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Spain porn star arrested after man dies in toad venom ritual

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:17 PM

Spanish police say their operation started 'following the victim's death during the celebration of a mystic ritual based on the inhalation of venom of the bufo alvarius toad'

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Spain parliament debate could end political impasse

Dec 31, 2019 - 9:43 PM

(UPDATED) If a confidence vote ensues, this would put an end to months of political deadlock in the eurozone's fourth-largest economy, which has held 4 general elections in 4 years

NHCP chief reacts to ‘Elcano and Magellan’ film: ‘We will come up with our own narrative’

Nov 22, 2019 - 4:31 PM

A film on Lapulapu is being planned by the National Quincentennial Committee

HIGHLIGHTING LAPULAPU. Rene Escalante  (center) shares the National Quincentennial Committee's initiatives to highlight Lapulapu in the upcoming quincentennial celebrations. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Spanish royals visit Havana for 500th anniversary celebrations

Nov 13, 2019 - 7:22 AM

The trip of King Felipe and Queen Letizia to Cuba is the first state visit by a Spanish monarch to the former colony, one of the last to gain independence from Madrid in 1898

ROYALS. Spain's King Felipe (right) and Queen Letizia walk along a street in Havana on November 12, 2019. The Spanish royals are visiting Cuba for Havana's 500th anniversary. Photo by Jorge Luis Banos/pool/AFP

Spain votes in repeat general election amid Catalonia tensions

Nov 10, 2019 - 11:36 AM

(UPDATED) Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez calls the repeat polls after an inconclusive election in April which saw no working majority in parliament

SEEKING A MAJORITY. Spanish liberal Ciudadanos party leader and candidate for prime minister, Albert Rivera, delivers a speech during their last campaign rally in Barcelona on November 8, 2019 ahead of the November 10 general election.Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

[OPINION] The anger toward the ‘Elcano & Magellan’ film is unjustified

Nov 10, 2019 - 9:05 AM

The film is not about the Philippines, even though some of the most important events of that incredible journey happened in this archipelago

CrystalSky Multimedia to ‘reevaluate’ the release of ‘Elcano and Magellan’ film in PH

Nov 08, 2019 - 6:22 PM

The film drew flak from Filipinos for its depiction of Ferdinand Magellan and Lapu-Lapu

REEVALUATING. The Philippine distibutor for Spanish-made film 'Elcano & Magellan' is reevaluating the film before it screens in Philippine cinemas. Image from Dibulitoon

Spanish falcons feed Arab passion for raptor hunting

Oct 26, 2019 - 3:14 PM

Spain is the world's number one exporter of falcons in 2018, exporting some 2,800 specimens, almost all of them to Gulf countries

Breeder Juan Antonio Sanchez holds a falcon at the Nebli Falcon Center in Fuentespina on August 25, 2019.  Gabriel BOUYS / AFP

Famed Spanish bull run festival ends with 8 people gored this year

Jul 15, 2019 - 9:43 AM

The highlight of the nine-day San Fermin festival in Pamplona, which dates back to medieval times, is a bracing, daily test of courage against a thundering pack of half-ton, sharp-horned bulls

PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 11, 2017: Bulls and people are running in Santo domingo street during San Fermin festival, Pamplona Fiesta

Spanish king tasks Sanchez to form new government

Jun 07, 2019 - 3:10 PM

While they won a general poll in April, acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez's socialists fail to secure a majority in parliament and need the support of other groupings

OATH OF OFFICE. Spain's new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez takes the oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony at the Zarzuela Palace near Madrid on June 2, 2018. Photo by Emilio Naranjo/Pool/AFP

Cebu City Library offers free Spanish classes beginning April 27

Apr 25, 2019 - 10:23 PM

‘Registration will have to be done in person. 40 slots are available, first come first served,’ says Mayor Tomas Osmeña

FREE. The Cebu City Public Library's Spanish classes will go over conversational skills, basic grammar, cultural information, and pronunciation. Photo from the library's website

Spain prosecutors seek up to 25 years jail for Catalan separatists

Nov 02, 2018 - 9:27 PM

Spanish prosecutors ask the Madrid court to sentence Catalan separatists leaders for up to 25 years on rebellion charges

