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Ylona Garcia, Bright Vachirawit on 88Rising’s 'Asia Rising: Summer Edition' lineup

May 27, 2020 - 5:36 PM

The two stars are part of the online festival's lineup

RISING STARS. Bright Vachirawit and Ylona Garcia are performing in 88Rising's upcoming online festival. Screenshots from Instagram.com/bbrightvc and Instagram.com/ylonagarcia

Team USA rallies past Team World in Rising Stars contest

Feb 15, 2020 - 3:13 PM

Team USA overpowers Team World in the NBA's Rising Stars showdown that virtually turns into a dunk contest

WORLD'S TARGET. Team USA star Zion Williamson (center) gets ganged up on by Team World's (from left) RJ Barrett of Canada, Rui Hachimura of Japan and Brandon Clarke of Canada. Photo by Nuccio Dinuzzo/EPA-EFE

LOOK: NBA young guns gear up for Rising Stars duel

Feb 15, 2020 - 10:41 AM

Mavs hotshot Luka Doncic banners the World Team going up against the US Team of Pelicans rookie sensation Zion Williamson

HOTSHOT. It's going to be a busy weekend for Mavs sensation Luka Doncic as he sees action in both the Rising Stars and All-Star games. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Zion, Hachimura named to NBA Rising Stars teams

Feb 02, 2020 - 1:25 PM

Wizards forward Rui Hachimura is the first Japanese player selected for the Rising Stars event

JAPANESE STAR. Rui Hachimura will try to help Team World reassert its mastery over Team USA. Photo by Erik S. Lesser/EPA-EFE


LOOK: John Boyega pokes fun at Kylo Ren and Rey's 'Star Wars romance'

Jan 01, 2020 - 3:24 PM

The shade is strong with this one

STAR WARS ROMANCE. Actor John Boyega pokes fun at the Kylo Ren-Rey romance. Photo courtesy of Lucasfilm

'Star Wars' stays atop North America box office

Dec 31, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The last movie of the 'Skywalker Saga,' still remains on top the box office despite mixed reviews

What next for 'Star Wars' after 'Rise of Skywalker' grand finale?

Dec 24, 2019 - 12:15 PM

A fear of franchise fatigue has already led Disney boss Bob Iger to signal a slowdown in future 'Star Wars' releases

Here’s where you can cop ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ merch

Dec 23, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The force is strong with these cute 'Star Wars' fan items!

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ review: A disappointing epilogue

Dec 22, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The events of 'The Rise of Skywalker' renders the entire Star Wars saga into an overwrought fairy tale

Rey (Daisy Ridley) in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. Photo courtesy of Lucasfilm

Same-sex kiss cut from Star Wars Singapore release– reports

Dec 21, 2019 - 10:20 PM

The first same-sex kiss in the franchise's history fails to make the cut in Singapore

'Star Wars' struggles in a country far, far away: China

Dec 21, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Special previews of the long-awaited 'The Rise of Skywalker' film in Beijing this week draws just a handful of fans

Latest 'Star Wars' film gets worst reviews in decades

Dec 19, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Movie critics' early reviews for J.J. Abrams' 'The Rise of Skywalker' are calling the final film 'unoriginal' and 'uninspired'

Your guide to 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'

Dec 19, 2019 - 7:30 AM

Here's everything that's happened so far

Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), Poe (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. Photo courtesy of Lucasfilm

After 'Rise of Skywalker,' what's next for 'Star Wars?'

Dec 17, 2019 - 8:37 PM

The Lucasfilm president points towards a future in television series

END OF AN ERA? Katherine Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and Anthony Daniels with Star Wars characters Stormtroopers, Kylo Ren, R2-D2, C-3PO, BB-8 and D-O pose for photos at the special fan event for 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' the special fan event for 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' at Roppongi Hills on December 11, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Christopher Jue/Getty Images for Disney

Droid leaks: How C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels crossed his legs for 'Star Wars'

Dec 17, 2019 - 4:04 PM

Anthony Daniels, the actor behind Star Wars' C-3PO, reveals that he wasn't allowed to go to the toilet all day while playing the golden robot

Star Wars fans camp outside LA theater week before film opens

Dec 13, 2019 - 10:10 AM

Star Wars fans with sleeping bags and portable movie projectors are waiting outside Hollywood's Chinese Theatre for the 'Rise of the Skywalker' premiere

Will ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ reveal Rey’s heritage? Daisy Ridley offers a hint

Dec 12, 2019 - 8:16 PM

Much has been said – off screen – about Rey’s origins

QUESTIONS, ANSWERS. Rey's heritage is a mystery fans have been trying to decode. Photo courtesy of Lucasfilm

IN PHOTOS: ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ stars hit the red carpet in Tokyo fan meet

Dec 12, 2019 - 7:52 PM

Several droids also join in on the fun!

