Panay Island is an island in Asia situated in the Philippines famous for constituting the beach capital of the world - Boracay Island.
Boracay Island is located off the northwest corner of Panay in Region VI of the Philippines. The island is approximately seven kilometers long, looking like a stretched dog-bone shaped with the narrowest spot being less than one kilometer wide.
It has been written that its history prior to its discovery by the outside world remained well kept and well guarded. The Native Islanders and Atis lived together privately and in harmony in the island. The Atis or "Aetas" the indiginous peoples of Boracay, as original settlers and the islanders being the first settlers were farmers and fishermen.
Fishing , Copra and Tobacco ( first class products believed to have been introduced and propagated by the Greener of Boracay Sofia Ner Gonzales or "Lola Sofing", the wife of Juez Lamberto Hontiveros Tirol (in whose memory the Lamberto H. Tirol National High School, formerly Boracay National High School, is honored) and traded on the nearby mainland of Aklan with the help of her friend called "Lola Orang" ) were the main trades of the island. It was only in the late 70's when the main income of the island changed to tourism when tourists started to arrive.
It is often told that Boracay Beach has a shaded and uncertain past. This is because the island in the late 1800s or early 1900's was just one private home of the Atis, the islanders Gelito, Aguirre and Sacapano, and a couple belonging to one of the prominent families in Aklan - Lamberto Hontiveros Tirol and Sofia Ner Gonzales.
It all began when Lamberto H. Tirol and the young Sofia Ner Gonzales settled in the island. They lived among the islanders. There weren't too many people that time so that life was simple. As fishing was the main livelihood, the couple began to cultivate the land, planted millions of trees and plants. Even upon the demise of Don Lamberto H. Tirol, cultivation continued, progressed, and trade continually existed under the watch of the young widow Dona Sofia Ner Gonzales vda. de Tirol with the help of her best friend "Lola...