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Solid gold toilet stolen from English palace

Sep 14, 2019 - 9:24 PM

The theft causes a flood at Britain's Blenheim Palace

STOLEN. The art piece 'America' is taken from the Blenheim Palace in Britain. Photo by Kristopher McKay/Guggenheim Museum

The week in photos: November 17-23, 2018

Nov 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM

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

RAINY DEPARTURE. China's President Xi Jinping carries an umbrella while walking up a set of stairs to his plane as he departs from Manila at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on November 21, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Bill Gates brings jar of poop at China's toilet expo

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:43 AM

According to UNICEF, 892 million people worldwide have no choice but to defecate in the open

GATES. Microsoft founder Bill Gates talks next to a container with human feces during the "reinvented toilet expo" in Beijing on November 6, 2018. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Transgender teen wins battle in U.S. 'toilet wars'

May 23, 2018 - 11:58 PM

Gavin Grimm, who identifies as a man but was born as a woman, is at the heart of a pitched battle for transgender rights in the US

TRANSGENDER BATHROOM. File photo shows a gender neutral sign posted outside a bathrooms at Oval Park Grill in Durham, North Carolina. Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images/AFP

After ‘inspection trip,’ congressmen conclude: We need cleaner public toilets

Dec 22, 2017 - 4:26 PM

More than 9 months after an 11-day trip to tourist spots, lawmakers adopt a resolution calling for cleaner public restrooms in transportation terminals

Robbers steal ex-Maverick forward Charlie Villanueva's toilet

Dec 21, 2017 - 11:46 AM

Somebody stole Villanueva's toilet, and he's wondering why

WHERE'S HIS TOILET? Charlie Villanueva doesn't know who stole his toilet, but he doesn't want it back now. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

Indian woman wins divorce over lack of toilet

Aug 20, 2017 - 9:37 PM

Judge rules it is torture to deny women a safe environment for relief

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Katiwalian at ang gabundok na toilet paper ng Senado

Jul 10, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Kahit mag-UNLI session ang mga senador at kanilang staff sa kubeta ay walang dapat ipangamba dahil may 20,856 rolyo ng toilet paper ang mga kagalang-galang

COA calls out Iloilo gov't on poor implementation of toilet project

Jun 16, 2017 - 11:25 AM

The Commission on Audit says some of the toilet bowls did not go to the intended beneficiaries while others remained in their original packaging 3 years after the project was launched

Ensuring healthy lives, one clean bowl at a time

Jan 11, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Clean toilets mean healthier families Domex is educating health practitioners mothers and students on the importance of proper toilet sanitation

Your toilet and personal health: What’s the connection?

Dec 19, 2016 - 1:21 PM

Germs stay in your bathroom after you shower or use the toilet These can lead to illnesses

Sophia Latjuba puji petugas kebersihan bandara

Sep 12, 2016 - 6:29 PM

Aksinya pun mendapat pujian para followers

Sophia Latjuba tak segan memberi komentar keras ataupun komentar positif jika berkaitan dengan kondisi dan pelayanan berbagai fasilitas umum di Indonesia. Foto dari akun instagram Sophia Latjuba.

Indonesian caregiver livestreams 98-year-old grandma on toilet

Aug 11, 2016 - 6:25 PM

The caregiver claims that the grandmother has been abusing her for a while

LIVE-STREAM. Screenshot from Facebook video.

DOTC chief's goal in 100 days: Cleaner toilets, faster Wi-Fi at NAIA

Jul 07, 2016 - 6:23 PM

One of the small basic problems which irritated the community is the issue of maintenance of the washrooms and utilities inside the airport We ll address that in 100 days says Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

PRIVATE-PUBLIC COOPERATION. Transportation Secretary Tugade (center) asked for PAL's Jaime Bautista's (right) and Cebu Pacific's Lance Gokongwei's (left) help to maintain NAIA toilets. Photos by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Cafe Jamban, tempat nongkrong berbagi ide peduli sanitasi

Jul 02, 2016 - 4:27 PM

Ini bukan untuk menebar sensasi belaka Tetapi juga sebagai tempat diskusi bagi orang orang yang peduli tentang kesehatan sanitasi masyarakat

CAFE JAMBAN. Cafe Jamban yang berada di Semarang ini menjadi perbincangan warga karena konsepnya yang unik dengan menempatkan dua toilet jongkok sebagai wadah makanan. Foto oleh Fariz Fardianto/Rappler

New toilet-themed restaurant creates spur in Indonesia

Jul 01, 2016 - 8:13 PM

Would you eat food out of a toilet bowl?

