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WATCH: UP Singing Ambassadors perform 'The Prayer' in honor of medical frontliners

May 04, 2020 - 10:27 PM

The group also dedicates the song to doctors who died because of the coronavirus

Meet Huang Xilian, China's new ambassador to Philippines

Dec 03, 2019 - 10:00 AM

A career diplomat with 30 years of experience, China's ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian boasts of expertise in Asia and Southeast Asia

NEW CHINA AMBASSADOR. Career diplomat Huang Xilian is China's newest face in the Philippines. Photo from the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines

New China ambassador to Philippines, an ASEAN expert, arrives in Manila

Dec 03, 2019 - 8:17 AM

Veteran diplomat Huang Xilian is replacing Zhao Jianhua, who enjoyed close ties with the Duterte administration

NEW AMBASSADOR. Seasoned diplomat Huang Xilian (center) is China's next ambassador to the Philippines. Photo from Chinese Embassy to the Philippines

Outgoing China ambassador Zhao bids Cayetano farewell

Nov 05, 2019 - 7:54 AM

Set to leave the Philippines in November, outgoing China Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua pays a farewell call to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, who had been praised as one of China's 'best friends'

FAREWELL CALL. Outgoing China Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua pays a farewell call to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on November 4, 2019. Photo from the China Embassy in the Philippines

House gives Congressional Medal of Achievement to China envoy

Nov 04, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, whom Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua congratulated for winning the speakership race in July, co-authors the House resolution honoring the outgoing diplomat

GUEST OF HONOR. Outgoing Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua talks to lawmakers at Batasang Pambansa on November 4, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

U.S. denies Mina Chang is next ambassador to Philippines

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:51 PM

US President Donald Trump wants instead to nominate Mina Chang as assistant administrator of the US Agency for International Development

RUMOR. Mina Chang is the US State Department official rumored to be the next ambassador to the Philippines. Photo courtesy of US State Department

[ANALYSIS] Your fish is your future

Jun 05, 2019 - 8:01 PM

Ensuring the health of Philippine fisheries – and the country's economy – will not just require robust law enforcement and improved science

Up to PH to consider U.S. concerns over Huawei, says envoy

May 23, 2019 - 3:29 PM

US Ambassador Sung Kim stresses Washington's 'serious concerns' about Chinese firm Huawei, which will be involved in the Department of the Interior and Local Government's China-funded Safe Philippines project

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim responds to reporters’ questions at the weekly Pandesal Forum in Quezon City. May 23, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Keep cool and carry on: 5 local ice-cream brands to enjoy in Metro Manila

May 16, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Can't take the heat? Enjoy any of these 5 locally-owned artisanal ice cream brands and their new summer flavors! Which one's your fave?

Ambassador Quintana tells property developers: 'Give OFWs best deals'

Apr 29, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Quintana also advises overseas Filipino workers to exercise due diligence when it comes to buying properties

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[OPINION] The world according to Rodolfo Severino

Apr 24, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Severino will be remembered as a great Filipino statesman in the tradition of those who served their homeland well by serving the world of nations

Ambassador Rod Severino: The complete diplomat, even at home

Apr 24, 2019 - 8:50 AM

The late Ambassador Rodolfo 'Rod' Severino is remembered as a strategic thinker, mentor, and father who never raised his voice

Then-ASEAN secretary general Rodolfo Severino answers questions during a joint press conference at the end of a two-day meeting of the 4th ASEAN Finance Ministers in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, on March 26, 2000. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Former ambassador Rodolfo Severino Jr dies at 82

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Much respected diplomat Rodolfo Severino Jr, former secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, served the Philippines for over 3 decades

PASSING OF A DIPLOMAT. File photo of Ambassador Rodolfo Severino Jr.

New Australia envoy on Rappler cases: We're watching closely

Apr 05, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Freedom of the press 'is a fundamental part of any democracy,' says Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steven Robinson

PRESS FREEDOM. New Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steven Robinson says in a media reception on April 4, 2019, that Australia is closely watching the legal processes faced by news website Rappler. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

U.K. 'deeply concerned' by Maria Ressa arrest

Feb 15, 2019 - 2:13 PM

'The British government supports a free media,' says British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce

PRESS FREEDOM. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is facing a string of cases under the Duterte administration. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: FDCP Film Ambassadors Night 2019

Feb 11, 2019 - 4:18 PM

The Film Development Council of the Philippines honors 86 artists in the film and television industry

[OPINION] Why we need to support free media in era of fake news

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:14 PM

As Winston Churchill said, 'A free press is the unsleeping guardian of every other right that free men prize; it is the most dangerous foe of tyranny'

[OPINION] Philippines-U.S. friendship rings stronger in 2018

Dec 22, 2018 - 6:03 PM

Undoubtedly, the biggest success was the return of the 3 Balangiga Bells

Duterte names ex-DFA spokesman as Turkey ambassador

Dec 21, 2018 - 11:47 AM

The President names a new special envoy to Kazakhstan and nominates two others as ambassadors to Poland and Kenya

[OPINION] Returning the Bells

Dec 11, 2018 - 8:00 AM

As the Balangiga bells arrive in Manila today, we do not focus on looking back or relitigating a painful chapter in our past but investing in our shared future

Rappler Talk: Ambassador Amanda Gorely on Australia-PH relations

Dec 07, 2018 - 1:32 PM

The Australian ambassador wraps up her Philippine tour with updates on humanitarian support, and trade and investment opportunities

[OPINION] U.S., Philippines: Friends, partners in educational exchange

Nov 18, 2018 - 12:02 PM

I am confident we can – and must – expand educational exchange even further to prepare our youth

[OPINION] Working together for the golden age of PH-China relations

Nov 15, 2018 - 5:00 PM

'We have every reason to believe that Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit will enormously boost China-Philippines relations in the new era and position our relations as a new model of international relations,' writes Ambassador Zhao Jianhua

Trump names new US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Nov 14, 2018 - 5:30 PM

John Abizaid, a top US general from the Iraq war who has studied the Middle East for years, is named as ambassador to Saudi Arabia

ARLINGTON,VA - FEBRUARY 28: Retired Gen. John Abizaid, Defense Health Board subcommittee chair conducts a briefing about the Dover Port Mortuary Independent Review Subcommittee Report at the Pentagon February 28, 2012 in Arlington, Virginia. In the report it is noted that small portions of unidentified human remains recovered from the September 11, 2001, attacks on the Pentagon and from the impact site of United flight 93 which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, were incinerated and subsequently dumped in a landfill, the Defense Department acknowledged Tuesday. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP WIN MCNAMEE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

U.S. ambassador pays courtesy call on DFA chief Locsin

Nov 01, 2018 - 11:12 AM

'I very much look forward to working closely together,' says US Ambassador Sung Kim after meeting with Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr

COURTESY CALL. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim pays a courtesy call on Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr at the Department of Foreign Affairs on October 31, 2018. Photo courtesy of Ambassador Kim

UK envoy 'horrified' by killing of 9 Negros farmers

Oct 22, 2018 - 11:29 AM

British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce says the murder of 9 farm workers in Negros Occidental is 'a tragedy for the victims and their loved ones'

FARMERS' SLAY. British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce condemns the killing of 9 farm workers in Negros Occidental. File photo from Ateneo's Facebook page

Japan to accept 50,000 workers from PH under new hiring rules

Oct 20, 2018 - 9:45 AM

‘Japan faces an aging society and lacks labor force, while the Philippines is abundant with young labor force with great potential,’ Ambassador Koji Haneda says

Photo from the Philippine embassy in Japan

Nikki Haley suddenly resigns as Trump's UN ambassador

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:42 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Meeting Haley in the Oval Office, Trump says that she had done a 'fantastic job' and would leave at the end of the year

RESIGNED. File photo shows United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaking at a UN Security Council meeting. Photo by Kena Betancur

Duterte clears wealthy 'drug pusher,' cites close ties to Chinese envoy

Oct 04, 2018 - 11:01 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte says the suspected drug pusher, a Davao businessman, cannot be involved in illegal drugs as he enjoys close ties with Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua

President Rodrigo Duterte attends the groundbreaking for the planned Binondo-Intramuros bridge with Chinese ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua and other officials in Manila on July 17, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Jollibee in London shows PH businesses can go global – envoy

Sep 29, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The Philippine embassy says Jollibee, the first Philippine fast food chain to expand to the United Kingdom, is 'blazing the trail for other Philippine businesses'

JOLLIBEE LONDON. Philippine Ambassador to the UK Antonio Manuel Lagdameo and Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III smile as Jollibee snaps a groufie at the first Jollibee store in London. Photo by Stacy Garcia

HOAX: US Ambassador Nikki Haley 'quote' on Duterte

Sep 28, 2018 - 12:00 PM

This is a resurfaced claim from 2017. The US ambassador didn't say “we must give Duterte space to run the nation.”

Lolo Kiko with Nanay Amba: Pope meets new PH envoy to Vatican

Sep 03, 2018 - 8:25 PM

A Bicolana career diplomat, Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican Grace Relucio Princesa presents her credentials to Pope Francis

'NANAY AMBA.' Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican Grace Relucio Princesa presents her credentials to Pope Francis on September 1, 2018. Photo courtesy of Vatican News

UP Singing Ambassadors win Grand Prize at international singing competition

Aug 27, 2018 - 11:08 AM

The UP Ambassadors bag the grand prize at the 66th Concorso Polifonico Internazionale 'Guido d'Arezzo'

Another P1M bonus for Asiad gold winner

Aug 21, 2018 - 3:37 PM

PH ambassador to Indonesia Lee Hiong Wee pledges P1 million to Filipino gold medalists in the 2018 Asian Games

REWARDS. The Philippine delegation is still seeking for its first gold medal. Photos from Asian Games PH media pool

Envoy to UAE gets top award from Quezon province

Aug 20, 2018 - 1:40 PM

A native of Lucena City and Mauban, incoming Philippine ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Mancenido Quintana receives the Quezon Medalya ng Karangalan

QUEZON NATIVE. Incoming Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Mancenido Quintana receives the Quezon Medalya ng Karangalan on August 16, 2018. Photo from DFA

Ex-acting DFA boss Manalo named ambassador to Germany

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Manalo, who served under 3 presidents as foreign undersecretary for policy, is now taking up another overseas post

U.S., France slam Basilan car blast as terror act

Aug 01, 2018 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) 'We join the Philippine government in condemning this terrorist act in the strongest terms,' says United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim

COUNTERTERRORISM. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim speaks in a press conference on September 26, 2017, about a counterterrorism drill with the Philippines. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Former ambassador Jun Lozada dies

Jul 31, 2018 - 10:52 AM

The late Jose Apolinario 'Jun' Lozada Jr is former ambassador to the Holy See, Austria, and Palau, and also former representative of Negros Occidental

DIPLOMAT, LAWMAKER. Former ambassador Apolinario 'Jun' Lozada Jr at the Wednesday Roundtable at Lido Cocina Tsina in 2017. Screenshot from Wednesday Roundtable @Lido/Areopagus Communications

UP Singing Ambassadors bags 1st prize at Spanish music festival

Jul 29, 2018 - 6:33 PM

The group wins the first prize in the Habaneras and Polyphony categories of the 64th Certamen Internacional de Habaneras y Polifonia

China denies 'debt trap' in grants for Philippines

Jul 17, 2018 - 8:10 PM

'I think your economic team is smart enough,' says Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua

CLOSER TIES. Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua whispers to President Rodrigo Duterte at the groundbreaking of the planned Binondo-Intramuros bridge on July 17, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH a province of China? 'Not now, not ever,' envoy says

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua slams the 'province of China' banners as a 'vicious attack' on President Rodrigo Duterte's foreign policy

'PROVINCE OF CHINA.' Banners that read, 'Welcome to the Philippines, province of China,' were spotted around Metro Manila on July 12, 2018, the second anniversary of the Philippines' legal victory against China at The Hague. Contributed photo

World Cup win symbolizes unity, diversity – French Ambassador in PH

Jul 16, 2018 - 6:01 PM

Ambassador Nicolas Galey praises French-Pinoy Alphonse Areola for exemplifying a united spirit in France's World Cup campaign

DIVERSITY. France's World Cup champion team brings hope to country's marginalized immigrant population. Photo by Frank Fife/AFP

3 U.S. carrier visits to Philippines show America cares – envoy

Jul 04, 2018 - 12:52 PM

The carrier visits show 'we care about developments in the South China Sea,' says US Ambassador Sung Kim as America celebrates its 242nd Independence Day

'AMERICA CARES.' The visits to the Philippines of 3 US carriers, including USS Ronald Reagan (in photo), show that America cares about developments in the South China Sea, says US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim. Photo from US Indo-Pacific Command

U.S. and Philippines: Friends, partners, and allies

Jul 04, 2018 - 8:38 AM

The US-Philippine friendship is built on shared sacrifices, shared values, and people-to-people ties

Image from Shutterstock

Outgoing envoy of 'Norwegia' hails ties with Philippines

Jun 18, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Outgoing Norwegian Ambassador Erik Førner pushes for the resumption of peace talks with communist rebels

ORDER OF SIKATUNA. President Rodrigo Duterte confers the Order of Sikatuna to outgoing Norwegian Ambassador Erik Førner. Photo from the Norwegian Embassy in the Philippines

China invasion of PH? 'Nonsense,' says Chinese envoy

Jun 12, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'We have never thought of going to war with our good neighbor, our good friend that is the Philippines,' says Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua on the landing of a Chinese plane in Davao City

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the ceremonial turnover of the military assistance gratis from the Ministry of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on June 28, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Chinese envoy: 'Bad apples' in China Coast Guard to be disciplined

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:55 AM

But the China Coast Guard personnel may have just been trading goods with Filipino fishermen, says Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua

Rappler Talk Investigative: Former ambassador Luis Cruz on U.S.-North Korea summit

Jun 11, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Rappler's editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to former ambassador to South Korea Luis Cruz on the importance of the summit and what it means to Southeast Asia

Duterte arrives in South Korea for 3-day official visit

Jun 03, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Ambassador Raul Hernandez says 66,000 Filipinos live in South Korea, and the voters among them 'gave 84% of their votes' to President Rodrigo Duterte

DUTERTE IN SEOUL. President Rodrigo Duterte (center) is welcomed by Ambassador Raul Hernandez (right) and the envoy's wife, Ana (left), as the head of state arrives in South Korea at around 5:20 am on June 3, 2018. Photo courtesy of Ambassador Hernandez

U.S. envoy to Philippines leads preparations for Trump, Kim meeting

May 28, 2018 - 2:05 PM

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim is a former nuclear negotiator with North Korea and former ambassador to South Korea

VETERAN DIPLOMAT. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim is leading preparations for a meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler