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Pay it forward: Coronavirus survivors urge others who recovered to donate blood

Apr 11, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Survivors can donate blood to the Philippine General Hospital and contribute in its experimental treatment being carried out to help patients with severe coronavirus symptoms

CEREMONIAL DISCHARGE. Doctors and nurses at the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City triumph over the discharge of the first ever and only Covid-19 patient in Negros Occidental on Wednesday, April 8. Photo courtesy of Capitol PIO

The last Holocaust survivors: Growing old with memories of Auschwitz

Jan 14, 2020 - 10:14 AM

The numbers tattooed on their left arms have faded, much in the same way that the collective memory of the Holocaust is blurring

Holocaust survivor Szmul Icek shows a picture of his parents killed by the Nazis, during a photo session at his home in Jerusalem on December 8, 2019. (Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP)

Survivors say prayers at Yolanda mass grave in Tacloban

Nov 01, 2019 - 10:32 PM

‘I wish Mama were here to tell me that everything’s going to be okay,’ says Nathalia, who was 4 years old when her mother and 3 sisters died during Super Typhoon Yolanda

HOLY Cross Cemetery is the mass grave in Barangay Basper, Tacloban City, where those who died during Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 are buried. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

[OPINION] Countering Marcos propaganda with stories of resistance

Sep 21, 2019 - 5:49 PM

Marcos' Martial Law is not only a story of how the oppressors oppressed. It is also the story of how the oppressed resisted.

Chief Justice Bersamin open to 'designated survivor' bill

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:09 AM

(UPDATED) Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin is 'okay' with a designated survivor bill, but stresses he is not saying Congress should push for it

LUCAS BERSAMIN. Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin signs the Pledge of Commitment for Bacolod City as a Justice Zone in rites held at the Bacolod City Government Center on Friday, August 30. Photo by Marchel Espina

House, Senate bills want President to appoint 'designated survivor'

Aug 29, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Quezon City 2nd District Representative Precious Hipolito Castelo and Senator Panfilo Lacson file versions of the bill in the 18th Congress

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR. President Rodrig Duterte delivers his 4th State of the Nation Address at the BAtasang Pambansa on July 22, 2019. Photo by Simeon Celi Jr/Presidential Photo

An Ivatan grandmother's struggle through tremors and trauma

Jul 30, 2019 - 9:16 PM

Eudosia Entela, 71, saved her daughter and her 4 grandchildren from an earthquake. Now, she fights her own grief and trauma to be strong for her family.

SURVIVING. Eudosia Entela saved her daughter Nizea and her 4 grandchildren from the twin earthquakes that struck Itbayat, Batanes, on July 27, 2019. Rappler Screenshot

After revival, Netflix pulls the plug on ‘Designated Survivor’

Jul 25, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Netflix cancels the political drama nearly a year after saving it from ABC's cancellation

Eva Kor, survivor of Auschwitz doctor Mengele, dies in Poland

Jul 06, 2019 - 11:29 AM

Eva Kor dies at 85 during an annual trip that includes a visit to Auschwitz

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 21, 2015, Auschwitz survivor, victim of the Nazi German death camp's infamous doctor Josef Mengele and plaintiff Eva Mozes Kor attends the trial of former Nazi death camp officer Oskar Groening in Lueneburg, northern Germany. - Eva Mozes Kor has passed away in Poland while on an annual a visit to the Holocaust site, two independent sources said on July 5, 2019. The Romanian-born Kor, who founded the Candles Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana, devoted her life to Holocaust awareness and reconciliation, died at the age of 85. (Photo by Julian STRATENSCHULTE / POOL / AFP)

Life and death choices for Indonesia tsunami victims

Dec 25, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Udin Ahok, 46, is forced to choose between saving his wife, or saving his mother or baby, in the face of a volcano-triggered tsunami in Indonesia

TSUNAMI AFTERMATH. Damage caused by a tsunami is seen in the Sumber Jaya village in Sumur, Pandeglang, Banten province on December 25, 2018, three days after a tsunami hit the west coast of Indonesia's Java island. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Young survivors capture life in Tacloban 5 years after Yolanda

Nov 10, 2018 - 5:18 PM

Five years after Super Typhoon Yolanda, we can see stories of recovery through the lens of survivors

MY PLAYMATE. Kim Froilan, 8, trying to catch fish for her family. 6 small fishes were already caught when the photo was taken. Photo by Jhonalyn Dela Rosa

[OPINION] Yolanda survivors have not forgotten

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Some may have forgotten the monstrous Yolanda, the failure of the government, and the unscrupulous corruption of public officials. But we have not.

