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'Personal grudges, interests' prevailed in rejection of ABS-CBN franchise – academics

Jul 11, 2020 - 9:23 AM

The Philippine Association of Communication Educators promises to join electoral education initiatives 'to remind voters that no one, not even lawmakers, shall curtail press freedom'

TV host Kim Atienza led the prayers of employees and supporters during the solidarity night and candle lighting event of the ABS-CBN compound on uly 9, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/ Rappler

Unlock new possibilities with Smart Bro

Jul 10, 2020 - 2:59 PM

Smart Bro Prepaid LTE Pocket WiFi now comes at a lower price and with a promo

'Pride 20' fights back, accuses MPD of illegal arrest, sexual harassment

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:11 PM

'Gamit ang dahas, pananakot, at pananakit, pa-traidor na binuwag nila ang aming mapayapang pagkilos,' says the so-called Pride 20 in their complaint against 32 Manila policemen

RELEASE. Members of LGBTQ+ groups Bahaghari and Metro Manila Pride who were arrested after staging a Pride march in Mendiola, Manila were released on June 30 at the Manila Police District headquarters. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DepEd ramps up online education platform ahead of new school year

Jul 04, 2020 - 5:55 PM

The education department is doubling the capacity of DepEd Commons to accommodate at least 17 million users by August 24

Gov't to allow religious gatherings at 10% capacity in GCQ areas

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:24 PM

Services besides haircuts will be allowed in salons and barber shops, too, pending official guidelines

CLEANSING. A Worker disinfectS pews at a Catholic church in Quezon City on May 19, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Dito Telecom to miss July 2020 target for cell sites amid lockdown

Jul 01, 2020 - 6:55 PM

Dito Telecommunity chief administrative officer Adel Tamano says securing permits to build towers would not be as difficult, had it not been for the pandemic

Duterte extends GCQ in Metro Manila until July 15

Jul 01, 2020 - 12:28 AM

Only Cebu City remains under enhanced community quarantine

GCQ. A barangay worker disinfect the streets of Barangay 60 in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Manila Pride protesters freed, to sue police

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:16 PM

(UPDATED) 'Expect that we will file countercharges against the Manila police,' says Bahaghari's Rey Valmores-Salinas

RELEASED. Members of LGBTQ+ groups Bahaghari and Metro Manila Pride who were arrested after staging a Pride march and protest in Mendiola, Manila, last June 26, are released on Tuesday, June 30. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Being trans in tech: Championing equality with Google’s Melai Lopez

Jun 29, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'Never let anyone tell them that they do not belong in a certain space'

'Sulong 'wag patinag': In a pandemic, Metro Manila Pride 2020 goes online

Jun 28, 2020 - 4:27 PM

No virus can stop the rainbow flag from flying

‘Resist injustice’: Newly sworn lawyer helps detained Pride protesters

Jun 27, 2020 - 7:43 PM

Bernardo says the protesters asked for his legal advice prior to the short gathering and during its planning

‘Is this the new normal?’ Catriona Gray questions Pride march arrests

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:29 PM

‘Now is the time to speak up,’ Miss Universe 2018 urges her followers

'PRIDE IS A PROTEST.' LGBTQ+ groups hold a Pride March protest in Mendiola, Manila on Friday, June 26, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

'Hindi makatarungan': Artists, celebrities speak out vs arrest of Pride march protesters

Jun 26, 2020 - 8:06 PM

On social media, several artists and celebrities condemn the arrests and call for the release of the protesters

ARREST. Police officers arrest members and allies of LGBTQ+ group Bahaghari during a Pride march protest in Mendiola on June 26, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Netizens call to free detained Pride protesters: ‘Pride is protest’

Jun 26, 2020 - 5:04 PM

Using the hashtag #FreePride20, netizens express disbelief over the arrest of 20 protesters on Friday, June 26

C’mon guys, it’s 2020: Debunking LGBTQ+ stereotypes

Jun 26, 2020 - 4:18 PM

To this day, LGBTQ+ members still experience prejudice and endure stereotypes that may harm them

At least 20 arrested at Pride march in Manila

Jun 26, 2020 - 2:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'Nasa batas iyan na bawal iyan,' police tell the protesters, who observed physical distancing and wore face masks

Police officers arrest members and allies of LGBTQ+ group Bahaghari during a Pride March protest in Mendiola on June 26, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Robredo tells LGBTQ+ in positions of power to ‘use your influence to change mindsets'

Jun 26, 2020 - 1:15 PM

'Push lang nang push, mga besh!' Vice President Leni Robredo tells the community as she asks them to continue doing small but concrete steps to promote gender equality

PRIDE. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers her Pride Month message in a Facebook Live video on June 26, 2020. Screenshot from Robredo's Facebook page

73% of Filipinos think 'homosexuality should be accepted by society' – report

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:55 PM

The Philippines' acceptance of homosexuality did not change between 2013 and 2019, according to a Pew Research survey

LOOK: PRIDE PARADE – Hundreds of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, (LGBTQ+) cordilleras were joinef by their colleagues from Manila, Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan supporters parade from the University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB) campus down to Session road for the 13th Pride march on November 23, 2019. Their message: love has no gender, let love be. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Here's how you can march for Pride and help LGBTQ+ communities during pandemic

Jun 25, 2020 - 7:39 PM

Through the March for Pride website, advocates and members of the LGBTQ+ can lead their own Pride marches from the safety of their homes

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Jun 25, 2020 - 2:21 PM

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Zonal lockdowns: Is your house, street, or city a critical zone?

Jun 24, 2020 - 7:56 PM

Here's a quick explainer on what could trigger a hard lockdown of your area, or tougher quarantine measures if you are near a critical zone in the fight against the coronavirus

HARD LOCKDOWN. Barangay 60 in Tondo, Manila on hard lockdown on June 19, 2020.  Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

YouTube, Smart bring Creator Camp LIVE to help creators adapt to uncertain times

Jun 22, 2020 - 2:19 PM

The series will feature different personalities like Erwan Heussaff, Wil Dasovich, and Alodia Gosiengfiao

Smart WiFi continues providing services as it commemorates #WorldWiFiDay

Jun 20, 2020 - 9:04 AM

PLDT-Smart reinstates their commitment to make public Wi-Fi accessible to everyone on #WorldWiFiDay

Smart to release Hyun Bin’s second TV commercial

Jun 20, 2020 - 6:30 AM

The mobile services provider also provides fanservice with a new Hyun Bin TVC

These LGBTQ+ films are streaming on iWant for Cinema One Originals' Pride Film Festival

Jun 19, 2020 - 9:06 PM

You can now stream '2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten,' 'Shift,' and 'Changing Partners' for free from June 19 to July 20

2 COOL 2 BE FORGOTTEN. The Cinema One Originals 2016 Best Film winner is streaming for free on iWant. Screenshot from

Raven-Symoné ties the knot with girlfriend

Jun 19, 2020 - 5:35 PM

The 'That's So Raven' star weds her girlfriend Miranda Maday during a private backyard wedding ceremony

U.S. wants undersea data cable to skip Hong Kong

Jun 18, 2020 - 9:50 AM

The Pacific Light Cable Network pending approval by the Federal Communications Commission should connect the US, Taiwan, and the Philippines but not go through Hong Kong as planned

An operator works during the mooring of an undersea fiber optic cable at Arrietara beach near the Spanish Basque village of Sopelana on June 13, 2017.  Facebook and Microsoft have paired up to run a giant underwater cable dubbed Marea (tide) that will stretch from Virginia in the US to Bilbao, Spain, crossing some 6,600 kilometers of ocean. / AFP PHOTO / ANDER GILLENEA

Smart is now accepting pre-orders for the visionary Huawei P40 Series

Jun 16, 2020 - 5:25 PM

You can pre-order online or at any Smart Stores nationwide

Esperon denies he had Rio removed from DICT

Jun 16, 2020 - 7:47 AM

It was the President's prerogative to accept ICT undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr's dormant resignation, says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

NO INTERVENTION. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr during a Senate hearing in January 2020. Senate photo

Duterte extends Metro Manila GCQ until June 30

Jun 16, 2020 - 12:36 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's decision comes as the National Capital Region remains a battleground in the country's fight against the coronavirus

Passengers returning to work wait for augmentation buses along Commonwealth Avenue Quezon City on June 1, 2020, the first day of the General Community Quarantine in NCR. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte places Cebu City on lockdown again

Jun 16, 2020 - 12:27 AM

After a spike in coronavirus cases, Cebu City is back to enhanced community quarantine starting June 16, from the more relaxed general community quarantine

BACK ON LOCKDOWN. Mall goers follow social distancing as they enter a mall in Cebu City even as public transportation is still suspended after the province is placed under General Community Quarantine on June 1, 2020. Photo by Geo Litonjua/Rappler

Cavite eases some restrictions as it prepares to shift to MGCQ

Jun 14, 2020 - 4:29 PM

Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla is suspending the number coding scheme to make it easier for people to go to work and quarantine pass holders can now go to malls within the province provided they only stay for an hour and a half

IMUS CATHEDRAL ready for PUBLIC MASS starting June 15. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

The danger before us

Jun 12, 2020 - 5:24 PM

Do we sit back or do something?

