Resting Beach Face: Here's What Guimaras Looks Like Without the Crowd
The "Mango Capital of the Philippines" is practically empty.
(SPOT.ph) With a quarantine imposed in different parts of the Philippines, we can't help but wonder what our famous beaches look like right now. It is summer, after all; and usually around this time, these places would be teeming with beach-lovers just wanting to escape the heat and take a vacation to be surrounded by white sand and crystal-clear waters. This year, though, Guimaras, an island province and a favorite summer destination in Western Visayas, is seeing a huge drop in its visitors, especially after an enhanced community quarantine was declared in the province on April 15.
Here's what Guimaras looks like under quarantine:
"Maayos pa dito, kami na lang sa Western Visayas ang wala pang positive sa COVID-19. Wala nang lumalabas ng isla at pumapasok maliban [sa] essential na transactions," Noel G. De Leon, a writer and literature professor from Guimaras, tells SPOT.ph. As of writing, there 796 of 802 individuals who are still undergoing home quarantine; while eight of 10 suspected patients are negative for COVID-19. All of Western Visayas has reported a total of 49 confirmed cases, with the highest number in Iloilo province.
All photos used with permission for SPOT.ph.