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Boracay in the late 70s.

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The 10 year Transformation of Boracay.

And this is Boracay now…..

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Boracay is under the leadership of a young and dynamic mayor, John Yap, a scion of long-time Boracay landowners. He is in the perfect position to prevent further deterioration as he must have seen what was Boracay when he was young.  Mayor John who was born during mid-70s may have frolic butt-naked along the pristine kilometric and swimming pool-like beach waters.  He have seen how beautiful it was, how unpolluted, how uncrowded, and how “flood-free.”

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The fate of Boracay rests in your hands, Mayor Yap.

Mayor John should consider giving the entire of Boracay Island a “post-peak season break.”   Boracay establishments should be like top restaurants in Metro Manila that close for business after lunch and reopen only for dinner time. The time in between  is when the  restaurant and its crew can get to rest, clean and polish the establishment for the next batch of customers.

Boracay’s 6 months or so peak season not only rakes in millions in dollars, but it also pulls in thousands of tourists into the islands and into its rest rooms- “kabooming”  each and every morning with gusto.  Because of the influx of tourists into the island, it receives severe beating environmentally-wise.  Airlines and Ro-ro’s that bring in the tourists also bring in jet boom, burnt jet fuel, onboard garbage and sewerage.  Tricycles and multi-cabs that bring them around spew carbon monoxide.  The hotels and restaurants dump domestic waste, grease, detergent, and  “Kambooms”  on a daily basis.  Even the innocent skin divers may accidentally step on the corals  and destroy thousand of years of fragile marine ecology.

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Can the stakeholders of the island afford an after 6 season lay-over or temporary stoppage (for maintenance or repairs)?

Yes, it can!  Millions of dollars earned during peak tourist season can take care of them.  They should let the island that they have been squeezing for money – take a rest.   Employees and maintenance personnel can still have their jobs as they will be busy putting back the island in shape.

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HTC Boracay Cleanup

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I hope its not only for show.  

Mayor John, you got a lot of things to do to fix Boracay.  On the other hand, Boracay needs a well-deserved break (Just like any pretty worn-out whore needs to clean herself up for the next customers).