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CSC issues hiring, online interview guidelines

Jul 13, 2020 - 5:46 PM

PRESS RELEASE: In recruiting and selecting candidates, agencies shall adopt internal guidelines that will allow online recruitment and selection processes such as online competency assessments and video conferencing for interviews

CSC eases rules in filling up health, medical positions

Jul 13, 2020 - 5:17 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The CSC says that reassignment, detail, and transfer for healthcare workers are also allowed

PH gov't to allow motorcycle back riding for couples

Jul 09, 2020 - 8:53 AM

(UPDATED) Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año says they will allow motorcycle back riding for couples starting Friday, July 10

FOR COUPLES ONLY. Motorcycles line up at a checkpoint in Cavite. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Comic Odyssey's Fort branch closes down

Jul 08, 2020 - 1:40 PM

The branch located at the 4th level of Fully Booked BGC will be shutting its doors permanently after 8 years

DFA closes coronavirus-hit Aseana consular office

Jul 05, 2020 - 2:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Foreign Affairs says its NCR South consular office will be open on July 6 after disinfection procedures were completed

Jones Cup canceled amid coronavirus pandemic

Jul 03, 2020 - 7:44 PM

The Philippines ruled the previous Jones Cup as Mighty Sports swept the tournament

UNBEATEN. Renaldo Balkman and Mighty Sports secured the Philippines its sixth Jones Cup title last year with a sweep. Photo release

SALN filing period extended further until August 31

Jun 25, 2020 - 1:45 PM

The Civil Service Commission also allows the online submission of the Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth by public officials and government employees

Berlin marathon canceled for 2020 over coronavirus

Jun 25, 2020 - 10:08 AM

The city of Berlin has banned events with more than 5,000 participants since April

PACKED. Runners crowd in front of Brandenburg Gate in the 2019 Berlin Marathon. Photo by John MacDougall/AFP

2020 New York marathon canceled over pandemic

Jun 24, 2020 - 11:09 PM

The world's largest marathon scraps its 50th anniversary celebration

MAJOR RACE. Runners cross the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge during the 2019 New York City Marathon. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament moved to 2021

Jun 24, 2020 - 5:54 PM

The national team composed of CJ Perez, Mo Tautuaa, Joshua Munzon, and Alvin Pasaol will vie for one of the Olympic spots up for grabs

PREPARE. The Philippine 3x3 team has almost a year to gear up for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Photo from Chooks-to-Go

Salcedo Market reopens with new guidelines

Jun 23, 2020 - 12:35 PM

The produce and food market is open again from 7 am to 12 noon every Saturday

Kissing starts again in French films

Jun 20, 2020 - 12:10 PM

'Kissing has started again' on French film sets where the actors have been tested for the coronavirus, says the country's culture minister

'Star Wars: A New Hope' concert is postponed to 2021

Jun 18, 2020 - 4:08 PM

The event would have featured a screening of the 'Star Wars' film set to a live performance of its iconic score by John Williams

POSTPONED. The live concert film for 'Star Wars: A New Hope' is put on hold for 2021. Image courtesy of CC: Concepts

Oscars 2021 postponed by two months due to pandemic

Jun 16, 2020 - 1:40 PM

The Academy is moving next year's Oscars ceremony from February 28 to April 25, 2021, while also extending the cut-off date for Oscar-eligible films to two months

Dine-in now allowed in Manila City

Jun 15, 2020 - 5:54 PM

The dine-in option is restricted to 30% capacity and diners cannot eat face-to-face

DINE-IN. A restaurant staff of a fast-food-chain in Quezon City on June 14, 2020, prepares acrylic dividers on tables as preparation for dine-in transactions. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

UAE opens doors, allows even foreigners to return

Jun 13, 2020 - 11:44 PM

The new government policy aims to bring back over 200,000 people with valid UAE resident visas

Dubai's Sheikh Zayed road is deserted during a curfew imposed by the authorities in a bid to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus in the Emirati city on April 5, 2020. - Last night, Dubai, one of the seven emirates making up the UAE, announced a two-week lockdown in which it will carry out tests in densely populated areas. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

Star French chef comes up with 'COVID-safe' restaurant

Jun 13, 2020 - 11:55 AM

Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse will be installing in his Paris restaurant a sophisticated 'anti-Covid' ventilation system similar to those in hospitals and intensive care units

VIRUSFrench Chef Alain Ducasse poses on June 11, 2020, in his restaurant Allard in Paris, equiped by an anti-Covid filtering device. (Photo by THOMAS SAMSON / AFP)

Slipknot's Manila show rescheduled to January 2021

Jun 12, 2020 - 4:23 PM

The band was initially set to make their Manila debut in March 2020

SLIPKNOT. The metal band is heading to Manila in January 2021. Image from

Moderna's coronavirus vaccine to enter final trial stage in July

Jun 12, 2020 - 3:33 PM

The US biotech company's vaccine effort is a global frontrunner, alongside a vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford with AstraZeneca, which has also launched a large scale trial on 10,000 volunteers

Western Visayas tourists can visit Boracay starting June 16

Jun 11, 2020 - 6:53 PM

All modified general community quarantine rules will apply, such as mask-wearing and physical distancing

MUCH AWAITED REOPENING. Boracay will be open to Western Visayas tourists starting June 16. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Zara owner Inditex to close up to 1,200 stores globally

Jun 11, 2020 - 1:57 PM

The company plans to boost their online sales moving forward

ZARA. The fashion brand's parent company Inditex says it will be closing up to 1,200 stores around the world. Photo from Shutterstock

Vikings Luxury Buffet to reopen for dine-in — sans the buffet

Jun 11, 2020 - 12:30 PM

Glass shields for food stations, an order-all-you-can format – the popular buffet joint tweaks its operations as it prepares to open its doors to dine-in customers

Coachella music fest canceled for 2020 due to pandemic

Jun 11, 2020 - 10:30 AM

After postponing the California music festival to October, health officials are instead scrapping it totally for 2020 to 'protect the health of the community'

INDIO, CA - APRIL 21: Festivalgoers are seen during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 21, 2019 in Indio, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella/AFP

Meralco to start charging P47 again for online payments

Jun 10, 2020 - 7:00 PM

'There is no reason to charge these fees except greed,' says consumer rights group Konsyumer

Eiffel Tower to reopen to public on June 25

Jun 10, 2020 - 1:44 PM

The famous Paris tourist site is reopening after 3 months of closure with new ground markings, only allowing visits by the stairs

Get a liter of ice scramble delivered by Iskrambol Manila

Jun 10, 2020 - 12:07 PM

Every order comes with ice scramble toppings – buttermilk, choco syrup, mini mallows, and sprinkles

Ramon Magsaysay Awards presentation canceled due to pandemic

Jun 08, 2020 - 6:28 PM

The annual Ramon Magsaysay Award has only been disrupted twice before: during the 1970 financial crisis and the 1990 Luzon earthquake

FOR PUBLIC SERVICE. The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation is committed to  'honoring greatness of spirit in selfless service to the peoples of Asia'

Universal Orlando is first big Florida theme park to reopen after virus

Jun 06, 2020 - 11:14 AM

The reopened theme park will only operate at 35% capacity, with new rules like mandatory face masks, temperature checks at the entrance, and ground markers

Ate Rica's Bacsilog reopens select PH branches for delivery, takeout

Jun 05, 2020 - 12:51 PM

Missing Ate Rica's Bacsilog? There are now 62 branches open for delivery and takeout

You can get frozen, ready-to-bake Jamaican Patties for delivery

Jun 04, 2020 - 8:07 PM

Now you can enjoy the flaky, meat-filled pastry freshly-baked from home

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

'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

1st day of Metro Manila GCQ: ‘Walang masakyan’

Jun 01, 2020 - 11:33 PM

A stranded passenger laments the 'social injustice' brought about by the reopening of businesses without the operation of jeepneys and buses

NO RIDE. 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

2 city bus routes to serve Bulacan, Cavite commuters starting June 2

Jun 01, 2020 - 7:08 PM

LTFRB allows Angat-Quezon Avenue and Dasmariñas-PITX city bus routes to start operating on June 2, as mass transportation remains crippled due to DOTr policies

STRANDED. 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 Metro Manila. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

No need for quarantine pass under GCQ, except in critical areas, buffer zones – DILG

Jun 01, 2020 - 9:34 AM

Passes are still needed when traveling between provinces and regions

PASSES. A man presents his quarantine pass and ID. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIST: P2P bus routes starting June 1

May 31, 2020 - 11:01 PM

The resumption of P2P operations is in line with the start of the general community quarantine in Metro Manila

POINT-TO-POINT. With guaranteed seats and departure schedules, the P2P service offers a more convenient ride to passengers. Photo by Cathrine Gonzales/Rappler

NAIA set to resume limited domestic flights

May 31, 2020 - 3:30 PM

Only domestic flights approved by CAAP will resume operations between areas under general community quarantine in June 2020, says MIAA

NAIA. The facade of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cupcakes by Sonja available for delivery, pickup in Metro Manila

May 29, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Red velvet cupcakes, anyone? Cupcakes by Sonja is back in baking business for delivery and pickup orders of their cupcakes and whole cakes.

Rescheduled Boston Marathon now canceled

May 29, 2020 - 11:23 AM

Staging the Boston Marathon ‘would not be responsible or realistic on September 14 or anytime this year,’ says the mayor

VIRTUAL EVENT. With this year’s Bsoton Marathon shelved, participants may sign up for a virtual race. Photo by Ryan McBride/AFP

U.S. embassy cancels immigrant, non-immigrant visa interviews until June 11

May 28, 2020 - 6:38 PM

The United States embassy in Manila is unable to provide a specific date when it will resume visa services, but hopes to do so 'as soon as possible'

US Embassy in Manila. File photo from AFP.

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka launches 'cook-at-home ramen kits'

May 28, 2020 - 5:56 PM

Now you can cook Ramen Santouka's ramen, chicken karaage, and gyoza at home – just pick up your orders from their Glorietta 4 branch

Ababu Persian Kitchen reopens 4 branches for delivery, pickup

May 28, 2020 - 12:00 PM

Ababu's Xavierville, Maginhawa, UST Gelinos, and Malate branches are now open for pickup orders

Locavore sells ready-to-cook sizzling sinigang, lechon belly, crispy pata

May 28, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Locavore's Filipino favorites are available for delivery in frozen, ready-to-cook, or party tray form

Foodpanda introduces grocery delivery service

May 27, 2020 - 4:55 PM

The on-demand food delivery service introduces a new grocery feature

Public school enrollment to push through on June 1 – Malacañang

May 27, 2020 - 11:03 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says that face-to-face classes will only be allowed in areas that are no longer under community quarantine by the time classes start

Students and teachers of Laurel Elementary School cover their noses in an attempt to reduce the stink coming from a nearby dumpsite. Photo from Laurel Baho facebook page

Razon's of Guagua reopens PH branches for delivery, takeout

May 26, 2020 - 5:42 PM

Hello Razon's halo-halo, pancit luglug, sizzling sisig, bulalo, and more! Check out the list of reopened branches here.

Educational publisher gives free access to teaching resources

May 25, 2020 - 11:11 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Initially exclusive to Diwa partner schools, the Diwa Learning Town is now open to all educators to encourage them to start their learning continuity plan amid COVID-19

ROYCE Chocolates reopens branch for pickup, delivery

May 22, 2020 - 5:36 PM

Nama chocolate bars, chocolate-covered potato chips, and more are available to order from ROYCE's Powerplant branch

Shake Shack introduces DIY ShackBurger take-home kits

May 22, 2020 - 11:52 AM

Now home cooks can prepare Shake Shack's burgers at home – each kit comes with patties, buns, fresh veggies, cheese, and the secret Shack sauce

Several state colleges to waive entrance exams during pandemic

May 21, 2020 - 10:48 PM

CHED Chairperson Prospero de Vera says many of these schools will determine the students' qualifications for admission based on their high school grades

HEARING. File photo of CHED Chair Prospero de Vera lll during a 2020 budget hearing at Congress on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler