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WATCH: Ben&Ben release 'Nakikinig ka ba sa Akin' music video

Jul 11, 2020 - 4:14 PM

'Isang alay sa ating mga kapamilya,' says the band

BEN&BEN. The folk-pop band releases the music video for their song 'Nakikinig Ka Ba Sa Akin.' Screenshot from

Sixers’ Simmons at full strength heading into NBA restart

Jul 03, 2020 - 6:05 PM

Months after suffering a back injury, Aussie guard Ben Simmons says he’s ‘back to 100%’ as the Sixers resume their playoff campaign

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 02: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on against the Toronto Raptors in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center on May 2, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Raptors 116-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP

Ben & Jerry's joins Facebook ad boycott over hate speech

Jun 24, 2020 - 6:26 PM

'As of July 1st we will pause all paid advertising on Facebook and Instagram in the United States,' Ben & Jerry's says on June 23

Ben&Ben answer Singapore artist Benjamin Kheng's 'burning questions' on Instagram Live

Jun 22, 2020 - 3:05 PM

The artists collaborate again after appearing together in a Tiktok video

BEN&BEN and BENJAMIN. The musicians are set to come together again on Instagram Live. Photos courtesy of Sony Music

U.S. brands Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben's to change amid protests

Jun 18, 2020 - 12:15 AM

(UPDATED) The Aunt Jemima line of pancake syrup and batter will be renamed, while the Uncle Ben's brand of rice dishes will 'evolve'

Boxes of Aunt Jemima pancake mix are seen on a store shelf on June 17, 2020 in Washington,DC. - The Aunt Jemima brand of syrup and pancake mix will get a new name and image, Quaker Oats announced on June 17, 2020, saying that the company recognizes that "Aunt Jemima's origins are based on a racial stereotype." The 130-year-old brand features a Black woman named Aunt Jemima, who was originally dressed as a minstrel character. Quaker, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, said removing the image and name is part of an effort by the company “to make progress toward racial equality.” (Photo by Eva HAMBACH / AFP)

Switzerland grapples with its own 'George Floyd' case

Jun 16, 2020 - 2:37 PM

The global outcry over George Floyd's death pushes the Swiss to re-examine the death of Mike Ben Peter, a 37-year-old Nigerian man, in Lausanne in March 2018

FIGHT FOR MIKE BEN PETER. In this file photo taken on June 7, 2020, people hold a banner reading "Fight for Mike Ben Peter" during a protest against racism and police brutality in Lausanne in memory of Nigerian Mike Ben Peter who died in similar circumstances. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

'Inviting the beast'? #HijaAko trends as women call out victim blaming

Jun 14, 2020 - 4:45 PM

Many on social media join Frankie Pangilinan in condemning the thinking that women's outfits are to blame for sexual assault

LISTEN: Ben&Ben releases full version of 'Nakikinig Ka Ba Sa Akin' on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:24 PM

'Para sa Pilipinas,' the band says on Twitter

BEN&BEN. The band releases the full version of a new song for Independence Day. Rappler screenshot

LYRICS: Ben&Ben's new song, 'Lifetime'

Jun 03, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The folk-pop band is releasing the song on June 4

BEN&BEN. The band releases a new song inspired by a fan's heartbreak story. Photo courtesy of Sony Music Philippines

How Ben&Ben wrote and recorded their new song ‘Lifetime’ while in lockdown

Jun 03, 2020 - 6:10 PM

The song is inspired by a comment left by one of their fans on the music video for their song ‘Pagtingin’

BEN&BEN. The band is releasing a new song recorded in quarantine. Photo courtesy of Sony Music

WATCH: Ben&Ben jams with Thai duo Scrubb

May 14, 2020 - 5:36 PM

The duo has become a hit with Pinoy listeners, after featuring in the hit show ‘2gether: The Series’

SCRUBB. The Thai duo jams with Ben&Ben as their songs go viral among Filipino listeners. Photo courtesy of Sony Music

Ben&Ben was apparently so moved by a fan’s sad love story that they wrote a song about it

May 12, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Do you have a story of love that was never expressed?

