Boracay struggles to rise again after Covid-19 lockdown

Boracay reopened to domestic tourists on Oct 1 to revive its stalled economy. But no one is expecting a fairy-tale rebound.
Boracay's picture-perfect beaches are still there, but a sense of profound loss has since enveloped the island.
Boracay's picture-perfect beaches are still there, but a sense of profound loss has since enveloped the island. PHOTO: CRISTINA MENINA FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Boracay's borders were shut in March because of the coronavirus.
Boracay's borders were shut in March because of the coronavirus.PHOTO: CRISTINA MENINA FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

BORACAY, AKLAN - Even before a lethal coronavirus began sweeping across the Philippines in January, the famed island resort of Boracay was already down on its knees.

A massive clean-up ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte in March 2018 forced the island - its powdery white beaches and cerulean waters overrun by garbage and sewage issues - to shut down for six months.

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