AKLAN, Philippines – On the first night it is opened to the public, world-famous Boracay Island was not as lively as it used to be.
On Friday night, October 26, a lyre and drum band came playing around the dimly lit beachfront, to celebrate the reopening of Boracay.
As the drumrolls faded into the background, not much could be heard aside from the music coming from the restaurants' speakers. It was loud, but not loud enough to break one's eardums as it used to.
Officials have also asked establishments to lower down their speakers' volume, as they want to promote a more "peaceful" Boracay.
President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the island shut in April for a major effort to fortify weak infrastructure and crack down on the rampant overdevelopment that had turned it into what he called a "cesspool".