Lourd de Veyra Has High Hopes for Boracay

His open letter to the tourism secretary is both funny and #real.

PHOTO BY Johnycanal/Wikipedia and Lourd de Veyra's Facebook

(SPOT.ph) Filipino broadcaster, writer, and musician Lourd de Veyra is well-known for his hilarious but very sarcastic take on current events. You can expect his satirical remarks on the never-ending traffic in Metro Manila and current debates on federalism to go viral on social media any day. Smile Magazine, Cebu Pacific's in-flight publication, banked on this nuanced style of de Veyra for its August 2018 issue. The result? A funny but spot-on open letter to the new secretary of the Department of Tourism, Berna Romulo-Puyat.


"I’m sure you’ve got this new gig covered, but as a wannabe part-time pundit (like every other Pinoy I know in and out of Facebook), I’ve got some, er, suggestions," starts the piece with all humility. It then points out a few items on the wish list of the "40-something backpacker," such as: banning casinos and reggae music in Boracay, lessening karaoke stations especially in tourist destinations, and amping up the Philippines' street food game. He concludes with the Filipino cave guides' incessant need to compare rock formations to sensitive body parts, which has given him nightmares. 

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For the complete piece, log on to Smile Magazine's waytogo website.

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