CARLES PUIGDEMONT. This handout picture released by the Generalitat de Catalunya on September 19, 2017 shows Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont (C), Catalan regional vice-President and chief of Economy and Finance, Oriol Junqueras (L) and leader of Junts Pel Si (Together for Yes), Jordi Turull (R) leave after a regional government meeting in Barcelona on September 19, 2017. Photo by Ruben Moreno Garcia/Generalitat de Catalunya/AFP

Spain prime minister defends weapons sale to Saudis

Sep 17, 2018 - 7:34 AM

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez defends his government's decision to deliver laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, reversing earlier pronouncements of blocking the sale

U-TURN. In this file photo taken on August 03, 2018 Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez gives a press conference after a cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid on August 3, 2018. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Top Spain academics vow to boycott all-male panel discussions

May 16, 2018 - 11:39 PM

The manifesto reads: 'The members of this list publicly pledge not to participate as speakers in any academic event or round table of more than two speakers where there is not at least one woman as an expert'

UNPRECEDENTED. File photo of 3 women attending the massive one day strike to defend women's rights on International Women's Day in Barcelona, on March 8, 2018. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Albay coastal village reaps rewards of campaign vs illegal fishing

Mar 29, 2018 - 8:00 AM

In Barangay Catburawan in Ligao City, residents marvel at their fishermen's 'unprecedented' daily catch, the fruit of efforts of local authorities to stamp out illegal fishing in Burias Pass

BIG FISH. Tanigue or Spanish mackerel outsize the holding bins of Catburawan fishers. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

10 things to know about ‘Ferdinand,’ the road movie about a gentle bull

Jan 09, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Thinking of seeing this cute animated film in cinemas?

Diego Costa scores just 5 minutes into return for Atletico Madrid

Jan 04, 2018 - 4:28 AM

Atletico Madrid cruises to a 4-0 win at Lleida Esportiu in the Spanish Copa Del Rey

BACK IN RED. Diego Costa rejoined Atletico from Chelsea in September but could not play until the transfer window opened this month. File photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Winwyn Marquez thanks family, supporters after Reina Hispanoamericana 2017

Nov 08, 2017 - 4:04 PM

'Sa mga PH queens, mabuhay kayo. Hindi nila alam gaano kahirap pinagdadaanan natin and saludo ako sa inyong lahat!' says Wyn

IN PHOTOS: Winwyn Marquez's journey to Reina Hispanoamericana 2017

Nov 06, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Winwyn fulfills her dream of becoming a beauty queen like her aunt, Melanie Marquez

Café Enye: Not Your Abuela’s Spanish Cuisine

Nov 02, 2017 - 12:17 PM

Enye puts a new spin on classic dishes without losing what makes it quintessentially Spanish

LECHON CARBONARA. Cafe Enye's menu includes classic Spanish cuisine, and other non-Spanish dishes given a Spanish twist. All photos by Iñigo de Paula

Rafael Nadal completes long road back to top

Nov 02, 2017 - 12:09 PM

The key, says the 31-year-old, Rafa, is to 'wake up every morning with the passion to go on court and with the passion to improve something and practice every day with the right attitude to try to make that happen... Not everybody is able to do it'

NUMERO UNO. Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning against South Korea's Hyeon Chung during their second round match at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 indoor tennis tournament on November 1, 2017 in Paris. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

The week in photos: October 7-13, 2017

Oct 14, 2017 - 3:29 PM

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

HARVEST. Belarusians harvesting cranberries at a farm in the village of Selishche, south of Minsk on October 9, 2017. Photo by Sergel Gapon/AFP

Ronaldo sent off, but Real roll over Barca

Aug 14, 2017 - 2:10 PM

Without Neymar Barca struggles to find rhythm and face their first loss

How Filipinos celebrated Christmas in the Spanish era

Dec 24, 2016 - 5:00 PM

UPDATED Despite the Americanization of our Christmas celebration old practices and traditions from the Spanish colonial period remain with us to this day

PH X'mas symbols, practices trace roots to Spanish era

Dec 23, 2016 - 1:17 PM

UPDATED Here s a list of items and practices considered part of the Filipino Christmas but actually Spanish in origin

SOMETHING DIFFERENT, SOMETHING NEW. Make this Christmas memorable not just for you but for others, too. Illustration by Emil Mercado/Rappler

Spain arrests seven over theft of Bacon paintings

May 28, 2016 - 7:03 PM

The stolen paintings are worth 25 million euros 27 8 million

BACON PAINTING. Handout photo released by Spanish National Police dept. on 28 May 2016 of one of five artworks by Irish painter Francis Bacon robbed last July from a home in Madrid, Spain. Photo by Spanish National Police HO/EFE

5 reasons why Spanish football clubs dominate Europe

May 17, 2016 - 5:34 PM

With Spain looking to continue its reign in Europe in the Europa League and Champions League finals AFP Sports examines reasons for the country s prolonged domination of European competition

DOMINANT. Spanish teams have dominated European competition. Photos by Lavandeira jr and QUIQUE GARCIA/EPA

F1: Max Verstappen becomes youngest ever F1 winner in Spain

May 15, 2016 - 10:11 PM

UPDATED The 18 year old Dutchman showed supreme composure under pressure as he resisted all attacks to claim a memorable victory in only his 24th F1 race

WINNER. Race leader Infiniti Red Bull racing's Belgian-Dutch driver Max Verstappen drives at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. Tom Gandolfini/AFP

Hasil kualifikasi F1: Hamilton di ‘pole position’, Rio posisi buncit

May 14, 2016 - 10:47 PM

Rio Haryanto di P22 jadi tercepat kedua di ‘Speed Trap’ dengan kecepatan 341 0 km h

Pembalap tim Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton, berhasil menempati pole position pada gelaran Grand Prix (GP) Spanyol. Foto dari Twitter/@F1

Latihan terakhir GP Spanyol: Rosberg tercepat, Rio paling belakang

May 14, 2016 - 6:13 PM

Rio Haryanto berada di posisi terakhir pada sesi FP3

Nico Rosberg kembali menjadi yang tercepat di FP2 GP Spanyol, pada 13 Mei 2016. Foto dari Twitter/@F1

3 journalists return to Spain after Syria kidnapping

May 08, 2016 - 10:38 AM

UPDATED Antonio Pampliega Jose Manuel Lopez and Angel Sastre are welcomed at the Torrejon air base

epa05294416 A handout photo released by Spanish Prime Ministry press office Spanish journalists Angel Sastre (R), Jose Manuel Lopez (C) and Antonio Pampliega (2-L hugging a relative) upon their arrival at Spanish air base in Torrejon de Ardoz, outside Madrid, Spain, 08 May 2016. The three journalists, who had been kidnapped in July 2015 while working as freelancers in the Syrian city of Alepo, were freed on 06 May. EPA/DIEGO CRESPO / SPANISH PRIME MINISTRY OFFICE HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Spain to hold elections on June 26, the 2nd in 6 months

May 03, 2016 - 7:45 PM

UPDATED King Felipe VI signs a decree setting the elections after a deadline for installing a new government passed

epa05287959 A handout photo released by Spanish Royal Household of Spain's King Felipe VI (L) signing the royal decree for dissolution of the Chambers of Spanish Parliament and the date for new general election, set for 26 June, during a meeting with the Speaker of the Lower House of Spanish Parliament, Patxi Lopez (not pictured), at king's office in La Zarzuela Palace, in Madrid, Spain, 03 May 2016. The current legislature has been the shortest one of the current Spanish democratic era, it began on 13 January after the lastest general election held on 20 December 2015. The election were called after the Spanish parties would not have managed to reach an agreement to form a government. EPA/SPANISH ROYAL HOUSEHOLD / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Hasil MotoGP 2016: Valentino Rossi terdepan di GP Spanyol

Apr 24, 2016 - 8:47 PM

Diikuti oleh Lorenzo dan Marquez di posisi dua dan tiga

TERDEPAN. Pembalap Movistar Yamaha Valentino Rossi merayakan kemenangannya di atas podium. Foto oleh Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Spanish king in spotlight as he tries to end political logjam

Jan 20, 2016 - 12:58 PM

The political crisis is the biggest challenge Felipe 47 has faced since he took over the throne 18 months ago

In this file photo, Spanish King Felipe VI (R) delivers a speech during the military celebration of Epiphany Day at the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain, January 6, 2016. EPA/Juan Carlos Hidalgo/Pool

Spain's Princess Cristina to stand trial in landmark corruption case

Jan 11, 2016 - 10:22 AM

Cristina a 50 year old mother of 4 with a master s degree from New York University will be the first Spanish royal to face criminal charges in court since the monarchy was reinstated in 1975

