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Boracay resort reopens in Philippine push for sustainable tourism

Island was closed to visitors for six months after Duterte called it a 'cesspool'

A view of an empty beach is seen a day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay in the Philippines.   © Reuters

MANILA -- The Philippines' most iconic resort island welcomed back visitors on Friday after a six-month cleanup aimed at turning it into a model for sustainable tourism.

President Rodrigo Duterte called Boracay a "cesspool" and ordered its closure in April to highlight damage to the island's ecosystem from business owners violating sewage rules.

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