Michael Bueza


Michael Bueza left a top IT company in 2013 to become part of Rappler's Research Team, where he gets to process data, create interactive maps and share trivia on a regular basis.

He has immersed himself in news and general information since he picked up his first newspaper at age 8. Back when he was a student, he was almost always at the library after classes or during breaks, reading TIME Magazine and perusing encyclopedias (both hard-bound ones and those installed on computers).

At Rappler, Michael has worked on various data sets: elections, EDSA bus stops, even beauty pageants. And he's excited to wrangle more data to better understand the world.

Among his dream projects: a database of every elected and appointed government official in the Philippines.

At home, Michael has a box full of finished books, another boxload of books in his reading queue, and a list of books he will buy in due time. One cool bookshelf or even his own library? Soon.

Jul 2020
RAPPLER IQ 03:20pm, Jul 07, 2020
How complete is DOH's coronavirus dataset?

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The number of coronavirus cases in the country has shot up to 57,006 as of Monday, July 13. Along with it comes the data on these cases that help policymakers in ...

Jun 2020
BUSINESS 05:30pm, Jun 29, 2020
Coronavirus drives Philippines toward recession as Duterte's 4th year ends

MANILA, Philippines – The coronavirus pandemic has derailed the global economy and caused huge declines in international markets and economic activities. The World Bank's baseline forecast in early ...

BUSINESS 11:30am, Jun 29, 2020
Inflation rate stays low despite coronavirus in Duterte's 4th year

MANILA, Philippines – During President Rodrigo Duterte's 4th year in office, the monthly inflation rate in the country stayed below 3%. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the government reported an ...

SOCIAL MEDIA 10:41pm, Jun 25, 2020
Study shows news media still reliable source amid COVID-19 'infodemic'

MANILA, Philippines – Amid the "infodemic" or the deluge of misinformation going around about COVID-19, a study said news media remain a reliable source to know more about the disease. A survey ...

PHILIPPINES 01:45pm, Jun 25, 2020
SALN filing period extended further until August 31

MANILA, Philippines – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) moved further to August 31 the deadline of filing of Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs) as required by law from ...

RAPPLER IQ 07:10pm, Jun 22, 2020
IN CHARTS: COVID-19 cases in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (6th UPDATE) – Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, the Department of Health (DOH) has been issuing daily reports on the status of confirmed cases in the ...

PHILIPPINES 04:50pm, Jun 22, 2020
Antipolo City now officially capital of Rizal province

MANILA, Philippines – It's now official: Antipolo City is the capital of Rizal province. President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, June 19, signed Republic Act No. 11475 which officially transfers ...

RAPPLER IQ 12:38pm, Jun 04, 2020
Where did funds from 2019, 2020 budgets for coronavirus response go?

MANILA, Philippines – The government's response to the coronavirus pandemic has entailed billions of pesos being set aside to fund different measures and programs. The Bayanihan to Heal as One ...

May 2020
IN-DEPTH 03:00pm, May 22, 2020
Minding the gaps: Why coronavirus counts by DOH, LGUs differ

MANILA, Philippines – Every day, the Department of Health (DOH) announces the latest figures for total confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the Philippines, along with the number of those who have ...

Mar 2020
IN-DEPTH 06:09pm, Mar 30, 2020
Coronavirus cases in PH: Are we seeing the true picture yet?

MANILA, Philippines – On March 22, the Department of Health (DOH) warned there will be an increase in the number of cases they are reporting because testing capacity has increased. Within that ...