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This Week in Boracay (February 11 to 17, 2018)

Know what to expect for Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year in Boracay.

By: Karen Bermejo | February 11, 2018

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With major celebrations this week, it is expected to be hectic in Boracay. Promotional events from hotels and restaurants for Valentine’s Day on Wednesday can be anticipated. The date also coincides with Ash Wednesday which is a special tradition for Roman Catholics. More so, tourists are expected to flock to the island for the Chinese New Year which falls on a Friday, setting off a long weekend vacation. The festivity is considered as the biggest crowd-drawer of Boracay.


Heavy traffic



Valentine’s Day Boracay

Long lines at the port can be expected this week.

Image: Writer


A heavy flow of traffic especially in the major streets of Boracay will be expected with the influx of tourists this week. Long lines of passengers can also be anticipated at Cagban and Caticlan Jetty Ports. Aside from the increase in tourist arrivals, construction work for the Boracay drainage system also contributes to the traffic. Workers are speeding up the construction of the project to reach the 2020 target. The drainage system is eyed as a solution to the flooding problem in the island.


Chori burger snack



Valentine’s Day Boracay

Chori burger comes with a sweet and spicy sauce.

Image: Mark Ramas Ramirez


Chori burger, made of slices of grilled chorizo in a bun, is a popular street food and light snack in Boracay. A sweet and spicy sauce is usually added to the burger. It can be found in several food stalls along the beachfront starting in the afternoon until the evening. It is usually sold at PhP45. Bigger restaurants in the island have also made their own version of the famous snack.


ATV ride



Valentine’s Day Boracay

Riders conquer rugged terrains with their ATVs.

Image: Edmarie Silvestre


Locals and tourists who want to experience an outdoor adventure can ride an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). This can be done on Mt. Luho or near Ilig-Iligan Beach in Barangay Yapak. A practice drive on how to operate the vehicle is done before each activity. ATV riding can be done at the main roads in the northern part of the island. Guest can also have a short stopover at the Mt. Luho viewpoint to enjoy a panoramic view of Boracay. ATV rental costs PhP1,000 per hour.


Fashion accessories



Valentine’s Day Boracay

A fashion accessory from Boracay is a popular souvenir.

Image: Marilen Dionisio Valente


Fashion accessories such as bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and anklets are favorite souvenirs from Boracay. Most of these accessories can be customized with names of people. Some accessories are made of wood and plastic. Others are made of puka shells taken from Puka Beach. These accessories can be bought from local vendors at the beachfront and other shopping centers in the island. Accessories are sold as low as PhP20 per piece.


Music fest and card-making worksop



Valentine’s Day Boracay

Rockeoke, the Valentine’s Day event of Station X

Image: Station X Boracay


Diners can expect different events from restaurants and bars in Boracay this Valentine’s Day. One of this is the Rockeoke event of Station X at Hue Hotels and Resorts Boracay featuring local band Sandbox. During the event, guests who will sing a song on stage can also get a free Jack’s Date cocktail from Prisma Bar. The first 30 customers to attend the event will also get free drinks. From 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, a Valentine’s Day card-making workshop for kids will also be held at Station X.


Less crowded beaches in Boracay



Valentine’s Day Boracay

Puka Beach, one of the less crowded beaches in the island

Image: Writer


White Beach is expected to be packed with people because of the Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year celebrations. Travelers can choose to go to less crowded beaches like Puka Beach and Ilig-iligan Beach. Both beaches are located at the northern part of the island. Puka is known for its sand made of puka shells while Ilig-Iligan is a popular spot for snorkeling and swimming. Travelers can charter a tricycle to the area for PhP150.


Resort razed by fire



Valentine’s Day Boracay

Aftermath of fire at Nami Resort

Image: Boracay Informer


Nami Resort Boracay, a high-end property in Barangay Balabag, remains closed after a major fire which happened last January 31. The fire lasted for almost three hours. The Bureau of Fire Protection-Boracay estimates that damage to the property from the fire was worth at least PhP20 million. No casualty and major injuries were reported during the incident.

