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The cost of dying in the Philippines: Can you afford it?

Nov 01, 2019 - 4:49 PM

While death is said to be the great equalizer, the divide between the rich and the poor is still evident in how they are sent off


Citizen wish list for Metro mayors: Fix traffic, lower cost of living

Sep 19, 2019 - 8:11 PM

In the long list of Metro Manila problems, what should be prioritized and where should city mayors look first? We asked our readers.

Living in Manila just got pricier for expats

Jun 27, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Manila now ranks 109th out of 210 cities in Mercer's Cost of Living Ranking, posting one of the sharpest climbs in the world

Sweden farmers feeling burden of historic drought

Jul 20, 2018 - 12:18 PM

A large part of Sweden, as well as Denmark, southern Norway and northern Finland, is currently experiencing a period of extreme heat which, according to weather forecasts, is unlikely to end soon

DRY SWEDEN. A picture taken on July 16, 2018 shows a cattle taking shelter from the sun under a tree in Malmkoping, Central Sweden. Photo by Maja Suslin/TT News Agency/AFP

P42,000-budget for a family of 5 not official NEDA estimate – Pernia

Jun 08, 2018 - 1:43 PM

National Economic and Development Authority Secretary Ernesto Pernia says at least two family members should work to allow the family to live a comfortable life

Gene therapies are proving their worth, but with million dollar price tags, it's not clear who should pay for them

Mar 31, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Is witnessing a starry night worth an eye-watering $425,000 per eye?

GENE THERAPY. Gene therapies became a clinical reality in 2017. Festa/Shutterstock

Police and funeral homes: The business of picking up the dead

Dec 10, 2017 - 10:27 PM

Funeral homes that wish to extend services in cases that involve killings need to be accredited by the Philippine National Police. Sometimes being 'favored' carries extra costs.

The cost of dying in Duterte's war on drugs

Dec 10, 2017 - 12:02 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has left thousands of casualties in its wake. But families of victims can barely afford to bury their dead because of high funeral costs.

The Eusebio Funeral Services in Malabon on October 27, 2017

Apple planning lower-cost iPhone for 2018 – reports

Dec 08, 2017 - 12:31 PM

We're talking about Apple here though

BACK TO METAL. Pictured are the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which have metal backs – just like one of the rumored 2018 iPhones. The iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X, the 2017 releases, all have glass backs for wireless charging. Photo from Apple


Gov't spent over P6 billion for Marawi crisis – DND

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:08 AM

During budget plenary deliberations in the Senate, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says the Marawi crisis is a 'wake-up call' for government to improve the capabilities of the military

COST OF MARAWI. The Department of National Defense says the almost 5-month Marawi crisis has cost the government around P6.03 billion. File photo by Bobbby Lagsa/Rappler

SC affirms ruling vs P8.5-B back pay for Napocor employees

Oct 18, 2017 - 12:06 PM

The Supreme Court says the National Power Corporation employees failed to raise new issues that could convince it to reverse its ruling

NEXT SC JUSTICE. The JBC holds interviews to screen applicants for the post of Supreme Court associate justice. Photo by Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler

A child car seat system: An extra expense to protect a life

Aug 29, 2017 - 2:36 PM

Once the law is passed every child in a private vehicle must have a car seat

Vietjet umumkan rencana penerbangan rute Jakarta-Ho Chi Minh

Aug 22, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Penerbangan rute Jakarta Ho Chi Minh oleh Vietjet direncakan mulai Desember 2017

RUTE BARU. Para pejabat pemerintahan Vietnam berpose bersama dengan Menteri Perhubungan RI dan Vice President Vietjet dalam acara pengumuman rencana penerbangan rute Jakarta-Ho Chi Minh yang diselenggarakan di Hotel Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta Pusat pada Selasa, 22 Agustus. Foto oleh Valerie Dante/Rappler

Price tag for war in Marawi: P3B and counting

Aug 11, 2017 - 4:58 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he will ask Congress to refund the amount that was taken from other projects in his department for the war in Marawi

BURNED HOUSES. A Philippine Marines truck speeds away as black smoke billows from burning houses after military helicopters fired rockets at militant positions in Marawi on May 30, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Trapik sa Kamaynilaan, napag-iwanan ng pagbabago?

Aug 07, 2017 - 9:20 AM

Sa binagsik-bagsik ng retorika ng administrasyong Duterte tungkol sa pagbabago, hindi maitatangging usad-pagong ang pagresolba ng traffic congestion

The real cost of serious illnesses in PH

Nov 19, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Spending doesn’t stop at treatment when you fall ill Here are key information and figures you need to know

How much do illegal drugs now cost in the Philippines?

