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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Atis of Boracay

Boracay for some people is a dream destination during summer. But for this woman and her grandchild, the white sand beach of the island is her worst nightmare.

The indigenous peoples of Boracay island called Atis are still facing threats of being kicked out of their places of birth. Before the lowlanders settled in, they say their ancestors were already there roaming the island, enjoying the pristine beauty of what they knew then as paradise.

They were all living quietly until Boracay was put on the world’s best beach resorts map. Now, they just sit there at the back of the island. Some have jobs in a few resorts as utility and construction workers. But most of them eke out a living as ambulant vendors, some even as beggars.

If only the local government of Malay, Aklan can come up with a program on how Atis can co-exist with resort owners, property developers and beach bums, Boracay may remain relevant to me every summer. These indigenous peoples can become productive residents of the island and can be employed by resort and hotel owners. I just hope they won’t be exploited. Posted by Picasa

5 Comments:

Anonymous mong said...

very relevant entry. iba kasi ang reports about boracay: panay kasiyahan, white sand, sewage problems. buti naman na-highlight ang kalagayan ng mga Atis.

5:04 PM

 
Anonymous Normandy said...

Ayan aids, kabaligtaran naman ito ng puro bad news daw sa telebisyon.

12:12 PM

 
Blogger Adrian Ayalin said...

Oo nga mong, kawawa ang mga ati na ito, ang yayaman ng tao sa boracay pero sila mahihirap. PEro teka normandy, anong "kabaligtaran ng puro bad news"? E bad news nga ito, baka maakusahan ako ng mga nag-migrate na sa ibang bansa na puro bad news lang ibinabalita ko. Mas maganda siguro kung yung mga pupunta ng boracay na mga balikbayan at me maitulong din sa mga indigenous peoples. Pero saludo ako dun sa mga resort na nage-employ ng mga ati.

2:25 PM

 
Anonymous Frenz Fries said...

balak ko nun for my com research nung nasa college pa ako gumawa ng research paper on atis sa boracay. kaso sabi ng frend ko kelangan ko pa ata bigyan ng pera or anything yung mga respondents so di ko na lang tinuloy. la pa naman kasi ako pera nun. hehe. im from kalibo by the way and yes konti na lang mga ita sa island. sad nga e. abay kung tutuusin baka pwede silang makipaglaban under ipra. but under current circumstances ewan ko lang.

3:11 PM

 
Anonymous Boracay Hotels said...

What is on this photos???


Tanya Gemarin

3:11 PM

 

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