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After ABS-CBN franchise rejection, Liza Soberano delays launch of her YouTube channel

Jul 09, 2020 - 9:17 PM

(UPDATED) 'I would like to take the time to grieve with my fellow kapamilya,' the actress says on her Instagram stories

'If you believe in your own lies': Janella Salvador dares former PA to press charges

Jul 08, 2020 - 6:17 PM

Janella’s former assistant Michelle Pelongco accuses the actress of not paying her remaining salary amounting to P3,600

LOOK: Maritoni Fernandez marries partner Mon Dayrit

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:43 PM

Maritoni and Mon marry in a civil wedding at the Parañaque City Hall on July 7

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

Filipinas Heritage Library to hold free illustration and writing workshops

Jul 06, 2020 - 2:45 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The free workshops are happening on July 17 and 18

Business groups: Ressa verdict threatens Filipinos' rights, freedoms

Jun 15, 2020 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is a big blow to press freedom especially given serious constitutional questions on whether the law is applicable at all. This would threaten our other rights and freedoms,' business groups say

Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria at the Manila Trial Court on June 15, 2020 attends the promulgation for the cyber libel case filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng. Ressa and co-accused Reynaldo Santo Jr, former Rappler researcher-writer, receives a guilty verdict. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Cinderella Filipina Benitez-Jaro appointed as CHED executive director

Feb 11, 2020 - 1:40 PM

PRESS RELEASE: As Executive Director, Cinderella Filipina Benitez-Jaro will serve as head of the Commission Secretariat and will oversee the overall implementation and operations of the CHED Central and Regional Offices

Funeral home waives fees for dad who died amid Taal eruption

Jan 22, 2020 - 9:22 PM

The eldest daughter of Antonio Baleros says a good samaritan spoke with Filipinas Funeral Homes to waive their remaining balance of P45,500

FATHER OF 7. Antonio Baleros died on January 13 after fleeing from Taal town in Batangas. Photo courtesy of the Baleros family

Japan court sentences 2 Filipinas via remote interpreting for the first time

Jan 22, 2020 - 2:48 PM

A Tagalog-Japanese interpreter shown on a large monitor via video link tells the two women the separate rulings of prison terms handed down by the Yamagata District Court

Photo by Kyodo News

Cebuana beauty queens who made it in national, international pageants

Jan 11, 2020 - 4:24 PM

Sinulog season is also pageant season in Cebu!

Filipina chemist wins international metrology award

Jan 03, 2020 - 5:47 PM

The award is proof that the Philippines, while a developing country, is investing in metrology

INVESTING IN METROLOGY. Benilda Ebarvia wins the prestigious 2019 Developing Economies National Metrologies Institute Award. She is the first winner of the award from the Philippines. Photo from RRUDela Cruz/DOST

Historic ‘La Madre Filipina’ statue reinstalled ahead of Jones Bridge inauguration

Nov 23, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The pre-war sculpture now stands on its original location after being placed in Rizal Park since the 1960s

LA MADRE FILIPINA. The sculpture, seen here in Rizal Park where it was transferred in the 1960s, has been restored to its original location on Jones Bridge. Screenshot from

Who is Katrina Llegado, Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2019?

Sep 17, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Katrina is ready to rock the pageant stage in Bolivia

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Marvel set to debut another Filipina superhero

Jul 27, 2019 - 7:43 AM

The new superhero is created by the same people behind Wave, the superhero from Cebu City

FILIPINO SUPERHERO. Wave, a superhero with water powers from Cebu City, will soon no longer be the only Filipina in Marvel's roster. Screenshot from

[OPINION] A love letter to Manila

Jul 20, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Drawing inspiration from young women silently reshaping the capital with their bare hands

CULTURAL HERITAGE. Paco Park is recognized as a national park and a national cultural treasure. Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

Forgiveness takes on a new meaning for Cherry Pie Picache in 'Radical Love'

Jul 07, 2019 - 9:32 AM

The documentary chronicles Cherry Pie's journey in forgiving her late mother's killer

Dutch cyclist Meijers wins 10th Le Tour de Filipinas; top Pinoy finishes 11th

Jun 18, 2019 - 3:29 PM

Jeroen Meijers clinches his 2nd Union Cycliste International (UCI) title in the 10th Le Tour de Filipinas

BACK ON TOP. Jeroen Meijers takes home the 10th Le Tour de Filipinas crown. Photo by JR Isaga/Rappler

Aussies nab 2nd straight leg as foreigners dominate Le Tour Stage 4

Jun 17, 2019 - 6:14 PM

Jesse Coyle rules the grueling Legazpi-Sorsogon leg after teammate Samuel Hill topped Stage 3

ENDGAME. Le Tour de Filipinas enters its fifth and final stage. Pool photo

Aussie rider wins Le Tour Stage 3 on late run

Jun 16, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Samuel Hill nabs his first-ever stage win in a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)-sanctioned event

TOPPER. Australian Samuel Hill cruises to his first win in a UCI-sanctioned event. Photo from release

Malaysian clubs top Le Tour Stage 2, PH’s Morales nabs 4th place

Jun 16, 2019 - 9:46 AM

German Mario Vogt tops Stage 2 of the 10th Le Tour de Filipinas as national team cyclist Jan Paul Morales barely misses a podium finish

GRUELING. Stage 3 of Le Tour de Filipinas gets going Sunday from  Daet, Camarines Norte to Legazpi City, Albay. Photo release

Dutchman rules Le Tour Stage 1 as 2018 champ Cariño bottoms out

Jun 14, 2019 - 8:58 PM

Jeroen Meijers of Taiyuan Miogee Team rules Stage 1 as top locals El Joshua Cariño and Ronald Oranza bomb out

Le Tour de Filipinas 10th edition kicks off

Jun 13, 2019 - 9:51 PM

From the hilly roads in Tagaytay to Mount Mayon in Albay, the Le Tour de Filipinas marks a decade of racing with a historic route

COUNTRY'S COLORS. Jhon Mark Camingao, Jan Paul Marales, Ronald Oranza, Junrey Navarra, and El Joshua Cariño of Team Navy lead the Philippines' campaign. Photo release

Cyprus finds suspected remains of sixth 'serial killer' victim

Jun 07, 2019 - 7:52 AM

The suitcase is thought to contain the body of missing Filipina Maricar Valdez

Cyprus investigators searching for victims of a suspected serial killer recovered on June 4, 2019 a third suitcase thought to contain the remains of a Filipina woman at the bottom of the man-made Red Lake out of the village of Mitsero, southwest of the Cypriot capital Nicosia . A Greek Cypriot army officer is in custody since April 2019 after reportedly confessing to murdering five foreign women and two of their daughters in a string of killings that have left the Mediterranean holiday island in shock. The police have so far recovered five bodies, including remains dumped inside two other suitcases found in the same lake.  Iakovos Hatzistavrou / AFP

Family who helped Edward Snowden asks Canada for asylum

May 30, 2019 - 7:41 AM

The NGO For the Refugees cites 'humanitarian grounds' in asking Canada to extend the same refugee status it granted Filipina Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter Keana

Lawyer Robert Tibbo (R) embraces Vanessa Rodel and her daughter Keana as the pair arrive in Canada at the Toronto airport on a flight from Hong Kong, in Toronto, Canada, on March 25, 2019. - Canada has granted asylum to a woman who helped Edward Snowden hide in Hong Kong after his leaks exposed US global surveillance programs, a refugee rights association said March 25, 2019. Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter Keana were scheduled to arrive in Toronto later Monday on a flight from Hong Kong, the non-profit organization For the Refugees said. They were set to travel to Montreal on Tuesday to settle there as private sector-sponsored refugees. (Photo by Cole BURSTON / AFP)

Le Tour de Filipinas will be a tactical race

May 27, 2019 - 1:57 PM

The 10th Le Tour de Filipinas will cover 822.2 kilometers of paved road down south of Manila, split into 5 stages

GRUELING RACE. The 10th edition of Le Tour de Filipinas will run for 5 days. Photo from Le Tour de Filipinas' Facebook page

