Laurel - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Laurel


Flashflood disrupts lives of Batangas residents recovering from Taal eruption

Jun 08, 2020 - 1:59 PM

(UPDATED) 'Unti-unti kaming nagsisimula tapos nangyari ito, parang bumalik lahat nang pumutok ang bulkan. May mga bahay na hindi pa nagagawa, puno na ulit ng putik at baha,' says Cyrus Mendoza, a resident of Laurel town

Batangas confirms first case of African swine fever

Feb 28, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Batangas is the second largest hog producer in the Philippines

CULLING. File photo of small pigs.

Danao City police find body of missing security guard

Jan 31, 2020 - 4:30 PM

His father tells police that Eugenio Laurel Martel was missing since January 25

5 Batangas towns now under total lockdown due to Taal eruption

Jan 15, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Authorities impose the lockdown to keep people away from danger, says Batangas police provincial director Edwin Quilates

LOCKDOWN. Members of the Armed Forces aid in evacuating residents of Laurel, Batangas on January 13, 2020 as Taal Volcano continues to spew ash and steam. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

In bombshell, Trump calls off secret summit, talks with Taliban

Sep 08, 2019 - 8:25 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The US President hits the Taliban for claiming responsibility for a deadly car bombing in Kabul amid ongoing peace negotiations

PEACE DEAL NO MORE? US President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks to the press while departing the White House in Washington, DC, on August 23, 2019, for the G7 Summit in France. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Fears in U.S. of bad peace deal with the Taliban

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:52 AM

In tweets, interviews, and op-ed pieces in newspapers, Americans caution against bringing home the 14,000 United States troops in Afghanistan

WITHDRAWAL WOES. In this photo taken on June 6, 2019, US soldiers look out over hillsides during a visit of the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General Scott Miller at the Afghan National Army checkpoint in Nerkh district of Wardak province. Photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

Residents want smelly Batangas dumpsite shut down

Jun 18, 2019 - 4:16 PM

The sanitary landfill is only 200 meters away from Laurel Elementary School

Students and teachers of Laurel Elementary School cover their noses in an attempt to reduce the stink coming from a nearby dumpsite. Photo from Laurel Baho facebook page

2010 Bar exam blast survivors win local races

May 14, 2019 - 11:55 PM

Almost 9 years after the 2010 Bar exam blasts, two women prevail in their bids for local positions

COUNCILORS. Two victims of the 2010 Bar exam blast emerged victorious in local races.

7 killed in clash with Batangas police

Feb 25, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Suspected robbers fire at police manning a Comelec checkpoint, prompting a chase and gunfight

Photo courtesy of Batangas Provincial Police Office

Rajo Laurel asks Maymay Entrata to walk in his show

Oct 13, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The designer says he is even creating a piece especially for the young star

FASHION MUSE. Maymay Entrata shows off her modeling skills as she strikes a pose with Edward Barber in an elaborate Furne One gown on the ABS-CBN Ball red carpet. File photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

Daughter of slain Tanauan mayor Halili running in 2019 elections

Oct 12, 2018 - 1:36 PM

Reelectionist Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas remains unopposed so far, and at least 3 congressional representatives are running for reelection

Do you hear 'yanny' or 'laurel?' Soundbite sparks internet din

May 17, 2018 - 11:36 AM

'It's Yanny,' tweets horror writer Stephen King. 'It's so clearly laurel,' quips supermodel Chrissy Teigen

Sycip, Alliance Select Foods Int’l directors face estafa charges

Apr 12, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The justice department sides with Alliance’s foreign shareholders, who allege their investments in the tuna canning firm were used to bail out the Dee Companies

IN PHOTOS: Franco Laurel's wife Ayen gives birth to baby girl

Nov 28, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Lucia is the couple's 3rd child

IN PHOTOS: World leaders wear barongs, Filipiniana gowns for ASEAN gala dinner

Nov 12, 2017 - 10:15 PM

See heads of state dressed in their best Filipino formal wear for the gala dinner of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila

3 Filipino designers to dress leaders, spouses for ASEAN Summit 2017 gala

Nov 10, 2017 - 12:17 AM

Randy Ortiz, Albert Andrada, and Rajo Laurel will design the barongs and Filipinana outfits of the ASEAN leaders, dialogue partners, and their spouses

Filipino designers show at Paris Fashion Week 2018

Oct 09, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The Fashion Design Trade and Exhibit, Inc. brings the designs of Filipino designers to the Paris fashion world

IN PHOTOS: The Star Magic Ball looks of Bea Alonzo

Sep 25, 2017 - 7:30 PM

From a black feathered ball gown to channeling old Hollywood, here's a look at Bea's style through the years

IN PHOTOS: Divine Lee's golden wedding gown

Aug 05, 2017 - 4:02 PM

Divine s gown is by Rajo Laurel

U.S. ends role of special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan

Jun 24, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Laurel Miller s responsibilities will now fall under the department s South and Central Asian Affairs Bureau which has a much bigger footprint that includes India

LOOK: Pam Quiñones' wedding gown

May 09, 2017 - 11:22 AM

Pam wears a gown by Norman Rene Devera and Rajo Laurel

LOOK: The colorful cotton barongs Duterte, ASEAN leaders will wear

Apr 28, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Designer Rajo Laurel says the barongs will come in different colors inspired by the country where the leaders come from They will feature embroidery from the T boli tribe of Mindanao

MINDANAO-INSPIRED. These barongs by Rajo Laurel are cotton linen barongs with T'boli embroidery. All images from Rajo Laurel

Denise Laurel, Sol Mercado call off engagement

Oct 20, 2016 - 10:48 PM

Denise apologizes after deleting the announcement of the breakup on Instagram

File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Cynthia Patag, Jim Paredes accused of politicizing musician's death

Oct 17, 2016 - 4:25 PM

Patag publicly posts a message from Paredes wife where a certain Ana Segovia claimed that Noli Asensio was a victim of the government s war on drugs This claim according to the Asensio family is a lie

LOOK BACK: When the Senate said 'no' to US bases renewal

Sep 16, 2016 - 4:03 PM

The 1991 treaty between the Philippines and the US would have given the US 10 more years at Subic Naval Base – but 12 senators made the historic decision to vote no

SENATE VOTES NO. In 1991, the Philippine Senate rejects a proposal to allow the US 10 more years in the Subic base. Graphic by Nina Martinez, file photo by Jay Directo/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Stars at Cristalle Belo Henares, Justin Pitt's wedding reception

Sep 16, 2016 - 10:57 AM

Check out photos of Ruffa Gutierrez Rajo Laurel Cristalle s mom Vicki Belo and more at the happy couple s wedding reception

FAMILY OF THE BRIDE. Cristalle Belo Henares with her dad Atom, brother Quark, and mom Vicki Belo on her wedding day in Italy. Screengrab from Instagram/victoria_belo

IN PHOTOS: Celebrity guests at Isabelle Daza, Adrien Semblat's wedding

Sep 10, 2016 - 10:36 PM

Check out these photos of Anne Curtis Solenn Heussaff Georgina Wilson and more of Belle and Adrien s close friends and family at their Tuscan wedding

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE. On her wedding day, Isabelle Daza smiles for a photo with her mom, former Miss Universe Gloria Diaz. Screengrab from Instagram/patdy11

'Magtanggol' movie to show the story of the OFW

Aug 18, 2016 - 9:45 PM

This is the story of the Filipino worker This is the story of the Filipino family This is your story says film director Sigfreid Barros Sanchez

Looking back: SONA trivia

Jul 21, 2016 - 4:28 PM

(UPDATED) Ferdinand Marcos' 1969 speech is the longest SONA, thus far, going by word count

BATASANG PAMBANSA. This venue has witnessed 37 SONAs in the past years. President Rodrigo Duterte's first SONA will be the 38th in this place. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FAST FACTS: Presidential inauguration traditions and rituals

Jun 30, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Here s what to expect during a presidential inauguration

1957. Carlos Gracia takes his oath of office at the Independence Grandstand (now named after him). Photo from Malacanang

Duterte on Robredo, PH journalists, EU on hate speech | 12PM wRap

Jun 01, 2016 - 1:02 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Zak Yuson

IN PHOTOS: Solenn Heussaff, Nico Bolzico's pre-wedding party

May 21, 2016 - 10:41 AM

Solenn and Nico entertain guests like Anne Curtis Georgina Wilson Lovi Poe and more

THE BRIDE AND HER FRIENDS. Solenn Heussaff throws a pre-wedding party in France the evening before she marries her Argentinian boyfriend Nico Bolzico. Screengrab from Instagram/poevirginia

IN PHOTOS: Georgina Wilson, Arthur Burnand wed in UK

Apr 30, 2016 - 10:39 PM

Georgina and Arthur tie the knot in the UK

Photo from Instagram/ILoveGeorgina

Key players in the 1986 People Power Revolution

Feb 24, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Who were the prominent figures of EDSA 1986 and where are they now?

Photo recap: 'Your Face Sounds Familiar 2' finals, day 2

Dec 13, 2015 - 11:56 PM

Denise Laurel is named the YFSF season 2 grand winner

FINAL 5. 'Your Face Sounds Familiar' season 2's Final 5 on December 13, the night that Denise Laurel is announced the season's grand winner. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Denise Laurel wins 'Your Face Sounds Familiar' season 2

Dec 13, 2015 - 10:20 PM

Denise Laurel is the YFSF grand winner

GRAND WINNER. Denise Laurel hugs her son after winning 'Your Face Sounds Familiar' season 2. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Photo recap: 'Your Face Sounds Familiar 2' finals, day 1

Dec 13, 2015 - 1:21 AM

The Final 5 give it their all on the first day of the Your Face Sounds Familiar finals

Final 5 of 'Your Face Sounds Familiar' revealed

Dec 06, 2015 - 10:46 PM

Who will win it all?

WATCH: Denise Laurel performs as Lea Salonga on 'Your Face Sounds Familiar'

Oct 12, 2015 - 11:50 AM

Denise sings Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal Check out Lea s reaction here

'Your Face Sounds Familiar' stars reveal who they think is their biggest competition

Sep 19, 2015 - 7:28 PM

The performers themselves predict who they think has the best chances of winning

YOUR FACE SOUNDS FAMILIAR. The 8 new performers of season 2 sound off on who they think is the toughest to beat. Photo by Rob Reyes/

'Your Face Sounds Familiar' season 2 celebrity contestants revealed

Aug 29, 2015 - 10:13 PM

Meet the celebrities who will compete this season

Go big or go home: A virtual tour of the largest ballroom in the PH

Jul 27, 2015 - 1:17 PM

Take a virtual tour of the Marriott Grand Ballroom

Rajo Laurel accuses young designer of copying his design

Jul 08, 2015 - 6:23 PM

Rajo is threatening legal action over the allegedly plagiarized design

Asterix artwork raises 150,000 euros for Charlie Hebdo victims

Mar 15, 2015 - 10:50 AM

An original page of artwork from the 1971 comic Asterix and the Laurel Wreath will carry a special dedication by co creator Albert Uderzo

Rajo Laurel's take on Miss Universe national costume

Jan 27, 2015 - 2:21 PM

This after the uproar surrounding Miss Philippines MJ Lastimosa s national costume at the Miss Universe pageant

Liberating from labels

Dec 22, 2014 - 1:51 PM

What do you need to let go of to meet 2015 with a ShineStrong spirit? Actress Denise Laurel shares her inspiring story

For Franco Laurel, age is just a number

Sep 13, 2014 - 2:31 PM

At 41 musical theater actor and celebrity Franco Laurel feels like he s got a new lease on life For someone in an age obsessed industry it is refreshing to hear

FAMILY PICTURE. Franco and Ayen together with their kids Hasan, Sofia, Angia, and Mariella

Ninoy Aquino: The unforgotten martyr

Aug 21, 2014 - 4:48 PM

Ninoy Aquino did not fear death as much as he feared obscurity He knew the perils of his homecoming and he was all for it

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Denise Laurel: Challenge accepted

May 17, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Who says single moms are sayang? Denise Laurel speaks up

Cherie Gil takes solo stage for ‘Full Gallop’

Mar 14, 2014 - 10:15 PM

Actress Cherie Gil takes on the challenging role of fashion editor Diane Vreeland in the solo 2 act play Full Gallop