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LIST: Where to get egg tarts in Metro Manila

Jul 09, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Egg-cited for your next sweet fix? Here are some local businesses to check out for freshly-baked classic (or ube) egg tarts.

4 MMDA personnel test positive for coronavirus

Jul 07, 2020 - 2:20 PM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority will close its Makati City office for disinfection from July 9 to 12

Manila chief inquest prosecutor shot dead

Jul 07, 2020 - 1:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Police say Manila chief inquest prosecutor Jovencio Senados was in his car when he was gunned down in Quirino Avenue in Manila before noon on July 7

AMBUSH. Police collect evidence from the vehicle of Jovencio Senados, 62, chief fiscal of the Manila City Prosecutors Office, who was  gunned down by unidentified men in Quirino Avenue, Manila on July 7, 2020. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

You can get cookies stuffed with Flat Tops, Choc Nut from this home bakery

Jul 03, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Other pastries on this home-based bakery's menu include s'mores, madeleines, and M&M cookies!

Arrested in 2019 crackdown, jailed activist gives birth in a pandemic

Jul 02, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Ina Nasino, 23, pleads with the court to let her stay with her baby, either at the hospital or at a prison nursery, until at least the child is 6 months old

NEWBORN. Activist Ina Nasino, 23, gives birth to a baby girl at the Dr Fabella Memorial Hospital on July 1, 2020. Photo courtesy of Kapatid

Duterte extends GCQ in Metro Manila until July 15

Jul 01, 2020 - 12:28 AM

Only Cebu City remains under enhanced community quarantine

GCQ. A barangay worker disinfect the streets of Barangay 60 in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Isko Moreno locks down 31 Manila barangays for 48 hours

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:56 PM

The lockdown begins at midnight Saturday, July 4

LOCKDOWN AGAIN. In this file photo, police and soldiers join barangay officials as they enforce a strict 24-hour lockdown of Barangay 20 at the Parola Compound in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong

Macao Imperial Tea launches new fruit drink series

Jun 30, 2020 - 12:34 PM

The 7 new fruity drinks are available starting Wednesday, July 1

'Sulong 'wag patinag': In a pandemic, Metro Manila Pride 2020 goes online

Jun 28, 2020 - 4:27 PM

No virus can stop the rainbow flag from flying

Bicol's Biggs now delivers frozen ribs in Metro Manila

Jun 27, 2020 - 6:55 PM

You can now prepare Biggs' famous baby back ribs at home – just pop them in the oven or cook them over a grill

Resorts World Manila offers special staycation packages for frontliners

Jun 26, 2020 - 5:01 PM

This is their way of honoring our new breed of heroes

At least 20 arrested at Pride march in Manila

Jun 26, 2020 - 2:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'Nasa batas iyan na bawal iyan,' police tell the protesters, who observed physical distancing and wore face masks

Police officers arrest members and allies of LGBTQ+ group Bahaghari during a Pride March protest in Mendiola on June 26, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Ateneo Press offers discount on history books until July 12

Jun 25, 2020 - 9:05 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Titles on sale include 'The Conjugal Dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos' by Primitivo Mijares and 'The Women of Malolos' by Nicanor Tiongson

Manila coronavirus testing lab opens

Jun 25, 2020 - 4:38 PM

Located at the Sta Ana Hospital, the testing lab has the capacity to conduct 200 swab tests a day

MORE TESTS. In this file photo, Sta. Ana Hospital's medical staff in their colorful personal protective equipment dance the Fight Song #FrontlinersDanceChallenge as a tribute to their fellow front liners. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

The Grid's Tsuke-Men offers take home tsukemen, ramen kits

Jun 23, 2020 - 8:26 PM

Stall #4 from The Grid joins the kit craze so you can enjoy tsukemen and ramen from the comfort of your own home

Photo courtesy of The Grid

Ateneo lands 1st runner-up in international business case competition

Jun 23, 2020 - 3:44 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Ateneo de Manila University is the first Philippine university to win 1st runner-up at the prestigious HSBC/HKU Asia Pacific Business Case Competition

TEAM. The Ateneo team composed of (L to R) Annicka Koteh, Lucia Lorenzo, Isa Villanueva, and Javi Macasaet bag the 1st runner-up prize at the HSBC/HKU Asia Pacific Business Case Competition. Photo from Grupo Agatep Inc.

