Boracay Shutdown Day 2

TODAY, FRIDAY, 27 APRIL 2018

Stillness is striking. Witness such a sudden transition from mass tourism to no tourism is surely a once in a lifetime experience.

 

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A stretch of 4 k White Beach

This is the Station 3 meeting point. Nobody meets here anymore!

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Station 3 house abandoned.
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CLOSED!

TODAY, THURSDAY, 26 APRIL 2018

So, today it actually happened. The island is closed. I think lots of Filipinos couldn’t believe this would happen. Some may have hoped to the bitter end, when at least they would witness with their own eys: there are no tourist anymore!

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Empty, vast, White Beach
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No Tourist anymore. Most of the employees will be jobless from now on!

This is how Boracay ‘City’ looks like inside. There is nothing nice. You get poisoned by exhaust gas pollution, if you walk or drive the main road. There are no proper sidewalks anyway! There was never the will or the desire to make it nice or clean or do proper sewer or do something for the infrastructure to meet the mass tourism they have always propagandized! That’s mainly because the main interests of all the Maiors and authorities, was to enrich themselfes and their clans! They pretended to take care however they gave a shit about that island. But even the big Hotel Groups, like Hennan, Regency, Astoria Current etc., who had some influence because they are big, were not interested in infrastructure. The only thing they cared about, was to fill up their hotels and build one new huge structure after the other never asking for nicer surroundings outside of their properties. Let alone give nature some space! The new Chinese Hotels are the worst exampels of that. Astoria Current for example, is one huge concrete structure! Sadly, it was and is always about quantity and never about quality, in terms of open, green spaces.

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Demolition along the Main Road has already begun.
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Demolition teams have arrived.

This day number one. Today people are like paralysed. But as time will go on, the situation will become more desperate.

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Act of violence

 

 

Final Days of Boracay…

TODAY, WEDNESDAY, 25 APRIL 2018

Tomorrow the island will be closed.

Already today a ghostly atmosphere lies over this island as most tourists left yesterday. No Chinese or Korenan groups anymore (those who do no business here will not miss ’em anyway!) Hotels and restaurants prepare for the 6 month closure. Resorts secure their property with surveillance cameras and barbwire. Staff sits around not knowing what to do. It will get worse!

Military helicopter pass in low-level flight the White Beach.

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Today Military Helicopter flew so close and low to the beach that one could feel the vibrations. Almost a feeling like in a war zone!
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The last paraw. Still yesterday one could not walk here because it was full of parked sailing-boats, serving far to few Chinese and Koreans.
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Emptiness on the beach path alongside these Chinese Hotels at Station 3, where usually big Chinese and Korean groups swarm.

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Diniwid Beach

Back in December 2017 and today.

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Diniwid Beach December 9, 2017. Sandy beach and Nami Resort still existing.

Back in Feb. 1 2018 a fire destroyed the Nami Resort in Diniwid. The black hole in the vegetation and the destroyed buildings are reminders of that event.

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Diniwid today, April 14,2018

Also the beach has changed. Sand has moved to some other place and there is algeas

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Diniwid Beach. Sand washed away.

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