Goodbye, Boracay ... for now

As the island paradise of Boracay shuts down for a six-month cleanup starting April 26, The Straits Times finds out how its residents and businesses are bracing themselves for the lean days ahead

BORACAY • In all the years she has lived on Boracay, Ms Rebecca Baco has not seen days as bleak as those she is seeing now.

"It's the worst I've seen yet. It's like a super-typhoon hit us," said Ms Baco, 21, who makes a living selling grilled food along what used to be a busy strip on White Beach.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 25, 2018, with the headline 'Goodbye, Boracay ... for now'. Print Edition | Subscribe