With the recent national issue of Boracay being closed down for renovation, we see a lot of posts on social media asking where to go now? Well for the record, there is more to the Philippines than just Boracay. In our Region (10) alone are numerous places where there are pristine beaches with no concrete establishments, resorts or commercial buildings. I do believe that beaches and parties can mix but the true essence of the beach and its surrounding area is best enjoyed without it. With multitude upon multitudes of people coming and going leaving their garbage behind (Not to mention the LGU not giving any thought to the control of plastics), it will affect not only the beach but also the marine life that lives in it. Many would think that it’s a “Tito” move to call out and stop using plastic but the fact of the matter is, it is those kinds of activities that destroy the environment.
It will be hard for any government or private institution to control and repair the damage if there are no rules set or boundaries created to ensure cleanliness. Infrastructure and the need of simple utilities to make any tourist’s stay is a need, but not to the extent that the beach becomes a solid concrete land of pavement and buildings. Tourism is like fire; it can either feed you or burn you to the ground. This article is not in any way criticizing any of us, but it is a means to express a reminder that we should hand in hand help one another to maintain our beaches to ensure that the future generations will enjoy it the same way we did.
Blog posts and features are now on the web calling other new places the next Boracay. The best course of action would always be is to know where you’re going and be responsible on what you’re bringing. Dispose properly or bring your garbage home if it’s possible. Don’t just leave your liquor bottles or junk food wrappers on a corner of the beach. Respect nature and it will last long.