Lent - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Lent


Finding God in the quarantine

Apr 11, 2020 - 7:00 AM

'The Church remains to be the Body of Christ always called to respond to greater charity; as such, it finds and dwells on these spaces where grace is found'

In Singapore, Ash Wednesday is do-it-yourself amid coronavirus

Feb 26, 2020 - 8:20 PM

Using ashes in small plastic packets, Catholics in Singapore trace small crosses on their own foreheads while watching Mass on YouTube

ASH WEDNESDAY. The Church of the Sacred Heart in Singapore distributes ashes in plastic packets to Catholics who want to observe Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020, despite the suspension of public Masses in the city-state due to COVID-19. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

CBCP suggests sprinkling of ashes on head on Ash Wednesday

Feb 22, 2020 - 3:44 PM

The bishops' conference releases additional guidelines for Lenten season amid COVID-19 epidemic, including no touching of the cross

DEVOTION. People wear face mask while praying after attending a mass at National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help or Baclaran Church in Paranaque City on February 02, 2020 as precautionary measure against the 2019 novel coronavirus. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

May 13 elections most accurate, manual audit shows

Jun 06, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The May 13 elections post an overall accuracy rate of 99.9953%, according to the random manual audit of the election results

MANUAL AUDIT. Public school teachers manually count ballots on May 15, 2019, as part of the random manual audit at Diamond Hotel. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Vote-buying crackdown 'prone to abuse'

May 13, 2019 - 9:03 AM

(UPDATED) Arrests of alleged vote buyers might be influenced by politicians, say election watchdog Lente, Rappler editor

VOTE-BUYING. Authorities show to media sample ballots enclosed with P1,000 cash seized from suspects in Moises Padilla towno on May 12, 2019. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Lente vows to be 'independent' despite Comelec partnership

May 12, 2019 - 9:54 PM

'We stepped in despite the two weeks notice because it has a vital purpose in our elections,' says Lente executive director Ona Caritos

MACHINE TESTING. Teachers serving as election inspectors conduct the final testing of vote-counting machines at Araullo High School in Manila on May 8, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Watchdog Lente replaces Namfrel in auditing 2019 votes

May 10, 2019 - 8:50 PM

This comes after the National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections rejected its accreditation as the Commission on Elections' citizen arm in the May 13 polls

MACHINE TESTING. Teachers serving as election inspectors conduct the final testing of vote-counting machines in Araullo High School, Manila, on May 08, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Watchdogs to Comelec: Be ‘proactive’ and probe Bong Go fire visits

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Poll authorities investigating Bong Go's distribution of cash to fire victims during the campaign will deter other candidates from doing the same, says Lente project director Breeza Rosales

ASSISTANCE. Election watchdogs say Comelec should probe Bong Go's fire visits which may count as vote-buying. Photo from Bong Go

Sara Duterte: Otso Diretso bets are 'liars' too | Evening wRap

Mar 06, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Watch Rappler’s Evening wRap with Gelo Gonzales

Marawi City votes in special barangay, SK elections

Sep 22, 2018 - 5:33 PM

(UPDATED) Election watchdogs report irregularities and a few poll-related incidents in some areas in the conduct of the village and youth council polls

MARAWI POLLS. Election watchdog Namfrel monitors the conduct of the special barangay and SK elections in Marawi City on September 22, 2018. Photo from Namfrel's Facebook page

A time to listen: Why we fast during Lent

Mar 27, 2018 - 5:44 PM

I think that cutting down is done in order to make a little more room in our hearts for one another, and also maybe a little more room for God

The grand carriages of Baliuag: Pomp and pageantry in piety

Mar 26, 2018 - 1:25 PM

In the town of Baliuag in Bulacan, Good Friday is more festive than Christmas

Tensions flare as lawmakers rush to approve barangay poll postponement

Mar 12, 2018 - 8:44 PM

'Ang kapal ng mukha 'nyo para sabihin na hindi self-serving ang proposal,' a lawmaker tells a panelist supporting the bid to postpone the barangay polls again

TENSION IN THE HOUSE. Opposition lawmaker Antonio Tinio slams Liga ng Barangay president Edmund Abesamis as 'thick faced' in a House hearing on March 12, 2018, about proposals to postpone the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections for the 3rd time. Screenshot from Rappler video

On Ash Wednesday, bishop blesses land for Malabon's poor

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:45 PM

'Hindi tama na ang tao'y mabuhay na busabos na parang hayop,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David as he blesses a relocation site for 40 urban poor families in Malabon

