Rappler screenshot from video by Alecs Ongcal
AKLAN, Philippines – The shores of top tourist destination Boracay will reopen on Friday, October 26, exactly 6 months after the island was closed for rehabilitation.
An aerial view shows Boracay's spotless white shores, without a tinge of the green algae which had crept up over the years. (WATCH: How green can Boracay get?)
It also shows the visibly overdeveloped island, with buildings constructed close to each other.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had ordered the 6-month shutdown of the island, citing the need to address its environmental problems.
While Boracay is set to be reopened on Friday, construction works are still ongoing left and right – with the government and establishments racing against time to fix what they can. – video by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler.com