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With festival canceled by virus, Japan fireflies dance alone

Jul 08, 2020 - 2:35 PM

The dance of the incandescent insects is being performed without spectators this year after the pandemic forced organizers to cancel the firefly festival

INCANDESCENCE. This long exposure picture taken on June 16, 2020 shows fireflies at Tatsuno Hotarudoyo Park in Tatsuno in Nagano Prefecture. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Peñafrancia processions canceled due to COVID-19

Jun 28, 2020 - 2:42 PM

Devotees of Our Lady of Peñafrancia can celebrate at home or in their parishes as they should avoid traveling to Naga City, according to local authorities

PROCESSIONS CANCELED. There will be no more scenes like this for the Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia in September 2020 as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

New Woody Allen film to open Spanish film festival

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:11 PM

'Rifkin’s Festival' is set to open the San Sebastian film festival in September

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 02, 2019 US director Woody Allen looks on within a press conference for the presentation of his stage production of Giacomo Puccini’s one-act opera "Gianni Schicchi", at the Scala Opera House in Milan. - The autobiography of filmmaker Woody Allen was released in the United States March 23, 2020, swiftly finding a new home after its original publisher pulled out amid protests over abuse allegations. New York-based Arcade Publishing announced it has acquired world rights to the title, "Apropos of Nothing," and launched it March 23, 2020 with no advance warning. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)

Fete de la Musique 2020 is happening online

Jun 17, 2020 - 4:17 PM

Cynthia Alexander and The Itchyworms perform with French artists NoSax NoClar and Charles Baptiste

FETE DE LA MUSIQUE. The annual festival is going digital. Screenshot from Facebook.com/FetePH

Venice film festival a 'sign of hope' for world cinema

May 31, 2020 - 11:10 AM

The film festival will push through from September 2 to 12

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 28, 2019 an employee works outside the Palazzo del Cinema on the opening day of the 76th Venice Film Festival at Venice Lido. - The decision to hold the 2020 Venice Film Festival despite the coronavirus pandemic is being hailed a "sign of hope" for the movie world after months of closed cinemas, shuttered film sets and cancelled galas. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

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

Cannes film festival difficult to hold 'in original form' – organizers

Apr 15, 2020 - 12:02 PM

The festival has originally been moved to late June and early July due to the coronavirus

A picture taken from the Festival Palace in Cannes, southern France, on May 10, 2016, shows the palm symbol seen through a palm sculpture on the eve of the 69th Cannes Film Festival. - This year's film festival will take place from May 11 to May 22, 2016. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)

Bisaya Music Festival goes online to raise funds for frontliners

Apr 10, 2020 - 11:57 AM

The music festival, which will be streamed at 5 pm on Easter Sunday, will use the funds to buy personal protective equipment for Central Visayas' medical workers

Cannes and Venice film festivals rule out going virtual

Apr 08, 2020 - 7:20 PM

Cannes has been postponed until the end of June, while the team behind the Venice film festival is strongly against going virtual

People walk past a wall painting on May 13, 2019, on the eve of the opening of the 72th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France. - This year's Cannes Film Festival is running from May 14th until May 25th. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP)

Cinemalaya film festival postponed over coronavirus threat

Mar 22, 2020 - 10:12 AM

The festival, original scheduled in August, will be moved to a yet-to-be-announced date

Cannes film festival postponed to survive coronavirus pandemic

Mar 20, 2020 - 6:27 PM

The Cannes film festival will not take place as planned in May, with its directors looking at postponing it until late June

The Strokes, Tame Impala to headline Fuji Rock Festival 2020

Mar 17, 2020 - 2:40 PM

The festival announces its lineup even as live music events are being postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic

FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL. The Strokes and Tame Impala are set to headline the yearly music festival, which is scheduled for August. Screenshot from Instagram.com/fujirock_jp

As virus strikes festivals, red carpets happen in living rooms

Mar 15, 2020 - 10:57 AM

The movie directors are finding creative ways to do a red carpet and premiere for their films

