women in the Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on women in the Philippines


Titas of Manila: 40 and 'looking for someone to love'

Apr 04, 2019 - 11:00 AM

What's it like being a single lady in your 40s?

Titas of Manila: Single and in your 40s

Apr 02, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Are you happy and single too?

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Finals rematch: Motivated FEU eyes upset vs La Salle

Mar 15, 2019 - 4:56 PM

As FEU gears up for defending champion La Salle, the Lady Tamaraws hope to ride on a recent confidence booster

PRIDE. FEU middle blocker Celine Domingo focuses on UAAP first before thinking about national team duties. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

SEA Games 2019: Valdez, Santiago banner PH volleyball pool

Mar 08, 2019 - 12:19 PM

The 2019 SEA Games buildup gets going as Philippine volleyball forms a 22-strong women’s training pool

MAINSTAY. Volleyball phenomAlyssa Valdez stays in the national team. Photo by Asian Games PH media pool

Beau Bolick inspires Maraño juggling act

Jul 06, 2018 - 5:22 PM

The Philippine women’s volleyball team captain hopes to do the same as basketball standout Bolick, who balances his time between two teams

POWER COUPLE. Aby Maraño and Robert Bolick both see action for Philippine teams.

Alyssa Valdez, PVL national team players await go signal to play for rival PSL

Jun 13, 2018 - 8:45 PM

The Philippine national women's volleyball team plans to see action in the PSL invitational conference to prepare for the 2018 Asian Games

PHENOM. Alyssa Valdez is one of the PVL players named to the 20-woman national team pool. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PH leads Asia Pacific on gender equality in work

May 18, 2018 - 5:33 PM

By reinforcing opportunities for higher-income women and extending them to poorer women, the Philippines could add $40 billion to its annual GDP in 2025

The Philippines leads the Asia Pacific region in terms of gender equality in work, a study found. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

WATCH: Woman officer trailblazes gender equality in the Philippine Army

Apr 29, 2018 - 5:57 PM

What does it take for a woman to succeed in the military? What does it take to achieve gender equality in a male-dominated world?

Accused of sexism, Duterte vows to fight for women's rights

Nov 26, 2017 - 12:53 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte creates 'a culture of violence that endangers women and children,' says the activist group Akbayan Women

WITH THE PEOPLE. Duterte listening to a Davao City resident in his office. Photo by Davao City Government

Perlas Pilipinas comes back from 10 points down, beats Thailand with late basket

Aug 24, 2017 - 1:06 AM

The Philippine national women s basketball team is now 3 1 at the Southeast Asian Games

COMEBACK WIN. Allana Lim, seen here during the game against Singapore, converts the basket at the buzzer to complete Perlas Pilipinas' comeback win against Thailand. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: PH Women's Volleyball Team in 2017 SEA Games

Aug 21, 2017 - 9:49 PM

Bookmark this page to get live updates straight from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia of Philippine women s volleyball team games at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games

The fight goes on for PH volleyball after Asian Seniors stint

Aug 17, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The Philippine volleyball team has nothing to be ashamed of after giving Kazakhstan a tough fight in their final match at the Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship

ON TO MALAYSIA. “Meron pa tayong SEA Games, bawi lang nang bawi. Laban lang nang laban," says Alyssa Valdez. Photo by Jerrick Esguerra/Rappler

South Korea, KYK send PH volleyball team to second straight loss

Aug 13, 2017 - 7:28 PM

The Philippines falls to South Korea in straight sets as 2012 Olympic MVP Kim Yeon Koung takes charge in Laguna

DOMINANCE. 2012 Olympic MVP Kim Yeon Koung sends a spike sailing past Mika Reyes and Jovelyn Gonzaga. Photo by Jerrick Esguerra/Rappler

PH volleyball team sweeps Hong Kong to open Asian Seniors campaign

Aug 09, 2017 - 7:37 PM

The Philippines opens the Asian Senior Women s Volleyball Championship with a win in Biñan City

PILIPINAS VOLLEYBALL. The Philippine women's volleyball team opened the Asian Seniors Championship on a strong note against Hong Kong. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LOOK: 19th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship schedule

Aug 07, 2017 - 4:58 PM

The Philippine team is looking to improve its 12th place finish back in 2015

LGUs hold key to ending sexual harassment in PH

Jun 15, 2017 - 6:03 PM

Local governments should enforce ordinances penalizing sexual harassment in public spaces says an expert on women empowerment

GLOBAL TO LOCAL. UN Women Asia-Pacific Consultant Katherine Belen stressed that local government executives need to step up in creating policies that promote safety in public spaces. Photo by Rambo Talabong

