#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, April 17-23, 2017

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Dear Rappler reader,

This week brims with hope for the youth as the Palarong Pambansa 2017 opens today in Antique, and it's not just the athletes on their toes but the campus journalists as well. An Ilonggo farmer's son who plays basketball will come a long way as he starts his scholarship in a top Manila university. And an 18-year-old Education student from UE tells about her journey to teach out-of-school kids in the back alleys of Sampaloc. Highly recommended.

Below are the big stories we think you shouldn't miss.

How an Ilonggo farmer's son landed a La Salle scholarship

"If I had stayed in my hometown, I would still be drying coconuts for copra and burning wood for charcoal.” This basketball player from the mountains of Leon, Iloilo found his life drastically changed by the sport he loves.

Campus journalists to cover Palarong Pambansa 2017

"I don't feel any pressure because I know that I have already proven myself," said Jaspher Aspiras, 11 years old, a campus journalists covering the Palarong Pambansa 2017 in Antique. Check out other stories on Palaro: There's the swimming pool in the sea built by enterprising minds in Catbalogan, Samar to train athletes.

Russian warship arrives in Manila

"The Russians are with me so I shall not be afraid," President Rodrigo Duterte said while aboard Russian guided missile cruiser Varyag, the flagship of the Russian Pacific Fleet, which arrived at the South Pier Thursday morning.

Duterte's defense chief asserts claim to West PH Sea

"This is just a normal visit within our territory," said Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Lorenzana brings along the top brass of the military, sending a strong signal that the Philippines is asserting its claim amid concerns that Duterte is getting too friendly with China.

Paris climate deal takes effect in PH, now what?

"What can Filipinos do after the ratification of the deal that seeks to curb global warming?" This was the question we asked on Earth Day in a panel discussion with Climate Change Commission vice chairperson Vernice Victorio, and representatives of the National Youth Commission and YesPinoy.

How do we prevent road crashes?

"Driving a motor vehicle is like owning a gun, it can be helpful to a skilled individual but fatal to a non-skilled driver." Rappler discussed road safety issues with former Land Transportation Office spokesperson Jason Salvador in the aftermath of the Leomarick Trans bus tragedy that killed 30 people.

LG G6 or Samsung Galaxy S8?

"Which one has the slight advantage, spec-wise?" This is the question that comes next once you look into LG's G6 and Samsung's Galaxy S8, which has eerily similar specs.

UE student teaches kids on the street

"Good morning, kids!" This pretty millennial doesn't spend her free time diving into the latest gadget or hanging out on social media. Dara Tuazon spends her free hours teaching out-of-school children in a back-street near her university and finds it very rewarding.

Jeff Horn on facing Pacquiao, criticism, being the underdog

"Manny will absolutely smash me." Jeff Horn talks about the hate messages on social media he gets as he prepares to go in the ring with Manny Pacquiao. The unbeaten Horn will try to overcome the odds when he faces the living legend Pacquiao from the Philippines on July 2 at Suncorp Stadium in his hometown of Brisbane, Australia.

'I'm not allowed to speak in Filipino' – Sponge Cola vocalist

"I'm going to translate this song for you," Sponge Cola vocalist Yael Yuzon told the crowd at a gadget launch. He said he was told by mall management he can only sing in English. - Rappler.com

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