Oct 27, 2016 - 11:48 AM

A gram of shabu now costs P1 300 to P25 000 per gram while cocaine is pegged at P5 000 to P7 000 according to data from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

One Time Big Time Operations on Illegal Drugs conducted by Raxabago-Tondo police station 1 in Gawad Kalinga Compound in Happyland, Barangay 105 Tondo, Manila on September 24, 2016.

80% of housing for military, police at Bulacan site left unoccupied

Aug 30, 2016 - 7:05 PM

Only 800 out of 4 000 housing units for the military and the police in Bocaue Bulacan are occupied Residents also report problems with utilities at the housing site

IDLE. Thousands of idle NHA houses were found in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

VietJet to buy 100 Boeing aircraft for $11.3B

May 23, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The Vietnamese budget airline and the US aircraft maker sign a deal in front of US President Barack Obama and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang

epa05324509 President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Ray Conner (2-L) and Vietjet CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao (3-R) sign a Boeing aircraft buying contract for 100 airplanes as U.S. President Barack Obama (C-L) and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang (C-R) look on at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, 23 May 2016. US President Barack Obama visits Vietnam for the first time from 23 to 25 May 2016, making him the third US President to visit the South East Asian country since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. EPA/KHAM NGUYEN / POOL

Cebu Pacific, 7 other budget airlines form alliance

May 16, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Customers will be able to view select and book the best available airfares on flights from any of the airlines in a single transaction

Philippines and the world: Cybersecurity in numbers

Apr 30, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Did you know that there have been 1 211 reported cybercrime incidents in the Philippines from 2013 to 2015?

Saudi flag carrier to launch low-cost offshoot

Apr 18, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Saudi Arabian Airlines announces the establishment of the low cost Flyadeal which will begin operating by mid 2017

epa05265523 A photograph made available on 18 April 2016 shows Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) Director-general Saleh Al-Jasser speaking during a press conference to announce the establishment of a new low cost airline, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 17 April 2016. Reports state Al-Jasser announced the launching of a new airliner to be called 'Flyadeel' to provide low cost economic air transport. The new company is expected to start operations by mid-2017. EPA/KAMAL MUSTAFA

Lost, jobless: Life after relocation from Jakarta's fish market

Apr 18, 2016 - 2:06 PM

321 families from Pasar Ikan were forced to move to low cost apartments and must now find new ways to make a living

Global volatility shaking up worldwide living costs – survey

Mar 10, 2016 - 9:35 PM

Singapore remains the most expensive city in the world followed by Zurich and Hong Kong tied at second

epa05202294 A general view of the financial district seen from across the Marina Bay in Singapore, 09 March 2016. EPA/WALLACE WOON

Investing for a happy marriage

Feb 12, 2016 - 11:53 AM

What is the most important investment you ll make in your life? Financial experts advice young couples on managing their finances

West Africa counts economic cost as Ebola outbreak ends

Jan 13, 2016 - 8:32 PM

The mining agriculture and tourism industries are trying to recover from the effects of the epidemic

Breaking up is hard to do...and expensive too

Dec 26, 2015 - 1:15 PM

[The annulment business] An annulment can cost from over P180 000 to about P300 000 Lawyers professional fees are a consideration

Tokyo selects Japanese design for 2020 Olympic stadium after cost row

Dec 22, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Under the new plan construction is to be completed in November 2019 ahead of the January 2020 deadline

NEW DESIGN. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2-R) speaks during a meeting of Cabinet ministers on a new national stadium construction plan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In picture also attending the meeting is Toshiaki Endo (R), minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Photo by EUGENE HOSHIKO/EPA

Haze price tag, $16B: Fires cost Indonesia twice the tsunami bill

Dec 15, 2015 - 5:52 PM

Indonesia s economy took a 16 billion hit this year from forest fires that cloaked Southeast Asia in haze more than double the sum spent on rebuilding Aceh after the 2004 tsunami the World Bank said

FOREST FIRES. The Indonesian economy took a big hit from the fires that razed Indonesia. File photo by EPA

PH vs China, AFP chief, Pacquiao on Mary Jane | 6PM wRap

Jul 08, 2015 - 6:22 PM

Watch the 6PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

Cost of financial goals outweighs Filipino investment returns

Jun 17, 2015 - 11:45 AM

Average costs of education healthcare and living expenses rise 8 1 a year while average investment returns are 4 6 the Manulife Asset Management report says

DTI proposes regulation of shipping charges

May 01, 2015 - 5:15 PM

The move comes as major shipping lines continue to charge additional charges arising from last year’s port congestion

Are you financially ready to have children?