Emma Watson, Eddie Redmayne defend transgender people following JK Rowling's anti-trans tweets

Jun 11, 2020 - 4:14 PM

The actors both appeared in films in the 'Harry Potter' universe

ALLIES. Emma Watson and Eddie Redmayne voice their support for transgender people following anti-trans tweets by 'Harry Potter' author JK Rowling. Photos by Chris Delmas/AFP and Andy Rain/EPA

Rio suspects Esperon behind his removal from DICT

Jun 11, 2020 - 10:19 AM

The removal of the former DICT official opens a Pandora's Box of issues in the department and in the government's coronavirus response

 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. on the sidelines of the meeting with the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) at the Malacañan Palace on April 15, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

IN PHOTOS: ‘My jeepney, our home’

Jun 10, 2020 - 2:50 PM

Without a home and livelihood for nearly 3 months because of the coronavirus lockdown, driver Julius Evangelista and his family live inside his jeepney

TOMORROW IS ANOTHER A DAY. Erlin fans his son sleeping inside the jeepney.

No Pride march? Here are other activities to celebrate Pride 2020

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:57 AM

(UPDATED) Straying away from an extravagant Pride march due to quarantine restrictions, the Filipino LGBTQ+ community continues to celebrate Pride month through various activities online. Here are some you can join.

Daniel Radcliffe speaks up in support of transgender, nonbinary persons

Jun 09, 2020 - 12:04 PM

The 'Boy Who Lived' releases a statement through the Trevor Project – an organization that provides support for LGBTQ+ youth

ALLY. Daniel Radcliffe affirms his support for transgender and nonbinary people in a statement released through the Trevor Project. Shutterstock file photo

Gov't changes mind: Kids, seniors must stay home even under MGCQ

Jun 04, 2020 - 2:45 PM

Even under the most relaxed form of community quarantine, those 21 and below, the elderly, and pregnant women can only leave their residences to obtain essential goods or to work

Baguio City First day of Modified General Community Quarantine,  Baguio City Mayor Magalong The public is advised to be extra vigilant after Baguio City recorded two confirmed Covid - 19 cases. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Planning to leave your province or the metro under GCQ? What you should know

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:11 AM

Unless you or a member of your immediate family are facing a life-or-death situation, you will likely need ‘travel authority’ from your local police chief

BORDER CHECKPOINT. Police and soldiers inspect motorists at the border between Batangas and Cavite provinces on May 20, 2020. File photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Smart launches new LTE-Advanced Pocket WiFi plans starting at only P699 per month

Jun 03, 2020 - 4:59 PM

It comes with a data rollover feature so you can carry over unused data to the next month

'Localized lockdowns' to contain coronavirus during GCQ, MGCQ

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:35 PM

It could be a building, a block, or an entire barangay, but if there are two or more coronavirus cases in one place, the authorities will swoop in and lock it down

LOCAL LOCKDOWN. In this file photo, road signs mark Mandaluyong City's total lockdown of Barangays Mauway and Addition Hills on May 12, 2020. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Coronavirus Updates: Metro Manila, Cebu City relax restrictions

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:00 AM

We label June 1 as ‘The Hunger Games: NCR, Cavite, and Cebu City Editions.’ For those returning to work, it’s like getting into a death match.

'Priceless investment': Why PH telco Smart tapped Hyun Bin for new campaign

Jun 01, 2020 - 3:54 PM

The South Korean actor's contract includes a Philippine visit with 3 events, but Smart says they'll have to 'work out' when that's going to happen

THE CAPTAIN HAS LANDED. The 'Crash Landing On You' star is the face of Smart's 'Simple. Smart Ako.' campaign. Screenshot from Smart's Facebook page

[EDITORIAL] Bangungot ng Kamaynilaan: Lalong humihirap ang maging mahirap

Jun 01, 2020 - 2:05 PM

Sa gitna ng lumalalang antas ng pamumuhay sa kalunsuran dulot ng congestion at trapiko, at banta pa sa kalusugan dulot ng virus – saan lulugar ang pobreng mahirap?

Volleyball stars serve up help for match-day workers

May 31, 2020 - 7:07 PM

Charo Soriano, Alyssa Valdez, and Aby Maraño lead a fundraising variety show to help volleyball personnel amid the sports shutdown

MORE HELP NEEDED. Alyssa Valdez says the ‘fight’ isn’t over. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

WATCH: Hyun Bin is the star of Smart’s latest campaign

May 28, 2020 - 8:18 PM

The full commercial airs on June 1

Baguio mayor seeks reclassification of city's community quarantine

May 28, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong appeals to the government's coronavirus task force to reclassify the city as under modified general community quarantine

RECLASSIFY. This file photo shows Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong during a Senate hearing on October 3, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House committee passes bill requiring masks, distancing post-pandemic

May 28, 2020 - 2:15 PM

Wearing of face masks and physical distancing in public vehicles and areas would become mandatory in post-pandemic Philippines if this bill becomes law

'BETTER NORMAL.' Passengers in a bus following a Mendez-Imus route observe physical distancing. File photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler)

Smart changes LTE SIM upgrade process after SIM-jacking incidents

May 27, 2020 - 4:14 PM

Smart says it made the process of upgrading to an LTE-capable SIM more secure