#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, May 8-14, 2017

Must-watch videos from this week










Dear Rappler reader,

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Charles Dickens comes to mind with President Rodrigo Duterte's baffling knack for making the most spot-on and the most off-tangent appointments. Take the case of incoming BSP governor Nestor Espenilla, which to date may rank as one of the highs, and (if Binibining Pilipinas International 2017 Mariel de Leon is to be believed) Mocha Uson's appointment ranks as one of the lows. There's also the indestructible Imelda Marcos and false rumors of her demise that add salt to the wounds of Martial law human rights victims who got their first tranche of compensation. Must watch is a woman who redefines motherhood, for Sunday, Mothers' Day.

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

Motherhood is not just about giving birth

Here's a heartwarming feature for Mothers' Day. Tita Erl was never blessed with a child, but she is blessed to be in a position to help thousands of Filipino children realize their potential – a true mother in her own right.

The wisdom of BSP Governor Nestor Espenilla

“I define it as continuity-plus-plus." The new Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) governor Nestor Espenilla Jr, a promotion from within, brings with him continuity and his very own advocacy, financial inclusion. Watch this exclusive interview. Former Central Bank governor Jose Cuisia had this to say about the incoming governor and his predecessor.

Beijing smog-free for Belt and Road Forum

Beijing is pulling out all the stops to make sure the air is smog-free and security is tight as 20 World leaders fly in for the Belt and Road Forum. Watch this vlog by Rappler's Pia Ranada.

AboitizPower on the power situation in Mindanao

"In 2010 there was a big drought here in Mindanao... I think this was the first time that Mindanao realized this dependence on hydro is not a very good thing." AboitizPower COO Sebastian Lacson talks about the complex issues surrounding coal and renewable energy and the power situation in Mindanao.

Undeserving? Mocha Uson has this to say to Mariel de Leon

"Sorry, Bb Pilipinas. I'll take note of your tweets and I'll do my best for the country and for you." Celebrity blogger Mocha Uson gave this response to Binibining Pilipinas International 2017 Mariel de Leon's tweets criticizing her appointment as Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) assistant secretary.

Gina Lopez to MGB chief: No irresponsible mining or 'I'll shoot you'

"Louie, I forgive you, but if you allow any irresponsible mine, I will personally shoot you." Trust Gina Lopez to have the last say. The Former Environment Secretary was as emphatic as ever as she called out Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Mario Luis Jacinto during her last message to DENR officials on Wednesday.

PH Red Cross names new humanitarian ship 'Amazing Grace'

"Amazing Grace." This is the name for the new humanitarian ship of the Philippine Red Cross. The name beat other entries in the PRC's "Name that Red Cross Ship" campaign. The ship is the biggest humanitarian and disaster response vessel in the country.

Imelda's longevity and the ML victims' 1st tranche

"I'm still alive." Ferdinand Marcos' wife Imelda dispelled rumors of her death by coming to work at the House of Representatives early. Coincidentally, around this time, victims of Marcos' Martial Law finally receive the 1st tranche of their compensation. It was bitter-sweet for most, a closure that comes too little, too late.

Dr. Carl Hart on myths of the drug war

“The data simply isn’t there.” Neuropharmacologist Dr. Carl Hart debunks myths most often repeated by President Rodrigo Duterte that drug use shrinks the human brain.

2 Live Jams: YouTube stars Alienette Coldfire, JunCurryAhn plus Gary V returns

Content creator JunCurryAhn and France Has Got Incredible Talent finalist Alienette Coldfire set Live Jam on fire this week. There's also the return of Gary V who sang all-time favorite "Di bale na lang"! - Rappler.com

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