Today is the UN's Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, and to mark the date we are sharing the story of the plight of the Ati people on Boracay Island in the Philippines. This article was originally published in March, 2013.
Boracay Island in the Philippines was voted in 2012 as "the world's best island" by international travel magazines, and ranked "Asia's #1 beach" by Trip Advisor in 2013. Powder white sands and turquoise blue waters have long painted this tropical paradise.
"Like an ambitious and beautiful pageant winner unwilling to relinquish her crown, Boracay primps and preens year after year to stay the trophy beach of the Philippines," writes the Lonely Planet.