There’s only one reason why someone would pay a hefty price for a banana boat ride, para-gliding, kite surfing and accommodation. That’s to escape the noise and annoyance that we experience in the Metro everyday and chill for a while. Relax, have a fun time with friends and family and to experience something worthwhile. And if you’ve been in Boracay lately, you might agree with Anna.
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This woman thinks Boracay is the ugliest place she’s ever been. On her blog, she stated in detail the things that she hated and you might even agree with her. Going to this island is a hassle to be honest and when this is something that you look forward to, you’ll expect to have a really good time so it’ll be worth it. Sad to say, this isn’t always the case.
This you might say is just an isolated case. However, you can’t deny the fact that every place in this country that become popular with tourist gets destroyed slowly by commercialization. Examples are the beaches in Cavite and Batangas which these days, became “so-so” beaches and not something to plan for ahead of time. The same can be said with Tagaytay and Baguio City.
The things that she pointed out are:
- Getting to the island was a horrendous experience – It’s normal for us locals, specially the normal people to be in a crowded bus. And Anna experienced the same. You can say that she’s probably too demanding but as a country who encourage tourists to visit these places, surely something must be done. Being an island as it is, nothing we can do with the boat ride though the travel takes a while. It enhances the experience anyway.
- People go to the place to get laid – this one I’ll probably disagree. Though there are probably di*kheads out there who has nothing in their mind but a “one night stand”, some people still go to Boracay to simply unwind. And as a tourist as well, there’s nothing much you can do about people who go to Boracay just to party and get drunk. People get drunk everywhere. They just behave differently. Random people in Boracay or most places is the result of promos that local airline company run to keep their businesses afloat.
- Lack of Filipino culture – This one I’ll agree. The only Filipino thing that you’ll experience in this island is that people are trying to sell you almost anything and everything. I have no issue with people trying to make a living off selling souvenirs but one must understand the word “NO’. There are things to sell that guarantee that people will enjoy the place more. Although the place caters foreign visitors, they must never forget to introduce Filipino cuisines.
- Pollution – It’s becoming quite common in Boracay. This is the price of commercialization. Just like a lot of places and tourist spots in the country, they become victims of their own success. They slowly get destroyed. This is probably inevitable unless the local government acts. This is what happens when businessmen think nothing else but profits.
You can check her full Boracay island review here. Do you agree with her? Or do you think she came too late just when the place was starting to deteriorate? Either way, Boracay is gone and most people are on the look-out for the next best destination.
If you’d ask me, I’d rather go to Bohol or Zambales. Nice beaches, not too crowded even on holidays and the Nipa huts will keep you reminded that you’re nowhere within city limits. No cellphone signal, far from the noise of jeeps and buses, no electricity. Besides, what the point of backpacking and going out there if you’ll have the same annoyance in the Metro that you’re trying to get away from in the first place.
How long before we start seeing people begging out there? Again, I have no issue with these people who’s trying to make money. But there is a proper venue for everything.
Note that her post has been shared a staggering 5,400 times. Needless to say that authorities had better act or this once great island would turn into a ghost town.