Swathed For Your Protection!
All the bottles of drinks you are served are recyclable. Some look in pretty bad shape have even found some that they reused that have big chips out of them on the top ridges! When the drinks are served ,they tightley wrap a napkin around the neck af the bottle. So you can wipe off the dust and rust that is on the top. The tops rust from the cap due to the humidity. It may be wise to bring your own bottle opener as the bottled drinks are not twist caps.
Ati-Atihan festival in Kalibo
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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San Miguel Beer
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
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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Eggs With Legs!
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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- Food and Dining
Experience Filipino Delicacies!
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.
- Food and Dining
- Budget Travel
Ati Atihan - Ibajay - The "Original"
Ati Atihan is more than just a religious fiesta - it´s carnival, Maddi grass, food festival, beauty competition, it`s singing, dancing, drinking, fun and more all together at the same time. Most travelers might know only the Ati Atihan in Kalibo, the biggest and most commercial one. But every third weekend in January there is a smaller and more native one in Ibajay, a small settlement around 45 minutes away from Boracay. The local people from Ibajay call there fiesta the "Original Ati Atihan". If you are on Boracay at this time of the year - than it is a " must " to join this happening.
Buy fresh fish and other seafood
Most guesthouses will allow you to bring your own food and they will cook it any way you want them to for a fee.
This is a great way to save money and eat healthy while you're at the beach because there will be times when you will get tired of wondering where to eat next.
You can either buy your fresh fish, seafood, or other stuff at the market (talipapa) or, if you chance upon the fishermen coming in with their catch early in the morning, you can buy the fish off them, too.
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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.
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.
Show your true colors!
Boracay is a place where the word inhibition doesn't exist. Probably the alcohol, or the isolation, or both. I don't know. I like the place because of the beautiful people. Most of whom are friendly. The place is awesome and is made more endearing by its people. I was looking at my boracay pictures and i thought I had to post this one. I just find this pic funny.=D
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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Honesty by the Local Working People
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.
if you wish to experience local cooked food from adobong baboy, giniling, or fried fish and you are tight on a budget, try eating at the carinderia.
when i arrived boracay it was past 1:00 PM. i was starving, so as i settled in the hotel (i was staying at patio pacific, formerly pink patio), i asked mr. jonah (he works there as the guest relations manager) where can i eat carinderia food. he accompanied me to a small carinderia just a few meters away from patio pacific, at the back of the local telephone company. a rice and adobong baboy and mineral water cost not more than $2. the next night, we had carinderia food at the back of d mall. the place is ok, though you have to wait to be seated as there are only 6 stools and 2 tables. the price again is less than $2 for rice and pork mix or fish or chopsuey. very very cheap...
lastly, fruit shake stalls... are all over the island. choose the one that suits you.
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Do You Want to Catch Some Lobster?
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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