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Thai pair foils Gervacio-Tan, captures beach volley crown

Sep 02, 2018 - 11:17 PM

The power-hitting Nasuda Janmong and Saranya Laesood of Thailand rule the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour Gran Ola, Lianga leg

CHAMP. Thailand 2's Nasuda Janmong and Saranya Laesood avenge their lone loss in the finals.

UST bags twin titles in BVR on Tour Manila Open

Aug 20, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The Golden Tigresses and the Tiger Spikers stamp their class over the competition

CHAMPS. The UST Golden Tigresses go undefeated en route to the women's title in the BVR on Tour Manila Open. Contributed photo


Rondina-Barbon, Gervacio-Tan reach BVR Manila quarters

Aug 18, 2018 - 10:15 PM

The tournament favorites march into the next round of beach volleyball action

HIT. Sisi Rondina soars for a spike in a BVR on Tour Manila Open match.

Rondina, new partner vie for BVR Manila crown

Aug 15, 2018 - 4:09 PM

UST standout Sisi Rondina teams up with rising star Babylove Barbon in the Beach Volleyball Republic on Tour Manila Open

TOURNAMENT STAR. Sisi Rondina (right) headlines the Beach Volleyball Republic on Tour Manila Open participants. Photo from BVR

Surfers mad at plan to curb boardriding on Sydney's Bondi beach

Jul 18, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The proposed rules force all surfers to the southern end of the 900-meter-long beach, where waves are usually bigger and dangerous rip tides more frequent

LIFE IS A BEACH. This file photo taken on February 24, 2016 shows a surfer heading into the sea on Bondi Beach in Sydney. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Catubag, Quilario claim BVR International Santa Ana Open tiara

Jun 11, 2018 - 5:04 PM

The Davao duo adds the Santa Open crown to the Beach Volleyball Republic championship it won a few months ago in Dagupan

CHAMPS. Lot Catubag and Karen Quilario stamp their class in the Beach Volleyball Republic International Santa Ana Open. Contributed photo


Catubag-Quilario tandem nails BVR semis slot

Jun 09, 2018 - 9:30 PM

The Davao duo of Lot Catubag and Karen Quilario stays unbeaten in women's action

CHAMPION FORM. Reigning BVR women's national champions Karen Quilario and Lot Catubag of Davao vie for another title. Photo from BVR Twitter account (@bvr_ph)

Beach volley standouts mix it up in BVR International

Jun 09, 2018 - 8:15 AM

Tuguegarao's Charo Soriano and Bea Tan lead the 5 Philippine pairs in the women's division

STIFF COMPETITION. Beach volleyball players vie for the $3,500 top prize in the BVR International Santa Ana Open.

Petron's Rondina-Pons tandem captures PSL beach volley crown

May 27, 2018 - 9:19 PM

The powerhouse pair overwhelms the Sta. Lucia Realty duo of Jackie Estoquia and DM Demontano to rule for the second straight year

WINNING FORM. After an impressive showing in a recent international tournament, Sisi Rondina teams up with Bernadeth Pons to capture the PVL championship.

F2 Logistics, Sta Lucia arrange PSL semis showdown

May 26, 2018 - 5:10 PM

Sta. Lucia's Jackie Estoquia and DM Demontano pull off a sweep, while F2 Logistics' Mich Morente and Fritz Gallenero recover from a set down in separate beach volleyball action

COMPOSURE. Michelle Morente dives for the ball as F2 Logistics teammate Fritz Gallenero prepares to help in a key match against Cignal A.

Viray twins shine as Foton trips Smart to nail PSL quarters berth

May 24, 2018 - 7:28 PM

Collegiate champions Nieza and Jeziela Viray tow Foton to back-to-back victories in beach volleyball action

Smart's Celia Bangad saves the ball as teammate Caitlin Viray looks on in the PSL beach volleyball match won by Viray twins Nieza and Jeziela of Foton.

