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Rappler's latest stories on Siargao


Pandemic in paradise: A slow, simple life without surf in Siargao

Apr 30, 2020 - 1:30 PM

New mom and surfer Elaine Abonal Bayer shares how the coronavirus pandemic has affected her family's island life

KEEPING CALM. Surfer Elaine Abonal Bayer shares a moment with her daughter Tala on an empty Siargao beach. Photo by Oliver Bayer

20-year-old British tourist dies in Siargao moped crash

Feb 15, 2020 - 4:31 PM

The victim was allowed to rent a moped even if he had no license, says his father

SURF SPOT. Tourists flock to Cloud 9 in Siargao, Surigao del Norte for a surfing experience. Photo by Rappler

Siargao among Conde Nast Traveler’s ‘Best Holiday Destinations for 2020’

Dec 24, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The surf paradise in Surigao del Norte makes it to the list along with destinations such as Kyoto in Japan, Galway in Ireland, and Pakistan

TOP DESTINATION. Siargao's Sugba Lagoon is among the many attractions that the small island in Surigao del Norte has to offer. File photo by Naveen Ganglani/Rappler

Ferry capsizes off Cebu, dozens of passengers rescued

Nov 07, 2019 - 5:40 PM

(UPDATED) At least 63 ferry passengers and crew members are rescued off the coast of Cebu on Thursday, November 7

SEA RESCUE. The Philippine Coast Guard rescues dozens of passengers after a boat capsizes off the coast of Cebu. Photo from Philippine Coast Guard Central Visayas

Yeng Constantino apologizes for 'doctor shaming' Siargao posts

Jul 23, 2019 - 8:09 AM

'Whatever concerns I had should have been coursed through the proper forum'

SORRY. Yeng Constantino apologizes over posts about medical professionals in Siargao. Photo from Yeng Constantino's Instagram

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

Siargao's women take chances in leading agri sector

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:46 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The 'More Love for Women Farmers' conference is part of Agrea’s local iteration of Leaders and Entrepreneurs in Agriculture Forum

Carpio’s chief justice nomination, Tindig Pilipinas, Comelec updates | Evening wRap

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:39 PM

Watch the evening wRap with Mara Cepeda

Condé Nast Traveler names Siargao as best island in Asia

Oct 12, 2018 - 1:48 PM

The surf paradise emerges on top in the publication's 2018 Readers' Choice Awards, followed by Boracay and Palawan

ISLAND PARADISE. The beautiful Daku Island is among Siargao's many attractions. Photo by Naveen Ganglani/Rappler

PAL to fly Clark-Siargao starting July 1

Jun 30, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Philippine Airlines also says that starting October 28 this year, regular flights will also be launched from Clark to San Vicente in Northern Palawan, Cauayan in Isabela, and San Jose in Mindoro

NEW FLIGHT. Philippine Airlines will now have daily service from Clark to Siargao. Shutterstock photo

Eats and treats: Why Siargao is an adventurer's haven

Jun 30, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Here's your guide to making the most of your Siargao visit

SIARGAO. Unassuming and serene, the island of Siargao has quickly become one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines. All photos by Naveen Ganglani/Rappler

Which tourist spots will be rehabilitated after Boracay?

Jun 21, 2018 - 2:00 PM

All tourism destinations will be up for assessment by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, but some areas are on top of the list

Alvarez dares Floirendo to file case over Siargao properties

May 21, 2018 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED) Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez believes his friend turned political enemy is responsible for reports alleging his properties in Siargao are worth P500 million

FRIENDS NO MORE. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez does not mince words against his political enemy, Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Speaker Alvarez’s waves of interest in Siargao

Apr 09, 2018 - 10:00 AM

If Davao del Norte is getting too crowded politically, is it time for Alvarez to look elsewhere and start planning for his future?

PANTALEON ALVAREZ. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez addresses the crowd as President Rodrigo Duterte looks on. File photo from Malacañang.

