As much as there is to do in Manila, the Philippines is much more than it’s sprawling capital city.
So, at the very end of my parents visit to my new home, we chose to show them one of the nation’s most famous islands – Boracay.
Visited by over 600,000 international VISITORS annually, Boracay has a little something for everyone – extreme luxury at the Shangri La, jetskis & parasailing at station 1, and parties at the many clubs and bars lining white beach.
We stayed in a villa overlooking bangayan & punta beach, away from the hustle and bustle of white beach, with the famous boracay sunset all to ourselves.
What we didn’t realise was that one of the busiest times of the year for Boracay is Halloween. it stands to reason - Boracay is our little ibiza, so on the evening of October 31, young and old came out to revel in the celebrations. weekends are always a little crazy in boracay after sunset, but halloween was so much more.
As i'd never been to the northern tip of the island, one afternoon i strolled to the far northern tip of the island, and could not believe what i found.
Puka beach seemed to be the old boracay: what it may have been like thirty years ago. small restos dot the pristine beach, while island hoppers come and go, marveling at the aqua waters and indulging in a San Mig or Two.
As with most of the philippines, it is hard to reconcile the luxury and hedonism we as tourists see compared to the living standards of the locals, many of whom are involved in the burgeoning tourism on the island. dwellings are basic, but in true filipino spirit, children and adults alike are often seen sharing a snack, joking and singing together.
With so much new development underway in boracay, it will be interesting to watch and see what the future has in store for this little piece of paradise, and see if the old ways can in anyway
co-exist with the new.