Background photo from Agence France-Presse

5 years after Yolanda, 23% of houses for survivors occupied

Nov 08, 2018 - 10:28 AM

Almost half of the 205,128 permanent housing units needed in Yolanda-stricken areas have been built, says Malacañang

The House Committee on Housing visits the NHA housing complex for Yolanda Victims in Hernani, Eastern Samar. Photos courtesy of the House committee on housing and urban development

IN PHOTOS: Tacloban 5 years after Typhoon Yolanda

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:00 AM

For those who survived the storm, the intervening years have been filled with painful steps forward, but also, a determination to not give up despite overwhelming challenges

HALF A DECADE AGO. Survivors stand under a shelter surrounded by pile of debris washed inland after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck Tacloban City on November 10, 2013. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

From surviving cancer to paddling for gold: The Cebu Pink Paddlers

Jun 27, 2018 - 5:05 PM

They conquer the world stage once again as they prevail in DBS Marina Regatta in Singapore

One last bike trip for the fearless Father Picx

Mar 17, 2018 - 12:49 PM

'I am just a mere point of light in the dark. But I believe and hope that even small acts that we do will add to the collective efforts to awaken the conscience of the nation,' says Fr Amado 'Picx' Picardal, as he goes on a 16-day 'Bike for Life and Peace' around Northern Mindanao

FEARLESS PRIEST. Father Amado 'Picx' Picardal says he is embarking on the 1,500-kilometer bike trip in Northern Mindanao 'fully aware...that I can be a target of extrajudicial killing'. Photo by Eloisa Lopez /

Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior arrives in Tacloban

Feb 28, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Yolanda survivor Joana Sustento says the arrival of Rainbow Warrior to her city will give Yolanda survivors a chance to share their stories to the world and help in the fight against climate change

RAINBOW WARRIOR. The Greenpeace ship arrives in Tacloban City on February 28, 2018, as part of its Southeast Asian tour. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

RAW Deal: The winners and losers of Survivor Series week

Nov 25, 2017 - 11:24 PM

This is a list of the winners and losers of the last Big Four PPV of the year

NXT. It just shows that Dream has a lot of upside, especially considering he’s only been 3 years in the business. Photo from WWE

RAW Deal: Red vs. Blue

Nov 18, 2017 - 3:22 PM

Have a look on what may happen in this year's Survivor Series

DRAMA. Team Red strikes with a counter-siege just days before Survivor Series. Photo from WWE

IN PHOTOS: 4 years on, Yolanda survivors remember their loved ones

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:22 PM

Four years since Super Typhoon Yolanda barreled through Eastern Visayas, survivors continue to tell tales of their survival, share the lessons they have learned, and remember those who have perished

Photo by Ailene Liporada

Help identify child survivor in Nueva Ecija bus crash – hospital

Apr 19, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Officials of the Veterans Regional Hospital in Nueva Vizcaya have shared photos of the girl believed to be 3 to 4 years old in the hope that a relative would recognize her

DO YOU KNOW HER? Officials of the Veterans Regional Hospital in Nueva Vizcaya have reached out to the public to help them identify this girl, a survivor of the Nueva Ecija bus crash. Photo from the Veterans Regional Hospital

Human Rights Watch, war on drugs, SWS survey | Midday wRap

Mar 03, 2017 - 2:05 PM

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Tears and trauma: Covering the Aceh earthquake

Dec 14, 2016 - 6:00 PM

I imagine what it would be like to be stuck under the rubble waiting to be rescued hearing the noise above perhaps only for those aboveground not to realize that I am missing I decide this might be one of the worst ways to die

Residents gather outside a damaged mosque, its minaret reduced to rubble following its collapse, after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck the town of Pidie, Indonesia's Aceh province in northern Sumatra, on December 7, 2016. One person died and dozens were feared trapped in rubble after a strong earthquake struck off Aceh province on Indonesia's Sumatra island on December 7, officials said. / AFP PHOTO / ZIAN MUTTAQIEN

Aceh earthquake: A family crushed to death in their sleep, and how one son survived

Dec 10, 2016 - 4:29 PM

The couple was heard crying out for help but their faint voices faded quickly In the end they died with their two young daughters Only their 13 year old son made it out alive

SORROW. 13-year-old Agam, the only one of his family who survived the earthquake, was pulled from the rubble after being trapped for two hours. Photo by Diego Mahemeru/Rappler

Man found alive 2 weeks after chopper crash in Indonesia

Dec 09, 2016 - 4:40 PM

Yohanes Syahputra was found late Thursday December 8 by villagers on Borneo island in an exhausted state army spokesman Sabrar Fadhilah says

RAW Deal: What's next for Goldberg in WWE?

