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LTFRB allows 49 routes for traditional jeepneys starting July 3

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:50 PM

The last to resume operations among mass transport options, only 6,002 out of estimated 55,000 jeepneys are allowed to ply Metro Manila roads so far

RESUME OPERATIONS. Foot bath, face mask and plastic covers, these are what jeepney drivers are preparing at their terminal in Pasay City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Cebu to have Provincial Traditional Health Care board

Jun 29, 2020 - 6:06 PM

Undaunted by criticisms over promoting steam inhalation to prevent COVID-19, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia continues to champion traditional health care practices

STEAM INHALATION. Philippine medical societies say steam inhalation is not proven to cure COVID-19. Photo from Shutterstock

[OPINYON] Tuloy pa rin ang Mahal na Araw

Apr 09, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Tuloy ang Mahal na Araw kahit walang senakulo, kahit pa maraming naghuhugas-kamay para maging totoong malinis o kaya’y maging malinis na gaya ni Pilato

Traditional Chinese medicine being studied as cure for coronavirus – DOH

Apr 07, 2020 - 11:21 PM

The Department of Health says that 3 of the 12-man team of Chinese doctors and experts who arrived in the Philippines on Sunday, April 5, specialize in traditional Chinese medicine

PH dragonboat team paddles to SEA Games double bronze

Dec 09, 2019 - 7:19 AM

Thailand and Indonesia lord it over as the Philippines twice settle for 3rd in the traditional boat race

PODIUM FINISH. The Philippine dragonboat team adds to the country's medal haul. Photo by Marga Deona/Rappler

[Mga Kuwentong Bayan] Sulu: The 7 Biraddali Sisters

Sep 28, 2019 - 9:05 AM

‘Us seven sisters take the rainbow down to earth to remove our silver wings and relax and bathe in the fresh mountain springs. One day, a human saw our wings on the ground and threatened to make us his wives.’

Ateneo de Manila announces recipients of 2019 Traditional University Awards

Sep 24, 2019 - 9:18 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The awardees each receive a replica of the Sacred Heart statuette originally carved by national hero and Ateneo alumnus Jose Rizal

Recipients of the 2019 Traditional University Awards with the university administrators

How non-timber forest products preserve living traditions in the Philippines

Aug 04, 2019 - 9:05 AM

Through the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ School of Living Traditions, a cultural master teaches the skills and techniques of doing a traditional art or craft

WEAVER. A woman in South Cotabato is doing a backstrop weaving. Photo courtesy of NTFP-EP Philippines and Custom are Crafts Center

'Widow candidate' tradition in Philippines' deadly polls

May 11, 2019 - 1:51 PM

In taking over her husband's candidacy, widow Gertrudes Batocabe was among at least half a dozen women standing in for their slain husbands this year – a long tradition in the Philippines' notoriously deadly politics

CAMPAIGN. This photo taken on April 30, 2019 shows Gertrudes Batocabe (C), wife of the late congressman Rodel Batocabe, posing for photos with supporters during a campaign rally in the town of Daraga, Albay province, south of Manila. Photo by AFP

Daily tradition to high fashion: Weaving the old and new with Maguindanao’s colorful inaul

Mar 29, 2019 - 7:00 PM

From a necessary skill to feed families and from early traditional patterns to modern ones in gowns in fashion shows, Maguindanao’s inaul remains rich and vibrant

Photo by Claire Madarang

[OPINION] Poverty and the 'trapos'

Feb 10, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Traditional politicians take advantage of vulnerable individuals who are willing to sell their votes in order to survive

Taiwan's traditional medicine stores struggle on life support

Jan 20, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Some 200 traditional medicine shops close every year as the government refuses to issue new licenses since 1998

DYING TRADITION. Traditional medicine store owner Gu Cheng-pu (L) and her father-in-law Hsu Ping-jen (R) at the family's Chinese herbal medicine store in New Taipei City. Photo by Hsu Tsun-hsu/AFP

PH wushu team hauls 11 medals from Asian tilt

Dec 03, 2018 - 4:38 PM

The Filipinos pocket 7 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals in the 1st Asian Traditional Wushu Championships

GOLDEN GIRL. 2018 Asian Games bronze medalist Agatha Wong continues to impress in the regional scene. Photo from Asian Games media pool

Village in the city tries to save Zimbabwe traditions

Nov 04, 2018 - 1:30 AM

Hatifari Munongi, a poet, storyteller, and retired schoolteacher, has built a replica traditional homestead at her property in the suburb of Marlborough in Harare

REPLICA. Poet, storyteller and retired schoolteacher, Hatifari Munongi tells a traditional folklore story to a group of kindergarten children visiting the replica traditional homestead she set up in the backyard of her house in the suburb of Marlborough in Harare on October 18, 2018. Photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Remembering the dead

