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Malay town acting mayor declares Boracay a discipline zone

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Frolibar Bautista list achievements of his first 100 days as acting mayor

FIRST 100. Malay acting town mayor Frolibar Bautista reports about his first 100 days in office and his future projects for mainland Malay and Boracay Island. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

Boracay rehabilitation body to reassess public emergency services

Sep 29, 2019 - 11:28 AM

The move comes after 7 members of the Boracay Dragon Boat Team perished in an accident while training

DENR suspends all dragon boat races in Boracay

Sep 27, 2019 - 3:34 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu suspends all dragon boat race activities in Boracay in the wake of a deadly accident that claimed the lives of 7 members of a local dragon boat group

Water utility says no untreated wastewater flowing into Boracay beach

Sep 27, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Boracay Tubi System says it has complied with the water quality and effluent standards set by DENR

TREATMENT. File photo of a treatment facility of Boracay Tubi Systems. Photo from boracaytubi.com

PCG reminds groups to observe safety measures at sea after Boracay incident

Sep 26, 2019 - 1:21 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard gives the reminder after the initial investigation showed that the dragon boat team members had no life vests when they trained in Boracay waters

RESCUE OPERATIONS. A Philippine Coast Guard team help move members of the Boracay Dragon Boat Team to its vessel on September 25, 2019. Photo from PCG

Family mourns death of Boracay paddler

Sep 26, 2019 - 12:14 AM

'Mabait siya na anak. Tinanggap na namin ang nangyari, hindi naman natin ito kagustuhan,' says the mother of Mark Vincent Navarrete, one of the 7 confirmed casualties in a drowning incident in Boracay Island

RESCUE. The Philippine Coast Guard rescues members of Boracay Dragon Force Team whose boat capsized in Boracay waters on September 25, 2019. Photo from PCG

7 dead as dragon boat capsizes off Boracay

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:16 AM

(4th UPDATE) The 14 other members of the Boracay Dragon Boat Team were rescued and brought to the hospital, says the Philippine Coast Guard

RESCUE EFFORTS. The Philippine Coast Guard rescues 14 members of the Boracay Dragon Boat Team whose boat capsized in Boracay waters on September 25, 2019. A total of 7 people died in the incident. Photo from PCG

House bill proposes creation of Boracay Island Council

Sep 14, 2019 - 9:30 PM

House Bill No. 4175, authored by Aklan Representative Teodorico Haresco Jr, says the council should be directly under the Office of the President

REHAB CONTINUES. A bill is filed at the House of Representatives for the creation of a Boracay council. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Supreme Court affirms Ati ownership of 2-hectare land in Boracay

Aug 28, 2019 - 11:08 AM

The private claimants take the wrong appeal route, which is the High Court's basis in upholding the authority of the NCIP award of ancestral domain

LAND DISPUTE. The Ati Indigenous Cultural Commnunity stakes its claim on a 2-hectare land in Bgy Manoc-Manoc in Boracay island in Aklan. File photo by Purple Romero/Rappler

DENR, Aklan gov't to help in Boracay garbage hauling payment

Aug 13, 2019 - 11:30 AM

The Malay government is facing difficulty in paying ECOS P95 million for its collection, hauling, and dumping services from January to June 2019

Boracay robbery suspect returns stolen money, apologizes for crime

Aug 10, 2019 - 10:40 AM

A waiter in Romblon returns P2.7 million in cash, a cash metal box, a bank passbook, and a checkbook to the person he stole these from

photo by MALAY AKLAN PNP

East Asians dominate Boracay arrivals

Aug 09, 2019 - 10:15 AM

The Malay Municipal Tourism Office records show that from January to July over 1.3 million foreign and domestic tourists have visited the world-class resort island

BACK in BUSINESS. File photo of tourists on the pristine white Boracay beach. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Megaworld subsidiary to open 2nd hotel in Boracay

Jul 18, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Housing 442 rooms, the Belmont Hotel Boracay will be opening its doors to tourists in August 2019

