#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, December 18-24, 2017

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Hello!

Dear Rappler reader,

Christmas 2017 turns out to be a sad time for people in Northern Mindanao with the onslaught of Tropical Storm Vinta.

Still, some events bring smiles like the yearly Metro Manila Film Festival Parade of Stars.

This week also sees the Medal of Valor posthumously awarded to Marawi war hero Captain Rommel Sandoval. This animation tells the story of his last moments rescuing a fellow soldier.

Rappler also renewed its pledge to bring free and fearless journalism to people who matter – the real folks out there who want credible and authentic reportage.

For those still struggling with Christmas break term papers, history teacher Leloy Claudio gives students 5 tips for writing in English.

We also give you a glimpse into the life and passion of the golden man of parol in San Fernando, Pampanga.

And lastly, here's a non-video story too good to miss. Find out how a tweet led to finding missing teen Ica Policarpio.

Merry Christmas to all!

Death toll from Tropical Storm Vinta breaches 200

(5th UPDATE) Northern Mindanao police say 135 people have died in the region alone. Around 50 others in the Zamboanga Peninsula and 18 in Lanao del Sur are also reported dead.

WATCH: MMFF 2017 Parade of Stars

The parade kicks off the annual film festival.

WATCH: The Marawi war hero who received a Medal of Valor

The Philippine Medal of Valor is the country’s highest military honor for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.

WATCH: Real news for real people

We bring you authentic news. Because you're real.

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: 5 tips when writing in English

Leloy Claudio gives students writing term projects or school assignments this Christmas break.

The golden man of parol

For a parol maker in San Fernando, Pampanga, lanterns usher in the season of love.

INSIDE STORY: The tweet that led to finding Ica Policarpio

Speaking to Rappler, a student recounts how she and her two friends from Laguna College spotted Ica Policarpio in a coffee shop, then tweeted about it. – Rappler

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