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NUPL appeals SC ruling on Boracay closure

Mar 19, 2019 - 1:49 PM

In its appeal, the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers tells the Supreme Court that its grounds for ruling against Leila de Lima’s 2011 travel ban against Gloria Arroyo should also apply to Duterte's Boracay closure order

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Boracay utilities urge consumers to conserve water

Mar 16, 2019 - 8:56 PM

Water concessionaires in Boracay Island say consumers should 'prepare' for the drier days ahead

CONSERVE. Boracay utilities say there is enough water for the consumer in the island, but urged them to conserve it for the drier months. Rappler file photo

Chinese, Koreans still top foreign visitors to Boracay

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:41 AM

Chinese tourists made up nearly half of the foreign visitors to Boracay in the first two months of the year, data from the Department of Tourism in Boracay show

BORACAY. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

JG Summit Holdings subsidiary adopts Boracay wetland

Mar 07, 2019 - 3:45 PM

(UPDATED) JG Summit Petrochemical Corporation is the latest firm to strike a partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the rehabilitation of a Boracay wetland

Chinese embassy donates ATVs for Boracay beach patrol, rescue

Mar 02, 2019 - 7:33 PM

China donates 6 ATVs to assist lifeguards when patrolling the beachfront and responding to emergencies

BEACH PATROL. The Chinese Embassy in the Philippines donated ATVs to help lifeguards patrol Boracay island's beachfront. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

Boracay White Beach named in Top 25 Asia's best

Mar 02, 2019 - 9:34 AM

Despite the ongoing rehabilitation, Boracay's White Beach still lands 9th spot in the Top 25 Asia's best beaches list of the TripAdvisor’s 2019 Travelers' Choice Awards

THE BEST. Boracay's White Beach named among the best in Asia in the 2019 Trip Advisor list. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Boracay task force to be 'merciless' vs erring establishments

Feb 28, 2019 - 6:16 PM

'We are documenting [cases] in the whole of the island to include business establishments and also residential.... If they will not do anything, then we will immediately do the demolition,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

Dissenters slam SC on Duterte’s Boracay win: ‘Realization of a tyrant’

Feb 27, 2019 - 5:51 PM

Justices Leonen and Caguioa write strong dissenting opinions that allude to Duterte as a tyrant and dictator

DISSENTERS. Supreme Court Associate Justices Marvic Leonen and Benjamin Caguioa (R-L) are the only two dissenters in the 11-2 win that upheld the legality of closing down Boracay island for 6 months. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Supreme Court gives Duterte more power with Boracay case win

Feb 20, 2019 - 4:46 PM

'This space for the democratic rights of the people is getting smaller and smaller every time the Court sides with the government in power,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia

ANOTHER WIN. The Supreme Court hands another win to President Rodrigo Duterte by upholding the legality of the Boracay closure. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

At least 2 injured in Boracay fire

Jan 27, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Around 38 houses and establishments mostly made of light materials burn down

Photo from Boracay Fire Rescue & Ambulance Volunteers/Leonard Tirol

PH tourism breaks record, hits 7.1 million | Midday wRap

Jan 25, 2019 - 1:32 PM

Watch Rappler’s Midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Philippines breaks tourism record in 2018 despite Boracay closure

Jan 24, 2019 - 8:10 PM

South Korea remains the top source market, while China is the 'most improved' as it overtakes the United States for the second spot

SURFING SPOT. La Union is considered as a top surfing spot in Luzon. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

DOT: 269,344 tourists visit Boracay since reopening

Jan 17, 2019 - 3:12 PM

DOT-Boracay says foreigners comprised nearly half of the tourists to the famed island from October 26 to December 31, 2018

'NEW BORACAY'. Tourists on the shores of the 'rehabilitated' Boracay Island. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Public transport 'shortage' hurts Boracay residents

Jan 16, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Commuters in the island resort are suffering because most public transport vehicles are hired by tourists

Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Private sector to finance bulk of Boracay rehab programs

Jan 08, 2019 - 12:53 PM

The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force plans to implement 233 projects worth P25.27 billion, with the bulk of funds provided by the private sector

PH taekwondo bans Ateneo bully ‘indefinitely’ | Evening wRap

Dec 24, 2018 - 9:21 PM

Watch Rappler's evening wRap with Margie de Leon

Allow New Year's Eve fireworks display in Boracay, local execs ask gov't

Dec 24, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Fireworks on New Year's Eve are a tradition in Boracay for its residents and guests, says a local legislative council member

BORACAY REOPENS. After its closure ordered by the President, Boracay reopens in October. Rappler file photo

