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EJ Obiena aims for August athletics restart

May 25, 2020 - 3:08 PM

Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena gets a chance to compete in one of sports' first international events amid the pandemic

SETTING THE BAR HIGH. EJ Obiena believes he can vault to a height of 6.0m as he returns to pole vault action. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

West PH Sea turning into a wasteland – analyst

May 15, 2020 - 5:19 PM

Reclaiming coral reefs, harvesting giant clams, and overfishing – mostly by China – have reduced the contested sea into a 'boneyard,' says Asia maritime expert Gregory Poling

FISHERFOLK. Children play among docked boats in a fishing village in Masinloc, Zambales. Photo by Jaen Manegdeg/Rappler

Little hope ASEAN can rein in China in sea dispute – analyst

May 08, 2020 - 2:35 PM

The long-delayed, highly anticipated code of conduct in the coveted waterway will unlikely restrain China’s assertive actions, says US-based Asia maritime expert Greg Poling

PAG-ASA ISLAND. This photo from the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (AMTI-CSIS) shows the progress of repairs and construction on Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from AMTI-CSIS

Pandemic not affecting China's strategy in West PH Sea – U.S. analyst

Apr 14, 2020 - 12:50 PM

Expanding control over the strategic waterway is so much a part of Beijing's regular policy that the coronavirus pandemic does not appear to have hampered or boosted it, says Asia maritime expert Greg Poling

DAMAGED BOAT. A fisherman walks on the shore near the fishing boat Gem-Ver on the coast of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro in June 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with EJ Obiena?

Apr 08, 2020 - 5:50 PM

Rappler catches up with Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena on his overseas training regimen amid the Italy lockdown

EJ Obiena 'lost for words' after Tokyo 2020 Olympics delay

Mar 25, 2020 - 9:53 PM

Pole vaulter EJ Obiena, the first Filipino to secure a Tokyo 2020 berth, has to wait another year for his Olympic debut

DISAPPOINTED. EJ Obiena faces big adjustments as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics gets postponed to 2021. Photo from aminoVITAL release

Brazil dance studio has moves for every body type

Mar 08, 2020 - 8:08 PM

Maravilhosas offers pole dancing classes for all shapes and sizes, and also specially tailored classes for body types that are typically underrepresented in the dance world

EJ Obiena seizes golden SEA Games pole vault record

Dec 07, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Philippine athletics star EJ Obiena completes a comeback from injury with a record-breaking leap for his first SEA Games gold

ON A HIGH. Pole vault star EJ Obiena breaks yet another record. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Intentional? Chinese ship in Recto Bank incident 'explicitly connected' to Beijing

Oct 17, 2019 - 11:29 AM

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says its new findings strongly suggest that the Chinese ship does not operate solely as a commercial fishing ship and 'raises the question of whether the collision with the Gem-Ver was intentional'

SUNKEN. Fishing Boat Gem-Vir in the West Philippine Sea after it was attacked by a Chinese fishing vessel. Sourced photo

EJ Obiena proud to be 1st Filipino to make 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Oct 12, 2019 - 5:23 PM

'I didn't know I'm the first Filipino. That just changed my world. I take pride in that,' says pole vault star EJ Obiena

OLYMPIC BERTH. EJ Obiena focuses on his maiden Olympic berth. Photo from EJ Obiena's Instagram (@soon_ej)

EJ Obiena nails Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:12 AM

The Filipino pole vaulter resets his Philippine record for the third time this year to secure a maiden Olympics stint

QUALIFIED. EJ Obiena makes the Tokyo 2020 Olympics cut. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Chinese tourists accosted for taking photos of naval facility in Palawan

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Taking pictures is generally prohibited in most military facilities because it risks giving away valuable tactical information

CORDONED OFF. The Philippine Navy has sought to cordon off a portion of a tourist area in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, where a naval facility can be viewed and photographed. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Climate change blamed for deaths of 200 Arctic reindeers

Jul 30, 2019 - 8:12 AM

About 1,200 kilometers from the North Pole, researchers from the Norwegian Polar Institute identify around 200 deer carcasses believed to have starved to death last winter

VICTIMS. File photo of reindeers in Tromso region of Northern Norway. Photo by Dmitry Chulov/Shutterstock

Malaysia, Vietnam show PH can stand up to China

Jul 23, 2019 - 5:41 PM

'When claimants stand up for themselves and refuse to be intimidated, Beijing most often backs down rather than uses force,' says Gregory Poling of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. A Philippine Coast Guard ship (R) sails past a Chinese Coast Guard ship during a joint search and rescue exercise between Philippine and US coast guards near Scarborough Shoal. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

EJ Obiena bags 2019 Universiade pole vault gold, sets new PH record

Jul 13, 2019 - 9:22 AM

The national athletics team standout shatters the Philippine pole vault record yet again

File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Fil-Am pole vaulter shatters 11-year national record

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:26 AM

Natalie Uy’s record-breaking feat boosts Philippine athletics' gold-medal hopes in the 2019 SEA Games

STELLAR DEBUT. Natalie Uy shatters an 11-year-old national record in her debut competition in the Philippines. Photo from Philippine Olympic Committee website

Poland shuns Israel summit amid Holocaust row

Feb 18, 2019 - 9:46 PM

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis says the summit with Israel and the Visegrad Four – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – is cancelled but that there will be bilateral talks

HOLOCAUST ROW. In this file photo, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki gives a press statement at the coal mine at Stonava, near Karvina, Czech Republic on December 21, 2018. File photo by Radek Mica/AFP

Two-thirds of Himalayan glaciers could melt, study warns

Feb 04, 2019 - 11:56 PM

Glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya region are a critical water source for some 250 million people in the mountains as well as to 1.65 billion others in the river valleys below

Ngozumba glacier image via Shutterstock

2018: Year of China military deployments in South China Sea – U.S. think tank

Dec 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM

In 2018, China entered a new 'phase' in its militarization of the South China Sea, including the Spratlys in the West Philippine Sea, says AMTI director Gregory Poling

WATCH: PGT winner Kristel de Catalina teaches you how to pole dance

Oct 17, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The pole powerhouse lets us in on the basic moves of the sport

Over 80 athletes from around the world to compete at the Philippine Aerial Cup 2018

Sep 21, 2018 - 4:42 PM

The international pole and aerial arts competition will be happening on October 13 at the RCBC Plaza in Makati City

POLE ART. This is a screenshot from the same-day edit video of the Philippine Pole Cup 2017 by Green Tale Photography.

Back to zero: EJ Obiena gears up for pole vault comeback

Sep 06, 2018 - 12:22 PM

After recovering from an ACL injury, the Filipino pole vaulter hopes to find his way back to the top

LONG JOURNEY. EJ Obiena has a long way to go before he gets back on top. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

China kindergarten principal sacked for pole dance show

Sep 04, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Videos circulating on social media show a scantily-clad dancer in hot pants shimmying up and down a pole to thumping music as stunned children in marching band uniforms look on

PH pole vaulter EJ Obiena betters SEA Games record twice in Europe

Jun 18, 2018 - 4:31 PM

The national team mainstay is working on making it to the 2018 Asian Games podium

RETURN. EJ Obiena is back to grinding it out after almost a year of recovering from the ACL injury. Photo from Facebook (Ernest Obiena)

Experts urge Philippines to publicize protests vs China

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:42 AM

'Quietly passing notes to Beijing and refusing to acknowledge Chinese harassment publicly' doesn't help in increasing international pressure on China, says Gregory Poling, director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano addresses reporters in an ambush interview on the sidelines of a congressional hearing on May 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte admin 'naive' on West Philippine Sea – expert

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:00 PM

'If a bully keeps punching you over and over and over, it is naive to think he's all of a sudden going to stop and behave nicely,' Gregory Poling of CSIS tells Rappler

US-BASED EXPERT. Gregory Poling, director of the Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, describes the Duterte administration's West Philippine Sea policy as 'well-intentioned but naive.' File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Rappler Talk: CSIS' Gregory Poling on West Philippine Sea

Feb 03, 2018 - 3:52 PM

US-based analyst Gregory Poling explains why he views the Duterte administration's West Philippine Sea policy as 'well-intentioned but naive'

Pole-dancing robots aim to spice up CES 2018

Jan 09, 2018 - 6:01 PM

The robo-strippers are the creation of British artist Giles Walker, who says he designed the vaguely humanoid machines as an expression about surveillance, power, and voyeurism

MECH GYRATIONS. A human dancer performs next to a stripper robot at the Sapphire Gentlemen's Club on the sidelines of CES 2018 in Las Vegas on January 8, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

[Gameplan] First-timers try pole dancing

Dec 05, 2017 - 7:46 PM

Leave your excuses out the door and try out pole dancing!

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Aug 29, 2017 - 6:47 PM

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Pole vaulter Obiena, hurdler Unso out of SEA Games 2017 with injuries

Aug 19, 2017 - 12:14 PM

Obiena injures his left knee during practice a day before flying out for the Games in what is initially diagnosed as an ACL tear while Unso injures his hamstring

INJURED. EJ Obiena suffers an injury that takes him out of the SEA Games 2017. Photo from Obiena's webiste

With new poles, Obiena breaks own national record in Germany

Jul 28, 2017 - 6:52 PM

Philippine pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena clears 5 61 meters to break his own national record

BACK ON TRACK. Ernest John Obiena used his new poles to set a new national pole vault record. File photo from olympic.ph

A pole vaulter without a pole: How Obiena became a SEA Games medalist

Jul 15, 2017 - 8:53 PM

Ernest John Obiena may get rejected fail or even run out of funding but he won t quit He has always found a way – for his country and the sport

HEART OF A CHAMPION. Despite adversities, Ernest John Obiena proves that a true champion never loses heart. Photo from olympic.ph

Pole vaulter notches lone gold for PH in SEA Youth Athletics

Mar 28, 2017 - 6:56 PM

Francis Edward Obiena a Grade 11 student of Chiang Kai Shek College edges out his Singaporean counterpart

LONE GOLD. Francis Obiena, seen here posing with his two golds during the Palarong NCR 2017, nabs the Philippines' lone gold medal at the SEA Youth Athletics. Photo by Chiang Kai Shek College

Buzz Aldrin discharged from New Zealand hospital

Dec 09, 2016 - 5:04 PM

Aldrin 86 the second man to walk on the moon is the oldest person to reach the South Pole before being evacuated to a hospital in the New Zealand city of Christchurch

GETTING BETTER. This handout photo from Christina Korp taken on December 5, 2016 and received on December 7 shows former US astronaut Buzz Aldrin (L) in a Christchurch hospital talking with Dr David Bowie. Photo courtesy of Christina Korp/ AFP

Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin stable after South Pole health scare

Dec 01, 2016 - 11:35 PM

UPDATED Aldrin was visiting Antarctica as part of a tourist group when his condition deteriorated according to a statement from the tour operator White Desert

BUZZ ALDRIN. Buzz Aldrin speaks during WE Day Minnesota at Xcel Energy Center on September 20, 2016 in St Paul, Minnesota. File photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for WE /AFP

Pole vaulter escapes ban after cocaine contamination during hotel tryst

Oct 07, 2016 - 4:53 AM

Canada s Shawn Barber competed at the Rio Games after arguing that he was contaminated by cocaine accidentally by a woman he hooked up with through Craigslist

ONE NIGHT STAND. Shawn Barber says he requested a 'professional' woman who was 'drug and disease free' to 'relieve stress,' but is finding the one-night stand to have created a new set of problems. Photo by Thierry Zoccolan/AFP

WATCH: Japanese pole vaulter's Olympic hopes foiled by his own penis

Aug 16, 2016 - 10:00 PM

Hiroki Ogita s penis knocks the bar off during the 5 45m pole vault event costing him a ticket to the next round

POLE PROBLEMS. Japan's Hiroki Ogita had a hard time clearing the bar, finishing in 21st place in the preliminary round. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Hangars prove China plan to 'militarize' islands

Aug 14, 2016 - 7:15 AM

China wants to establish effective control over the sea and airspace in the South China Sea analyst Gregory Poling tells Rappler

FIERY CROSS REEF. Construction of fighter-jet hangars appears complete at the southern end of the runway and is well-advanced along the middle of the airstrip,€™ the AMTI says of this satellite image dated June 3. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

PH vs China: Which countries support Beijing?

Jul 09, 2016 - 7:16 PM

UPDATED Most of China’s 10 public supporters come from Africa a continent to which China has pledged billions of dollars in aid

GLOBAL ISSUE. The disputed South China Sea (C), parts of which the Philippines claims as the West Philippine Sea, is seen on a globe for sale at a bookstore in Beijing on June 15, 2016. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Pedrosa grabs pole ahead of crucial Malaysian MotoGP

Oct 24, 2015 - 5:29 PM

Spain s Dani Pedrosa seized his first pole of the 2015 season in dry track conditions ahead of Sunday s Malaysian MotoGP after a fierce battle with his Honda teammate Marc Marquez

NEED FOR SPEED. Dani Pedrosa earned his first pole position of the season ahead of the Malaysian MotoGP, though the two man race between Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo is likely to dominate attention at Sepang. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Marc Marquez on pole for Australian MotoGP

Oct 17, 2015 - 3:32 PM

Defending world champion Marc Marquez claimed pole position ahead of Andrea Iannone with Valentino Rossi seventh ahead

SPEED DEMON. Marc Marquez clocked a fastest lap of one minute 28.364 seconds at Saturday's qualifying run. Photo by Paul Crock/AFP

#PugadBaboy: Provenance punchline 3

Jul 25, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Need a break? Go ski in the North Pole!

Jun 20, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Once the explorer bug bites there’s no telling where it will take you next Just ask Sam Pimentel

Filipina joins expedition to the North Pole

May 15, 2015 - 2:21 AM

To reach the North Pole is considered the pinnacle of polar exploration says Sam Pimentel who joined a team of 6 who reached the North Pole by skiing

Thousands scan skies for glimpse of 'amazing' solar eclipse

Mar 20, 2015 - 12:45 PM

UPDATED Die hard eclipse enthusiasts who flew in to the Faroe Islands and Norway s Arctic Svalbard archipelago – the only places where the less than 3 minute total eclipse was visible – are rewarded with the best views

SOLAR SPECTACLE. The beginning of a total solar eclipse over the Faroe Islands, March 20, 2015. Some estimated 8000 tourists had arrived here to watch the spectacular event. Jens Kristian Vang/EPA

HIGHLIGHTS: Total solar eclipse of 2015

Mar 20, 2015 - 11:59 AM

UPDATED Replay the livestream of 2015 s only total solar eclipse courtesy of the Slooh Community Observatory

SPECTACLE. The beginning of a total solar eclipse over the Faroe Islands, March 20, 2015. Jens Kristian Vang/EPA

'Supermoon' to make mischief with sun and sea

Mar 20, 2015 - 8:32 AM

A celestial ballet involving the moon will result in a solar eclipse in the roof of the world followed by exceptional tides

A handout image dated April 2, 2012 and made available by NASA November 28, 2012 showing arctic sea-ice as seen from the window of the NASA P-3 airplane. Michael Studinger/NASA/EPA

Obiena caps banner year for athletics

Dec 23, 2014 - 4:57 PM

Ernest John Obiena won the Singapore Open in a new national mark of 5 20m

Ernest John Obiena at the 27TH Southeast Asian Games. Photo from olympic.ph

Defrosted: Antarctic explorer's century-old notebook uncovered

Oct 23, 2014 - 11:12 AM

A photographic notebook from Robert Scott s ill fated Antarctic expedition has been found after a century trapped in the ice of the frozen continent

An undated photo of George Murray Levick's notebook. Image courtesy Antarctic Heritage Trust