BALESIN ISLAND, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – First it was Boracay Island that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered closed for rehabilitation. Now it’s Balesin Island.
The closure order came just hours after yet another Filipino celebrity wedding was held on the island — that of television host Billy Crawford and model/actress Coleen Garcia.
For tourists and Filipinos unfamiliar with Balesin Island, it is a tropical island paradise with 7.3 kilometeres of pristine white-sand beaches. It is located off the eastern coast of Luzon in the Philippines.
The island and the unique, members-only, private leisure getway — Alphaland Balesin Island Club —can be reached through a 25-minute plane ride from Manila.
The unique, members-only, private leisure getaway — Alphaland Balesin Island Club
Master-planned by EcoPlan of Miami, Florida, USA, Balesin Island Club was designed with the environment uppermost in mind and to be in perfect harmony with its natural surroundings. Water harvesting, 80% water recycling, a reverse osmosis plant, on-site eco-friendly transportation, organic farming, and alternative sources of energy reduce the amount of waste and ensure sustainable development on this beauty of an island—without scrimping on luxurious, top-notch facilities. The club aims to enhance everything in its environment: the lushness of the large forest sanctuary and the promulgation of the surrounding marine sanctuaries.
Duterte’s closure order had nothing to do with the environment. Rather, it was closed because it represents the opulence, hypocrisy and arrogance of the Philippines’ top one percent —oligarchs and filthy-rich Filipinos who exploit the country’s natural beauty to cling on to their power and influence.
Sources close to the President said that he is planning to include Balesin Island part of his Administration’s land reform program.