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A preview of 'Bagong Maynila'? Isko Moreno's first week in office

Jul 06, 2019 - 3:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'Umpisa na 'to ng tunay na pagbabago,' Mayor Isko Moreno declares during his first week as Manila chief – a week highlighted by major streets cleared of vendors and markets

MANILA CHIEF. Newly elected Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko" Moreno Domagoso deliver his State of the City Address at Manila City Hall in Manila on 1 July 2019. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

Behind the closed doors of Manila Zoo

Jun 07, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Working for an indefinitely closed facility might seem like a lost cause. But for these volunteers, and staff, there’s no such thing as wasted effort when you’re doing things for love.

The week in photos: January 19-25, 2019

Jan 26, 2019 - 4:03 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

PROTEST. Women dressed as France's symbol Marianne and showing fake injuries take part in an anti-government demonstration called by the Yellow Vest (gilets jaunes) movement in Lille, France, on January 19, 2019. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

LOOK: Manila Zoo closed 'until further notice'

Jan 23, 2019 - 1:00 PM

City officials will build water treatment facilities for the zoo, which has been tagged as a 'major pollutant' of Manila Bay

CLOSED. Kids willhave to wait until Manila Zoo is reopened to the public. It was temporarily closed stating January 23, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

World's 'oldest' hippo dies at Manila Zoo

Jul 10, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Manila Zoo director James Dichaves says Bertha lived far beyond the 40 to 50 year lifespans which are typical for the species in the wild and in captivity respectively

WORLD'S OLDEST. Manila Zoo director James Dichaves says Bertha was found dead Friday, July 7, in her enclosure, with a post mortem examination concluding that she died from multiple organ failure. File photo of Manila Zoo from Wikimedia Commons

McCartney writes Aquino: Free Mali

Jul 19, 2013 - 3:00 PM

The former Beatles writes a letter to President Aquino urging the elephant s transfer to Thailand

SUPPORT FOR MALI. The Beatle adds his voice to this cause. Photo from the Free Mali Facebook page

Erap rejects transfer of elephant Mali to Thailand

Jul 18, 2013 - 6:59 PM

The new mayor of Manila ex President of the Philippines says sending Mali away would be embarrassing and means we are not capable of taking care of one animal

Ely Buendia joins 'Free Mali' campaign

May 09, 2013 - 11:06 PM

Ely Buendia and other celebrities clamor for the release of ailing elephant Mali

FREE MALI. Ely and other celebrities pose for mug shots to help free sick elephant Mali. Photo from PETA

No meeting with Pamela Anderson to move Mali

May 04, 2013 - 11:51 AM

Transferring Mali the elephant to a sanctuary in Thailand will take more than a meeting with Pamela Anderson

TOO OLD TO TRAVEL. Freeing Mali and transferring her poses a risk to her health. Photo by Katherine Visconti

Lim a credit grabber - Isko

Apr 28, 2013 - 4:12 PM

Re electionist Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno accuses Mayor Alfredo Lim of stealing credit for projects he did not implement

'NANG-AANGKIN.' After his "nganga" rhetorics, re-electionist Vice Mayor Isko Moreno calls Mayor Alfredo Lim "nang-aangkin" for taking credit for hospitals he did not build. Rappler/Jerald Uy

For the health and happiness of Mali

Mar 24, 2013 - 2:32 PM

At a sanctuary Mali can roam around bathe in rivers and ponds be in the crucial company of other elephants and get veterinary care

MALI'S HEALTH AND HAPPINESS. Everyone wants what's best for Mali. Photo by Katherine Visconti/

Naked never fails: Models and elephant Mali

Feb 05, 2013 - 9:59 PM

Mali is at the center of a tug of war between activists and zoo workers Both claim to want what s best for Mali but fundamentally disagree on what that is

Battle heats up over elephant at Manila Zoo

Jan 15, 2013 - 10:45 PM

The battle over a 38 year old female elephant in Manila Zoo rages on

Star elephant courts controversy in Manila Zoo

Oct 17, 2012 - 12:32 PM

An elderly elephant named Mali is the star at Manila s zoo but also the focus of a campaign alleging animal cruelty that has united the country s powerful bishops global pop stars and a Nobel laureate

In a picture taken on June 20, 2012, visitors look at the 35-year-old elephant named Mali at the Manila Zoo. The historic Manila Zoo, once a major attraction of the Philippines, now finds itself the target of criticism for the condition of its animals, particularly its "star", an elephant named Mali. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS

Morrissey to PNoy: Free elephant Mali

May 10, 2012 - 4:35 PM

Singer activist Morrissey persists in his animal rights campaign this time asking President Aquino to free an aging elephant at Manila Zoo