SXSW 2020 banners are seen in the Red River Cultural District on March 6, 2020 in Austin Texas. - The South by Southwest festival in Texas has been cancelled due to concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus, organizers and the host city of Austin said on March 6, 2020. "The City of Austin has cancelled the March dates for SXSW and SXSW EDU," the festival said in a statement. "SXSW will faithfully follow the City's directions." (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO / AFP)

Summer Metro Manila Film Festival 2020 postponed

Mar 13, 2020 - 12:00 PM

The first Summer Film Festival was originally set for April 11 to 21

Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2019 Parade. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Iloilo suspends public events due to coronavirus risks

Mar 11, 2020 - 11:30 PM

The governor's order is in effect for 45 days starting March 10

Coronavirus threatens first Metro Manila Summer Film Festival

Mar 10, 2020 - 4:26 PM

'It will gather a lot of people, and that's what we are trying to avoid,' says MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia

ANTICIPATION. The audience at the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2019 Parade. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Baguio cancels Panagbenga, CARAA games amid coronavirus threat

Mar 09, 2020 - 5:53 PM

Mayor Benjamin Magalong also suspends the night market along Harrison Road for 14 days starting Tuesday, March 10

CANCELED. After initially considering just a postponement of the event, Mayor Benjamin Magalong cancels the famous Baguio flower festival on March 9, 2020. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Rappler PLUS briefing: Philippine press freedom through the film lens

Mar 07, 2020 - 10:14 AM

Award-winning filmmaker Ramona Diaz will discuss the production of her film A Thousand Cuts with Rappler PLUS members

IN PHOTOS: Malasimbo Festival makes a daring leap on its 10th year

Mar 06, 2020 - 5:44 PM

From the seaside of Puerto Galera, Malasimbo moves to the verdant haven of La Mesa Eco Park in Metro Manila

MALASIMBO TURNS TEN. The 10th edition of Malasimbo tries to bring the island magic to Metro Manila. Photos by Paolo Abad/Rappler

LIST: 8 official entries to the first Metro Manila Summer Film Festival

Mar 02, 2020 - 4:30 PM

The first Metro Manila Summer Film Festival kicks off on April 11, 2020

Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2019 Parade. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Japan cherry blossom festivals canceled as virus fears grow

Feb 29, 2020 - 3:17 PM

Other cherry blossom events – feverishly anticipated by locals and tourists – are likely to follow suit

CHERRY BLOSSOMS. This picture taken on March 31, 2019 shows people enjoying cherry blossom viewing in full bloom at Ueno Park in Tokyo. Major cherry blossom festivals, Japan's traditional spring celebrations, have been cancelled, organisers said February 2020, the latest impact of fears over the outbreak of the new coronavirus on events drawing big crowds. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP

Lubao Hot Air Balloon Festival canceled amid COVID-19 outbreak

Feb 25, 2020 - 2:23 PM

The event was originally scheduled to run from April 3 to 5

CANCELED. The 2020 festival is canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Screenshot from Facebook.com/LubaoIBMF

Hillary Clinton, Helen Mirren among guests in Berlin for 70th film festival

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:41 PM

Some 340 films from all 4 corners of the globe will be showcased, with 18 competing for the prestigious 'Golden Bear' prize

Here's the schedule for Wanderland 2020

Feb 18, 2020 - 12:36 PM

The festival is pushing through despite several acts canceling their appearance

WANDERLAND 2020. The music and arts festival is pushing through as scheduled with new acts joining the lineup. Screenshot from Facebook.com/wanderlandfest

CCP accepts short feature entries for Cinemalaya 2020

Feb 15, 2020 - 3:30 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The 10 best short features will be announced on May 12 and will be screened at the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival in August

Panagbenga opening moved to late March as precaution vs coronavirus

Feb 12, 2020 - 6:04 PM

All towns in the Cordillera region have scrapped their festivals to avoid crowds, where the virus can easily spread

NEW SCHEDULE. The tourist-drawer Baguio Flower Festival or ‘Panagbenga’ will open with a grand parade on March 28, from its original February 1 schedule. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Manila Coffee Festival returns in March 2020

Feb 07, 2020 - 6:31 PM

(UPDATED) Coffee lovers, save the date – the Manila Coffee Festival is happening from March 13 to 15!

