Many years ago, in 1996 to be exact, I had the chance to stay in Boracay for 2 weeks. Yes, that was a vacation I will never forget, I was really burned badly.
We stayed at Club Panoly, at that time this was the best temporary address you can have in Boracay. It was indeed a memorable experience. I went with friends, five of us. We enjoyed the virgin white sand beach, verdant, clear blue water in the ocean; free from pollution. It was not a crowded place at that time. On our way to the hotel, I remember seeing golf courses being developed one after the other. That span of two weeks was filled with laughter and good seafood every single day. We even went to the extent of contacting a local fisherman to sell and cook prawns for us. We were getting tired of the hotel food then. Locals were more than willing to climb coconut trees to sell us coconut so we can enjoy fresh coconut juice straight from the tree. There’s one thing I will never forget that happened on this trip. My friends knew I didn’t know how to swim, and they have been constantly prodding me to get swimming lessons, but I never did. One time when we were in the beach, suddenly two of them grabbed my hands and the other two started to get my legs. They wanted me to learn how to float. They gave up, as I was screaming. It was actually the second time they did it, the first time was when we went for a week at the Pearl Farm in Davao, a year before. I never thought they’d attempt to do it again, because I threw a tantrum after they did it the first time. I guess, they just can’t take it that I love to go to the beach yet, I can’t swim. Well, I just want to enjoy the water not necessarily to swim, but just to be in there.
Boracay has gone a long way. It is now highly developed. I never had the chance to go back again. I will forever treasure the look of a virgin Boracay, free from commercialism and the crowd.