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PH exacts revenge on Vietnam to claim SEA Invitational Mobile Legends crown

Jul 12, 2020 - 10:40 PM

The Philippines' Bren Esports stages a rousing come-from-behind win against Vietnam's Vec Fantasy Main in the do-or-die match to capture the title

TURNAROUND. Bren Esports takes down Vec Fantasy Main in comeback fashion. Screenshot from YouTube/Razer


PH tops Vietnam to snag SEA Invitational Dota 2 title

Jul 12, 2020 - 8:05 PM

The Philippines' Neon Esports shows why it ended the earlier rounds unbeaten by crushing Vietnam's 496 Gaming in the winner-take-all match

VICTORY. Neon Esports rolls past 496 Gaming in a do-or-die finals match. Screenshot from YouTube/Razer


PH sweeps Myanmar to reach SEA Invitational Mobile Legends grand finals

Jul 11, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Relegated to the lower bracket, Bren Esports vents its ire on Yangon Galacticos with a sweep of their best-of-three series to clinch the last grand finals berth

FINALS-BOUND. Bren Esports dominates Yangon Galacticos in back-to-back games. Screenshot by YouTube/Razer


Vietnam relegates PH to lower bracket of SEA Invitational Mobile Legends

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:24 PM

Vec Fantasy Main dominates Bren Esports in a best-of-three series to punch its ticket to the grand finals

SWEEP. The Philippines' Bren Esports falls prey to Vietnam's Vec Fantasy Main in the upper bracket finals. Screenshot from YouTube/Razer


PH Mobile Legends team books SEA Invitational upper bracket finals spot

Jul 09, 2020 - 9:04 PM

The Philippines and Vietnam arrange a best-of-three face-off to determine which team will advance to the grand finals

COMEBACK. Bren Esports comes from behind against Yangon Galacticos to secure the top spot in Group B of the SEA Invitational. Screengrab from YouTube/@Razer


PH through to Mobile Legends playoffs of SEA Invitational

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:06 PM

Bren Esports of the Philippines figures in ties with the Yangon Galacticos of Myanmar and Rimo Batara of Indonesia to end the elimination round

DRAW. Bren Esports of the Philippines redeems itself against Rimo Batara of Indonesia to end their two-game series on a tie. Screenshot from YouTube/@Razer


New Zealand to host APEC 2021 as cyber-summit

Jun 30, 2020 - 3:19 PM

'We simply can't guarantee what will be possible by the end of next year... we need to provide certainty, as a host, about how we'll operate and that's what we've done,' New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says

JACINDA ARDERN. In this file photo taken on April 20, 2020 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at a post-Cabinet media conference at Parliament House in Wellington. File photo by Mark Mitchell/AFP

#StepUpUAP: Another school faces complaints of sexual harassment

Jun 29, 2020 - 7:46 PM

The University of Asia and the Pacific encourages victims of sexual harassment to come forward and file complaints with the Office of Student Mentoring, Guidance and Counseling

Virus pushing millions of South Asia children into poverty, says U.N.

Jun 23, 2020 - 10:15 PM

South Asia – which includes India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Bhutan – is home to some 600 million children, with around 240 million already living in poverty

COVID-19 IN PAKISTAN. In this file photo, children sell face masks on a street after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19, in Rawalpindi on May 16, 2020. File photo by Farooq Naeem/AFP

Ateneo lands 1st runner-up in international business case competition

Jun 23, 2020 - 3:44 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Ateneo de Manila University is the first Philippine university to win 1st runner-up at the prestigious HSBC/HKU Asia Pacific Business Case Competition

TEAM. The Ateneo team composed of (L to R) Annicka Koteh, Lucia Lorenzo, Isa Villanueva, and Javi Macasaet bag the 1st runner-up prize at the HSBC/HKU Asia Pacific Business Case Competition. Photo from Grupo Agatep Inc.

Indigenous youth find ways to help communities hit by pandemic

Jun 13, 2020 - 3:32 PM

Several indigenous youth in South and Southeast Asia take the challenge of responding to the needs of their communities

AID. Young people provide food aid to Karen communities living in n Northern Thailand in May. Photo from Phnom Thano of the Indigenous Media Network

PLDT, international partners to build new Asia-Pacific submarine cable

Jun 11, 2020 - 3:21 PM

Japan's NEC Corporation has been selected to construct the 9,400-kilometer long cable, expected to be completed by the 4th quarter of 2022

ADC CABLE. The new cable runs from Japan as its northernmost point to Singapore, its southernmost. Image from PLDT


Rappler Talk: Bob Herrera-Lim on reopening Southeast Asia after lockdown

Jun 10, 2020 - 7:04 PM

On Wednesday, June 10, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to risk consultant Bob Herrera-Lim on how Southeast Asian countries are navigating the post-lockdown threats of the pandemic

U.P. inches up in latest Asia university rankings

Jun 03, 2020 - 9:25 PM

In the latest Times Higher Education rankings, the University of the Philippines climbs 30 points and is now 65th in the region. The De La Salle University, meanwhile, slides down to the 301-350 bracket.

