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Stadiums, theaters, hotels, ships to be turned into quarantine areas

Mar 31, 2020 - 10:05 PM

The Philippine Arena, Rizal Memorial Coliseum, and Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex are among the venues being eyed to house persons who may have the novel coronavirus

PHILSPORTS ARENA. The Philsports Arena, part of the Philsports Complex in Pasig City, was renovated recently for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photo from PHISGOC Media

Watching U2 in Manila? Here's your Philippine Arena survival guide

Dec 07, 2019 - 6:27 PM

Making a rock n’ roll pilgrimage to watch U2? Here are tips for having the best experience.

PHILIPPINE ARENA. The massive indoor venue is set to host the first-ever U2 concert in the Philippines. Photo from Wikipedia

PH still far behind in world 3x3 basketball, says world no.1 player

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Two-time MVP Dusan Bulut notes the importance of having professional 3x3 players in the tournament

CHAMPION'S ADVICE. World no. 1 3x3 player Dusan Bulut comments that 5-on-5 players will have a hard time excelling in the 3-a-side World Cup. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

5-foot-4 champion Rae D'Alie shares Italy's basketball success story

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:33 PM

The petite Italian recalls that they used to finish 20th in the competition just like the Philippines

CROWD FAVORITE. Rae Lin D'Alie wins the hearts of Filipinos in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

PH's David Carlos nabs bronze in 3x3 World Cup slam dunk contest

Jun 12, 2018 - 8:38 PM

Ukraine's Dmytro 'Smoove' Krivenko takes home the gold medal for his second world title

SBP aims to create a dedicated 3x3 national pool

Jun 12, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio believes that there is a career for 3x3 players in the Philippines

CORNERSTONE. Philippines' hosting of the  World Cup serves as good start to further develop its 3x3 program. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

PH's Janine Pontejos snatches gold in 3x3 World Cup shoot-out contest

Jun 12, 2018 - 2:49 PM

The Centro Escolar alumna thrills the crowd by sinking two baskets from the bonus rack

HOT HAND. Janine Pontejos bests Russia's Alexandra Stolyar for the first place finish. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

'Unexperienced' Gilas Pilipinas stuns top teams in 3x3 World Cup

Jun 11, 2018 - 9:57 PM

The Philippine national men's 3x3 team highlights its campaign with a win over world No. 3 Russia

UNTAPPED POTENTIAL. With more practice, the Gilas 3x3 squad can make history in the 3x3 World Cup. Photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler

Gilas Pilipinas upsets 3rd-ranked Russia in final 3x3 World Cup game

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:56 PM

Team Philippines ends its 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup stint on high note

STUNNING FINISH. Troy Rosario drains 3 straight two-pointers to give the Philippines' the huge lead. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

Janine Pontejos barges into 3x3 World Cup shoot-out finals

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:03 PM

The Centro Escolar University alumna is one of the 4 finalists in the contest

IN CONTENTION. Janine Pontejos aims for a place on the podium in the mixed gender shoot-out contest. Photo by FIBA

Gilas Pilipinas falls out of quarterfinals contention in heartbreaker vs Canada

Jun 11, 2018 - 5:44 PM

(UPDATED) Roger Pogoy's crucial 2-pointer in the last 1:23 minutes of the game tied the score at 16-16

PENULTIMATE. Gilas Pilipinas plays its second to the last game of the tournament. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

Iran fights to keep its 3x3 basketball program alive

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:14 PM

The Iranian government wants to end its support for the 3-a-side game

STATEMENT. The Iran national women's basketball team's win against Angorra in the 3x3 World Cup will hopefully spark change back in its country. Photo from FIBA

PH women's basketball gears up for more international tourneys

Jun 11, 2018 - 9:22 AM

After a notable debut in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018, Perlas Pilipinas looks forward to a better national program starting August 2018

BEACON OF CHANGE. The Philippine national women's basketball team managed to prove that they are not 'an easy win' in the tournament. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

PH drops last 3x3 World Cup match vs Hungary

Jun 10, 2018 - 8:18 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine national women's basketball team ends up winless in its 3x3 debut

STRONG FINISH. Perlas Pilipinas ends their campaign in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

Filipino pro dunker David Carlos advances to 3x3 World Cup dunk finals

Jun 10, 2018 - 5:41 PM

Team Philippines nets mixed results in the slamdunk qualifier

IMPRESSIVE. David Carlos highlights his exhibition with a two-handed reverse slam and backboard kick. Photo from FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2018

Spain eliminates PH in 3x3 World Cup

Jun 10, 2018 - 5:09 PM

The Philippine women's basketball team absorbs its third straight loss to drop out of quarterfinal contention

ON FIRE. Janine Pontejos leads Perlas Pilipinas with a 13-point outburst in its match against Pool D leader Spain. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

PH 3x3 teams face uphill climb to reach World Cup quarterfinals

Jun 10, 2018 - 11:52 AM

Gilas and Perlas wind up in must-win situations in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018

