Social Worker Board topnotcher from MSU: ‘No one deserves war’

Aug 03, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Paramisuli Aming advocates for unity both as a social worker and as someone who has directly been affected by armed conflict

TOPNOTCHER. Paramisuli Aming from Mindanao State University in Marawi City tops the 2017 Social Workers Licensure Examination.

Gov’t troops 'neutralize' 2 Abu Sayyaf members in Mindanao

Jul 15, 2017 - 8:51 PM

Ibno Moro is in Tawi Tawi s list of most wanted while Abdulmubin Kudalat Salamuddin is a bomb expert says the military

'NEUTRALIZED.' Ibno Moro, who has a standing warrant for murder, is neutralized on July 15. Photo courtesy of Western Mindanao Command

7 governors, 132 mayors in Mindanao lose power over police

Jul 05, 2017 - 7:30 AM

UPDATED Napolcom points to the local executives ‘failure to impose measures to suppress terroristic acts and prevent lawless violence in their territories’

How Duterte's adviser Joey Concepcion is helping micro, small enterprises

Mar 19, 2017 - 11:05 PM

The Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship says the biggest challenge of micro and small enterprises is growing their business beyond a certain scale

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT. Concepcion says this is part of the government’s bigger plan to call for greater investments in these far-flung, conflict-ridden areas. Screenshot from Rappler's Youtube page

Agriculture dep't hires Badjao magna cum laude to help sea gypsies

Mar 04, 2017 - 6:58 AM

The Department of Agriculture hires Roben Abdella to help handle the government s livelihood and education program for the country s sea gypsies

Anti-graft court allows Tawi-Tawi rep to go to Rome for peace talks

Jan 16, 2017 - 6:56 PM

The congresswoman faces charges for filing her statement of assets 3 months beyond deadline for 4 consecutive years when she was vice governor

DA to ask Badjao magna cum laude to lead sea steward project

Aug 10, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Agriculture secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the Bantay Laut program will tap the seafaring Badjaos as guardians of the seas

Ombudsman Morales, Abu Sayyaf, US gun control | 12PM wRap

Jun 23, 2016 - 1:03 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Paterno Esmaquel

Getting to these PH beaches isn't easy – but it's worth it

Jun 19, 2016 - 5:25 PM

Where can you find a natural jacuzzi pink sand and more? A trip to these beaches may take hours and hours – but it s well worth the magical sights that await

[WATCH] Hidden Mindanao: The beautiful places many of us may never see

May 26, 2016 - 6:01 PM

A peek at just a few of Mindanao s most stunning locations: dreamy Sitangkai the crystal clear waters of Sulu Basilan s beautiful beaches and more

LAKE DAPAO. Often overlooked, Lake Dapao is an enchanting spot in Pualas. Photo by Potpot Pinili/Rappler

VCMs tested and sealed nationwide

May 06, 2016 - 9:36 PM

From Bacolod City to Tawi Tawi citizens participate in the testing and sealing of vote counting machines

VALIDATION. Eager voters from Negros Occidental test the vote counting machine in preparation for election day. Photo by Aldrin Casinas / Rappler

Unprecedented rice price hike in Tawi-Tawi due to Sabah embargo

Apr 28, 2016 - 5:34 PM

Most of the goods in Tawi Tawi come from Sabah due to its proximity and cheaper cost but a trade embargo is causing prices to spike

PRICE HIKE. Prices of rice from Sabah almost double in Tawi-Tawi after a trade embargo from Malaysia. Photo by Shamad Unding/ Rappler

Group urges Malaysia to end suspension of barter trade

Apr 16, 2016 - 3:19 PM

The Malaysian government s response to kidnapping cases in the area between the Philippines Malaysia and Indonesia is also causing locals in Tawi Tawi and Sulu to face a spike in food prices

How to save our mountains from fires

Apr 07, 2016 - 9:50 AM

Firebreaks and education can save Philippine summits

Image courtesy Gregg Yan

Tawi-Tawi town mayor wounded in Zamboanga City shooting

Feb 07, 2016 - 12:49 PM

Authorities are not ruling out politics even if Bongao Mayor Jasper Que an administration ally is not running for reelection

Why did Binay, Poe, Roxas, Santiago snub #TheLeaderIWant forum? – voters

Jan 21, 2016 - 3:47 PM

Masyado nilang binabalewala ang kapangyarihan ng social media

Duterte-Cayetano at #TheLeaderIWant Forum in DLSU on January 20, 2016

Human trafficking: A game of cat and mouse in a vast Celebes sea

Dec 06, 2015 - 2:17 PM

The Philippines is a source country while Tawi Tawi serves as the transshipment point for most trafficking cases