WATCH: She For She Women's Forum

May 18, 2017 - 8:32 AM

The French embassy in Manila organizes a forum for women Watch it on Rappler

PH ladies draw with Bahrain, reach 2018 Women's AFC Asian Cup

Apr 11, 2017 - 2:10 AM

DLSU s Sara Castañeda volleys in an 82nd minute equalizer against Bahrain to book the Philippine team s ticket to Jordan

GIRL POWER. La Salle's Sara Castañeda scored perhaps the most important goal in Philippine women's football history to secure a draw and qualification in the AFC Asian Cup. File photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

WATCH: Empowering housewives through social enterprises

Apr 02, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Student organization Enactus UPLB helps the housewives of Bayan ni Juan in Calauan Laguna with running small scale businesses

ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTION. Members of Enactus UPLB helps enable progress through entrepreneurial action. All photos from Kevin Cuevas

Valdez, Reyes, Fajardo lead PH national volleyball team pool

Mar 14, 2017 - 2:25 PM

Former UAAP stars Alyssa Valdez and Mika Reyes as well as DLSU setter Kim Fajardo lead the 25 woman pool of coach Francis Vicente

Who said women are 'great partners' in nation building? Apolinario Mabini

Mar 11, 2017 - 5:07 PM

If only Apolinario Mabini s draft constitution was not politicized by his nemeses Filipinas would have started enjoying the rights they have now as early as 1898

The women in Mabini’s grand plan

[DASH of SAS] Give the gift of choice

Jan 06, 2017 - 2:58 PM

Support some groups who empower Filipino families to exercise their reproductive health rights even when the Department of Health could not

PROTECTION. A reproductive health advocate from the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) demonstrates how to slip a condom using a banana during a training for volunteer health workers on the different types of contraceptives at a health care clinic in Quezon City.

Gretchen Ho on being a champion: ‘You can’t do it all on your own’

Aug 28, 2016 - 2:00 PM

The pro athlete and host shares how her friends and family helped her find and nurture her passion for volleyball

SPIKE! The dazzling champions of the first-ever #MyNesteaBeach Fantasy Volleyball Match.

PH marathoner Tabal refused to quit despite Rio heat

Aug 15, 2016 - 12:35 PM

Others were collapsing on the road Sometimes I also wanted to stop already but I forced myself to finish says Olympian Mary Joy Tabal

MARATHON QUEEN. Mary Joy Tabal (R) couldn't pass her best time but made it her mission not to quit. Photo from Tabal's Facebook

Top Catholic nuns back Duterte but reject killings

Jul 25, 2016 - 2:15 PM

The execution of suspects without due process of law is a violation of their right to life leaders of Catholic nuns in the Philippines say

BLOODY WAR. A suspected drug pusher lies dead on the ground after a shootout with authorities in Manila on June 25, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

PCL: DLSU, Blackwater Perlas Pilipinas cruise to huge blowout wins

Jul 02, 2016 - 6:10 PM

DLSU and Blackwater get easy wins on day 4 of the Philippine Collegiate League

Narvasa explains 'boy-cut hairdos' memo for PBA women's 3x3

Jun 11, 2016 - 6:20 PM

The PBA is drawing criticism after a memo barring women 3x3 players from wearing boy cut hairdos makes the rounds on social media

HAIRDO RULE. The PBA issues a memo barring 'boy-cut hairdos' for women players. Commissioner Chito Narvasa states that haircuts are 'just like uniforms.' Photo from PBA Images

Duterte in hot water for wolf whistling GMA7 reporter

Jun 02, 2016 - 3:28 PM

UPDATED His words and actions reinforce looking at women as second class citizens says Elizabeth Angsioco national chair of the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines

PRESS CONFERENCE. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte filelds questions at a press conference in Davao City on May 31, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/ Rappler

#PHVote: Less than 20% of 2016 candidates are women

Mar 08, 2016 - 1:22 PM

In the upcoming 2016 national and local elections only 8 873 candidates are women

WOMEN. In 2016, over 80% of all national and local candidates are men.

UN, gov't agencies hold events, provide services for 2016 Women's Month

Mar 02, 2016 - 4:03 PM

This year s theme for the international observance is Planet 50 50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality

Senate approves bill for 100-day maternity leave

Jan 18, 2016 - 7:30 PM

A measure granting more days for maternity leave is approved on third and final reading

MATERNITY LEAVE. Senator Pia Cayetano's bill applies to female employees working in the government and the private sector

Duterte's female supporters 'accept' his womanizing

Dec 10, 2015 - 4:47 PM

They also say the country needs a leader with an iron fist

WOMEN VOTE. Hundreds of women from all around Metro Manila came to Comelec to express support for Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's COC filing. Photo by Rappler.

