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Comedian Kim Idol, 41, dies

Jul 13, 2020 - 1:13 PM

Kim's friend, comedian Allan K, confirms the sad news

'I cannot serve a fascist government': Jerry Gracio resigns from Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino

Jul 13, 2020 - 11:28 AM

Gracio has resigned twice in the past – but continues to be part of the KWF because, he said, Duterte has yet to appoint his replacement

ENOUGH. Jerry Gracio again steps down from the KWF. Photo from Jerry Gracio's Twitter

OFWs in UAE scramble to update visas following new policies

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:29 AM

'Walang tigil ang mga telepono, landline, at mobile. Daig pa namin ang call center (The phones, whether landline or mobile, just won't quit. We're busier than a call center),' says Larry Esguerra, office manager at MPQ Tourism

2 more Filipino boxers try luck in Las Vegas

Jul 12, 2020 - 9:21 PM

Filipino fighters John Vincent Moralde and Mark John Yap look to showcase their wares in the US amid the coronavirus pandemic

SOLID CHANCES. Despite the short notice, John Vincent Moralde may stand a good chance against his Mexican foe. Photo from Moralde’s Facebook

PH to fly back remaining deceased OFWs from Saudi Arabia on July 20

Jul 12, 2020 - 7:15 PM

The repatriation of the bodies of overseas Filipino workers from Saudi Arabia is moved by a week

The ‘Aswang’ syllabus: Articles to read after watching the documentary

Jul 12, 2020 - 1:28 PM

The award-winning drug war documentary is free to stream until Sunday, July 12, 11:59 pm

‘The scariest’: What people are saying about ‘Aswang’

Jul 12, 2020 - 11:46 AM

The documentary tackles the first two years of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

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

Gaballo tackles 'Baby Pacquiao' Payano for WBA title August 1

Jul 11, 2020 - 12:16 PM

Unbeaten GenSan prospect Reymart Gaballo hopes another victory will give him a world title crack

POWER. Reymart Gaballo holds a record of 23 wins, including 20 knockouts. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Filipino artists, singers decry denial of ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Jul 10, 2020 - 6:49 PM

Several celebrities outside of the ABS-CBN network also share their dismay over the decision not to renew the media network's franchise

[OPINYON] Kapag nawalan ng rap ang masa

Jul 10, 2020 - 1:26 PM

'Kapag nawalan ng rap ang masa, mababawasan ng pupuna. Kapag nawalan ng rap ang masa, mas kakaunti ang mga magmumulat.'

Moloney wants title fight with Casimero

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:19 PM

Australian Jason Moloney boldly steps forward to challenge Filipino WBO champion Johnriel Casimero

DOMINANT. Jason Moloney (right) stops Leonardo Baez. Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images/AFP

3,000 Dubai OFWs seek PH consulate's help for repatriation

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:57 AM

Most of those seeking assistance are jobless overseas Filipino workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic

'Nothing to do with the government': Piolo Pascual defends Sagada trip with Joyce Bernal

Jul 09, 2020 - 9:27 PM

'I love my country regardless of who the President is and I love my home network which is ABS-CBN,' says the actor

'Aswang' to stream for free

Jul 09, 2020 - 4:16 PM

Alyx Ayn Arumpac's award-winning documentary on Duterte's 'war on drugs' will be available to watch for free on their website and Facebook page

Meet the leads of the upcoming series 'Gaya sa Pelikula'

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:29 PM

The show, produced by Globe Studios, is written by Juan Miguel Severo and directed by JP Habac

Yanong bows to Gamez by knockout in 1st round

Jul 08, 2020 - 5:15 PM

Just two weeks after his Las Vegas romp, Reymond Yanong falls early to American Genaro Gamez

DECKED. Reymond Yanong drops to his knees right in the opening round. Photo from Top Rank

[OPINION] Pinoy BL, censorship, and problematic LGBTQ+ representation

Jul 08, 2020 - 12:40 PM

'Content producers of Pinoy BL series still have a responsibility to be more inclusive'

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with Jack Animam?

Jul 08, 2020 - 12:21 PM

Rappler catches up with Philippine women's basketball star Jack Animam, who is taking her talents to Taiwan

Get ready with 99.5 PLAY FM DJ and #HijaAko advocate, Jazmin Reyes

Jul 07, 2020 - 4:04 PM

This Instagram artist speaks volumes

Torre, Antonio banner PH challenge in Asian Seniors Chess

Jul 06, 2020 - 6:39 PM

Filipino Grandmasters Eugene Torre and Rogelio 'Joey' Antonio are among the favorites in the Asian Seniors Online Chess Championship

Photo from Shutterstock

WATCH: Stars, advocates, journalists perform ‘The Great Dictator’ speech to protest anti-terror law

Jul 06, 2020 - 5:48 PM

John Lloyd Cruz, Chel Diokno, Iza Calzado, and Rappler's Maria Ressa are among those who appear in the video

Folayang optimistic about Team Lakay's next generation

Jul 05, 2020 - 3:31 PM

For former ONE Championship lightweight titlist Eduard Folayang, the focus is now on the next batch of Igorot warriors

PROUD TEAMMATE. Eduard Folayang says seeing the potential of rising Team Lakay stars excites him. Photo from ONE Championship

Jobless OFWs in Dubai in quandary about returning home

Jul 05, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Some have no money for plane tickets, others worry about what awaits them in the Philippines

SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? These Filipino workers lost their jobs in the UAE but remain undecided on whether to head back home to the Philippines

Casimero likely to fight Warren instead of Inoue

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:27 PM

Johnriel Casimero may just dangle his WBO bantamweight belt against a new American foe, three-time Olympian Rau'shee Warren

NEW PLAN. Johnriel Casimero is set to train for a new opponent with unbeaten Japanese Naoya Inoue still unable to travel to the US. Photo from Team Casimero

[OPINION] Stranded scholars: An inconvenient truth

Jul 04, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'As I wait for our repatriation flight to the Philippines (after 7 ticket cancellations), I remain hopeful and try to remember that day I arrived as a scholar'

PH misses July 4 target to bring home deceased OFWs from Saudi Arabia

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:07 PM

Without specifying a new date, the Department of Labor and Employment says they will bring home the bodies 'early next week' or the week of July 5

MISSED TARGET. The Philippine government misses its self-imposed deadline to bring home deceased overseas Filipino workers. Photo by DFA-OUMWA

Ryan Cayabyab, Noel Cabangon to young songwriters: Write in own language

Jul 03, 2020 - 4:58 PM

The two OPM icons explain the importance of writing in one's own language – not only for the songwriters themselves, but for Filipino music as a whole

PHILPOP. The festival encourages entries written in languages spoken all over the country. Photo courtesy of PhilPop Foundation

Bernaldez yields to towering Bell

Jul 03, 2020 - 1:51 PM

Philippine bet Mark Bernaldez can’t quite land a shot against 6-foot American Albert Bell in their lightweight bout in Las Vegas

Arrested in 2019 crackdown, jailed activist gives birth in a pandemic

Jul 02, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Ina Nasino, 23, pleads with the court to let her stay with her baby, either at the hospital or at a prison nursery, until at least the child is 6 months old

NEWBORN. Activist Ina Nasino, 23, gives birth to a baby girl at the Dr Fabella Memorial Hospital on July 1, 2020. Photo courtesy of Kapatid

Bernaldez seeks 3rd straight hit for Pinoys when he battles Bell

Jul 02, 2020 - 6:59 PM

GenSan pride Mark Bernaldez tries to extend the Filipino boxers' winning streak in Las Vegas

UNDERDOG. Mark Bernaldez (right) heads into to the ring as an underdog against 6-foot American Albert Bell. Photo from Top Rank

Magsayo flies to U.S., foresees September, December fights

Jul 02, 2020 - 2:33 PM

Unbeaten Mark Magsayo heads to Los Angeles to train under Freddie Roach

GETTING READY. Mark Magsayo hopes to book a fight date before the year ends. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

'Culture of fear': Actors' group slams ABS-CBN shutdown, FDCP guidelines

Jul 02, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The newly-formed group Aktor criticizes the government for moves that seemingly want to stop artists from telling the Filipino story

Get ready with this teacher and digital artist, Patricia Ramos

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:32 PM

She’s an author, a poet, an illustrator, and a teacher

ILLUSTRATION. Art by Andoy Edoria.

How are Filipino ONE Championship athletes coping with virus crisis?