TOILET CAFE. Indonesia's toilet-themed cafe aims to spur conversation on public sanitation. Photo by Fariz Fardianto

After 4 years, toilet project remains unfinished at Zamboanga airport

May 27, 2016 - 12:04 PM

Delays in the implementation of the project are being blamed on the complicated procurement process

UNFINISHED. The toilets at the Zamboanga airport remain unfinished. Photo courtesy of CAAP

Why DOTC toilets stink: Complicated procurement may lead to P352-M wastage

Jan 11, 2016 - 5:25 PM

State auditors say the contracts for the Kayo ang Boss Ko toilets improvement project in 10 attached agencies of the DOTC have proved to be disadvantageous

DELAYS. Auditors say delays in the toilet improvement project would have been avoided if the procurement process was done through a straight contract. Graphic by Raffy de Guzman/Rappler

WATCH: 'World-class' prices for Binay's parking building

Dec 14, 2015 - 3:03 PM

[EXCLUSIVE] Toilet fixtures in the controversial Makati parking building cost way beyond current retail prices

DOTC begins MRT3 signaling system upgrade

Oct 01, 2015 - 3:40 PM

DOTC says the upgrade will also ensure the availability of spare parts needed for the uninterrupted operations of the Metro Manila s busiest rail line

MRT3 UPGRADE. Under the contract, Bombardier will replace the existing local control system with a more contemporary software over the next 7 months, while the Philippine government earlier gave Dalian Locomotive the go signal to ship a new MRT3 prototype train car. File photo

Coming soon: All-gender restrooms in PH airports

Jul 06, 2015 - 5:01 PM

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines says it will also rehabilitate existing comfort rooms in 41 airports in the country

Girls, blood, sex: A hard look at menstruation

Feb 24, 2015 - 5:51 PM

Sex and pregnancy for some will always be a mystery only meant to be solved later on in life Or sometimes earlier but only by accident

India to check on toilet use in 'real time'

Dec 31, 2014 - 11:06 PM

Sanitary inspectors will go door to door to check and verify the use of toilets with mobile phones tablets or iPads and upload the results onto a website in real time

TOILET. An Indian man urinates on a wall in New Delhi on November 18, 2014, the eve of World Toilet Day. UNICEF estimates that nearly 50% of India's population defecate in the open, with the situation acute in dirt-poor rural areas. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

Why toilets matter: Ending open defecation in PH

Nov 20, 2014 - 10:37 AM

Open defecation practiced by 7 million people in the Philippines is both a public health problem and a safety and dignity problem for women and girls

BETTER SANITATION. Filipino residents hold water containers as they participate in an event to mark World Toilet Day at a poor community in Manila, Philippines, November 19, 2014. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Washing away old behavior after Yolanda

Oct 22, 2014 - 6:09 PM

I have been in this village for three decades but I never owned a toilet If we buy a latrine our family will be hungry for weeks

COST AND BENEFITS. Roselyn Tulfo  babysits her months old baby. “I have been in this village for three decades but I never had owned a toilet.  If we buy a latrine, our family will be hungry for weeks,” adds Roselyn Tulfo, 31, a mother of 5.

