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Salamat kag paalam, Tito Peque

May 08, 2020 - 8:14 AM

The writer pays tribute to her Tito Peque, whose legacy, perhaps, reverberates the most in his hometown of Bacolod City

PEQUE GALLAGA. The director bids farewell and leaves a legacy of cinematic excellence and compassion. Photo courtesy of Martin Lachica

Roberto Verzola, ‘Father of Philippine email,’ dies

May 07, 2020 - 7:47 AM

Other than information technology, he was also in the forefront in various advocacies, such as intellectual property rights, genetic engineering, election automation, and renewable energy back when hardly anyone else were talking about them

Jack Welch, iconic General Electric CEO, dead at 84

Mar 03, 2020 - 8:31 AM

'There was no corporate leader like Neutron Jack,' President Donald Trump tweets, referring to a nickname Welch earned for his ruthless job cuts

REST IN PEACE. Former business executive, author, and chemical engineer Jack Welch. Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for LinkedIn/AFP

Newsmakers who died in 2019

Dec 18, 2019 - 7:00 PM

(5th UPDATE) We remember the Filipino icons and newsmakers who have left their mark in their respective fields

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

Newsmakers who died in 2018

Dec 26, 2018 - 4:08 PM

(UPDATED) We lost a number of Filipino icons and newsmakers in 2018 in various fields, from politics to sports, from business to showbiz

George H.W. Bush: Head of political dynasty, war hero

Dec 01, 2018 - 2:42 PM

The decorated war pilot, oilman, and diplomat who later became the 41st US President steered America through the end of the Cold War

BUSH 41. In a file photo taken on June 4, 1992, President George H.W. Bush answers reporters' questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House. Photo from Shutterstock

Kofi Annan: UN's 'rock star' secretary-general

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:25 PM

The charismatic, quiet-spoken career diplomat will be remembered as arguably the United Nations' most popular leader

KOFI ANNAN. In this file photo taken on July 20, 2012, UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan looks through a window before a meeting at his office at the United Nations Offices in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Australian golfing great Peter Thomson dies at 88

Jun 20, 2018 - 10:36 AM

The sporting legend ruled the British Open 5 times and won 26 times in Europe

ICON. The World Golf Hall of Fame describes legend Peter Thomson as 'the thinking man's golfer.' Photo by Torsten Blackwood/AFP

Bollywood superstar Sridevi dies aged 54

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:43 AM

The death of Sridevi prompts an outpouring of grief from fans and fellow actors as well as condolences from Prime Minister Narendra Modi

MEGASTAR. Actress Sridevi Kapoor attends the 'English Vinglish' premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 14, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. Jag Gundu/Getty Images/AFP

'Frasier' dad John Mahoney dies at 77

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:06 AM

Mahoney played the iconic role of Martin Crane for all 11 seasons of the popular sitcom until 2004

ICONIC. John Mahoney during the Q&A session following the screening of 'Flipped' at the Hilbert Circle Theatre on August 2, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Joey Foley/Getty Images/AFP

Newsmakers who died in 2017

Dec 29, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Many prominent – and infamous – personalities in news, politics, business, sports, and showbiz have passed away in 2017

Journalist Rolando Espina dies at 84

Dec 28, 2017 - 10:28 PM

Rolando Espina was a journalist for more than 50 years, from the pre-Martial Law Manila Chronicle, to bureau chief of the Philippine News Agency, to correspondent of various wire agencies and foreign periodicals

ROLANDO 'ROLLY' ESPINA. Journalist Rolando Espina dies at the age of 84. Photo provided by Inday Espina-Varona

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 21, 2017

Jul 21, 2017 - 10:08 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Friday

VICTIMS. Certain elements appear in the circumstances surrounding incidents of extrajudicial killings in the Philippine drug war. All photos by Alejandro Edoria

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington dead in apparent suicide

Jul 21, 2017 - 3:05 AM

UPDATED Los Angeles County coroner s office: It is being handled as a possible suicide

Beijing faces backlash after dissident Liu Xiaobo dies in custody

Jul 13, 2017 - 9:47 PM

3rd UPDATE Liu s death puts China in dubious company as he became the first Nobel Peace Prize laureate to die in custody since German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky in 1938

NOBEL LAUREATE. This file photo taken on March 14, 2005 shows 2010 Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo in Guangzhou in southern China. Liu family photo/AFP

Former Panama dictator Noriega cremated

May 31, 2017 - 9:37 AM

The private ceremony was attended by only a handful of relatives – among them his 3 daughters – and friends at a crematorium in the capital

Police keep watch in front of the cremation service where Manuel Noriega was cremated in a private ceremony, on May 30, 2017 in Panama City. Rodrigo Arangua/AFP

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dead at 83

May 30, 2017 - 1:49 PM

3rd UPDATE Noriega was in a hospital recovering from a brain tumor operation

DICTATOR. This file photo taken on October 04, 1989 shows shows former Panamanian strongman General Manuel Noriega waving as he left his headquarters in Panama City following a failed coup against him. Robert Sullivan/AFP

Rock 'n' roll father Chuck Berry dead at 90

Mar 19, 2017 - 8:02 AM

UPDATED Chuck Berry became a sensation in the years after World War II as he brought together rhythm and blues country guitar and a consummate stage showmanship

ICON. This file photo taken on March 28, 2008 shows US rock and roll legend Chuck Berry performing at a concert held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Desiree Martin/AFP

Jazz singing great Al Jarreau dead at 76

Feb 13, 2017 - 7:38 AM

Jarreau who grew up in Milwaukee where he heard his parents play music in church is best known for the singles We re in This Love Together and After All

JAZZ LEGEND. This file photo taken on July 19, 2010 shows Al Jarreau performing on stage at the Nice's Jazz Festival in Nice, southeastern France. Valery Hache/AFP

Zsa Zsa Gabor, first U.S. star famous for being famous, dead at 99

Dec 19, 2016 - 8:20 AM

Gabor who in her heyday embodied the film industry s platinum blonde ideal was a voluptuous former beauty queen with a penchant for lamé gowns that accentuated her hourglass curves

Publicity photo of Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1959. Wikipedia / Public domain

Icons, newsmakers who died in 2016

Dec 12, 2016 - 8:15 PM

From influential figures to infamous personalities here are some of the local newsmakers who passed away this year

Sportswriter Ronnie Nathanielsz dies at 81

Nov 12, 2016 - 5:46 AM

Ronnie Nathanielsz bridged the gap between the eras of Flash Elorde and Manny Pacquiao and was still active in boxing until his death

LEGEND PASSES. Ronnie Nathanielsz (L), seen earlier this year after Nonito Donaire Jr (R) knocked out Zsolt Bedak in Cebu, was never shy about backing down from an issue in his writing. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies

Oct 13, 2016 - 7:58 PM

UPDATED Thailand s revered monarch King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies ending one of modern history s longest reigns ever

LONGEST-SERVING MONARCH. This file picture released by the Thai Royal Bureau taken on December 5, 2007 shows Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej waving to the crowds during his 80th birthday celebrations at the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Thai Royal Bureau/ Handout / AFP

Lawmakers pay tribute to Miriam Santiago: A 'pillar' of PH politics

Sep 29, 2016 - 1:46 PM

UPDATED [This is an] end of an era of erudition eloquence and equanimity says Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr

TRIBUTE. For many lawmakers, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago will remain a political icon. File photo by Rappler

Miriam Defensor Santiago: 'God is not out there but in you'

Sep 29, 2016 - 11:33 AM

In this obituary we remember the life politics and wit of the late senator Miriam Defensor Santiago

In this file photo, Miriam Santiago waves to supporters during an indoor rally in a suburban coliseum in Manila, May 1992, when she ran for the presidency. Jose Duran/AFP/File

