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You might say Boracay is the romantic capital of South-East Asia. The drunken misadventures, hangovers and morning after chills are etched in backpackers lore. For over a generation now, this backdrop has inspired love and war.
On an island subject to rapid development these movies carry an historical virtue too. As one contributor wrote on local forum Boracay Stories — [Read more…]
“I HAD chased fireflies on the shores of Boracay after the summer sky lit up in flames, and the sun gloriously submerged into the endless sea. ”
It was a time when the island was just a vacant, three-kilometer stretch of pristine white beach lined with towering coconut trees.
My family spent our summer vacation there for the first time in the late 1980s when I was only six or seven. We were a huge group of about 15 adults and eight children. The grown-ups had to bring a load to make sure we could survive for three days on this quiet island that had neither electricity nor clean drinking water. [Read more…]
Can a million and a half people be wrong? That’s how many vacationers are expected to visit Boracay Island this year.
Can Travel & Leisure be wrong? That’s the magazine that crowned Boracay the best island in the world.
Can TripAdvisor be wrong? That’s the website that dubbed Boracay a Travelers’ Choice 2013 Winner.
After my visit last year to this island 250 miles southeast of Manila, I decided that, yes, they could be wrong. Or misguided. Or I could be. [Read more…]