Water issues, lack of toilets plague Mayon evacuation centers

Oct 07, 2014 - 3:34 PM

Waiting for Mayon Volcano to erupt is becoming tougher on evacuees who have limited access to water and toilets

Japan gov't calls on citizens to stockpile toilet paper

Aug 29, 2014 - 9:08 PM

The country has experienced shortage of sanitary products in past disasters Also 40 of its toilet paper production is in a region where a disastrous quake and tsunami could strike

Danger in the floating villages of Cambodia

Aug 15, 2014 - 10:44 AM

In Cambodia s floating villages there s water everywhere but hardly a drop to drink

MARKETPLACE. Vendors of a floating shop row across the floating village of Pursat. All photos by Tep Chansophea/ Rappler

News flush: Japanese toilet exhibition making a splash

Jul 10, 2014 - 2:08 PM

The aim of the exhibition which also includes a chorus of singing toilet bowls is to educate visitors about sewerage health and waste

A thirsty world and the PH water problem

Jun 25, 2014 - 11:14 AM

Unsafe water kills more people than wars each year Have you ever thought of how many people lack access to toilets and safe drinking water?

UNSANITARY. For many poor households, there is only a blur line separating the spaces used for cooking and eating, bathing, and as toilets and garbage disposals. Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/

Women, the sea, and food security

Apr 04, 2014 - 3:09 PM

The fishing industry is primarily dominated by men; however without women the industry will have a difficult time

FISHERWOMAN. Ka-Dolor is almost 70 years old and yet her heart, her life have and will always will be with the sea. All photos by Fritzie Rodriguez/

Ateneo Alumni present ‘Toilet’ The Musical

Feb 27, 2014 - 9:53 PM

Young upcoming writers and composers add their voice to the Philippine musical theater scene with the original musical “Toilet

Blue Rep closes 22nd season with 'Toilet: The Musical'

Feb 25, 2014 - 8:45 PM

Toilet: The Musical tackles the lives of 8 seemingly ordinary students who all have secrets which unfold in a curious way

Reinventing the toilet

Oct 08, 2013 - 9:48 PM

A project aims to tap India s expertise in manufacturing to make toilets more accessible for the poor

China toilet baby's mother near mental collapse: report

May 31, 2013 - 1:07 PM

The mother of a baby rescued from a toilet pipe in China won t face charges with police saying it was just an accident

RESCUED: A newborn baby boy was rescued from a sewage pipe in a Chinese apartment building. AFP photo

Facebook, Twitter taking up toilet time

Dec 04, 2012 - 9:55 AM

About 32 of people in the United States aged 18 to 24 say they use social networking in the bathroom

INTIMATE TURNS SOCIAL. Time spent in the toilet becomes longer due to social media use. Photo by AFP

Toileight tips: Saving lives one clean toilet at a time

Nov 20, 2012 - 11:46 AM

In developing countries diseases caused by lack of proper toilets are a bigger problem than HIV AIDS given that every 20 seconds a child dies from diarrhea And Rappler has Toileight Tips for you

World Toilet Day celebrations begin at San Lazaro Hospital, Manila.

Japan's high-tech toilet maker eyes global throne

Nov 20, 2012 - 10:42 AM

For the company that has sold over 30 million high tech toilets commonly known as Washlets global lavatory domination remains elusive especially among shy US consumers

HI-TECH TOILET. A Japanese-made Toto toilet with control panel (L, on wall) in a bamboo-lined stall at Ninja New York, a Japanese restaurant in the Tribeca section of New York on August 12, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA

Up for bidding: Toilets!

Sep 17, 2012 - 5:44 PM

The Transportation Department is lining up thousands of toilets in train stations airports seaports to auction off

Toilet for brides hints of social revolution in India

Jul 01, 2012 - 3:02 PM

Defecating in the open is a major social issue in India touching on topics including women s rights health and hygiene and the clash between traditional and modern lifestyles

Needed: Toilets, books, classrooms

May 23, 2012 - 8:10 PM

More than 50 elementary students in the country share one toilet This is double the number prescribed by international standards

McDonalds, Jollibee urged to provide 'toilet for tourists'

Mar 29, 2012 - 2:22 PM

After a public campaign to join in promoting the new country brand It s More Fun In The Philippines on social media and beyond Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez is turning to private companies to provide tourists access to toilets