TOKYO, JAPAN - DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Katherine Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and Anthony Daniels with Star Wars characters Stormtroopers, Kylo Ren, R2-D2, C-3PO, BB-8 and D-O pose for photos at the special fan event for 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' the special fan event for 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' at Roppongi Hills on December 11, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Christopher Jue/Getty Images for Disney

Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy can’t get enough of PH ad about the franchise

Dec 12, 2019 - 9:34 AM

The two-minuter, by local telecom and media giant Globe, shows just how imaginative fans of the Star Wars franchise can be

'STAR WARS' AD. A simple Philippine-made ad gets raves from Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy. Screenshot from Globe

WATCH: Final 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' trailer

Oct 22, 2019 - 10:59 AM

Are you ready for 'The Rise of Skywalker?'

'Killings continue': Rights group urge ICC to open investigation of drug war

Oct 04, 2019 - 2:05 PM

The group also urges the ICC prosecutor to 'cooperate' with the United Nations Human Rights Council which is conducting its own inquiry into the drug war killings in the Philippines

EJKs. Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

WATCH: New 'Star Wars' trailer teases the dark side of Rey

Aug 27, 2019 - 8:53 AM

December 2019 needs to come sooner

Coast Guard gets modern patrol ship from France

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:07 AM

The new vessel is the largest and most modern in the PCG fleet and will be used to patrol the West Philippine Sea and Benham Rise as well as to guard against piracy and terrorism

MODERN VESSEL. This Offshore Patrol Vessel, shown here as it is launched from the OCEA shipyard in France on July 17, 2019, will be the Philippine Coast Guard's largest and most modern patrol ship yet. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

Families urge U.N. rights council to act vs PH drug war killings

Jul 10, 2019 - 1:38 PM

Rubylin Litao of Rise UP says international support can help stem violence in the Philippines

Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

2 Philippine startups to compete at Hong Kong tech conference

Jul 08, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Bookgini, a self-publishing platform, and Burket.ph, a business-to-business online marketplace, are competing at Pitch 2019

WATCH: In Madonna's music video, Maria Ressa and PH fight for press freedom get spotlight

Jun 21, 2019 - 8:22 AM

'I Rise' highlights the universal spirit of protests and the humanity behind social justice movements around the world, including the Philippines' defense of press freedom and the cases against Maria Ressa

2-meter sea level rise 'plausible' by 2100 – study

May 21, 2019 - 8:37 PM

A group of the world's leading ice scientists says the area of land lost to the ocean could be equivalent to that of France, Germany, Spain, and Britain combined and would displace more than 180 million people

Sinking feeling: Philippine cities facing 'slow-motion disaster'

May 20, 2019 - 4:41 PM

The steady sinking of coastal towns and islets like Pariahan in the northern Philippines causes Manila Bay's brackish water to pour inland and displace thousands, posing a greater threat than rising sea levels due to climate change

SITIO PARIAHAN. This photo taken on February 3, 2019 shows the chapel in Sitio Pariahan, Bulacan, located amid encroaching bay waters. Photo by Noel CELIS/AFP

WATCH: Carrie Fisher returns in trailer for final 'Star Wars' movie

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:13 AM

The first trailer for 'Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker' surprises fans with an appearance from the late Carrie Fisher

WATCH: Lakers' Kuzma dazzles to win NBA Rising Stars MVP

Feb 16, 2019 - 8:12 PM

The Lakers sophomore breaks Kobe Bryant's record of most points scored in the annual showcase for the league's top young players

TAKING OVER. Kyle Kuzma leads Team USA's revenge over Team World. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)


The week in photos: February 9-15, 2019

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:54 PM

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

WE ARE MARIA. Students and rights activists picket the NBI headquarters in Manila where Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa is detained following her arrest for the charge of cyberlibel on February 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NBA Rising Stars: Team USA plots payback on FaceTime

Feb 16, 2019 - 4:18 PM

Team USA really wanted to win the Rising Stars game against Team World, just ask Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell

KEY COG. Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell delivers an all-around game for Team USA. Photo from NBA Twitter

Global corporate innovators come together at RISE's Corporation Innovation Summit 2019

Jan 31, 2019 - 6:47 PM

The conference is going to be Asia’s first experiential conference and will be held in Bangkok in March

Special Guests from leading corporations and government sectors include (from left to right): Angsumalin Fordham, Head of Business Development - Thailand, Visa International (Thailand); Wittapon Jawjit, Head of Human Resource Group, Bank of Ayudhya PCL; Dr. Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin, President/CEO, Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA); Dr. Supachai Parchariyanon, Founder/CEO, RISE; Ariya Banomyong, Managing Director, LINE Company (Thailand); and Naris Achalanan, Senior Executive Vice President, Muang Thai Life Assurance Public Company Limited.