Plight of the Badjao: Forgotten, nameless, faceless

Dec 05, 2015 - 1:00 PM

The Sama Dilaut the formal name of the Badjao are among the most obscure misunderstood and marginalized among the Filipino ethnic linguistic groups Their story needs to be told

SEA GYPSIES. The Sama Dilaut or the Badjao are a sea faring people in Tawi-tawi and the Sulu Seas. All photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Of Moro martyrs and muted celebrations

Nov 18, 2015 - 6:09 PM

The Moro of Mindanao have much to celebrate but they know that they still have to combat the effects of bigotry in the country and the world


Who is running in ARMM | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Marines' Football for Peace brings hope to Southern Mindanao

Oct 05, 2015 - 7:08 PM

In far flung Tawi Tawi the beautiful game is making a difference in a war torn region

Sparks' Anthony Putrus-Schnell and Yves Ashime play with Tawi-Tawians

Women’s group protects turtles by turning trash into eco-purses

Oct 03, 2015 - 2:31 PM

The recycling project of a women’s group is not only providing livelihood it is also helping Tawi tawi s green sea turtles thrive

Binay’s campaign, Aquino on Torres, Gilas vs Hong Kong | 6PM wRap

Sep 24, 2015 - 7:26 PM

Watch the 6PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

Petition vs abusive Tawi-Tawi trike drivers launched

Sep 11, 2015 - 4:24 PM

Many tricycle drivers youth in Tawi Tawi claim ask for unreasonable prices and disrespect passengers who refuse to pay their overcharged fares

A typical traffic scene during rush hour in Bongao. Photo by Shamad Jalali Unding/ Rappler

Lower budgets for 10 state universities, colleges in 2016 – lawmaker

Aug 27, 2015 - 6:30 PM

Kabataan Representative Terry Ridon also identifies 20 state universities and colleges that will get lower allocations for capital outlay and MOOE

The problems in Tawi-Tawi, according to its youth

Jul 13, 2015 - 5:13 PM

The youth of Tawi Tawi are mad but you ll never guess what they re mad about

A local store in one of Bongao's public markets. Photo by Nur-mukin Alih Usman/ Rappler

In Tawi-Tawi, football is a way to achieve dreams

Jul 08, 2015 - 1:27 PM

Watch how football inspires the youth of a remote island village in Tawi Tawi

The football team of the island-village of Buan, Tawi-Tawi. Photo by Franz Lopez/ Rappler

How the Tawi-Tawi youth are fighting for the environment

Jul 03, 2015 - 9:17 AM

Standing alone one can only do so much but together we can make a difference This holds true for the project implementation of Youth4Nature in Tawi Tawi

The author presents about Youth4Nature during the move workshop in Tawi Tawi in June 2015. File photo from Rappler

Is Tawi-Tawi ready for tourism?

Jun 27, 2015 - 2:30 PM

Its residents are eager to shed the image of a conflict ridden province and introduce its beauty to tourists But is it advisable to visit Tawi Tawi?

COLORFUL CULTURE. Locals present a traditional dance in Balimbing, Tawi-Tawi. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Trash threatens tradition in Tawi-Tawi

Jun 25, 2015 - 9:55 PM

Locals go up Bud Bongao to make their wishes come true

Changing the stigma against Tawi-Tawi

Jun 18, 2015 - 7:05 PM

It’s a long and rough road ahead before Tawi Tawi escapes the negative perception on the region and on Islam But the people of Tawi Tawi believe it is time for the province to open up to the world

The grand mosque in Panglima Sugala is the biggest and most beautiful mosque in Tawi-Tawi. Photo by Franz Lopez/ Rappler

Mat weavers of Tawi-Tawi face the waves of change

Jun 13, 2015 - 7:53 PM

The Sama Dilaut weavers struggle to preserve the tradition of mat weaving despite the changing times

SKILLED HANDS. It takes one to two months to finish a full-sized mat. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

A letter to the youth of Tawi-Tawi

Jun 13, 2015 - 5:31 PM

Be brave my fellow youth in Tawi Tawi and never underestimate the things our young minds and hearts can accomplish Change even the most radical ones started when a few people decided to make a stand

The author talks to the workshop participants about using social media to push for social advocacies. Photo by Franz Lopez/ Rappler

With or without BBL, ‘Tawi-Tawi moves forward’

Jun 11, 2015 - 4:33 PM

Tawi Tawi representative Ruby Sahali fears the Bangsamoro Basic Law will have little impact on her province like what they experienced under ARMM

