There were no ports then, no electricity and water for bathing was drawn from a manual pump. It was a beach from Caticlan to a beach in Boracay. Just point out where you’d like to jump off. They were mesmerized by the sand, the sea and got hooked on swimming and snorkeling. The densely coconut lined white beach only had a handful of nipa huts which served as lodging places. They just stayed on the beach literally from morning till night. The only tourists they encountered were Swiss. After all Boracay was an unknown island even among Filipinos.
Our parents were completely enamored with the island and so they regularly went there in the 1980’s as a married couple, through the 1990’s and through 2000 with children in tow. Boracay was always a trip tease.
A year later there was a whole building for rent with no taker. Of interest were just rooms per se. Our family is used to hosting as many as 20 foreign and local guests in our Quezon City residence. Entertaining is something that comes naturally so we were comfortable with the idea of replicating the same hospitality in Boracay. A family consensus was reached to refer to our guesthouse as “rooms + beds” to come across as a simple no frills place. It is a hotel alternative that is casual, homey, quiet & comfortable, and captures the essence of the place.
To make this place a guesthouse, two of us children resigned from our Makati jobs to avoid the ever worsening Manila traffic and also since “Life is better on the beach”. Today family members alternate enjoying Boracay and personally attending to guests.
Agos Boracay Rooms + Beds is family-owned and family-run. We have had guests from 50 countries so far. “AGOS” is a Filipino word for water flowing. We are energized whenever we converse with guests and share the island secrets. Guests are happy with tips about places to see and activities. Every guest is family and agos is our home and yours.