Sunday, April 12, 2009
Trouble at Boracay during Holy Week
A friend who was in Boracay for Holy Week called me up this morning to tell me that his trip was quite exciting in an exasperating way. Following were his observations:
1. Too many people. He was worried about the capability of the island to accommodate tens of thousands of people at one given time. My personal take on this is that Boracay is a tragedy in the making. The island is overexploited. The question is: What is the government going to do about it?
2. Too many paparazzi. He said that privacy in the island was almost nonexistent because the press, particularly movie press, was all over the island. Of course this was to be expected given that most movie celebrities flock to the island on Holy Week.
3. Too many brawls, most of them involving celebrities. He gave me a sampling of the tiffs and and scandals that occurred during the weekend. Horrible. It's bad enough that people party like there's no tomorrow during Holy Week. But to get into catfights and brawls?
A friend, Joshua Formentera, figured in one of the fights. What happened was that he and his friends were relaxing at the beachfront of their hotel when a group that included the Sexbombs swooped into the area with liquor and sounds in tow. They were playing loud music and they had high-powered speakers. Joshua is into meditation and reflection. He first complained to the front desk. When the group refused to lower the volume of their music, Joshua himself approached the group to tell them pointedly to respect the needs of others.
What happened next is now a classic case of "he said - they said."
But here's the really sad thing: Someone among the sexbombs threw a big glass at Joshua's face which caused two gashes on his face.
Now, I think that there's really no way that violence can be justified. There is no way that the Sexbombs can ever defend the fact that they caused physical harm to someone else.
There's another angle to this story that I hope will not become an issue in this whole fracas. It is irrelevant. Joshua's background is not material to the whole case so please, people, let's not bring it up.