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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

[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

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: 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

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?

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

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

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

Trouble in Paradise: Tourism surge lashes Southeast Asia's beaches

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Southeast Asia's once-pristine beaches are reeling from decades of unchecked tourism as governments scramble to confront trash-filled waters and environmental degradation without puncturing a key economic driver

TOURISTS. This photo taken on April 9, 2018 shows tourists in front of a row of speedboats in Maya Bay, on the southern Thai island of Koh Phi Phi. Photo by Lillian SuwanrumphaU/AFP

Part of calamity fund to be used for Boracay closure – DBM

Apr 11, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the P2 billion promised by President Rodrigo Duterte for the Boracay closure will be sourced from the calamity fund

BRIEFING. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno holds a press briefing at the Department of Budget and Management on April 11, 2018. Photo courtesy of DBM

Philippines eyes limiting Boracay tourists after 6-month closure

Apr 11, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says tourists who would be bumped off by a daily cap can stay in nearby Caticlan while waiting for slots in Boracay

LIMITED TOURISTS? The Philippine government says it is considering to limit the number of tourists in Boracay after its 6-month closure. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DENR to identify 'critical habitat' areas in Boracay

Apr 11, 2018 - 10:15 AM

(UPDATED) Existing resorts and infrastructure projects would be affected as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources seeks to protect biodiversity in the world-famous island

CRITICAL HABITAT? The DENR is studying the proposal to establish certain areas in Boracay as 'critical habitat' for endemic and threatened species. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FACT CHECK: Is Duterte right that Boracay is agricultural land?

Apr 10, 2018 - 8:20 PM

A 2006 proclamation signed by then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo classified Boracay Island as forestland and agricultural land

FOR FARMERS? During the 6 month closure period, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will asses thre status of lands and land titles in Boracay. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Leisure & Resorts World stocks plunge over Boracay casino uncertainty

Apr 10, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Stockholders of the local partner of Galaxy Entertainment Group panic as uncertainty looms over the company's plan to build a casino in Boracay

Background photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

TRANSCRIPT: Duterte admits he has no master plan for Boracay

Apr 10, 2018 - 6:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says, 'But master plan, wala akong master plan diyan, linisin ko muna iyan kasi agricultural 'yan'

NO MASTER PLAN. President Rodrigo Duterte admits in an interview with reporters on April 9, 2018, that he has no master plan for the world-famous island of Boracay during its 6-month closure. Malacañang photo

After Boracay rehab, another Miss Universe hosting stint?

Apr 10, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Tourism secretary Wanda Teo says they are open to the possibility of having the pageant in the country after the rehabilitation of Boracay

Photo courtesy of DOT

FACT CHECK: Clueless about Boracay casino? Duterte discussed it with owners

Apr 10, 2018 - 11:20 AM

(UPDATED) The President claims he knows nothing about the planned casino-resort but the project was discussed in his meeting with the Chinese executives behind it

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Kahibangan ang pagsasara ng Boracay

Apr 09, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Paano sasaluhin ng gobyerno ang mahihirap at informal workers na tatamaan ng pagsasara ng Boracay?

AirAsia Philippines to cancel flights during 6-month Boracay closure

Apr 06, 2018 - 5:42 PM

The budget airline, however, will retain 4 daily flights 'to serve local residents and ensure continuity of commerce in Northern Panay island' during the period

With Boracay closure, airlines and hotels scramble for ‘interim plans’

Apr 06, 2018 - 5:03 PM

Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, and AirAsia Philippines have announced flight suspensions, while hundreds of hotels and accommodations are drafting interim plans

Netizens on Boracay closure: 'Hassle, unnecessary!'

Apr 06, 2018 - 1:31 PM

'Pati kaming taga-Aklan talaga hindi makauwi, walang flight pa-Kalibo dahil sa closure na 'yan! Ano lalangoy kami?' tweets one irate netizen

PH travel, tourism sectors girding for planned Boracay shutdown

Mar 21, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Airlines and hotels will take a hit, if the government pushes through with its planned temporary closure of Boracay. But some developers say it won't delay the construction of major commercial developments in the island.

Aerial view of Boracay image from ShutterStock

Aklan governor seeks to convince Duterte 'no need' for Boracay closure

Mar 18, 2018 - 5:10 PM

The governor calls on other local officials and stakeholders to band together and convince President Rodrigo Duterte not to shut down Boracay Island

BORACAY ISLAND. Local chief executives want to convince the President not to shut down the popular tourist destination. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Villanueva urges DENR to declare Boracay as 'critical' area

Mar 03, 2018 - 2:52 PM

(2nd UPDATE) A business establishment in an environmentally-critical area is required to apply for an environmental compliance certificate before operating

HIGH-TIME. Senator Joel Villanueva says that the DENR should consider declaring Boracay Island an "environmentally-critical area." File Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

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

El Nido, Palawan: Your comprehensive, updated guide

Mar 11, 2017 - 1:28 PM

Birdhouse hotel owner Mark Anthony Villaflor gives us his ultimate guide to exploring the island

[Where I've Been] Inside El Nido's super cool Spin Designer Hostel

Jul 02, 2016 - 9:41 PM

Joshua Berida talks about his experiences at Spin Hostel a backpacker s dream dorm

THE NEST. This unique design is airy, comfy and unique. All photos by Joshua Berida

Planning your Palawan vacation: El Nido or Coron?

Jul 02, 2016 - 5:51 PM

There are many stunning places to see in Palawan, and El Nido and Coron are two of the most popular destinations. Writer Potpot Pinili presents the differences between the two

CORON OR EL NIDO? Potpot Pinili breaks down how these two popular islands of Palawan are different. Photo by Potpot Pinili/Rappler

Getting to these PH beaches isn't easy – but it's worth it

Jun 19, 2016 - 5:25 PM

Where can you find a natural jacuzzi pink sand and more? A trip to these beaches may take hours and hours – but it s well worth the magical sights that await

[WATCH] Hidden Mindanao: The beautiful places many of us may never see

May 26, 2016 - 6:01 PM

A peek at just a few of Mindanao s most stunning locations: dreamy Sitangkai the crystal clear waters of Sulu Basilan s beautiful beaches and more

LAKE DAPAO. Often overlooked, Lake Dapao is an enchanting spot in Pualas. Photo by Potpot Pinili/Rappler

Traveling to Rody Duterte’s misunderstood Mindanao

May 19, 2016 - 9:28 PM

I am looking forward to the time when hearing of places such as Kidapawan Tawi Tawi Zamboanga Sulu or Mindanao will not elicit fear but fond beautiful memories

MT APO VIA KIDAPAWAN. The author enjoys her moment on top of Mt. Apo before a saddening fire razed the highest mountain of the country.

Boracay on my mind

Apr 16, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Boracay where moments of serenity and sensory overload go hand in hand When life was easy and breezy in the island people must have thought they were in the bosom of paradise

All photos by Louie Lapat

Travel guide: Caramoan Islands, 2-day island hopping camping trip

Apr 03, 2016 - 8:41 PM

Watch a moonrise visit the enchanting lagoon of Matukad Island camp out under a sky full of stars – all while taking in the raw beauty of the Caramoan Islands

Photo provided by Gelyka Ruth R. Dumaraos

7 breathtaking Mindanao destinations you shouldn't miss

Mar 12, 2016 - 5:29 PM

Mindanao is home to many pristine beaches fetching landscapes and beautiful waterfalls that will entice anyone to return

FAMILIAR. Some of Dinagat Islands beaches reminded me of certain places in Palawan. Photo by Joshua Berida