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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

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

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

Oct 22, 2018 - 4:47 PM

The quote is fabricated, says the senator's office

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

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

SWS survey on democracy, Harry Roque, Chris Evans | Evening wRap

Oct 05, 2018 - 9:39 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening wRap with Gelo Gonzales

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

Duterte disagrees with Año bid to disqualify officials from 2019 polls – Roque

Oct 04, 2018 - 6:54 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte is aware that local officials can't be disqualified from running in the upcoming elections unless they are convicted for crimes or lapses with finality

Photo from Boracay PNP

Año eyes disqualification from 2019 polls of officials in Boracay mess

Oct 03, 2018 - 2:46 PM

The DILG seeks to disqualify at least 17 Aklan officials accused of neglecting care for island paradise Boracay

FOR BORACAY. Eduardo Año during the Senate hearing on the amendment of the Anti-Terrorism bill on October 1, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/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

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

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

Implement 'Build, Build, Build' with political will like Boracay

Sep 12, 2018 - 12:40 PM

'We need to keep this pace to build up momentum. The government needs to be ready and we need to address the challenges of each infrastructure project,' says Ramoncito Fernandez, Management Association of the Philippines president

CONTINUITY. Ramoncito Fernandez, MAP President and Maynilad Water CEO, highlights at the Arangkada forum the need for continuity of projects in government when dealing with the private sector. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

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

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

One-stop shop for Boracay businesses gets 2-week extension

Aug 23, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The one-stop shop will now be open until September 7 instead of the initial August 25 deadline

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


No more parties on the beach when Boracay reopens

Aug 23, 2018 - 5:40 PM

A dry run is also scheduled from October 15 to 25, with local tourists from Aklan to be prioritized

SOFT OPENING. Local tourists will be the first to get a sneak peek of a cleaner Boracay. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


LOOK: Boracay to open with war zone-like roads?

Aug 20, 2018 - 5:50 PM

'The island definitely looks like a war zone with muddy and empty roads. We hardly see contractors on the main road,' says Boracay Foundation, Inc.

MUDDY. Boracay residents question the optimism of government officials that the island will be ready for opening on October 26. Photos by Bong Arban and Jack Jarilla. Photo from Boracay Foundation, Inc.


Villar furious over messy Boracay rehabilitation

Aug 20, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Senate environment and natural resources committee chair Cynthia Villar lashes out at DILG and DENR officials for the dismal and unmet targets after almost 6 months of the island's closure

INFURIATED. Senator Cynthia Villar asks resource persons regarding the present status of Boracay. Photo by Angie de Silva


Boracay traffic rerouting begins August 2

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:01 PM

The Cagban-Laketown (wetland) stretch will be closed to traffic to give way to the widening of the 5.2-kilometer road portions by the Department of Public Works and Highways

Photo from Boracay PNP

‘Slow’ demolition of illegal Boracay structures

Jul 17, 2018 - 1:50 PM

In the wetlands, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources reported 5.29% accomplishment in demolishing 29 of 548 illegal structures 3 months into Boracay's rehabilitation

CLOSED DOWN. Almost all establishments along Boracay's beachfront have closed down one month into the closure order. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Aklan electric cooperative is 10% done with Boracay rehab operations

Jul 13, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The rehabilitation work of the Aklan Electric Cooperative in the franchise area of Boracay is mainly dependent on DPWH budget allocations, according to Engineer Joel Martinez, Assistant General Manager for engineering

BORACAY REHAB. Background file photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Boracay rehab challenges: Treating sewage, relocating illegal settlers

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says Boracay is still on target for an October 26 re-opening

BORACAY REHAB. Left photo by DENROfficial SCIS. Center photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler. Right photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Duterte eyes committee to identify 'rightful owners' of Boracay lands

Jul 04, 2018 - 6:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says a committee tasked with examining land titles would make this 'fair to everybody'

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Boracay no longer a cesspool – Cimatu

Jul 04, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says the island can be reopened by October 26, as planned

DSWD apologizes for spoiled relief goods in Boracay

Jun 24, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says the contamination happened during the handling and hauling of relief goods, adding that it 'must not happen again'

FACT CHECK: No bodies of '51 dead foreigners' retrieved from Boracay

Jun 21, 2018 - 12:14 PM

The video in the blog post is a news report on the Boracay clean-up operations following the closure of the world-famous tourist destination

Thumbnail image used by blog posts that say 51 bodies of dead foreigners were found in Boracay

DSWD releases P27M in aid for Boracay residents, workers

Jun 10, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development also begins its cash-for-work program for nearly 1,800 individuals who lost their livelihood due to Boracay's 6-month rehabilitation

TOURIST SPOT. Boracay is undergoing rehabilitation after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered its 6-month closure. File photo by Adrian Portugal

State of calamity declaration sought for mainland Boracay

Jun 08, 2018 - 8:25 PM

The municipal council of Malay, Aklan, wants more concrete basis to consider the proposal of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the Liga ng mga Barangay

JOBLESS. Boatmen are among the Boracay residents who have lost their livelihood after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the closure of the tourist destination for 6 months. Photo Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

For residents, uncertainty looms over Boracay relocation plan

Jun 04, 2018 - 1:14 PM

Some residents protest the rumored plan to relocate them outside the top tourist island

FORESTLAND. The Cayetano family lives in a make-shift compound in a government-proclaimed forestland. Rappler photo

IN PHOTOS: Businesses 'dead' in Boracay

Jun 03, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Business owners can only hope that the island would be reopened sooner than originally scheduled

CLOSED DOWN. Almost all establishments along Boracay's beachfront have closed down one month into the closure order. All photos by Aika Rey/Rappler

DSWD distributes P19.8-M livelihood assistance to Boracay beneficiaries

May 31, 2018 - 9:38 PM

First batch of support from social welfare agency helps over 1,300 Boracay residents and workers

ASSISTANCE. File of the early days of the closure of Boracay when DSWD gives transportation allowances to residents. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

P1.36-B budget needed to rehabilitate Boracay

May 31, 2018 - 10:34 AM

Task Force Boracay says the amount covers everything – from ensuring sanitation to decongesting the island

DEMOLITION. Some establishments demolish the facade of their stores to comply with the government's rehabilitation plan. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

No construction of buildings in Boracay during rehab

May 17, 2018 - 8:50 AM

For 6 months, the Boracay inter-agency task force will strictly enforce the moratorium of construction of new tourism facilities and business enterprises, as well as the expansion of amenities and establishments.

BORACAY. This file photo shows one of the shops in Boracay Island. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

2 weeks after island's closure, Duterte forms Boracay task force

May 10, 2018 - 5:20 PM

The Boracay Inter-agency Task Force is ordered to formulate 'an action plan towards the sustainable tourism development of Boracay'

BORACAY REHABILITATION. President Rodrigo Duterte signs an executive order creating a Boracay Inter-agency Task Force. Malacañang file photo

Boracay Water completes sewerage system connecting 2 treatment plants

May 10, 2018 - 4:39 PM

Boracay Water says some of the used water in the Balabag facility will be transmitted to Manoc-Manoc for treatment to 'maximize the combined capacity of both treatment plants'

GREEN. Boracay shores are lined with green algae. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

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

Ilocos Region ready to be alternative to Boracay

May 04, 2018 - 10:43 AM

More tourists are expected to come to Ilocos Sur and Norte because of the 'resting' of Boracay

Ilocos as alternative to Boracay. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

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

'Uutang muna': For a hair braider, life goes on after Boracay closure

Apr 29, 2018 - 3:54 PM

'Tiyaga-tiyaga pa rin talaga,' says Michelle, one of the 36,000 workers affected by President Rodrigo Duterte's order to close Boracay for 6 months

HAIR BRAIDS. Michelle used to braid hair along the shores of Boracay. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, April 23-29, 2018

Apr 29, 2018 - 11:41 AM

Here are the must-watch videos this week!

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