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Drake is Spotify's most-streamed artist of the decade

Dec 04, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Was it God's Plan? Rapper Drake ends the decade with more than 28 billion streams, followed by other top-streamed artists like Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, and Post Malone

The Philippines is the best diving destination according to the World Travel Awards

Dec 01, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Amanpulo Resort is recognized as World’s Leading Dive Resort

As 'streaming wars' rage, social networks create own TV series

Nov 03, 2019 - 10:15 PM

Facebook, YouTube, and Snapchat are investing in original programs to stream in their platforms

For theaters, rise of streaming is a movie they've seen before

Nov 03, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Many in the theater industry don't see streaming as anymore of a game-changer than other home-based offerings were in their heyday

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 22, 2012 a worker swaps out the billboard marking the opening of "The Hunger Games" on March 22, 2012 at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. - In the popular conscience, movie theaters are sometimes lumped in with department stores and newspapers as examples of traditional businesses that have struggled in the Internet era. But while many single-screen venues have shut down as multiplexes have been built, the numbers overall do not show a dying industry. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP)

10 gadgets to check out at Shopee’s 10.10 sale

Oct 08, 2019 - 6:35 PM

From karaoke sets to cameras

The missing Spanish-period watchtowers of Ilocos Norte

Aug 01, 2019 - 8:30 AM

These missing or hidden watchtowers stand as testaments to a bygone age and illustrate how important some Philippine locales were for regional trade

STILL STANDING. The watchtower in Sitio Torre, Gabut Sur in Laoag City. Photo provided by Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero

Frank Lloyd Wright buildings named UNESCO World Heritage sites

Jul 08, 2019 - 12:55 AM

The Guggenheim Museum in New York is among the creations of the late American architect Frank Lloyd Wright which were selected as UNESCO World Heritage sites

GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM. The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. File photo from Wikimedia Commons

Iceland glacier national park named World Heritage site

Jul 06, 2019 - 2:22 AM

Shaped by volcanoes and surrounded by lava fields, the park is also home to the largest glacier in Europe, after which it is named

WORLD HERITAGE SITE. Vatnajokull National Park is the third Icelandic site to join UNESCO's World Heritage List. File photo from Wikipedia

UNESCO lists Iraq's Babylon as World Heritage Site

Jul 05, 2019 - 10:03 PM

After the successful vote, Iraq's delegation clasps hands and invites all delegates 'to visit Babylon, the cradle of civilization'

BABYLON. A picture taken on June 29, 2019 shows the Ishtar Gate at the ancient archaeological site of Babylon, south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. File photo by Hussein Faleh/AFP

Bethlehem's Nativity Church removed from UNESCO endangered list

Jul 03, 2019 - 8:15 AM

UNESCO notes the high-quality work of Church and Palestinian officials in restoring 'roof, exterior facades, mosaics and doors'

A view of a stained glass window at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank holy city of Bethlehem on July 2, 2019. Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was born, was removed from UNESCO's list of endangered world heritage sites on today following restorations there. The church was named a UNESCO world heritage site in 2012 and placed on its endangered list the same year due to its poor condition. AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP

Google hails Puerto Princesa Underground River with a Doodle

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Google users can see an illustration of the Puerto Princesa Underground River by artist David Lu on the search engine's homepage

UNESCO title seen to help safeguard Palawan's imperiled mountain range

Jun 25, 2019 - 4:13 PM

(UPDATED) Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tentative List since 2015. Local officials say its potential inscription will add 'another layer of protection' to the area.

IRREPLACEABLE. Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape is the highest peak in the province, standing at 2,086 meters above sea level. Photo by MMPL Protected Area Office

Mines' dirty secrets echo in 3 continents

Jun 21, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Since 2009, at least 13 journalists have been killed globally after working on environment-related stories, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. There may be as many as 29 cases.

CONTINUING THE STORIES. The journalists part of the Green Blood project meeting for the first time in Paris. Photo courtesy of Forbidden Stories

Sand mafias silence ​journalists in India

Jun 21, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Independent journalist Jagendra Singh says in a video recorded in a local hospital he was brought to: 'The motherfuckers poured petrol on me. They jumped over the wall and got in. If they wanted to, they could have arrested me instead.'

SAND MINING. Beaches in Tamil Nadu. Photo courtesy of Forbidden Stories

A damning photo holds a Swiss-Russian mine accountable in Guatemala

Jun 20, 2019 - 12:00 AM

No one has yet been held accountable for the murder of fisherman Carlos Maaz. Instead there has been a criminalization of both fishermen and journalists in El Estor.

EL ESTOR. This photo shows El Estor in Guatemala. Photo courtesy of Forbidden Stories.

Silence is golden for a Tanzanian mine

Jun 19, 2019 - 12:00 AM

In Tanzania, impoverished 'intruders' keep looking for gold at the risk of their lives, and reporters are punished and prevented from shedding light on environmental damage and other wrongdoing

WALLED MINE. The wall built around the North Mara Gold Mine to avoid 'intruders.' Photo courtesy of Forbidden Stories

FDA orders Shopee, Lazada to stop online sale of medicines

Jun 14, 2019 - 12:16 PM

The Food and Drug Administration says the sale of drug products online places 'the lives of the general public in danger and at risk'

Who is the Filipino? Identity in heritage spaces

Jun 11, 2019 - 5:30 PM

What does protecting built heritage like Intramuros have to do with being Filipino? We talk to Intramuros Administration chief Guiller Asido about how the ancient Walled City is keeping up with modern times.

Islamic State make first claim of Mozambique presence – SITE

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:20 PM

But an insurgency expert who has declined to be named says Islamic State are unlikely to have direct contact with the local fighters

#HustleEverday: A list of job-hunting sites in the Philippines

Jun 05, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Time to get that bread!

PornHub 'extremely interested' in buying Tumblr

May 03, 2019 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) PornHub's president, Corey Price, says there are 'obvious synergies' between Tumblr and the adult website

Climate change threatens half World Heritage sites' glaciers – report

May 01, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Authors of a new study 'predict glacier extinction by 2100 under a high emission scenario in 21 of the 46 natural World Heritage sites where glaciers are currently found'

EcoWaste Coalition ‘laments’ widespread littering at popular pilgrimage destinations

Apr 19, 2019 - 2:46 PM

EcoWaste Coalition appeals to the faithful to be conscientious for a 'garbage-free Holy Week'

15 killed in ongoing Islamist attack on Kenya hotel complex

Jan 16, 2019 - 9:06 AM

(UPDATED) 'We still believe there are two or 3 attackers in specific locations,' the first police officer says. 'The situation is far from over.'

DEADLY ATTACK. A man walks past bullet marks on a glass outside the DusitD2 hotel complex in Nairobi's Westlands suburb on January 15, 2019, in Kenya, after a blast followed by a gun battle rocked the upmarket hotel and office complex. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Pornhub ranks Philippines first in time spent on site for 5th year running

Dec 12, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Filipinos now spend an average of 13 minutes, 50 seconds on the site per visit. This appears to be the 5th straight year the Philippines has ranked first in terms of time on Pornhub.

ISIS-aligned groups warn of more attacks after Melbourne rampage

Nov 15, 2018 - 2:52 PM

'Australia, don't think you are away from our attacks,' reads one poster, which shows a photo of a vehicle the Melbourne attacker set alight during his November 9 attack

RAMPAGE. A burnt vehicle is pictured at the crime scene following a stabbing incident in Melbourne on November 9, 2018. Photo by William West/AFP

Afghan Taliban announces death of Haqqani network leader

Sep 04, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Jalaluddin Haqqani, whose son Sirajuddin Haqqani now heads the brutal group and is also the Taliban's deputy leader, died 'after a long battle with illness'

TALIBAN LEADER. This file picture taken on October 19, 2001 shows former Afghanistan's ruling Taliban militia's key man Jalaluddin Haqqani, commander-in-chief of southern Afghanistan and minister of border region, speaking with the media in Pakistan's capital city of Islamabad. File photo by STR/AFP

Kadamay members leave gov’t housing site in Bacolod

Sep 01, 2018 - 8:56 AM

Over a thousand informal settlers vacate the site after a dialogue with local executives, housing officials, and police and military representatives

GOING HOME. Informal settlers leave the government housing site in Bacolod City Friday afternoon, August 31. Photo courtesy of Merlinda Pedrosa

Kadamay members camp out at housing site for cops, soldiers

Aug 30, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Informal settlers from different areas in Negros Occidental are looking to occupy the housing units which have remained mostly unoccupied for years

HOUSING WOES. Informal settlers from all over Negros Occidental at a housing site for cops and soldiers at Barangay Felisa, Bacolod City on August 30, 2018. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

DENR suspends Rizal quarrying after call from Bong Go

Aug 13, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Quarrying is temporarily halted after President Rodrigo Duterte's top aide relays a complaint from a Marikina City resident. But it has yet to be determined whether or not quarrying led to flooding.

Residents of Brgy., Banaba in San Mateo, Rizal clean up houses full of mud brought by flood water on Sunday, August, 12, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] ISIS suicide bombing in PH could be a regional game-changer

Aug 05, 2018 - 5:09 PM

The factors surrounding the attack are telltale red flags that ISIS is looking to establish a more substantial base in the Philippines

Is Unesco World Heritage status for cultural sites killing the things it loves?

Jul 14, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Achieving Unesco status is an internationally competitive process. Nations want this recognition because they can promote a place or practice as a unique cultural tourism attraction.

