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Huge fire in Boracay razes more than 150 stores

Sep 18, 2017 - 9:52 PM

At least 500 individuals are affected by the 6-hour fire that also damaged a commercial building and 5 residential houses near the D'Talipapa Boracay compound

BORACAY FIRE. The hours-long fire razed several establishments in Boracay. Photo by YesFM Boracay

Authorities keeping close watch over poultry shipments to Boracay

Aug 18, 2017 - 8:24 PM

The demand for chicken eggs is huge in the island which is estimated at one million monthly

Cebu Pacific to launch flights from Zamboanga to Sandakan, Malaysia

Aug 16, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Now the previous 14 hour travel by sea is cut down to just a 40 minute airplane ride says Cebgo president and CEO Alexander Lao

NEW ROUTES. Cebu Pacific announces 4 new routes, including its first international route out of Zamboanga City. File photo courtesy Cebu Pacific

Palawan named World’s Best Island, Boracay makes top 3

Jul 12, 2017 - 7:21 PM

Palawan earns the top spot for the second year

NATURAL BEAUTY. Even with the influx of tourists, lagoons and islets off El Nido in Palawan are still stunning. Photo by Simon Gonzaga/ thebigblackbackpack.com

South Korea, China top list of Boracay arrivals in first half of 2017

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The total number of tourists to Boracay hits 1 107 167 – a 13 increase from 2016 figures

FAVORITE DESTINATION. A tourist enjoys kite boarding in the waters of Boracay island. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Coast Guard stepping up sea patrols in Boracay

Jun 24, 2017 - 9:23 AM

Authorities say they will intensify sea patrols and deployment of assets to protect Boracay Island from any armed groups

Katsa bags to replace plastic bags in Boracay, Malay

Jun 24, 2017 - 8:30 AM

These reusable canvas or katsa flour bags are locally sourced and could inspire the communities in Malay to produce eco friendly bags for tourists and residents

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 23, 2017

Jun 23, 2017 - 9:30 AM

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Cebu Pacific adds night flights to Boracay

Jun 22, 2017 - 4:43 PM

Cebu Pacific says this is in response to a long standing tourist request

NIGHT FLIGHT. Cebu Pacific will mount an additional 12 flights weekly to Caticlan from Manila, Clark, and Cebu.

Your updated Boracay guide: How to explore, relax, and give back

May 07, 2017 - 5:43 PM

Here s where to stay what to eat what to do and more at one of the world s best islands

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Laboracay 2017 seen to draw 67,000 tourists

Apr 29, 2017 - 8:32 PM

Local officials remind those headed to Boracay for the long Labor Day weekend to keep the island clean after partying

FAMOUS SUNSET. Boracay's fiery skies are postcard-perfect. File photo by Zyllah Gatchalian

Theft, robbery top list of Boracay crimes

Apr 29, 2017 - 12:55 PM

The number of theft and robbery cases outpaces all other crimes in Boracay Island in the first 3 months of 2017

WHEN IN BORACAY. The number of theft and robbery cases has outpaced all other crimes in Boracay Island in the first 3 months of 2017. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

No let-up in Boracay Holy Week security

Apr 14, 2017 - 2:58 PM

Even if there is no security threat in Boracay Island Special Weapons and Tactics SWAT teams among others are on the ground to maintain peace and order

PEAK SEASON. Boracay is gearing up for the Holy Week break when a lot of tourists are expected to come flood the island. File photo by Choi2451/Wikimedia.org

Security tightens in Boracay for Holy Week

Apr 08, 2017 - 9:35 AM

Some 50 000 tourists – including local celebrities – are expected to flock to Boracay and observe the Holy Week

SECURITY. Hundreds of uniformed policemen will provide security to tourists and residents of Boracay Island on Holy Week. Photo by Christopher Mendoza

Boracay Island among Asia’s 2017 Top 10 islands – TripAdvisor

Mar 25, 2017 - 8:52 AM

The popular Philippine beach ranks 7th on TripAdvisor s list

News Briefs: March 23, 2017

Mar 23, 2017 - 2:32 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Thursday March 23

There's now a Boracay-El Nido direct flight

Mar 18, 2017 - 6:27 PM

You can now fly from El Nido to Boracay and back

First passengers from El Nido connecting to Caticlan via Lio Airport.

