They used to content themselves with interacting with lowlanders only for trade and other necessities. Today, the residents of Bgy. Pawa in Nabas, Aklan can’t wait for the borders to reopen so they could welcome visitors to their community.
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The year 2020 was supposed to be a period of sustained recovery for the island of Boracay. After a painful but necessary shutdown in 2018 to restore its pristine beauty, many locals and businesses in the island looked forward to a more robust tourism. Sadly, even with its gradual reopening, life was never the same for many – some of whom had to suffer from loss of livelihood due to necessary restrictions. When 2020 came, the odds grew worse against their favor.