BEN&BEN. The band writes a new song based on the story of one of their listeners. Rappler screenshot

Actor Jerry Stiller dies at 92

May 11, 2020 - 5:18 PM

'He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years,' says Jerry's son, actor Ben Stiller

Ben&Ben to hold live YouTube event for first international single, 'Doors'

Apr 13, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Here's the story behind their newest single, 'Doors'

BEN&BEN. The band is set to launch their first international single, 'Doors.' Photo courtesy of Sony Music

Ben&Ben holds online concert to raise funds for coronavirus relief

Mar 22, 2020 - 2:15 PM

The folk-pop collective is performing an hour-long show to raise funds for frontliners and daily wage earners

BEN&BEN. The 9-piece folk collective is performing to raise funds for COVID-19 relief. Photo courtesy of Sony Music

WATCH: Ben&Ben joins other Asian artists to record song for coronavirus victims

Mar 04, 2020 - 8:30 AM

The group joins in singing the song 'Forever Beautiful,' originally performed by Taiwanese artist Eric Chou

LISTEN: Ben&Ben drops a new single, and again, we’ve got too many feels for a Friday

Feb 28, 2020 - 2:09 PM

Raise your hand if 'Sa Susunod na Habang-buhay' had you crying into your pillow at midnight

ALL THE FEELS. Ben&Ben release their new single, 'Sa Susunod Na Habang-buhay.' Screenshot from Ben&Ben on YouTube

Happy week-after-Valentine's Day, here's another MV from Ben&Ben that will make you feel things

Feb 22, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Starring Sue Ramirez, the video for 'Masyado Pang Maaga' tells a story of love and longing

MASYADO PANG MAAGA. Ben&Ben releases another emotional music video for their single 'Masyado pang maaga'. Screenshot from Ben&Ben on YouTube

London's 'chewing gum man' fuses art with recycling

Feb 15, 2020 - 4:36 PM

The 57-year-old Ben Wilson has toured London for the past 15 years sculpting and repainting scraps of gum discarded by passers-by

RECYCLING. File photo of London artist Ben Wilson. Photo from wikipedia commons

Happy Valentine's Day, here's Ben&Ben's new music video

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:36 AM

'So why don't we fall in love tonight?'

WATCH: Ben&Ben's 'Make It With You' cover

Feb 01, 2020 - 7:45 AM

The Filipino band performs a cover of the Bread classic for the LizQuen TV series of the same name

MAKE IT WITH YOU. The 9-member band performs their cover of the song. Photo from Star Records

Ben-Hur Villanueva and the sculptor who sought to rest with Christ

Jan 29, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The sculptor passed away on January 25 at the age of 81

Photo courtesy of Bumbo Villanueva

Ben&Ben's Agnes Reoma 'injured but safe' after Manila concert fall

Jan 26, 2020 - 6:00 PM

The band says they'll give more updates on Agnes' situation

BEN&BEN. The band says bassist Agnes is injured but ok. Rappler file photo

Dominant Ben Simmons propels Sixers over Nets

Jan 21, 2020 - 11:10 AM

'Ben was ridiculously dominant tonight,' says 76ers coach Brett Brown as Simmons posts another triple-double

DOMINANT. Ben Simmons posts his 4th triple-double of the season. Photo from NBA Twitter

December Avenue is the Philippines' most streamed artist on Spotify

Dec 04, 2019 - 11:52 AM

The Philippines' most streamed song also comes from the group!

TOP ARTIST. December Avenue is the most streamed artist on Spotify Philippines for 2019. Image courtesy of Spotify Philippines

Ben&Ben, Ebe Dancel, Bullet Dumas to perform back-to-back

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:53 AM

The one-night-show of Ben&Ben with Ebe Dancel, Bullet Dumas, and Johnoy Danao is happening at 7 pm on December 1

A1’s Ben Adams does karaoke duet with Pinay fan in Palawan

Nov 23, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Edith Rodriguez's dreams come true when she sings 'Like a Rose' with the British singer

DUET. Ben Adams sings on the karaoke with Pinay fan Edith Rodriguez in Palawan. Screenshot from Edith Rodriguez's Facebook page

Foals, Sabrina Claudio, Nova Amor are coming to Manila for Wanderland 2020

Nov 14, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Who's ready for another Wanderland festival?

WANDERLAND. The 2019 edition was the biggest yet. File photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Social media business model is underlying problem for disinformation – experts

Nov 08, 2019 - 6:49 PM

The real-time bidding industry for advertisements is seen as funding the algorithmic amplification of disinformation and hate speech

FIGHTING DISINFORMATION. The first session of the 2019 International Grand Committee on Disinformation and 'Fake News' in Dublin, Ireland on November 7, 2019. Screenshot from livestream

Shoulder injury sidelines Sixers' Simmons

Nov 08, 2019 - 10:28 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers try to do without All-Star guard Ben Simmons for at least one game

KEY LOSS. Ben Simmons suffers a grade one shoulder sprain. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP

Jazz ease past Sixers as Simmons suffers injury

Nov 07, 2019 - 3:18 PM

Philadelphia star Ben Simmons sustains a shoulder injury in the 2nd quarter of the Sixers' narrow loss to the Jazz

Here's the story behind Ben&Ben's new single 'Masyado Pang Maaga'

Nov 01, 2019 - 12:02 AM

Here's why the song didn't make it to 'Limasawa Street' in the first place

NEW DROP. Ben&Ben releases a new song after 'Limasawa Street.' Rappler photo

Ben&Ben will be playing at SXSW 2020

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:29 PM

The band will be playing in the US for the first time

2020 AWAITS. Following what's shaping to be a landmark 2019, Filipino band Ben&Ben is set to play in the US for the first time ever. Rappler file photo

Tunisia's ex-president Ben Ali dies – foreign ministry

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:48 PM

Ben Ali, who ruled his North African country from 1987 until 2011, was viewed by some as a bulwark against Islamist extremism, but faced criticism for muzzling the opposition and his reluctance to embrace democracy

BEN ALI. Tunisia's all-powerful leader for two decades, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was forced from power and into exile by a landmark popular uprising in early 2011, sparking revolts across the Arab world. The man who once appeared in official portraits with a benevolent smile and jet black hair has died Thursday, September 19, aged 83, in Saudi Arabia. File photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

A1's Ben Adams wants to duet with Sarah Geronimo

Sep 11, 2019 - 7:49 AM

'I think she's amazing'

POPSTAR ROYALTY. Sarah Geronimo catches the attention of A1's Ben Adams. File photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: Ben&Ben

Aug 30, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Ben&Ben is taking to the Live Jam stage once again as they promote their upcoming film, 'LSS'

Ben&Ben is performing at Clockenflap 2019

Aug 08, 2019 - 3:34 PM

The indie folk band is performing on the same stage as headliners like Halsey and Mumford and Sons

BEN&BEN. The band performs on Rappler Live Jam as they promote their debut album. Rappler photo

Menu, prices: Ben's Cookies opens in Manila

Jul 17, 2019 - 10:46 AM

(UPDATED) Flying from England to Manila, Ben's Cookies and its 14 flavors are available in The Podium and SM Mall of Asia

Sixers star Simmons out of Aussie World Cup bid

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:56 AM

Ben Simmons says it's a 'difficult decision' to skip playing for Australia in the 2019 FIBA World Cup

NEW CAMPAIGN. Ben Simmon decides to focus on the Sixers’ NBA run next season. Photo from NBA

Simmons agrees to 5-year, $170M deal with Sixers

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:03 AM

Ben Simmons is set to fortify the Sixers core of Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Al Horford

STAYING IN PHILLY. Ben Simmons is reportedly staying with the 76ers. File photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Ben Simmons 'doubtful' for Aussie World Cup campaign

Jul 14, 2019 - 3:01 PM

Even minus Sixers star Ben Simmons, Australia boasts of a solid roster laced with several NBA players

PRESEASON. Ben Simmons reportedly wants to focus on the Sixers' NBA buildup. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Mon Tulfo: Andanar ‘manipulated’ irregular DOT-PTV deal

Jun 03, 2019 - 2:42 PM

‘Ben and Andanar manipulated it. Andanar manipulated the whole thing,’ says Ramon Tulfo

Australia names NBA star-studded World Cup squad

May 23, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Sixers star Ben Simmons banners the 17-man Boomers squad in the World Cup where Gilas Pilipinas will also see action

Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: 'Narnia' cast reunites over dinner

May 18, 2019 - 5:06 PM

Hello again to the Pevensie siblings and Prince Caspian!

Rappler Live Jam diaries: The unbearable lightness of Ben&Ben

May 11, 2019 - 6:48 PM

On their third visit to the Rappler HQ, Ben&Ben talks music, inspiration, and the light they want to bring through their music

HOME. It's on stage where the 9-person collective truly shines. Rappler photo

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: Ben&Ben

May 09, 2019 - 8:20 PM

Ben&Ben is back in Rappler HQ!

Sixers' Simmons fined, given flagrant foul for groin hit

May 04, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Philadelphia's Ben Simmons gets sanctioned for elbowing Toronto's Kyle Lowry in the groin in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semis duel

BAD BLOOD. Ben Simmons has also figured in a scuffle with Kyle Lowry last year. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Sakur Tan rival Ben Loong hosts Sara Duterte, Hugpong in Sulu

Apr 26, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Will former Sulu governor Benjamin Loong unseat the Tan family? In May, he is up against Sulu kingpin Sakur Tan, a party mate of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Regine Velasquez: 'This is about people destroying Mother Earth'

Apr 25, 2019 - 3:49 PM

The singer, who had criticized the country's top diplomat over statements on the illegal poaching of endangered giant clams in the West Philippine Sea, thanks all those who defended her on social media

FOCUS ON NATURE. Regine Velasquez finds herself dealing with controversy after she criticizes statements by the country's top diplomat