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To ‘cushion’ effects of virus outbreak, DOT wants Duterte to visit tourist spots

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:28 PM

The tourism department plans to bring President Rodrigo Duterte to Boracay, Cebu, and Bohol, as the tourism industry continues to suffer from the coronavirus scare

TRAVELING SOON. President Rodrigo Duterte takes a tour around the facilities of the Sangley Airport in Cavite City during its inauguration on February 15, 2020. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

84 travelers denied entry at Malay border checkpoints

Feb 16, 2020 - 11:39 AM

Meanwhile, 9 persons under investigation for the novel coronavirus in Aklan are discharged from hospital

CHECKPOINT. Photo from MALAY AKLAN PNP

Coronavirus impact on tourism may be worse than Boracay closure

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:46 AM

Almost 60% of island hopping and water sports activities, as well as majority of vendors, tattoo artists, and beach masseuses will be affected by the temporary ban

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Boracay eyes travel ban on mainland China tourists

Jan 31, 2020 - 9:09 AM

'Isang case ng coronavirus sa Boracay, sira na ang isla,' says town councilor Maylynn Aguirre-Graf

Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

11 Chinese tourists in Aklan under observation for exposure to coronavirus

Jan 28, 2020 - 9:44 PM

Four of them came in close contact with a confirmed case in Hong Kong before flying to Manila, then Boracay, authorities say

PRECAUTION. The Provincial Health Office of Aklan says it is coordinating with the health department and the Bureau of Quarantine in monitoring arriving passengers at ports and airports in the province. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Aklan health authorities send back to Wuhan 80 Boracay-bound tourists

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:28 PM

The tourists are part of a group which left before a lockdown was imposed by Chinese authorities on the city known as the epicenter of the raging coronavirus outbreak

VIGILANCE. The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

1 Chinese tourist dead in Boracay boat mishap

Jan 21, 2020 - 3:51 PM

The 26 others on the island hopping boat, mostly Chinese tourists, were rescued and in good condition, says the Philippine Coast Guard

RESCUE. Philippine Coast Guard personnel rescue tourists after their boat capsized off Barangay Balabag in Boracay on January 21, 2020. Photo from PCG

Task force orders mayor to stop charging Boracay pontoon fees

Jan 11, 2020 - 5:21 PM

National Task Force Boracay puts on hold the charging of P30 for the use of the pontoon bridge

Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Typhoon Ursula prompts Aklan town to suspend total tricycle phaseout in Boracay

Jan 10, 2020 - 8:00 AM

'Nahirapan ang ating mga [e-trikes] na maka-recharge dahil may mga lugar sa isla na wala pang kuryente,' says acting Malay, Aklan Mayor Frolibar Bautista

SUSPENDED. The local government of Malay, Aklan, suspends the total tricycle phaseout in Boracay Island. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal/Rappler

Boracay Island still recovering from Typhoon Ursula

Jan 04, 2020 - 5:04 PM

The island resort is facing 3 problems – electric power outages, uncollected garbage and limited fuel

Photo by BFP Malay

Fire breaks out in Boracay before New Year

Jan 01, 2020 - 2:55 PM

A fire officer says strong winds coming from Sibuyan sea fanned the fire and caused the flames to spread quickly

NEW YEAR FIRE. A fire broke out at Sitio Tulubhan in Barangay Manocmanoc in Aklan hours before New Year's Eve. Tulubhan is a fishing community with a handful of resorts on the opposite side of the famous White Beach. Photo by Red Yu/Rappler

Malay PNP issues travel safety warning for Boracay tourists

Dec 30, 2019 - 4:12 PM

A warning by the Malay police says: 'Avoid having drinks with people you barely know to avoid possibility of date rape or theft. Have good, clean fun with a group to avoid untoward incidents due to intoxication'

Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

No fireworks display in Boracay to welcome 2020

Dec 23, 2019 - 9:10 AM

Since fireworks are not allowed near the ocean, New Year's Eve celebrations are set to be held in mainland Malay instead

Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Acting Malay mayor pushes total tricycle phase-out in Boracay

Nov 23, 2019 - 4:57 PM

The town of Malay is phasing out all gasoline-powered tricycles by December 31

PHASE OUT. File photo of a tricycle in Boracay. Shutterstock.com

Watsons’ loyal shoppers share what it’s like to be treated to a luxurious vacation in Boracay

Nov 18, 2019 - 2:55 PM

All 20 raffle winners were given a 3-day, 2-night stay at Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa

Despite resistance, Boracay resumes demolishing noncompliant structures

Nov 08, 2019 - 10:57 AM

(UPDATED) Foreign owners of business establishments use water hoses to prevent the demolition of their buildings which the Boracay task force says violated the easement rules

Photo courtesy of YES the best FM Boracay

A year after reopening: Rehabilitation of Boracay still ongoing

Oct 26, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The Boracay rehabilitation management group says the objective is to restore the former glory of Boracay Island

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

Fire razes over 100 houses in Boracay

Oct 25, 2019 - 9:26 AM

The 3-hour blaze reaches general alarm and destroys homes Sitio Ambulong, Barangay Manocmanoc

photo BAG-BFRAV

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