Boracay Island Local Customs

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    Experience Filipino Delicacies!

    by sirenna Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Roasted pig - party time!

    While you are here, you may be asked to try some of the more unusual local specialties. One popular delicacy is Balut - a young duck embryo cooked in its shell. While this is certainly not to everyone's taste, it's worth a try - it's not as bad as it sounds. In fact, it is rumoured to be an aphrodisiac! You can buy it from one if the vendors on the beach in the evening, they usually have bags of peanuts and pork crackling (known as chicharon, served with spicy vinegar - a popular bar snack) for sale too.
    Another thing you may not be familiar with is Lechon - a whole pig roasted on a spit. These are usually eaten at parties (for obvious reasons), and the crispy skin is a popular treat, although I find the meat very fatty.
    You may come across siopao (a sort of white bread bun filled with meat and gravy sauce), which I think is pretty tasty. But be prepared to see a chicken's foot ("adidas") or a strip of intestines on a stick for sale at a barbecue stand.
    And should you see a sign advertising "Soup Number 5" proceed with caution as I am told it contains bulls testicles!
    Be adventurous - have a try, but if you really can't, remember to refuse politely so as not to offend anyone.

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    Ati-Atihan festival in Kalibo

    by sirenna Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a week long traditional festival celebrated on the 3rd week of January in honour of the 'Santa Nino' (holy infant Jesus). Hoards of people dressed in fabulous, flambouyant costumes dance through the streets, faces blackened with soot, and marching musicians play drums and xylaphones.
    The highlight of the festival occurs on the last day, when groups representing different tribes compete. Costumes, including the headdress, are made of abaca fibers, shells, feathers, bamboo, plant leaves, cogon, sugar cane flowers, beads, trinkets and an assortment of pieces of glass, metals and plastics.
    Much drinking and merrymaking goes on in the streets, and you'll be offered drinks on every street corner. Bring your camera, but take good care of it as there is always a risk of theft in a large crowd. Kalibo is an hour and a half away from Boracay, take a bus or taxi from Caticlan.

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    sunset

    by shohman Updated May 13, 2010

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    The sunsets here are among the most beautiful in the world. Much like Key West, all activity here comes to a halt while the sun goes down. The colors are beautiful and the mood will relax even the most stressed mind.

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    Religion

    by shohman Written May 13, 2010

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    The Philippines is the only Asian country that is predominately Christian. The numbers are staggering, something like 90% are Christians and of those, 95% are Catholic. Many are DEEPLY religious, although the younger generations didn't strike me as being as judgmental as some of the older folk (who on more than one occasion, warned me of the dangers of burning in Hell forever)
    As a result, you will often stumble upon religious images in unlikely places, like caves, or on a rock formation on the beach. The Virgin Mary seems especially popular.

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    BORACAY Please, Not "Bora"!

    by sirenna Written May 2, 2009

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    Be a responsible tourist, don't throw trash on the beach, collect sand or otherwise compromise the environment. The island's residents are campaigning to preserve their home - and it's name.

    Boracay is NOT "Bora"!

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    This is the main road.

    by Xdrive Written Oct 22, 2008

    This is the main road from the ferry station to the beach. Narrow and busy, generally, it is safe because the speed is not too high. It took this picture in the tricycle. If you need to transportation ,just stand beside on the street, wave the tricycle to pick up up

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    Eggs With Legs!

    by sirenna Updated Jul 28, 2008

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    Mmm, nice!
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    As seen on Fear Factor!
    No trip to Boracay would be complete without experiencing the 'delicacy' that is Balut - it is a soft boiled egg containing a partially formed duck embryo, usually between 16 - 18 days old.
    Otherwise known as the 'Treat with Feet', Balut were introduced to the Philippines by the Chinese around the year 1800, and are rumoured to be an aphrodisiac. I have eaten them myself, and all I felt afterwards was queazy!
    If you are brave enough to try one, flag down a passing vendor on the beach in the evening and you can buy one for around 12 pesos.
    Eat it with salt, and have a beer (or several) handy to wash it down with! It's best to peel it gradually, not all at once. Should you feel amorous afterwards, be aware that your breath now smells of duck abortion.

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    Cock-Fighting

    by sirenna Updated Jul 28, 2008

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    Wanna see my cock?

    This is one of the Philippines' favourite sports (besides basketball). It is certainly not to everyones taste, and fights can be rather gory. If you particularly wish to see a cockfight, just ask a local; there's an arena near station 2.
    Many local people breed roosters at home, and you'll see (and hear) them almost everywhere on the island.

