In the past few years, more and more places in the Philippine archipelago are becoming known to many people. These places are becoming available to general tourists as new roads constructed, security and safety to visitors becomes stronger, and most importantly tourists who become accustomed to the old and “usual” places tries to make a different route and site.
It is not uncommon though that some new places are “named” after the old and more known ones. These places are named after their namesake to get more attention and easy marketing. Although some do not even come to the “essence” of their namesake, there are few places that surpass the place it was named after.
Little Boracay in the municipality of Sta. Maria, Davao del Sur province is one place named after the more popular island in western Visayas. Little Boracay is nothing compared to the flux of people, long stretch of stalls and shops, and especially the night life Boracay has to offer.
Traveling the rural road that lead to Little Boracay from the municipal proper of Sta. Maria is a reminder to all those who come to visit that they are going to relax, swim and release the stress of their daily life. That they are not going to watch pageantry, to gaze on bikini and look for personalities who also come and visit. The rural road also reminds how our older generation feel as they bring their children for a family retreat in a beach.
Davao Gulf as viewed in Little Boracay is serene only disturbed by cool breeze and splash of wave. Tourists can gaze into the horizon and ponder into their problems and decisions. There are no crisscrossing banana boats or paragliders in the view to spoil serious contemplation. The long white beach is open and relaxing. It lack a hoard of people that is a constant view in the city. The greenery behind change color naturally across time not created by paid construction workers.