Inside the Industry: The future of funny business with Comedy Manila

Jun 22, 2020 - 6:00 PM

From live shows to no shows, comedians Red Ollero and Mikey Andres now perform stand-up from their desktops

15 Metro Manila routes open for compliant modern jeepneys on June 22

Jun 21, 2020 - 4:50 PM

More jeepney routes will be opened within the week, while UV Express units will be allowed to operate before the end of June, adds the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board

JEEPS DURING GCQ. Drivers of Common Transport Service Cooperatives on Sunday, June 21, 2020, exhibit the interiors of a modern jeepney that follows the guidelines for public transport in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MMDA gets boat donation for Pasig River service

Jun 20, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The ferry boat, donated by the RII Group of Companies, can carry 55 passengers per trip

FERRY BOAT. Reghis Romero of the RII Group of Companies donates a ferry boat to the Metro Manila Development Authority to help ease the vehicular traffic in Metro Manila. Photo from RII Group.

Barangay chairman shot dead in Quiapo

Jun 18, 2020 - 7:02 PM

Barangay Chairman Abubacar Sharief is shot dead in Quiapo, Manila. His father, who held the same post, was also gunned down 8 years ago.

CRIME SCENE. Police seal off a crime scene. File photo by Rappler

'Star Wars: A New Hope' concert is postponed to 2021

Jun 18, 2020 - 4:08 PM

The event would have featured a screening of the 'Star Wars' film set to a live performance of its iconic score by John Williams

POSTPONED. The live concert film for 'Star Wars: A New Hope' is put on hold for 2021. Image courtesy of CC: Concepts

Popular Cubao bar Today x Future closing down

Jun 18, 2020 - 2:41 PM

Today x Future, a sanctuary for people from all walks of life, is the latest casualty in the aftermath of the coronavirus lockdown

GOODBYE FOR NOW, FUTURE. The popular Cubao bar says it's closing shop. Photo by Rappler

7 Moro lawmakers want House probe into warrantless arrest of 2 Muslim traders

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:30 AM

Manila cops arrest jewelry traders Abdullah Palawan Maute and Saadudin Alawiya in San Andres Bukid, claiming to find illegal drugs in their home

Duterte extends Metro Manila GCQ until June 30

Jun 16, 2020 - 12:36 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's decision comes as the National Capital Region remains a battleground in the country's fight against the coronavirus

Passengers returning to work wait for augmentation buses along Commonwealth Avenue Quezon City on June 1, 2020, the first day of the General Community Quarantine in NCR. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

#DuterteLive: Updates on Philippine community quarantine levels due to the coronavirus

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:43 PM

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Dine-in now allowed in Manila City

Jun 15, 2020 - 5:54 PM

The dine-in option is restricted to 30% capacity and diners cannot eat face-to-face

DINE-IN. A restaurant staff of a fast-food-chain in Quezon City on June 14, 2020, prepares acrylic dividers on tables as preparation for dine-in transactions. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

How to help locally stranded Filipinos near NAIA who want to go home

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:20 PM

Relocated to the covered court of nearby Villamor Airbase Elementary School, the stranded passengers need personal protective equipment such as face masks

Loclly Stranded Individuals set up mats to stay on under the Skyway flyover near the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on June 11, 2020, as they wait for available flights back to Mindanao after they were stranded in Metro Manila following the implementation of the ECQ. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Slipknot's Manila show rescheduled to January 2021

Jun 12, 2020 - 4:23 PM

The band was initially set to make their Manila debut in March 2020

SLIPKNOT. The metal band is heading to Manila in January 2021. Image from

Vikings Luxury Buffet to reopen for dine-in — sans the buffet

Jun 11, 2020 - 12:30 PM

Glass shields for food stations, an order-all-you-can format – the popular buffet joint tweaks its operations as it prepares to open its doors to dine-in customers

LOOKBACK: The origin of PBA’s Manila Clasico

Jun 10, 2020 - 6:22 PM

Since the '80s, the showdown between Purefoods and Ginebra highlights the rivalry between a glamour squad and an everyday man’s team

YOUTH POWER. Over 3 decades ago, a new Purefoods squad built its franchise around the charming and talented Alvin Patrimonio. Photo from Facebook/Pinas Ball

PSA: You can upsize your Macao Imperial Tea drink to 1 liter for free

Jun 10, 2020 - 3:52 PM

The free 'monster upsize' is available on one day only

Get a liter of ice scramble delivered by Iskrambol Manila

Jun 10, 2020 - 12:07 PM

Every order comes with ice scramble toppings – buttermilk, choco syrup, mini mallows, and sprinkles

Stranded worker dies while waiting for bus ride home to Bicol

Jun 10, 2020 - 9:15 AM

Single mother Michelle Silvertino stayed in a footbridge in Pasay City for several days, waiting for a bus ride to Camarines Sur

MMDA postpones start of modified number coding scheme

Jun 07, 2020 - 11:35 PM

Due to limited public transportation, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority says the modified number coding scheme will not be implemented yet

EDSA. The MMDA postpones the implementation of its modified number coding scheme. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

Mango graham, popcorn ice cream: The Lost Bread launches new tub flavors

Jun 06, 2020 - 3:13 PM

There's even a new '90s Kid Mix flavor, which combines iced gems, marshmallows, and sprinkles

MPD files rape, abortion complaints vs cop

Jun 05, 2020 - 6:00 PM

(UPDATED) The complaints are based on the allegations of a female criminology student who had on-the-job training at the Sta Cruz police station in Manila

DRUG QUEEN? Manila Police District tags as a "drug queen" Guia Gomez-Castro, a barangay chairwoman in Sampaloc, Manila. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

#CitizensInHealth: How can we help strengthen our public health system?

