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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

Ranger, researcher, relentless learner: Meet Joy Hekrdle

Nov 07, 2019 - 5:00 PM

'Hardship taught me to strive for better conditions,' says Joy Hekrdle, one of Oceana's Ocean Heroes in 2017

PROTECTING THE SEAS. Jocelyn Hekrdle (extreme right) and her 6 scholars. Photo courtesy of Oceana

[OPINION | Deep Dive] What the GCTA law is and what it needs

Aug 23, 2019 - 8:34 PM

While the GCTA is a good idea, the question of determining whether conduct falls under 'good conduct' to merit the GCTA may be arbitrary sans any objective standards to measure, assess, and rate such

Camiguin launches dive fest, seeks help from divers to keep reefs pristine

Jul 02, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The provincial government hopes that the Dive Festival will attract more tourists

[OPINION | Deep Dive] Why the Senate race mattered so much

May 16, 2019 - 9:08 AM

The shutout of the opposition makes the targets of charter change, federalism, return of the death penalty so much easier now because of the looming supermajority in the Senate

High time for cliff diving to make Olympic splash, says Louganis

Apr 19, 2019 - 8:42 PM

Decorated Olympian Greg Louganis believes there’s a possibility the sport could debut in the 2028 Games

LEGEND. Greg Louganis, who has won 4 Olympic gold medals, serves as sports director for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Photo from Red Bull

'Learn who you are' in cliff diving, says world champion

Apr 15, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Jumping off a cliff as high as 90 feet is no easy task, but reigning Red Bull Cliff Diving titlist Gary Hunt says the sport can help in conquering fears

BRILLIANT BRIT. Great Britain's Gary Hunt guns for his sixth Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series title. Photo by Romina Amato/Red Bull Content Pool

Strong start for champs in PH leg of Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

Apr 14, 2019 - 12:10 AM

Australia's Rhiannan Iffland and Great Britain's Gary Hunt impress with their dives off the majestic cliffs of El Nido, Palawan

DIVE QUEEN. Rhiannan Iffland kicks off her bid for a fourth straight World Series title with a splash. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

Fil-Aussie hopes to pave way for more Filipino cliff divers

Apr 13, 2019 - 1:59 PM

Xantheia Pennisi enjoys homecourt advantage as she sees action in the Philippine leg of the 2019 Red Bull Cliff World Series in El Nido, Palawan

PINAY PRIDE. Diver Xantheia Pennisi was born to a Filipino mother from Tarlac. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

Fil-Australian cliff diver to compete in world series

Apr 04, 2019 - 5:21 PM

Xantheia Pennisi is Red Bull Cliff Diving world series’ first participant of Filipino descent

REPRESENING PH. Fil-Australian Xantheia Pennisi returns to the Philippines for the 2019 Red Bull Cliff Diving world series. Photo from release

Olympian to officiate PH leg of Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2019

Mar 26, 2019 - 7:29 AM

Greg Louganis, considered the 'greatest American diver,' will continue to serve as sports director for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

RARE AIR. Competitors in the 2019 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series will be in legendary companion in Greg Louganis, who won 4 Olympic gold medals. Photo from Red Bull

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] The problems with the list

Mar 07, 2019 - 6:34 PM

It cannot be denied that the drug list is simply another 'Order of Battle,' which is unlawful

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Finally, EJKs defined

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:50 AM

A new law, RA 11188, now defines extrajudicial killings – a significant step forward in providing justice to many victims

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Maria Ressa case and the big chill

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Why the charge against Maria Ressa and former Rappler researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr is unconstitutional

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Game changers

Jan 09, 2019 - 9:00 AM

No one laughs at the President's jokes, and the Supreme Court becomes supreme again. Why not?

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Community legal aid service: Too much, too soon?

Dec 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

What the Supreme Court may consider is putting together a pool of lawyers it deems qualified to provide legal assistance to indigent litigants and, in specific cases, let the courts require these lawyers to handle specific cases pro bono

102-year-old great-grandmother becomes 'oldest' skydiver

Dec 12, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Irene O'Shea's successful tandem dive 14,000 feet through the South Australian sky at age of 102 years and 194 days earned her a place in the history books

This handout taken on December 9, 2018 and released by SA Skydiving shows 102-year-old great-grandmother Irene O’Shea during her skydive tandem jump over Wellington in South Australia. - A 102-year-old great-grandmother is believed to have become the world's oldest skydiver after plunging 14,000 feet (4,300 metres) through the South Australian sky. She completed her first skydive to mark her 100th birthday in 2016, but organisers claimed it was the successful tandem dive on December 9 at the age of 102 years and 194 days that earned her a place in the history books. (Photo by Bryce SELLICK and Matt TEAGER / SA Skydiving / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SA SKYDIVING / BRYCE SELLICK & MATT TEAGER " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Is Bong Revilla innocent?

