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Jericho Cruz, Guam crushed by New Zealand in FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

Feb 23, 2020 - 5:35 PM

Bouyed by its statement win over defending champion Australia, New Zealand demolishes Jericho Cruz and Guam for a perfect start in the first window

WORLD STAGE. PBA player Jericho Cruz gets a starting nod for Guam. Photo from

NLEX’s Jericho Cruz added to Guam FIBA Asia Cup roster

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:34 PM

Jericho Cruz brings his act to the international stage again, but it won't be for the Philippines

Jericho Cruz. Photo from PBA Images

LOOK: Jollibee opens store in Guam

Apr 06, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The new Jollibee store seats 205 and is located in front of Micronesia Mall in Dededo, the most populous village in Guam

NEW STORE. Jollibee opens its 38th store in the United States in Guam. Photo courtesy of Jollibee Foods Corporation

Tanauan mayor killed, Bato visit to Guam, Pope kiss hoax | Midday wRap

Jul 02, 2018 - 1:22 PM

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Guam lawmakers cancel meeting with Dela Rosa

Jul 01, 2018 - 11:35 PM

Guam Senator Telena Nelson says the planned visit would send 'the wrong message,' given former top cop Ronald dela Rosa's role in the Philippines' bloody anti-drug campaign

BAD MESSAGE? A Guam legislator says inviting Bureau of Corrections Chief Ronald dela Rosa 'sends a bad message. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Scammers nabbed for selling liquid that turns peso bills into dollars

May 28, 2018 - 11:15 AM

Aroon James, Brown Akwe Fonboh, Guam Blanche Murphy will not be immediately deported. Their identities and nationalities are subject to investigation.

'MAGIC LIQUID'. Supposed members of an Angolan Budol-budol gang sell a liquid which they claim turns pesos into dollars, the PNP says. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Heading to the U.S. for a weekend vacation? It's possible!

Feb 09, 2018 - 8:49 PM

Planning a trip to Guam? Here's everything you need to know

RIVER CRUISE. The best way to get to know Guam's Valley of the Latte is taking a relaxing cruise through the river. Photo by Nick Olayao

Benjamin Alves worries for his family in Guam

Aug 19, 2017 - 2:56 PM

The Goyo actor was raised in Guam and still has family there

FAST FACTS: How many and where are the Filipinos in Guam?

Aug 17, 2017 - 9:07 PM

A nuclear threat has raised concern over the safety of Guam residents who include thousands of Filipinos

Trump praises North Korean leader's 'wise' decision to halt Guam missile test

Aug 16, 2017 - 8:28 PM

Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable Trump writes on Twitter

'WISE DECISION' US President Donald Trump speaks about North Korea at a meeting at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 8, 2017. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S. says open to talk if North Korea ready to disarm

Aug 16, 2017 - 11:40 AM

But the top US diplomat says it will be up to Kim when such negotiations would begin having previously insisted Pyongyang must demonstrate that it accepts it will have to give up its nuclear program

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during a press briefing at the Reagan Building on March 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Rappler Talk: How North Korea's threat affects Filipinos living abroad

Aug 16, 2017 - 10:06 AM

What do Filipinos living abroad think of these threats?

DFA raises alert level 1 in Guam, Northern Marianas

Aug 15, 2017 - 6:11 PM

This alert level covers nearly 70 000 Filipinos in Guam and the Northern Marianas a group of islands that includes Saipan

ALERT LEVEL 1. DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar says the the Philippines has placed Guam and the Northern Marianas under crisis alert level 1 as tensions rise in the Korean Peninsula. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guam radio stations accidentally trigger emergency alert

Aug 15, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Homeland Security confirms in a statement that the unauthorised test was not connected to any emergency threat or warning and it was working with the radio stations to ensure the human error will not occur again

Guam officials 'ecstatic' as North Korea holds off attack

Aug 15, 2017 - 2:48 PM

Lt Governor Ray Tonorio: There doesn t appear to be any indication based on what we re hearing that there will be any missiles attacking in the near future or in the distant future

A general view shows the entrance to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam on August 15, 2017. Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea leader holds off on Guam missile plan

Aug 15, 2017 - 8:55 AM

UPDATED Some analysts suggest Kim Jong Un s comments opens a possible path to de escalating a growing crisis fueled by a bellicose war of words between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leadership

ELATED. This file photo taken on July 4, 2017 shows people walking past a television screen at a railway station in Seoul, showing a broadcast of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) celebrating his country's test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Uber suspension, Andy Bautista, new SC justice | Evening wRap

Aug 14, 2017 - 8:48 PM

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Guam governor backs 'punch in the nose' for Pyongyang

Aug 14, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Guam governor Eddie Calvo says he is grateful US President Donald Trump is taking a strong stance against North Korean threats against his Pacific homeland

Governor of Guam Eddie Baza Calvo attends a press briefing in Hagatna, Guam on August 14, 2017. Ed Jones/AFP

CIA chief says 'nothing imminent' in U.S.-North Korea standoff

Aug 14, 2017 - 1:00 AM

There s nothing imminent today But make no mistake about it the increased chance that there will be a nuclear missile in Denver is a very serious threat says CIA Director Mike Pompeo

Coverage of an ICBM missile test is displayed on a screen in a public square in Pyongyang on July 29, 2017. Kim Won-Jin/AFP

Guam residents pray for peace as North Korea deadline looms

Aug 13, 2017 - 3:38 PM

The island s archbishop appeals for prudence amid an escalating war of words between the US and Pyongyang

CALM. Afternoon traffic passes in front of a wall painted with US and Guam flags in the Tumon district on the island of Guam on August 11, 2017. Virgilio Valencia/AFP

PH prepares for possible North Korea missile debris

Aug 12, 2017 - 6:24 PM

UPDATED Malacañang says the Philippine Embassy in Seoul and Consulate General in Agana are closely monitoring the situation to prepare for any eventuality

Japan deploys missile defense over North Korea threat to Guam

Aug 12, 2017 - 3:02 PM

The defense ministry deploys the Patriot Advanced Capability 3 PAC 3 system in Shimane Hiroshima and Kochi in western Japan which North Korea had warned could be along its missiles flight path NHK and Kyodo News say

MISSILE DEFENSE. A PAC-3 surface-to-air missile is transported into Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces' Kaita base in Kaita town, Hiroshima prefecture on August 12, 2017. Photo by Jiji Press/ AFP

South China Sea, Batangas earthquake, Honasan | Evening wRap

Aug 11, 2017 - 8:28 PM

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Will North Korea's missile threats affect Filipinos?

Aug 11, 2017 - 8:18 PM

Earlier this week North Korea threatened to launch missiles towards Guam the US island territory in the western Pacific which is also home to some 42 800 Filipinos

MISSILE LAUNCHES. This photo illustration shows a person in Seoul on June 23, 2016 pointing to a computer screen page of the North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun displaying news of North Korea's Musudan missile test the day before. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Faeldon, Free tuition law, Trump | Midday wRap

Aug 11, 2017 - 12:00 PM

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Hit or miss? North Korea's Guam strike plan

Aug 10, 2017 - 8:18 PM

Would the North be able to carry out the launching of a salvo of 4 intermediate range missiles towards Guam? Can the US stop it? Here s what people know so far

MISSILE STRIKE? This screen grab taken from North Korean broadcaster KCTV on March 7, 2017 shows ballistic missiles being launched during a military drill from an undisclosed location in North Korea. File photo by KCTV/AFP

South China Sea, Duterte, North Korea on Trump | Midday wRap

Aug 10, 2017 - 1:19 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 10, 2017

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:57 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Thursday

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar delivers a keynote message during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Presidential Communications Operations Office (ASEAN-PCOO ) Roadshow for the Cordillera region at Beneco Electric Cooperation Conference Hall in Baguio City on February 4, 2017. ALFRED FRIAS/Presidential Photo

North Korea mocks Trump, hones Guam strike plans

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:00 AM

UPDATED North Korean General Kim Rak Gyom: Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him

STERN WARNING. US President Donald Trump speaks about North Korea at a meeting with administration officials on the opioid addiction crisis at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 8, 2017. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Marcos, Roxas, Andanar | Evening wRap

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:29 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Guam told to 'enjoy paradise', ignore North Korean threat

Aug 09, 2017 - 1:27 PM

UPDATED Governor Eddie Calvo: I want to reassure the people of Guam that currently there is no threat to our island or the neighboring Northern Marianas

This photo taken on July 14, 2017 shows tourists on a beach in Guam's capital Hagatna. Mar-Vic Cagurangan/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 9, 2017

Aug 09, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday

North Korea threatens missile strike near US territory Guam – KCNA

Aug 09, 2017 - 10:15 AM

Pyongyang says it s now carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam with medium to long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong 12

TARGET. This photo taken on July 14, 2017 shows tourists on a beach in Guam's capital Hagatna.Mar-Vic Cagurangan/AFP

Guam eyes end to U.S. colonial rule

Jul 16, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Political leaders on the Pacific island say it s time to decide whether to remain a US colony or become an independent nation

PACIFIC PARADISE. This photo taken on July 14, 2017 shows tourists on a beach in Guam's capital Hagatna. Mar-Vic Cagurangan/AFP

New Guam bishop seeks healing after sex scandal

Nov 28, 2016 - 2:38 PM

Guam s new Catholic archbishop acknowledges that shocking child sex allegations had damaged the Church s standing in the Pacific territory

Pinoy fighter Rolando Dy slated for PXC 55 in Guam

Oct 18, 2016 - 3:50 PM

Dy is slated to lock horns with up and coming Australian combatant Aydin Mrouki in a 3 round featherweight bout

ON TO THE NEXT ONE. Ronaldo Dy will face up-and-coming Australian combatant Aydin Mrouki in a 3-round featherweight bout at PXC 55. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Guam's Catholic Church in crisis over child sex claims

Sep 19, 2016 - 11:35 AM

A Vatican administrator urges Rome to remove the head of the Catholic Church in Guam over child sex allegations warning the scandal could bankrupt the church in the deeply religious Pacific territory

Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron, in a video message released June 6, 2016. Frame grab courtesy Guam Daily News/YouTube

Filipino concert promoter charged with fraud, alien smuggling

Jun 23, 2016 - 7:59 PM

In Guam Jemuel Luciano is charged with 29 felony counts of visa fraud conspiracy to commit visa fraud harboring an illegal alien and alien smuggling

Luciano has been charged with a total of 29 felony counts of visa fraud, conspiracy to commit visa fraud, harboring an illegal alien and alien smuggling.

Vatican takes over as Guam archbishop faces abuse probe

Jun 08, 2016 - 12:13 PM

The head of the Catholic Church in Guam has denied sexual abuse allegations after the Vatican appointed an administrator to perform his duties while an investigation is underway

Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron, in a video message released June 6, 2016. Frame grab courtesy Guam Daily News/YouTube

Cebu Pacific wants to be official PH carrier for ASEAN-China flights

Feb 23, 2016 - 4:15 PM

Cebu Pacific also welcomes 2016 with higher passenger traffic in January

RECORD HIGH. The surge in passengers continues to be driven by strong loads on its increasing international network and strong domestic sales. Photo by Edwin Llobrera/Rappler

Crisanto Pitpitunge faces Kiwi fighter at PXC 52

Feb 12, 2016 - 3:07 PM

Pitpitunge aims to make another strong case for a title shot after his split decision setback to Lausa

Cebu Pacific to start flying to Guam in March

Nov 25, 2015 - 3:58 PM

This marks Cebu Pacific’s first US destination making it the only low cost carrier to fly directly between the Philippines and Guam

PACIFIC EXPANSION. 'Having Guam in our network sets us off on another expansion path across the Pacific,' Cebu Pacific's Lance Gokongwei says

Gina Iniong returns to action at PXC 50 in Guam

Oct 20, 2015 - 6:50 PM

Iniong 3 2 was last seen in action in November 2014 when she yielded to current UFC strawweight competitor Cortney Casey

File Photo from Gina Iniong's Facebook account

Soudelor: 2015's most powerful storm targets Japan, China, to spare PH

Aug 04, 2015 - 2:02 PM

It is stronger than Cyclone Pam the previous strongest storm of 2015 which killed at least 15 people when it slammed into Vanuatu

MTSAT-Floater Visible image August 3, 23:32 UTC. Image courtesy NOAA

State of emergency in storm-ravaged Marianas

Aug 04, 2015 - 8:30 AM

A state of emergency is declared in the Northern Marianas after Super Typhoon Soudelor with winds up to 120 miles per hour 193 km h slammed into the island group

MTSAT-Floater Visible image August 3, 23:32 UTC. Image courtesy NOAA

Construction of undersea data cable connecting SEA-US begins

Apr 01, 2015 - 10:36 AM

Globe is investing 80 million in the project to provide ‘superior connectivity’ to consumers

IN PHOTOS: Typhoon Maysak, seen from space

Apr 01, 2015 - 9:16 AM

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti posts haunting images of Maysak taken while aboard the International Space Station

State of emergency as Super Typhoon Maysak batters Micronesia

Apr 01, 2015 - 8:46 AM

Micronesia President: There is extensive damage to schools health facilities public utilities private residences and the sinking of several fishing passenger and dive ships

Maysak moves closer to PAR's eastern edge

Apr 01, 2015 - 7:50 AM

Typhoon Maysak strengthens further overnight Wednesday April 1 as it moves closer to the eastern edge of the Philippine Area of Responsibility

THREAT. MTSAT-Floater visible image of Typhoon Maysak as of March 31, 2015, 23:01 UTC (April 1, 2015, 7:01 PH time). Image courtesy NOAA

Maysak now a super typhoon, to weaken as it enters PAR

Mar 31, 2015 - 10:03 PM

The typhoon is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Wednesday evening April 1 or Thursday morning April 2 and will be named Chedeng