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Q&A with Andrew, a Boracay Local

Exactly how do you plan an authentic travel experience? You ask the people who know the place by heart, of course. On our Living La Vida Locals series, we feature trusted locals and their insider tips and experiences.

For Boracay, we interviewed the General Manager and Executive Chef of Dos Mestizos, Andrew Malarky.

Getting Around Boracay

WALKING! Walking is the best way to get around Boracay by far. With the beautiful shore beside you, how can you argue?

The Local Dish of Boracay That Every Traveler Needs to Try

The local dish to try in Boracay is the Bistek Tagalog on the secret menu at Dos Mestizos, an old family recipe from my lolo. Only a few know about this, so shh!

The No. 1 Etiquette Rule in Boracay

A big no-no would be to litter on our island. It's a small place with high traffic and we are very protective of our very fragile environment.

The Best Tip for a First-Time Traveler to Boracay

The best tip would be to not pack too much and don't rely on plans.

Most of the time, let the day come as it may and you'll find adventure on the way.

The Secret Spots or Hidden Gems of Boracay

Definitely Diniwid Beach and a favorite of mine, Baling Hai.

The Best Ways to Get to Know the Locals More

The best way to get to know the locals would be to hang out in Bolabog with the kite schools. It's a great op for pictures too!

The Must-have Souvenir(s) from Boracay

Memories! Haha. Puka shells also, anklets in particular for the girls. Support the locals!

What He Loves About Boracay

What I love most about Boracay is the quality of my time here.

I can accomplish so much in a day and still find time to hit the beach before work. And as my friend says, "the beach is free".

Boracay in Just One Word

Alive. Boracay is always changing and adapting. It's very different from day to day or month to month if you choose.

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