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Perlas Spikers, Angels triumph in PVL opener

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:26 PM

The PetroGazz Angels and Banko Perlas Spikers get their Premier Volleyball League campaigns off to a winning start

KEY ROLE. Amanda Villanueva helps the BanKo Perlas Spikers score an opening-day win. Photo by Mix Gatpandan/Rappler

BaliPure ends PVL journey with Tacloban sweep

Jun 27, 2018 - 9:24 PM

The Water Defenders snap a 3-game skid to bow out on a high note

ATTACK. BaliPure's Alexis Mathews hammers in a kill past Tacloban's Anne Esguerra. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Bright shines for Perlas, Ubben-Whyte duo tows Oragons in PVL quarters

Jun 16, 2018 - 5:40 PM

(UPDATED) Banko Perlas pins a first quarterfinal loss on Pocari, while Iriga-Navy halts a two-game skid

Pocari bolsters PVL semis bid, PetroGazz stays in the hunt

Jun 13, 2018 - 6:28 PM

The Lady Warriors remain unbeaten in the quarterfinals as the Angels nail their first win

Journalists conduct gift giving for kids in Samar village

Jun 10, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Army First Lieutenant Orlando Casipit Jr says 'education is the only way out of poverty' for children of Barangay Mabini in Basey, Samar

GIFT GIVING. Journalists and soldiers conduct a gift giving for marginalized schoolchildren in a Samar village. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

BanKoPerlas, BaliPure win PVL quarters opener

Jun 09, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The Perlas Spikers and Water Defenders post contrasting wins at the start of the single-round phase

Hometown hero Alyssa Valdez stars as Cool Smashers gain PVL quarters

May 27, 2018 - 6:43 PM

The volleyball celebrity unloads 22 points as Creamline repels Tacloban in a Batangas road game

SMASHING. Local favorite Alyssa Valdez sneaks in a hit against Kyle Negrito and Sasiwimon Sangpan Sangpan of Tacloban during their PVL Reinforced Conference duel in Batangas.

Rountree hammers 22 as High Flyers get off to flying PVL start

May 06, 2018 - 6:10 PM

PayMaya dominates newcomer Tacloban in all departments for a straight-set victory

CHALLENGE. PayMaya and Tacloban figure in a tight second set, but the High Flyers still get away with a win. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior visits Manila

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:20 PM

'The message of the Rainbow Warrior's visit here in the Philippines is to highlight the issue of climate justice,' says Naderev Saño, executive director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia

RAINBOW WARRIOR. Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior joins Philippines communities in their call for climate justice. All photos by Noel Guevara/Greenpeace

AirAsia launches 3 domestic flights to, from Clark

Feb 05, 2018 - 2:15 PM

This is in line with the airline's commitment to make the Clark International Airport its main hub for operations

4 killed in Tacloban wall collapse

Jan 14, 2018 - 10:45 AM

(UPDATED) Search and retrieval operations will resume on Monday morning, January 15

DANGER ZONE. A view of the collapse area. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

LOOK: Tacloban residents help stranded commuters through 'baluto' rides

Jan 02, 2018 - 5:26 PM

In an admirable display of the spirit of bayanihan, Tacloban residents help ferry stranded commuters across a flooded street

LOOK: Passengers stranded in Tacloban transport terminal

Dec 17, 2017 - 1:08 AM

(UPDATED) Some 60 passengers headed to different parts of Eastern Visayas are waiting for the next available transit without any guarantees

WATCH: Woman keeps her dogs safe during Urduja

Dec 17, 2017 - 12:40 AM

Janet Romulon, an evacuee in Tacloban City, protects her 3 dogs in the middle of Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak)

Janet Romulon checks on one of her 3 dogs in their small home in a coastal village in Tacloban City as strong winds and heavy rainfall brought by Tropical Storm Urduja pummels Eastern Visayas on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

LOOK: Urduja pummels Tacloban City

Dec 16, 2017 - 1:26 PM

MovePH team goes around Tacloban City ahead of Tropical Storm Urduja's landfall

PUMMELED. Heavy winds and rainfall pound Tacloban City as Urduja is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar in the afternoon, Saturday, December 16. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Tacloban City under state of calamity due to Urduja

Dec 15, 2017 - 8:38 PM

'This is the only major storm that hit the city this year,' Tacloban City Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin says

FLOODING IN TACLOBAN. Heavy rain brought by Tropical Storm Urduja floods a road leading to downtown Tacloban City on December 15, 2017. Photo by Voltaire Tupaz/Rappler

DOTr boasts of PH airports' 'punctuality' in global poll – but poll says otherwise

Nov 19, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The 8 Philippine airports the DOTr bragged of getting a rating for punctuality are actually among the bottom 35 of almost 500 major airports worldwide

REANGLED? The Department of Transportation in a news release proudly claims that Philippine airports were awarded a star on punctuality. Rappler file photo

IN PHOTOS: 4 years on, Yolanda survivors remember their loved ones

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:22 PM

Four years since Super Typhoon Yolanda barreled through Eastern Visayas, survivors continue to tell tales of their survival, share the lessons they have learned, and remember those who have perished

Photo by Ailene Liporada

A moving homecoming in Tacloban for Marawi war veterans

Oct 23, 2017 - 1:08 PM

Tears flow when soldiers of the 82nd Division Reconnaissance Company arrive in Tacloban after their successful tour of duty as part of the government troops which routed the terrorists in Marawi City

BACK HOME. Soldiers of the 82nd Division Reconnaissance Company arrive at Tacloban Airport, fresh from their deployment in Marawi, October 22, 2017. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Ex-PDEA agent arrested for selling P1.5-M worth of shabu in Tacloban

Sep 01, 2017 - 5:52 PM

PDEA Director Edgar Jubay identifies the suspect as Julius Katangkatang a former member of PDEA s technical personnel

Making maps useful for addressing disasters and climate change

Aug 02, 2017 - 6:37 PM

In a time when people are increasingly exposed to the factors of disaster and climate change I believe that usable maps can help people make a difference

UNDERSTANDING MAPS. This is a screenshot of the maps on landslide and flood susceptibility from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (Mines and Geosciences Bureau). The maps are in jpeg format, and require considerable work for reuse.

FAST FACTS: Leyte and natural disasters

Jul 07, 2017 - 6:42 PM

Leyte province has had its share of natural disasters over the years

Yolanda Museum to rise in Tacloban 4 years after deadly typhoon

Jun 24, 2017 - 8:23 PM

Part of the Tacloban Astrodome which provided refuge to residents during the onslaught of Haiyan in 2013 will be turned into a museum in Leyte s capital

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Leyte tells the world to #BreakFree from fossil fuels

Mar 26, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Break Free 2017 a series of peaceful community mobilizations across the Philippines contributing to global actions against fossil fuels culminate in Yolanda hit Leyte

CLEAN ENERGY. Greenpeace activists unfurl a giant banner bearing the words "#BreakFree from fossil fuels" at the iconic San Juanico bridge as a team of cyclists overhead and a team of rowers below led this culminating activity for the week-long Leyte leg of Break Free 2017. All photos from Greenpeace

Local bizmen to gov't: Turn Leyte library into a convention center

Jan 21, 2017 - 9:30 AM

The People s Center and Library used to be a cultural gem in the hometown of then First Lady Imelda Marcos Part of it is now being rented by a Japan surplus shop

FUTURE CONVENTION CENTER? The facade of the People's Library and Center in Tacloban City. All photos by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

New Zealand, PRC inaugurate relief warehouse in Tacloban

Dec 15, 2016 - 2:34 PM

The center is part of New Zealand s P159 million donation to the Philippine Red Cross for disaster recovery

WILLING TO HELP. New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines David Strachan (L) and Philippine Red Cross Secretary-General Oscar Palabyab (R) officially open the new disaster logistics warehouse in Tacloban. Photo by Jazmin Romero/ Rappler

Protesters in Imelda’s Tacloban: Dig up Marcos remains

Nov 25, 2016 - 11:00 PM

UP Tacloban students and protesters from other sectors say Ferdinand Marcos does not deserve a place in the Heroes’ Cemetery due to the human rights violations committed during his dictatorial reign

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Leni Robredo on Duterte's 'tasteless remarks'

Nov 09, 2016 - 11:17 AM

Many were bothered and offended by it As we all rightly should says the Vice President a day after President Duterte teased her about her short skirts

Survivors light candles to commemorate Yolanda anniversary

Nov 09, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Survivors come together to create a memorial dedicated to the dead especially those whose bodies were not recovered after the onslaught of the super typhoon

PROCESS OF HEALING. Yolanda survivors come to the memorial to light candles and offer their prayers to their loved ones as a tribute, especially those who were not recovered after the catastrophe. Photo by Chris Billes.

Duterte: P10,000 each for Yolanda survivors who have yet to get shelter aid

Nov 09, 2016 - 10:00 AM

DSWD explains that the amount is not emergency shelter assistance but a valid response to the clamor of families who were denied of their right to the assistance

RECOVERY. Protesters voice out what they think should have been addressed three years after Yolanda. Photo by Catherine Atienza/ Rappler

At Yolanda anniversary, Duterte teases Robredo about short skirt

Nov 09, 2016 - 12:38 AM

Where she goes I follow She s a widow I m annulled President Duterte says of the Vice President his housing czar to the delight of typhoon survivors in Tacloban

YOLANDA ANNIVERSARY. President Rodrigo Duterte is joined by Vice President Leni Robredo and Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Romualdez during the 3rd year commemoration of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City on November 8. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Yolanda survivors to Duterte: We demand justice

Nov 08, 2016 - 4:32 PM

Disaster survivors demand that the current administration address the pervading hunger poverty and militarization in the affected communities

