Boracay named as Fifth Most Romantic Island in the World


Crowded beaches don’t exactly make for a lover’s paradise, and yet Boracay, with its congested shores, has recently been named the fifth most romantic island in the world by the readers of high-end travel magazine, Travel + Leisure. Lovers continue to pepper Boracay’s shores, Valentine’s season or not.

Featured in the magazine’s February 2013 issue, Boracay was noted for its powder-fine sand, which Travel + Leisure’s Christine Ciarmello said “may just be the softest in the world.” Earlier in the month, the island was also featured in a sweet Department of Tourism ad that showed a man proposing to his girlfriend, though the beach is not quite as empty in real life as it is in the ad. The romance is obviously not lost on the tourists. According to Cara Lim, a Boracay resident and chef at a high-end resort on the island, many couples populate the island during Valentine’s season. “We even prepare set menus for the couples,” she said. Of course, there are those who prefer quieter, less-commercialized shores like Palawan or Bohol over cosmopolitan Boracay, which has long lost its backpacker charm to the various establishments that have mushroomed all over the bone-shaped island. Also, recurring reports of algal bloom along White Beach as well as travelers’ stories of catching E.coli infections from the water deter some tourists from heading to Boracay. Still, lovers continue to pepper Boracay’s shores, Valentine’s season or not. Many of them can be seen walking the length of the island’s White Beach hand in hand, kissing against the sunset, or sharing a candlelit meal at one of the beachfront restaurants. On one occassion, a newlywed couple posed for photographs in the water—in full wedding garb!

Samantha Brown will visit Philippines

Philippines is her next destination

Philippines is her next destination

Samantha Brown, the travel channel goddess will now explore the other side of the world. Her show will now open new series entitled Samantha Brown’s Asia to experience the taste of Asia.

This is the best continent where Samantha Brown can find the authentic experiences that she wants.

For most travelers, Asia would be the best place to experience the real meaning of exoticism. Asia is where you find the most exotic places on earth, affluent cultures, and gourmet local cuisines. 

For Philippines, what are the places it can offers the travel channel goddess?

Being a hospitable country, Philippines will first invite Samantha to eat merienda or snack in English. Merienda would be her first interpretation of the exotic.

Isaw for Merienda

Isaw for Merienda

Isaw would be the best choice for merienda. It is grilled chicken intestine with additional filipino flavor. Samantha need not to worry because Isaw will be prepared with repeated process of cleaning the two sides of intestine. Then, it will be boiled before the roasting process. Or she can pick Betamax. A dried chicken blood that is serve and cut into small cubes.

After having a merienda, her first destination awaits her, a white beach called Puerto Galera that is close to metro.

Puerto Galera is located northwestermost municipality in the province of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. It is located at the southwestern end of the Isla Verde Passage, about 130 kilometers (81 mi) south of Manila. Puerto Galera is only three and a half hours away from Manila first by bus to the port at Batangas City and then by boat.

Resort in Puerto Galera

Resort in Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera means “Port of Galleons”, it became popular among seafarers during the galleon trade at the start of the 10th century. Because of its magnificent natural harbor. Until now it is consider as one of the most beautiful and safest in the world.

The diversity of hard and soft corals, along with hundreds of species of tropical fish life makes Puerto Galera one of the most popular dive destinations in the Philippines. Pelagics, tropicals and Other fishes among the pristine coral reefs that nurture an amazing diversity of marine flora and fauna. (see Coco Beach Resort)

Pagudpud Beach

Pagudpud Beach

Samantha will have different choices depending on what she wants to see. If she decides to see more white beaches. She can travel north of Manila to see how bizarre the seashore of Pagudpud beach in the northwest tip of Ilocos Norte. Or she may go to 315 km south of Manila to see how dreamlike the sunset in Boracay.

Her travel must not end in those beaches. She also needs to see the following places:

Google searches reveal top tourist spots

MANILA, Philippines – Beaches or water sports destinations are popular this year, based on internet search data by Google Inc.

In Google’s Zeitgeist (German for “spirit of the times”), a collection of top items searched on the internet by users from a particular area, the company identified the “fastest-rising travel destinations” in the Philippines.