Powerhouse Rondina-Pons pair rallies in PSL beach volley opener

May 23, 2018 - 6:08 PM

Petron's Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons kick off their title defense with a comeback win over Generika-Ayala's Fiola Ceballos and Patty Orendain

OPENING BID. Fiola Ceballos of  Generika-Ayala A gets past the defense of Bernadeth Pons of Petron XCS, but in the end, Pons and partner Sisi Rondina pull off a comeback win to start their title defense.

PSL beach volley champs Rondina, Pons aim to defend title

May 22, 2018 - 7:09 PM

The Petron XCS tandem is grouped in the powerhouse Pool A

KICK OFF. Participants in 2018 Beach Volleyball will showcase their talents at the Sands By the Bay court. Photo from PSL release.

LOOK: Floyd Mayweather wraps up PH tour reminiscing beach days

May 12, 2018 - 9:56 PM

The retired American boxer pampers himself in the natural wonders of El Nido and Samal Island

MORE FUN IN THE PH. Floyd Mayweather chills by the poolside of El Nido's eco-luxury resort Pangulasian Island. Photo from Instagram (@floydmayweather)

PH hosting of FIVB World Tour a 'momentous event' for beach volleyball

May 07, 2018 - 8:02 PM

The pair of Sisi Rondina and Dzi Gervacio advanced the most among the 8 Filipino teams in the Manila Open by making it to the quarterfinals

STUNNER. Cherry Rondina and partner Dzi Gervacio prove their mettle by reaching the quarterfinals of the Manila Open. Photo from FIVB


Japan slams Spain, rules Beach Volleyball World Tour

May 06, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Ayumi Kusano and Takemi Nishibori of Japan cap a perfect 6-0 campaign with a championship

UNTOUCHABLE. No pair came close to Japan as unbeaten partners Ayumi Kusano and Takemi Nishibori overwhelm Spain's Paula Soria and Maria Belen Carro in the final. Photo from BVR

Japan sends Rondina-Gervacio pair packing in Beach Volley World Tour

May 05, 2018 - 4:48 PM

Sisi Rondina and Dzi Gervacio drop semis bid in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open

VALIANT EFFORT. Dzi Gervacio and Sisi Rondina put up a good fight as the last Philippine team standing in the international beach volleyball event.

Boracay closure: 'The island needs to rest,' says tribal musician

May 05, 2018 - 11:06 AM

''Yung island, gusto niya rin magpahinga. Pagod na pagod na siya. Kung nagsasalita lang siya, 'yun din ang hinaing niya: "Kelangan ko rin magpahinga,"' says Boracay resident Buboy Tolosa

PERFORMER. Buboy Tolosa, the lead performer of Island Drum Beaters, have been performing in the island since he got back from college. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

First-time beach volley partners Rondina, Gervacio shock U.S. pair

May 04, 2018 - 6:37 PM

The Philippine tandem emerges as the lone bright spot on a day where all other local teams absorb a beating

UPSET. Despite training together for just two weeks, Sisi Rondina and Dzi Gervacio pick up a surprise win over Americans Lindsey Fuller and Kaley Melville.

LOOK: Players to watch out for in FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila

May 01, 2018 - 11:48 PM

Eight Philippine teams face off with top international bets in the Manila sand courts on May 3 to 6, 2018 at Sands SM By the Bay

WOMEN'S DIVISION. The country sends out 4 of the most outstanding pairs in the Philippines.

[OPINION] Boracay and the Duterte way

May 01, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Boracay closure follows the familiar pattern of Duterte's approach to addressing complex crisis situations. The approach relies heavily on police and military action, and projects Duterte as a tough, no-nonsense leader.