Nov 02, 2018 - 8:25 AM

Millions flock to cemeteries to visit their departed loved ones

Observing All Saints Day with the traditional  "Panag Apoy" in Sagada, Mountain Province. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

LIST: All Saints' Day traditions across the globe

Nov 01, 2018 - 12:04 PM

From visiting graves to flying kites, people from all over the world have their own unique traditions to remember and honor the dead

PHILIPPINES. Filipinos flock to cemeteries to visit the graves of departed loved ones. File Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Poland's double-edged vodka tradition

Jul 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Poland turns a former distillery into a museum celebrating its long vodka tradition

VODKA TESTING. In this file photo a visitor attends a vodka testing event at the Polish Vodka Museum, a new museum in Warsaw. Photo by Janek Skarzynski /AFP

IN PHOTOS: The 'taong putik' of Nueva Ecija

Jun 24, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Filipinos in the town of Bibiclat, Nueva Ecija, mark the feast of Saint John the Baptist by transforming themselves into 'taong putik' or mud people

Albay caps Magayon Festival with Santacruzan

Jun 03, 2018 - 10:40 AM

'We hope that by doing this, we have sparked interest among the millennials to learn more about our local culture and traditions,' says Dorothy Fernandez Colle, head of the provincial tourism, culture, and the arts office in Albay

YEARLY CELEBRATION. Albay celebrates the Magayon and Flores de Mayo festivals in one procession. Photos by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Sweet tradition: A peek at Tausug treats

May 27, 2018 - 7:28 PM

Delicious sweets from a rich heritage, with preparations ranging from simple to intricate


Namarabar: The community reviving natural dyes in the Philippines

May 20, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Sometimes, all we need to do is take is 180-degree turn to tradition and a little bit of tigi (crazy) imagination

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding will be streamed on Youtube

May 18, 2018 - 7:55 PM

The couple are set to wed on May 19

ROYAL COUPLE. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's are all set to wed. Photo from

Guide to Britain's royal wedding on May 19

May 12, 2018 - 5:12 PM

Here are details of the program confirmed so far by Kensington Palace

ROYAL WEDDING. In this file photo taken on November 27, 2017 Britain's Prince Harry stands with his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle as she shows off her engagement ring whilst they pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on November 27, 2017, following the announcement of their engagement. Kensington Palace, the marital home of Prince Harry and his bride-to-be Meghan Markle, plays host to several royals including his brother Prince William's growing clan. Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP

Manila Cathedral to display blood relic of Pope John Paul II

Apr 02, 2018 - 7:15 PM

'This is the first-ever blood relic of the great Pope still in liquid form stored in a glass container here in our country,' says the Manila Cathedral

BLOOD RELIC. The blood relic of the late Pope John Paul II is given to the Manila Cathedral as a gift by his former secretary, Stanislaus Dziwisz. Photo from the Manila Cathedral's Facebook page

Holy Week practices in the Philippines

Mar 28, 2018 - 6:54 PM

From crucifixion rites to the Easter egg hunt adopted from Western countries, the Catholic faithful in the Philippines observe practices and traditions in observing Holy Week

Behind the masks of Marinduque's Moriones Festival

Mar 28, 2018 - 11:37 AM

This Holy Week, the Morions of Marinduque fulfill their vows to show their gratitude to God through the Moriones Festival

Father Roger Diaz (third from left) join other penitents on 15 kilometers walk from Barangay Botilao to Santa Cruz town proper before the start of Good Friday procession.

Origins of the Stations of the Cross

Mar 28, 2018 - 9:02 AM

Know the story behind the origins of this Catholic act of devotion that commemorates the passion and death of Jesus Christ

A time to listen: Why we fast during Lent

Mar 27, 2018 - 5:44 PM

I think that cutting down is done in order to make a little more room in our hearts for one another, and also maybe a little more room for God

The purpose of Holy Week processions

Mar 26, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Every year thousands of Filipinos mark Holy Week by marching in the processions

12 JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS. That we may not give up, rather have stronger faith in Jesus in the times of great burdens. Photo courtesy of Legazpi City Facebook Page.

The grand carriages of Baliuag: Pomp and pageantry in piety

Mar 26, 2018 - 1:25 PM

In the town of Baliuag in Bulacan, Good Friday is more festive than Christmas

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Mar 26, 2018 - 12:42 PM

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Holy Week 2018: Passion for stewardship

Mar 25, 2018 - 7:08 PM

Are you still a Christian with firm convictions, or have we become so deeply compromised that we are no longer sure on which we stand?

Should you blindly follow those Holy Week traditions?

Mar 24, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Can we go to the beach during Holy Week? If it will help you love like Jesus, yes, you can. But if it will distract you from the story of His love, please don't.

IN PHOTOS: Palaspas makers prepare for Palm Sunday

Mar 24, 2018 - 4:29 PM

In different parts of the country, some people can be seen near churches, busy adorning palm fronds ahead of Palm Sunday

ALL THE WAY FROM QUEZON. Palaspas makers from Quezon work on their creations in front of Sto Domingo Church in Quezon City ahead of Palm Sunday. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINYON] Tarpo ng tropa mong trapo

Mar 13, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Bukod sa niretokeng mukha ng politiko at walang saysay na mensahe, marami pang sinasabi sa atin, though subliminally, ang basurang tarpo o tarpaulin na naglipana sa ating mga kalye at eskinita.

LIVE STREAM: Puteri Indonesia 2018 Traditional Costume and Talent Night

Mar 06, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Puteri Indonesia or Miss Universe Indonesia is the oldest and one of the biggest national beauty pageants in Indonesia, which selects the country's representative for Miss Universe

14 things you need to do for a lucky Chinese New Year

Feb 07, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Get ready for a lucky year ahead, regardless of your animal sign's horoscope!

IN PHOTOS: Cebuanos celebrate Sinulog 2018

Jan 24, 2018 - 12:07 PM

Cebu celebrates its annual festival with dance, music, and homage to the child Jesus

Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

[OPINION] The contradictions of the Black Nazarene

Jan 08, 2018 - 8:00 AM

At its core, the devotion to the Black Nazarene is a desire for better things. And so is it still surprising that its most fervent followers are the urban poor?

Pinoy Christmas traditions, then and now

Dec 22, 2017 - 4:57 PM

Times may have changed and our Christmas traditions may have evolved, but one thing stays the same

5 signs you’re in a Pinoy Christmas get-together

Dec 20, 2017 - 11:36 AM

Any of these sound familiar?

What’s a classic Pinoy Christmas reunion like?

Dec 19, 2017 - 1:12 PM

Does yours involve karaoke and a lot of food?

The taste of Filipino Christmas

Nov 28, 2017 - 6:00 PM

From food to gift-giving, Pinoy classics take center stage during Christmas

WATCH: An elaborate wedding ritual by an Indonesian tribe

Aug 15, 2017 - 5:35 PM

One of hundreds of Indonesian indigenous tribes the Mandailing of North Sumatera have elaborate rituals surrounding their traditional wedding ceremony

TRADITION. Mandailing ceremonial elders discuss inducting the bride in a Mandailing clan. Photo by Uni Lubis/Rappler

Rosita Caballero, a kept maiden from Panay Bukidnon, dies

Jul 31, 2017 - 5:46 PM

Rosita Caballero one of the last known kept maidens belonging to the Panay Bukidnon indigenous community dies at age 73

KEPT MAIDEN. Rosita Caballero is one of the last kept maiden from the Panay Bukidnon indigenous community. Photo courtesy of Daryl John Santos

Emergency hotlines for Dinagyang Festival

Jan 21, 2017 - 11:03 PM

Contact the following emergency hotlines for urgent medical needs and other critical reports

STAGING AREA. Emergency responders prepare for the culmination of the Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo on Sunday, January 22. Photo courtesy of OCD VI

UP Oblation Run hits Marcos burial at Heroes' Cemetery

Nov 25, 2016 - 7:52 PM

This year s UP Diliman Oblation Run condemns the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes Cemetery and calls for justice for Martial Law victims

ALL OUT. Members of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity hold an Oblation Run at the Palma Hall in UP Quezon City, against the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos on Friday, Nov 26. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

Mongolian women wrestlers grapple with tradition

Aug 02, 2016 - 3:20 PM

Mongolian freestyle women wrestlers eye Rio Olympic medals but they are still forbidden from participating in their country s own traditional grappling festivals

CELEBRATED. Mongolia's Soronzonboldyn Battsetseg has become a recognizable figure back home after her London Olympics success. She is seen here celebrating with the national flag after defeating Canada's Martine Dugrenier in their Women's 63kg Freestyle bronze medal match during the 2012 Games. YURI CORTEZ / AFP

Horseback library serves Indonesia's remote readers

Jul 15, 2016 - 4:00 PM

For many this unique mobile library is their only link to books There is no traditional library nearby and stores are miles away in big cities It s a problem for villages across the sprawling Indonesian archipelago

MOBILE LIBRARY. This picture taken on March 30, 2016 shows an Indonesian child reading a book delivered on a 'moving library' via horseback, run by Ridwan Sururi in Serang, a quiet hamlet fringed by rice fields and a volcano on Indonesia's main island of Java. File photo by Adek Berry/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Special Jakarta market serves Ramadan treats

Jul 04, 2016 - 11:58 AM

Some of these snacks are exclusive only to Ramadan

CROWDED. Many people buy food and snacks in the Ramadan market. Photo by Zachary Lee.