Simmons, Doncic headline NBA Rising Stars lineup

Jan 30, 2019 - 10:42 AM

Mavs rookie sensation Luka Doncic and Sixers star Ben Simmons banner Team World in the All-Star weekend

HOTSHOTS. Luka Doncic and Ben Simmons lead the young talents in the Rising Stars challenge. Photos from AFP

Education advocates to gather in Students’ Rights Summit 2018

Nov 14, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Interested participants may register online or contact Rise For Education until November 16

HOAX: Foreign Minister Wang Yi claims Benham Rise as 'Chinese territory'

Nov 14, 2018 - 2:22 PM

There is no official document, press release, or news report containing this quote

LOOK: Families of drug war victims stage 'Pietà'

Sep 08, 2018 - 10:25 AM

The Rise Up for Life and For Rights group says the tableau dramatizes the 'loss, grief, and rising' of the families of victims of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody campaign against drugs

Families and victims of drug related killings, Rise Up for Life and supporters hold a Black Friday Protest at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City. Depicting the Pieta scene, the families continue to seek justice for their kin who fell victims to the relentless and brutal war on drugs waged by the Duterte government. September 7, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Police again block mission volunteers from entering Boracay

Jul 29, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'We cannot understand this move of [the] Boracay security committee to discriminate individuals who want to help the residents and workers in Boracay,' says Rise Up Aklan provincial coordinator Kim-Sin Tugna

PATROL. Along the white sand shores of Boracay Island, police and military patrol an almost empty beach. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

DSWD apologizes for spoiled relief goods in Boracay

Jun 24, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says the contamination happened during the handling and hauling of relief goods, adding that it 'must not happen again'

The week in photos: May 12-18, 2018

May 19, 2018 - 2:48 PM

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

A Palestinian youth waves a sparkler next a mosque in Gaza City on May 16, 2018, as the faithful prepare to start the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED

FACT CHECK: Bong Go did not raise Philippine flag at Benham Rise

May 18, 2018 - 8:09 PM

Special Assistant to the President Bong Go and presidential son Sebastian Duterte ride jet skis only around Casiguran Sound on May 15

How dolphins shaped environmental laws, protected Benham Rise

May 17, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Oceana Vice President Gloria Estenzo Ramos says the 'dolphin law' is a "prelude to bigger things" and will help protect Benham Rise

How dolphins shaped environmental laws, protect Benham Rise
Photo from Oceana/UPLB

Duterte on Philippine Rise, TPB and Buhay Carinderia, North Korea on meeting with U.S. | Midday wRap

May 16, 2018 - 12:59 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

Duterte breaks promise to visit Philippine Rise

May 15, 2018 - 8:20 PM

The President's son Sebastian Duterte and his closest aide Bong Go ride jet skis around the undisputed Casiguran Bay instead

CASIGURAN TRIP. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at BRP Davao del Sur docked in Casiguran, Aurora, but does not sail to the Philippine Rise as he earlier promised. Malacañang pool photo

Duterte on Philippine Rise, Bello applies for Ombudsman post, Albayalde on barangay officials | Evening wRap

May 15, 2018 - 6:13 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Duterte scraps jet ski ride in Philippine Rise

May 15, 2018 - 2:59 PM

(4th UPDATE) Special Assistant to the President Bong Go said he and President Duterte's son, Sebastian Duterte, will represent the Philippine leader instead

PHILIPPINE RISE. President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at BRP Davao del Sur at around 3:45 pm on May 15, 2018, to commemorate the renaming of Benham Rise as Philippine Rise. Malacañang pool photo

Duterte curses at Time magazine: 'Diktador ba ako? Since when?'

May 08, 2018 - 8:05 PM

'Tang ina itong Time magazine na 'to, nilagay ako doon sa mga despot,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, who was featured in Time's 'Rise of the Strongman' issue

'DIKTADOR AKO?' President Rodrigo Duterte denies that he was ever a dictator as he curses at Time magazine for featuring him as a 'strongman.' Malacañang file photo

Duterte to visit Philippine Rise from May 15 to 16

May 08, 2018 - 12:13 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte will send off 50 scientists who will conduct research in Benham Rise, renamed as Philippine Rise

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte gets a warm round of applause as he is welcomed during the 51st Asian Development Bank (ADB) Annual Meeting at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel on May 5, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Duterte says he will sail to Benham Rise next week

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:36 PM

Will it end up like his promise to ride a jet ski to the Spratlys?

SAILING TO BENHAM RISE? President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the 102nd Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons in the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on April 26, 2018. Malacañang photo

Albayalde on PNP, Bello on ‘endo,’ Trump on Kim | Evening wRap

Apr 19, 2018 - 7:49 PM

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