400 hectares in Boracay up for agrarian reform 'if Duterte says so'

Apr 30, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The Department of Agrarian Reform says structures constructed on these 400 hectares of agricultural land are considered illegal

TOURIST SPOT. Hundreds of hectares in Boracay Island may be subject to the government's agrarian reform program. Photo by Adrian Portugal

DPWH to Boracay public: Cooperate to avoid project delays

Apr 29, 2018 - 9:18 PM

'Kailangan natin ang kooperasyon at tulong ng mga stakeholders to fast-track the completion of Boracay projects,' says Aklan District Engineer Noel Fuentebella

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Shorten Boracay closure? Duterte says he'll defer to Cabinet

Apr 29, 2018 - 10:09 AM

'I do not interfere in the work of the Cabinet members,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, adding that he does 'not just revoke recommendations'

CABINET MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 24th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang on April 4, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Displaced Boracay workers settle for P323/day for 30 days: 'Puwede na'

Apr 27, 2018 - 8:58 PM

'We don't have jobs anymore that's why I'm applying here at DOLE. We were told that we will be street sweepers but I guess that's better than earning nothing,' says a former masseuse along Boracay's beachfront

LONG LINE. Boracay residents who have not been part of the profiling DOLE conducted earlier this year answer forms so they can apply for jobs. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Budget dep't releases P448M for Boracay workers

Apr 27, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Budget chief Benjamin Diokno says the funds for Boracay are charged against the fiscal year 2018 contingent fund in the national budget

WATCH: Police patrols along Boracay's White Beach

Apr 27, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Only residents are allowed to swim in Boracay

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

At least 579 structures in Boracay face demolition

Apr 26, 2018 - 10:40 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says demolition orders were signed by Malay Mayor Ceciron Cawaling, after the mayor was accused of 'stalling' the rehabilitation of Boracay

DEMOLITION. Government has started demolitions even before President Rodrigo Duterte issued a proclamation. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

WATCH: What Boracay looks like after it was closed down

Apr 26, 2018 - 10:19 PM

The shores of Boracay Island's White Sand Beach are almost empty on the day it is closed to the public

ALMOST EMPTY. The shores of Boracay Island's White Sand Beach are almost empty on the day it is closed to the public. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

WATCH: Demolitions on first day of Boracay shutdown

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:55 PM

The government, some residents, and business owners have started demolishing parts of their homes and establishments

‘Start of something great,' Charo Soriano says of PH’s beach volley world hosting

Apr 26, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Eight teams – 4 each in the men's and women's divisions – will represent the Philippines in the Manila Open from May 3 to 6

DREAM COME TRUE. Charo Soriano will be suiting up for one of the 8 teams that will see action in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open. Photo by Delfin Dioquino


Duterte signs proclamation placing 3 barangays in Boracay under state of calamity

Apr 26, 2018 - 4:08 PM

(3RD UPDATE) Malacañang has yet to issue an Executive Order on the closure of Boracay, even after the island has been shut down to tourists

Boracay, Philippines/ Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

'Malay local gov't has given Boracay demolition go signal' – DPWH

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:29 PM

(UPDATED) The national government has criticized Malay Mayor Ceciron Cawaling for not cooperating earlier. President Duterte signs an order declaring state of calamity in the area only on Thursday afternoon.

DEMOLITION STARTS. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar supervises more than 100 public works personnel on Thursday, April 26, the first day of Boracay Island’s 6-month closure for rehabilitation. Photo by Aikay Rey/Rappler

Sotto to Boracay businesses: 'Konting tiis lang'

Apr 26, 2018 - 2:32 PM

Senators weigh in on the closure of Boracay island, with some questioning the absence of a 'clear' plan on how the government will rehabilitate the island

CLOSED. Senator Vicente Sotto III said Boracay's closure is a lesson for tourists and government agencies of the need to take care of the environment.

Boracay: From pristine island to fragile paradise

Apr 26, 2018 - 11:34 AM

Despite counting itself among the best islands of the world, Boracay has struggled to keep up with its fame. A look at its history shows warning signs at least a decade-old.

Boracay workers file 1st petition vs closure at Supreme Court

Apr 25, 2018 - 1:18 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque asserts, 'Unless a TRO is issued, the planned closure of Boracay to tourists shall proceed'

Lawyers from the National Union of People's Lawyers standing as representatives of residents and workers from the famous Boracay Island file a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction on the 6-month closure of the Boracay beach before the Supreme Curt in Manila on April 25, 2018. Photo Ben Nabong/Rappler

WATCH: No clear gov't plans 2 days ahead of Boracay closure

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:10 PM

How will business owners, big and small alike, deal with the tourist hotspot's closure?

NPC summons officials of schools, gov't agencies hit by security breach

Apr 24, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The National Privacy Commission wants them to explain why their Personal Information Controllers did not inform the commission nor the people affected by the data breach within 72 hours of the incident

WATCH: Gov't simulates terror attack, hostage-taking in Boracay

Apr 24, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Inter-agency teams, led by the Philippine National Police, rehearse how they would respond to potential 'threats' during Boracay's closure

FACE OFF. Local police and protesters face head on in one of the simulations rehearsed at Boracay Island on April 24, 2018. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

PH Coast Guard vessel to patrol around Boracay during closure

Apr 23, 2018 - 6:35 PM

BRP Cabra, a multi-role response vessel, will help with maritime security during the 6-month closure of Boracay

RESPONSE. A Philippine Coast Guard multi-role response vessel arrives in Caticlan, Aklan on April 23, 2018. Photo courtesy of Department of Transportation

Less than a week to go: Boracay braces for 6-month closure

Apr 22, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The 6-month closure of Boracay 'is a good wake-up call' for Filipinos, stresses Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Earth Day

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

No total swimming, fishing ban for Boracay residents

Apr 21, 2018 - 12:19 AM

The island locals will be allowed to enter designated to swimming and fishing areas at particular times

PNP deploys riot police among 600-strong force securing Boracay rehab

Apr 17, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Police contingent now in place ahead of 6-month closure of tourist haven

 CLOSE WATCH. A member of the 600-strong  contingent from the PNP with fishermen of Boracay Island. Photo courtesy of PNP

Help displaced Boracay residents, town vice mayor says

Apr 15, 2018 - 6:07 PM

'The affected residents have no other places to go,' says Malay Vice Mayor Abram Sualog as Boracay is set to be closed for rehabilitation

BORACAY CLOSURE. For 6 months, Boracay is set to be closed for rehabilitation. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] The imperial reach of Malacañang lands in Boracay

Apr 15, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The imperial nature of the Philippine presidency is undeniable. The reach of whoever wields this power extends far and deep as evidenced by how President Duterte addressed the Boracay 'cesspool' tragedy.

5 overnight beach trips for P2,000 or less

Apr 15, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Beautiful beaches accessible to Metro Manila – some as close as 3 hours away

BEAUTIFUL, ACCESSIBLE BEACHES. While there are many bucket-list worthy beaches around the Philippines that would require a plane ride, there are some quite near Manila which are worth a visit too. All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang unless otherwise specified.

[OPINION] Enough of policymaking without planning

Apr 13, 2018 - 6:12 PM

As the Boracay example illustrates, policymaking without planning makes for needless chaos, confusion, and destruction

Fridays Boracay resort counts cost of 6-month closure

Apr 12, 2018 - 8:40 PM

The resort says 60 employees will be laid off and a total of P45.5 million in revenues will be foregone during the 6-month closure of Boracay

CROWN JEWEL. Fridays Boracay says the management and its staff will be living on razor thin earnings because of the 6-month closure of its crown jewel. Photo from Fridays Boracay Resort website

Private landowners vow to protect endangered species in Boracay

Apr 12, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources prods local government units, residents, businesses, and private landowners to work together on a conservation plan that could make demolition orders unnecessary

INSIDE STORY: How Duterte decided on Boracay closure

Apr 12, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Rappler traces President Rodrigo Duterte's decision-making on Boracay, from the video presentation that started it up to the Cabinet meetings where a 6-month closure was finalized