An indigenous activist's murder exposes Boracay's dark side

Dexter Condez was shot to death

It is considered one of the world's most beautiful islands, where tourists can frolic on white sands by day and sip cocktails by night in seafront villas.

Tuesday, 4 June, 2013, 2:27am 1 comment

Philippines could lose US$4.5m monthly in tourism from Taiwan over fisherman shooting row

Philippine tourism officials say they stand to lose US$4.5 million monthly in cancelled bookings and charter flights from Taiwan. Photo: AFP

Philippine tourism officials say they stand to lose US$4.5 million monthly in cancelled bookings and charter flights from Taiwan as a result of a diplomatic row over the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Boat capsizes in Philippines, kills 3 Taiwanese

Philippine rescuers save tourists from a boat capsized on the rough sea off the resort island of Borocay on Wednesday. Photo: Xinhua

Officials say a boat carrying 30 Taiwanese tourists capsized in the central Philippines, killing three of them.

4 Oct 2012 - 2:48pm

8 Taiwanese tourists die in boat accidents

Five Taiwanese tourists died when their cruise boat collided with another vessel on Wednesday in Vietnam’s scenic Halong Bay, a hospital official and state media reported.

Thirteen other tourists were rescued after the accident, Vietnam TV reported. It didn’t mention the fate of the crew.

Hospital deputy director Giang Qouc Duy said one of victims was a child.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Philippines launches tourism drive

The Philippine government is rolling out a new campaign to boost the number of Hong Kong visitors to levels last seen before Manila hostage crisis.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

One for the ladies

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Great Escapes

Boracay, Philippines

For sun-worshippers, paradise goes by the name of Boracay. Boasting its world-famous White Beach with powder-fine sand and azure waters, the palm-studded island is the perfect getaway for divers and beach lovers.

SLEEP Fridays Boracay Resort (tel: 63 36 288 6200; is ideal for watersports and nightlife.

12 May 2006 - 12:00am

Quest has finish line on the horizon

We're nearly there. By last night Quest was less than 100 nautical miles from completing the China Sea Race, sailing about 20 miles west of the Philippine coast, and the talk on board had turned to cold beer and hot showers.

17 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Waiting for winds

We're sweating it out in the middle of the South China Sea, with nary a breath of wind in sight. Frustrating times indeed and, despite a round of sea water showers for the whole crew, below deck it feels, and smells, more unpleasant by the hour.

16 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

China Team hone their skills

The Chinese outfit preparing for this year's America's Cup got down to business on Victoria Harbour yesterday, honing their skills in two match races.

12 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Big Deal

Tiglion Travel is selling a three-night Boracay package from $3,090, including flights with Philippine Airlines to Kalibo via Manila (with one optional free stopover), and bus and boat transfers between Kalibo and Boracay. The resort at this price is the mid-range Patio Pacific (www.patiopacificboracay.

22 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Bloody footprint linked to foreigner

A bloody footprint, found inside the Boracay mansion hours after three Hong Kong businessmen were murdered there last week, has been identified as that of a foreign national, according to the police.

15 May 2004 - 12:00am

Major setback in hunt for Boracay killers

Two suspects are refusing to verify statements given to Philippine police relating to the murders of three prominent Hong Kong businessmen and a domestic helper who were found hacked to death in a luxury villa on Boracay a week ago.

10 May 2004 - 12:00am

Bloody day in a postcard paradise

I walked into a slaughterhouse, says the friend who found three HK men and a maid murdered on Boracay

Taking in the view from the hilltop retreat known as Dolce Vita, or The Sweet Life, it is easy to think of the tropical island of Boracay as heaven on Earth.

9 May 2004 - 12:00am

Resort island still safe, says president

Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday flew to Boracay to reassure tourists the island resort was still safe after the killings.

She vowed to use the full weight of the nation's police resources to hunt down the killers who hacked to death three high-profile Hong Kong businessmen and their domestic helper as they slept early on Sunday.

7 May 2004 - 12:00am