DEMANDING JUSTICE. Fishermen from Serum, Basey in Samar arrive at the Old Jeep Terminal Rizal Avenue in Tacloban City to meet with other protestors joining the people surge. Photos by Catherine Atienza/ Rappler

#RescueMarch in Eastern Visayas commemorates Yolanda

Nov 07, 2016 - 11:54 AM

We learned a lot from Yolanda not just rebuilding lives but rebuilding them better Yolanda provided a benchmark It is the new normal says Office of Civil Defense 8 Regional Director Edgar Posadas

?RESCUERS IN ACTION. Rescuers perform the Mogadishu Walk on their final march to ground zero in Balyuan Grounds, Tacloban City. All photos by Jene-Anne Pangue/ Rappler

6 underrated, stunning Visayas destinations

Nov 02, 2016 - 9:25 PM

Here are some of these places you might consider for your next trip

Michael Dino: President Duterte’s man in the Visayas

Sep 17, 2016 - 4:50 PM

The first time public servant says I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t believe this administration is our best chance at changing the country

De Lima on Duterte's call to resign: Why should I listen to my persecutor?

Aug 29, 2016 - 6:16 PM

Is there any reason why I should be taking advice from the person who is persecuting and maligning me? says Senator Leila De Lima whom the President urged to hang herself

WHY SHOULD I LISTEN TO HIM? Senator Leila De Lima says there is no need for her to heed the call of her persecutor, President Rodrigo Duterte

Lessons on cash transfers to disaster victims

Aug 25, 2016 - 11:10 AM

An evaluation of Unicef s Unconditional Cash Transfer Program for Yolanda Victims

Businessmen to Tugade: Redirect half of Tacloban flights to Clark

Aug 16, 2016 - 7:56 PM

The proposal also suggests the Department of Transportation DOTr secretary study the possibility of redirecting half of the flights from the entire Visayas to the Clark International Airport

TACLOBAN FLIGHTS. The business community from Samar and Leyte ask the Department of Transportation (DOTr) not to redirect all flights bound for NAIA to Clark. File photo by Rappler

Tacloban artist paints Duterte's portrait using coconut wine

Aug 08, 2016 - 3:33 PM

Aside from using tuba as a medium Yolanda survivor and artist Dante Enage uses his art to raise awareness on relevant issues in society

DSWD to prioritize review of Yolanda rehabilitation projects

Aug 01, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo says anomalies if any will be dealt with appropriately

REVIEW. Social welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo said they have been reviewing their and services since July 1 with post-Yolanda rebuilding programs on top of their list.

Ex-Tacloban mayor: Yolanda funds not misspent

Jul 31, 2016 - 4:45 PM

The camp of ex mayor Alfred Romualdez says: Kung tutuusin kaya nga kami nasita eh kasi ibinigay po namin ang nararapat lang talaga na para sa kanila

File photo by EPA

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Jul 29, 2016 - 12:53 PM

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Tacloban misspent nearly P1B in Yolanda funds – COA

Jul 29, 2016 - 8:00 AM

UPDATED Ex mayor Alfred Romualdez in response says they gave what people deserved to get and blamed the delays on the national government s stringent rules

TRAGEDY. Super Typhoon Yolanda levels he coast of Leyte in November 2013.

Yolanda survivors gather in support for Duterte's SONA 2016

Jul 26, 2016 - 12:43 PM

Yolanda survivors from different towns of Leyte show their support for President Rodrigo Duterte during his first State of the Nation Address

Power of music: Ending drug dependence in Tacloban City

Jul 17, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Listening to a happy song can lift people’s spirit says Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Gonzalez Romualdez

Photo by by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

The time has come to break free from fossil fuel

May 17, 2016 - 3:06 PM

While we have been so active in climate change negotiations we have to match it with actually protecting and conserving our environment We have all the progressive laws and policies but the problem is implementation

Vote-counting machines break down in Tacloban City

May 09, 2016 - 8:53 PM

In one voting precinct only 165 votes are cast out of the 450 registered voters due to a VCM malfunction

VOTING TIME. In San Jose Elementary School, where most number of voters in Tacloban City are registered, residents prepare to cast their ballots. Photo by Jene-Anne Pangue/ Rappler

Tacloban City RoRo supporters make final push as campaign winds down

May 07, 2016 - 4:37 AM

With only a few days left in the official campaign period supporters of the Liberal Party are hoping to paint Tacloban City yellow

Image courtesy Jene-Anne Pangue / Rappler

Eastern Visayas youth lead campaign for Miriam Santiago

May 07, 2016 - 12:28 AM

Our purpose is to show the Filipino people that Miriam is the true candidate that can make our country progress says Youth for Miriam Head Jonas Lavarrete

STILL FIGHTING. Youth from Eastern Visayas gather for the Walk for Miriam Campaign conducted in Tacloban City on Thursday, May 5. Photo by Chris Billes/ Rappler

Tacloban mayoralty bets differ on Yolanda rehabilitation

May 06, 2016 - 12:40 PM

The mayoralty race in Tacloban heats up as candidates differ on what to do with thousands of families affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda