Thursday, 13 June 2013

Boracay Philippines

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


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