Boracay is an island of the Philippines located approximately 196 mi south of Manila and 1.2 mi off the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines.
In the late 1800s the island was “discovered” by Sofia Gonzales Tirol. She and her husband Lamberto Hontiveros Tirol, a town judge on nearby Panay island, took ownership of substantial properties and began to clear and develop the island. Boracay was originally home to the Ati tribe. Boracay is part of Aklan Province, which became an independent province on April 25, 1956.
Boracay Island was relatively unknown until tourism began to develop in the 1970s, after the movie Too Late the Hero was filmed on locations in Boracay and Caticlan. In the 1980s, the island became popular as a budget destination for backpackers, an by the 21st century, had grown to become one of the major tourist destinations in the Philippines.
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