A paradise lost
Boracay in the summer of 1979: only one tourist on the beach, only one bangka in the water, fully grown coconut trees along the whole length of the beach, two negrito boys taking a walk, no construction of any sort along the beach.
Our "resort" in Boracay, simply called Aguirre's Place, located in the grounds of what is now Bans Beach Resort. The rooms cost P7 per night in 1979.
The trail from the North end to the South end of the beach: coconut trees as far as the eye could see.
The beach in front of Aguirre's Place.
The sunset seen through the coconut trees from the lanai of Aguirre's Place.
Aguirre's Place caretaker Mang Ome Bautista and his family, now the owners of Bans Beach Resort.