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PH pilgrims almost barred from 2019 hajj over NCMF debt to Saudi firm

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:24 AM

Even as it investigates the P11-million debt, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos settles the amount to ensure that Filipinos can go to Mecca in August

HAJJ. In this file photo, a general view shows Muslim pilgrims circling the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca. File Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Pangarungan named head of PH Hajj 2019 delegation

Jan 11, 2019 - 6:58 PM

As Amirul Hajj, or head of Filipino pilgrims to Mecca, Pangarungan is expected to 'ensure an issue-free hajj for the 2019 Muslim Filipino intending pilgrims'

NCMF Secretary Saidamen Pangarungan

The week in photos: September 23-29, 2017

Sep 30, 2017 - 2:01 PM

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

CRISIS CASUALTIES. Dead bodies of Rohingya Muslim refugees lay on the shore of Inani beach, near Cox's Bazar on September 28, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Pilgrims duped into paying Mecca travel fees file charges

Aug 28, 2017 - 9:47 PM

The victims from various parts of Mindanao tell Manila police they were asked to pay P50 000 to P70 000 each but were unable to leave on August 25

DUPED. Muslims from various provinces in Mindanao at the Manila Police District on August 28, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Saudi says Qatar blocking planes from transporting pilgrims

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:15 AM

Qatari authorities have not allowed the aircraft to land as it did not have the right paperwork although the paperwork was filed days ago reports the Saudi Press Agency

(FILES) This file photo taken on July 20, 2017 shows a Qatar Airways plane taking-off from the Hamad International Airport in Doha.  Saudi Arabia on August 20, 2017 said Qatar had refused to allow its planes to land in Doha to transport Qatari Muslims to Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, August 12-19, 2017

Aug 20, 2017 - 2:28 PM

Must watch videos from this week

KIAN IS MY SON. Saldy delos Santos holds up his son's school ID, their only proper photo of their son. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Saudi Arabia reopens border to Qatari pilgrims despite tensions

Aug 18, 2017 - 9:09 AM

Around 120 Qataris have entered Saudi territory through the Salwa border also known as Abu Samrah after King Salman called for the border to be opened for pilgrims without electronic permits

REOPENING. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) meeting with Qatari envoy Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Jassim al-Thani in Jeddah on August 16, 2017. AFP PHOTO / HO / SPA

Philippines suspends issuance of hajj passports

Aug 30, 2016 - 10:23 AM

The use of these kinds of passports has been abused ’ Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says

HAJJ. Muslim pilgrims circumvent around the Kaaba at the Masjid al-Haram Mosque, Islam's holiest site, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, September 20, 2015. File photo by Amel Pain/EPA

Iran blames Saudi Arabia for hajj 'sabotage'

May 12, 2016 - 7:55 PM

UPDATED Saudi however denies it is banning Iranian pilgrims and says it was Iran which refused to sign their agreement

epa04950237 (FILE) A file picture dated 20 September 2015 showing Muslim pilgrims as they circumvent around the Kaaba at the Masjid al-Haram Mosque, Islam's holiest site, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 20 September 2015. The Haj pilgrimage 2015 takes place in Mecca from 22 to 26 September. The pilgrimage is one of Islam's five pillars, it has to be performed at least once in one's life if he or she can afford it. On the last day of Hajj pilgrims in Mecca circumvate the Kaaba for farewell. EPA/AMEL PAIN

Foreign death tolls show stampede worst disaster in hajj history

Oct 14, 2015 - 11:31 PM

The death toll has risen to at least 1 636 with many more unaccounted for

WORST EVER. A pilgrim walks amid the bodies of some of the pilgrims killed in a stampede in the Mina neighborhood of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Photo by EPA

Filipino pilgrim among dead in Mecca stampede

Sep 25, 2015 - 7:47 PM

UPDATED The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs withholds the identity of the victim upon the request of the family The victim is among more than 700 who died

TRAGEDY. Hundreds are dead after a tragic stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage. Photo by AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Hajj stampede, Bali suitcase murder

Sep 25, 2015 - 6:00 AM

A tragic stampede at the Hajj kills hundreds Singapore haze from Indonesia s forest fire worsen and other top news from Indonesia and around the world

STAMPEDE. The stampede at the Hajj kills hundreds of pilgrims. Photo by AFP

11 Indonesians dead from Mecca tragedy

Sep 15, 2015 - 8:09 PM

The number is the latest death toll from the Friday accident at the Grand Mosque when a massive construction crane crashed into the building due to bad weather

DEATH TOLL UP. Two Indonesians are dead after the Mecca tragedy. Photo by AFP

Two Indonesians dead in Grand Mosque incident

Sep 12, 2015 - 9:56 AM

The number of Indonesians injured stands at 42

DEATH TOLL UP. Two Indonesians are dead after the Mecca tragedy. Photo by AFP

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

Manila pilgrims endure long wait for glimpse of pope

Jan 15, 2015 - 1:15 PM

UPDATED If we are here early the Pope might bless us This is where we draw our strength despite our old age say Manila pilgrims waiting for Pope Francis

YOUNG PILGRIMS. Youth flock the area near the Papal Nunciature hours before the arrival of Pope Francis in Manila. Photo by Jodesz Gavilan/Rappler

Young and old pilgrims await Pope Francis' blessing

Jan 15, 2015 - 11:59 AM

Pope Francis arrival in the country draws millions of Catholic faithful of all ages The charismatic leader easily captures Filipinos’ admiration because of his pro poor and pro people stance

YOUTH IDOL. Nancy Piquero (leftmost) sits along Quirino avenue with her friends while waiting for the pontiff.

Suicide bomber hits Shiites in Iraq, killing 17

Dec 29, 2014 - 9:06 PM

We were distributing food fruit and tea to the pilgrims who were walking to Samarra and a suicide bomber blew himself up

The Thanksgiving story Filipinos need to know

Nov 26, 2014 - 11:30 AM

Celebrating Thanksgiving to commemorate the arrival of the Europeans in Native American land is like celebrating the Japanese bombing of Manila or the Bataan Death March as a feast of friendship and brotherhood

#PugadBaboy: Thanksgiving punchline 3

Oct 29, 2014 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Thanksgiving punchline 2

Oct 29, 2014 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Thanksgiving

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India road accidents kill 33

Jul 29, 2014 - 10:35 PM

India has one the world s worst road safety records with figures showing around 140 000 people are killed each year – which works out at 16 an hour

Iraq violence kills over 30 people in 24 hours

May 04, 2014 - 8:30 PM

The bloodshed comes just days after a parliamentary election

SECURITY. Iraqi policemen stand guard during the Iraqi legislative election at a polling station in Baghdad, Iraq, 30 April 2014. Photo by Ali Abbas/EPA

6 missing pilgrims found on Mt Banahaw

Mar 22, 2014 - 9:16 AM

They face charges for trespassing in the mountain s restricted area

BURNT PEAK. A search and rescue team inspects the damage caused by a massive fire on Mt Banahaw that burned 50 hectares on one of the mountain's peaks. Photo courtesy of Quezon Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office

6 pilgrims still missing on Mt Banahaw

Mar 21, 2014 - 9:36 PM

One of them is 73 years old They may face charges for trespassing in a restricted area of the sacred mountain

BURNT PEAK. A search and rescue team inspects the damage caused by a massive fire on Mt Banahaw that burned 50 hectares on one of the mountain's peaks. Photo courtesy of Quezon Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office