The grand mosque in Panglima Sugala town is one of the places the provincial government promotes as a tourist spot. Photo by Franz Lopez/ Rappler

#MoveTawiTawi: Fighting stereotypes, moving forward

Jun 09, 2015 - 6:27 PM

Around 1 500 Tawi Tawi youth join Rappler s workshop to tackle their province s biggest challenges with the help of social media

YOUTH FOR TAWI-TAWI. Around 1,500 students participate in Rappler's workshop, '#MoveTawiTawi' on June 8, 2015. All photos by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Rappler to hold #MoveTawiTawi workshop

May 31, 2015 - 6:21 PM

Rappler is set to hold a workshop in Tawi Tawi on June 8

Looking back: the Turtle Islands Heritage Protected Area

May 31, 2015 - 4:30 PM

On May 31 1996 the Philippines and Malaysia declared the Turtle Islands a protected area

IN PHOTOS: 5 places to see in breathtaking Tawi-Tawi

May 19, 2015 - 3:42 PM

Venice of the South the first mosque in the Philippines unspoiled beaches and more

SAIL ALONG. Boats sailing along the main canal of Sitangkai

Illiterate? Inferior? Badjao is MSU magna cum laude

Apr 29, 2015 - 7:03 PM

The first Badjao to graduate with honors from the Mindanao State University Tawi Tawi Roben Abdella 22 has strived against discrimination

ASPIRING TEACHER. Roben Abdella graduates magna cum laude from Mindanao State University (MSU) Tawi-Tawi with a degree in Secondary Education. Photo from Basil Sali

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake hits Tawi-Tawi

Jan 20, 2015 - 2:25 PM

No casualties or damages are reported but aftershocks are expected says Phivolcs

Image from the Phivolcs website

Sabah standoff leader dies in Tawi-Tawi

Jan 13, 2015 - 10:45 PM

Agbimuddin Kiram dies of cardiac arrest police say

The sea gypsies of Tawi Tawi

Dec 06, 2014 - 1:57 PM

If in Manila Badjaos are a street nuisance in Tawi Tawi they are the baby’s breath that compliments the beauty of a bouquet of roses

FLOATING SCHOOL. All photos by Lt Col Stephen Cabanlet

Tawi-Tawi: Rivendell of the south

Sep 28, 2014 - 2:02 PM

Elrond the elf owner of the vilya ring protected Rivendell so there will be a place for those who seek refuge It is now the Philippine Marine Corp’s PMC s thrust to be the Elrond of Tawi Tawi

FOOTBALL FOR PEACE. Less-privileged children from far-flung communities in Tawi-Tawi play football as a way to achieve their dreams. Photo by Lt Col Stephen Cabanlet.

Magnitude 5.1 quake hits Tawi-Tawi

Sep 09, 2014 - 2:08 PM

The quake which is tectonic in origin strikes 51 kilometers Southeast of South Ubian in Tawi Tawi

Captain of fishing vessel shot dead off Tawi-Tawi waters

Jul 07, 2014 - 2:48 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard has yet to identify the armed men who attacked a 10 man crew that departed from Palawan

DOST to map ARMM for hazard-prone areas

Apr 29, 2014 - 6:46 PM

A plane carrying laser scanners will fly over Basilan Sulu and Tawi Tawi starting August to determine what areas are prone to flooding and other natural hazards

RESILIENCY. DREAM program leader Engr Enrico Paringit talks about how LiDAR technology can be used to help build a disaster-resilient community. File photo by Raisa Serafica/Rappler

Bud Bongao: The sacred mountain of Tawi-Tawi

Apr 28, 2014 - 3:16 PM

The holy mountain in Bongao town is the first community administered protected area in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

SACRED SITE. Bud Bongao is Tawi-Tawi's most famous mountain, an important pilgrimage site for both Christians and Muslims. All photos by Gregg Yan/WWF

Hundreds of Filipinos deported from Sabah

Feb 20, 2014 - 11:31 AM

An ARMM official says they are expecting it to swell to 200 000 if the massive deportation campaign of the Malaysian government would continue

Youth from conflict areas find refuge in football

Feb 11, 2014 - 12:10 PM

Youth from war torn areas in Mindanao find refuge in football A group of Marines finds a way to use sports as an instrument of peace

Abu Sayyaf member arrested on Christmas Day

Dec 26, 2013 - 1:00 PM

PNP spokesperson Reuben Theodore Sindac says the member is still under custodial debriefing

BEFORE THE KIDNAP. The two abducted Europeans shown here in an undated photo. File photo from PNP Tawi-Tawi