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Herd of dugongs sighted off the coast of Thai island

Apr 23, 2020 - 5:03 PM

Drone images released by the National Marine Park Operation Center show the dugongs sunning themselves beneath clear turquoise waters off the coast of southern Libong island

This aerial view handout from Thailand's National Marine Park Operation Center in Trang taken and released on April 22, 2020 shows dugongs swimming in Joohoy cape at Libong island in Trang province in southern Thailand. Drone images released by the National Marine Parks center showed a herd of dugongs sunning themselves on April 22 beneath clear turqouise waters off the coast of Libong island in southern Thailand. Handout / THAILAND'S NATIONAL MARINE PARK OPERATION CENTER, TRANG / AFP

Banned: Entry to beaches in Cebu province

Apr 13, 2020 - 9:37 AM

Violators face a fine, imprisonment – or both

IDYLLIC. At the nearby town of Moalboal, the beaches are a perfect spot for a weekend getaway. Photo by Louie Lapat/Rappler

Batangas government prohibits visits to beaches and resorts

Mar 15, 2020 - 1:09 AM

It is not clear, however, if resorts will be mandated to stop their operations

66 structures near Cebu beach town to be demolished

Dec 12, 2019 - 3:41 PM

Thirty-seven commercial establishments who own or lease 66 structures in barangays near the beach are given a notice of violation for being within the 3-meter easement of the shoreline

BEACH TOWN. Environment officials find 66 structures violate easement restrictions on the popular Moalboal beach. P199/Wikimedia Commons

PH beach volleyball teams snag SEA Games 2019 bronze

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) The winning tandems of Sisi Rondina-Bernadeth Pons and Dzi Gervacio-Dij Rodriguez power the Philippines to the beach volleyball podium

PH falls to Thailand in SEA Games 2019 beach volleyball

Dec 03, 2019 - 4:19 PM

The Philippines falls short against volleyball powerhouse Thailand in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

CRUCIAL STAGES. Philippines aims to sweep Singapore to assure a podium finish. Photo from release

PH sweeps Malaysia in SEA Games 2019 beach volleyball

Dec 02, 2019 - 2:59 PM

The Philippine women’s beach volleyball pairs keep their SEA Games medal hopes alive after blasting the Malaysian tandems

ON A ROLL. Sisi Rondina looks to lead the Philippines to a podium finish. Photo by Marga Deona/Rappler

Rondina, Pons boost SEA Games beach volley semis bid

Dec 02, 2019 - 7:31 AM

Top Filipina beach spikers Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons stay in the running for a semifinal spot in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

PH beach volleyball vies for SEA Games 2019 dominance

Nov 26, 2019 - 12:28 PM

The SEA Games will serve as the zonal qualifier for the AVC Continental Cup Finals where an Olympic berth is at stake

BEST DUO. Sisi Rondina (left) and Bernadeth Pons lead the Philippine women's beach volleyball team. Photo from release

Rondina, Pons rule Rebisco Beach Volleyball Open, SEA Games next

Nov 18, 2019 - 7:28 PM

The pair of Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons complete a tournament sweep as they look to make a splash in the SEA Games

QUEENS OF SAND. Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons rule the sands anew, this time in an international tournament. Photo from BVR

Court orders SBMA to issue permit to operate to locator in contempt case

Nov 15, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Brighterday Subic Ltd. Inc, operator of All Hands Beach, is the latest locator to file a complaint against SBMA over policies that are allegedly inimical to locators in the free port

SBMA photo from Wikipedia

Mystery oil spills blot more than 130 Brazilian beaches

Oct 09, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Tamar, a group dedicated to the protection of sea turtles, says the oil spills were 'the worst environmental tragedy' it has encountered since its formation in 1980.

Handout picture released by the Sergipe State Environment Administration (Ademas) on September 27, 2019, showing a barrel of oil spilled on a beach in Barra dos Coqueiros municipality, Sergipe state, Brazil. The appearance of over 100 beaches spilled with oil is being investigated in Brazil. HO / ADEMAS / AFP

UST sweeps UAAP Season 82 beach volleyball crowns

Oct 06, 2019 - 5:09 PM

Putting on another dominant show, UST completes a perfect campaign in the beach volleyball men and women's divisions

HEIR. Season MVP Babylove Barbon ably fills the void left by former UST star Sisi Rondina. Photo release

Filipinos have more in common with Brazilians than we realize

Oct 02, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Though Brazilians speak Portuguese, the Filipino language has just enough Spanish words for any Filipino to connect with them

UAAP beach volleyball: UST on track in double title defense

Oct 02, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The UST beach volleyball teams remain undefeated in the UAAP Season 82 beach volleyball tournament

TITLE DEFENSE. UST's Babylove Barbon powers the Golden Tigresses to a perfect 7-0 record at the end of the eliminations. Photo from release

UAAP beach volley: UST, La Salle secure Final Four slots

Sep 29, 2019 - 5:15 PM

UST and La Salle stay on course for another championship duel in women’s beach volleyball

STILL PERFECT. Babylove Barbon and Gen Eslapor keep the UST Tigresses unbeaten in 5 games. Photo release

UAAP beach volleyball: UST, La Salle stay perfect

Sep 28, 2019 - 2:56 PM

UST and La Salle roll to a 4-0 start after posting contrasting triumphs in women's beach volleyball action

GRITTY. La Salle's Tin Tiamzon and Justine Jazareno overcome the tough challenge of FEU's  Sheena Gallentes and Sheila Mae Kiseo. Photo release

BVR: Rondina, Pons lead stellar beach volley women's cast

Aug 30, 2019 - 10:48 PM

Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons headline a 10-team field in the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour Gran Ola, Lianga leg this weekend

POWER PAIR. Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons jope to put on another solid showing. Photo release

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