Apr 26, 2018

Today marks the first day of Boracay’s six month closure (although some news reports have come out stating that it could be reduced to four.)

As we wait with uncertainty on how the island’s rehabilitation will unfold, we can’t help but wonder what went down on its final day of operation. As you’d imagine, it was quite bittersweet.

 

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Photo from Inquirer.net

A number of restaurants, shops, and hotels had already suspended operations prior to the closure. The establishments that did remain open, however, made the most given the circumstances.

 

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Photo from Rappler.

Restaurants that continued operation until Apr. 25 offered discounts from up to 50 percent—just to use up the remaining stock they had left, and many items on the menu were no longer available.

 

 

Similarly, a number of vendors and shop owners at D’Mall were selling their wares at discounted prices.

Some hotels and resorts also offered discounts on accommodations, even giving their guests free room upgrades.

 

 

While others held boodle fights for their staff.

 

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Photo from ABS-CBN.

And of course, no day at the notorious party island would be complete without some nightlife festivities. Many of the remaining tourists (and locals) spent the night at clubs and bars, drinking discounted beer and having one last hurrah before the six month closure.

 

Main image from AFP and @teamgerodiaz on Instagram.

Read more:
Like many Boracay locals, our question is: what now?
The Philippines reacts to Boracay’s shutdown
Other beaches you can check out while Boracay’s closed for 6 months

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