News Briefs: March 8, 2017

Mar 08, 2017 - 11:18 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Wednesday March 8

IN PHOTOS: Inside Boracay's newest mall

Feb 25, 2017 - 10:45 PM

CityMall will have a movie theater a full sized supermarket and more

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Yasay seeks dialogue with Trump's top diplomat

Feb 21, 2017 - 7:41 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr also says ASEAN foreign ministers discussed the evolving policy of US President Donald Trump

TOP US DIPLOMAT. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson looks over papers before a meeting on Syria at the World Conference Center in Bonn, western Germany, February 17, 2017. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Yasay: '2, 3, or 4' ASEAN ministers back Hague ruling

Feb 21, 2017 - 6:37 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr declines to confirm if he was among the 2 3 or 4 ministers who urged respect for the Hague ruling

TOP DIPLOMATS. Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) link arms the ASEAN way during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting on February 21, 2017. Photo release by ASEAN Media

ASEAN ministers: 'Grave concern' over sea 'militarization'

Feb 21, 2017 - 2:40 PM

3rd UPDATE Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says ASEAN is hopeful to finish a framework code of conduct in the South China Sea by June this year

Yasay chairs major ASEAN meeting in Boracay

Feb 21, 2017 - 7:42 AM

The ASEAN Foreign Ministers Retreat is the first major ASEAN meeting of the year under the Philippine chairmanship of ASEAN 2017 DFA spokesman Charles Jose says

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr is chairing the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Boracay. File photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

ASEAN to tackle China 'militarization' in sea pact framework

Feb 20, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Philippine Foreign Undersecretary Enrique Manalo says there is more determination now to finalize a code of conduct in the South China Sea

MORE DETERMINED. Philippine Foreign Undersecretary Enrique Manalo says ASEAN vows to finish a framework code of conduct in the South China Sea by mid-2017. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

PANOORIN: Foreign ministers ng ASEAN, magmimiting sa Boracay

Feb 20, 2017 - 4:41 PM

Pag uusapan ng ASEAN foreign ministers ang iba t ibang regional issues tulad ng sigalot sa West Philippine Sea

IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2016 candidates in Boracay

Jan 14, 2017 - 10:47 AM

UPDATED The ladies of Miss Universe 2016 head to Boracay for a photoshoot – see photos of their trip to the beach

WHEN IN BORACAY. The Miss Universe 2016 candidates at their photo shoot in Boracay on January 14, 2017. Screengrab from Instagram/missuniverse

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 8, 2017

Jan 08, 2017 - 9:39 AM

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Blessing of the Black Nazarene replica in Quiapo, Manila. January 7, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Record-high 1.7M tourists in Boracay in 2016

Jan 06, 2017 - 11:06 AM

The number of foreign tourists in the world famous Philippine island resort surges to 868 765 in 2016 while domestic tourists register 813 302 arrivals

Boracay emergency responders ready for New Year festivities

Dec 31, 2016 - 9:26 PM

Cagban and Caticlan ports the gateways to the island are also operating 24 7 to accommodate those travelling on late night flights

Boracay Island on track to reach 1.7 million arrivals - DOT

Dec 24, 2016 - 9:50 AM

A total of 1 585 821 tourists have stayed in Boracay as of the month of November 15 percent higher compared to same period last year

PEAK SEASON. Most of the local hotels in Boracay are already booked for the holidays.

Foreigners nabbed for 'sex on Boracay beach'

Nov 19, 2016 - 1:53 PM

According to the police an immigration officer approached the suspects who were both naked to stop doing the act

Caticlan airport expands runway to accept bigger planes

Nov 18, 2016 - 7:31 PM

Previously limited to turbo propeller planes the airport can now accommodate jets like the Airbus A320

Taiwanese tour guide arrested in Boracay drug bust

Nov 17, 2016 - 10:06 PM

Police identify the drug suspect as 54 year old Wei Tang Yao alias Julian a resident of 163 Lane Shang Cheng Street in Taipei Taiwan He was temporarily staying at Sitio Bulabog in Barangay Balabag

12 'lady boys' arrested in Boracay drug buy bust

Nov 08, 2016 - 8:45 AM

PO2 Juno Gregorio says Mark Galicia – alias Manikin – sold sachets of shabu to a poseur buyer in a resort at around 8:45 pm During the buy bust operation the policemen also saw 11 other ‘lady boys’ having a pot session inside their rented room

DRUG BUST. Photo from Boracay Police.

