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: 

On normal days, these boats take tourists on an island-hopping adventure around Guimaras.
PHOTO BY Noel G. De Leon
Kayaking is one of the most popular water activities on the island's many white-sand beaches.
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This tropical paradise has coves where tourists can go swimming in peace.
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It's impossible to run out of things to do on the island, from exploring the surrounding islets to just taking in the beautiful view.
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The quarantine has rendered the island almost empty.
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Even the locals have chosen to stay home to quell the spread of the virus.
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Here's hoping these boats will soon hear the sound of cheerful tourists again.
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"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.

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All photos used with permission for SPOT.ph.

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