Every May 1st, Boracay gets wrecked by tourists who flock to the beach paradise to celebrate Labor Day. While famous enough to have its own name ‘Laboracay’, these non-stop parties are notorious for their damaging environmental effects to the island.
The amount of garbage left behind is so problematic, Boracay’s rehabilitation group even organized a weeklong awareness campaign leading up to the infamous date in 2019. But with the current lockdown, Boracay has been given the chance to return to the gorgeous haven that it once was.
But while tourist destinations such as Boracay may have benefited from lockdowns from an environmental perspective, the same cannot be said for the businesses in these locations. In La Union, the usual bustling surf towns such as San Juan are left with little to no income, with the president of the La Union Surf Club calling it the ‘worst crisis in the surfing industry’.
It seems with COVID-19, the situation has been reversed: Nature is flourishing, while people are suffering. And since this pandemic is unlikely to end anytime soon, Filipinos will just have to deal with the new status quo in the meantime.
Photos: Discovery Shores Boracay