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Trapped in lockdown, Manila's 2nd most wanted arrested in Pangasinan

May 23, 2020 - 9:01 PM

Jenie Dizon Padito is wanted for 2 counts of qualified rape

Majority of Metro Manila residents oppose gov't bailout of big businesses

Apr 10, 2020 - 4:17 PM

It is the only one of 9 proposed policies tested that fails to get majority support, Publicus Asia's online survey shows

Roxas Boulevard on Thursday, March 18. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

NCR highlights dominant Palaro run with basketball gold

May 04, 2019 - 4:34 PM

Bannered by reigning UAAP champions NU Bullpups, NCR makes easy work of Central Luzon to clinch the overall championship for the 15th straight year

CHAMPS AGAIN. The NCR basketball team represented by the NU Bullpups prove too much for Central Luzon. Photo by Adz Bernabe/Rappler

NCR, Western Visayas nail Palaro volley title berths

May 03, 2019 - 8:59 PM

National Capital Region and Western Visayas arrange a championship showdown in secondary boys volleyball

TIGHT DUEL. A Western Visayas spiker soars for a kill against Central Luzon during their thrilling semis duel. Photo by Adz Bernabe/Rappler

FWD Life’s Set Ka Na insurance available in more than 3,600 TrueMoney Centers in NCR

Mar 30, 2019 - 12:08 PM

FWD Set Ka Na offers 3 different basic life insurance protection plan packages to suit one's capabilities and needs

DOH declares measles outbreak in Metro Manila

Feb 06, 2019 - 4:41 PM

(UPDATED) The DOH Epidemiology Bureau reports that from January 1 to 19, the number of measles cases in NCR has reached 196 – much higher than the 20 cases recorded during the same period in 2018

OUTBREAK. The health department declares a measles outbreak in Metro Manila on February 6. Image via Shutterstock

NCR shores up gold-medal haul to seal top spot in Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 20, 2018 - 12:50 PM

Calabarzon and Western Visayas figure in tight race for second spot

NCR breaches 30-gold mark, keeps top spot in Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 19, 2018 - 1:34 PM

Region 6 Western Visayas climbs to second, Region 4-A Southern Tagalog slips

Still no stopping NCR in the Palarong Pambansa 2018 medal chase

Apr 18, 2018 - 7:35 PM

After the third day of action, Metro Manila gets a firm hold of the lead with 26 gold medals

Powerhouse NCR tightens grip of top spot in Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 18, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Traditional favorite NCR stays on top with a 25-gold, 16-silver, 12-bronze medal haul

Cagayan, NCR share top spot after Palarong Pambansa Day 1

Apr 16, 2018 - 11:34 PM

Both Cagayan Valley and the National Capital Region have each earned two gold medals as of April 16 at the Palarong Pambansa 2018

MEDAL TALLY LEADERS. Cagayan Valley athletes stretch before their competition at the President Elpidio Quirino Stadium on April 16, 2018. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

AFP to deploy over 1,000 troops for Nazareno 2018

Jan 06, 2018 - 1:42 PM

Soldiers will augment the police force to keep the Black Nazarene devotees safe from harm on January 9

YEARLY TRADITION. The Feast of the Black Nazarene is expected to millions of devotees this year. File photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

Who ‘killed’ Metro Manila?

Dec 18, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Force Filipino mayors to take a mandatory course on the basics of urban planning – an important task where they tend to show the utmost lack of understanding

Urduja strands thousands in Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Western Visayas

Dec 16, 2017 - 11:13 AM

Nearly 7,000 passengers are stranded in areas affected by Tropical Storm Urduja

BFP to public: Practice fire prevention measures this holiday season

Dec 03, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The BFP says the objective of Oplan Paalala is to encourage the public to strictly observe safety measures to prevent fire incidents in their households.