Albay governor cancels Magayon Festival

Feb 06, 2020 - 1:56 PM

Governor Al Francis Bichara also creates a task force to prepare Albay from a possible 2019-nCoV outbreak

Albay gov. Al Francis Bichara orders cancellation of month long Magayon Festival set on April to prevent and retain Bicol from novel coronavirus.(Rhaydz B. Barcia)

IN PHOTOS: The movable feast of Ilocos Sur

Feb 01, 2020 - 7:40 PM

Crab cake, beef ribs, and lechon baka pasta make up this year's feast

KANNADIWAN. Ilocos Sur holds its yearly Kannadiwan Festival or movable feast. All photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Baguio cancels Panagbenga opening, other big events due to coronavirus threat

Jan 31, 2020 - 1:54 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Sunday openings of Session Road are also suspended for now

PANAGBENGA. While Mayor Benjamin Magalong has cancelled the opening of the Baguio flower festival on February 1, he's yet to do the same for the street parade from February 29 to March 1, 2020. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: 2020 Dinagyang Festival celebrates devotion to Sto Niño in full color

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:20 PM

This year's Dinagyang Festival spices things up by giving the audience a 360-degree view of the performances during the Ati Tribe dance competition

BURST OF COLOR. Eight Iloilo school-based tribes compete for the Dinagyang Ati Tribe competition at Iloilo Freedom Grandstand during the Dinagyang Festival on Sunday, January 26. Photo by Carl Don Berwin/Rappler

Filipinos in Singapore celebrate Sinulog, pray to avert Wuhan virus

Jan 27, 2020 - 3:05 PM

Some of them wearing surgical masks, overseas Filipinos join the 6th Sinulog in Singapore and pray for safety from the deadly Wuhan virus

Ramona Diaz's 'A Thousand Cuts': 'A risky film on free press, lawless regime'

Jan 26, 2020 - 2:30 PM

‘The film takes place in the Philippines but its central conflict, as you may imagine, reverberates far beyond that country’s border’

SUNDANCE PREMIERE. The documentary is screened at the Egyptian Theater. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Solution to online harassment? Regulation, says Sundance 2020 panel

Jan 26, 2020 - 9:01 AM

‘The tech platforms are saying ‘We don’t know what to do, or we're doing our best,’ but it's not enough,’ says Maria Ressa

Solutions: Rappler chief executive officer and executive editor Maria Ressa discuss solutions to prevent online harassment at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival's Truth to Power forum. With Ressa are New Yorker columnist Masha Gessen and Patrick Gaspard, Open Society Foundation president. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler.

Devotee for 40 years: Iloilo's faithful steward is Dinagyang's hermana mayor

Jan 25, 2020 - 5:04 PM

'The divine Santo Niño has brought a lot of blessings into my life over the years. That’s why I have to give back tenfold, as thanksgiving for all the graces I’ve received,' says Emma Galindez-Zapanta

67-year-old Sto. Niño devotee Emma Galindez-Zapanta is this year's newly-installed hermana mayor for the 2020 Dinagyang Festival celebration. With the role, she is tasked to be steward of sorts of the image of the Señor Sto. Niño for the duration of the Dinagyang Festival, leading the nine-night novena mass at the Parish of San Jose de Placer. Photo by Rhick Albay

Taylor Swift kicks off Sundance festival with 'Miss Americana'

Jan 25, 2020 - 9:59 AM

The Netflix documentary traces the career of the 30-year-old singer, from her beginnings in country music to international stardom

U.P. Diliman Arts and Culture Festival 2020 commemorates 50th year of First Quarter Storm

Jan 23, 2020 - 2:53 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The festival serves to raise awareness on the significance of this pivotal chapter during the turbulent Marcos regime especially on issues concerning human rights

LOOK: There’s a Milk Tea Festival happening at SM Megamall

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:02 PM

Coco, Gong Cha, Tiger Sugar, and more – find your favorite milk tea brands in one place until January 31!

LIST: Winners of Sinulog 2020 dance competitions

Jan 20, 2020 - 2:35 PM

Prizes range from P100,000 to P1 million

SINULOG. Hundreds of dancers compete in the annual Sinulog competition. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

WATCH: Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe wins top prizes in Sinulog Festival dance competition

Jan 20, 2020 - 9:17 AM

Dance legends the Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe wins two top prizes in the 2020 Sinulog Festival, taking home at least P2 million

CHAMPS. Sinanduloy bags 2 prizes after a hiatus from the Sinulog Festival. Photo by Clarenz Jay Mendoza/Rappler

WATCH: Negros Oriental dance troupe in Sinulog 2020 pays tribute to slain farmers

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:16 AM

In a rare show of activism, the Pakol Festival perform a routine that showed the violence farmers experience in Negros Island

FARMERS. This performance pays tribute to farmers killed in Negros. Photo by Chang Euldan/Sinulog Foundation

A mom asks Santo Niño, let her children killed in drug war 'enter heaven'

Jan 19, 2020 - 5:14 PM

Among the thousands who honored the Holy Child during the Fiesta Señor in Cebu City is a mother, whose faith has remained immovable despite losing her children in tokhang operations

MOTHER'S PRAYER. A mother shares story of how children were killed in her own home. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Over 130 homegrown films find home in Iloilo's regional film festival

Jan 18, 2020 - 4:52 PM

The festival kicked off in December 2019 but due to popular demand and support from the local government, it has been extended until January 24, 2020

THE CHANTERS. CineKasimanwa also served as a homecoming of sorts for the award-winning film “The Chanters” directed by James Robin Mayo. The screening of this film became one of the highlights of the festival. Screenshot courtesy of CineKasimanwa

Borongan City's Monika Afable is Sinulog Festival Queen 2020

Jan 18, 2020 - 2:17 PM

Monika Afable of Borongan City, Eastern Samar, also brings home a number of corporate awards

SINULOG FESTIVAL QUEEN. Monika Afable of Borongan City, Eastern Samar, takes home the crown. Photo from Sinulog Foundation Incorporated

LIST: Where to party during Sinulog 2020

Jan 18, 2020 - 10:56 AM

Whether it's a pool party or a music festival, here's a list of parties you can let loose in during Sinulog weekend

PARTY. Parties are back during the 2020 Sinulog. File photo by Alecs Ongcal

Signal shutdown to proceed during Sinulog 2020 events

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:24 PM

Despite a previous announcement that cellular signal would not be shut down, local police request that these be switched off during Sinulog due to the attendance of President Rodrigo Duterte

SHUTDOWN. The signal shutdown will proceed during this year's Sinulog Festival. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cate Blanchett to head Venice Film Festival jury

Jan 17, 2020 - 12:49 PM

Actress Cate Blanchett will preside over the prestigious film festival's jury this September, two years after she headed Cannes in 2018

Pit Señor: A complete pilgrim's guide to Santo Niño de Cebu

Jan 16, 2020 - 6:10 PM

Joining Sinulog 2020? Here's a rundown of must-dos when on a pilgrimage to Cebu City’s Basilica Minore del Santo Niño

MAGELLAN'S CROSS. A first trip to Cebu City is not complete without visiting Magellan’s cross. The holy site is a mere 15-minute cab ride from WCCHC.

Labella defuses Sinulog 2020 exclusive broadcast rights backlash

Jan 15, 2020 - 6:52 PM

The announcement allays the concerns of media groups who learned of the exclusive broadcast contract between MyTv and the Sinulog Foundation

NO EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS. Mayor Edgar Labella intervened on an exclusive deal between MyTv and Edgar Labella. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Bambu, Rocky Rivera, Gloc-9, Abra and more headline FlipTop Festival 2020

Jan 15, 2020 - 6:41 PM

The festival celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Fliptop rap battle league

FLIPTOP. The rap battle league celebrates its 10th anniversary with the FlipTop Festival 2020. Photo by Nina Sandejas