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Only 2 candidates got public performance license to use copyrighted songs in rallies

Apr 16, 2019 - 4:33 PM

Candidates who use copyrighted music without a license can be held criminally and civilly liable, says the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Inc

2 million in need of aid after Iran floods – Red Crescent

Apr 15, 2019 - 9:01 PM

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies called the floods the 'largest disaster to hit Iran in more than 15 years'

IRAN FLOODS. Barricades are set up to contain water in a flooded street in the city of Ahvaz, the capital of Iran's Khuzestan province, on April 10, 2019. Photo by atta Kenar/AFP

Seagrass meadows support food security in Guimaras – research

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Guimaras, a place highly dependent on marine and coastal resources, is the perfect site to investigate and demonstrate how much seagrasses contribute to fisheries in coastal communities

'LUNGS OF THE SEA.' Seagrass beds are one of the overlooked marine ecosystems, now globally threatened due to human impact. All photos by ZSL/Seagrass Project Philippines

Fast cars, polo, parties: Thai 'High Society' flourishes in unequal kingdom

Mar 16, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Thailand boasts 50 billionaires, according to the latest rich list published by China-based researchers at the Hurun Report, the ninth-most in the world and more than France, Japan and Singapore

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 19, 2019 shows Thai women and foreign guests gathering on the field for photos after the Thai Polo Open 2019 tournament, the country's premier annual equestrian sporting event at a polo club in Pattaya. Wealth is a hot button election issue ahead of polls this month after nearly five years of junta rule. Party leaders from across the political spectrum wield promises of raising incomes and addressing inequality.   Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Rescue of 200 dogs destined for slaughterhouse begins in South Korea

Feb 14, 2019 - 11:53 AM

About one million dogs are eaten a year in South Korea, often as a summertime delicacy, with the greasy red meat – invariably boiled for tenderness – believed to increase energy

Members of the Humane Society International (HSI) carry dogs in crates for transport at a dog farm during a rescue event, involving the closure of the farm organised by the HSI, in Hongseong on February 13, 2019. This farm is a combined dog meat and puppy mill business with almost 200 dogs and puppies on site. HSI provides a solution to help dog meat farmers give up their business as a growing number of South Koreans oppose the cruelty of the dog meat industry.  Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Why experts strongly oppose lowering the age of criminal responsibility

Feb 04, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Lawmakers are set on having children as young as 12 exposed to the criminal justice system. They ignore years of scientific research and evidence.

'Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!' is back for a second run

Feb 01, 2019 - 12:37 PM

The musical, which features beloved songs from the APO Hiking Society, will be showing throughout February and March

THE BOYS ARE BACK. The 'APO' musical is back for a second run. Photo from 9 Works Theatrical's Facebook page

More groups slam ‘violent, misogynist’ frat-linked chat

Nov 27, 2018 - 9:07 PM

‘These incidents point to a larger, more harmful issue at hand: the culture of impunity, derogation and moral corruption that have become inevitably associated with the fraternities on campus,’ says the UP Economics Society

FRAT-RELATED VIOLENCE. The U.P. Department of Sociology and various groups slammed frat-related violence following the series of screenshots of group conversations allegedly linked to Upsilon Sigma Phi fraternity.

George Soros foundation says will end Turkey activities

Nov 26, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The foundation says it will apply for its closure to the court 'immediately,' but insists it conducted each operation in Turkey in compliance with the country's laws

Filipina autism awareness advocate wins first-ever ASEAN Prize

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:06 AM

Erlinda Uy Koe's achievement has brought 'tremendous pride and great honor' to the Philippines, says Malacañang

PAWS had a halloween party, and it was definitely a treat

Nov 02, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Give them ALL the treats!

TRICK OR TREAT. We'd give this cutie all the treats he wants. Photo courtesy of PAWS

How we solved a centuries-old mystery by discovering a rare form of star collision

Oct 27, 2018 - 1:30 PM

A collision between a white dwarf and a brown dwarf would be spectacular

SPACE. The ALMA telescope has seen tantalizing hints of a violent event. ESO/B. Tafreshi/TWAN (twanight.org), CC BY-ND

Ending decades of doubt, 'biggest bird' dispute put to nest

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Named Vorombe titan – Malagasy for 'big bird' – the creature would have stood at least 10 feet tall, and had an average weight of 650 kilograms, making it the largest bird genus yet uncovered

An artist's illustration of the giant elephant bird. Credit: (c) Jaime Chirinos

Masungi Georeserve presents the first ‘Explorer Encounters’ conference

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:05 PM

In partnership with with National Geographic Society-Asia and Forest Foundation Philippines, National Geographic explorers, conservation changemakers, and expert storytellers will gather to discuss the theme, “Conservation Storytelling in the Digital Age.”

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week July 9-15, 2018

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:31 AM

The Hague ruling anniversary, Duterte's 'Sorry God,' and updates on the Thai cave rescue

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! Cast

Jul 14, 2018 - 1:01 AM

Mark Bautista and his castmates from the upcoming musical brings APO Hiking Society’s hits to life

Japan's Princess Ayako to marry commoner – report

Jun 28, 2018 - 3:17 PM

Princess Ayako is the second Japanese princess in two years to announce marriage to a commoner. Under the law, she will lose her royal status upon marriage.

ROYAL. Princess Ayako will marry Kei Moriya in October. File photo from Wikipedia

A life at high altitude shapes human body, but how?

Jun 20, 2018 - 4:12 PM

The findings raise a host of questions, starting with this one: What is it about an high-altitude living that makes the body shape-shift?

Rappler story on incest rape recognized in SOPA 2018 awards

Jun 14, 2018 - 9:50 PM

Southeast Asia correspondent Natashya Gutierrez's piece wins under the Excellence in Reporting on Women's Issues category of the Society of Publishers in Asia 2018 Awards for Editorial Excellence

HONORABLE MENTION. Rappler journalist Natashya Gutierrez accepts her award. Photo from SOPA

Thousands at funeral for Gaza volunteer killed on Israel border

Jun 02, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Razan al-Najjar's death brings the toll of Gazans killed by Israeli fire since the end of March to 123

FUNERAL. Palestinian mourners carry the body of 21 years old Razan al-Najjar during her funeral after she was shot dead by Israeli soldiers, in Khan Yunis on June 2, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Targeted cancer treatments far outperform traditional methods

Jun 02, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Targeted therapy involves testing tumors for clues about their genetic mutations, and matching patients with new drugs designed to block cancer's growth on a molecular level

Palawan pangolin habitat eyed for conservation

Apr 20, 2018 - 9:43 AM

The establishment of critical habitats is part of the 25-year strategy designed to safeguard the future of the species

PALAWAN PANGOLIN. The Palawan pangolin or Balintong is a burrowing mammal found in the province’s secondary forests, grassland, open country, thick bush, shrubby slopes and subsistence farming areas. Balintong acts as pest control, regulating the population of termites and ants in the wild. Photo courtesy of PCSDS

The week in photos: April 7-13, 2018

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:13 PM

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

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

Rappler's Maria Ressa is keynote speaker at SOPA 2018 Awards

Apr 12, 2018 - 7:31 PM

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the annual Society of Publishers in Asia Awards

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Democracy’s short Philippine life

Mar 31, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Of course, we've only had a go at it twice. But with the untold losses we've suffered with each failure, how can we afford another?

