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FAST FACTS: Harrison Plaza

Dec 30, 2019 - 9:08 AM

The once upscale complex in Manila bills itself as 'the country's first one-stop shopping mall'

File photo from Wikipedia

FAST FACTS: What you should know about Our Lady of La Naval

Oct 13, 2019 - 2:55 PM

For devotees, Our Lady of La Naval is the symbol of love and strength to withstand life's constant battles

Annual procession of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary La Naval de Manila. the Queen of the Rosary is also the patron saint of Quezon City. Sto. Domingo Parish, Quezon City. Oct. 14, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FAST FACTS: Who is new SC Associate Justice Rodil Zalameda?

Aug 05, 2019 - 8:25 PM

New Supreme Court Associate Justice Rodil Zalameda is a graduate of the Ateneo Law School

FAST FACTS: What you should know about Landbank

Jul 31, 2019 - 12:42 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Duterte threatens to shut down the government bank in his 4th SONA, saying it's acting more like a commercial bank instead of focusing on farmers and fishermen

FAST FACTS: What you should know about Palawan

Jul 24, 2019 - 7:28 PM

As Rappler heads to the Palawan State University on Thursday, July 25, for its #MovePalawan roadshow to promote social good in the digital age, here's what you need to know about the province

FAST FACTS: Know the difference between commonly confused legal terms

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) Legal terms are sometimes confused with each other, even by trial judges and media practitioners

FAST FACTS: Comics legend Stan Lee

Nov 13, 2018 - 12:22 PM

From why he changed his name, to how he almost quit writing comics – here are some interesting things to know about Stan Lee

LEGEND. Stan Lee lived a long and storied life. Photo from

FAST FACTS: Who is DFA chief Teddyboy Locsin?

Nov 06, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The Philippines' new foreign secretary, Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr, is a lawyer, media personality, and diplomat rolled into one

TOP DIPLOMAT. The Philippines' new foreign secretary, Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr, attends the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit and EU-ASEAN Leaders' Meeting in Brussels, Belgium on October 18, 2018. Malacañang photo

FAST FACTS: Luntiang Pilipinas

Oct 15, 2018 - 6:22 PM

Luntiang Pilipinas is an environmental party which aims to raise awareness on the value of trees and the environment among Filipinos

NO SENATORIAL BID. Former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque will run as Luntiang Pilipinas party-list representative in the 2019 elections. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

FAST FACTS: What is Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria?

Oct 11, 2018 - 2:58 PM

Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria, an autoimmune skin disease, affects around 1.8% of the world's population

CHRONIC HIVES. Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria is characterized by red, swollen patches on the skin that cause severe itching. Photo from Shutterstock

FAST FACTS: Philippine inflation rate over the years

Oct 10, 2018 - 5:00 PM

In using historical inflation data, the base year of the data should be taken into account

FAST FACTS: Who is incoming DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista?

Oct 05, 2018 - 5:00 PM

From guarding the President to commanding the Philippine Army, retiring Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista continues to hold key positions in the Duterte administration

NEW DSWD SECRETARY. Army chief Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista was appointed as secretary of social welfare and development by President Duterte on Thursday, October 4. File photo by Rappler

Trillanes case: Who is Judge Soriano of Makati?

Sep 05, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Soriano convicted two Magdalo mutineers of coup charges, but his decision was later reversed by the Court of Appeals

Makati RTC Branch 148 Presiding Judge Andres Soriano issued an order setting for hearing the motion to issue a warrant of arrest and hold departure order for Senator Trillanes, August 5, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

FAST FACTS: Who is Ronda, Cebu mayor Mariano Blanco III?

Sep 05, 2018 - 11:33 AM

In October 2017, Mariano Blanco III was stripped of police powers as ordered by the National Police Commission due to his alleged links to illegal drugs. He was killed almost a year after.

FAST FACTS: What is amnesty?

Sep 04, 2018 - 2:37 PM

Here's what you need to know about amnesty in the Philippines

LIST: New barangays electing first set of officials during May 14 polls

May 11, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority shows that 20 barangays were created since the last barangay elections in 2013

Simulation of Barangay and SK Elections at Rosauro Almario Elem. School. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIST: Places where election campaign posters are prohibited

May 03, 2018 - 7:20 PM

These are the places where you shouldn’t see the faces and names of barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections candidates

PROHIBITED. Campaign posters are banned from certain public places as the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections' campaign period begins. Rappler photo

From SSS to Tourism: Who is Pompee La Viña?

Apr 25, 2018 - 2:51 PM

New tourism undersecretary Jose Gabriel 'Pompee' La Viña was the social media director during the presidential campaign of Rodrigo Duterte. He was sacked as SSS commissioner in February 2018 due to alleged 'abuse' of public funds.

Rules on campaign ads, materials for barangay, SK elections 2018

Apr 22, 2018 - 9:30 AM

The campaign period for the village and youth council polls is from May 4 to 12

CAMPAIGN SEASON. In this file photo during the 2016 elections, a man walks past campaign banners of local politicians at Fairview in Quezon City. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Perks of Sangguniang Kabataan officials

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:31 PM

Members of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) are entitled to free tuition in public tertiary schools, among other privileges given by the law

Barangay, SK elections 2018: Calendar of activities, list of bans

Apr 17, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The village and youth council polls will be on Monday, May 14

FAST FACTS: Meet Lui Che Woo, the magnate planning a Boracay casino

Apr 10, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Amid the Philippine government's plan to rehabilitate Boracay, the gambling firm of 89-year-old Lui Che Woo plans to build a $500-million integrated resort and casino there

TIMELINE: Efforts to postpone barangay, SK elections

Mar 16, 2018 - 5:40 PM

(UPDATED) Months before the May 2018 village polls, the House moves to reschedule it for the 3rd time, to October 2018

BARANGAY POLLS. Will the barangay and SK elections be postponed again? File photo by Rappler

From photocopying services to Rodic's: What's inside UP Shopping Center

Mar 08, 2018 - 4:15 PM

More than just a building, the UP Shopping Center became a community for the students, with its members playing key roles in their academic lives

FAST FACTS: Major Russian investments in Facebook and Twitter

Nov 13, 2017 - 4:18 PM

Here's what you should know about Russian funding for Facebook and Twitter

From the impeachment process to Miss Universe: Why we love to explain things

Nov 07, 2017 - 11:49 AM

The internet has its good and bad moments. Rappler tries to contribute more to its good side by bringing credible and factual information to our readers through IQs and explainers.

FAST FACTS: Philippine Bar examination

Nov 08, 2015 - 7:52 AM

(UPDATED) The highest percentage of exam passers was in 1954 with 75.17 percent, while the lowest was in 1999 with 16.59%


Jun 22, 2015 - 10:24 AM

Di ulang tahun Jakarta ke 488 ini mari kenali lebih dekat ibu kota tercinta kita

Kembang api saat perayaan tahun baru 2012 di Monumen Nasional, Jakarta. Foto oleh Mast Irham/EPA

FAST FACTS: Heat stroke

May 27, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Here are signs of heat stroke you need to watch out for, and things you should do to keep safe


Dec 28, 2014 - 2:46 PM

AirAsia has no major accident or plane crash on record up until the disappearance of flight QZ8501 on Sunday

This picture taken on February 15, 2012 shows an AirAsia airplane is flying over the Sukarno-Hatta airport in Tangerang. Adek Berry/AFP


Aug 08, 2014 - 12:42 PM

UPDATED Here s what you need to know about ASEAN

Fast Facts: Indonesia's presidential election

Jul 06, 2014 - 11:00 PM

How does it differ from presidential elections in the Philippines?

Fast Facts: Helena Zoila Benitez is 100 years old

Jun 27, 2014 - 11:08 AM

In 100 years she has been senator educator founder of the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company and head of significant UN organizations

Fast Facts: Jovito Salonga

Jun 22, 2014 - 12:48 PM

UPDATED Get to know more about the former Senate president and one of the country s greatest statesmen

SENATOR JOVY. Photo coutesy of the Salonga family

FAST FACTS: 2013 Bar examinees

Oct 27, 2013 - 3:52 PM

Here are some facts on the examinees of the 2013 Bar examinations

Perks of barangay officials

Oct 25, 2013 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) Know what the benefits of seeking barangay positions are

FAST FACTS: Pope Francis

Mar 14, 2013 - 6:50 AM

Francis is the first pope to choose an original name since John Paul I in 1978

POPE FRANCIS I. Argentina's low-profile cardinal, Jorge Bergoglio, is the new pope.

Fast facts: The US Electoral College

Nov 05, 2012 - 10:03 PM

The US election is neither a vote by Congress or a parliamentary system nor a direct popular vote like in the Philippines

HOW AMERICA VOTES. US Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney supporters attend a rally in Doswell, Virginia, November 01, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel DUNAND