In this file photo, Spanish Princess Cristina smiles on arrival at the courthouse in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, February 8, 2014. Ballesteros/EPA

Spain's Socialists refuse to back Rajoy bid to form new gov't

Dec 23, 2015 - 10:32 PM

If the Popular Party fails to form a government Pedro Sanchez says the Socialists would explore all options for there to be a government of change

DEFIANT. The leader of Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) Pedro Sanchez gestures during a press conference at the PSOE headquarters in Madrid after meeting the Spanish caretaker Prime Minister on December 23, 2015. Pedro Armestre/AFP

Gunshots, explosion as insurgents attack Spanish embassy in Kabul

Dec 12, 2015 - 3:46 AM

The attack follows a 27 hour Taliban siege this week of Kandahar airport the largest military installation in southern Afghanistan in which at least 50 people died

Bodies retrieved from crashed Spanish helicopter

Oct 31, 2015 - 10:02 AM

The lack of light as night arrived prevents the work from continuing The work will resume in the early morning

WATCH: Neymar hits 4 as Barca routs Rayo

Oct 18, 2015 - 9:51 AM

No Messi? No problem as Neymar picks up the scoring slack with a hat trick plus one against Rayo Vallecano

BACK OF THE NET. Neymar tacked on 4 goals in the absence of Lionel Messi. Photo by Alberto Estevez/EPA

Congressman on 'student labor' budget: Abad doesn't get the point

Oct 08, 2015 - 8:58 PM

Kabataan Representative Terry Ridon says the role of students in the university is to study and not to do voluntary manual labor of work that should be done by government contractors

Big banks warn of finance risk from Catalan breakaway

Sep 19, 2015 - 12:14 AM

Ahead of the September 27 polls banking associations AEB and CECA say Catalonia s separation from Spain and the EU would pose serious legal problems to all banks with a presence in Catalonia

INDEPENDENCE VOTE. A man holds an "Estelada" (pro-independence Catalan flag) during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Athletic Bilbao hold Barca to end 31-year trophy drought

Aug 18, 2015 - 7:24 PM

The defeat ends Barcelona s hopes of matching the club record set by Pep Guardiola s side in 2009 of winning 6 trophies in a calendar year

Athletic Club's Aritz Aduriz celebrates after scoring against FC Barcelona during the Spanish Supercup second leg match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao. Photo by TONI ALBIR/EPA

Spanish corruption scandals cast shadow ahead of general election

Aug 14, 2015 - 11:47 AM

While analysts agree that corruption burdens both the ruling conservative Popular Party PP and the main opposition Socialists they disagree on the political fallout

SPAIN. Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Security and the Interior Jam Jambon (L) talks with Spanish Minister for Home Affairs Jorge Fernandez Diaz (R) at the start of the EU Informal meeting of Internal Security and of Migration Ministers, in Luxembourg, July 9 2015. File Photo by Mathieu Cugnot/EPA

Spanish jobless claims fall in July for 6th straight month

Aug 04, 2015 - 10:20 PM

The improved jobs outlook should provide a boost to conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy as he prepares for what promises to be a hard fought re election campaign at the end of the year

Unearthing the golden days of Ilocos Sur

Jul 05, 2015 - 11:03 AM

A new book from the UST publishing house takes a look into the pre Spanish era of trade and life in Ilocos Sur then an important maritime trading center

Spanish tennis aces revolt against 'chaotic' federation head

Jun 30, 2015 - 12:08 AM

Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer also put their names on the letter which points out the lack of transparency in the distribution of the federation s revenues

Rafael Nadal of Spain was among those who put their names on the open letter. Photo by FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA

Forgotten history? The polistas of the Galleon Trade

Jun 19, 2015 - 2:00 PM

More than just being a route to early economic and cultural exchanges the route also served as many indios’ path to death

Photo of Galleon Trade ships from Wikipedia

Spanish police dismantle voodoo-linked sex trafficking ring

Jun 08, 2015 - 10:35 PM

Six traffickers are arrested and four of the victims are freed according to the police

Senators want Chinese, Spanish languages in K to 12 curriculum

Apr 15, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Educators say however that the government needs to first address the deteriorating English proficiency of public school students