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    ^good to "see" you again, callippo. Are you back in PI or still trotting around?

    Re: du30 & Boracay, yeah, Boracay needs to be cleaned up. Last year, it was flooded before Xmas due to rains from typhoon Urduja (or was it Vinta) - saw pics in the news. It's a small island and it's been overdeveloped. There was a study by De La Salle Uni some years ago that they found fecal coliforms in Bora waters. Seems the problem hasn't been addressed properly. When I visited there in 2015, there were still lots of construction for new hotels & guesthouses.

    Edit: Bora still draws in tourists. Last Xmas season, I rode the 2go ferry (Batangas-Caticlan) to go to the province. Lots of ppl on the ferry were off to Boracay for some holidays.
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    Thanks Katie. Having never visited the Philippines I had Boracai on my list. A recommendation of a nice place with decent beach and water would be good.

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    ^Lots of beaches in PI, depends on where you want to go. If you can spare the 2nd flight from Manila or Clark, then you can try Palawan (Graceless Fawn has a thread). You could also try Dumaguete City, lots of resorts & accdg to a colleague, lots of (white) foreigners lately. Bohol & Panglaw island are possibilities, or you could try Cebu City & from there, take a day trip to Oslob to see the whales.

    If you want an island but not fly from Luzon, you could try Puerto Galera. I have a thread abt it but the pics are gone - I might reload pics in future, when I've more time. The Batangas coast is also good. If you want north, you can try the beaches (& b*tches) in Subic. Or still further north, Pagudpod beach - but no b*tches there. Cheers.

    Btw, when I went to Bora, it was Sept, so off season. The waters were okay, no stink nor algae, but it sometimes rained in the afternoon. Our room was ~1k pesos (~20 usd). Double that price during high season (March-June & Xmas).

    For all its faults, re: all the beaches I've been to, Boracay sand is still the finest. (Crocman said the same). Sand in Calaguas island (eastern part of PI) is a close second.

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    As you know Katie the Dragonlady and I have been to Boracay many times over the years, unfortunately the last couple of times were not as enjoyable. The water quality has been steadily getting worse. I know a lot has been spent on upgrading the sewerage system but when most hotels aren't connected it makes it a waste of time. Even Puka Beach, which I believe is comparable to any in the world, has now been ruined. It has recently been opened up for vendors which means the beach is now lined with souvenir shops and a brand new resort.

    I dont know know what the answer is but I do know Boracays success is killing it.
    You're fat,Ill fro you in the river

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    @croc - I think you mentioned before that you visited Bora during Holy Week? Then that would be super peak season during summer, and yeah, the sewers would be clogged too. I went there during off season, so not much sewer problem. But yes, there IS a big sewer problem in Boracay, as evidenced by the flooding pre-xmas last year. According to experts, that amount of rainfall in Bora should've been manageable, but it wasn't. So many establishments now, big & small. Most of the big businesses there aren't owned by locals from Boracay, but from neighboring provinces, because Bora is where the money is. The spa where I had a massage is owned by a woman from Bulacan. Most of the massage ladies were from Luzon too. Even the resort my group stayed at is owned by a Japanese consortium.

    Sigh...I agree with most of what you've said. Success is killing the island.

    Actually, I have no great desire to return to Boracay. I prefer Puerto Galera - it's quieter, cheaper and not as commercial. Nearer too, so that's another plus.

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    I've never been to Boracay and probably never will.

    There are so many less crowded and commercialised beaches around the Philippines.

    I guess its just like Australia, all the tourists go to Bondi to swim with the turds but never get to see far more beautiful beaches.

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    ^I went in 1991. It was unspoiled, only had power a few hours in the evening, and was great. Now, after living here for over two decades, I've never had the urge to return. At this point, it's like swimming in Pattaya.

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    For our flipper folk. What is the talk on the street regarding Dutrete?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    For our flipper folk. What is the talk on the street regarding Dutrete?
    Seems to be doing fine. Hasn't done/said anything really outrageous in a while. Still popular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Seems to be doing fine. Hasn't done/said anything really outrageous in a while. Still popular.
    Figured as much. Rather hear from folks like you who live there than the "media" who are prone to sensationalism.

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    Spoke a bit too soon, before yesterday's "shoot them in the vagina" comment.

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    Seems like he could bugger the Pope on the front steps of the San Agustin Church and the majority of the Flips I speak to would still support him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TizMe View Post
    Seems like he could bugger the Pope on the front steps of the San Agustin Church and the majority of the Flips I speak to would still support him.

    Quite right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    ^I went in 1991. It was unspoiled, only had power a few hours in the evening, and was great. Now, after living here for over two decades, I've never had the urge to return. At this point, it's like swimming in Pattaya.
    Its not quiet as bad as Patters Davis, but it will get there in a few years if the gov't doesn't intervene.

    I'm still hoping for the best. All it needs is a new leadership/politician with a conscience, half a brain, who cannot be bribed and who is not afraid to implement the rules and regulations.

    Believe it or not, as dirty as PI politics is, there are still a few good eggs left out there.......
    I am so unlucky that if I fall into a barrel full of D*ick**s, I'd come out sucking my own thumb!

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    ^yes, there are a few good eggs, GF. The problem is, the good eggs tend to die young, often in "mysterious" circumstances.

    Take the case of former Sec. Robredo, the current VP Leno Robredo's late husband. He went on a trip to the province. On the way back to Manila, his helicopter crashed. Pilot & passengers dead. There was a rumor that he was about to make an expose upon his return. Result, dead cabinet secretary, no expose.... Sigh...

    Re: Du30, most of my colleagues don't like him & didn't vote for him. But then, they're educated and not part of the masses.

    To be fair, there have been some good changes brought about by the Du30 admin. I've some friends who visited Davao city recently. They said it was very clean & orderly. But then, it's also because ppl are too scared to do crimes, bcos they might get killed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    The problem is, the good eggs tend to die young, often in "mysterious" circumstances
    Not much has changed since I first set foot in your fine country 50+ years ago.

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