Nov 26, 2016 - 6:04 PM

Sometimes you need a moment that s undeniably cool Goldberg s squash of Lesnar was that but fans are left wondering what this leads to

WHAT'S NEXT? Bill Goldberg's quick win over Brock Lesnar will please casual fans and confound hardcore followers. Photo from

WATCH: Shane McMahon apparently knocked unconscious at Survivor Series

Nov 21, 2016 - 2:44 PM

McMahon bangs his head hard off the ring mat after a high stakes spear by Roman Reigns goes wrong

DAREDEVIL. Shane McMahon's latest high spot backfired. Screenshot from WWE Network

So, umm, Goldberg's WWE return lasts less than two minutes

Nov 21, 2016 - 11:52 AM

Well that was certainly unexpected

IS THAT IT? Bill Goldberg's entrance lasted longer than his match against Brock Lesnar. Photo from

Yolanda survivors hit planned demolition of homes in coastal areas

Nov 17, 2016 - 5:35 PM

They say proposed relocation sites in northern barangays are too far from the city center and have inadequate facilities

RAW Deal: Survival of the fittest

Nov 13, 2016 - 9:29 AM

The competition between the brands has once again elevated the status of Survivor Series

WAR GAMES. Shane McMahon's insertion into the Survivor Series match raises questions about where his brewing feud with Brock Lesnar is headed. Photo from

3 unresolved issues, 3 years after Yolanda

Nov 13, 2016 - 8:32 AM

I am not satisfied President Rodrigo Duterte says referring to the slow pace of rehabilitation in Yolanda affected areas

REMEMBER YOLANDA. Filipinos light candles on the eve of the third anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda on November 8, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Survivors light candles to commemorate Yolanda anniversary

Nov 09, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Survivors come together to create a memorial dedicated to the dead especially those whose bodies were not recovered after the onslaught of the super typhoon

PROCESS OF HEALING. Yolanda survivors come to the memorial to light candles and offer their prayers to their loved ones as a tribute, especially those who were not recovered after the catastrophe. Photo by Chris Billes.

Yolanda survivors to Duterte: We demand justice

Nov 08, 2016 - 4:32 PM

Disaster survivors demand that the current administration address the pervading hunger poverty and militarization in the affected communities

DEMANDING JUSTICE. Fishermen from Serum, Basey in Samar arrive at the Old Jeep Terminal Rizal Avenue in Tacloban City to meet with other protestors joining the people surge. Photos by Catherine Atienza/ Rappler

RAW Deal: Goldberg, Women's Hell in a Cell happen for the wrong reasons

Oct 22, 2016 - 2:04 PM

Goldberg s return and the Sasha Banks vs Charlotte Hell in a Cell match make for catchy headlines but should they happen for more than just that?

WHO'S LAST. Bill Goldberg and Brock Lesnar will face off at Survivor Series  for the sole reason of promoting the WWE 2K17 video game. Photo from

Davao blast: Man leaves backpack after massage

Sep 03, 2016 - 1:09 PM

At least 15 of the more than 60 wounded go through surgery

In this photo taken on September 2, 2016 a police investigator collects evidence next to a dead body lying on the ground, at the site of an explosion at a night market in Davao City, in southern island of Mindanao, on late September 2, 2016. At least 10 people died and dozens were injured when an explosion rocked Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's home city of Davao on September 2, 2016 night, police told AFP. The explosion occurred in a bustling part of the city and close to one of its top hotels that is popular with tourists and business people, city spokeswoman Catherine dela Rey said. / AFP PHOTO / MANMAN DEJETO

Yolanda survivors gather in support for Duterte's SONA 2016

Jul 26, 2016 - 12:43 PM

Yolanda survivors from different towns of Leyte show their support for President Rodrigo Duterte during his first State of the Nation Address

The grace of Elizabeth Zimmerman and Sara Duterte

Jul 13, 2016 - 11:00 AM

What I saw was the same noble composure of a cancer survivor of one who has gone through and endured one of the most excruciating experiences in her life

Elizabeth Zimmerman, ex-wife of Presidential candidate Davao mayor Rodrigo Duterte, joins their daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio and granchildren for a 30-day campaign activity dubbed as BiahengDU30 that kicks off in Davao City on April 5,2016.