PUSO. Jack Animam (left) and Stanley Pringle are tasked to lead their teams in the remaining games. Photos from FIBA

Gilas 'loses composure' in rough game against Mongolia

Jun 09, 2018 - 10:13 PM

The Philippines missed a huge chance to complete an upset against 2017 FIBA 3x3 Asia champion Mongolia

DEBATABLE CALL. The Philippine team believes that Roger Pogoy's foul on Tsenguunbayar Gotov should have not been an 'unsportsmantlike' foul. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

PH surrenders early lead, bows to Mongolia in 3x3 World Cup

Jun 09, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The nationals drop into a three-way tie at 1-1 with Mongolia and Russia in Pool C of the men's division

SPLIT. Christian Standhardinger and Gilas Pilipinas wind up splitting their first two assignments. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: PH dominates Brazil in FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018 opening game

Jun 09, 2018 - 5:42 PM

Watch how Gilas Pilipinas started its FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018 campaign

STUNNER. Roger Pogoy's back-to-back outside shots got the crowd cheering as he gave Philippines an edge over Brazil. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

Standhardinger bucks injury in PH's 3x3 World Cup opener

Jun 09, 2018 - 5:02 PM

The Filipino-German allays fears as he provides immediate impact for the Gilas Pilipinas 3x3 squad

HEIGHT ADVANTAGE. Christian Standhardinger's height allows Philippines to match up with taller teams. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

PH stuns 6th-ranked Brazil in 3x3 World Cup opener

Jun 09, 2018 - 3:48 PM

The Gilas Pilipinas 3x3 team gets its bid off to a promising start

LEADER. Stanley Pringle seals the game with back-to-back layups. Photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler

Thrilled Filipino crowd moves PH women's basketball team to tears

Jun 08, 2018 - 9:19 PM

'We live for that moment, it was so amazing,' says Perlas Pilipinas player Jack Animam

EMOTIONAL. Jack Animam admits that this is her first time to see a large crowd cheering for the team. Photo from FIBA

Perlas absorbs second straight loss against Germany

Jun 08, 2018 - 7:40 PM

The Philippine national women's basketball team nearly steals the game against the favored Germans

COMEBACK. Afril Bernardino redeems herself from the lackluster opening game with 6 points.Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rewards up for every Gilas win in FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018

Jun 08, 2018 - 5:50 PM

One of the team's chief backers says the sacrifices of the Filipino quartet should be recognized

GENEROUS. Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas says a 'substantial' incentive will be given to the Gilas 3x3 team.

Former UE Red Warrior is Indonesia's surprise call-up in 3x3 World Cup

Jun 08, 2018 - 4:48 PM

Biboy Enguio receives the call while vacationing in the Philippines

3X3 DEBUT. Biboy Enguio plays 3x3 for first time with the Indonesia national team. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Perlas Pilipinas yields opening game to Netherlands in FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018

Jun 08, 2018 - 3:53 PM

First time jitters may have gotten the best of the Philippine national women's basketball team in its 3x3 debut

After sitting out 2 SMB games, Standhardinger back for 3x3 World Cup

Jun 07, 2018 - 9:49 PM

The Filipino-German will 'do everything in his power' to represent the country in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018

'GOOD TO GO'? Gilas Pilipinas team manager states that Christian Standhardinger will be playing in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Perlas Pilipinas aims to prove worth after 2018 Asian Games exclusion

Jun 07, 2018 - 9:12 PM

The Philippine women's national basketball team makes its 3-a-side debut in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018

UNDERDOG. Jack Animam and Perlas Pilipinas will be looking to stun fans despite being seeded last among 20 participating teams. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Gilas 3x3 squad hopes to walk the talk

Jun 07, 2018 - 7:15 PM

The Philippine 3x3 team gets to wear the early-release LeBron 'Agimat' shoes

NATIONAL PRIDE. Philippine 3x3 players (from left) Stanley Pringle, Christian Standhardinger, Troy Rosario and RR Pogoy vie to keep up with the world’s best.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 7, 2018

Jun 07, 2018 - 12:42 PM

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'No guarantee' for Standhardinger to see action in FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018

Jun 06, 2018 - 10:49 PM

Standhardinger is still recovering from knee-related issues as he continues to sit out in SMB's games

HOPEFUL. Christian Standhardinger still shows commitment to the Gilas Pilipinas 3x3 team. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

LOOK: FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018 Philippine team schedule

Jun 06, 2018 - 4:36 PM

The national team hopes homecourt advantage will come into play as it hosts 40 teams from June 8 to 12 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan

San Jose Builders faces complaint over unpaid customs taxes

Apr 27, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The Bureau of Customs files a complaint over the real estate developer s unpaid taxes on construction materials imported for the Iglesia ni Cristo owned Philippine Arena

PHILIPPINE ARENA. New San Jose Builders faces a complaint over unpaid tax obligations when it imported construction items to build the Philippine Arena. File photo

Over P1B bank loans for the Iglesia ni Cristo’s Philippine Arena?

Jul 27, 2016 - 12:59 PM

The late INC executive minister Eraño Manalo once said Ang Iglesia ni Cristo ay walang utang kahit na saang bangko Ang Iglesia ni Cristo ay hindi nagsasanla ng mga titulo ng lupa para lamang makakuha ng pondo

MILLIONS IN LOANS? Documents showed that key INC officials were signatories in loan agreements to fund the Ciudad de Victoria project, which includes the Philippine arena.

The Gospel according to AlDub: #AlDubNation as religion

Oct 24, 2015 - 6:00 PM

You cannot win over the AlDub believers through rational arguments AlDub is faith

Photo recap: 'AlDub: Tamang Panahon' with Alden, Yaya Dub, Lola Nidora

Oct 24, 2015 - 12:15 PM

All of the waiting is finally over – in the most romantic episode yet Alden and Yaya hold each other for the first time

'TAMANG PANAHON.' Alden and Yaya Dub, played by Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, share perform hold each other for the first time at the Philippine Arena for the big event. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/

[IN PHOTOS] 'AlDub: Tamang Panahon' fun: Fans flock to Philippine Arena

Oct 24, 2015 - 11:43 AM

Thousands of fans flock to the Philippine Arena to meet Alden Yaya Dub Lola Nidora and more

BEFORE THE SHOW. Before the 11 am show, fans got to watch recaps of the 'Juan for All, All for Juan' segment at the Philippine Arena. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

#AlDub recap: Lola Nidora's 'tamang panahon' finally gets a date

Oct 17, 2015 - 5:14 PM

Yaya Dub and Alden will unite with the AlDub Nation fans on October 24

THINKING OUT LOUD. Alden sings the Ed Sheeran song that he always sings to Yaya Dub. Screengrab from Facebook/EBdabarkads

INC stages biggest event to woo non-members

Sep 26, 2015 - 7:00 AM

Speaking to Rappler Iglesia ni Cristo spokesman Brother Edwil Zabala says this is the biggest evangelical mission in the INC s 101 year history

BOOSTING MEMBERSHIP. The Iglesia ni Cristo is holding its biggest grand evangelical mission on September 26, 2015, to boost its membership in the face of its worst crisis. File photo by Rico Cruz in 2014  BOOSTING MEMBERSHIP. The Iglesia ni Cristo is holding its biggest grand evangelical mission on September 26, 2015, to boost its membership in the face of its worst crisis. File photo by Rico Cruz in 2014

Chris Brown's Fil-Canadian promoter posts bail

Aug 14, 2015 - 7:47 AM

John Michael Pio Roda posts a P50 000 cash bond through his lawyer to bail him out of the Philippine immigration detention center

Chris Brown's Fil-Canadian promoter denies Iglesia ni Cristo's charges

Aug 06, 2015 - 7:20 PM

John Michael Pio Roda the Filipino Canadian arrested for allegedly swindling an Iglesia Ni Cristo company says there is already an agreement to repay the amount lost from Chris Brown s cancelled 2014 concert

Chris Brown skips preliminary investigation for PH concert estafa complaint

Jul 31, 2015 - 7:20 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says the investigation may proceed even if Brown chooses not to participate

Screengrab from Instagram/Chris Brown Official

Chris Brown promoter Mike Roda detained by Immigration

Jul 24, 2015 - 4:52 PM

UPDATED Chris Brown s Filipino Canadian concert promoter John Michael Pio Roda is apprehended by the Philippine Bureau of Immigration on immigration violations

IN PHOTOS: A glimpse inside the Philippine Sports Stadium

Apr 15, 2015 - 1:14 PM

With its first class facilities Philippine Sports Stadium will surely give a different sports viewing experience

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Chris Brown no-show at PH New Year concert

Jan 01, 2015 - 12:24 AM

Due to unfortunate circumstances I can’t bring in the New Year with you ’ the R B singer tweets

KIA to shuttle fans to PBA opening at PH Arena for free

Oct 14, 2014 - 3:08 PM

Don t know how you ll get to the Philippine Arena for the opening of PBA 2015? Kia is offering free rides for 10 000 fans

FREE RIDES. Kia and Jam liner team up to bring thousands of fans to the Philippine Arena for the opening ceremonies of PBA 2015 on Sunday, October 19. Photo from

An open letter to Malaya dela Cruz

Aug 26, 2014 - 10:39 AM

I can answer all the questions you didn t ask in your piece even though the article s intro stated you were questioning the teachings you grew up with

INC and the mentality of exclusivity

Aug 14, 2014 - 12:00 PM

A young member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo questions the teachings she has grown up with

INC, Philippine Arena, and religious worlding

Jul 27, 2014 - 3:21 PM

There is more to INC than the usual stereotypes or theological criticisms hurled at its leaders and members