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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

Mariah Carey first to score #1 hit in 4 different decades

Jan 02, 2020 - 9:38 AM

'All I Want For Christmas Is You' makes it to number 1 after it topped the charts in late 2019

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 17, 2019 US singer Mariah Carey participates in the ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building in celebration of the 25th anniversary of "All I Want For Christmas Is You." - Carey has had a long list of hits over the years, but her classic holiday song has helped her make history as the first artist to top the Billboard charts in four separate decades. "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is atop the Billboard Hot 100 for the week dated January 4, 2020, based on sales, radio airplay and streaming data -- its third week atop the rankings. That means Carey has had a number one single in the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

After hot mic gaffe, Trudeau and Trump revive feud

Dec 05, 2019 - 10:28 AM

US President Donald Trump revives his feud with Canada's Justin Trudeau's hot mic comment by branding him 'two-faced'

FUED. US President Donald Trump talks with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the plenary session of the NATO summit at the Grove hotel in Watford, northeast of London on December 4, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Your summer binge list for 2019

Apr 25, 2019 - 7:30 PM

From historical K-dramas, to zombie comedies, here's what to binge watch over this hot, sticky summer (hopefully, with the A/C on!)

SANTA CLARITA DIET. Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore star in the Netflix zombie comedy, which released its 3rd season this summer. Screenshot from

Police fire tear gas as protesters rally in Sudan capital

Dec 31, 2018 - 6:51 PM

(UPDATED) Protesters urge Sudan President Omar al-Bashir to step down amid rising prices of bread and violent crackdown on opposition

RESIGN. President Omar al-Bashir is in hot water amid high prices of bread and increasing violence in protests. Photo from Shutterstock

Swiss police confirm 20 dead in WWII vintage plane crash

Aug 05, 2018 - 9:20 PM

The aircraft, built in Germany in 1939, crashed into the Piz Segnas, a 3,000-metre (10,000-foot) peak in the east of Switzerland

35 killed in suspected barangay, SK elections violence – PNP

May 14, 2018 - 7:52 PM

The PNP describes the election period so far as 'relatively peaceful'

ELECTIONS. Voters cast their vote inside the open gym in San Lorenzo Village in Makati City on May 14, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Thousands of cops deployed for barangay, SK elections 2018

May 13, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Authorities are focusing on areas with a history of election-related violence and those with intense political rivalries

Security forces from Bacolod City are sent off on May 11, 2018, for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Photo from Bacolod City Police Office

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018 - 10:54 AM

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1 in 5 barangays marked as elections hot spot

May 11, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Out of more than 42,000 barangays nationwide, 7,915 have been labeled by the government as areas where there is heightened political tension and risks

SECURITY SCALED. A Comelec checkpoint along Roces Avenue in Quezon City on May 10, 2018 for the Barangay and SK elections 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Super Junior’s 'Lo Siento' enters Billboard Latin Digital Song Sales chart

Apr 26, 2018 - 11:29 AM

'Lo Siento,' which features American singer-songwriter Leslie Grace, is the K-Pop group's first entry in the Latin charts

1 killed in Jeju Island hot air balloon crash

Apr 12, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Police say the balloon was carrying a pilot and 12 passengers. The pilot suffered a head injury and was later pronounced dead.

CRASH. A policeman stands at the scene of a hot air balloon crash in South Korea's southern resort island of Jeju on April 12, 2018. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

Even monkeys need a spa day, Japan study finds

Apr 04, 2018 - 8:40 PM

A paper by Kyoto University says that stress levels in the monkeys were about 20 percent lower on average after bathing

SPA TIME. This picture taken on December 10, 2012 shows Japanese macaques, commonly referred to as "snow" monkeys, taking an open-air hot spring bath, or "onsen", at the Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park in the town of Yamanouchi, Nagano prefecture. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP

BTS, GOT7, NCT dominate Billboard 'World Albums' top 5

Mar 24, 2018 - 8:45 AM

K-pop groups dominate Billboard's World Albums Chart top spots for the week of March 24, 2018!

PH economy reverts to hot money outflows of $545 million in February

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:35 PM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas attributes the net outflows to investor concerns over the possibility of a US Federal Reserve rate hike

Hot Wheels turns 50

Feb 27, 2018 - 12:13 PM

Here’s how the toy line is celebrating

PH starts 2018 with hot money net inflows of $162M

Feb 16, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The central bank attributes this to investor optimism over the passage of the first phase of the tax reform program, positive corporate earnings, and the expected infrastructure spending this year

Spice up your life: Philippine Hot Sauce Club celebrates first anniversary

Feb 15, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The event is dubbed the hottest party in Manila

SPICE VARIETY. The hot sauce buffet offers hundreds of fiery choices. All photos by Earnest Mangulabnan Zabala

Hot Holiday Looks: Ready to Party

Dec 29, 2017 - 1:36 PM

Ring in the new year with all-out eyes and statement lips

Hot Shot proves size no issue for Harlem Globetrotters

Dec 28, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Jahmani Swanson is already the team's most popular player, with fans queuing up by the dozen to take photos

LITTLE BIG MAN. Hot Shot may be just 4-foot-5 but he's earned recognition as the "Michael Jordan of dwarf basketball." Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Hot Holiday Looks: Daytime Glam

Dec 19, 2017 - 5:36 PM

This look strikes the perfect balance between casual and elegant

Hot Holiday Looks: Subtle Sparkle

Dec 12, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Turn heads with a natural, warm glow with this easy makeup look for the holidays

August net outflows hit $58M as ghost month begins

Sep 14, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Tensions between the US and North Korea mixed Q2 corporate results and political developments also contribute to investor hesitancy according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

WATCH: Where to get rich, marshmallow cream-topped hot chocolate

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Ooey gooey marshmallow goodness is everywhere at Pufft

State-sponsored hate: The rise of the pro-Duterte bloggers

Aug 18, 2017 - 12:28 PM

Pro-Duterte bloggers receive unusual privileges from the Presidential Communications Operations Office to consolidate support for the popular president and silence critics

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 19, 2017

Jun 19, 2017 - 10:20 AM

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$544M of hot money flows out of PH in first 5 months of 2017

Jun 18, 2017 - 10:20 PM

A net total of 543 79 million in foreign portfolio investments flows out in contrast to the 178 million in net inflows for the January May period last year

DOTr probes 'freaking hot' Cebu Pacific flight

Jun 17, 2017 - 1:57 PM

DOTr says Cebu Pacific should have deplaned passengers within 2 hours

Hot stone bath, tradisi mandi ala Bhutan

Mar 03, 2017 - 4:37 PM

Bagi warga Bhutan berendam di air panas dari batu yang dibakar dipercaya bisa membuat badan lebih segar

Shari Farm House di Paro, Bhutan. Turis bisa menikmati hot stone bath di rumah petani. Foto oleh Uni Lubis/Rappler.

PH starts off 2017 with hot money net inflows of $301M

Feb 16, 2017 - 5:35 PM

This is a major reversal from the 315 million in outflows recorded in December 2016

Still among Asia's fastest, PH grows 6.8% in 2016

Jan 26, 2017 - 10:07 AM

UPDATED The result puts the country s economic growth ahead of China s full year growth of 6 7 as well as Vietnam s 6 2


$607M worth of hot money flows out of PH in November

Dec 16, 2016 - 4:49 PM

November’s foreign portfolio investments tally is a reversal from the 60 million net inflow last month

PH net inflow of 'hot money' hits $60 million

Nov 18, 2016 - 3:51 PM

October’s net inflow of foreign portfolio investments is a dramatic turnaround from the 807 million net outflow seen in September

Investor sentiment tempers hot money inflows in September

Oct 13, 2016 - 10:00 PM

Investors concerns on the US Fed hike risk off after the Davao City bombing and the European Central Bank s decision on its bond buying program weigh down foreign portfolio investments in September

OUTFLOWS. Last month, outflows rose by 56.5% to $807.15 million, a reversal from the $427 million net inflows recorded in August. Rappler file photo

Solenn Heussaff opens up about being bullied in the past, crash diets, and body image

Sep 17, 2016 - 8:47 PM

As she launches a new book on diet and fitness Solenn shares about her weight loss journey – including the time her classmates called her Free Willy as a kid

SOLENN HEUSSAFF. At the launch of her book 'Hot Sos,' Solenn talks about her weight-loss journey. Photo courtesy of Summit Media

