San Vicente, Palawan Brings Back Memories of the Old Boracay

by Anj Santos

Above: A nostalgic photo of Boracay from Boracay Magazine.

Boracay is the first island to put our country on the tourist map. It became popular among backpackers in the 80s; by the 90s, its beaches were being acclaimed as one of the best in the world.

But much has changed since then. The surge of tourists and explosive business growth has led to the islandโ€™s over commercialization and considerable damage of its once teeming marine life. With its-authenticity seemingly lost, tourists have been hard-pressed to find what they once sought in Boracay โ€“ postcard-perfect stretches of sand, beautiful sunsets and crystal blue waters, far away from the madding crowd.

Enter San Vicente, Palawan. A small fishing village northwest of Palawanโ€™s mainland, it is now gaining recognition as a center of tourism. Endowed with white Continue reading San Vicente, Palawan Brings Back Memories of the Old Boracay

10 Unspoiled Beaches Around the Philippines

by Anj Santos

It wasย no surprise when Conde Nast Traveler named Palawan โ€œThe Worldโ€™s Best Islandโ€ for the second straight year in 2015. Cebu and Boracay were also on the list at No. 19 and 15, respectively. Home to dozens of beaches with blinding-white sand, crystal clear waters, and healthy marine life, this trifecta is an island-hopperโ€™s dream.

While they remain top-of-mind for the average traveler, there are other beaches in the Philippinesโ€™ 7,107 islands that have yet to be placed on the international scene. If youโ€™re after smaller crowds and untouched nature, and ready for some roughing-it, try going to these unspoiled beaches:

1. MAHABANG BUHANGIN BEACH, Calaguas, Camarines Norte
As its name suggests, this beach is a long stretch of sand and clear waters located in Tinaga Island, a part of the Calaguas Group of Islands in Camarines Norte. Continue reading 10 Unspoiled Beaches Around the Philippines