Photo from Megaworld Corporation

Rehabilitation body appeals for public understanding amid Boracay flooding

Jul 18, 2019 - 7:00 AM

(UPDATED) The Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group attributes the flooding to the ongoing construction of the drainage system in the island, which is eyed for completion next year

BORACAY FLOOD. People wade through knee-deep flood in Boracay caused by heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm Falcon. Photo from Malay PNP

Palawan is 2019's 2nd-best island in the world

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:26 AM

...but of course that doesn't come as a surprise

PALAWAN. Limestone rocks and bright blue waters make up the trademark view from Kayangan Lake, a top tourist site in Coron, Palawan. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Duterte approves Boracay medium-term action plan

Jul 02, 2019 - 12:15 PM

The plan includes steps to help ecosystems recover and provide permanent housing for the Ati people

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Boracay boat coop braces for modernization

Jun 29, 2019 - 4:27 PM

The Maritime Industry Authority urges all boat operators plying the Caticlan-Boarcay and Tabon-Boracay routes to phase out wooden-hauled vessels

Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Malay residents want action vs smelly garbage trucks

Jun 22, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Garbage trucks collect the trash in Boracay Island and dump it in a sanitary landfill in mainland Malay town

FOUL ODOR. Open trucks like these collect garbage in Boracay, then dump these in Barangay Kabulihan, Malay town in Aklan. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Chinese, Koreans continue to dominate Boracay arrivals

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:33 AM

The number of Chinese tourists to the famed island nearly doubled in the first 5 months of 2019, while less Filipinos visited Boracay during the period, according to data from the Malay tourism office

FAMED BEACH. Tourists trek White Beach in Boracay Island. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Japan, Thailand rule Boracay beach volleyball World Tour

May 27, 2019 - 9:09 AM

The Japanese Ishitsubo-Shiba pair captures the women’s gold while the Thai Kangkon-Nakprakhong duo tops the men’s side

CHAMPION CAST. The top women's and men's finishers celebrate at the podium. Photo from BVR

Boracay tricycle drivers asked to stop overcharging passengers

May 26, 2019 - 11:21 AM

'We have to put a stop to these reports of a handful of abusive drivers preying on foreign travelers and visitors in Boracay,' says Councilor Maylynn Aguirre Graft

ALLEGED OVERCHARGING. One of the perennial problems in Boracay is the case of tricycle drivers allegedly overcharging foreign and local tourists. File photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Rondina-Pons duo winds up 5th in beach volleyball World Tour

May 25, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Highly popular partners Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons end up as the last Philippine team standing

ALL OUT. Top Philippine bets Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons put up a gallant fight in the quarterfinals. Photo from BVR

Rondina-Pons off to strong start in beach volleyball World Tour

May 24, 2019 - 5:02 PM

Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons advance to the Round of 12 after routing their Japanese foes in the Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open

TOP BETS. Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons target a second victory versus another Japanese par to advance to the quarterfinals. Photo from BVR

Government shuts down 10 establishments in Boracay

May 22, 2019 - 11:17 PM

The Boracay Interagency Rehabilitation Group also reports a spike in Chinese and Korean businesses in the tourist destination

UST pair kicks off PH bid in beach volley World Tour

May 22, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Before 4 Philippine women's teams battle in the main draw, Babylove Barbon and Gen Eslapor open the country's campaign in the qualification round

OPENING BID. Rising stars Babylove Barbon and Gen Eslapor vie to make it to the main draw. Photo from BVR

Mayor-elect Cawaling calls for unity in Boracay

May 19, 2019 - 11:14 AM

'Let us help each other build better relations between the national and local governments,' says Mayor-elect Ceciron Cawaling of Malay, Aklan

UNDERGOING REHABILITATION. Boracay is undergoing continued rehabilitation after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered it closed for 6 months in 2018. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Rondina-Pons duo leads PH bets in Beach Volleyball World Tour

May 12, 2019 - 5:06 PM

The Philippines looks to top its fifth-place finish in the women’s division last year

BACK AT IT. Sisi Rondina returns to action but teams up with Bernadeth Pons this time. File photo

