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Boracay Island

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The world-famous white sand beach of Boracay island in the Philippines.

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A: White Beach on Station 1, Boracay, Philippines

Af Evgeny Efimov, 220 meter væk

White Beach on Station 1, Boracay, Philippines

B: Crossroads on Boracay island, Philippines

Af Evgeny Efimov, 250 meter væk

Crossroads on Boracay island, Philippines

C: Cafe del Mar

Af Willy Kaemena, 360 meter væk

Boracay Island - White Beach

Cafe del Mar

D: Boracay

Af Kharg Nerpio, 380 meter væk

Boracay Sunset

Boracay

E: Sunset

Af Willy Kaemena, 480 meter væk

Sunset at white beach on Boracay island / Philippines

Sunset

F: Commercial Area

Af Willy Kaemena, 510 meter væk

Not far from White Beach right in the middle of the island, is the commercial area of Boracay. During...

Commercial Area

G: Boracay

Af Kharg Nerpio, 520 meter væk

Boracay

Boracay

H: After Sunset

Af Willy Kaemena, 550 meter væk

Boracay White Beach.  After sunset the beach transforms in a 4km barbeque.  Philippines Feb. 2009

After Sunset

I: Kitesurfers on Boracay island, Philippines

Af Evgeny Efimov, 680 meter væk

Kitesurfers on Boracay island, Philippines

J: Boracay Island Philippines

Af Glen Claydon, 680 meter væk

This was taken just at the end of the summer season. There was a big typhoon that passed a few days e...

Boracay Island Philippines

Dette panorama blev taget i Philippines

Dette er et overblik over Philippines

The Philippines are an archipelago of more than seven thousand islands off the southeast coast of Asia. Only half of these islands have been named and roughly one thousand are inhabited. Look at how beautiful they are! People first arrived here from the mainland around 25,000 B.C. by crossing a land bridge which existed at the time.

The name comes from Ferdinand Magellan of Portugal, who explored the Philippines in 1521. He claimed them in service of Spain, naming them after Prince Philip. Spain controlled the Philippines for the next 350 years until the Philippine Revolution of 1896.

Here's a picture of Fort Santiago, where the national hero Jose Rizal was imprisoned prior to his execution. He was a poet and novelist who supported peaceful reform, rather than violent revolution, against the Spanish government.

This is one of poems in which he describes the creation of the world, as a gift to his mother:

"Say they that tell of the world, the first dawn of the sun, the first kiss that his bosom inflamed, when thousands of beings surged out of nothing, and peopled the depths, and to the heights mounted, to wherever his fecund kiss was implanted"

Violent revolution broke out anyway and the Philippines changed hands from Spanish, to American, to Japanese control over the next fifty years. Following World War Two they finally became an independent republic.

Back to the beautiful ocean! You can dream about the Cafe Del Mar resort next time you find your screen saver kicking in when you're still sitting at the desk staring blankly. There's a series of DJ mixes with this title but I don't know if it refers to the same place. I would not be surprised.

Annnnd to really get you buying your plane tickets...

the sunset over Borocay White Beach!

Text by Steve Smith.

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