Surigao del Norte governor orders 24/7 medical assistance in Siargao

Mar 31, 2018 - 9:33 PM

Broadcast journalist Karen Davila shares the actions made by the provincial government of Surigao del Norte following her son's surfing accident in Siargao Island

SIARGAO EXPERIENCE. Karen Davila says she was very upset that the surfing instructor assigned to her son David disappeared after an accident during a surfing lesson in a Siargao resort during the Holy Week break. Screenshot from Instagram/@iamkarendavila

Alvarez promises budget for public safety projects in Siargao

Mar 31, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he and local officials are 'taking steps' to address the concerns raised by broadcast journalist Karen Davila, whose son had a surfing accident in Siargao

SURF SPOT. Tourists flock to Cloud 9 in Siargao, Surigao del Norte for a surfing experience. Photo by Rappler

Karen Davila shares unfortunate experience in Siargao after son's surfing accident

Mar 30, 2018 - 5:57 PM

Karen says she was angry that the surfing instructor who was assigned to her son disappeared after the accident. She is also shocked at the lack of medical facilities and equipment.

DENR orders 49 Siargao businesses to address environmental violations

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'If we want to sustain [Siargao's] viability as an international surfing capital, we must show that we are all helping to protect and conserve its environment,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

PAL to start Davao-Siargao route on March 25

Mar 05, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The new route will fly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays

IN PHOTOS: Nadine Lustre and James Reid’s romantic Siargao getaway

Feb 16, 2018 - 2:04 PM

The photos are shared by Nadine on Instagram

JADINE. The couple celebrates their anniversary in Siargao. Screenshot from

LOOK: Paul Soriano, Toni and Alex Gonzaga brainstorm for new film

Jan 30, 2018 - 8:23 PM

The 'Siargao' director works with his wife Toni and sister-in-law Alex on a new film

SISTERS. Toni and Alex Gonzaga start on their 'dream project' with Paul Soriano. Screengrab from

VIRAL: Siargao resort draws flak for promoting island to foreigners seeking partners

Jan 30, 2018 - 12:48 PM

In an interview with Rappler, resort owner Andreas Mikoleiczik explains that the description written on the website does not aim to promote the island for sex tourism

After 'Siargao,' Paul Soriano plans new films for 2018

Jan 06, 2018 - 9:06 PM

Director Paul Soriano says one of the movies he's planning is for Aga Muhlach and Bea Alonzo

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: The Metro Manila Film Festival 2017 Gabi ng Parangal

Dec 28, 2017 - 12:10 PM

'Ang Larawan' and 'Siargao' wins big in this year's awards

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Australian yachtsman dies, two rescued off Siargao

Dec 19, 2017 - 10:57 PM

A police report says North Queensland resident Anthony John Mahoney, 73, died in a hospital from dehydration shortly after their December 17 rescue by local fishermen

5 fun facts about the movie 'Siargao'

Dec 18, 2017 - 9:45 PM

The famous surfing destination takes the spotlight in a film starring Jericho Rosales, and directed by Paul Soriano

Last 4 movies for MMFF 2017 announced

Nov 17, 2017 - 4:02 PM

'Deadma Walking,' 'Siargao,' 'Haunted Forest' and 'Ang Larawan' will join the film festival line up in December

Saving Siargao

Oct 08, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Siargao may be known for its crashing waves and untouched beauty, but it has its fair share of growing problems as well

UNTOUCHED PARADISE. A view of Cloud 9, Siargao early in the morning on September 20, 2014. File photo by Mark Cristino

Philmar Alipayo wins first title in 19th Siargao National Surfing Cup

Sep 23, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Alipayo bested his hometown's bemedalled surfer Piso Alcala in the 25-minute man-on-man finals duel despite suffering from a lower back injury.

HISTORY. Philmar Alipayo nabs his first championship in the 19th Siargao Surfing Cup. Photo by Gaps Sabuero/ 2017 PSCT Media

Jasmine Curtis-Smith says you should stay at this Siargao resort

Aug 26, 2017 - 7:32 PM

The actress stayed on the island to film her upcoming movie with Erich Gonzales and Jericho Rosales

HARANA. The surf resort is located in General Luna, Siargao. Photo from

IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2016 candidates explore Manila

Dec 12, 2016 - 8:52 PM

The candidates also traveled to Siargao Meanwhile reigning queen Pia Wurtzbach pays a visit to Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle

Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism

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.

Breathtaking Siargao: Awesome things to see and do

May 15, 2016 - 7:37 PM

Go island hopping explore the caves and beaches and more

ONE OF A KIND. A stingless jellyfish at Sohoton Cove National Park. Photo by Jefferson Balon

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

Cloud Nine incident: Filipino surfers refute Australian surfer's story

Oct 02, 2015 - 2:25 PM

Local surfers say the incident puts the Philippine surfing scene in a bad light and want to correct the false claims

Sweden to Siargao: Why a 29-year-old left home for the PH

Jul 11, 2015 - 11:34 PM

Sanne Sevig sold everything in Sweden and moved to Siargao to start life anew Find out why

Piso Alcantara almost back to top form, wins Vans Cloud Masters

May 01, 2015 - 7:58 PM

Edito Piso Alcantara bests local and international opponents despite not being in 100 percent form

A community takes a stand to defend a threatened paradise

Jan 31, 2015 - 7:00 AM

Not everything is a surfer s paradise in Siargao In poor rural communities away from the surfer s beaches residents are working hard to prevent another environmental disaster

THREATENED PARADISE. Siargao Island’s 8,620 hectares of mangrove forests are one of the largest in the country. Photo contributed by SIKAT

14 stunning photos of Siargao, a surfer's paradise

Jan 08, 2015 - 8:42 PM

It s time to visit some of the country s beautiful destinations Will you be booking a trip to Siargao soon?

Quarterfinalists decided on Day 2 of Siargao Int'l Surfing Cup

Sep 27, 2014 - 8:00 PM

UPDATED The 2014 Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup will run from September 24 to 28 2014

SURF'S UP. Local shredder John Talong spent most of the heat above the lip. Will Hayden-Smith/Association of Surfing Professionals.

How travel still surprises me

Mar 29, 2014 - 12:14 PM

Travel writer Che Gurrobat shares stories of unexpected kindness while traveling 80 of 81 provinces in the Philippines

2 pygmy sperm whales killed by dynamite fishing in Siargao

Mar 24, 2014 - 2:17 PM

But locals say 22 more were killed The government is still verifying where the carcasses are

KILLED. A pygmy sperm whale calf, reportedly killed by dynamite fishing, was retrieved from the sea by locals and divers in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte. Photo by Damien Gagnieux

In photos: RHCP's Anthony Kiedis surfing in Siargao post-7107

Feb 25, 2014 - 4:25 PM

They came to play great music but singer Anthony Kiedis also discovered the waves in Siargao

Agaton: Over 3,000 families displaced

Jan 18, 2014 - 10:46 AM

UPDATED At least 46 villages are flooded in Butuan City while the province of Dinagat Islands experiences massive power outage

SUBMERGED. Heavy rains caused by Tropical Depression Agaton brought flood waters submerging houses in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, January 17, 2014. Photo by Erwin Mascarinas/AFP

Spoiler alert for the would-be volunteer

Dec 01, 2013 - 10:30 AM

All these frustrations will sear in you that there is more to volunteer service than just heart warming stories

Typhoon Yolanda destroys houses, cuts power in Surigao

Nov 08, 2013 - 10:27 AM

At least 28 000 residents seek temporary shelter in different evacuation centers

YOLANDA. PAGASA's 8:30 am updated satellite picture of Typhoon Yolanda.

Indonesia's Hermawan wins 19th Siargao Int'l Surfing Cup

Sep 27, 2013 - 5:56 PM

Putra Hermawan beats local barrel Ace Rodolfo Osot Alcala

WINNER. Putra Hermawan at the 19th Annual Siargao International Surfing Cup. All photos by Tim Hain

HIGHLIGHTS: Siargao Intl Surfing Cup 2013

Sep 26, 2013 - 7:17 PM

Enjoy these video from ASC Media

MAGNIFICENT BARREL. Mike Escoltura on day 2 of the Siargao International Surfing Cup 2013. Photo by Tim Hain/ASC Media

Semifinalists decided in Siargao Intl Surfing Cup day 2

Sep 26, 2013 - 1:57 PM

Filipino Osot Alcala is still in the competition

DAY 2. Here's a breakdown of 2nd day victories in Siargao's Cloud 9. All photos by Tim Hain/ASC Media

Locals post highest scores in Siargao Int'l Surfing Cup day 1

Sep 25, 2013 - 6:21 PM

Siargao locals make waves at the Asian Surfing Championships Men’s Open Division of the 19th Annual Siargao Int l Surfing Cup