Apr 25, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Raising kids building homes – all these come with a price

#FightFor15: Fil-Ams join fight for higher wages in US

Apr 17, 2015 - 9:00 AM

We need legislative action It is not just one evil employer It s systematic

How small businesses can curb daily expenses

Mar 03, 2015 - 7:28 PM

A lot of people want to start their own business but it’s a tough market out there Here are some tips on how to start out your shop without making any unnecessary purchases

Low cost carriers soaring in Southeast Asia

Feb 20, 2015 - 10:48 AM

Low cost carriers are still driving most of the growth in Southeast Asia and would continue through 2015 a Sydney based aviation think tank says

NCR posts 2nd highest increase in occupancy costs – study

Feb 12, 2015 - 3:57 PM

Manila or the National Capital Region posts an annual increase of 20 7 in prime office space occupancy costs a CBRE study shows

Vietnam architect's low-cost house is also typhoon-proof

Jan 25, 2015 - 2:05 PM

While these houses cost less than 4 000 and could be built by five people in three hours they don t look cheap says its brainchild Vo Trong Nghia

AFFORDABLE BUT SUSTAINABLE. Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia is the brainchild behind the design of S-House. Photo courtesy of votrongnghia.com Hiroyuki Oki, Photographer

Mass housing developer to fund P1-B GenSan project

Jan 20, 2015 - 8:36 PM

8890 Holdings is banking on the significant number of Pag IBIG Fund members surrounding the property with 89 780 members in General Santos alone

The wRap Indonesia: Jan. 7, 2015

Jan 07, 2015 - 1:59 PM

A planned ban on super cheap airfare Indonesia s plan to increase its tourism promotion budget almost 5 times a popular singer busted for drugs again and more

2,000 more Filipinos sign up to flee Libya

Aug 06, 2014 - 5:00 PM

This means 1 out of 5 Filipinos in Libya has either arrived in the Philippines or signed up to flee the strife torn country

FOR FILIPINOS IN LIBYA. Filipino children hold placards during a protest outside the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila, the Philippines, August 5, 2014. More countries moved to evacuate their nationals from Libya where the fighting between rival militias escalated. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Repatriating Filipinos in Libya could cost P169M

Aug 05, 2014 - 5:43 PM

Based on per head cost provided by the DFA Rappler makes an estimate if 1 500 passengers board the ship rented by the government and the Philippines will have to spend for their chartered flight tickets

LIBYA. Smoke fills the sky over Tripoli after rockets fired by one of Libya's militias struck and ignited a tank in the capital's main fuel depot in Tripoli, Libya, August 3, 2014. Sabri Elmhedwi/EPA

AirAsia Philippines gears up for 2016 re-fleeting program

May 25, 2014 - 3:01 PM

Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandes is bullish on the Philippines growth potential

AirAsia's logo.

US$44-T needed for clean energy future –IEA

May 12, 2014 - 7:01 PM

The longer we wait the more expensive it becomes to transform our energy system says IEA executive director Maria van der Hoeven

The cost of traffic in Metro Manila

Mar 05, 2014 - 11:53 AM

How will massive traffic jams due to road projects until 2016 affect road users in the short term?

TRAFFIC. The Japan International Cooperation Agency says traffic will cost the Philippines up to P6 billion a day by 2030. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Fix traffic or PH can lose P6B daily by 2030 – JICA

Feb 28, 2014 - 8:09 PM

The Japanese aid agency presents a plan where an efficient railway system makes up a large part of the public transport mix to ease traffic in Mega Manila

Geothermal power plant in Oriental Mindoro up by 2016

Jan 14, 2014 - 9:38 PM

The Montelgao power plant will have a capacity of 44 megawatts It will supply electricity at a rate of P5 64 per kilowatt hour

GEOTHERMAL PLANT. A new geothermal plant will be constructed in Mindoro. Photo by Mike Gonzalez/Wikimedia Commons

Cebu Pacific to mount flights to Tokyo, Nagoya

Nov 22, 2013 - 6:48 PM

Cebu Pacific is offering discounted seat prices from November 22 24 or until seats last Travel period will be March to September 2014

NEW FLIGHTS. Cebu Pacific will start mounting flights to Tokyo and Nagoya.Photo courtesy of Airbus

Yolanda/Haiyan damage now at P9.46B

Nov 16, 2013 - 1:52 PM

A week after Yolanda hits land the country tries to rise even as it faces billions of pesos worth of damage

STARTING FROM SCRATCH. Typhoon Yolanda damaged billions worth of agriculture and infrastructure, forcing many communities to start from scratch. Photo by EPA/Dennis Sabangan

COA questions legality of P370-M PCSO disbursements

Oct 14, 2013 - 12:02 AM

The Commission on Audit says PCSO failed to explain the legal basis of disbursements for its employee provident fund allowances medical plans and per diems