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Archbishop from Bohol appointed new Papal Nuncio to Spain

Oct 02, 2019 - 9:16 AM

(UPDATED) In a reversal of roles, the new envoy of the Holy See to Spain is a citizen of a former Spanish colony

VATICAN ENVOY. A native of Bohol, Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza serves as the Vatican's representative in the United Nations. Photo by Devra Berkowitz/UN Photo

Misamis Oriental bans pork from Luzon, Visayas

Sep 13, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Misamis Oriental joins 3 other provinces which sealed off its borders to prevent its local hog industry from African swine fever contamination

SAFE TO EAT. The Misamis Oriental provincial government barbecued 200 Kg of pork to show that produce from the province is safe to eat and free from the African Swine Fever. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Night flights begin at Bohol-Panglao International Airport

Sep 04, 2019 - 3:05 PM

The Bohol-Panglao International Airport extends operations until 10 pm after acquiring equipment that can handle night flights

'ECO-FRIENDLY.' The Bohol-Panglao International Airport begins operations on November 28, 2018. All photos by the Department of Transportation

Magsayo nails WBC Asia featherweight title in Bohol homecoming

Sep 01, 2019 - 12:12 AM

Bohol's pride Mark 'Magnifico' Magsayo keeps his record perfect at 20-0 after defeating Thai veteran Panya Uthok via unanimous decision

UNDEFEATED. Despite a boxing layoff, Mark Magsayo quickly returns to his winning ways. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Giovanni Escaner retains PH bantam title at Pride of Bohol

Aug 31, 2019 - 11:38 PM

Emptying his clips in the final round, Giovanni Escaner scores a split decision win over Renoel Pael as Filipino undercard fighters up the ante

STILL THE CHAMP. Giovanni Escaner (riight) survives a gritty challenge from Renoel Pael. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Mark Magsayo vs Panya Uthok - WBC Asia Featherweight Championship

Aug 31, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Filipino fighter Mark Magsayo puts his unbeaten streak on the line against Thai veteran Panya Uthok at Pride of Bohol

Powell Balaba raring to restart 30-loss career at Pride of Bohol

Aug 30, 2019 - 4:03 PM

Boholano fighter Powell Balaba goes for a shot at redemption after a series of unfortunate events saw him absorbing a staggering 30 losses

SECOND CHANCE. Filipino flyweight Powell Balaba hopes to turn his fortunes around. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

WATCH: Mark Magsayo vs Panya Uthok weigh-in

Aug 30, 2019 - 11:48 AM

A confident Magsayo, who carries a perfect 19-0 record with 14 knockouts, heads into the weigh-in declaring he’s in great shape for the homecoming fight against Uthok

Bohol bans importation of live pigs, pork products

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) Bohol sets the ban for 100 days as it aims to prevent African swine fever from reaching the province

A butcher prepare pork meat for customers at the Commonwealth Market on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. Some neighboring countries imposes stricter African Swine Fever measure on Philippines after the country thus became the latest country to be listed as a high-risk area for ASF by the Taiwanese authorities,” the report further said. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bohol mayor kidnapping: Defense questions 'inconsistent' affidavits

Aug 08, 2019 - 8:05 PM

State prosecutor Anthony Fadullon is confident the prosecution can address inconsistencies pointed out by defense lawyer of Boniel's co-defendants

INCONSISTENT. Defense lawyer Innocencio De La Cerna casts doubt on witness testimony in the kidnapping case of missing Bohol Mayor Gisela Bendong-Boniel. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

ATHLETE'S CORNER: Mark Magsayo, Pride of Bohol

Aug 07, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Mark 'Magnifico' Magsayo turns his life around to bring glory back to his hometown in Bohol

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Best friend of missing Bohol mayor testifies in kidnapping case

Aug 02, 2019 - 2:41 PM

Angela Leyson, a complainant in the kidnapping case, recalls how Gisela Bendong-Boniel was compelled to stay in Bohol overnight by municipal staff to sign 'important documents'