HSBC sees peso improving to P45 to $1 by end-2016

Aug 23, 2016 - 7:21 PM

The Philippines is in a good position to attract more foreign investments this year according to HSBC s latest foreign exchange report

WATCH: Highlights of Global Hoops press conference

Aug 20, 2016 - 12:27 PM

Watch some of the best street ball players show off their moves

DOH: 372 deaths due to dengue since January

Aug 17, 2016 - 12:20 PM

The Philippines is one of 4 countries in the Western Pacific which reported the highest dengue incidence in recent years Dengue fever is potentially fatal and mainly affects children

Global Hoops 2016 blends streetball and urban music

Aug 11, 2016 - 5:09 PM

PRESS RELEASE Street hoops stars including Hot Sauce and More Free will match wits with Filipino players Jimmy Alapag Jeron Teng and more

DOH identifies 80 barangays as dengue 'hot zones'

Aug 10, 2016 - 2:30 PM

UPDATED These barangays located in 11 regions have reported 3 or more dengue cases for the past 4 consecutive weeks

File photo of Barangay San Matias, Santa Rita, Pampanga from Wikimedia Commons

Up to 16 feared dead in Texas hot air balloon crash

Jul 31, 2016 - 12:44 AM

UPDATED Up to 16 people are feared dead in what is believed to be one of the deadliest hot air balloon accidents in history after a fiery crash in central Texas

CRASH SITE. Members of the media cover the scene as authorities investigate the site of a hot air balloon accident in Maxwell, Texas on July 30, 2016. Aaron M. Sprecher/AFP

Very hot drinks 'probably' cause cancer – UN agency

Jun 15, 2016 - 4:51 PM

4th UPDATE The UN s cancer agency also lifts suspicion from coffee and the herbal drink mate if consumed at normal serving temperatures

CAREFUL, IT'S HOT. A barista pours a cup of coffee at Colson Patisserie on February 22, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Bryan Thomas/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Red Hot Chili Peppers rock out in 'Carpool Karaoke'

Jun 14, 2016 - 9:09 PM

The Red Hot Chili Peppers takes James Corden through their classics like Californication and even go topless in signature RHCP style

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS. James Corden drives and sings along with the iconic rock band in an episode of 'Carpool Karaoke.' Screengrab from YouTube/The Late Late Show with James Corden

Iconic Pink's Hot Dogs from Hollywood opens in Manila: A look at the food

Jun 10, 2016 - 9:29 PM

The famous Hollywood hot dog stall which has served the likes of Brad Pitt Kim Kardashian and many other celebrities opens in Manila

Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis hospitalized, cancels shows

May 16, 2016 - 10:33 AM

The Red Hot Chili Peppers says in an earlier statement that its frontman Anthony Kiedis has been hospitalized for complications from the intestinal flu and is expected to make a full recovery soon

epa04146612 US singer Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers band performs on stage during the Lollapalooza Chile 2014 music festival in Santiago de Chile, Chile, 29 March 2014. The fourth edition of the festival runs from 29 to 30 March 2014, with the participation of more than 60 bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Arcade Fire and Soundgarden. EPA/MARIO RUIZ

Zero areas in Western Visayas on election watchlist – Comelec

May 08, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Police are instead monitoring 23 areas of interest

Red Hot Chili Peppers ready with 'The Getaway,' first album in 5 years

May 06, 2016 - 6:29 AM

Red Hot Chili Peppers has also released a single from the album Dark Necessities

'THE GETAWAY.' The Red Hot Chili Peppers are set to come out with a new album, 'The Getaway,' in June. This 2014 photo shows them performing at 7107 International Music Festival in Clark Field, Pampanga. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Rihanna overtakes Beatles record on US all-time hits list

Apr 21, 2016 - 10:46 AM

Pop superstar Rihanna rules Billboard magazine s Hot 100 list for 60 weeks surpassing The Beatles

epa04692609 Barbadian singer Rihanna performs at the March Madness Music Festival at the White River State Park in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, 04 April 2015 EPA/Steve C Mitchell

PH 'hot money' hits net inflow of $482M in March

Apr 14, 2016 - 6:40 PM

March foreign net inflows rise dramatically from the 22M net outflow recorded last year

Cebu: 1 city, 6 towns being watched for poll-related violence

Apr 06, 2016 - 7:44 PM

The areas identified for close monitoring by the authorities have had a history of intense political rivalry