Boracay is ‘Best Beach in Asia’

First published in The Philippine Online Chronicles, February 06, 2012, Monday

What are a few hours in the worst airport in the world if you get to visit the best beach in Asia?

In an interview with the state-run radio station DzRB, Deputy Presidential Spokeperson Abigail Valte on Sunday said that Boracay was hailed as “Best Beach in Asia” by travel magazine TripAdvisor.

“In (the) furtherance of our (tourism) campaign through the ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines’ (program), just to share some good news with you, the travel website TripAdvisor has ranked Boracay as the number one beach destination in Asia and second in the world,” Valte was quoted saying in a GMA News article.

The list, which was published in 2011, was based on reviews submitted by travelers on the website. According to the site, “Boracay is small enough to navigate by rented bicycle or motorbike.” Despite this size, however, the magazine outlined several excellent beaches in the island that boast white shells, picture-perfect sunsets and secluded spots which are perfect for honeymooners.

Aside from Boracay, Valte also mentioned that the CNN travel news website ranked Siargao eighth in its top 50 surfing destinations in the world.