STRONG CASE. Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon says Angela Leyson's testimony against defendand Nino Rey Boniel strengthens the kidnapping and illegal detention case. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Magsayo’s confidence at all-time high despite lack of fights

Aug 01, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Boholano fighter Mark Magayo looks to keep his record perfect against Thai veteran Panya Uthok

CONFIDENT. Mark Magsayo and other Filipino boxers competing in the undercard hope to complete a hometown sweep. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Bohol homecoming bout an 'acid test' for undefeated Magsayo

Jul 30, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Mark Magsayo faces Thai veteran Panya Uthok for the WBC Asia Featherweight Championship in his hometown

HOMECOMING. Mark Magsayo returns to Bohol aiming for his 20th career win. Photo courtesy of Vladimir Boxing Promotions

Court allows De Lima to attend lawyer son's thanksgiving dinner

Jun 14, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Senator Leila de Lima's son Vincent Joshua Bohol is among the 1,800 passers of the 2018 Bar Examinations

MOTHER'S PRIDE. Senator Leila de Lima's son, Vincent Bohol (in red, to her right), passes the 2018 Bar exams. Sourced photo

SC allows Bohol governor-elect Arthur Yap to travel abroad

Jun 07, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Bohol governor-elect Arthur Yap, who faces a graft complaint, is allowed to travel to Belgium and the Netherlands and to go on a cruise from Japan to South Korea in June 2019

TRAVEL ALLOWED. Bohol governor-elect Arthur Yap is allowed to travel despite facing graft complaints at the Sandiganbayan. File photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

2 dead in Bohol jeepney crash

Jun 07, 2019 - 9:33 AM

(UPDATED) A firetruck smashes a jeepney going downhill in Tagbilaran City

Couple gets 32-year jail time, P5-M fine for online child pornography

Jun 04, 2019 - 9:32 PM

'Child pornography is a detestable act that every society must seek to eliminate. The offenses involve sexual gratification at the expense of children, the supposed future shapers of our country,' the court decision says

How did localities mired in environmental woes vote in 2019 elections?

May 21, 2019 - 12:22 PM

The national government has started rehabilitating tourist destinations in 2018. Here's how voters in these areas chose their local leaders in 2019.

Yap wins hairline victory against Evasco in Bohol gubernatorial race

May 16, 2019 - 10:06 AM

(UPDATED) Evasco is President Rodrigo Duterte's former Cabinet Secretary. He plans to file an electoral protest.

Yap leads in tight race against Evasco in Bohol gubernatorial race

May 14, 2019 - 5:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte endorses Evasco but it's Arthur Yap who is running under the administration party PDP-Laban

NO TO COAL. Bohol candidate for governor Arthur Yap faces businessmen in a candidates' forum on April 26, 2019, in Bohol. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

You had a good cockroach laugh, but did you fume over Duterte quip on lady mayor’s panty?

May 10, 2019 - 8:46 PM

While campaigning for gubernatorial bet Jun Evasco in Bohol, President Duterte puts the mayor of Garcia Hernandez town on the spot – talking about her beauty and...her panty

ENDORSEMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte raises the hands of (from left) Bohol 2nd District Board Member Tomas Abapo Jr, Garcia-Hernandez Mayor Tita Gallentes, gubernatorial candidate Leoncio Evasco Jr, and senatorial bet Christopher Lawrence Go during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan campaign rally at the Garcia-Hernandez Sports and Training Center in Bohol on May 8, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte bugged by cockroach during speech

May 09, 2019 - 2:22 PM

An aide tries and fails to scrape the critter away with some papers, but Duterte brushes the cockroach aside

SWATTING BUGS. An aide attempts to swat a cockroach from President Rodrigo Duterte's shoulder as he addresses a crowd in Bohol on May 8, 2019. Screenshot from RTVM video feed.

