PJ’s take on Greening Boracay

PJ Aranador, International Environmental Design Activist, Nautilus Boutique owner in Boracay and consultant for Go Green Philippines wrote his comments to my blog post, “Boracay Beckons”.  This is his take about environmental concerns and issues that we must deal with on the island.


Nautilus in Boracay, by PJ Aranador, International Environmental Design Activist

 I support you and the rest of those who will join us. Ecological destruction is still reversible in Boracay now, that is when many will act together. “One is too small a number to achieve greatness!” so to say. And if you are alone in this cause, you are in a lonely planet. And at this time I know you are in this stage. Ah, who will listen? Any hearts? So count me in.

We can start with simple basic ECO-solutions. CLEAN UP!

The task is huge! Nobody can do it alone and we all co-exist in doing so, the public included. We can start with simple basic ECO-solutions. CLEAN UP!  I still see horrendous plastic cups and ice-candy bags, cigarette butts, empty beer bottles at the beach. Scour the beach every morning after the big night parties or just one of those regular lazy days. The scenario is harsh. Many tourists and local vendors’ attitude is unforgiving:  “We can throw anything anywhere and everywhere in Boracay because we pay environmental fees, taxes and whatever!” So why, bother when there are six to ten teams of four people every morning cleaning up the entire long stretch of the beach?

The arithmetic is not that simple for so little number of people to clean up other’s people thrash. For over 30,000 tourists coming to Boracay each month, the cleaners are out-numbered! Count the locals in and the businesses’ staff members in and it swells to thousands more. And we are only talking about trash. We can draw up an environmental “Shit list”. How about poor environmental sanitation? Inland water swamps which were trapped due to land filled for tall buildings to rise? Break water structures that destroy the shoreline ecological balance which washes away the white Boracay sand and replace them with rough rocks.

Too many boats spoil the beach: it's a matter of simple NATURE HOUSEKEEPING. It is our responsibility-each one of us becomes a nature police

This is not even money issue from environmental fees and taxes, etc. It is responsibility. It is simple NATURE HOUSEKEEPING. Each one of us becomes a nature police. Each is an eco-friendly disciple— a follower, a mentor, a teacher, a crusader. Each reminding one another of our abuses to nature. Apparently, it is a process. As the ECO-EVERYTHING CAMPAIGN outlines, it starts from AWARENESS, IMPLEMENTATION and finally CERTIFICATION. In the near future, one will be certified as a CARBON NEUTRAL CITIZEN OF THE WORLD. If you are not, shame on you!

Top TOO heavy.Sustainable Eco-construction must be organic shapes in harmony with the environment, match site topography, respect the integrity of the landscape with appropriate scale

I once talked with old folks in Boracay and they say that Boracay is a mushroom shaped island, meaning the base underwater is smaller than the landmass on top of water. They said that over- construction may not be good for the island. It is like an overweight body with weak legs. Top heavy. We can compare it to our knees which have ligaments that act like scaffoldings. When the weight is too heavy, the scaffolding collapses. I am not a marine biologist or ecologist by profession, but I reckon, some wise old folks may know better by common sense.

Sustainability is a renewable leadership amongst each one of us. If we are not all careful, I would say 25 years from now, or even less, Boracay environmental abuse may be irreversible. And it would be a grim reality. A turquoise paradise turned into a muddy nightmare.

Let us not wait for Boracay environmental abuse to be irreversible and a grim reality: A turquoise paradise turned into a muddy nightmare

Each living creature who can talk and think on the soil of Boracay should understand and protect each and living creature who cannot talk but are capable of thinking while within the waters and vegetations of the island. We do not take away their natural rights to live as creatures on earth. We do not take away their habitation. Theirs is more delicate than ours. Theirs is more sensitive than ours. Theirs is a support system that makes ours inter-dependently sustainable. The law of natural significance is that we co-habit in symbiotic relationship with our natural environments. It is absolute. When there is no nature, there is no life for all of us. Without our eco-systems, we will all perish.

Carelessness and greed- we know that we are all GUILTY in our lives that we have cut a helpless tree, thrown plastic in the sea which were mistaken as food by the fishes and they die

Many years in the past, we fear that planetary collision, meteors hitting the earth or similar extra-terrestrial forces will endanger our planet. Today, it turns out we are all killing ourselves with our carelessness and greed. Inside all of us, we know that we are all GUILTY in our lives that we have cut a helpless tree, thrown plastic in the sea which were mistaken as food by the fishes and they die; abuse the use of too much electricity and we do not care if oil spills on the ocean floor. We build where we are not suppose to build driving away the littlest creature that lives there to be replaced by a concrete jungle than preserve a life that gives forth support to other lives to co-exist in harmony.

Indeed, we are destroying our only habitation faster than we think.


PJ Aranador launched the green for good projects of the Go Green Philippines & Bijoux Cebu at the Accessories, The Show in Javits Center, New York City last year. A preview to his collection “Green Waters: The Ocean Floor” held its world premiere in Shangri-La Mactan Resort Cebu also last year.  Ms. Janet Chua, A Piece of Green boutique owner in D’Mall Boracay and founder of   www.gogreenphilippines.com is also supporting our Boracay Initiative.  

How do you think you can green Boracay Island? Thank you in anticipation of your your support –  please post your comments.


6 Responses to “PJ’s take on Greening Boracay”

  1. pj aranador Says:

    dear susan


    keep moving! we are pushing….

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