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Cimatu deploys 'mission team' to rehabilitate Boracay

Feb 20, 2018 - 10:21 AM

(UPDATED) 'We will be using all our government and the DENR assets and personnel to do this job,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, who only has 6 months to address the environmental problems in Boracay

BORACAY. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu forms a 50-person 'mission team' to address the environmental problems in Boracay island

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Feb 19, 2018 - 10:13 AM

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PRESIDENTIAL AIDE. Special Assistant to the President Bong Go (right) with President Rodrigo Duterte at the Camp Panacan Station Hospital  in Davao City on January 29, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Wanda Teo: 'High time' to shut down 200 erring establishments in Boracay

Feb 16, 2018 - 6:26 PM

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says the possible closure of businesses in Boracay would have 'limited impact' on the Philippine tourism industry

SAVE BORACAY. Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says the 'massive cleanup' of Boracay should start now. Malacanang file photo

51 Boracay business owners summoned for environmental violations

Feb 14, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says the establishments are required to have technical conferences with the Pollution Adjudication Bureau within the week

TOURIST DESTINATION. A bulldozer moves the piles of garbage that have been dumped on a hillside in the resort island of Boracay i this June 2005 file photo. The worsening garbage problem on the island could threaten Boracay's image as a pristine paradise for foreign and local tourists. AFP Photo by Joel Nito

DENR gives erring Boracay establishments 2 months to 'shape up'

Feb 13, 2018 - 5:19 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says he has already issued a directive that no new environmental compliance certificate will be issued in Boracay to prevent the construction of new buildings in the island

Duterte warns he'll file complaint vs Boracay local gov't officials

Feb 12, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Philippine President says he may file charges of 'serious neglect of duty' against officials in Boracay Island which he threatens to close 'permanently'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Manila Times 7th Business Forum at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City on February 9, 2018, expresses his sentiments over the reported abuse of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Kuwait. Malacañang Photo

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Feb 12, 2018 - 9:47 AM

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Duterte: 'I will close Boracay'

Feb 10, 2018 - 10:27 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte has given Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu 6 months to address the environmental woes of Boracay, which he describes as a 'cesspool'

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

Duterte 'approves in principle' EO addressing Boracay problems – Cimatu

Feb 06, 2018 - 6:45 PM

'I was given by the President the marching order to do something about the environmental problems in Boracay and make a report after 6 months,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

BORACAY. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu proposes a 'national body' to help address the problems in Boracay

DoubleDragon, partners to build PH's 'biggest' hotel in Boracay

Feb 01, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Hotel101 Resort-Boracay will have 1,001 rooms and will be located in Megaworld's 150-hectare Boracay Newcoast estate

image from DoubeDragon

Boracay opens its first cinema

Dec 18, 2017 - 12:53 PM

Bad weather in Boracay? Now, you can watch a movie at the CityMall Cinema!

CITYMALL CINEMA. The first cinema in Boracay brings blockbuster hits to the island's residents. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Cimatu wants ‘national body’ to address problems in Boracay

Oct 04, 2017 - 8:18 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says the best option for Boracay at this time is to take it away from the control of the local government

BORACAY. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu proposes a 'national body' to help address the problems of Boracay

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

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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

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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

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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

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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