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:31 PM

While ONE Championship events remain on the shelves, Filipino MMA practitioners find other ways to make a living

OTHER MEANS. Former ONE flyweight world champion Geje Eustaquio is buying, refurbishing, and selling cars to support himself and his family during the pandemic. Photo from ONE Championship

Bello says OFWs selling blood only do so for going out and drinking

Jul 01, 2020 - 2:57 PM

'Yung mga para sa mga lakad nila gusto nilang mag-inuman ganun, gusto nila, may lakad sila, ang ginagawa nila nagbebenta na lang sila ng dugo' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

OFWS SELLING BLOOD. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says OFWs reportedly selling blood only do so to have money for going out or drinking. File photo by Henzberg Austria/Senate PRIB

OFWs in UAE seek Locsin’s help to address canceled flights

Jun 30, 2020 - 10:19 PM

'Hindi na po namin hiningi na tulungan kami financially. Kami na po bumili ng sarili naming tickets. Ang gusto lang po namin ay makauwi sa Pilipinas'

MASK-CLAD passengers depart from the Dubai International Airport in this photo from April 6, 2020. Emirates Airline has resumed a limited number of outbound passenger flights after the COVID-19 lockdown. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Musicians, talent managers' groups call for ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Jun 30, 2020 - 5:59 PM

OPM president Ogie Alcasid and PAMI president June Rufino give statements at the House hearing on June 30

OFF-AIR. Broadcast giant ABS-CBN shuts down on May 5 following an order to cease operations from the National Telecommunications Commission. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH boxing's best Olympic chance on the line

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:10 PM

Philippine boxing chief Ricky Vargas laments a potential missed opportunity for history if the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were to be canceled

CHANCE FOR HISTORY. Eumir Marcial bears a big chance for the country's first Olympic gold. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION] Ang pagbaba mula sa tore ng akademya

Jun 30, 2020 - 1:03 PM

'Hindi tuluyang lalaya ang kaisipan ng taumbayan kung nakakubli ang agham sa wikang ginagamit lamang ng iilan'

PH karateka James delos Santos rises to World No. 4 in online kata

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:51 AM

James delos Santos sets another dominant performance in the Korokotta Cup 2020 e-Kata tournament

Dubai OFW in limbo over unpaid bank loan

Jun 29, 2020 - 6:37 PM

Failure to meet credit card obligations is among the leading problems besetting overseas Filipino workers in the United Arab Emirates

LIMBO. Engineer Eduardo Malinao Cervantes, 71, wants to go home to the Philippines but a travel ban has been imposed on him. His passport is with the Dubai Court. Photo courtesy of Gracie May Kalaw

Gov't launches Overseas Filipino Bank

Jun 29, 2020 - 4:45 PM

The digital-only bank aims to ease fund transfers for Filipinos working abroad and will soon offer secure financial products and services

Paragua rules Battle of Grandmasters

Jun 28, 2020 - 7:53 PM

New York-based Mark Paragua says he's just 'very lucky' to survive past some of the Philippines’ top chess players

DOLE: Remains of 301 Saudi Arabia OFWs home by July 4

Jun 28, 2020 - 4:39 PM

After delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the bodies of hundreds of OFWs who died in Saudi Arabia are finally set to be repatriated

Casimero at crossroads as trainer returns home

Jun 27, 2020 - 11:39 PM

With his trainer heading back to the Philippines, Johnriel Casimero weighs if he, too, needs to just return home and wait for his new fight schedule

WAITING GAME. Johnriel Casimero can opt to stay and continue to train in Las Vegas. Photo from Team Casimero

Homesick Casimero wants to go home, train in Ormoc

Jun 26, 2020 - 8:42 PM

Holed up in Las Vegas for 4 months, Johnriel Casimero plans to return home as no definite date has been set for his postponed fight

UNCERTAIN. Johnriel Casimero doesn’t know if he’ll ever get a shot against unbeaten Japanese Naoya Inoue. Photo from Team Casimero

Bello dismisses reports of OFWs scavenging for food

Jun 26, 2020 - 5:30 PM

The labor secretary insists the OFWs in Saudi Arabia sorted for themselves food rejected by groceries, not actual garbage

LABOR WOES. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III addresses lawmakers during a House inquiry on the government's repatriation program for OFWs on June 26, 2020. Screenshot from Zoom

Yanong beats Burns, makes it 2 straight for Pinoy boxers

Jun 26, 2020 - 4:40 PM

Filipino boxers stay on a roll in Las Vegas as Reymond Yanong outlasts American Clay Burns

BRUTAL. Reymond Yanong (right) unleashes his power against Clay Burns to pick up his first win in the US. Photo from Top Rank Promotions

DFA warns OFW repatriation funds may run out by August

Jun 26, 2020 - 4:30 PM

DFA Undersecretary Sarah Lou Arriola says they are allowed to repatriate only 350 passengers per chartered flight that costs P13 million up to P14 million per trip

GOING HOME. Around 500 OFW repatriates mostly from the Middle East are given COVID-19 clearances to go home to their respective provinces via land transport on June 18, 2020 at the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler