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Business in PH: The winners and losers in 2015

Dec 21, 2015 - 12:45 AM

With big ticket events like the visit of Pope Francis and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation APEC summit there were business sectors that gained and lost in 2015

SET TO LEAD. The Philippine economy is ready for take-off and the country needs a leader who continue reforms, implement inclusive growth initiatives and inspire the nation to be united in moving forward

12 faces of Christ during the papal visit

Jan 22, 2015 - 9:46 AM

In those 3 days I found myself encountering the God of surprises my educators have introduced me to

Pope Francis boards a Philippine Airlines plane at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City at the end of apostolic visit to the country. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Aquino reiterates stance: 'I am against abortion'

Jan 21, 2015 - 4:58 PM

Malacañang releases President Benigno Aquino III s 5 point position on responsible parenthood following Pope Francis statements against artificial contraception

CHURCH AND THE STATE. Pope Francis next to President Benigno Aquino III at arrival honors at Malacanang Palace, Manila on January 16, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

'Introducing Papa Jesus through Pope Francis'

Jan 19, 2015 - 2:25 PM

A young family camps out along Roxas Boulevard and Quirino Avenue so that their young son may learn about Jesus through Pope Francis

‘MEETING’ THE POPE. Calix holds on to a small statue of the Sto Nino, or the child Jesus. Photo by Rappler

‘Pope Francis gave hope, light to PH’

Jan 19, 2015 - 1:32 PM

‘When he visited it s as if the sun rose amid darkness It is him that brought the light ’ says Dexter Medallon a person with disability whose faith has been strengthened by the papal visit

YOUTH IDOL. Pope Francis is greeted by the youth at the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas in Manila on January 18, 2015. Photo by Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Pope Francis felt ‘deep, intense love’ of Filipinos

Jan 19, 2015 - 10:52 AM

Before he boards the papal plane back to Rome Pope Francis tells President Benigno Aquino III that he experienced the overwhelming love of Filipinos throughout his 5 day visit

DEEP LOVE. Pope Francis bids Filipinos goodbye before ending his five-day visit to the Philippines. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

#AnimatED: Pope Francis triggers rethinking

Jan 19, 2015 - 7:30 AM

Catholic clergy political leaders need to reboot mindsets focus on common good

Pope Francis' with youth, Luneta mass, network shutdown | The wRap

Jan 18, 2015 - 7:20 PM

Pope Francis tells people: don’t be afraid to cry What sets apart the Catholic Filipino according to the Pope? And cellular networks shut down to secure him

'Pope in a Raincoat' defines this papal visit

Jan 18, 2015 - 1:38 PM

The Pope in a Raincoat defines Francis trip to the Philippines – a pope coming to join his people in suffering

POPE IN A RAINCOAT. Pope Francis visits families of typhoon Yolanda victims in one of the areas in Palo, Leyte Saturday, January 17, 2015. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacanang Photo Bureau

Network disruptions to continue as Pope concludes PH visit

Jan 17, 2015 - 7:00 PM

UPDATED Smart advises subscribers that the government might order them again to temporarily suspend services as Pope Francis winds down his visit Sunday and Monday

Papal visit a gift to PH, business community says

Jan 17, 2015 - 10:56 AM

The business community says potential losses over the holidays are nothing compared to the grace and blessings that Pope Francis brings to the country

Pope Francis attends a meeting with families in Manila on January 16, 2015. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Papal visit: Netizens react to disrupted telco services

Jan 16, 2015 - 8:55 PM

Netizens say it would have helped if disruptions were communicated to them earlier

No network service? It's for Pope's safety, say telcos

Jan 16, 2015 - 3:46 PM

UPDATED Telco operators disrupt mobile services in Metro Manila following a government order

The first Filipinos the Pope will see in PH are children

Jan 15, 2015 - 3:09 PM

Two children have been selected to accompany the highest leaders of the land in welcoming Pope Francis to the Philippines Like the other faithful they too wish to be blessed by the Holy Father with fewer worries

SMILING FACES. Filipino children await the arrival of Pope Francis at Villamor Airbase on January 15, 2015. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Terror scenarios in Pope visit

Jan 14, 2015 - 6:39 PM

Authorities identify at least 7 threat groups during Pope Francis visit to the Philippines

SECURE THE POPE. President Benigno Aquino III conducts a personal inspection underneath the LRT Quirino station during the dry run of the papal convoy on January 13, 2015, two days before the visit of Pope Francis. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Past popes and Philippine presidents

Jan 14, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Past popes have commented on state affairs in previous visits to the Philippines Will Pope Francis known for his blunt frankness do the same?

PAST PAPAL VISITS. Past popes have commented on state affairs during their visits to the Philippines. Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II photos from, Pope Francis from AFP

Tropical depression to enter PAR Wednesday or Thursday

Jan 13, 2015 - 6:21 PM

Once it enters the Philippines as a storm the weather system will be named Amang

3 popemobiles for Pope Francis' PH visit

Jan 12, 2015 - 1:37 PM

A jeepney style popemobile a Kia vehicle and an Isuzu vehicle will be used by Pope Francis for his Philippine visit

JEEPNEY STYLE. The Vatican released on Saturday a photo of one of the vehicles Pope Francis will use for his Philippine visit. Photo from the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications

Jeepney-style popemobile for Pope Francis' PH visit

Jan 10, 2015 - 6:32 PM

Pope Francis prefers simple vehicles over luxurious models as the Philippine faithful would see when he visits the country

PHILIPPINE POPEMOBILE. The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications posted this photo of the vehicle Pope Francis will use for his Philippine visit.

Pope needs to be close to Filipinos – Tagle

Jan 10, 2015 - 4:14 PM

The Manila archbishop says security officials should also consider the Pope s role as a pastor and his need to be in touch with the masses

PAPAL VISIT PREPARATIONS. A question and answer portion regarding some things about the papal visit and the pope itself are tackled during the  forum "Church on Mercy" organized by Philippine Daily Inquirer on Saturday (January 10, 2015). The forum was attended by their guest speaker, Manila Archbishop Antonio Tagle. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Pope practicing English skills for PH visit

Jan 08, 2015 - 11:52 AM

The Argentine pontiff who delivers his speeches mostly in Italian is preparing to deliver his speeches and homilies in the Philippines entirely in English

HEAD OF STATE. Pope Francis is welcomed by South Korean president Park keun-hye (right, front) upon his arrival as they inspect a guard of honor at Seoul Airport in Seongnam City, South Korea on August 14, 2014. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III will also welcome Francis at the Villamor Air Base on January 15, 2015. File photo by Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

1,200 Filipino youth to greet Pope in PH visit

Nov 29, 2014 - 9:32 AM

The youth are expected to perform a Filipino dance for the pope while two children will offer flowers to the leader of the Roman Catholic Church

HELLO ASIA. South Korean workers put up a stage in front of the Gyeongbokgung palace, which is one of five Grand palaces built, for beatification while Pope Francis will be visiting in Seoul, South Korea, 12 August 2014. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Public urged: Show PH hospitality during Pope visit

Nov 27, 2014 - 3:17 PM

Organizers of the papal visit urge the public to help make the Pope s trip memorable not only by giving him a rousing welcome but also by cooperating with authorities

Pope Francis prefers 'simple' papal visit to PH

Nov 20, 2014 - 10:07 PM

Pope Francis prefers that donations be given instead to calamity victims says Fr Anton Pascual papal visit media relations sub committee chair

Pope confirms Philippine trip in January 2015

May 27, 2014 - 11:04 AM

UPDATED It s the first papal visit to the Philippines after two decades

OLD FRIENDS. Pope Francis (1st from left) chats with Cardinals Orlando Quevedo (2nd) and Luis Antonio Tagle (3rd) during a meeting of cardinals in Vatican City in February. File photo from