Dec 08, 2018 - 12:16 PM

In acquitting Revilla, the court simply cited the 'failure of the prosecution to establish beyond reasonable doubt' his guilt for plunder. It did not use the words 'absolutely failed.'

[ANALYSIS] Deep Dive | Draft constitution: Surgical precision, not blunt force

Dec 05, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Resolution of Both Houses No 15, or RBH, is nuanced and quite strategic. It does not look like it's dead in the water.

[ANALYSIS] Deep Dive | What's the big deal about seniority in selecting the Chief Justice?

Nov 29, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Appointing the judiciary’s head, whether the most senior or not, is the only way by which the President may legally exert influence over the judiciary

[OPINION | Deep Dive] What's the big deal about the bar exams?

Nov 21, 2018 - 9:32 PM

The bar exams – whose results are much-awaited and covered by the media – are, at best, simply a measure of a particular year’s test takers, nothing more

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Will Imelda go to jail for 77 years and other impertinent questions

Nov 14, 2018 - 8:11 AM

Old age is relevant only in determining the existence of a mitigating circumstance but is not a factor in the determination of criminal liability, the sentencing, and the service of sentences

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Does the President really need so many lawyers?

Nov 05, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Because the burden of the presidency is heavy, with multifarious demands all having legal implications and consequences, the President is expected to secure the best legal advice available

IN PHOTOS: Divers join International Coastal Cleanup

Sep 23, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Around 60 volunteers participate in the cleanup campaign in Batangas City

CLEANUP. International Coastal Cleanup campaign at Pier Uno Dive Resort, Batangas City on September 22, 2018. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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

Diving with a million sardines

Oct 15, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Sardines: cheap faceless fish packed into tin cans. Just how important are they? Oceana’s Gregg Yan dives to see them in a whole new light.

MILLIONS OF SARDINES. Moalboal’s millions-strong sardine schools sustain many kinds of animals, like tuna, dolphins and even seabirds. To avoid predators, the tiny fish form complex, flowing shapes. Photo by Danny Ocampo

Cable car in Palawan’s Underground River? No, thanks – management

Oct 14, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Palafox Associates, which proposed the project, says such type of attraction is needed to convince tourists to stay longer in Puerto Princesa, instead of leaving for other destinations such as El Nido

NATURAL WONDER. The Puerto Princesa Underfround River. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

A Singapore Minute (Part 2 of 5): iFly Singapore

Sep 11, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Fulfill the dream of flying and skydiving in Sentosa Island

World-famous island in Bohol gets 24-hour electricity supply

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Balicasag an island in Bohol province famous for diving snorkelling and whale and dolphin watching used to have power only from 6 pm to 11 pm

DIVING DESTINATION. Aerial shot of Balicasag Island, located off the western coast of Panglao Island in Bohol. Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard-Panglao

China still top, says Malaysian SEA Games diving champ

Aug 28, 2017 - 12:04 PM

Cheong scored 268 55 points in the 1m springboard category to win the gold despite a back injury

LUCK. Cheong Jun Hoong dismisses her world title as luck and considers China as the team to beat. Photo from Cheong Jun Hoong's Facebook.

4 hal yang perlu diketahui sebelum diving

Aug 13, 2017 - 9:03 AM

Agar pengalaman diving menjadi maksimal dan tidak berbahaya kamu perlu mengetahui beberapa hal penting ini

'Diving' di laut Indonesia sangat menyenangkan, tapi harus utamakan keselamatan. Foto dari delmardiveclub.co.uk/IDN Times

The week in photos: July 29-August 4, 2017

Aug 05, 2017 - 4:00 PM

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

ERUPTION. Hot lava flows down the Mount Sinabung volcano in the night in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia on July 30, 2017. Photo by Tibta Pangin/AFP

Diving activities resume in Mabini town – mayor

Apr 11, 2017 - 10:03 AM

Wala pong diving ban Diving is ok Resume na po diving activity says Mabini Mayor Noel Luistro