Boracay 'drug den' suspects face charges

Aug 24, 2016 - 9:06 PM

The 25 suspects – 6 of whom were women – are caught visiting a drug den in Sunshine Cove in Sitio Bulabog in Barangay Balabag

INQUEST. Taiwanese and Chinese nationals at Aklan Prosecutor's Office during the inquest proceedings. Photo by Alex Carlo Magno

PNP arrests 25 foreigners in Boracay cybercrime den

Aug 22, 2016 - 10:59 PM

The arrests are a result of a shabu buy bust operation done by local police in Sitio Bulabog in Barangay Balabag on Boracay island

South Korea, China top sources of Boracay int'l tourists

Aug 05, 2016 - 10:06 AM

Philippine tourism officials hope to attract 1 7 million tourists this year to the world famous island resort

BORACAY. Rappler file photo of White Beach on Boracay Island

Boracay tourist arrivals near 1M mark for 2016

Jul 10, 2016 - 11:05 PM

The number of tourists to the island for the first half of 2016 hits 982 710 – an increase of 15 32 from 2015

Megaworld unit spending P10B for 5 hotels in Boracay, Batangas

Jun 30, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Four of these hotels are within a 150 hectare integrated tourism and leisure township in Boracay while the other one will be in a 1 200 hectare development near Tagaytay

TOURISM AND LEISURE. Megaworld’s GERI is the developer of Boracay Newcoast, a 150-hectare sustainably-designed integrated urban township. File photo by Rappler taken in 2015

'Quick, simple' inauguration for Robredo in Quezon City

Jun 23, 2016 - 4:02 PM

Vice President elect Leni Robredo will also meet with supporters for a thanksgiving party at the Quezon Memorial Circle

OVP HOME. The QC Reception House, the next home of the Office of the Vice President. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

What's a Marcos painting doing in Robredo's future office?

Jun 21, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista who oversaw the renovation of the former Boracay Mansion into the QC Executive House explains the Jose Blanco piece

FERDINAND MARCOS. The late dictator is depicted here as a soldier. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Where Vice President Robredo will hold office

Jun 20, 2016 - 9:41 PM

What s it like inside Quezon City s Executive House in New Manila the future home of the Office of the Vice President?

OVP HQ. The newly-renovated 'Executive House' was once home to the infamous 'Boracay Mansion.' Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Unhappy? Bautista says 'honor for QC' to host Robredo's office

Jun 20, 2016 - 8:05 PM

Quezon City s newly constructed Executive House is going to be the new home of the Office of the Vice President

'EXECUTIVE HOUSE.' Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista during press conference at what used to be the 'Boracay Mansion' in New Manila. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappelr

Clearing the aftermath of Laboracay 2016

Apr 28, 2016 - 6:42 PM

Advisory: Environmental campaign encourages locals and tourists to clean up after partying at the biggest events of the year in Boracay

LABORACAY. This file photo taken May 2015 shows a glimpse of the post-card worthy destination

Boracay among Top 10 islands in Asia – TripAdvisor

Apr 20, 2016 - 3:57 PM

Boracay ranks 7th on TripAdvisor s Travelers Choice awards for Islands

BORACAY. TripAdvisor names Boracay the 7th best island in Asia. Photo by Louie Lapat/Rappler

Boracay on my mind

Apr 16, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Boracay where moments of serenity and sensory overload go hand in hand When life was easy and breezy in the island people must have thought they were in the bosom of paradise

All photos by Louie Lapat

Smart launches LTE-Advanced in the PH

Apr 15, 2016 - 11:35 PM

LTE A can reach speeds of up to 250 mbps It is now available in Boracay and will be present in other cities soon

HERE'S TO FASTER INTERNET. Smart Communications executives celebrate the launching of LTE-Advacned

WATCH: Maine Mendoza, Alden Richards' Boracay adventure

Mar 25, 2016 - 7:31 PM

Maine and Alden spend time together in Boracay with the Kalyeserye crew

24 women rescued from Boracay human trafficking

Mar 11, 2016 - 7:30 AM

The suspects are collared after receiving P4 000 in marked money from a confidential agent who acted as their customer

Tourist complains of poor medical care in Boracay

Jan 23, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Patients go to Kalibo for medical help because you can t be taken care of in the island a Boracay resident notes

AID STATION. Panay Health Care Center. Image courtesy Nicole Acuña.