Jun 05, 2020 - 2:45 PM

(5th UPDATE) Join the conversation through this online career talk series

Ateneo priests, La Salle brothers join forces vs anti-terror bill

Jun 05, 2020 - 1:28 PM

'Instead of being a measure to protect our people, in the wrong hands, this bill can be used to oppress our people,' warned the Jesuit priests and the La Salle brothers

ATENEO LEADER. Father Jose Ramon Villarin, president of Ateneo de Manila University, is one of the signatories of a joint Ateneo-La Salle statement against the anti-terror bill. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Ate Rica's Bacsilog reopens select PH branches for delivery, takeout

Jun 05, 2020 - 12:51 PM

Missing Ate Rica's Bacsilog? There are now 62 branches open for delivery and takeout

Duterte to Ayalas, Pangilinan: Agree to 'fair' water contracts, I’ll forget cases

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:49 AM

President Duterte says Manila Water and Maynilad must 'return' billions of pesos to the government and accept the new deals crafted by his administration, or else face cases

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte congratulates the personnel of the Philippine Army and Philippine Air Force for their successful operations against the New People's Army as he delivers a speech following a meeting at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang, Manila on May 26, 2020. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Protect freedom in PH': Aquaria, Manila Luzon, 'Drag Race' queens tweet against anti-terror bill

Jun 04, 2020 - 7:52 PM

Ongina, Vivienne Pinay, and Rock M Sakura also voice out against the bill, which many fear could be easily abused by the state

SPEAKING UP. Manila Luzon, Aquaria, Ongina, Rock M Sakura, and Vivienne Pinay urge their followers to speak up against the anti-terror bill. Screenshots from the queens' Instagram accounts

'Doing nothing is more fatal': Bike group defends improvised lanes after MMDA takedown

Jun 02, 2020 - 6:58 PM

Advocates call for the continued protection of vulnerable road users, even if it means facing charges from MMDA

Coronavirus Updates: Metro Manila, Cebu City relax restrictions

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:00 AM

We label June 1 as ‘The Hunger Games: NCR, Cavite, and Cebu City Editions.’ For those returning to work, it’s like getting into a death match.

[EDITORIAL] Bangungot ng Kamaynilaan: Lalong humihirap ang maging mahirap

Jun 01, 2020 - 2:05 PM

Sa gitna ng lumalalang antas ng pamumuhay sa kalunsuran dulot ng congestion at trapiko, at banta pa sa kalusugan dulot ng virus – saan lulugar ang pobreng mahirap?

Over 23,000 TNVS units, taxis can ply Metro Manila roads again under GCQ

May 31, 2020 - 8:38 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board reminds drivers, operators, and passengers to follow health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19

COMMUTING. Taxis accept services at SM North Edsa. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

NAIA set to resume limited domestic flights

May 31, 2020 - 3:30 PM

Only domestic flights approved by CAAP will resume operations between areas under general community quarantine in June 2020, says MIAA

NAIA. The facade of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIST: Sushi, sashimi shops open for delivery in Metro Manila

May 31, 2020 - 12:37 PM

Can't go wrong with Japanese food! These local restaurants and home businesses are selling their sushi rolls and fresh sashimi for delivery.

Sign of the times: Funeral parlor announces GCQ

May 30, 2020 - 11:13 AM

Some comments say in jest that St Peter Life Plans and Chapels – more than the government – is 'taking care of us’

Despite GCQ, Metro Manila still far from winning COVID-19 battle

May 29, 2020 - 8:24 PM

Metro Manila cities differ in how they are faring against the virus, leading a U.P. expert to call for continued caution amid the easing of quarantine measures

People start to visit a partially open shopping mall under the modified enhanced community quarantine in Manila on May 16,2020. Malls are scheduled to reopen some of their stores and services to the public, provided that customers follow safety protocols such as social distancing and wearing face masks. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

ROKU Sushi + Ramen closes down

May 29, 2020 - 6:55 PM

After 8 years of service, the Japanese restaurant located along Katipunan Avenue has decided to 'pause' operations beginning Thursday, May 28