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Rappler's latest stories on APO


Filipina mountaineer eyes Everest after Mt Apo conquest

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:20 PM

In preparation for her Everest expedition, Carla Tumaliuan regularly climbs, does crampons training, bouldering, running, and practices of her knot-tying skills

GREATER HEIGHTS. Carla Tumaliuan prepares for her Mount Everest climb after finishing Mount Apo in 6 hours. Photo from release

'Eto Na! Musikal nAPO!' is back for a second run

Feb 01, 2019 - 12:37 PM

The musical, which features beloved songs from the APO Hiking Society, will be showing throughout February and March

THE BOYS ARE BACK. The 'APO' musical is back for a second run. Photo from 9 Works Theatrical's Facebook page

DFA won't investigate passport deal, says Locsin

Jan 30, 2019 - 7:40 PM

'We're waiting for other bodies to do it,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

HOUSE PROBE. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr speaks during a congressional briefing by the Department of Foreign Affairs on the passport processing on January 30, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Passport data intact, accessible to DFA – PH contractor

Jan 15, 2019 - 8:06 AM

APO Production Unit Inc chairman Michael Dalumpines says Philippine passport data is being kept intact at APUI's plant in Batangas, with DFA officers having 'full access' to it

OFW applicants inside POEA on August 29, 2017

UPLB biologist died of 'severe dehydration' – local official

Dec 11, 2018 - 10:29 AM

(3rd UPDATE) James Alvarez's cause of death is 'gastroesophageal reflux disease with severe dehydration secondary to vomiting,' says a Kidapawan City official

BIOLOGIST. Biologist James Alvarez died during a trek in Mount Apo on December 9, 2018. Photo from the Facebook page of James Alvarez

Naga, Cebu landslide death toll jumps to 56

Sep 25, 2018 - 9:19 AM

The September 20 landslide, which was triggered by days of heavy rain, also injures at least 10 people

IN MEMORY. Residents visit the wake of those who died in the huge landslide in Naga City, Cebu. File photo by Micole Gerard Tizon/Rappler

Naga, Cebu, landslide: Did authorities ignore signs of danger?

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:04 AM

(UPDATED) Naga City Mayor Kristine Chiong explains the story behind a Mines and Geosciences Bureau letter that said cracks and fissures 'do not pose an imminent danger' days before the landslide occurred

RESCUED. Rescuers carry a resident rescued from the landslide site in Naga City, on the popular tourist island of Cebu on September 20, 2018. Photo by Alan Tangcawan/AFP

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week July 9-15, 2018

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:31 AM

The Hague ruling anniversary, Duterte's 'Sorry God,' and updates on the Thai cave rescue

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! Cast

Jul 14, 2018 - 1:01 AM

Mark Bautista and his castmates from the upcoming musical brings APO Hiking Society’s hits to life

'Boracay-like' survey of Mount Apo establishments, plantations underway

Apr 21, 2018 - 6:26 PM

The environment department is checking if establishments located at the Mount Apo Natural Park are compliant with government regulations

Mt. Apo's reflection is seen in a portion of Lake Venado. The country's highest lake sprawls at the foot of the country's highest mountain. Photo by Louie Lapat

The week in photos: November 25-December 1, 2017

Dec 02, 2017 - 2:31 PM

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

Pope Francis takes a ride in a rickshaw during the second day of his visit to Bangladesh, in Dhaka on December 1, 2017.Pope Francis arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar on November 30 for the second stage of a visit that has been overshadowed by the plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTO

Nearly P620 million in unauthorized bonuses given to GOCCs in 2016

Oct 29, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office has the largest amount of unauthorized perks released in 2016, at P518 million

UNAUTHORIZED BENEFITS. The Commission on Audit finds that 8 GOCCs paid P619 million worth of unauthorized perks to its personnel in 2016.

Whang-od as a brand name

Oct 25, 2017 - 2:49 PM

'We can celebrate Apo Whang-od and her craft in a most honorable and respectable way, but not in a circus such as what we all have witnessed', a UP social anthropologist who studied Kalinga tattoos weighs in on the issue

Davao City’s oldest hotel bares expansion plans

Oct 20, 2017 - 9:00 AM

'We have to maintain the legend but inside we have to infuse a new design,' says Edmundo G. Las, managing director of Eurotel

Edmundo Las, managing director of Eurotel, leads the relaunch of Apo View Hotel, Davao City's iconic landmark which was built by the Pamintuan family years after the end of the World War II. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

PH’s largest water project gets approval from Davao City council

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The project is deemed important as the city, according to the Davao City Water District (DCWD), has been experiencing a shortage of water supply since 2016

Mount Apo set to reopen to the public

Mar 29, 2017 - 5:40 PM

The country s highest mountain closed to the public since a fire razed it in March 2016 will soon be open to trekkers

Mt. Apo's reflection is seen in a portion of Lake Venado. The country's highest lake sprawls at the foot of the country's highest mountain. Photo by Louie Lapat

UP Oblation Run hits Marcos burial at Heroes' Cemetery

Nov 25, 2016 - 7:52 PM

This year s UP Diliman Oblation Run condemns the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes Cemetery and calls for justice for Martial Law victims

ALL OUT. Members of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity hold an Oblation Run at the Palma Hall in UP Quezon City, against the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos on Friday, Nov 26. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

PH to issue new 'high-security' passports at 'faster' pace

Aug 14, 2016 - 11:35 PM

Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the new printing system for Philippine passports increases production speed by 35

HIGH SECURITY. Added security features have been placed, such as upgraded security feature of microchip to capture the personal data of the applicant. Photo from Presidential Communications Office

Coloma denies Andanar's corruption allegations in NPO, APO

Jul 11, 2016 - 8:55 PM

It is his duty to first verify the accuracy of reports being fed to him before he discusses these publicly says former Palace Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma on his successor

[Where I've Been] Apo Reef, majestic underwater world

Jun 19, 2016 - 5:49 PM

It s a whole new world underwater Traveler Pauline Buenafe shares her account of a spectacular visit to Apo Reef

Photo by Inggo Escalante

IP leaders hold tribal ritual to save Mt Apo

May 24, 2016 - 1:40 PM

During the sacred ritual which sought forgiveness from the tribes ancestors for the disrespect of Mt Apo North Cotabato 2nd District Representative Nancy Catamco is named a Diwata or protector

RITUAL. Several IP groups hold a special ritual to save Mt. Apo. All photos by Editha Z. Caduaya

How to save our mountains from fires

Apr 07, 2016 - 9:50 AM

Firebreaks and education can save Philippine summits

Image courtesy Gregg Yan

Mt Apo still on fire in Davao responder's video

Mar 31, 2016 - 7:43 PM

Responders need bolos machetes shovels pikes gloves chainsaws and food

#AGOS ALERT: Volunteers needed to help fight Mt Apo blaze

Mar 30, 2016 - 9:50 AM

Manpower water and food for responders and communication equipment are needed

Image courtesy Nico Villarete/Rappler

A visit to Mt Apo, experiencing a world within a world

Mar 28, 2016 - 10:05 PM

The beauty of this mountain and the fulfillment that awaits adventurous souls who climb it should be experienced by every Filipino It s our moral obligation to protect it for future generations

The rainforest of Mt. Apo offers climbers a rewarding experience. Photo by Louie Lapat

Fire-hit Mt Apo cleared of climbers

Mar 28, 2016 - 1:21 AM

Dozens of firemen and volunteers are still battling the blaze that hit the country s highest peak

Firefighters battle Mt Apo fire

Mar 27, 2016 - 1:12 AM

UPDATED Accounts say the fire started at 1 pm on Black Saturday along the blueberry area near the Mt Apo summit the highest peak in the country and a major tourist spot

FIRE. Fire on the Mt Apo summit is reported on Black Saturday. Its cause is still undetermined. Photo by Philip Dizon

Binay to APO frat brothers: Help uplift Filipinos' lives

Jan 17, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay makes a pitch to his fraternity brothers based in the United Arab Emirates

Philippines to extend passport validity for free

Aug 19, 2015 - 1:35 PM

Extensions shall be processed and released within the same day the Department of Foreign Affairs says as it faces a huge passport backlog

Speedy processing, durable passports eyed in 2016

Jul 20, 2015 - 4:37 PM

Regular processing will be shortened from 15 to 10 working days while express processing will be reduced to 5 working days from the usual 7

President Benigno S. Aquino III receives his glass-framed commemorative presented by Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. and Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Rafael Seguis during the Unveiling of the Inaugural Marker of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) Production Unit, Inc. High Security Printing Plant and Live Demonstration of the New ePassport System at the Lima Technology Center in Apolinario Mabini Street, Malvar, Batangas on Monday (July 20, 2015). The program showcases the APO security printing plant’s capability to conduct security printing of 3-passports, accountable forms, excise stamps and identity documents for the Philippine Government. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

CEMEX opens P3B cement mill in Cebu

May 02, 2015 - 8:23 PM

The mill increases the capacity of CEMEX’s Apo Plant by 1 5 million metric tons per year or an additional 40 in total production capacity of CEMEX Philippines

NEW CEMENT MILL. President Benigno S. Aquino III unveils the new Mill marker at the CEMEX Philippines at the Cement Mills-3 area of the APO Cement Plant in Naga City, Cebu on May 1, 2015. Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau

7 PH agri products to rave about at Madrid Fusion Manila

Apr 25, 2015 - 10:16 AM

From award winning chocolate to premium coffee from iconic mountains here are products that boast Made in the Philippines

BEST OF PH. At food festival Madrid Fusion Manila, the spotlight shines on Philippine and Spanish cuisine. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Aboitiz-led joint venture to build PH’s largest water supply facility

Mar 18, 2015 - 5:19 PM

The agreement with the Davao City Water District is worth P10B and is seen to benefit more than 1 million residents of the city

#ShareDavao: Holidays in Davao: Where to go, and what to do

Dec 24, 2014 - 12:00 PM

Should you find yourself spending the holidays in Davao the Marco Polo Hotel is the gateway for your choice of adventure

#PugadBaboy: Oblation Run punchline 2

Dec 18, 2014 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Oblation Run punchline 3

Dec 18, 2014 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Oblation Run

Dec 18, 2014 - 5:00 AM

Musikapella 2014: Tinig ng kahAPOn, awitin natin ngayon

Nov 25, 2014 - 9:42 PM

Press release: Along with its goal of promoting Philippine music and culture Musikapella also gives opportunities to the beneficiaries of the Economics Society Scholarship Fund

#SharePH #ShareDavao: Diving, Mt. Apo, the Philippine eagle

Nov 24, 2014 - 5:44 PM

Watch the first episode of Rappler s new travel show SharePH as it explores Davao city Share your own Davao memories

#SharePH #ShareDavao: Hotels to try

Nov 04, 2014 - 3:55 PM

Here are a few hotels to try when you re in Davao city

#SharePH #ShareDavao: Restaurants to try

Nov 01, 2014 - 4:52 PM

Here are a few food places to try when you re in Davao city

FDC bids P128M for PSALM’s 1st Mindanao IPPA auction

Sep 24, 2014 - 6:07 PM

The winning bidder will manage the Independent Power Producer Administrator contract output of Mt Apo 1 and 2 geothermal power plants in North Cotabato

7 bidders pre-qualify for PSALM’s 1st Mindanao IPPA auction

Sep 23, 2014 - 3:32 PM

Interested parties have until Wednesday September 24 to submit their bids for the Independent Power Producer Administrator contract

PSALM to bid out 4 gov’t power facilities this year

Aug 25, 2014 - 2:01 PM

Mt Apo 1 and 2 Sucat and Power Barge 104 plants are up for privatization

Manila court freezes for now Gigi Reyes' bank accounts

Jun 18, 2014 - 9:44 PM

A Provisional Asset Preservation Order PAPO is in effect for only 20 days The court is yet to decide on whether or not to convert the order into one without an immediate expiration

Benhur Luy on freeze order: My assets are not from PDAF

May 09, 2014 - 8:01 PM

Vehemently denying the allegation of ill gotten wealth Luy also maintains that his status as a state witness exempts him from the assets freeze

Manila court to hear Benhur Luy's appeal vs assets freeze

Apr 24, 2014 - 5:53 PM

The Manila court sets a hearing after Luy files a motion for reconsideration and a motion for discharge before the court

9 stunning PH under the sea photos

Apr 06, 2014 - 11:00 AM

Take a quick tour and meet some of these undersea creatures via photos from freelance dive master and photographer Jun Lao

barracuda tubbataha

Napoles family, 'pork' scam suspects can't touch assets

Apr 03, 2014 - 5:37 PM

Family members of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles will be unable to touch select assets in their name until a final verdict from the court

Embrace the challenge! The basic guide to your first ever climb

Feb 16, 2014 - 11:45 AM

You don t have to be a pro mountaineer to experience the exhilaration of the climb You should however be prepared Here are tips from a climbing ethusiast s first hand experience