Boracay Island is into the spotlight anew ushered in by the fact that one of its stakeholders has been named as among the top awardees in this year’s Tourism Awards prestigiously hosted by the Rotary Club of Manila (RCM).
The Rotary Tourism Awards recognizes the contribution of a group of fine men and women who have shown exemplary involvement in promoting the advancement of tourism in the country. It also acknowledges the work, investment and influence of individuals and corporations whose commitment in the tourism industry has brought significant progress and benefits to the country’s economy.
On top of this year’s list of awardees is Boracay businessman Ariel Abriam, a retired US naval commander and owner of Boracay Beach Club (BBC), who had become an extreme lover of nature and responsible behind the famous diving spot popularly known all over the world as Ariel’s Point.
Ariel’s Point is cozily perched atop a limestone cliff in Buruanga, a 30-minute boat ride away from the busy and bustling stretch of Boracay’s white beach. It is hailed by tourists as the best diving spot in this part of the globe wherein one can experience an unforgettable daring jump from five different platforms, ranging from as low as three meters to as high as 15 meters applicable to both beginner and seasoned divers.
What makes this spot a popular destination is its unspoiled tropical setting plus the breathtaking experience to cliff dive, kayak, and snorkel into its turquoise waters, which is a runaway winner for all types of adventurers.
Apart from its eco-adventure offerings, Ariel’s Point got the nod of the Award Committee partly because of its finest hospitality which is very Filipino, a trait that runs through BBC’s service package which include a BBQ buffet lunch, unlimited drinks, an easy-to-plan picnic excursion, as well as its boat transfer that its habitues are simply amazed at.
Abriam will receive the esteemed award in a fitting ceremony on Friday, Feb. 27, at the New World Hotel, Makati, along with 15 other awardees which include Bernd Schneider (Fairmont Makati), Hanky Lee III (Henry Hotel), Salah Al Balushi (Oman Aviation), Radjie Caram Jr (Island Living), Krizette Chu (Manila Bulletin), Felipe Enrique L. Gozon (GMA Network Inc.), Lala Ventura-Lazaro (Metro Channel), Laguna Rep. Marisol Aragones-Sampelo, Edgar Saavedra (Megawide Construction), Francisco Mauricio (Avis Rent A Car International-Guevent Transport holdings), Justice Manuel Lazaro (Tiger Resort Leisure Entertainment Inc.) Interior Secretary Eduardo M. Ano, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Leo Ray Yanson (Ceres Liner, Ramon Ang (San Miguel Corp.), and Venus Q. Tan (former COO of Tourism Promotions Board).
RCM President Bobby Joseph and chair of Tourism Awards Committee said the award is given to persons who gave their utmost services to promote tourism industry here and abroad. He is joined by the other members of the Award Committee composed of co-chairman and past president Francis Juico, past district governor Vince Carlos, past vice president Chito Zaldarriaga, past president Frank Evaristo, director Amading Valdez, and president Jackie Rodriguez.
With this prestigious award, Ariel’s Point, undoubtedly, has just put another feather to the tourism cap of Boracay Island and catapults its neighbor, the once sleepy town of Buruanga, into the senses of the travelling tourists from all parts of the world.