Paradise Wrecked

boracaylocationBoracay Island in The Philippines is considered to be one of the last ‘undiscovered’ paradises of the world.

So small it hardly makes a little blue speck on this map. If it wasn’t labelled, you wouldn’t even know it was there.

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Idyllic blue waters, powdery white sand and 350+ beach resorts all on a small island two kilometres off  the northern tip of Panay.

It is administered by the Philippines Tourist Authority and touted as the most relaxing place on Earth. Winner of Travel+Leisure Magazine’s best island in the world award in 2012 it has become reknown for it’s tranquility and nightlife (I find that to be an oxymoron).

The following photos indeed make this look like paradise.

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Boracay Island kids

Food, sun and sea, happy kids mix with the tourists all appears so perfect.

Major resorts…

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Boracay offers a wide range of restaurants, bars, pubs, nightclubs and an 18-hole golf course.

Tourism began about 1970. The island has had colonists and plantations since 1900.

But what was Boracay before?

Boracay was the home of the Ati, an indigenous people, whose ancestors arrived probably from Borneo to escape persecution in the 12th century

Now they face the threat of encroachments on their land by the powerful resorts and discrimination.

Yes, there is an ugly side to this ‘paradise‘, you can read about it better than I can write on The Pinoy Explorer.

The Ati don't live in resorts

The Ati don’t live in resorts

They live in a near squalid reserve that comprises 2% of this small 1,000 hectare island, and the fangs of the resorts are ready to swallow that miserable area as well.

Another paradise wrecked so the rich west can ‘relax’.

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