RELOCATION SITE. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David blesses a relocation site for around 40 urban poor families in Barangay Santulan, Malabon, on Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

Ash Wednesday on Valentine's: 'Love expressed by sacrifice'

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:30 AM

'The 3 keys for Valentine's Day are the same 3 keys for the season of Lent – sacrifice, prayer, and giving,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas

START OF LENT. Ash Wednesday, when Catholics have their foreheads marked with ashes, starts the 40-day penitential season of Lent. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, April 10-16, 2017

Apr 16, 2017 - 12:17 PM

A round up of videos from the past week you need to watch

WATCH: Cardinal Tagle leads Easter Vigil in Manila

Apr 15, 2017 - 8:21 PM

Watch the Manila Easter Vigil on Rappler

WATCH: Pope Francis leads Easter Vigil in the Vatican

Apr 15, 2017 - 7:19 PM

Watch the Vatican Easter Vigil on Rappler

IN VIDEOS: Holy Week 2017

Apr 15, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Watch how Filipinos observe Holy Week

WATCH: Commemoration of the Lord's Passion with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

Apr 14, 2017 - 3:04 PM

Watch the Good Friday mass live here on Rappler

WATCH: Washing of the Feet with Cardinal Tagle

Apr 13, 2017 - 5:04 PM

Manila Archibishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the washing of the feet

12,500 cops deployed to secure Metro Manila during Holy Week

Apr 13, 2017 - 2:43 PM

The PNP assures the public there is no threat in Metro Manila during the Holy Week

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VLOG: Alfonso, Cavite holds Holy Wednesday procession

Apr 12, 2017 - 10:35 PM

The procession portrays the Passion of Christ and depicts the night of his death from the apostles to the crucifixion

IN PHOTOS: Passion of the Christ as told through puppets

Apr 10, 2017 - 10:18 PM

After 33 years Teatrong Mulat’s Papet Pasyon – with its cast of brown skinned flat nosed and round faced puppets – continues to fill children and adults alike with wonder

Christ on the cross

WATCH: Palm Sunday in the Philippines

Apr 09, 2017 - 7:36 PM

Filipinos flock to churches nationwide in keeping with the Lenten tradition

Coast guard issues Holy Week guidelines for travelers

Apr 01, 2017 - 4:09 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard vows to remain on alert status from April 5 to 20 to assist Holy Week travelers

TRANSCRIPT: Cardinal Tagle on the start of Lent

Mar 04, 2017 - 2:34 PM

Kapag walang masyadong nangyayaring pagbabago sa lipunan ang isa nating dapat tingnan ay ang loob

GENUINE CHANGE. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urges a change of heart as Catholics begin the penitential season of Lent. Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/Archdiocese of Manila (www.rcam.org)

Cardinal Tagle on Ash Wednesday: Change begins within

Mar 01, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Ang pinakamahalaga natin siguro na kontribusyon sa bayan at sa mundo ngayon ay ang pagbabagong loob Cardinal Tagle says on Ash Wednesday

ASH WEDNESDAY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle puts ashes on the foreheads of Catholics on March 1, 2017, as they mark Ash Wednesday, the start of the penitential season of Lent. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bloody accident and rain mar joyful Rio carnival

Feb 27, 2017 - 11:22 AM

Brazilians living through two years of steep recession and 12 unemployment have grasped this year s carnival as a chance to let off steam

A reveller of the Paraiso do Tuiuti samba school performs during the first night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 26, 2017. Vanderlei Almeida/AFP

Undervoting in 2016 VP election: Will it help Marcos' case?

Jun 10, 2016 - 1:31 PM

Historically the behavior of voters with regard to undervoting has been essentially the same in the last two presidential polls PPCRV information technology director William Yu says

Marcos photo by Mark Cristino/EPA. Robredo and voter photos by Rappler

Over-votes in past elections due to vote counting machine glitches?

May 05, 2016 - 6:13 PM

The Comelec and poll watchdog groups need to spot these errors to prevent disenfranchisement in the May 9 elections

Poll watchdogs prepare for final stretch of 2016 elections

May 04, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Want to volunteer for the 2016 elections? Check out what poll watchdogs are doing and how you can help

Election-related human rights violations rampant online – CHR

Apr 18, 2016 - 5:20 PM

The Commission on Human Rights reminds Filipinos that making threats on social media is a form of human rights violation

Comelec to spend P1.23M, too, for employees’ shirts

Mar 31, 2016 - 5:14 PM

The poll body is buying these election day T shirts on top of the P26 55 M bib vests for election inspectors and support staff – a waste of government money critics say

EMPLOYEES' SHIRTS. The Comelec is buying these election day T-shirts for its employees for the total cost of P1.23 million. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Senator hits poll uniforms: 'Why throw away P20M?'