Metro Manila minimum wage earners to get P21 more starting October 5

Oct 04, 2017 - 11:20 AM

Non-agricultural workers will now receive P512 per day while agriculture and service workers will get P475 per day

LOOK: Kathy Bersola, Janelle Frayna part of Ten Outstanding Students in NCR

Jul 26, 2017 - 7:02 PM

The pair prove that student athletes can excel in both academics and in their chosen sport

OUTSTANDING. The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines for the National Capital Region. Photo from TOSP NCR's Facebook page

How you can participate in the #MMShakeDrill

Jul 11, 2017 - 4:37 PM

Here s a list of reminders on participating in the MMShakeDrill on July 14 to 17

Labor union to wage board, employers: Try living on P357 a day

Jul 06, 2017 - 3:25 PM

The P491 minimum wage in Metro Manila has a real value of only P357 based on National Wages and Productivity Commission data

JOBS. Unemployed Filipinos in a job fair. Rappler file photo

How Danny Lim plans to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem

Jun 11, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Metro Manila Development Authority s new chairman Danilo Danny Lim says he will employ a back to basics approach in solving the capital region s traffic

BACK TO BASICS. Danilo Lim says that his strategy against the traffic problem is in compliance with the marching orders given to him by President Rodrigo Duterte.

How DepEd plans to address PH classroom shortage

Jun 10, 2017 - 12:09 PM

The education department is considering different solutions to address this perennial problem including the construction of high rise school buildings as well as school communities outside urban centers

SHORTAGE? Grade 1 students attend classes at a hallway of Belmonte Elementary School in Holy Spirit, Quezon City during the start of classes on Monday, June 5. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Metro Manila cops ready for groups exploiting Mindanao crisis

May 26, 2017 - 9:30 AM

We cannot let other groups take advantage of the crisis in Mindanao says QC Mayor Herbert Bautista who chairs the Regional Peace and Order Council

TIGHTER SECURITY. The order was supposedly released "minutes after" President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law over Mindanao on Tuesday, May 23.

WATCH: Filipino firefighters teach young kids how to be safe

May 22, 2017 - 7:57 PM

The two day summer camp teaches kids from 8 to 17 years old about fire safety first aid and firefighting techniques

21 records broken at Palarong Pambansa 2017

Apr 29, 2017 - 5:07 PM

Six records are broken in athletics while 15 are broken in swimming

RECORD BREAKING. Tankers dive at the relay finals at the Bilirayan Swimming Pool on April 27, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/ Rappler

How football helped a former boy’s home athlete achieve a scholarship

Apr 29, 2017 - 4:54 PM

For Jessie Reil Semblante the battle doesn’t end when the whistle blows Rather a more important battle begins right after the game has finished

SMILING THROUGH STRUGGLES. Jessie Semblante flashes a smile, something he does not do only through the good times but also during hardships. Photo by Alexx Esponga/ Rappler

Calabarzon upsets NCR in Palaro 2017 5-set volleyball finals thriller

Apr 29, 2017 - 2:18 PM

NCR however bags three special awards: Best Setter Best Libero and Best Outside Hitter given to Louie Romero Adnrianna Centeno and Lucille Almonte respectively

Calabarzon bags the gold in the Secondary Womens Volleyball defeating NCR in 5 sets. Photo by Mary Grace Dela Cerna/Rappler

NCR, Central Visayas rule Palarong Pambansa 2017 football

Apr 29, 2017 - 1:16 PM

NCR defends the championship title against Western Visayas in secondary football while Central Visayas defeats Western Visayas for the elementary football title

NCR clobbers host region WVRAA (Region VI), 3-1 to win the Gold in the Secondary Boys Football at the Binirayan Sports Complex on April 29, 2017. Photo by Mary Grace Dela Cerna/Rappler

How dancesport fared in its Palarong Pambansa 2017 debut

Apr 29, 2017 - 12:55 PM

The dance floor gets heated with footworks facial expressions routines and highlights of young duos eager to represent their region in the demonstration sport

NCR captures basketball secondary finals gold

Apr 29, 2017 - 12:38 PM

Heading into the 4th quarter shouldering a massive 28 point lead Western Visayas – even with its home court advantage – never found its way out of its slump

FLY HIGH. NCR defeats WVRAA (Region VI) 75-48 in the Secondary Boys Basketball championship at the EBJ Gymnasium on April 29, 2017. Photo by Mary Grace Dela Cerna/Rappler

NCR will face Western Visayas in Palaro secondary football finals

Apr 28, 2017 - 8:25 PM

NCR will get a chance to defend their title on Saturday

DEFENDING TITLE. NCR outsmarts Calabarzon, 4-2, to advance to the finals against host region Western Visayas. Photo by Mars G. Alison

