From The Ed­i­tor Is­land Fever

Good Housekeeping (Philippines) - - News - Tisha Al­varez Ed­i­tor in Chief face­­house­keep­

The first Time i went To Bo­ra­cay was in the early ’90s. Back then, you had to take a boat from the pop­u­lar (per­haps only) re­sort to the vir­tu­ally un­touched beaches with their famed pow­dery white sand. As I sat on the beach, there was noth­ing but clear wa­ter in front of me, and a smat­ter­ing of thatched huts be­hind me. This was pre-in­ter­net, pre-mo­bile phone even, and all you could do was re­lax on the sand or take a dip in the wa­ter and en­joy the quiet. The other kids and I would gig­gle, see­ing the oc­ca­sional for­eigner sun­bathing to­p­less—there was barely any­one else around.

I’ve been to Bo­ra­cay many more times since then, and the is­land has changed so much: There are so many restau­rants (a lot of which are from Manila), ho­tels, even an amuse­ment park ride. You can’t get away from the traf­fic—tri­cy­cles of­ten find them­selves in a jam on the main road. And while I ap­pre­ci­ate the con­ve­nience and wide ar­ray of ac­com­mo­da­tions and cuisines to choose from, I re­ally miss old Bo­ra­cay.

Be­ing in Coron, Palawan gave me a taste of the Bo­ra­cay of my youth. Many of the scenic spots in the Philip­pines have so many tourists, but we sched­uled our shoots for this is­sue so that we would avoid the crowds. We ar­rived at Kayan­gan Lake bright and early, leav­ing just as the throngs started to ar­rive. Then we headed to tiny Kalachuchi Beach (also known as Bu­lun­gan Beach), which we had all to our­selves. We had lunch in a thatched hut, not un­like those from Bo­ra­cay of 25 years ago, then had a leisurely shoot. The sig­nal was strong so we couldn’t help In­sta­gram­ming, but the day trip re­minded me of what it was like to just es­cape. (Never mind that it was for work!)

In this is­sue, we fea­ture a num­ber of scenic spots in Coron (page 81)—but keep in mind that you don’t have to go see them all. Some­times we want to make the most out of our trips and cram as many sights into our itin­er­ary as pos­si­ble. But a cou­ple of choice spots where you’re able to truly un­wind can be much more price­less. And maybe 25 years from now, your kids will also look back fondly at that time they spent a day on a pris­tine beach, do­ing noth­ing.

Cover model Danda putting a starfish back into the wa­ter at Kalachuchi Beach.

Our tour guide from Calami­anes Ex­pe­di­tions and Eco­tours took great pho­tos! (That’s art di­rec­tor, Theo, pos­ing.)

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