check this out: in the new york times' annual list of places to go, which appeared in monday's online edition, boracay was listed as number 26:
The next Phuket? The island jewel of Boracay — known for its emerald water, white sand beaches and glassy lagoons — may be just that. Less than an hour from Manila by plane, this small, four-mile-long island has long been a destination for wealthy Filipinos. Now, a new breed of South Beach-style hotels is broadening the island's appeal. The Tides, a chic boutique hotel, has quickly become the pool-and-party spot for the Philippine jet set. And later this year, a Shangri-La hotel opens with 219 rooms and villas and a 61,000-square-foot spa on a private bay.
to be part of this list is an honor as readers from all over the world anticipate it. it's great free international publicity from a respected source for the country, for boracay, for the tides, and shangri-la (which btw is set to open first quarter this year, not "later this year"). but the people in charge should really do something about the ugly airport in caticlan, not to mention the airlines that fly there!
(plane photo credit: flightglobal.com