With major celebrations this week, it is expected to be hectic in Boracay. Promotional events from hotels and restaurants for Valentine’s Day on Wednesday can be anticipated. The date also coincides with Ash Wednesday which is a special tradition for Roman Catholics. More so, tourists are expected to flock to the island for the Chinese New Year which falls on a Friday, setting off a long weekend vacation. The festivity is considered as the biggest crowd-drawer of Boracay.


Heavy traffic



Valentine’s Day Boracay

Long lines at the port can be expected this week.

Image: Writer


A heavy flow of traffic especially in the major streets of Boracay will be expected with the influx of tourists this week. Long lines of passengers can also be anticipated at Cagban and Caticlan Jetty Ports. Aside from the increase in tourist arrivals, construction work for the Boracay drainage system also contributes to the traffic. Workers are speeding up the construction of the project to reach the 2020 target. The drainage system is eyed as a solution to the flooding problem in the island.


Chori burger snack



Valentine’s Day Boracay

Chori burger comes with a sweet and spicy sauce.

Image: Mark Ramas Ramirez


Chori burger, made of slices of grilled chorizo in a bun, is a popular street food and light snack in Boracay. A sweet and spicy sauce is usually added to the burger. It can be found in several food stalls along the beachfront starting in the afternoon until the evening. It is usually sold at PhP45. Bigger restaurants in the island have also made their own version of the famous snack.


ATV ride



Valentine’s Day Boracay

Riders conquer rugged terrains with their ATVs.

Image: Edmarie Silvestre


Locals and tourists who want to experience an outdoor adventure can ride an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). This can be done on Mt. Luho or near Ilig-Iligan Beach in Barangay Yapak. A practice drive on how to operate the vehicle is done before each activity. ATV riding can be done at the main roads in the northern part of the island. Guest can also have a short stopover at the Mt. Luho viewpoint to enjoy a panoramic view of Boracay. ATV rental costs PhP1,000 per hour.


Fashion accessories



Valentine’s Day Boracay

A fashion accessory from Boracay is a popular souvenir.

Image: Marilen Dionisio Valente


Fashion accessories such as bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and anklets are favorite souvenirs from Boracay. Most of these accessories can be customized with names of people. Some accessories are made of wood and plastic. Others are made of puka shells taken from Puka Beach. These accessories can be bought from local vendors at the beachfront and other shopping centers in the island. Accessories are sold as low as PhP20 per piece.


Music fest and card-making worksop



Valentine’s Day Boracay

Rockeoke, the Valentine’s Day event of Station X

Image: Station X Boracay


Diners can expect different events from restaurants and bars in Boracay this Valentine’s Day. One of this is the Rockeoke event of Station X at Hue Hotels and Resorts Boracay featuring local band Sandbox. During the event, guests who will sing a song on stage can also get a free Jack’s Date cocktail from Prisma Bar. The first 30 customers to attend the event will also get free drinks. From 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, a Valentine’s Day card-making workshop for kids will also be held at Station X.


Less crowded beaches in Boracay



Valentine’s Day Boracay

Puka Beach, one of the less crowded beaches in the island

Image: Writer


White Beach is expected to be packed with people because of the Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year celebrations. Travelers can choose to go to less crowded beaches like Puka Beach and Ilig-iligan Beach. Both beaches are located at the northern part of the island. Puka is known for its sand made of puka shells while Ilig-Iligan is a popular spot for snorkeling and swimming. Travelers can charter a tricycle to the area for PhP150.


Resort razed by fire



Valentine’s Day Boracay

Aftermath of fire at Nami Resort

Image: Boracay Informer


Nami Resort Boracay, a high-end property in Barangay Balabag, remains closed after a major fire which happened last January 31. The fire lasted for almost three hours. The Bureau of Fire Protection-Boracay estimates that damage to the property from the fire was worth at least PhP20 million. No casualty and major injuries were reported during the incident.

author

Karen writes to earn a living, tell stories and promote her advocacies. She’s a traveler and a volunteer. Her adventurous soul makes her more comfortable to sleep on the couch of a stranger than pay bucks for accommodation. Her ultimate dream is to travel the world, master a foreign language and learn how to swim. To keep her sanity while chasing her dreams, she chases waterfalls on weekends.

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