Friday, May 14, 2010

puka beach boracay with the atis

it was approaching noon time, the extreme heat of the sun did not stop us from a walk down to one of the most relaxing spot in Boracay, the beautiful Puka beach. away from the often crowded white beach of the island.a view of the beach still shows a bit of how Boracay island looked years back but now with few cottages, nipa shelters, and a backdrop of the beach with sparkling clear waters. just few minutes, we were introduced to the Atis who then shared their stories of what Boracay was more than 30years ago. a time when they freely occupied the entire island. shifting from one beach shore to another depending on the season and abundance of the natural resources.not anymore. as the island's first occupants are now facing a challenge they did not foresee. from the first visitors who soon built a simple resort and was followed by more, coming from other countries.it was somehow late when they realized that what they once possess is now a haven for beach bums, and tourists of sorts. but still with hope, they continue to hold on and believe that they will still have that piece of land that they deserve.this story is a concrete proof that a land unplanned leads to a conflict of development and preservation. in contrast, i believe development and preservation can exist together with proper land management and strong policies of supporting the natives and locals of an island.with help coming from charitable institutions, volunteers, fund raising organizations and resorts willing to help, this problem will be solved. making of shell crafts has helped some of the locals to earn a living and with the idea of having at least one Ati employed for each resort, i believe is not a bad idea.after our session with the natives, we had our chance to work on some of the puka shells given to us. but with not much time and with the idea of supporting them, many decided to buy their crafts instead. a beach area like this can best be matched with a really good food from Cafe Vista. served for lunch includes one whole grilled Tuna, sea clams, bits of meat and a set of sliced mangoes. but what i liked most was the idea of using a cut bamboo tube as a cup for the iced drinks. it adds the feel of being in a tropical island beach.Alta Vista de Boracay is currently managing this part of Puka beach gaining semi-exclusivity. that makes this part of the island my favorite. while a public Puka beach area is still open for the public. you can reach the public Puka beach from around the island by renting a tricycle going North of the island.

39 comments:

I am Xprosaic said...

This is nice... despite of modern infrastructures/development in the island... at least may natitira pa ring authentic of what the island was...

gillboard said...

you should feature bellarocca...

sa marinduque..

Abou said...

pumuntao ka pala dito sa isla, sana nagkita tau

hehe

docgelo said...

Ok, fine; it has been almost 7 months since my family and i enjoyed boracay and i am terribly missing the island, the food, the beach, the sand, the water, the people now because of this post.

Photo Cache said...

alam mo kung anong masarap inumin sa bamboo cups na ganyan? Sake!

chyng said...

the island should be preserved. nawawala yung beauty ng boracay eh.

but anyway, boracay is boracay. ♥

buhayprinsesa said...

yeah naalala ko the first time I went to boracay was year 2001 and yung mga resorts puro nipa huts pa lang and regency lang yata yung hotel pa nun, madame pa talagang ati na nagstay sa island makikita mo sila kung san san. when I went back year 2005 ibang iba na ang boracay, hopefully ma preserved pa rin in the next coming years

SandyCarlson said...

It's too bad this paradise has become a commercial haven. Beautiful images. I wish we could learn....

Reena said...

ang ganda ng puka beach. plus the shellcrafts. sana nga they preserve the island. lagi nasa huli tlga ang pagsisisi. but as long as there are people seeking to preserve the island, then there is hope we get back its old glory. i hope the atis find jobs too. :)

ann said...

wow, i wish i could go to boracay... ganda ng pics sir dom

Pietro said...

What a fantastic beach, the colors are so bright there.

luna miranda said...

it's sad that with the developments in Boracay, the Atis, the original settlers, are still poor. Boracay is state-owned, so taxes from businesses should benefit the Atis, not the pockets of local politicians.

the food makes me hungry--especially the oysters!

Heart of Rachel said...

It's sad that the Atis are forced in that position. I hope they can firmly hold what is theirs. It is their right after all.

witsandnuts said...

It really depends on proper planning and adequacy of policies. The local government has a lot to do. The Puka Beach you featured seems a lot more urbanized now compared to my last visit in 2007.

sheng said...

Well, need i say more, you know how much i adore puka and its sunset! I miss Boracay!

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Given the way things are in Boracay right now with all that big resort/real estate projects in an already congested island, sustainable development seems more of an uphill battle.

alicesg said...

This is so beautiful. Love the lovely clean beach. The chokers looked so beautiful.

Radka said...

On the blog you have amazing photos. I like to photograph his son Matěj. Have a nice day Radka.

dylan dimaubusan said...

Wala akong makitang ganyang sceneries dito! At yan ang namimiss ko lalo na ang mangga!!!

pusang kalye said...

me ganun na PUKA beach---yung parang kubo with bed for massage under. good idea, pero sana wag maging crowded masyado kasi that's what people like about PUKA beach....less crowded, less commercialized.

---ay---me part na managed ng ALTA VISTA? san banda?

BlogusVox said...

Yan ang kalagayan ng mga ati sa amin, donG. If we based it thru history, they own Boracay. Sadly, people in power or with government connection took advantage of their "kamangmangan".

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...

nice post. and i agree with the idea of having at least one Ati employed for each resort.

Joy said...

Thank you so much for this post. You have inspired me again to visit Boracay. The last time I was there, I was really disappointed because they were turning it into something like Ibiza, or Miami Beach - both of which I don't really care for. You must give me the details on how to get there!

Joy
Norwich Daily Photo

dodong flores said...

Nice photos of Boracay as always.

Poor Atis. I hope their plight could reach to the right politician...

Ferdz said...

I've read about the Atis and saddened that the they have been misplaced due to the island's development. But it's a great idea to employ them as well and support their products :D

Constant na ba yung mga tables na yun sa Puka Beach or for the event lang? :D

Technology and Informations said...

may be the latest breakthrough is to improve Infrastructure that even better, because this is a good place to be on the increase again facilities.

healthy live said...

This all is beautiful and pretty, as this was an international beach quality.

Finance Business Corner said...

a beautiful beach should we go to, because this is heaven on earth

Insurance Quotes said...

beautiful beach with a very comfortable atmosphere, this place we should visit soon.

Travel vacation said...

a natural beauty that we must guard and preserve us, or also where should we go with our families.

Technology said...

thanks for the info you provide, maybe I'll try to find many more will know this place and visited this place as well,

bobby said...

indeed a good and beautiful place for our family vacation. thanks for your info.

financing said...

thanks for your info.

nuts said...

with traveler like you, there is still a big hope to preserve the island.. ang ganda ng mga shots mo talaga.. thanks for this very informative post.

princess_dyanie said...

yay puka beach! na encourage ako mag island hopping dahil jan kasi jan nag shoot ng movie si aga dati haha

Lux Lady... said...

Amazing photos!

Hilda said...

Puka Beach looks so much nicer and quieter than the more tourist-y and "party central" areas of Boracay. You know me, I hate crowds so this would be much more to our liking.

Hello from Quebec! :)
After a week of walking around Toronto and Quebec, our feet are about ready to give up on us, so we decided to end today at 7pm.

Boracay Hotels said...

Wow lovely photos. Boracay is the best place for relaxing. How is your vacation? is it great?



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Cagayan de Oro philippines said...

Puka shells I love! Our pastor had a puka shell business before.http://www.cdokay.com/

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