Diving sites in Batangas off limits after earthquake

Apr 10, 2017 - 11:08 PM

UPDATED The diving ban in Mabini town is put in place after the series of quakes in Batangas but is now lifted

Gameplan: Skin diving in Anilao

Oct 30, 2016 - 8:59 PM

The Philippines is known as the world’s center of marine biodiversity and you don’t need a scuba tank to dive into its beauty

Ocean advocate Alexandra Cousteau to youth: Earth's future lies with you

Sep 05, 2016 - 11:54 AM

Inspirational marine explorer and conservation advocate Alexandra Cousteau tells the youth that the future of conservation is in their hands

BRIGHT FUTURE. A pawikan (sea turtle) gently glides through the blue ocean. Photo by Gab Mejia/UPMBS

Gameplan: Eco-Traveling in Danjugan Island

Oct 31, 2015 - 5:30 PM

Here are some eco travel ideas you can try and experience in Danjugan Island

Gameplan: Diving in Danjugan Island

Sep 27, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Gameplan takes you underwater diving into Danjugan Island s breathtaking marine life

Empat turis hilang saat menyelam di Pulau Sangalaki

Aug 16, 2015 - 6:47 PM

Penyebab hilangnya para wisatan ini ditengarai karena arus bawah laut yang deras

Perairan di sekitar Kepulauan Derawan. Foto dari Twitter @DerawanTour

Extreme diving: Crucial to Arctic research

Aug 16, 2015 - 2:09 PM

To find answers in the Arctic researchers rely heavily on divers who brave the icy waters to gather samples

TEMPERATURE CHECK. Scientific divers work in the icy waters of the Kongsfjorden, near the scientific base of Ny Alesund, on the Spitzberg island of the Norwegian Arctic Svalbard archipelago, on July 22, 2015. Dominique Faget/AFP

PSC demands answers after botched dives at SEA Games

Jun 11, 2015 - 5:51 PM

Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia is reportedly seeking an explanation after two divers scored zero points in the men s 3m springboard

JD Pahoyo (pictured) and John Elmerson Fabriga have gone viral after scoring zero points in dives. Screenshot from YouTube

WATCH: Pinoy divers score 0 at SEA Games

Jun 11, 2015 - 2:59 PM

Two Filipino divers managed a combined score of zero after botching consecutive dives at the Southeast Asian Games

That face when you realize you just scored the lowest possible score. Screenshot from YouTube

10 things you didn't know about Tañon Strait

Feb 10, 2015 - 3:19 PM

If you ve gone dolphin watching in the Philippines it was probably in Tañon Strait the biggest marine protected area in the country

MARINE WONDERS. Hammerhead sharks can be found in Tañon Strait in the Visayas. Photo by Oceana/Rob Stewart

#SharePH #ShareDavao: Diving, Mt. Apo, the Philippine eagle

Nov 24, 2014 - 5:44 PM

Watch the first episode of Rappler s new travel show SharePH as it explores Davao city Share your own Davao memories

After the storm: A shark's tail

Nov 11, 2014 - 11:31 PM

Watch the story of a dive guide from Malapascua and his life after Haiyan

#ShareDavao: The diving lifestyle

Nov 07, 2014 - 8:29 PM

What s the diving lifestyle like in Davao?

Free diving: No equipment, just you and the water

Sep 13, 2014 - 12:17 PM

To hear that deafening silence is well worth it like you’ve reached the other side writes the author about her free diving experience

Togean Islands: Not for tourists, just travelers

Sep 06, 2014 - 12:48 PM

You’ll never hear of the Togean Islands – inside Sulawesi’s Gulf of Tomini – referred to as a tourist destination Only a few brave backpackers and undaunted scuba divers make their way here which only adds to the charm

DIVING HAVEN. The Togean Islands in Sulawesi’s Gulf of Tomini host dozens of dive sites with gorgeous coral reefs, gigantic sponges, calm waters and great visibility of up to more than 40 meters. All photos by Nila Tanzil

Indonesian skipper jailed for Japanese diver deaths

Jul 08, 2014 - 4:34 PM

I apologize to the families of the victims It was not intentional Kusuma tells reporters outside the Denpasar district court in Bali after the ruling

WebHits: Underwater dogs

May 06, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Why is a video about seals called Underwater Dogs ? Find out