Los Angeles Times writer calls Boracay 'disappointing'

 
 
After American thriller writer Dan Brown depicted Manila as the “gates of hell,” the Los Angeles Times on Sunday published a scathing article on another Philippine jewel: Boracay.
 
 
The article, with the title “Trouble in party paradise: Boracay Island in Philippines,” was written by Catharine Hamm, who visited the island last year. The subhead: “Crowding and overdevelopment make for a disappointing visit to Boracay Island, Philippines.”

She wrote: “Can Travel & Leisure be wrong? That's the magazine that crowned Boracay the best island in the world. After my visit last year to this island 250 miles southeast of Manila, I decided that, yes, they could be wrong. Or misguided. Or I could be. I'm guessing that the visitors/voters aren't Californians on the far edge of middle age who fancy themselves beach connoisseurs. Maybe they don't suffer guilt about the poverty or the damage to the environment. Maybe they were smart enough not to come at the height of habagat, typhoon season."

Although Hamm praised Boracay’s sand (with the qualifier “once they were cleaned each morning”) and the “bathtub-warm waters" and found the people “quite wonderful,” she also warned her readers about the roads, “which were like pot-holed obstacle courses,” the “badly damaged” coral, the hawks and Philippine eagles on Crystal Cove that looked “bedraggled” and, most especially, the “parade of people” from tourists to merchants selling jewelry and massage services.
 
She added: “It was all a bit overwhelming. And sad. Children were begging, the occasional mom with a baby and another child with hand outstretched.”
 
Boracay's White Beach topped the award's "Top 25 beaches in Asia" list, beating counterparts in India, Thailand, Cambodia, and other parts of the region.

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