Panay magaganda at masasaya raw ang alaala ng dating aktres na si Jackie Forster sa isla ng Boracay.
Sa Huwebes, April 26, ay pansamantalang isasara ang Boracay sa mga turista.
Ito ay alinsunod sa kautusan ng pamahalaang Duterte para na rin sa rehabilitasyon ng world-famous beach.
Sa pamamagitan ng private messaging ngayong Martes, April 24, tinanong ng PEPph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Jackie kung maaari niyang ibahagi ang kanyang mga alaala sa nasabing isla.
Nakabase ngayon sa London, UK si Jackie kasama ang kanyang pamilya.
Inamin ng dating aktres na noong nasa Pilipinas pa siya at aktibo sa showbiz, nadikit ang pangalan niya sa mga party at sa Boracay.
Saad ni Jackie, “My memories of Boracay are all of happy and fun times.
"The only people that would beg to disagree are those that helped put out black propaganda about me.
“Living abroad has made me realize that once upon a time, my name was synonymous with partying and Boracay.
“Let me clear that up. A long time ago when Boracay was more pristine and less populated, my friends and I would always travel there to have fun under the sun without having to worry about too many people judging or bothering us.
Jackie Forster (center) with some friends, including Anne Curtis and Cheska Garcia, in Boracay
“I also traveled there with my two boys (Andre & Kobe Paras) before 2-3 times.
“Back then, being a single mom and still having fun and enjoying your life wasn’t as accepted as it is today, specially when there are people watching you and not wanting you to be happy."
Patuloy niya, “The days when Boracay still had boats parked in front of the beautiful island inspired resorts, affordable paraws would cruise you around into the sunset, seafood was fresh and well priced, are long gone and so are the nice ladies who work hard under the sun to give you that massage while you take in the sun and nap. That was really paradise!"
Pabor din daw si Jackie sa pansamantalang pagpapasara ng Boracay.
Pahayag niya, “I’m all for the administration closing it off for a certain period because of all the damage that’s been done to this poor island.
“I’ve been back many times since and each time it’s virtually unrecognizable... from the massive resorts to the new airport landing strips and the way D’mall and the Talipapa have evolved.
“3/5 times, we’ve gone there either one of my family members or I, would go home sick with a vomiting or a bad stomach.
“I think the waters are suffering just as much as the island."
Inihalintulad din ni Jackie ang Boracay sa ibang mga sikat na isla sa mundo, at sa naging kinahinatnan ng mga ito.
“Having been to other places in the world, I’ve seen first hand what over commercialization can do to quickly kill not just the island but also the businesses.
“Bali for one, you see now all over the internet how much garbage is floating just around the beach waters.
“Ibiza is another well-known destination that isn’t as popular any more."
Sabi pa niya, “I hope that with this pause on tourism, the business owners and politicians can work together to build a more sustainable environment and community so that we can have Boracay for a longer period of time.
“I hope they start to care about the welfare of the island and what’s left of the local people over profit.
“Boracay is still one of the most beautiful beaches in the world to me! And I’ve been to many."