A time to listen: Why we fast during Lent

Mar 27, 2018 - 5:44 PM

I think that cutting down is done in order to make a little more room in our hearts for one another, and also maybe a little more room for God

With iPhone photos, priest mounts exhibit for a cause

Mar 11, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Dubbed as 'A Grey Journey,' the photo exhibit of Father Vladimir Echalas is open at Ayala Mall, Legazpi City, until March 31

IPHONE PHOTOS? Echalas poses beside one of his exhibit shots at Ayala Mall, Legazpi City. All photos by Rhaydz B Barcia/Rappler

Dozens treated for breathing problems after raids on Syria's Ghouta

Mar 08, 2018 - 4:58 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 60 people in the besieged rebel enclave are left struggling to breathe after air strikes and barrel bombs hit the towns of Saqba and Hammuriyeh

BREATHING PROBLEMS. Syrian children receive treatment for breathing difficulties at a clinic in Syria's Eastern Ghouta on March 7, 2018, after regime air strikes. Photo by Ammar Suleiman/AFP

Termites sacrifice their elderly in ant wars – study

Mar 07, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Researchers say in life-or-death battles with ants that invade their nests and eat their friends, termite fighters have adopted a military strategy very unlike that of humans

PH math wizards win 87 medals in Thailand contest

Feb 25, 2018 - 4:53 PM

Filipino students win 14 gold, 25 silver and 33 bronze medals, 11 merit awards and 4 special prizes

UPLB students win award for promoting agriculture

Feb 24, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Promoting agriculture, students from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) bag the 2018 Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Award

LAKBIOTEKNOLOHIYA. UP GRAINS representative Albert Caraan receives Lenovo Tech Visionary Award during TAYO Awarding Ceremonies on Thursday, February 22 at AG New World Manila Bay Hotel. Photo by Keb Cuevas/Rappler

ASEANnale 2018 in UP: Festival of ideas on diaspora, disasters, democracy

Feb 02, 2018 - 9:14 PM

PRESS RELEASE: From February 28 to March 2, ASEANnale 2018 will bring together academics, experts, filmmakers, multimedia artists, and scholars, who will celebrate the unique ASEAN perspectives and narratives

John Lloyd Cruz gets International Cinephile Society Awards nod

Jan 25, 2018 - 11:16 AM

The actor vies for the Supporting Actor title against actors like Armie Hammer and Willem Dafoe

JOHN LLOYD CRUZ. The actor is nominated for his role in 'Ang Babaeng Humayo.' File photo shows John Lloyd at a press conference for the film 'Finally Found Someone.' Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

‘The Varsitarian’ asks UST alumni officers to resign over Mocha Uson’s award

Jan 22, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Meanwhile, the UST Journalism Society calls for the revocation of the Palace assistant secretary's Thomasian Alumni Award for Government Service

96% of Filipino to welcome 2018 with hope – SWS

Dec 29, 2017 - 6:32 PM

The figure is a record high since the SWS started the New Year survey in 2000

Views of med societies weigh more than FEC, individual doctors – Garin

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Ex-DOH chief Janette Garin explains why she did not heed the warning of several public health experts regarding the now-suspended dengue vaccination program that she had launched

BATTLE OF THE EXPERTS. Ex-DOH secretary Janette Garin speaks during a Rappler Talk interview on December 16. Screenshot by Rappler

Sanofi's advisory on dengue vaccine 'miscommunicated'?

Dec 16, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Instead of worrying, doctors urge parents and even health practitioners to use this 'opportunity' to raise awareness on dengue

STOP THE SALE. A health worker shows used vials of Dengvaxia administered to students in Manila before Sanofi gave an update that the vaccine is risky for those who had no prior infection. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Women journalists more vulnerable to online harassment'

Dec 15, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Award-winning journalist Julie Posetti talks to Rappler about the kinds of online harassment faced by women journalists worldwide

Net neutrality and why you should care about it

Dec 09, 2017 - 8:59 PM

Internet expert Samantha Bradshaw shares with Rappler the importance of net neutrality and why practices such as sponsored data are harming it.