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    San Miguel Beer

    by sirenna Updated Jul 28, 2008

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    Beer - now there's a temporary solution!
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    San Miguel is the most popular beer in the Philippines - its on sale everywhere. This is not a bad tasting beer considering how cheap it is (usually less than 50 pesos). San Mig Light is also available in most bars - this is actually stronger than regular San Miguel but lower in calories (genius!). Other beers you might come across are San Miguel Super Dry, Blue Ice, Cerveza Negra and Red Horse. Beware of the last one as it produces fierce hangovers!

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    Tribal Music / Jamming

    by sirenna Updated Jul 28, 2008

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    Experience native Filipino tribal music, with bongo drums, rain sticks and native instruments! You can often see tribal music at the Plazoleta, and the Red Pirates Pub , near boat station 3, occasionally have jamming sessions in the evening and on full moon nights - you can even bring an instrument & join in.
    Diango (pictured), has a small shop at the Plazoleta on White Beach, selling drums, leather bags and other hand-made crafts - stop by for a chat to learn more about tribal music and find out where to watch the next show.

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    Honesty by the Local Working People

    by edwinic Written Jul 1, 2007

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    On May 12 2007, around 7.00 pm, I was having dinner with my wife in one of those "Dinner by the Beach" arrangement.

    After downing 2 bottles of beer, we get ourselves ready to retire. We took the beach walk to our hotel. After a minute of walking, the waiter came running after us. Suddenly it flash to my mind that we could have forgotten to pay our bill!

    As he come near, I saw him waving something to me. It was my wallet and it contained 300$ and a few thousand pesos and important documents.

    He handed back the wallet to me and he run back to his position.

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    Honest people

    by zippee Updated Nov 27, 2006

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    This is not really a custom but more of a trait. The people in Boracay are not just friendly, they're more importantly HONEST and helpful. On our last night, we had some drinks and grooved to the house music in Hey Jude. Heavy rain fell at around midnight so we decided to call it a night. The next day, had the morning swim, lunch & as we're about to check out, that's when we found out that my friend's wallet is missing. so we traced everything and asked around but we found nothing. we left contact numbers just in case it was found, & as we're about to board the plane, the staff from Hey Jude texted us that the wallet was found, everything's intact & can be pick up anytime. The staff from Sandcastles went the extra mile by shipping the wallet to Manila for my friend to pick it up.

    That was the most awesome thing about boracay! Much has been said about the place being so beautiful, but we should put more weight on its people, they're genuinely nice. Thanks a bunch, and when we come back we'll still stay in Sandcastles and have a drink in Hey Jude. You guys rock!

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    Refreshing "Buko"

    by bike_packer Updated Sep 29, 2006

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    Gone snorkeling and island hopping around the island, at one snorkeling spot an enterprising local islander paddling in the water on top an old surfboard loaded with more than a dozen young coconuts (locally known as "buko") was making a killing. Tired and a little bit exhausted diving and swimming into the water, snorkelers couldnt help but buy from this i-know-what-you-need-most entrepreneur the young coconuts for that needed recharge.

    We paid P100 for 3 pieces - not bad.

    Trivia: Being a tropical archipelago, Philippines is the 2nd largest producer of coconut and its products in the whole world.

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    Do You Want to Catch Some Lobster?

    by edwinic Written Aug 22, 2006

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    Not all the shores of Boracay are fine sands. A few of them are rocks and crannies where lobsters inhabit. These areas are located opposite the famous 4 kilometer White Beach.

    While traveling by boat to the northern part of the Island, we noticed two locals diving for the lobster. I ask our boat captain to come near and observed the process of catching the lobsters.

    We were able to come close despite the reluctance of the boat captain. It was there where we did some of our snorkeling and skin diving.

    Oh, no, we didnt catch any lobster.

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    Sand Castles

    by bike_packer Written Jun 2, 2006

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    Sancastle Sculpture Artists

    Six feet high sandcastles are built by locals by the White Beach on sunny days. The intricate designs are painstakingly curved and kept intact by continuously spraying water into it otherwise they easily crumble to the drying heat of the sun.

    At night, lamps within the sandcastles are lighted giving that warm glow exposing the contours of the work. Daytime or nightime, tourists would find it irresistible to have a picture-op with the sandcastles at the background. A few peso dropped in a nearby donation box would make everybody happy.

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