Parties, loud music banned in Boracay on Good Friday

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan – Parties and loud music will be banned in this world-renowned island on Good Friday.

Felix delos Santos, chief tourism operations officer of Boracay, said this is to give the Catholic faithful in the island the chance to solemnly observe the sacrifices of Jesus Christ for mankind.

Delos Santos said the ban will take effect from 6 a.m Good Friday until 6 a.m. Black Saturday.

The policy is in line with Municipal Resolution No. 015, which prohibits the issuance of permits for the conduct of parties in Boracay on Good Friday.

Delos Santos said the policy has been implemented every year since it was passed in 2009.

While the policy has no punitive provisions, the tourism official said local police will patrol the island, especially along the four-kilometer white beach, to ensure that it is being complied with.

Despite the 24-hour party ban, Delos Santos clarified that bars and restaurants in the island will still be allowed to operate but would not be allowed to play loud music.

He said that at least 35,000 tourists are expected to visit the island during the Holy Week period.

In line with this, security has been intensified in all entry and exit points of the island since Sunday.

Delos Santos said multi-agency security groups in the island are on alert status during the Holy Week observance.