-kilogram pearl, shown on top of a weighing scale. Photo courtesy Aileen Cynthia Amurao/Facebook

Basketball great Pearl Washington dies after 21-year battle with cancer

Apr 21, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Syracuse University shake and bake great Pearl Washington succumbs to the brain cancer which first emerged in 1995

ORANGMEN LEGEND. Pearl Washington passes away at age 52. Photo from

The clothespin makers of Bocaue

Oct 04, 2015 - 11:00 AM

For more than a year the clothespin makers of Bocaue Bulacan have been earning a meager P2 per kilo Most of them receive less than P200 from producing 3 to 5 sacks per week

Mae Pingol makes clothespins with her brother, Jonathan, whose bronchopneumonia has been recurring over the past four years. Their mother earns P200 a day working at a daycare in the village.

Pop stars, world leaders rally to end poverty

Sep 27, 2015 - 10:09 PM

Beyonce Ed Sheeran Leonardo DiCaprio and more join leaders around the world at the Global Citizen Festival

Japan marks 70 years since end of WWII

Aug 15, 2015 - 8:34 AM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is not expected to visit the leafy Yasukuni shrine after a late 2013 visit drew an angry response from Beijing and Seoul as well as rebuke from close ally Washington

70 YEARS AFTER. An elderly couple bow their heads as they offer prayers at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on August 14, 2015, one day before the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II. Photo by Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP

NBA stars Clarkson, Burke moved by PH kids’ love for basketball

May 24, 2015 - 2:54 PM

From the players’ arrival and until way after they left the oven hot covered court there was not a straight face to be found

Lakers' Jordan Clarkson together with Trey Burke of Utah Jazz and NBA Legend Horace Grant conducted an NBA Cares basketball clinic on May 23, at a Basketball court in Tondo, Manila. The clinic was participated by 60 unprivileged local youth from a non-profit organization. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Jordan Clarkson on his Filipino heritage: 'It’s why I play'

May 24, 2015 - 1:24 PM

Jordan Clarkson whose mother is Filipino can t help but feel at home in his first visit to the Philippines

Jordan Clarkson has been feted as a guest of honor in his first visit to the Philippines. The Lakers guard's mother is a Filipina. Photo by Josh Albelda

#SharePH #ShareDavao: Diving, Mt. Apo, the Philippine eagle

Nov 24, 2014 - 5:44 PM

Watch the first episode of Rappler s new travel show SharePH as it explores Davao city Share your own Davao memories

Combining citizen and government action

Aug 28, 2014 - 10:34 PM

When you see something that needs changing instead of complaining try organizing something at the grassroots level

New drawings from ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ artist Bill Watterson

Jun 08, 2014 - 1:03 AM

If you ve ever spent a rollicking afternoon with Calvin and Hobbes or wished for just a glimpse of new work from Mr Watterson this one s for you

Sony to sell PlayStation in newly opened China market

May 26, 2014 - 8:31 PM

Sony s gaming consoles are heading to China with two joint ventures between Sony and Oriental Pearl to spearhead the push to Chinese gamers

PLAYSTATION 4. Image from Sony's Playstation website.

Lending a hand to the charcoal children of Tondo

May 04, 2014 - 3:08 PM

It s hard to imagine that while children in privileged parts of the world are enjoying their youth the children of Ulingan Tondo are literally playing with fire

Photo by Kim Pauig

Bahrain protesters, police clash on uprising anniversary

Feb 15, 2014 - 1:10 PM

The interior ministry says a police bus was struck in a bomb attack in the Shiite village of Daih without reporting casualties

A fossil fuel company's take on climate change

Feb 06, 2014 - 5:39 PM

Rappler talks to Shell s Jeremy Bentham about the need to reduce carbon emissions and the future of energy

NATURAL GAS. The Malampaya natural gas facility off the shores of Palawan supplies around 30% of the country's energy needs and is operated by Shell. Photo from Sembcorp Marine

IN PHOTOS: Jewelmer 2013 Gala

Oct 16, 2013 - 1:36 PM

South sea pearls took center stage at the annual fashion gala

GALLEON OF PEARLS. Marina Benipayo wears the night's showstopper. All photos by Jory Rivera

Life and Style wRap: Gucci show, French cafe with cats

Sep 21, 2013 - 9:30 AM

Plus the contentious origin of pearls; in Australia wine replaces beer as favorite drink

A WALK THROUGH STYLE HISTORY. Dutch model Bette Franke parades for Gucci. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Grandma Sharon

Apr 27, 2012 - 2:13 PM

The host gushes in The Talk about the new addition to her family

GORGEOUS GRANDMA. Sharon Osbourne is happy to have a new addition to her rockin' family. Photo from

Kaoru Kikuchi: Pearl of the Orient

Apr 11, 2012 - 8:59 AM

Kaoru Kikuchi shares why when it comes to beauty “Simplicity is elegance and being natural is preferred ”

BEAUTY IN SIMPLICITY. Model/designer Kaoru Kikuchi sees beauty in imperfect pearls. Photo by Doc Marlon Pecjo.