Women candidates: Make psych tests for annulment cheaper

Nov 28, 2015 - 5:26 PM

So ‘yung binubugbog nang binugbog ng asawa who wants out of the marriage already titiisin na lang na kasal pa rin siya kasi wala naman siyang P100 000 says vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo

HARD BREAK-UP. In a country that bans divorce, annulment is one available option for Filipino couples who want to end their marriage. But it comes with a hefty price.

Philippines swept by Thailand, falls to 0-2 in VTV Cup

Jul 26, 2015 - 6:27 PM

The Philippines dropped their second straight game in the 2015 VTV International Women’s Volleyball Cup after getting swept by Thailand’s Under 23 team

Aby Marano and Team Philippines dropped their second straight game. Screenshot from YouTube

Manila by Night: A photographic retrospective

Jun 27, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Thirty five years since its movie release in 1980 how has Manila evolved or devolved? How much has changed or has been left unchanged?

LIVE BLOG: Philippines vs Vietnam women's volleyball - SEA Games 2015

Jun 13, 2015 - 3:15 AM

Watch the Philippines play Vietnam in a must win game against in the Southeast Asian Games and follow along with our live blog

‘Implement RH law properly to fight cervical cancer’

May 14, 2015 - 3:52 PM

Many of the factors that increase a woman s risk of developing cervical cancer can be prevented if government promotes sex education and reproductive health

Philippines easily dispatches Kazakhstan in straight sets

May 02, 2015 - 6:31 PM

Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago score 19 and 12 points respectively as the Philippines notches its first international volleyball win in a decade

FIRST WIN. The Philippine Women's Volleyball team notches its first international win in a decade thanks to the efforts of Alyssa Valdez (L) and Jaja Santiago (R). File photos by Rappler

Philippines loses to Iran in Asian U-23 debut

May 01, 2015 - 7:42 PM

Despite battling a hand injury Alyssa Valdez scores 31 points for the Philippines

Alyssa Valdez leads the Philippines in scoring despite nursing an injury. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Divorce: Yes, we need to talk about it

Apr 03, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Divorce – it s on the country’s big bad shelf alongside same sex marriage abortion sexuality education and other rights and services readily accessed in other countries

Her name is 'Circumcision': My #SHEro

Mar 10, 2015 - 10:29 PM

You don’t mess up with Nanay when she is at the height of a battle

Philippine gender gap narrow but women leaders still needed

Mar 08, 2015 - 7:00 PM

The government encourages women in all sectors of the society to take part in leadership and to drive for excellence

Thais capture gold, PH settles for 3rd in women's basketball

Dec 05, 2014 - 4:08 PM

The Thai victory did not come as a surprise to spectators following lopsided wins in their previous matches which earned them a spotless win loss record

FINDING A NEW ROLE. Philippine team captain Maria Patricia Reyes looks to pass to her teammate Ria Nabalan as she seeks to unearth other ways to contribute to the team after a woeful shooting percentage. Photo by Ferdin Sanchez/ Rappler

DOJ wants action plan vs trafficking to strife-torn Syria

Nov 12, 2014 - 7:10 PM

Reports reach the justice department that underground migration is happening with Filipinos wanting to get househelp work falling prey to the hands of syndicates

Women Up PH: The Filipina leader’s time to shine

Nov 04, 2014 - 3:30 PM

UPDATED Women Up is an organization that aims to increase women s role in the global economy by providing leadership training mentorship and support to girls and women through every stage of their lives and careers

File photo of Sheila Marcelo

Pia Cayetano laments Rosal condition vs 'VIP' Napoles

May 20, 2014 - 7:21 AM

Senator Pia Cayetano asks: Was Andrea given sufficient medical attention in prison? Why was there a delay in her transfer to the hospital?

LAST EMBRACE. Andrea Rosal, daughter of the late NPA spokesperson, weeps as she holds her dead baby named after her. Photo by Free Andrea Rosal Movement

RH law: A mixed blessing

Apr 11, 2014 - 11:14 AM

If the two sides in the RH law debate can work together to uplift the health condition of the most marginalized in society the real winner will be the entire nation

Yolanda Ong

Health advocates rejoice over upheld RH law

Apr 08, 2014 - 5:33 PM

UPDATED Reproductive health advocates hail the big victory for women and young people and say they are ready for the next battle: to ensure its implementation

'HISTORIC'. Supporters of the Reproductive Health law holds a triumphant parade after the Supreme Court announcement Tuesday, April 8. Photo by Rappler

A housewife's economic theory

Mar 24, 2014 - 11:08 AM

There is something wrong with economic theories that do not quantify and recognize that reproductive work is a crucial input or investment made every day by women

Without RH law, contraceptives will run out in Payatas

Mar 19, 2014 - 9:40 PM

Only P14 million is allotted for Quezon City s health program when the city actually needs P200 million

LAST ONE. Marife Zaragoza says she's already tired of giving birth. Photo by Rappler