After Boracay, DENR eyes rehabilitating Manila Bay

Dec 16, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu hopes Filipinos will be able to safely swim in Manila Bay someday

POLLUTED BEACH. Residents swim in the garbage-infested shores of Manila Bay. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Presence of stray dogs in Boracay still a public health hazard

Dec 13, 2018 - 2:05 PM

A Malay town board member is worried the dogs may bite those attending Simbang Gabi

Boracay main road rehab 97% complete

Dec 03, 2018 - 10:41 PM

The DPWH says Boracay's main road, a 4.1-km stretch, is nearly complete but the rest of the 20-km circumferential road will take another year

ROAD TO RECOVERY. Boracay may be open, but the rehab continues. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Coast Guard tells owner to remove sunken vessel off Boracay

Nov 22, 2018 - 4:00 AM

The LCT Bato Twin, which sank last November 4, poses a danger to passing ships

RESPONSE. A Philippine Coast Guard multi-role response vessel arrives in Caticlan, Aklan on April 23, 2018. Photo from the Department of Transportation

Local officials propose tipping fee for Boracay trash

Nov 18, 2018 - 8:57 PM

A tipping fee is charged by the waste processing facility for maintenance cost

TRASH. A day away before the official opening of Boracay on October 26, paper cups, plastic straws, cigarette butts and other garbage items were seen scattered near the shoreline. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Malay execs urge town council to fast-track relocation site for Boracay vendors

Nov 15, 2018 - 10:23 AM

Hundreds of vendors barred from the beachfront of the new Boracay, still have no designated area where they can sell their goods and services

VENDOR-FREE. Scenes at the shore of Boracay on the eve of its opening, October 25, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Duterte to Palawan hotels, resorts: 'Follow rules' to avoid another Boracay

Nov 11, 2018 - 12:20 AM

'I'm putting on notice everybody,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in a speech at a festival in Puerto Princesa City

UNDERGROUND RIVER. The entrance to the Puerto Princesa Underground River, June 21, 2011. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia/Mike Gonzalez.

Tension eases in Boracay: Singaporean businessman apologizes to DENR official

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:31 PM

'There are some who make friends and quarrel later, but we quarreled and became friends,' says businessman Peter Tay after patching things up with DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda

NEW FRIENDS? Singaporean businessman Peter Tay apologizes to DENR Usec Benny Antiporda. Photo from Tay's Facebook page

Thieves in Boracay prey on tourists

Nov 07, 2018 - 9:27 AM

(UPDATED) Two weeks after the reopening of Boracay Island, police receive reports of tourists falling victim to pickpockets

SERENE. Scenes at the shore of Boracay on the eve of its opening, October 25, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Boracay tension: Singaporean businessman 'assaulted' by DENR undersecretary?

Nov 06, 2018 - 9:15 PM

DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda says Boracay businessman Peter Tay 'humiliated' himself, but admits to shoving Tay when tensions rose

PUBLIC HUMILIATION? Singaporean businessman Peter Tay says DENR Undersecretary publicly humiliated him in a meeting on Boracay businesses. Background photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler, Antipoda's and Tay's photos from their Facebook pages

Boracay task force warns tourists vs unregistered operators

Nov 03, 2018 - 2:47 PM

The task force issues the advisory as it announces that towable water sports like parasailing and banana boat rides will be allowed starting November 7

RESORT. The rock formation on the left is part of the property that Leisure & Resorts World bought in Barangay Manoc-Manoc, where the rumored casino will be built. Photo by Adrian/Portugal

Boracay visitors back to 'old habits'

Nov 03, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Local authorities remind visitors of existing municipal ordinances which prohibit drinking, dining, and smoking on White Beach

BORACAY ISLAND. Can the massive cleanup of the island be sustained after it was reopened to tourists on October 26, 2018?Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Coast Guard to build P30-M radar station in Boracay

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:04 AM

The Philippine Coast Guard says the radar station – operational by June 2019 – is expected to help beef up security in Boracay Island

BORACAY RADAR STATION. A radar station in Boracay is expected to be operational by June 2019. Photo from the Facebook page of the Philippine Coast Guard

DENR fines 209 Boracay establishments

Oct 29, 2018 - 6:50 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says 209 establishments in Boracay need to pay a total of P43 million if they wish to operate again

WATCH: Swimming at Boracay's spotless white beach

Oct 28, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Missed the powdery white sands on your feet? Here's how it feels like to swim at the 'new' Boracay.

SPOTLESS WHITE. Boracay's White Beach is not spotless. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

IN GIFs: What to see in the new Boracay

Oct 28, 2018 - 12:37 PM

Itching to see the newly reopened Boracay? Here's what to expect.

SUNSET. Boracay's famous sunset brings everyone to the beach in the afternoon. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Boracay: Paradise reborn?

Oct 27, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Rappler takes a close look at the effects of Boracay’s closure – on the people, businesses, and the environment

WATCH: Balabag Wetland Park to be new Boracay attraction

Oct 27, 2018 - 6:49 PM

Wetland No. 4, located at Central Boracay, will be dubbed as 'Balabag Wetland Park' once its completed

PARK. Balabag Wetland Park is set to be completed within a year. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Malacañang says Boracay closure 'a lesson of political will'

Oct 27, 2018 - 11:46 AM

'Boracay is a lesson of political will, as exhibited by PRRD and yet, it is also a lesson of neglect, misfeasance and malfeasance by responsible persons in office,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

NOW OPEN. Scenes during Boracay's official reopening. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

WATCH: What it feels like without beach parties in Boracay

Oct 26, 2018 - 10:58 PM

Boracay's dimly-lit shoreline is not as 'alive' as it used to be – no beach parties and no loud music

FIRST NIGHT. Boracay is finally open to the public and on its first night, there are no beach parties. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

WATCH: Boracay closure hailed as example 'not only in Asia'

Oct 26, 2018 - 10:48 PM

Boracay Island is finally open but officials say it is just the start of stricter environmental compliance

REOPENED. Boracay Island is finally open to the public on October 26, 2018. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Boracay opening, tokhang, Johnny Depp | Evening wRap

Oct 26, 2018 - 10:33 PM

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WATCH: Tourists, workers see Boracay come to life again

Oct 26, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The government officially reopens Boracay Island but regulating establishments' permits, putting a cap on the number of visitors, and issuing anti-beach boozing rules

ARRIVAL. Workers arrive at this side of the port at around 8 am on October 26, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

No casinos in Boracay as island reopens

Oct 26, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra wants President Rodrigo Duterte to issue an executive order banning casinos in Boracay

RESORT. The rock formation on the left is part of the property that Leisure & Resorts World bought in Barangay Manoc-Manoc, where the rumored casino will be built. Photo by Adrian/Portugal

LOOK: New Boracay icon unveiled

Oct 26, 2018 - 1:27 PM

The new Boracay icon features the island's famed Puka Beach. It is unveiled as Boracay is reopened on October 26.

NEW ICON. Boracay unveils its new icon as the island is reopened on October 26, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Boracay opens, Khashoggi’s son, Biden and De Niro’s suspicious packages | Midday wRap

Oct 26, 2018 - 12:45 PM

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IN PHOTOS: Aspiring Boracay lifeguards undergo training

Oct 26, 2018 - 12:44 PM

The aspiring Boracay lifeguards train with the Philippine Coast Guard for 5 days

SEARCH AND RESCUE. Volunteers pretend to be drowning to simulate an emergency situation. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Only 3 of 10 Boracay hotels, resorts allowed to reopen

Oct 26, 2018 - 11:44 AM

Boracay now has half the number of hotel rooms available before President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the island closed

REOPENED ISLAND. The world-famous island of Boracay is ready to accept tourists again after 6 months of closure. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Boracay Island now open

Oct 26, 2018 - 12:03 AM

Tourists can again enjoy the spotless white, powdery sands of Boracay

OPEN. Boracay Island is now back to life. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

WATCH: Back to zero? Businesses in debt as Boracay reopens

Oct 25, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Some business owners say they are not 'back to zero,' rather it's 'back to negative' because of the debt incurred over their losses during the 6-month closure

DEBT. Owner of LDV Variety Lito Reyes says he has yet to bounce back from the debt he has incurred during the 6-month Boracay closure. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Ombudsman suspends Malay town mayor

Oct 25, 2018 - 10:51 PM

DILG OIC Secretary Eduardo Año says that the Ombudsman resolution was signed October 23, while he signed the immediate implementation of the order

SUSPENDED. Malay town mayor Ciceron Cawaling was suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman. DENR file photo

Mon Tulfo, Lapeña promoted, Boracay | Evening wRap

Oct 25, 2018 - 10:23 PM

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WATCH: Aerial view of Boracay

Oct 25, 2018 - 4:40 PM

The aerial view of Boracay shows its spotless white shores, but visible overdevelopment

AERIAL VIEW. Here is how Boracay looks like from above. Rappler screenshot