LaBoracay Weekend 2016

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Boracay Island

If there is one Philippines holiday that the beach lovers are waiting for that would be the 1st of May, Labor Day. Why? Because of LaBoracay! LaBoracay is a portmanteau of Labor Day and Boracay. And, the festivities are getting more colorful, fun, and exciting by the year. The year 2016 is no exception. Here’s what to expect at this year’s LaBoracay weekend.

What is LaBoracay

LaBoracay is actually a summer party celebrated in the area. While it is not yet an official event (although the frequenters would want it to be), famous local and international artists flock what is dubbed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. If there are three things that capsulize the event, these are [intense] beach party, overflowing booze, and good music. May 1 falls on a Sunday, so we can expect a more crowded Boracay this year from April 28th to May 3rd.

As the summer epic venue, LaBoracay is now dubbed as the Philippines’ spring break with thousands of families, students, professionals, models, celebrities, athletes joining in and partying throughout the weekend. Indeed, this is the epitome of the Boracay nightlife. Parties happen from sunrise to sundown, making Boracay an island that never sleeps. It’s a place where each hour of the day is a happy hour. You eat, party, sleep, wake up, eat, party and sleep. Some even skip the sleep part. That’s the #LaBoracay routine.

LaBoracay 2016 activities

As an unofficial event, there are no local or national associations that organize activities for LaBoracay weekend. Know that, however, that every local hotel, restaurant, pub, etc. participate in the celebration. Here’s a partial list of the lined up activities happening on various Boracay hotels.

April 28

Nestea Beach #SaveSexy Event

April 29

Nestea Beach #SaveSexy Event

Sundazed Foam Party

EDM: X Factor | Funky Avy | Ace Ramos

Venue: The Tides Hotel, D’Mall, Station 2

Jungle Circuit Party: Neon Black Light Party

Venue: Wave Bar & Lounge, Station 2

Time: 4pm

Solar One Boracay ETC Daring Event

Featuring: Emblem3

Venue: The District Boracay, Station 2

Time: 8pm

LaBoracay Dance Fitness Festival

Featuring: Dance Diva Regine Tolentino

Venue: Best Western Boracay Tropics Hotel Grounds, Station 2

Summer Hangover

Venue: Sur Boracay Resort, Station 1

Time: 4pm

Boracay Revolution

Venue: Pearl of the Pacific Resort, Station 1

Rave Cruise 2

Sunkissed 2016

April 30

Nestea Beach #SaveSexy Event

Solar One Boracay

LaBoracay Dance Fitness Festival

Summer Hangover

Rave Cruise 2

Sunkissed 2016

Jungle Circuit Party: The Lost Paradise

Venue: Wave Bar & Lounge, Hennan Regency Beachfront, Station 2

Time: 4:30pm

Entrance fee: Php300

Tidal Rave

EDM: DJ Soulful Higs

Venue: Pearl of the Pacific Resort Beachfront, Station 1

ZookOut 2016: Prelude Edition

Music by: Kaskade | DubVision | Junior & Royal | Ghetto

Venue: Epic and Boracay Uptown Beachfront, Station 2

May 1

Nestea Beach #SaveSexy Event

Solar One Boracay

LaBoracay Dance Fitness Festival

Sunkissed 2016

Jungle Circuit Party: Hydro Laboracay

Venue: Wave Bar & Lounge, Hennan Regency Beachfront, Station 2

ZookOut 2016: Prelude Edition

Music by: DVBBS | MMXJ | Ghetto

Venue: Epic and Boracay Uptown Beachfront, Station 2

If the above activities are not enough, wait until you board Oh Ship, the country’s first EDM cruise party. LaBoracay will be Oh Ship’s second edition; the first being Cebu’s Sinulog Festival. The ship will depart from Batangas port on April 27th, 9pm and will arrive in Caticlan on April 28th, 7am. One way cruise costs Php2,200 while round trip ticket, Php4,200. Ticket prices are inclusive of fare, insurance, terminal fees and access to on-board party areas.

EDM: Andy Caldwell | Nix Damn P! | Kat DJ | Jessica Millner | Badkiss | Abdel Aziz | Motherbass | Knoxville | Italo [UNCONFIRMED]

How to go to Boracay

If not through Oh Ship, you might be wondering how to get to Boracay.

From Manila

A plane ride from NAIA 3 to Caticlan Airport or Kalibo Airport

From Caticlan Airport, 15 minutes of travel by land to Caticlan Jetty Port, another 15 minutes to Cagban Port in Boracay Island by boat, and about 15 to 20 minutes of another land travel to the resorts

From Kalibo Airport, a 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours of travel by land (usually by bus) to Caticlan Jetty Port

Caticlan to Boracay transfers cost between Php450 and Php900 per person

Kalibo to Boracay transfers cost between Php550 and Php1,100 per person

Other fees

Terminal fee of Php100 per person upon arrival and Php100 per person upon departure

Environmental fee of Php75 upon arrival (one-time payment)

From Cebu City

A plane ride from Mactan-Cebu International Airport to Caticlan or Kalibo Airport, about 50 minutes travel time

From Iloilo

A bus or van ride from Iloilo to Kalibo or Caticlan, about 1 hour and 45 minutes travel time

From Batangas

A boat ride from Batangas port to Caticlan, at least 10 hours travel time

Holidaying in the Philippines can get really wild and wet but in an honest-to-goodness way. You’ll never know what partying means until you see what’s happening on Boracay around the first of May. Every LaBoracay weekend, the island turns into a party island for everyone – young and old, locals and foreigners – to enjoy and savor. So, if you have nothing to do come this May first, head on to the island. Just be the responsible partygoer that you are!