ASEAN NGOs decry rights atrocities, inequitable policies in the region

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:16 PM

'An important element of the discussions is to really strengthen the solidarity of the peoples among Southeast Asia'

UNITED IN SOLIDARITY. Representatives from different civil society movements in the ASEAN region gathered at the People Power Monument as a sign of protest to the current ASEAN policies

Civic groups offer 10 recommendations to make ASEAN inclusive

Nov 14, 2017 - 3:56 PM

ASEAN civil society groups say that the protection of human rights in the region is 'inadequate'

ASEAN civil society groups to highlight human rights issues in region

Nov 10, 2017 - 7:26 PM

'ASEAN is not a safe place for human rights activists and defenders, journalists, and people who have been progressive and modernizing ideas,' says the steering committee of the ASEAN Civil Society Conference to be held in Manila

Top Catholic seminary hits killings in Duterte drug war

Nov 02, 2017 - 7:07 PM

'We will not forget the evil that has come upon us,' seminarians of the Jesuit-run San Jose Seminary say in a statement on All Souls' Day

DRUG WAR. Relatives light candles for victims of extrajudicial killings in a prayer service on October 24, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Monster planet found orbiting dwarf star – 'surprised' astronomers

Oct 31, 2017 - 10:45 PM

The existence of the gassy giant challenges long-standing theories that says such a big planet – about the size of Jupiter – cannot be formed around a star so small

PLANET. This image released on October 31, 2017 by the University of Warwick shows an artist's impression of sunrise on planet NGTS-1b. NGTS-1b, a "monster" planet, which should in theory not exist, has been discovered orbiting a feint, dwarf star far, far away, surprised astronomers said on Ocober 31, 2017. Photo by  Mark Garlick/AFP

George Soros transfers $18-B to his foundation

Oct 18, 2017 - 8:50 AM

American financier George Soros transfers $18 billion to his foundation, which works to promote democracy, human rights and freedom of the press

GENEROUS BILLIONAIRE. In this file photo, Hungarian-born US magnate and philanthropist George Soros attends an economic forum in Colombo on January 7, 2016. Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Siapkah masyarakat Indonesia dengan kartu uang elektronik untuk bayar tol?

Oct 17, 2017 - 11:24 AM

Bermacam problematika menyertai pemberlakuan bayar tol dengan e-money. Mulai dari kehabisan saldo di jalan, pembebanan biaya administrasi, hingga ‘tongtol’

KARTU TOL. Petugas Jasa Marga membantu pengendara melakukan transaksi nontunai menggunakan e-toll di Gerbang Tol Citeureup 2, Citeureup, Kabupaten Bogor, Jawa Barat. Foto oleh Yulius Satria Wijaya/Antara

Fr Romeo Intengan, priest exiled during Marcos years, dies at 74

Oct 10, 2017 - 11:17 AM

(UPDATED) The former head of the Philippine Jesuits, Father Romeo Intengan, is 'dead on arrival' at the Quirino Hospital a week before his birthday

Palawan CSOs see hope in Renewable Portfolio Standards

Oct 06, 2017 - 2:19 PM

'Palawan has a lot of land, so there is definitely [a] potential to put up renewable energy here,' says National Renewable Energy Board Chairman Jose Layug

File photo by Potpot Pinili/Rappler

Cayetano calls Duterte drug war 'rule of law campaign'

Sep 24, 2017 - 8:20 AM

'We refuse to just watch and do nothing as the Philippines becomes a narco-state and as we lose a whole generation to narcotics,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano in a speech in New York

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter, in his speech during an event at the Asia Society on New York City on September 21, 2017, enumerates the various problems that have hounded the country during the past administration citing that development has been mostly centered in Metro Manila, while issuing authorities of government have the so-called 'incentive attitude' where they fulfill their functions when they receive incentives. He also pointed out that there have been lapses in planning which have led to poor decision-making. The Foreign Affairs Secretary then stated that the main objective of the Duterte administration. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

On questions about the #HackSociety 2017 champion

Sep 19, 2017 - 5:56 PM

Innovation is not just about creating something totally new but also building around existing ideas and improving on them.