Mar 30, 2016 - 7:16 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III criticizes the Comelec for its plan to buy uniforms for election inspectors: What is the point?

P26.5-MILLION DEAL. The Comelec will require teachers serving in the elections to wear these 'bib vest' uniforms in the May 9 polls. The Comelec is buying thousands of these for a total cost of P26.5 million. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Comelec to buy more poll uniforms; budget now P26.5M

Mar 30, 2016 - 5:23 PM

UPDATED Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista reportedly wants support staff aside from election inspectors to wear ‘bib vest’ uniforms

ELECTION UNIFORMS. The Comelec is set to spend P26.5 million to buy these 'bib vests' for teachers serving as election inspectors, as well as their support staff. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II

Comelec hit over P20-M poll uniforms for teachers

Mar 28, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez says the uniforms which look like bibs or aprons can uplift the dignity of election inspectors

ELECTION UNIFORMS. This Rappler illustration (left) shows the uniforms to be worn by election inspectors on election day, based on a draft (right) shown to reporters by Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez on March 28, 2016. Illustration by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

How did President Aquino spend his Lenten holidays?

Mar 26, 2016 - 10:09 PM

Aquino says he spent quality time with his family monitored developments in Syria and everything else from Manila

President Benigno Aquino III delivers his Lent and Easter message to the nation on March 23, 2016. Photo By Joseph Vidal/Malacañang Photo Bureau

IN PHOTOS: Bags of trash spoil Lent at Antipolo Cathedral

Mar 25, 2016 - 12:14 PM

Together with their prayers pilgrims leave their trash at the Antipolo Cathedral

Space for Lent

Mar 25, 2016 - 7:45 AM

[Science Solitaire] Our planet is made from the stuff of stars and as a consequence so are you Whatever you believe in or not believe in there is only one blue marble holding us all

Cardinal Tagle: True love involves service

Mar 25, 2016 - 12:05 AM

On Holy Thursday the Archbishop of Manila reminds his flock: Christ s death was in service to us

HOLY WEEK. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle holds the Blessed Sacrament in a procession on Holy Thursday, March 24, 2016. Photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila

Aquino's Lenten message: Be on the side of justice

Mar 23, 2016 - 8:55 PM

President Benigno Aquino III also tells Filipinos to strengthen their love for others

President Benigno Aquino III delivers his Lent and Easter message to the nation on March 23, 2016. Photo By Joseph Vidal/Malacañang Photo Bureau

5 ways to make your Lent more meaningful

Mar 18, 2016 - 5:49 PM

Use the Holy Week as a time to relax and reflect

Billions of pesos spent on 'pre-campaign' ads

Mar 10, 2016 - 8:56 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is the sole presidential bet who did not spend hundreds of millions of pesos on pre campaign ads

Darker ovals, bigger boxes pushed after mock polls

Feb 13, 2016 - 10:42 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista himself wants a quicker voting process after observing the mock elections

MOCK POLLS. A 'voter' checks her choices at the Comelec mock polls on February 13, 2016

Cardinal Tagle hits false charity as Lent begins

Feb 10, 2016 - 3:36 PM

Charity ‘that only calls attention to oneself’ is an insult to the receiver Cardinal Tagle says on Ash Wednesday

'REPENT, BELIEVE.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle marks foreheads with ashes on Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016, the start of the 40-day penitential season of Lent. Photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila

Some candidates dishonest in campaign spending – poll watchdogs

Feb 02, 2016 - 7:49 PM

Eric Alvia of Namfrel says that to set a level playing field among all candidates we should look at state funding admittedly a difficult push

CONVERSATION: What problems did you encounter during voters' registration?

Oct 26, 2015 - 5:15 PM

Join our Twitter conversation on @rapplerdotcom with Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez and election watchdog Lente PH on Tuesday October 27 at 4 pm

New hurdle on election day: Classes in May

Oct 01, 2015 - 8:30 PM

For the first time the Philippines’ election day is set during a school week for colleges and universities that have already changed their academic year

Comelec weighs bid to extend voters' registration

Oct 01, 2015 - 1:44 PM

At the same time the Comelec orders 100 new machines to accommodate more voters who lack biometrics

'NO BIO, NO BOTO.' An election officer takes a voter's biometrics during a satellite voter registration event in a mall on July 4, 2015. Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler