More on this Paradise named Boracay…

Before our family vacationed in Boracay last week, my last visit to the island was in 2005. Then, I had three major complaints: First, the beach line was littered with garbage. Second, stray dogs ran amok and chased you everywhere. Third, “pump-boats” docked as they pleased, often right straight at you while you’re swimming on the beach.I’m happy to report good news: Boracay is cleaner, free of stray dogs, and the boats are no longer on the beach front.

When my family was there last week, we hardly noticed litter scattered on the beach. How possible? Each morning while the guests are still snuggled in bed–that is, before 6 a.m.–trucks parade the side streets to collect garbage. So when you wake up at 7, ready for a dip… the beach is smiling at you, clean. Stray dogs? No more. Boats? This was our major complaint then. You’re out there swimming when a “pump-boat” barges straight into your path, asking you to move. Wasn’t this Boracay? you’d ask. A place to swim? Yes. But the rules were absent. Then. Today, boats can’t dock anywhere–only at designated areas. And guess what? Everybody’s following rules. If you want proof that our government is not all-negative and that it’s working–visit Boracay!

John Pages

By John Pages

I've been a sports columnist since 1994. First, in The Freeman newspaper under "Tennis Is My Game." Then, starting in 2003, with Sun.Star Cebu under the name "Match Point." Happy reading!


  1. Beautiful scenic photos of Boracay. I am more anxious than ever to see the place. It will definitely be on my must see places when I visit Cebu next.

  2. Hi Bebot! Yup… do include Boracay. The beaches in Cebu are nice, but they’re nothing like that island paradise. That’s why it’s named the country’s “no.1 tourist destination” and, by international magazines, as “one of the best beaches in the world.” And, best for you, there’s a golf course there: Fairways and Bluewater. Wow, imagine swimming on Boracay’s powdery-sand in the morning and 18 rounds of golf in the afternoon?

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