Boracay became one of the Philippines’ top-tourist destination for its pristine white sand beaches, clear turquoise waters, and beautiful sunsets. However, the attact of tourists flocking to the paradise island and the lack of environmental protection from locals over the years have dimmed the sparkling beauty of Boracay.

Recently, the Duterte administration ordered its closure to rehabilitate the island, fix the sewage problems, and address the environmental issues brought upon by both residents and tourists.

Despite countless oppositions against the closure, viral posts and videos have been surfacing all over social media sites proving that the move to close Boracay was a good decision for the island’s welfare.

Unbelievable boracay after 2 months of rest!

Posted by Jeffro Yap on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Without tourists crowding the boardwalk, paraw sail boats docked on the beaches, and music blasting throughout the beachfront, Boracay seemed like an untouched island.

Posted by MannyPiñol on Friday, June 22, 2018

Posted by Philip Familara on Monday, June 25, 2018

Posted by Philip Familara on Monday, June 25, 2018

A recent survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) found that 64 percent of Filipinos now support the island’s closure. If all goes according to the rehabilitation plan, the government believes that Boracay may be reopened by September this year.