Topping the list are beach destinations like Baler in Quezon province, a budding surfing hotspot; Coron town in Palawan, which is dotted with lagoons, caves, and rare fauna; as well as El Nido, also in Palawan, which is home to the posh El Nido Resort complex.


Boracay hosts WGAP-Luzvimin tourney

MANILA, Philippines – The Fairways and Bluewater in Boracay will host the 2009 WGAP-Luzvimin golf tournament on Aug. 26-28 with 19 teams and over a hundred players clashing for top honors in team and individual competitions in various divisions.

This marks the first time that the par-72 layout in this top tourist beach destination which boasts of crystal clear waters and powder white sands will be hosting the annual tournament with the rolling, wind-raked course expected to provide a different kind of challenge for the country’s top golfing ladies.

Heading this year’s roster is Manila Southwoods, which ruled the premier Diamond division of the event organized by the Women’s Golf Association of the Phils. last year in Bacolod on a team built around Regine de Guzman, Lora Roberto, Beachie Abiera, Kat Gonzales, Claire Ong, Claudine Garcia and Sandy Velhagen.

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Hottest DJ’s Star in Boracay’s Biggest Party

Now seen as the elder statesman of Hed Kandi, DJ Andy Norman was part of the founding line-up of one the UK’s biggest dance record labels. He started working with label founder Mark Doyle back in 1989; around the time when they held small local club events for a number of years. It was during this period that Hed Kandi was born.

Andy worked in the London club circuit for some years, working with The Crazy Club & Black And White Productions alongside the likes of Alex P, Smokin Joe and Fat Tony. Well-respected for playing numerous dance music styles over the years, he has played for a number of UK recording artists too, like The Pet Shop Boys and Jamiroquai.

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The Tides Temptation Package for Php 8900 only!

The Tides Temptation Package 

Boracay, a well-known destination around the world, brings you The Tides. A great sanctuary to relax, rejuvenate and escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The Tides conforms to the comforts of international standars by offering first class amenities. The Tides is an idyllic vacation place where nature in its unmatched style is marked by whiffs of fresh air and clear azure water. 

Now Tides Hotel Boracay is offering their Temptation Package for only Php 8,900.00 net/person!

Inclusive of the following:

  • 3 days and 2 nights in an Essential Room
  • Roundtrip airfare via Seair

This package is valid from Jan 5- 15 and Feb. 1 – June 12, 2009. Valid from Tuesday to Thursday only

Boracay prepares for Russian visitors

ILOILO CITY – Zdrastvuite. Magu ya vam chem-topomoch? (Hello. Can I help you).”

Tourism front-liners in Boracay will soon be adept in basic Russian greetings and in conducting simple conversation in a series of language and lifestyle courses in preparation for more tourists from Russia.

The Boracay Foundation Inc. (BFI) has been holding the seminars since July this year for the expected surge of Russian visitors availing of a 21-day visa privilege to encourage more tourists to visit the Philippines….

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Stakeholders urged to help make Boracay a friendly tourist destination

ILOILO CITY, Dec. 15 — Tourists and tourism stakeholders have been urged to take hands to make the world-famous Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan as the “country’s model climate-friendly tourist destination.”

The campaign, dubbed “Save the Climate, Save Boracay” highlighted over the weekend a workshop on energy efficiency and “what resorts can do to lessen their climate footprint.”

The initiative gathered global environmental advocate group Greenpeace and experts from the Green Architecture Movement of United Architects of the Philippines, Aklan Electric Cooperative (Akelco), and Solar, Wind and Electric Power, Inc. (SWEP).

A Renewable Energy (RE) exhibition demonstrating how solar power can work for resorts as well as tourists was also organized by Solar Generation, the Greenpeace’s youth movement.

“Save the Climate, Save Boracay,” the first of its kind in the Philippines, was launched last June during the “Save the Climate Philippine Tour” of Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior.

A manifesto signed by Boracay’s tourism industry stakeholders pushes for the inclusion of energy efficiency measures and promotion of renewable energy use as part of environmental management plans for the island, particularly in the construction or expansion of establishments and the provision of regular energy audits.

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