Boracay, a Natural Beauty

PauTravels at rocky cliffs at the crystal caves in Boracay

Among the 7,107 islands of the Philippines, one island destination definitely stands out as the most famous and most visited by tourists local and foreign alike.  It is none other than the beautiful island of Boracay, known for its sugary soft white sand, a wide coastline and a perfect beach destination.  But little did know that this island has more to offer.

Boracay island is a small island off the northern tip of Panay island in the island group of Western Visayas in the Philippines.  This island has an about 4 kilometer-long white sand beach on its southwest side where different hotels, resorts and commercial establishments line up the coastline.  Each resort offer different water sport activities like para-sailing, jet skiing, and even scuba diving.  On the north eastern part of the island is a bit rougher as it is lined with coral reefs, caves and strong waves.  Within the island, there are golf courses and also waterfalls.

On March 20, 2006, my wife, myself and 4 other colleagues purchased a travel package to Boracay.  We took advantage of the PALakbayan promo released by Philippine Airlines during that time.  The package we got was for 3days/2nights stay at Sun Village Beachfront Resort.

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Philippines, How Much Have I Seen of You?

My home country, the Philippines, is an archipelagic nation of 7,107 islands that is situated in the South East Asian region.  It is a tropical country bounded by three bodies of water, the Pacific Ocean to the east, the West Philippine Sea to the west, and the Celebes Sea to the south.  It is basically composed of three island groups: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The country’s population is pegged at 88 Million, 90% o which are Roman Catholics.  A smaller percentage of the population is composed of Muslim Filipinos who generally reside at the southern islands.  The Philippines also has a long history of Spanish colonization, 333 years in total.  This is still evident with Hispanic architecture left.  The Philippines was discovered by the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Megallan under the Spanish flag in 1521.  Then it was also under the US Commonwealth rule for 40 years.

The Philippines is also composed of a diverse group of people with hundreds of different dialects though English is a second language.  And each of its 7000+ islands has a distinct characteristic on its own.  And on this journal, I’ll be listing down the different places in this country of mine that I have visited and possibly my experience with Philippine culture.  And I’ll be linking any blog that I’d be writing for each destination.

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