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Avatar robots at graduation? Japan pioneered them
A public school in Taguig is the first in the Philippines to dress robots in toga to represent its graduates. The first in the world to do that was a university in Tokyo.
Perfectly OK to stay home, says One OK Rock
As we in mega Manila rush out to the streets and malls, the world-famous Japanese rock band urges fans to remain holed up at home the way they know best: through a music video
Shinzo Abe joins ‘Dancing on the Inside’ bandwagon
Musician Gen Hoshino launches a campaign urging Japanese people to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic, drawing big-name volunteers
[OPINION] An open letter to DOH’s communications team
'Please stay true to your commitment, DOH. Let us help each other inform the citizenry properly, because if we fail to do this, we cannot heal as one.'
[OPINION] A letter to the men and women behind paid trolls in the Philippines
The very least you can feel about all of this is a huge and crushing regret, and a conviction never to take on the job of chief disinformation architect ever again
[OPINION] Hugas-kamay: Why DIY solutions to a public problem will not keep us alive
We must not only rely on individual efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The state has to fulfill its obligations first by addressing structural problems as they cut across classes.
[OPINION] Checking your privilege during the coronavirus pandemic
'To ask whether a person is privileged (or not) only elicits unproductive discussions. The question we should ask instead should be: how do we make sense of the privilege that we have?'
[OPINION] 'Pasaway' commuters amid lockdown? These people don't have a choice
'For vulnerable sectors, crisis is a gun to the head: they always have to bear the full severity of the consequences'
[OPINION] The out-of-touch, elitist gaps in our lockdown
'Not a lot of upper-class and middle-class Filipinos realize how good they have it in the midst of this lockdown. They forget to check their privilege, and come off as incredibly insensitive and narrow-minded.'
[OPINION] Loving your country is very different from loving your government
'I love the Philippines. I love the people in it.... So I will not turn a blind eye when government incompetence makes these people suffer even more.'
[OPINION] Notes from a supermarket on the last day of freedom
'There was a part of me that wanted to stand in front of the checkout aisles and shout at all the folks nursing their loaded carts: STOP IT! STOP BEING SO SELFISH! Andaming nagugutom sa mundo!'
Staying compassionate in the time of coronavirus
It’s the most rational and ethical thing to do to help slow down the spread of this pandemic
Indonesia official in hot water over 'pool pregnancy' claims
A child protection commission member of Indonesia draws controversy and online ridicule after her unscientific comments to a major media outlet last week
[OPINION] Leaving the medical profession to become a journalist
A preacher in church once said, 'Do not just step into the open door, walk into the open door. If you’re afraid, then do it afraid.'
Pain and promise: Journey of a millennial first-time mom
Hearing my daughter’s first cry instantly transformed my world. Having gone through hell, I was inexplicably happy.
The indignity of the U.S. travel bans is not about our politicians
It's true, it is within the United States' sovereign power to block entry to anyone it wishes. But my migration framework prevents me from unequivocally saying that.
[OPINION] Christmas isn't necessarily merry for people with depression and anxiety
The family unit – more so the Filipino family – is a complicated creature, and whether or not we want to admit it, not all issues can be wrapped in sparkly paper and topped with a festive bow.
The unbearable weight of traveling while female
Many times I feel that nothing is better than another female's company when I’m traveling alone
Entering the Church of Carly Rae Jepsen
I know not everyone would understand the reasons behind our near-spiritual obsession, so let me tell you the story of mine
[iSpeak] Owning my trauma, no matter how 'small'
It took years to stir what had been living inside me for years, what had been whispering, 'me too, me too, me too'
Remembering teachers who shape our lives
Great teachers who shape our values, our sense of right and wrong, will always be with us
Travel to Japan for free: Join JICA for video blogging contest for PH youth
The video blogging contest is open to Filipinos aged 18 to 24 years old
[ANALYSIS] When Duterte doesn't know what he's talking about
President Rodrigo Duterte speaks before fully understanding issues. He barks orders before analyzing the situation and considering all angles. What do we do?
[OPINION] Back in Cebu: Why local voices matter in covering the news
The cultural, religious, socio-economic backgrounds of reporters shape the way they view the world – and in turn greatly impacts their perspective and how they report the stories
[OPINION] Sometimes, all you need is video
Studies show that people remember images long after the headlines have faded from memory. Every Friday, I will curate videos that may punch the gut, tug at the heart, or just simply bring you up to speed.
[OPINION] Would you date a journalist – a Rappler journalist?
What turns our morning coffee time from a leisurely sip into a hurried slurp? What makes us stay so late in the newsroom that our dogs forget what we smell like? I’d like to share that with you every Wednesday.
Dos and donts of being a pageant fan
Filipino fans can be the best but they can also be the worst critics of beauty queens
President Duterte, praying the gay away didn't work for me
You can’t fix what’s not broken
[OPINION] To 'woke' people on Twitter: Turn online noise into action
Being woke should emphasize how we understand a particular issue and then translate this to offline action
I voted for my nephew's future but I felt I failed him
How can I explain to my nephew that Filipinos elected candidates who lied, stole money from the people, and whose backgrounds are questionable?
Covering the PDP-Laban, Duterte campaign despite the Rappler ban
'I had to be invisible to be present'
[OPINION] The lies they pushed on Election Day
Checking viral claims as politicians play dirty
[OPINION] Impunity in Cebu and why covering this election was personal
Most people who follow the news noticed that there were at least 3 to 4 shootings happening every day.... I’m no longer watching impunity from a safe distance.
[OPINION] Should we be optimistic after the 2019 elections?
Bright spots in the poll results offer some rays of hope
[OPINION] I voted but that wasn't enough
Each vote matters but there's something that matters more
[OPINION] Let us not call Filipino voters ‘bobo’
Filipino voters are not 'bobo'. They are coming from a legitimate, deeply-rooted desire to see things change.
[OPINION] Make that one party list vote count
Even if political dynasties have invaded the system
[OPINION] New elections, new lows? Say no
With your vote, save the country from hitting rock-bottom
[OPINION] What you need to know this election day
Are you ready for it and for what it will bring?
[OPINION] Think about the environment when you vote
Mining, sustainable tourism, land use, energy are some of the issues
[OPINION] How well do you know the candidates?
Acquiring data from government can be a pain
[OPINION] Will the next Senate be independent?
Let us manage some expectations: the 18th Congress will be filled with allies of President Rodrigo Duterte
[OPINION] The labor vote is weak
Labor Win banks on the support of the workers, but they may not deliver
[OPINION] Making press freedom an election issue
Your vote can protect a free and independent Philippine media
I didn’t vote the last elections, and boy do I regret it
Another messiah, another mistake? One Rappler makes her case for why every single vote counts.
Why I skipped class
If all of us take a step towards the right direction, we can move the Philippines forward
They’re fighting over Lang Leav’s ‘instapoetry,’ and I think that’s good
There is no harm in attempting to bring back the culture of reading especially in the age of scrolling