LOOK: Wave defends Philippine seas in Marvel Comics debut

May 04, 2019 - 8:01 AM

In a preview for 'War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #1' fans get a glimpse of the new Filipina superhero

PEARL PANGAN. Marvel's Filipina superhero Wave is set to debut in the upcoming 'War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #1.' Screenshot from

LOOK: Marvel's new superhero is a bad-ass Filipina

Mar 09, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Wave is set to make her Marvel Comics debut in May

PINAY POWER. Marvel introduces its new superhero, a Filipina named Wave. Screenshot from

LOOK BACK: The movies and music of Armida Siguion-Reyna

Feb 12, 2019 - 4:29 PM

Which song or movie of Armida's did you enjoy the most?

Actress Armida Siguion-Reyna dies at 88

Feb 11, 2019 - 7:39 PM

(UPDATED) Her sister Irma Potenciano confirms the actress died of cancer

GAWAD CCP PARA SA SINING 2015 / SEPTEMBER 17 2015 The Gawad CCP Para sa Sining award eleven individuals and two organizations for their outstanding achievements and contributions to Philippine arts and culture at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City; Denisa Reyes for Dance, FIdes Cuyugan Asencio for Music, Antonio Mabesa for Theater, Roberto Chabet for Visual Arts, Ricardo Lee for Literature, Nora Villamayor popularly known as Nora Aunor for FIlm and Broadcast Arts, Paulo Alcazaren for Architecture, Ben Farrales for Design, Leoncio Deriada, Talaandig School of Living Traditions, Armida Siguion-Reyna and Basilio Esteban Villacruz and the Missionary Society of St. Columban will receive the Tanging Parangal. The Gawad CCP Para sa Sining is the highest award given by the CCP. INQUIRER PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES

Liza Soberano No. 4 on '100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2018' list

Dec 30, 2018 - 12:54 PM

The 20-year-old stunner is again part of 'The 100 Most Beautiful Faces in the World' list

GLOBALLY-RECOGNIZED BEAUTY. The 20-year-old actress and model has has landed 4th on this year's Most Beautiful Faces list. Photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

WATCH: PH golden girls rule 2018 Asian Games

Dec 24, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Women in sports take the spotlight in 2018 after sweeping the Philippines' Asian Games gold-medal haul

WONDER WOMEN. Filipino female athletes (from top left, clockwise) Yuka Saso, Hidilyn Diaz, the women's golf team, and Margielyn Didal emerge as the country's top performers in 2018. Photos by Asian Games media pool (golf), Money Sharma/AFP (Diaz), Philippine Sports Commission (Didal) and Asian Games 2018 Twitter (gold medal)

Rights groups oppose another martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 08, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Father Allan Khen Apus of Movement Against Tyranny says there has been 'a marked increased of of human rights violations' in Mindanao since martial law started there

Jessy Mendiola says she almost left showbiz

Dec 05, 2018 - 10:14 AM

Jessy says she sought professional help for her bouts of depression in the past

Bea Rose Santiago speaks out on sexual harassment

Nov 14, 2018 - 1:14 PM

On social media, the former beauty queen says she was sexually harassed by various men, including a priest, and a 'well-known CEO'

SPEAK OUT. Bea Rose Santiago talks about her own experiences of being sexually harassed. Screenshot from

WATCH: Kelsey Merritt makes breakouts looks chic in Vogue video

Nov 14, 2018 - 8:54 AM

Here's the makeup look she wore when she auditioned for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Kelsey Merritt meets Adriana Lima, other Victoria's Secret Angels

Nov 09, 2018 - 12:32 PM

She also shares backstage moments with Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, and Josephine Skriver

MODEL MOMENT. Kelsey Merritt meets her 'inspiration,' veteran Victoria's Secret Angel Adriana Lima. Photo from

Kelsey Merritt on VS fashion show: 'I feel like I won a beauty pageant'

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:35 AM

She is the first Filipina to spread her angel wings on the legendary Victoria's Secret runway

Filipina fatally stabbed in Japan

Nov 02, 2018 - 10:46 PM

(UPDATED) Japanese media identify the 48-year-old victim as Rowena Haga, who was reportedly attacked by her former boyfriend. Japanese police have the suspect in custody, the Department of Foreign Affairs says.