TOURIST MAGNET. Tourists take a photo of sunrise at Angkor Wat in 2016. Shutterstock

Climate change sinking Arctic archeological treasures

Jun 29, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Thousands of years of heritage are being lost, says Matthew Betts, a curator at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec

COA questions safety of proposed gov't relocation site in Valenzuela

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:40 PM

(UPDATED) The Social Housing Finance Corporation gave the go-signal to start construction of a relocation project for 864 informal settler families from Valenzuela City within a site prone to flooding, tsunami, and unstable ground

UNSAFE? The Commision on Audit questioned the safety of a proposed government site in Valenzuela City.

Rain barrels ease water woes in Marawi relocation site

May 27, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government is stepping in to provide a permanent solution to water problems in Marawi City's temporary shelters

Government gives rain barrels to Marawi families in temporary shelters to help ease water problems. Photo taken by Bobby Lagsa on May 22, 2018

'Longing': Images of Marawi evacuees

May 26, 2018 - 8:07 AM

An International Committee of the Red Cross delegate visits the Saguiaran evacuation center and the Sagonsongan transitional site, and captures in photographs the longing for family and home of those displaced by the conflict

North Korea dismantles nuclear test site ahead of U.S. summit

May 24, 2018 - 7:06 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Pyongyang announced its plan to 'completely' dismantle the Punggye-ri facility in the country's northeast, inviting some foreign journalists to witness the destruction

MEDIA WITNESSES. This picture taken on May 23, 2018 and released by South Korean news agency News1 via Dong-A Ilbo shows South Korean journalists arriving at North Korea's Kalma airport in Wonsan. Photo by News1 / AFP

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May 23, 2018 - 6:58 PM

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Battle-scarred: Marawi structures that remind us of the war

May 23, 2018 - 2:34 PM

The siege of Marawi was triggered by a raid in a safe house in barangay Malutlut. The fighting moved towards Lake Lanao and, after 5 months, ended with the deaths of leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute.

Key sites during the Marawi siege. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Dismantling of North Korea nuclear site 'well underway' – U.S. monitor

May 15, 2018 - 11:45 AM

The respected 38 North website says that satellite images dated May 7 showed 'the first definitive evidence that dismantlement of the test site was already well underway'

DISMANTLING 'UNDERWAY'. This image acquired on September 4, 2017, and courtesy of www.Planet.com, shows the Punggye-ri test site where on September 3, 2017, North Korea claimed to have conducted the underground explosion of a hydrogen bomb. Handout photo from Planet/AFP

In the UK, 'porn passes' will be required to view adult websites

May 14, 2018 - 12:28 PM

The 'porn pass' serves as proof-of-age, and will be be sold at newsstands in the UK


North Korea to destroy nuclear site ahead of US summit

May 12, 2018 - 10:36 PM

(UPDATED) Reporters from different countries would be allowed to 'conduct on-the-spot coverage in order to show in a transparent manner the dismantlement of the northern nuclear test ground,' says the foreign ministry

Body of Australian diver missing in Batangas found 3 days later

May 05, 2018 - 10:18 PM

Authorities retrieve the body of Australian national Andre Kilbride not far from the popular Aquaventure Dive Resort on Saturday early afternoon, May 5

South Korean president asks UN to verify closure of North's test site

May 02, 2018 - 10:48 AM

South Korean President Moon Jae-in also asks for UN support to 'transform the demilitarized zone into a peace zone' between the two Koreas

CLOSURE? This image acquired on September 4, 2017, and courtesy of www.Planet.com, shows the Punggye-ri test site where on September 3, 2017, North Korea claimed to have conducted the underground explosion of a hydrogen bomb. Handout photo from Planet/AFP

Hybrid power plant to rise in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:59 PM

'It’s a dream come true for all of us here,' says Park Superintendent Elizabeth Maclang of the power plant which is expected to be operational by 2019

The longest underground river in Asia found in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, found in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Photo by  Giovanni G. Navata/Wikimedia Commons

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 24, 2018

Apr 24, 2018 - 11:24 AM

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Marawi family pays P100 for water daily in gov't relocation site

Apr 24, 2018 - 9:56 AM

The contractor at the Sagonsongan relocation site has been drilling for deep wells but so far can't find enough water. Alternatives are now being considered but it may take time.

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

U.S. vows to give PH full control of military facilities

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'All EDCA facilities are under complete control of the Philippines. They are all [inside] Philippine bases,' says US Ambassador Sung Kim

GROUNDBREAKING. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim lead the groundbreaking ceremony for EDCA in Basa Air Base on April 17, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Bishops visit Marawi church before demolition

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The Saint Mary's Cathedral in Marawi was desecrated by local terrorist groups at the height of the siege in 2017

Photos courtesy of DUYOG MARAWI

Baguio, other tourist sites also eyed for rehabilitation

Apr 14, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo considers it a 'good sign' that everyone is concerned about taking care of the environment after what happened to Boracay

IS BAGUIO NEXT? Tourism secretary Wanda Teo says that other places such as Baguio are also being considered to be rehabilitated aside from Boracay and the beaches. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler