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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

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

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

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

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

Boracay draws 619,000 tourists in 1st quarter of 2019

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:41 PM

The figure is slightly higher than the number of visitors during the 1st quarter of 2018. A little over half of tourists are foreigners, mostly from China and South Korea.

FAMED BEACH. Tourists trek White Beach in Boracay Island. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Boracay parish church all set for Holy Week 2019

Apr 12, 2019 - 4:18 PM

Holy Week in Boracay Island will revolve around the Our Lady of Most Holy Rosary Parish Church

SEMANA SANTA. Everything is set for the Holy Week church activities in Boracay. Photo BY Boy Ryan B. Zabal

East Asians dominate Boracay's foreign visitors

Apr 03, 2019 - 8:15 AM

China and Korea account for 80% of the total international tourist arrivals from January to March 2019, based on figures released by the Malay Municipal Tourism Office

BORACAY TOURISM. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

'Laboracay' turns into 'Love Boracay'

Mar 31, 2019 - 10:31 AM

'Love Boracay' runs from April 26 to May 1

FAMED BEACH. Tourists trek White Beach in Boracay Island. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Beachfront vendors and picnickers top violators fined in Boracay

Mar 21, 2019 - 12:17 PM

A total of 468 people were fined in Boracay for violating ordinances since February 21, when local authorities launched a project to enforce discipline in the island

WHITE BEACH. The most popular area in Boracay Island. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Chinese, Koreans still top foreign visitors to Boracay

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:41 AM

Chinese tourists made up nearly half of the foreign visitors to Boracay in the first two months of the year, data from the Department of Tourism in Boracay show

BORACAY. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

JG Summit Holdings subsidiary adopts Boracay wetland

Mar 07, 2019 - 3:45 PM

(UPDATED) JG Summit Petrochemical Corporation is the latest firm to strike a partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the rehabilitation of a Boracay wetland

Boracay task force to be 'merciless' vs erring establishments

Feb 28, 2019 - 6:16 PM

'We are documenting [cases] in the whole of the island to include business establishments and also residential.... If they will not do anything, then we will immediately do the demolition,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

Supreme Court gives Duterte more power with Boracay case win

Feb 20, 2019 - 4:46 PM

'This space for the democratic rights of the people is getting smaller and smaller every time the Court sides with the government in power,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia

ANOTHER WIN. The Supreme Court hands another win to President Rodrigo Duterte by upholding the legality of the Boracay closure. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOT: 269,344 tourists visit Boracay since reopening

Jan 17, 2019 - 3:12 PM

DOT-Boracay says foreigners comprised nearly half of the tourists to the famed island from October 26 to December 31, 2018

'NEW BORACAY'. Tourists on the shores of the 'rehabilitated' Boracay Island. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Public transport 'shortage' hurts Boracay residents

Jan 16, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Commuters in the island resort are suffering because most public transport vehicles are hired by tourists

Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Private sector to finance bulk of Boracay rehab programs

Jan 08, 2019 - 12:53 PM

The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force plans to implement 233 projects worth P25.27 billion, with the bulk of funds provided by the private sector

Allow New Year's Eve fireworks display in Boracay, local execs ask gov't

Dec 24, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Fireworks on New Year's Eve are a tradition in Boracay for its residents and guests, says a local legislative council member

BORACAY REOPENS. After its closure ordered by the President, Boracay reopens in October. Rappler file photo

Coast Guard tells owner to remove sunken vessel off Boracay

Nov 22, 2018 - 4:00 AM

The LCT Bato Twin, which sank last November 4, poses a danger to passing ships

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

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