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It was late in the afternoon and close to 6:00pm in Boracay. I was fondly sipping my newly-purchased mango smoothie from one of the beach front restaurants when I became a witness to a tradition in the island -- sunset-watching.
Viewing the sunset in Boracay is best done in the long beach's Station 1 area. Doing so anywhere on the beach front would be as thrilling, but the best spot is where the crowd is. And there must be a reason.
The Famous Sunset
On the first day of my 3-day Boracay vacation, I was fortunate to see what the fuss was about. I've already seen a lot of beautiful sunsets in the Philippines, but there was nothing to prepare me for the visual spectacle that happens in Boracay just a few hours before dawn sets in.
As I stepped out of the beach front restaurant with smoothie in tow, a lot of vacationers were already walking from as far away as Station 2 in what seemed like a sunset pilgrimage. The tropical beach happening felt religious. It was a social media moment for most with them taking snap shots of the beautifully-painted sky. For some, it was intimate. Whether alone or with company, standing at the beach as the sun was disappearing from the skyline was heartfelt for them. The sky was glimmering with interesting blue, red, and yellow hues that the sea reflected.
The sunset watchers were an eclectic bunch. There were locals who seemed to not get enough of the pre-dinner jostle. The viewing tourists were either from neighboring provinces or from South Korea (at least during the time I was there). There were other foreigners but I couldn't tell where they were from unless they talked.
One group of foreign tourists was obviously from the Mediterranean region because the males were wearing fancy costumes that looked from that part of the world. They were next to a line of females clad in bridesmaid dresses. Realizing such details, I felt giddy that I was also witnessing a wedding ceremony by the beach.
The remarkable Boracay sunset gave me the privilege to see nature from that vantage point. I could just imagine the abundance of years and decades that natives of the Ati or the Negrito enjoyed living as original settlers of the island. Way back when, I believe it was as pure.
The landscape of Boracay had changed from the time of the Ati, but the beautiful sunset won't. I hope it stays that way.
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