Thursday, November 08, 2007

Boracay: Hello Boracay!

It was a spur of the moment decision. I was sporting a fever and a sore throat in the morning so I wasn't able to wake-up as early as planned. So I missed the early morning bus to Kalibo. I was thinking of exploring Aklan when I decided, what the heck, I'm on a bus that goes to Caticlan anyway, so why not ride until the last stop. So I did and I finally set foot on Boracay!

At the ferry terminal, several fees were levied including a PHP50 environmental fee, PHP20 Caticlan Terminal Fee and PHP19.50 for the ferry ride from Caticlan to Cabgan in Boracay. It was just a few minutes and I was there in no time. I had booked a hotel with the help of the tourism office in the terminal. Since I didn't want to spend much, I got a room in a place called Villa de Oro in between Boat Station 2 & 3. For a non-aircon room, I spent PHP800 plus an 8% credit card surcharge (which I know shouldn't be but what the heck).

I had my photo taken with one of the Boracay sandcastles which are done by enterprising locals. After settling down, I went for a swim while enjoying the Boracay sunset. I had dinner in the resort and then walked all the way to Station 1 to check out the night scene. There weren't that many people since it was a weekday and the sembreak was already over. It was amusing seeing ATM machines and a Smart Wireless Center amongst the numerous bars, restaurants and resorts in this world-famous white sand beach.

I decided to sleep early since I still wasn't feeling well but was roused later in the evening by my sore throat. Since I was hungry, I decided to go for a snack and settled for a burger and fries. There are so many establishments open 24 hours and every possible need you could think of is conveniently available on this beach.

The next day, I had to leave early to catch the opening cocktails of the 2nd Seminar on Philippine Towns and Cities in Iloilo City. I made a brief stop in Kalibo to check out the heritage structures then it was off to Iloilo City. More photos in Multiply.

1 comment:

  1. I hate to be the skunk in your garden party, but there is trouble in paradise.
    The dogs of Boracay are being slaughtered for the meat market, or eaten
    by the dogcatchers themselves. They operate with impunity with the tacit
    approval of the government, particularly the mayor. They impose a high
    and arbitrary fine on those owners desperate to get their dog back.
    It's been a money-making racket for the dogcatchers. They behave like
    gods answerable to no one. They snare your dog even if it is within your
    property line. They will beat to death a stray dog on the beach even if people
    plead for their lives.

    There is no respect for private property. All these
    killings are done under the guise of a cleanliness program. But it is
    animal cruelty in its most brutal form. It's a shame on Boracay. Help
    us put a stop to this practice. This is urgent. Please send an appeal
    to the Bureau of Animal Industry, and ask them to investigate and
    stop these killings. The dogcatchers are a violation of the Philippine Animal
    Welfare Act of 1998 and also the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007
    (Republic Act 9482). The ciizens of Boracay are asking for
    your help. Here is the information:

    Bureau of Animal Industry
    Visayas Avenue corner Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City

    Metro Manila, Philippines
    Tel. No. (632) 928-1778 or (632) 928-2836
    Fax No. (632) 926-6866 or (632) 928-2177


    Phone: +632 927-0971; 926-6883
    Fax: +632 928-2429

    Thank you for your support. Salamat po sa tulong ninyo.


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