Boracay police task force deactivated

May 04, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The multi-agency security cluster leaves behind a high standard in maintaining peace and order in the island resort

SECURED. File photo of police patrolling the then empty Boracay White Beach during the island resort's rehabilitation in 2018. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

LOOK: Gov't receives e-vehicles for Boracay patrol, rescue

Apr 27, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Star 8 Green Technology and Southwest Travel and Tours donate environment-friendly ambulance, boat, and bikes to DENR for use in the top tourist destination

E-AMBULANCE. Star 8 Green Technology Corporation turns over the environment-friendly ambulance to DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu on April 25, 2019. Photo from Star 8

Here's what you need to know about Love Boracay 2019

Apr 24, 2019 - 10:29 AM

Boracay marks the first anniversary of its April 26 closure with a week of environment-friendly activities celebrating the rehabilitation of the island

TOURIST MAGNET. Boracay Island continues to draw tourists even as it undergoes rehabilitation. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Review flights as gov't regulates Boracay tourists, airlines told

Apr 21, 2019 - 4:14 PM

'Only tourists with confirmed bookings with accredited hotels and establishments are allowed to cross the island,' the Civil Aeronautics Board reminds airlines

WHITE BEACH. Tourists enjoy the fine sand at White Beach in Boracay Island. Fle photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Boracay tourist arrivals up for Holy Week 2019

Apr 21, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Based on figures from Palm Sunday, April 14, to Good Friday, April 19, more than 50,000 tourists have visited Boracay

Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Phase 2 of Boracay road rehabilitation underway

Apr 20, 2019 - 11:21 PM

Illegal structures affected by Phase 2 of the road construction will be removed prior to full road rehabilitation, says the Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group

ROAD WORKS. The second phase of the Boracay road rehabilitation has begun. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Boracay draws 619,000 tourists in 1st quarter of 2019

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:41 PM

The figure is slightly higher than the number of visitors during the 1st quarter of 2018. A little over half of tourists are foreigners, mostly from China and South Korea.

FAMED BEACH. Tourists trek White Beach in Boracay Island. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Boracay parish church all set for Holy Week 2019

Apr 12, 2019 - 4:18 PM

Holy Week in Boracay Island will revolve around the Our Lady of Most Holy Rosary Parish Church

SEMANA SANTA. Everything is set for the Holy Week church activities in Boracay. Photo BY Boy Ryan B. Zabal

East Asians dominate Boracay's foreign visitors

Apr 03, 2019 - 8:15 AM

China and Korea account for 80% of the total international tourist arrivals from January to March 2019, based on figures released by the Malay Municipal Tourism Office

BORACAY TOURISM. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

LOOK: Floyd Mayweather jets off to Boracay

Mar 31, 2019 - 8:47 PM

Floyd Mayweather returns to the country to visit Boracay right at the peak of Philippine summer heat

SUMMER VACATION. Retired American boxer Floyd Mayweather pays the reopened Boracay a visit. Photo from Instagram (@wendellvans)

'Laboracay' turns into 'Love Boracay'

Mar 31, 2019 - 10:31 AM

'Love Boracay' runs from April 26 to May 1

FAMED BEACH. Tourists trek White Beach in Boracay Island. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Over 50,000 tourists expected in Boracay for Holy Week 2019

Mar 29, 2019 - 10:35 AM

Local authorities assure tourists that tight security measures will be implemented in the island and mainland Malay to ensure their safety

FAMED BEACH. Tourists trek White Beach in Boracay Island. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Beachfront vendors and picnickers top violators fined in Boracay

Mar 21, 2019 - 12:17 PM

A total of 468 people were fined in Boracay for violating ordinances since February 21, when local authorities launched a project to enforce discipline in the island

WHITE BEACH. The most popular area in Boracay Island. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Boracay Inter-agency Task Force demolishes erring resort

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The resort was given 3 orders to voluntarily demolish its structure starting April 26, 2018 but these went unheeded, says the DENR

Caption: TAKEN DOWN. Despite being warned and given enough time to comply, the Boracay Inter-agency Taskforce still had to take down an erring establishment for violating shoreline easement. Photo by DENR

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