Rights groups slam anti-terror bill that will institutionalize Duterte's abuse of power

Jun 03, 2020 - 4:45 PM

Human rights groups call out the Duterte government for prioritizing the anti-terror bill while the Philippines is in the middle of a pandemic

Groups from different sectors belonging to the militant Bayan, stage a protest caravan and noise barrage outside the gates of Congress on June 3, 2020, demanding the scrapping of the Anti Terrorism Bill that has been recently approved in Congress. President Duterte certified the bill as urgent. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Ylona Garcia, Bright Vachirawit on 88Rising’s 'Asia Rising: Summer Edition' lineup

May 27, 2020 - 5:36 PM

The two stars are part of the online festival's lineup

RISING STARS. Bright Vachirawit and Ylona Garcia are performing in 88Rising's upcoming online festival. Screenshots from Instagram.com/bbrightvc and Instagram.com/ylonagarcia

[ANALYSIS] Why Facebook’s Oversight Board is not diverse enough

May 25, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Where is Southeast Asia in the FOB?

'Super cyclone' Amphan batters Bangladesh, India

May 21, 2020 - 9:22 AM

'The situation is more worrying than the coronavirus pandemic. We don't know how to handle it,' India's West Bengal state leader Mamata Banerjee says

FLOOD. Residents walk along a house on a flooded street heading to a shelter ahead of the expected landfall of cyclone Amphan, in Dacope of Khulna district on May 20, 2020. Photo by Munir uz Zaman/AFP

Millions batten down as 'super cyclone' Amphan hits Bangladesh, India

May 20, 2020 - 11:03 PM

Authorities scramble to evacuate more than 3 million people from low-lying areas, but the task is complicated by the need to prevent the spread of coronavirus

SUPER CYCLONE. This NASA Earth Observatory image obtained May 20, 2020, shows Tropical Cyclone Amphan at 16:15 Universal Time (9:45 p.m. India Standard Time) on May 19, 2020 as it moved north-northeast over the Bay of Bengal. Handout/NASA Earth Observatory/AFP

'Super cyclone' to slam India, Bangladesh

May 20, 2020 - 9:39 AM

Along with 'very heavy rainfall,' the system is expected to result in a storm surge pushing the sea level several meters higher

AMPHAN. A man looks out as waves hit a breakwater at Kasimedu fishing harbor in Chennai on May 19, 2020, as Cyclone Amphan barrels towards India's eastern coast. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

Public should balance 'news diet' during coronavirus pandemic

May 08, 2020 - 3:34 PM

'Your life depends now literally on the information that you are receiving…. The people need to act like their lives depend on the information they are getting,' says Steve Herman of Voice of America

Virus pushes Indonesia zoo animals to brink of starvation

May 01, 2020 - 3:28 PM

'If a few more months pass and we don't get any aid from the government or other international organizations, then with a heavy heart we'll have to feed herbivores...to the carnivores.'

This picture taken on April 29, 2020 shows a tiger resting inside its enclosure at the zoo in Bandung, West Java. Indonesian officials said on April 30 that some 60 cash-strapped animal parks -- home to roughly 70,000 creatures -- across the Southeast Asian archipelago have been closed since mid-March and most say they have only enough food until the middle of May. TIMUR MATAHARI / AFP

Southeast Asia finds ways to minimize waste during coronavirus outbreak

Apr 22, 2020 - 5:41 PM

As demand for disposable face masks, disinfectant and protective equipment soars, innovative Southeast Asians have come up with ideas to curb single-use litter while shielding themselves and others from the virus

RECYCLED. Buddhist monk Chamnanwej Sutthiyano inscribes spiritual incantations on masks made from recycled plastic bottles, amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19, at Wat Chak Daeng Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan on March 23, 2020. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

China, India to narrowly avoid recession in virus-hit 2020 – IMF

Apr 14, 2020 - 11:25 PM

The International Monetary Fund predicts growth of 1.2% for China and 1.9% for India in 2020, despite the coronavirus pandemic