Rappler illustration

‘Tokhang,’ at kung bakit ‘natural’ na mapili ito bilang Salita ng Taon 2018

Oct 26, 2018 - 10:18 PM

Karamihan sa mga salitang pinagpilian sa Sawikaan 2018 ay mga politikal na salita. 'Ganoong katensiyonado ang development pati ng wika,' sabi ni National Artist Virgilio Almario, tagapangulo ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino

SALITA NG TAON. Ang salitang 'tokhang' na ipinasa ni Mark Angeles (center) ang itinanghal na Salita ng Taon sa Sawikaan 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

‘Tokhang’ ang Salita ng Taon 2018

Oct 26, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Napili ang 'tokhang' mula sa 11 nominadong salita sa kumperensiyang Sawikaan ng Filipinas Institute of Translation, Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino, at UP

Church groups condemn harassment: Defending poor, powerless not a crime

Oct 08, 2018 - 3:56 PM

'Hindi pwedeng hindi tayo magsasalita dahil ito ang misyon natin, ito ang purpose ng church, ang mag-minister sa mga api at dukha,' Reverend Marie Sol Villalon of the Promotions of Church People's Response says

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines and ts member churches, Iglesia Filipina Independiente and the United Church of Christ in the Philippines holds a press conference in Quezon City on October 8, 2018, denouncing the red tagging and human rights violations committed by the AFP

Salita ng Taon 2018: Narito ang mga pinagpipilian

Oct 03, 2018 - 10:13 PM

Ang 11 nominadong salita ay naging laman ng mga balita at diskusyon, at bukambibig ng mga Filipino sa nakalipas na dalawang taon

Swedish actor faces murder case for killing Filipina wife

Oct 02, 2018 - 11:05 AM

The Filipina, 28-year-old Mailyn Conde Sinambong, was allegedly 'severely beaten' by her 50-year-old Swedish husband, says the Department of Foreign Affairs

SINAMBONG CASE. Consul General Maria Elena Algabre of the Philippine embassy in Oslo discusses the case of murdered Filipina Mailyn Conde Sinambong with her maternal aunt Lugina Eliasen in Stockholm on October 1, 2018, before meeting with the Swedish lawyer handling the case. Photo courtesy of Philippine embassy in Oslo

Kiko Pangilinan: Filipina athletes should be respected

Sep 03, 2018 - 1:17 PM

The senator also calls for improvement after the Philippine delegation fails to hit a top 15 finish

SKATE QUEEN. Margielyn Didal, who bagged the Philippines' last gold medal in the women's skate event, leads the delegation as the flag bearer.

Aglipayan bishop: Duterte destroying image of the Church

Jul 12, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Bishop Antonio Ablon of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente says Duterte is systematically destroying churches and church workers in the Philippines by destroying the image of the Church

BISHOP ANTONIO ABLON. Iglesia Filipina Independente Bishop Antonio Ablon, head of the IFI-Mindanao Bishop Conference on Wednesday, speaks at a press conference on July 11. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Rappler Talk: #RiseUpTogether and becoming better LGBTQIA+ advocates

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:31 PM

How do we #RiseUpTogether and become better advocates?

Remains of Filipina student slain in Ireland arrive in PH

May 31, 2018 - 3:51 PM

Jastine Valdez had just left her home in Wicklow County when she was abducted and murdered by a 40-year-old Irish man on the evening of May 19

HOME. The remains of Jastine Valdez, a 24-year-old Filipina student who was abducted and murdered in Ireland, arrive home via the Clark Airport. Photo courtesy of Clark International Airport Corporation

Shining a spotlight on Pinay scientists

May 26, 2018 - 4:24 PM

The achievements of notable Filipina scientists are proof that women scientists thrive in the Philippines

Ana Julaton retires from boxing, MMA

Mar 23, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Ana Julaton finishes her boxing career with a 14-4-1 win-loss-draw record and her mixed martial arts stint with a 2-4 card

HANGING UP THE GLOVES. Ana Julaton retires from the fighting world – both from boxing and mixed martial arts. Photo from Julaton's Instagram account