De Lima’s son passes Bar Exams 2018

May 03, 2019 - 1:38 PM

(UPDATED) When Vincent Joshua Bohol graduated from San Beda College Alabang in June 2018, the court did not allow his senator mother to attend the ceremony

MOTHER'S PRIDE. Senator Leila de Lima’s son, Vincent Bohol (in red, to her right), passes the 2018 Bar exams. Sourced photo

Bohol gubernatorial race: Arthur Yap against coal power plants

Apr 28, 2019 - 6:05 PM

His rival, former Duterte Cabinet secretary Jun Evasco, does not join the candidates' forum arranged by businessmen due to disagreement over the format

NO TO COAL. Bohol candidate for governor Arthur Yap faces businessmen in a candidates' forum on April 26, 2019, in Bohol. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Duty Free to open new stores in Palawan, Bohol in 2019

Jan 23, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Duty Free Philippines Corporation also records a 2% increase in sales in 2018

PHILIPPINES' FINEST. Duty Free Philippines Corporation COO Vicente Angala says most homegrown products will be added at the 'Philippines' Finest' kiosks in line with Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat's thrust. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Tubigon port in Bohol reopens

Jan 05, 2019 - 10:58 AM

The newly renovated and rehabilitated port can now accommodate more ships and passengers

EXPANDED, IMPROVED. The Port of Tubigon in Bohol reopens on January 5, 2019. Photo from the DOTr Facebook page

Duterte inaugurates Bohol-Panglao International Airport

Nov 27, 2018 - 9:30 PM

The long-delayed Bohol-Panglao International Airport is finally open

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the unveiling of the Bohol-Panglao International Airport marker during its inauguration on November 27, 2018. Joining the President are Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Captain Jim Sydiongco. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

IN PHOTOS: Bohol-Panglao International Airport

Nov 27, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The Bohol-Panglao International Airport will open on November 28, 2018, ahead of the original target of 2021

'ECO-FRIENDLY.' The Department of Transportation is set to inaugurate the Bohol-Panglao International Airport on November 27. All photos by the Department of Transportation

Tagbilaran Airport to be closed, all flights moving to Bohol-Panglao

Nov 27, 2018 - 4:30 PM

The new Bohol-Panglao International Airport will be the sole commercial airport that will serve the province of Bohol

NEW BOHOL AIRPORT. The Bohol-Panglao International Airport will be the sole commercial airport servicing the province starting November 28. Photo from Cebu Pacific

Trouble in Panglao: Erring establishments, politics add to garbage woes

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Tourism facilities are contributing to Panglao’s struggle with trash while mayors fight it out

In Panglao: Tourism funds waste management and conservation

Oct 30, 2018 - 10:09 PM

Tourism brings in revenues also spent to curb the garbage problem

New system for old problems: Panglao's struggle with solid waste

Oct 29, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Old and new problems pose challenges to Panglao’s waste management system

Garbage in paradise: The price of Panglao’s rise as tourist destination

Oct 28, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Panglao, often promoted as an alternative to world-famous Boracay, has a long history of neglecting solid waste

CLEAN-UP. Children often volunteer with Plastic Free Bohol in picking up trash along the coastlines of Bohol. Photo by Ben McCormack

Panglao: Riding the tourism cash cow

Oct 27, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Panglao experiences a drastic increase in tourist arrivals after Boracay’s closure

Leoncio Evasco Jr running for Bohol governor

Oct 12, 2018 - 6:23 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet Secretary, who served as Maribojoc mayor for 3 terms, wants to return to local politics

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte looks at the document shown by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. prior to the start of the 10th Cabinet meeting at the State Dining Room in Malacañang Palace on January 9, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

New Bohol 'eco-airport' to be completed in October 2018, says DOTr

Aug 26, 2018 - 10:41 AM

'This is the kind of airport that we should be building, an airport that has regard for the environment and the future generations,' Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says of the country's first international eco-airport

OPENING IN OCTOBER. The Department of Transportation is set to open the new Bohol Airport Airport soon. Photo from DOTr

De Lima's family receives Prize for Freedom award on her behalf

Jul 28, 2018 - 10:05 PM

(UPDATED) Detained Senator Leila de Lima is the second Filipino to be conferred the award, after former president Corazon Aquino in 1987

'PRIZE FOR FREEDOM.' Liberal International gives the 'Prize for Freedom' award to detained Senator Leila de Lima. Her family receives the award on her behalf. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tommy Osmeña’s ex-aide shot dead in anti-drugs operation

Jun 27, 2018 - 3:18 PM

Adonis Dumpit is killed by National Bureau of Investigation agents in an 'drug interdiction' operation in Tagbilaran City, Bohol

FAVORED COP. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña bailed out SPO1 Adonis Dumpit before turning him into a security aide. Photo from Cebu City PIO

Which tourist spots will be rehabilitated after Boracay?

Jun 21, 2018 - 2:00 PM

All tourism destinations will be up for assessment by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, but some areas are on top of the list

De Lima cries, writes emotional message on son's graduation

Jun 03, 2018 - 5:54 PM

'To Vincent, I want to tell you, my son, that I am so happy and so proud of you,' writes detained Senator Leila de Lima. Read her full message here.

MOTHER'S LAMENT. Detained Senator Leila de Lima writes an emotional message on her son Vincent's graduation day at San Beda College Alabang. File photo by AFP

Court rejects De Lima request to attend son's law school graduation

May 28, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Senator Leila de Lima's son Vincent Joshua Bohol is set to graduate from the San Beda College Alabang School of Law on Sunday, June 3

2017. Senator Leila de Lima says the year changed her and made her closer to her family.

Bohol's no-coal ordinance 'an important victory' – advocate

May 27, 2018 - 10:08 PM

At the same time, advocates criticize the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001

Mayor of Buenavista, Bohol shot dead at cockpit arena

May 27, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Buenavista Mayor Ronald Lowell Tirol is the second mayor in Bohol killed in less than a year

After Clark, AirAsia developing hubs in Puerto Princesa, Bohol

May 06, 2018 - 10:00 PM

The Philippine unit of Southeast Asia's largest discount carrier plans to have 70 planes by 2032. With inadequate space in Manila, AirAsia is looking for more hubs in the countryside.

Mangroves and fireflies: Magical, eco-friendly kayak tour in Abatan River, Bohol

Apr 21, 2018 - 11:57 AM

Paddle amid quiet mangrove tunnels by day, and wait for fireflies to light up the trees at night. The kayak tours in Abatan River help sustain the local community, who work together to protect the river and its mangroves.

MAGICAL RIVER JOURNEY. Abatan River has mangrove forests perfect for enjoying beauty amid quiet. Photo courtesy of KayakAsia Philippines. All other photos by Rhea Claire Madarang unless otherwise specified

DOTr rejects Aboitiz's P148-billion bid to upgrade 4 regional airports

Apr 10, 2018 - 8:40 PM

The Department of Transportation turns down the unsolicited proposal of Aboitiz InfraCapital Incorporated and opts for public bidding instead

Spreading ‘humor’ is economic sabotage – Bohol mayor's memo

Mar 29, 2018 - 4:57 PM

The memo, dated March 23, 2018 and leaked on March 27, has become a hot topic of discussion among Boholanos, offline and online

DOJ order clearing suspect in Bohol mayor slay 'disturbing, alarming' – police

Mar 27, 2018 - 12:29 PM

'The DOJ might be renamed Department of Injustice for this latest blunder?' asks Senior Superintendent Jonathan Cabal, after the Department of Justice cleared the prime suspect in the murder of Bien-Unido Mayor Gisela Bendong-Boniel

'ALARMING' DOJ RESOLUTION. Senior Superintendent Jonathan Cabal, former intelligence chief of the Police Regional Office (PRO-7) in Central Visayas, questions the Department of Justice resolution on the murder of Mayor Gisela Boniel clearing her husband, the primary suspect in the case. Screengrab from Rappler video

Swedish national dies in electrocution accident in Bohol resort

Mar 22, 2018 - 5:56 PM

Bengt Gustaf Ludvig Linne accidentally steps on a wet pathway with an exposed power wire

A PLACE TO RELAX. The Alona Beach area in Barangay Tawala, Panglao town has been one of the most frequently visited places in Bohol by both foreign and domestic tourists. File photo by Mike Ortega Ligalig/Rappler