Boracay: Preserving What We Have, Restoring What We Lost

ALT-CFT Case Study:
RIVERA, John Paolo R.


It’s the last week of April. People from different areas in the Philippines and the world flock to the island paradise of Boracay to take part in the annual LaBoracay parties. As Caticlan and Kalibo Airports start to get congested, Pia Miraflores, Raffy Cooper, and Al Lumagod of the Boracay Foundation, Inc., are also getting extremely anxious. The unofficial Boracay festivity of LaBoracay – their worst nightmare is on their midst. They would be playing Superman again in cleaning the mess after the parties.

Weeks before the tourists’ much anticipated LaBoracay, Pia and Raffy have already been busy meeting with resort owners regarding the schedule and extent of the parties they would be organizing. By the LaBoracay tradition, parties occur simultaneously attracting thousands of visitors on the white beach all at the same time. Pia and Raffy are thinking of scheduling the parties so that overcrowding can be controlled. They are also foreseeing the garbage that will be generated by the parties, which, by practice, would be attended by the staff of BFI. Although the resorts are also members of BFI, the owners would simply provide variable financial contribution for the cleanup and would leave everything to BFI.

Meanwhile, in Baling Hai Beach, Al has been busy with coral planting and fortifying the existing corals in preparation for expected erosion from all the activities happening on the island. After attending to the corals, Al is expected to help out in the beach cleanup after the parties. Al has been doing beach cleanup ever since he started working in Boracay; however, doing beach cleanup everyday while the parties last is quite tedious.

If only the resort owners would consider the impact of the huge parties they are organizing on the island, then LaBoracay will be seen positively. If only the partygoers would be responsible for their garbage, then, cleaning Boracay can be much easier.


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