Western Visayas, NCR advance to secondary basketball finals

Apr 28, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Western Visayas defeats the Calabarzon squad at a score of 79 59 NCR wins against Central Visasyas by a colossal margin at 72 45

JUBILANT. The gutsy secondary boys from Western Visayas celebrate their victory over the Calabarzon squad. Photo by Fidel Feria/ Rappler

Truck driver's daughter is Palaro's gymnastics gold medalist

Apr 28, 2017 - 4:08 PM

The 13 year old NCR athlete emerges triumphant in women s artistic gymnastics winning first place in rhythmic gymnastics RG clubs second in RG rope and RG Hoop and third in RG ball

BEMEDALLED. Divina Sembrana (center) poses with her medals at the awarding ceremony in gymnastics at the EBJ Gymnasium for the Palarong Pambansa. Photo courtesy of Divina Sembrano

NCR survives C. Luzon to arrange final date vs NIR in secondary softball

Apr 28, 2017 - 2:44 PM

Aliza Pichon and Shirlette Maygay lead the NCR softbelles to a 2 1 win against Central Luzon

STRIKE. Aleona Pichon (10) of the National Capital Region misses a hit midway through their semifinals match against Central Luzon at the Camp Fullon Field in San Jose de Buenavista, Antique on Thursday, April 28.  Photo by: Kenneth Duran/ Rappler

Western Visayas solidifies hold on 2nd place, NCR remains on top

Apr 28, 2017 - 12:07 AM

Western Visayas now has a medal tally of 30 gold medals 16 silvers and 26 bronze medals just 5 less gilts from their overall medal tally in Palarong Pambansa 2015 held in Albay

RUNNER RUNNER. Athletes compete in the 1500-M finals at the EBJ Sports Complex in Antique on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NCR sibling tandem bags 4 golds in dancesport juvenile Latin category

Apr 27, 2017 - 10:48 PM

Michaela Jane and Mark Joseph Sanchez are named champions in Samba Chacha Jive and 3 dance categories

SIBLINGS RULE. Mark Joseph Sanchez (L) and Michaela Jane Sanchez (R) dominate the dance floor as they perform their samba routine. All photos by Jonn Aaron Metierre/Rappler

NCR, Calabarzon athletes face injuries ahead of basketball semis bout

Apr 27, 2017 - 10:18 PM

Raymond Santos of NCR and Roncaniel Teles of Calabarzon leave the basketball court injured after hard hitting games

MAN DOWN. Roncaniel Teles of Calabarzon is placed on a stretcher, leaving the fate of their back-to-back medal bid in uncertainty. Photo by Fidel Feria/ Rappler

NCR dominates Palarong Pambansa 2017 table tennis

Apr 27, 2017 - 9:52 PM

The 12 peat Palarong Pambansa overall champion bags 10 gold medals in the four main events in table tennis as well as racking up 3 silver and 3 bronze medals for a total of 16

SETTING UP. Jerwin Datahan (L) and Eric Arbasto (R) of Central Visayas wins gold in the tennis doubles elementary boys on Thursday, April 27. Photo by Mary Grace Dela Cerna/Rappler

NCR bags 5 more golds in Palarong Pambansa 2017 swimming

Apr 27, 2017 - 9:01 PM

The gold medals come from 200 M backstroke secondary boys 100 M butterfly elementary girls 100 M butterfly secondary boys 100 M butterfly secondary girls and 4x50 M freestyle secondary girls

FINALS. Tankers from different regions dive toward the medals during the relay fianls at the Bilirayan Swimming Pool on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NCR's Ramiro reigns supreme in men's single table tennis

Apr 27, 2017 - 7:52 PM

NCR successfully defends their championship in men s singles table tennis as Romualdo Ramiro captures a 3 1 victory against Calabarzon

SMASH FOR GOLD. National Capital Region athlete Romualdo Ramiro prepares for a dashing service to bag the gold during the finals game of the table tennis singles event on Thursday, April 27. Photo by Regine Villafuerte/ Rappler

Panganiban leads NCR past CAR in secondary girls futsal

Apr 27, 2017 - 6:23 PM

National Capital Region s aggressiveness on the offensive end proved to be too much to handle for the Cordillera Administrative Region who had some hard time controlling the ball in the opening salvo

KICK OFF. NCR team captain Anicka Chabeli Castañeda facilitates most of the Big City's offense in the region's final match of the preliminaries against the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) at the Hamtic Municipal gymnasium in Hamtic Antique, on Thursday, April 27. Photo by Kenneth Duran/Rappler

Central Luzon clinches first win in sepak takraw elementary boys

Apr 27, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Central Luzon clinches their first win on their first game during the knock out elimination round against Negros Island Region

FIRST WIN. Central Luzon's John Gabriel Saddi hustles up the ball to set it for his teammate. Photo by Regine Villafuerte/ Rappler

Secondary basketball boys recap: Calabarzon, NCR, Regions VII, VI head to semis

Apr 27, 2017 - 4:49 PM

The 4 regions end the Palarong Pambansa 2017 journey of Soccsksargen Cordillera Administrative Region Davao and Caraga

SHOT ATTEMPT. Wilmar Oftana of Region XIII (29) rises for a floater against the Calabarzon defense. Photo by Clarisse Cabinta/ Rappler

NCR breaks 6 records, wins 8 golds on swimming day 2

Apr 26, 2017 - 10:20 PM

Bela Louise Magtibay 12 breaks an almost 20 year old record put in place by Jenny Guerrero in the 1998 Palarong Pambansa in Negros Occidental

DOMINANT. National Capital Region's Bela Louise Magtibay receives a gold medal for 200-meter breaststroke for girls, outlasting representatives from Soccsksargen and Calarbazon. Photo by Fidel Feria/ Rappler

NCR footballers' quarters climb includes 17-0 obliteration of Central Luzon

Apr 26, 2017 - 9:42 PM

The National Capital Region continues to pad its lead for the overall championship title as they added 12 gold medals in the official third day of competition of the 60th Palarong Pambansa 2017

KICK IT. Football players of NCR and Northern Mindanao rallies the ball in an intensive attempt to make a goal. Photo by Bea Mae Punongbayan/ Rappler

NCR athlete sets new walkathon record in Palarong Pambansa 2017

Apr 26, 2017 - 6:19 PM

With a time of 10 minutes and 11 31 seconds Bryan Oxales of the National Capital Region breaks the record set by Jomar Angga of Region XI which was set in Palarong Pambansa 2016 in Albay

RECORD HOLDERS. Bryan Oxales (middle) of NCR broke the record and won the gold medal in the 2000 meter secondary boys walkathon. Frances Velasquez (L) of region 12 won silver while Christian Mondejar (R) of region 11 won bronze. Photo by Andrew Cayatao III/ Rappler

NCR star swimmer Ilustre set to conquer in Palaro 2017

Apr 26, 2017 - 2:50 PM

The game plan for Ilustre stays the same this year: collect medals and break records

MORE WINS. National Capital Region bet Sacho Ilustre (C), seen here savoring his gold medal and his newly-proclaimed record during day one of swimming competitions, looks to gain more victories in the coming days. Photo by Alexx Esponga/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 26, 2017

Apr 26, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Hello Here are the top stories you must know this Wednesday

WINNERS. Student-athletes feel happy and proud as they received their medals during the awarding ceremonies for the Gymnastics competition at the EBJ Gymnasium.

NCR reigns supreme in gymnastics with 33 golds on 2nd day of Palaro 2017

Apr 26, 2017 - 12:28 AM

National Capital Region bags 33 golds 17 silvers and 7 bronze medals in gymnastics alone

TOP 1. National Capital Region bets join other athletes for the awarding ceremony of Gymnastics at the EBJ Gymnasium during the Palarong Pambansa on April 25, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NCR dominates Palaro swimming tourney, breaks 5 records

Apr 25, 2017 - 10:02 PM

The Nation Capital Region shines bright as various swimmers broke 3 individual and two medley relay records

Photo by Alexx Esponga/Rappler

NIR stuns defending champion NCR in secondary baseball event

Apr 25, 2017 - 1:59 PM

The win clinches the first seed in the grouping for the Negros Island Region in the Palarong Pambansa 2017

LOCKED IN. NCR’s Amado stays locked in to every action of the NIR pitcher. Photo by Brent Guiao/ Rappler