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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

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 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

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

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

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

400 cops to conduct patrols when Boracay reopens

Oct 25, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde says the additional deployment would be part of security forces' reorganization in the island

COPS. Police walks along the shores of Boracay during the capability demonstration exercise on October 25, 2018. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

WATCH: Cops, soldiers simulate hostage-taking, bomb threat in Boracay

Oct 25, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Authorities rehearse responses to possible threats ahead of the island's reopening to tourists

Boracay Simulation Oct 25 2018. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Somber Boracay gears up for October 26 reopening

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:03 PM

Boracay is ready to come back to life – but not businesses that will remain closed even after October 26

OPENING. Boracay Island is open to the public once again on October 26. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

PAL's Mabuhay Maritime to offer Kalibo-Boracay ferry service

Oct 23, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The ferry service seeks to provide seamless travel from the Kalibo International Airport to Boracay

MODERN FACILITIES. PAL's Mabuhay Maritime Express will soon offer Kalibo to Boracay ferry service. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Only 8 hectares of Boracay land to be distributed to Ati tribe

Oct 23, 2018 - 4:21 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has said he wants the 'entire' Boracay island placed under land reform for the benefit of the native Ati community

HOAX: Bam Aquino’s ‘quote’ on Boracay rehabilitation

Oct 22, 2018 - 4:47 PM

The quote is fabricated, says the senator's office

DPWH: Boracay Circumferential Road to fully open by December 2018

Oct 20, 2018 - 6:18 PM

When Boracay reopens on October 26, one lane along the 2.66-kilometer road from Cagban Port to Hue Hotel will already be passable

UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Inside roads in Boracay Island is still under construction, days away from the reopening. Photo from Net Sacapano

Businesses still 'confused' over Boracay opening plans

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:01 PM

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry wants the government to provide them a list of compliant establishments that would be allowed to operate by October 26

CONFUSED. Some businesses are still confused whether they are already compliant to government rules and regulations. All photos from Net Sacapano

DENR says Boracay Henann resorts 'faked' compliance certificates

Oct 16, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Henann Group of Resorts denies the claim and says they did not authorize anyone to submit fake or unofficial documents

CLOSED. Henann group of resorts in Boracay is not accepting reservations, pending the approval of their permits. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Littering in Boracay? You may face imprisonment

Oct 16, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The Anti-Littering Ordinance in Boracay will be strictly enforced

TRASH. These trash bins provided by Cebu Pacific are lined along Boracay for proper disposal of wastes. Photo from DOT Secretary Bernadette Puyat

LOOK: E-trike, modern vehicles for the 'new' Boracay

Oct 15, 2018 - 7:05 PM

These are part of the Department of Transportation's integrated transport system project in the island

MODERN JEEPNEY. The Department of Transportation is working with Grab to launch the modern jeepneys in Boracay. DOTr photo

Gov't asks public to 'manage expectations' for Boracay reopening

Oct 15, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force explains that the 'full rehabilitation' of the island will be in 2019

International airlines resume flights to Kalibo on October 26

Oct 14, 2018 - 11:43 AM

This is set to bring in more tourists for the reopening of one of Asia's best islands

REOPENING SOON. Boracay is set to be reopened to tourists on October 26, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malay execs eye amending rules on pet ownership in mainland, Boracay

Oct 13, 2018 - 12:22 PM

Among the proposed amendments to the ordinance are limiting the number of dogs a person can own and the disposition of stray dogs in Boracay and mainland Malay

BORACAY PET. A man strolls the Boracay shoreline with his dog. Photo from Shutterstock

IN CHARTS: Boracay is bursting at the seams

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Boracay has exceeded its capacity in terms of population, infrastructure, and waste generated

CAPACITY. The carrying capacity study of the DENR showed the many ways Boracay exceeded its capacity. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

LIST: 157 Boracay hotels open by October 26

Oct 12, 2018 - 5:55 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The government has accredited 157 hotels and resorts that are already compliant with rules and regulations

ACCREDITED. Shangri-la Resort is among those the DOT-accredited hotels that will operate on October 26. Photo from Shangri-la Resort website

Cimatu lifts ECC suspension for compliant Boracay businesses

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:51 PM

This means that the businesses can now seek permits to operate from the interior and tourism departments

CLOSED. In this file photo, Boracay businesses were closed during the shutdown of the island. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

What to expect when Boracay reopens on October 26

Oct 09, 2018 - 8:15 AM

Planning to visit Boracay when it reopens? Here's what you should know.

NEW BORACAY? Top tourist hotspot Boracay Island will be open again to the public starting October 26. Photo from the Department of Tourism

Children in Boracay still vulnerable to sexual exploitation

Oct 07, 2018 - 12:53 PM

Child safety watchdog ECPAT Philippines urges Malay officials to ensure that 'child protection mechanisms are in place and functioning' when Boracay reopens to tourists on October 26

BORACAY SUNSET. Children watch the sunset in famed Boracay island. Children in tourist destinations are vulnerable to child sex tourism. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Boracay beach vendors in limbo, seek help of Malay town officials

Oct 05, 2018 - 1:51 PM

Nobody has told the displaced Boracay vendors where they will work if the plan to clear the famed beachfront of all obstructions is implemented

CLOSED DOWN. Almost all establishments along Boracay's beachfront have closed down. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Malay council wants extended operation of Boracay police task force

Oct 03, 2018 - 2:39 PM

Malay police and town council members agree that the Metro Boracay Police Task Force should continue to operate after the island is reopened to tourists

PATROL. The almost empty Boracay White Beach is dotted with police who patrol the area. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Gov't to issue access cards for Boracay tourists

Sep 19, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Boracay can only take in a maximum of 19,215 tourists at any given time. The access cards will help the government control the number of visitors.

Full Boracay rehab by December 2019, says DOT chief

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Tourism officials have asked airlines to reduce flights to Caticlan and Kalibo in Aklan, since Boracay can only accommodate a limited number of tourists per day

BORACAY. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat says Boracay rehabilitation will be completed next year. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

They outnumber tourists! Over 15,000 workers to be booted out of Boracay

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:53 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says workers should live in mainland Aklan to decongest the world-famous island Boracay

PNP invites tourists: Come to Boracay, you are safe here

Sep 04, 2018 - 12:50 PM

After 6 months of rehabilitation, the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) has scheduled a soft opening on October 16 to October 25 for local tourists

PATROL. The almost empty Boracay White Beach is dotted with police who patrols the area. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Gov't approves permits to operate of 25 Boracay hotels, resorts

Sep 01, 2018 - 3:51 PM

The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force is implementing a 'No Compliance, No Opening' policy to ensure that establishments follow rules and regulations

HOTELS. The Department of Tourism releases a list of accredited accommodation establishments in Boracay. Photo from Fairways and Bluewater Beach Resort

Local gov't to ban single-use plastics when Boracay reopens

Aug 26, 2018 - 1:26 PM

'Sa mga bisita sa Boracay, magdala na kayo ng sariling straw dahil bawal ang single-use plastic. Bawal na rin ang plastic bags at styrofoams sa isla,' says Sangguniang Bayan member Maylynn Aguirre Graf

BANNED. Single-use plastics will now be banned in Boracay Island. File photo of Boracay by Angie de Silva/Rappler