Thursday, 13 June 2013
Boracay is a small island in the Philippines located approximately 315 km (196 mi) south of Manila
and 2 km off the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines.
Boracay Island and its beaches have received awards from numerous travel publications and
agencies.The island comprises the barangays of Manoc-Manoc, Balabag, and Yapak municipality of
Malay, province of Aklan. The island is administered by the Philippine Tourism Authority and the
provincial government of Aklan. Apart from its white sand beaches, Boracay is also famous for being
one of the world's top destinations for relaxation. It is also emerging among the top destinations for
tranquility and nightlife.
Boracay was originally home to the Ati tribe. Boracay is part of Aklan Province, which became an
independent province on April 25, 1956.
Sofia Gonzales Tirol and her husband Lamberto Hontiveros Tirol, a town judge on nearby Panay
island, took ownership of substantial properties on the island around 1900 and planted coconuts,
fruit trees, and greenery on the island. Others followed the Tirols, and cultivation and development
of the island gradually spread from this initial beginning.
Tourism came to the island beginning in about the 1970s.The movie Too Late the Hero was filmed in
1970 on locations in Boracay and Caticlan. In the 1980s, the island became popular as a budget
destination for backpackers,By the 1990s, Boracay's beaches were being acclaimed as the best in the