Miriam Defensor Santiago, former senator, dies

Sep 29, 2016 - 10:35 AM

UPDATED Miriam Defensor Santiago the feisty esteemed former senator and public servant from Iloilo was 71 years old

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Shimon Peres: Israeli hawk turned peace advocate

Sep 28, 2016 - 10:39 AM

The 93 year old who served as president and two time prime minister was a towering figure in Israeli politics for decades and was the country s last surviving founding father

Israeli President Shimon Peres gets off the stage after delivering a speech during the 'Facing Tomorrow' Conference. This is the second annual global conference hosted by Peres on October 20, 2009 in Jerusalem. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON/POOL / AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON

Obama joins stars, rivals in tributes to Arnold Palmer's legacy

Sep 26, 2016 - 1:37 PM

Many mourn the death of the US golf legend but also celebrate his legacy

TRIBUTE. US President Barack Obama (L) pays tribute to the late iconic US golfer Arnold Palmer (5th from right). Photo from the White House via @POTUS on Twitter

Golf legend Arnold Palmer dies at 87 - USGA

Sep 26, 2016 - 9:23 AM

UPDATED US Golf Association: We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer golf s greatest ambassador at age 87

LEGEND. This file photo taken on April 7, 2016 shows honorary starter US golfer Arnold Palmer after he arrived to begin Round 1 of the 80th Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia.  Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Penyanyi January Christy meninggal dunia

Sep 16, 2016 - 9:09 AM

January Christy meninggal dunia pada Jumat dini hari 16 September

Penyanyi January Christy dalam video klipnya. Screen shot dari YouTube

Former PCCI, ECOP head Miguel Valera dies, 76

Aug 24, 2016 - 7:55 PM

ADVISORY: Varela is survived by his wife Cecil 4 daughters 4 grandchildren sisters Dulce and Cori and younger brother Jesus and his 95 year old mother

Photo from the NEDA website

Former Senator Helena Benitez dies at 102

Jul 14, 2016 - 11:34 PM

The Philippine Women s University – of which Benitez was a longtime chairperson of the board of trustees – says she died of natural causes

PIONEER. Benitez was recognized by the Senate in 2012 'for her contributions as a Senator, pioneer environmentalist, educator, advocate of culture and civil society leader.' File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Key works of Nobel peace winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel

Jul 03, 2016 - 9:59 AM

Here are some of the best literary works and most memorable quotes by Nobel peace laureate Elie Wiesel

This January 24, 2005, shows US author and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor, dies

Jul 03, 2016 - 7:56 AM

3rd UPDATE Wiesel is perhaps best known for his memoir Night detailing his experiences in the Auschwitz concentration camp

SMILING ELIE. This November 30, 2006, file photo shows Nobel peace laureate Elie Wiesel after being presented with an honorary knighthood by the British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett at the Foreign Office in London. Bertrand Langlois/AFP

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at age 74

Jun 04, 2016 - 12:33 PM

The Greatest of All Time dies at an Arizona hospital after being hospitalized for respiratory issues

A LEGEND IS GONE. Muhammad Ali has died at age 74. Photo by Pressen Bild files/AFP

Former Intel CEO Andy Grove dies

Mar 22, 2016 - 3:26 PM

Under Grove s leadership Intel became a household name in computers and helped usher in the PC era

In this file photo, former Intel CEO Andy Grove delivers a keynote address at the 2008 Plug-In conference and Exposition July 22, 2008 in San Jose, California.  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Ramon Castro, farmer big brother of Fidel and Raul, dies at 91

Feb 24, 2016 - 2:54 PM

The eldest brother a farmer who was not a member of the government nonetheless influenced agricultural policies after the 1959 revolution

Ramon 'Mongo' Castro, Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Cuban President Raul Castro's eldest brother, attends the 9th Session of Cuba's National Assembly in Havana on June 29, 2007. Adalberto Roque/AFP

Top French-Swiss chef found dead in apparent suicide – police

Feb 01, 2016 - 10:22 AM

Benoit Violier s death is not however the first suicide of a renowned French chef in recent years while several others have closed their restaurants citing high levels of pressure

KITCHEN LEGEND. This file photo taken on May 15, 2012 shows Benoit Violier, chef of the Restaurant de l'Hôtel de Ville in Crissier near Lausanne, Switzerland. Marcel Gillieron/AFP

Kakak Celine Dion meninggal dunia, dua hari setelah suaminya wafat

Jan 17, 2016 - 1:58 PM

Kakak penyanyi Celine Dion Daniel Dion meninggal dunia karena kanker dua hari setelah kematian suami Celine

GRIEVING SINGER. Two days after her husband Rene Angelil's death Celine Dion's brother Daniel dies of throat cancer. File photo by Celine Dion by Henning Kaiser/EPA

Music legend David Bowie dies

Jan 11, 2016 - 3:06 PM

UPDATED His death brings the curtain down on one of the most acclaimed artists of modern British music

ICONIC. Rock legend David Bowie performs on stage at Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Tuesday, October 7, 2003. Nils Meilvang/EPA

Newsmakers who died in 2015

Dec 31, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Let s remember the local newsmakers who passed away this year

Wafatnya Ali Wardhana: Arsitek perekonomian di masa Orde Baru

Sep 15, 2015 - 11:32 AM

Ali Wardhana merupakan Menteri Keuangan di masa pemerintahan Orde Baru pada tahun 1968 1983

MELAYAT. Wakil Presiden Jusuf Kalla terlihat mengunjungi rumah duka Mantan Menteri Keuangan di era Orde Baru, Ali Wardhana, 15 September 2015. Foto istimewa

Selamat jalan, Ibu Bintang Kecil

Jul 29, 2015 - 1:47 PM

Meinar Louise tutup usia di umur 85 tahun

Vice President Biden's son Beau dies of cancer – White House

May 31, 2015 - 10:17 AM

The vice president in the statement on behalf of the Biden family announces with broken hearts that Beau has died after a battle with brain cancer

FATHER AND SON. In this file photo, then Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Senator Joe Biden (R) and his son Beau acknowledge applause at the 2008 Democratic National Convention at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado USA, August 27, 2008. Matthew Cavanaugh/EPA

Doa netizen mengantar kepergian Andrie Djarot

May 12, 2015 - 1:21 PM

Ia meninggal karena komplikasi paru paru

Selamat jalan, Mas Pepeng

May 06, 2015 - 1:04 PM

Setelah lama berjuang melawan penyakitnya pembawa acara dan komedian Pepeng dipanggil Tuhan

Komedian Pepeng. Foto dari @_pepeng

Tech exec David Goldberg died on treadmill – official

May 05, 2015 - 12:13 PM

David Goldberg husband of Facebook s Sheryl Sandberg sustained severe head trauma and hemorrhaging and died at a medical center in Nuevo Vallarta an official says

A file photograph dated July 12, 2013 shows Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook Inc., and husband David Goldberg (L), chief operating officer of SurveyMonkey, attend Allen and Company 31st Annual Media and Technology Conference, in Sun Valley Idaho, USA. Andrew Gombert/EPA

Husband of Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg dies suddenly

May 03, 2015 - 9:25 AM

David Goldberg was the chief executive of online survey firm SurveyMonkey which is based in Palo Alto California

A file photograph dated July 12, 2013 shows Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook Inc., and husband David Goldberg (L), chief operating officer of SurveyMonkey, attend Allen and Company 31st Annual Media and Technology Conference, in Sun Valley Idaho, USA. Andrew Gombert/EPA

Komedian Mpok Nori tutup usia

Apr 03, 2015 - 11:38 AM

Komedian senior Mpok Nori meninggal dunia pada Jumat pagi

Mpok Nori. Foto oleh @jokoanwar