With the recent closure of Boracay came a wave of questions about the annual festivities (and debaucheries) of its Labor Day events that has come to be dubbed as LaBoracay. But with the non-stop partying also comes a deluge of litter. So, for the environment’s sake, the Boracay LGU has decided to dissolve the yearly LaBoracay event. And while those who still go to Boracay to enjoy what made it world-famous in the first place envelope themselves in its natural rapture, the partygoers looking to let off some steam are at a loss on where to spend their Labor Day weekend.
Luckily, the Philippines never runs out of options. Here are a few LaBoracay alternatives:
1. La Union Labor Day Parties
April 27 to 28, La Union
La Union is gaining fame for its Labor Day parties that many dub as Labor Union. This year, the party is sponsored by the Fox Network Group, with two beach parties on April 27 and April 28. The first day, dubbed Fox Son of a Beach, features live performances from the likes of Ben&Ben, Nostradamus Jr., Carousel Casualties, and CHNDTR, to name a few. Sunday marks the next beach party, Fox Life Summerscape, to wind down. But remember—even with all the partying, respect the beach and leave it the way you found it.
2. Island Coast Festival,
April 26 to 28, Puraran, Catanduanes
Another surfing destination gaining popularity is the beautiful island of Catanduanes with its crystal clear waters and white sand beaches. Apart from its hollow barrels, Catanduanes makes the perfect setting for a laid-back beach party. Expect performances from Brix Tan, Collie Herb, Albert R., and DJ Therese.
3. Kadaugan sa Mactan
April 27, Mactan
Every year on April 27, Cebuanos celebrate this event known as the “Victory of Mactan.” This festival honors the triumph of Datu Lapu-Lapu over Magellan in the Battle of Mactan. This year, Cebu kicks off the annual event with a food festival. On April 27, a reenactment of the Kadaugan sa Mactan will commence at the Liberty Shrine alongside numerous events, including Rampada at Hoops Dome and a Summer Music Festival in Mactan Newtown Beach.
4. Aliwan Fiesta
April 25 to 27, Pasay
If you’re stuck in Manila during the Labor Day festivities, don’t fret—Manila and Pasay have joined forces to showcase a grand fiesta of colors, music, and festivities. Held in front of the Aliw Theater, the Aliwan Fiesta kicks off with a three-day bazaar and a street concert featuring the hottest OPM names, including Ben&Ben, Juan Karlos, This Band, and Extreme Lab. A pageant will also be among the headliners of the event where contestants from all over the country vie for the title of Reyna ng Aliwan. Then on April 27, a Grand Parade showcasing the best of the archipelago will start at the Quirino Grandstand, making its way to the front of the Aliw Theater at the CCP Complex.
5. Love Boracay
April 26 to May 1, Boracay
If you can’t resist Boracay, good news! You can still visit, but instead of the usual debauchery brought about by LaBoracay, the LGU has dubbed it as Love Boracay. The multi-day celebration features simultaneous events geared towards the conservation and preservation of the island.