Mourners say farewell to Elie Wiesel in New York

Jul 04, 2016 - 10:24 AM

Mourners including world leaders pay tribute to Wiesel who died at the age of 87

'I still hate the glow of the setting sun': Hiroshima survivors' tales

May 26, 2016 - 11:28 PM

On the occasion of Barack Obama s offering of a floral tribute on Friday at the cenotaph in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park – the first ever visit by a sitting US president – some of Hiroshima s survivors share their stories

SURVIVORS. This combo shows portraits taken on May 25 and 26, 2016 of survivors of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, (top L to R) Keiko Ogura, Park Nam-Joo, Sunao Tsuboi, and (bottom row L to R) Shigeaki Mori, Misako Katani and Emiko Okada in Hiroshima. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Marcos hits Roxas: 'Bayani lang sa komiks'

Apr 26, 2016 - 3:34 PM

Vice presidential bet Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr takes potshots at Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas and the Aquino administration during his campaign rally in Tacloban Leyte

WARAYNONS. The Marcoses and the Romualdezes join forces in a campaign rally held Monday night in Balyuan, Tacloban City. Photo by Chris Billes/Rappler

LeBron James to produce his first movie

Apr 07, 2016 - 11:40 AM

The film is inspired by a hoax carried out by Connor Toole a writer for the humor website Elite Daily

Travel guide: Caramoan Islands, 2-day island hopping camping trip

Apr 03, 2016 - 8:41 PM

Watch a moonrise visit the enchanting lagoon of Matukad Island camp out under a sky full of stars – all while taking in the raw beauty of the Caramoan Islands

Photo provided by Gelyka Ruth R. Dumaraos

Martial law survivor on Marcoses: 'Abuse is in the blood'

Mar 12, 2016 - 8:46 PM

Don t forget the dark days Romulus Dingcong tells young Filipinos as he and fellow surviving martial law victims campaign against vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos

NEVER AGAIN. Romulus 'Og' Dingcong, 63, tells Cebuanos how he was detained and tortured during martial law. Photo courtesy of Doris Mongaya

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Feb 08, 2016 - 6:00 PM

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Death toll from Indonesian ferry accident climbs to 20

Dec 24, 2015 - 2:15 PM

The boat was believed to be carrying 116 people when it ran into trouble

WAITING. A woman whose relatives were on board a missing ferry, cries next to a board featuring names of passengers at a center set up in Siwa, in South Sulawesi. Photo by AFP

Captain of sunken ferry rescued in Indonesia, 70 still missing

Dec 22, 2015 - 8:31 PM

The captain said he told passengers and crew to put on life jackets abandon ship and make for the life rafts which had been launched

WAITING. A woman whose relatives were on board a missing ferry, cries next to a board featuring names of passengers at a center set up in Siwa, in South Sulawesi. Photo by AFP

Families wait for news after Indonesia ferry disaster, vessel still missing

Dec 21, 2015 - 5:36 PM

Nearly 80 people remain missing after a vessel carrying 118 passengers ran into trouble in rough seas over the weekend as it crossed the southern gulf of Sulawesi island

WAITING. A woman whose relatives were on board a missing ferry, cries next to a board featuring names of passengers at a center set up in Siwa, in South Sulawesi. Photo by AFP

The Edgardos

Dec 21, 2015 - 4:00 PM

This is Tacloban two years after Yolanda and the story of two brothers Edgardo II and Edgardo Jr who lived and laughed by the sea until the day the sky fell

RAW Deal: Did WWE go too far?

Nov 18, 2015 - 9:07 PM

Did the WWE go overboard with its Divas segment where Paige says the late Reid Flair who died of heroin overdose didn t put up much of a fight ?

OVER THE TOP? Divas Paige and Charlotte during their contract signing segment on Monday Night Raw, which courted controversy for Paige's swipe on Charlotte's brother who died of heroin overdose. Photo from WWE

Surviving Yolanda as an outsider

Nov 08, 2015 - 6:24 PM

People saw me as a survivor but I saw it quite differently

WHERE TO? A child walks in the rubble after supertyphoon Yolanda ravaged central Philippines. Photo by April Sumaylo/Save the Children.