People stand in queue keeping social distance beside a Covid-19 awareness scarecrows placed by Chennai municipality at a market during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Chennai on April 11, 2020. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)

Pandemic a 'perfect storm' for South Asia, World Bank says

Apr 12, 2020 - 5:45 PM

The World Bank slashes its growth forecast for South Asia, as it expects at least half the countries in the region to fall into 'deep recession' in 2020

NEW CASES. A commuter wears a face mask on a street in Karachi on February 28, 2020 as Pakistan has detected its first two cases of novel coronavirus. Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP

Asia cracks down on coronavirus 'fake news'

Apr 10, 2020 - 5:14 PM

People have been wrongly detained under vaguely worded cybercrime laws or broad state-of-emergency powers ushered in since the outbreak began, rights groups say

SOLO. A woman wearing a face mask travels on a ferry in Hong Kong on February 5, 2020, as a preventative measure following a virus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Majority of Metro Manila residents oppose gov't bailout of big businesses

Apr 10, 2020 - 4:17 PM

It is the only one of 9 proposed policies tested that fails to get majority support, Publicus Asia's online survey shows

Roxas Boulevard on Thursday, March 18. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Asia virus latest: Myanmar reports first death, China factory turnaround

Apr 01, 2020 - 8:55 AM

The governor of Jakarta says nearly 300 suspected and confirmed victims of the virus have been wrapped in plastic and quickly buried since the start of this month

PROTECTION. A boy, wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the novel coronavirus, holds onto an electronic weighing machine at a market in Yangon on March 21, 2020. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Magnitude 7.5 quake hits off Russia's Kuril Islands – USGS

Mar 25, 2020 - 1:46 PM

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says 'only very small tsunami waves were generated by this earthquake and there is no further threat'

Asia steps up virus efforts as second wave of infections strikes

Mar 22, 2020 - 6:48 PM

The World Health Organization has called for 'aggressive' action in Southeast Asia amid fears a major outbreak of the virus could cause some decrepit health care systems in the region to collapse

Perfect storm: Coronavirus imperils Asia's sprawling slums

Mar 19, 2020 - 2:22 PM

The deadly coronavirus pandemic looms over hundreds of millions packed into Asia's massive slums, where staying clean is nearly impossible and people have to leave their homes daily to survive

Families live in concrete pipes used as makeshift dwellings along a street in Manila on March 22, 2016.  Roughly one quarter of the nation's 100 million people live in poverty, which is defined as surviving on about one US dollar a day, according to government data. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

WHO says 'aggressive' action needed in Southeast Asia to stop virus

Mar 18, 2020 - 10:39 AM

There are concerns that weaker public health care systems in many Southeast Asian countries will be unable to cope with a major outbreak

MOM AND KID. The PNP conducts a checkpoint at Tunasan, Muntinlupa on March 17, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Former Army chief Alberto is new PH ambassador to Israel

Mar 12, 2020 - 8:11 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also reappoints former speaker Jose de Venecia Jr as special envoy for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

NEW AMBASSADOR. In this file photo, former Philippine Army commanding general Major General Macairog Alberto attends a defense and security exhibition held in Bangkok in November 2019. File photo from Philippine Army

Tokyo-bound Eumir Marcial nails gold in Olympic qualifiers

Mar 12, 2020 - 2:40 AM

Narrowly winning the first two rounds, Eumir Marcial puffs enough gas in the third and final round to beat Abilkhan Amankul of Kazakhstan

GOLD HAUL. Eumir Felix Marcial follows up his gold-medal winning run in the Southeast Asian Games with another top prize. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


PH's Irish Magno punches way to Olympics

Mar 11, 2020 - 6:21 PM

Irish Magno becomes the fourth Filipino to clinch a ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

MAIDEN. Irish Magno will see action in her first Olympics. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


Eumir Marcial punches Olympic qualifiers finals ticket

Mar 11, 2020 - 11:52 AM

After clinching a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth, Eumir Marcial goes for gold in the men's middleweight final

FINALS-BOUND. Eumir Marcial aims for the gold to fulfill his expectations of being the tournament No. 1 seed in the men's middleweight. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Lorenzana denies Chinese vessels hampered Pag-asa Island construction

Mar 10, 2020 - 9:24 PM

'Although there are always Chinese ships in the vicinity of Pag-asa, they have never in any way interfered with the rehabilitation of the island,' says the defense chief

PAG-ASA ISLAND. This satellite image from June 2019 shows construction work on Pag-asa Island, the Philippines' main outpost in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from AMTI-CSIS

Olympic qualifier heartbreak more painful than breakup, says Petecio

Mar 09, 2020 - 11:31 PM

Nesthy Petecio succumbs to her Japanese foe as she falls short of nailing a slot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

FALL SHORT. Nesthy Petecio could not carry her winning ways from her gold-medal triumph in the Southeast Asian Games to the Olympic qualifiers. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


Petecio fails first shot at Olympics

Mar 09, 2020 - 8:55 PM

World boxing champion Nesthy Petecio bows to her Japanese foe in the Olympic qualifiers as she misses her first try at securing a Tokyo 2020 ticket

ONE MORE CHANCE. Nesthy Petecio can still qualify for the Olympics through the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


Eumir Felix Marcial books Tokyo 2020 Olympics slot

Mar 09, 2020 - 1:04 AM

(UPDATED) Filipino boxer Eumir Felix Marcial secures his maiden Olympic berth as he advances to the semifinals of the qualifiers

ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED. Eumir Felix Marcial qualifies for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the men's middleweight category.Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Boxers Magno, Paalam make quarters as Bautista crashes out

Mar 08, 2020 - 6:05 PM

Irish Magno and Carlo Paalam are one win away from a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth

OLYMPICS CHANCE. Irish Magno will go up against Indian legend Mary Kom in the 2020 Asia & Oceania Olympic boxing qualifiers quarterfinals. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LOOK: Despite swarm of Chinese boats, PH building up Pag-asa Island

Mar 07, 2020 - 3:31 PM

Satellite photos from a US-based think tank show progress in runway repairs and beaching ramp construction even as Chinese militia vessels surround the Philippines’ main outpost in the West Philippine Sea

PROGRESS. THIS photo from the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (AMTI-CSIS) shows the progress of repairs and construction on Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from AMTI-CSIS

Asia-Pacific economies seen to face $211-billion hit from coronavirus

Mar 06, 2020 - 3:30 PM

S&P Global Ratings expects the Asia-Pacific region to grow 4% in 2020, which would be the worst performance since a contraction in 2008 caused by the global financial crisis

Pedestrians, wearing facemasks amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, walk down an elevated walkway in Bangkok on March 4, 2020. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Marcial books quarterfinals slot, nears Olympics berth

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:49 PM

Eumir Felix Marcial moves one win away from qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

OLYMPIC DREAM. Eumir Felix Marcial nears his dream of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Petecio one win away from maiden Olympics berth

Mar 04, 2020 - 10:20 PM

Nesthy Petecio eases into the Olympic qualifiers quarterfinals, putting her a win away from qualifying for the quadrennial meet

FAVORITE. Nesthy Petecio proves that she is one of the favorites for a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Ian Clark Bautista stuns former youth world champion in Olympic qualifiers

Mar 04, 2020 - 8:26 AM

The Philippines opens its campaign with Ian Clark Bautista upsetting Japanese Hayato Tsutsumi in the 2020 Asia and Oceania Olympic boxing qualifiers

REVENGE WIN. Ian Clark Bautista is set to face his Thai rival Chatchai Butdee in the next round of the 2020 Asia & Oceania Olympic boxing qualifiers. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PH ranks first in Asia for gender diversity in the workforce – report

Mar 03, 2020 - 1:14 PM

The Philippines has the most female industry leaders in Asia. But even at its best figure, women still do not make up more than a third of leadership roles across Asia.

PH boxers begin Tokyo 2020 Olympics quest in Jordan

Mar 01, 2020 - 9:23 PM

The Philippines sends a 10-pug delegation to the 2020 Asia and Oceania boxing Olympic qualifying tournament

CHAMPION. Nesthy Petecio vies for a maiden Olympic berth in the upcoming continental qualifiers. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Indigenous youth in Asia Pacific find strength in unity

Feb 25, 2020 - 10:32 AM

'It’s your community that gave you identity. It should be a self-obligatory response to give back to them,' shares Jal Mustari, an indigenous youth from Marawi City

Gilas Pilipinas responds to Indonesia blowout challenge

Feb 24, 2020 - 12:07 AM

Parading 5 amateur players in its 12-man lineup, Gilas Pilipinas still manhandles Indonesia to open the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Kiefer Ravena and Marc Pingris issued a challenge to the rest of Gilas Pilipinas to beat Indonesia by a big margin, and their teammates did not disappoint. Photo from fiba.basketball