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2 Filipinos missing at Phuket beach

Jul 18, 2019 - 5:40 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the two Filipinos were reportedly playing in the sea when they were swept away by waves during a heavy storm

Suspect in U.S. shooting resigned before killing 12 – official

Jun 03, 2019 - 7:31 AM

Virginia Beach city manager Dave Hansen confirms at a press conference that DeWayne Craddock gave superiors two weeks' notice of his resignation the day of the shooting.

SHOOTING INVESTIGATION. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents continue to process the crime scene following a mass shooting at the City of Virginia Beach Operations Building June 02, 2019 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Police search for motive in Virginia Beach shooting

Jun 02, 2019 - 9:14 AM

This is the 150th mass shooting – with 4 or more people shot or killed – in the United States in 2019, says the Washington-based Gun Violence Archive

VIRGINIA SHOOTING. Kristal Davis, sister-in-law to shooting victim Ryan Keith Cox, embraces Mary Owens outside of the crime scene at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center on June 1, 2019, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

12 dead after gunman fires 'indiscriminately' in Virginia govt complex

Jun 01, 2019 - 9:24 AM

(UPDATED) The Virginia Beach police chief says the shooter was also killed after an extended gun battle with responding officers, in a scene that 'best could be described as a war zone'

ANOTHER SHOOTING. In this image received from Lucretia Cunningham via @SouthsideDaily to AFP, a police officer blocks a road to the Virginia Beach municipal complex, the site of a mass shooting, in Virginia Beach, Virginia on May 31, 2019. Photo by Lucretia Cunningham/@SouthsideDaily/AFP

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

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

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

LOOK: A beautiful garden art café employs people with special needs

May 19, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Next time you're out of town, chill at Julyan's Coffee Spot, an autism awareness café near Crystal Beach, Zambales

Photo by Claire Madarang

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

BVR on Tour: Tan-Rodriguez pair reclaims beach volley throne

May 02, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Perlas' Bea Tan and Dij Rodriguez complete a perfect run to capture their third title in 4 legs

BACK ON TOP. Perlas’ Dij Rodriguez sets up Bea Tan during the title match. Photo from BVR

UST, Air Force triumph in BVR on Tour

Apr 28, 2019 - 11:34 PM

UST completes a 5-0 sweep of the tournament for the women's crown while Air Force clinches its third straight men's title

SAND QUEENS. Babylove Barbon and Gen Eslapor rule the Dumaguete Open of the BVR on Tour. Photo from BVR


BVR on Tour semifinals cast complete

Apr 27, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Smash Bacolod, Perlas, UST 1 and University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos are the last 4 teams in the women's division

FINAL FOUR. Babylove Barbon and Gen Eslapor of UST 1 advance to the semifinals. Photo from BVR


Weekend lifeguards now serve 2 La Union public beaches

Apr 24, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Through the initiative of the San Juan Resort Restaurant Hotel Association, there are now lifeguards manning beaches in Urbiztondo and Ili Norte villages in San Juan town during weekends

LA UNION BEACH. Urbiztondo Beach in La Union. Photo courtesy of Tina Antonio.

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

DENR removes hostel's illegal drain pipe along El Nido beach

Apr 21, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says Outpost Beach Hostel's use of the hidden sewage line is a 'blatant disregard for the environment'

UNDER REHAB. The government is now rehabilitating El Nido, Palawan, a popular tourist destination. File photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism

Comments go wild after Siargao resort calls out 'self-proclaimed influencers'

Mar 28, 2019 - 7:05 PM

'Try to actually work,' the resort says, as it opens up a debate on influencer culture in the country

NO FREELOADERS, PLS. A Siargao resort's post goes viral after it calls out 'self-proclaimed influencers' who just want freebies. Image from White Banana Beach Club Siargao's Facebook page

Tan-Rodriguez, Abdilla-Lopez rule BVR Santa Fe Open

Mar 25, 2019 - 11:27 PM

Perlas' Bea Tan and Dij Rodriguez sweep their way to their second consecutive championship

UNBEATEN. Bea Tan and Dij Rodriguez stays unscathed to win the title. Photo from BVR


BVR on Tour: Tan-Rodriguez, Doromal sisters advance

Mar 23, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The Bea Tan-Dij Rodriguez tandem and sisters Roma Joy and Roma Mae Doromal lead the beach volleyball quarterfinal cast

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

BVR on Tour: Tan-Rodriguez, Abdilla-Lopez cop crowns

Mar 10, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Bea Tan and Dij Rodriguez bag the women's title, while Ranran Abdilla and Jessie Lopez rule the men's side in beach volleyball action

NCAA: San Beda, EAC clinch back-to-back titles in beach volleyball

Mar 05, 2019 - 10:47 PM

San Beda University claims the women's title, while Emilio Aguinaldo reigns supreme in the men's division

TITLE DEFENSE. Twins Ella and Nieza Viray lead San Beda to a second straight title in NCAA beach volleyball. Photo courtesy of Theo Jurado

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

24-year-old Filipino student drowns in Australia

Feb 28, 2019 - 12:52 PM

The victim is a student of Queensford College in Brisbane and is the fifth Filipino to drown overseas this year.

Surfer seriously injured in Australia shark attack

Feb 17, 2019 - 6:53 PM

Images taken shortly after appear to show a chunk bitten out of the tail of the man's surfboard

BVR Open 2018: Guzman-Arbasto pair off to winning start

Dec 14, 2018 - 10:34 PM

KR Guzman and Krung Arbasto kick off their campaign with back-to-back wins in the final leg of Beach Volleyball Republic

STRONG START. KR Guzman and Krung Arbasto of Tiger Winx open their campaign with back-to-back victories. Photo from BVR

BVR to end year with December Open 2018

Dec 10, 2018 - 7:03 PM

A beach volleyball workshop for kids and a celebrity match for a cause will also be held during the 3-day tournament

YEARENDER. Charo Soriano and the Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) are ending the year with their 10th and final leg. Photo from BVR


Paradise regained? Sharks return to Thai bay popularized by 'The Beach'

Dec 02, 2018 - 5:00 AM

Thai conservationists welcome footage of reef sharks gliding through the azure waters of Maya Bay as a 'positive sign' of recovery 6 months after the closure of the tourist hot-spot

THE BEACH. This file photo shows a crowd of tourists on the Maya Bay beach, on the southern Thai island of Koh Phi Phi. Photo Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Polidario-Magdato, Guzman-Arbasto pairs emerge as BVR champions

Nov 21, 2018 - 9:06 PM

Alexa Polidario and Erjane Magdato cop the women's crown while KR Guzman and Krung Arbasto rule the men's side of the Dumaguete leg of the beach volleyball circuit

CHAMPS AGAIN: Alexa Polidario and Erjane Magdato of UNO-R clinch their second crowd in 8 months. Photo from BVR

BVR Dumaguete leg: Barbon-Eslapor stay undefeated

Nov 19, 2018 - 10:10 PM

The UST pair goes undefeated in 3 games to virtually clinch a semifinals berth

TOP CONTENDERS. Anthony Arbasto and partner KR Guzman open their championship bid campaign on the right track. Photo from BVR


Beach volley action unwraps in Dumaguete

Nov 19, 2018 - 8:59 AM

The Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour kicks off in Dumaguete City with varsity champions Babylove Barbon and Genesa Eslapor vying for another crown

FAVORITE. Newly crowned UAAP champion Babylove Barbon stands as favorite along with UST partner Genesa Eslapor. Photo from BVR

'Miracle' as New Zealand baby rescued by fishermen from sea

Nov 06, 2018 - 6:50 PM

The case of 18-month-old Malachi Reeve 'is a pretty miraculous survival story,' but an official says 7 pre-schoolers drowned last year in New Zealand

Soriano-Tan, Guzman-Yee pairs cop BVR crowns

Oct 28, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Charo Soriano and Bea Tan emerge as the winning women's pair while KR Guzman and Ian Yee rule the men's side of Beach Volleyball Republic El Nido

Panglao: Riding the tourism cash cow

Oct 27, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Panglao experiences a drastic increase in tourist arrivals after Boracay’s closure

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

Charo Soriano returns to beach volley action in BVR on Tour

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Beach Volleyball Republic heads to El Nido, Palawan this weekend

WINNING PAIR. Charo Soriano and Bea Tan, who ruled the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour Puerto Galera leg last January, will reunite in El Nido. Photo from BVR

Royals Harry and Meghan go barefoot on Bondi

Oct 19, 2018 - 9:31 PM

Expectant Meghan put on a summer dress and set aside her high heels, while Harry ditched his usual suit for chinos as the couple lapped up cheers from Australian fans and enjoyed Bondi's surf

BAREFOOT ON BONDI. Britain's Prince Harry walks with his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they meet the local community at Bondi Beach in Sydney on October 19, 2018. Photo by David Moir/AFP

Trump questions climate change during hurricane damage tour

Oct 16, 2018 - 3:25 PM

President Donald Trump, a longtime climate change skeptic, says he does believe the climate is shifting, but argues that any worsening may not be permanent

VISIT. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tour damage from Hurricane Michael in Lynn Haven, Florida, October 15, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Hurricane Michael death toll hits 17

Oct 13, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, warns that he expects the toll to rise

GONE. Claire mourns as she sees the damage caused by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, on October 12, 2018. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

IN PHOTOS: The aftermath of Hurricane Michael

Oct 13, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Hurricane Michael is the most powerful storm to hit Florida's northern Panhandle area in more than a century

GONE. Claire mourns as she sees the damage caused by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida on October 12, 2018. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

1 dead as monstrous Hurricane Michael tears into Florida

Oct 11, 2018 - 10:10 AM

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long says Michael is the most intense hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle since 1851

AFTER MICHAEL. Damaged buildings and a flooded street are seen after Hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

UST makes UAAP beach volley history

Oct 07, 2018 - 9:59 PM

Sisi Rondina and Babylove Barbon team up to deliver the UST Tigresses' third straight UAAP beach volleyball championship

THREE-PEAT. University of Santo Tomas' Sisi Rondina and Babylove Barbon complete a season sweep. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

La Union beyond surfing

Oct 07, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Know more about Luna town's picturesque pebble beaches and hidden charms

SEASIDE ART. Artwork face the sea. Photo courtesy of Laurie Mae Gucilatar, Joms Santos and Eleazar Cuela

White Beach boat stations set as Boracay entry points

Sep 23, 2018 - 5:14 PM

The boat stations in White Beach are identified by the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force as temporary and alternate entry points for Boracay's partial opening

BORACAY REHABILITATION. The island paradise of Boracay is closed for a 6-month rehabilitation. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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