There's a lot of version on history of Boracay Island they believed that ten groups of Borneans migrated into Panay Island, some settled in Boracay Island. In 1900's, Spanish called this Filipino aborigines "atis" or "Negritos" as they are dark skinned, they farmed and fished for centuries in Boracay. In the 1940's they traded dried coconut meat "copra" with visiting entrepreneurs in exchange of rice and other goods.
According to oral history of Boracay Island, Boracay was derived from a word "borac" a local word for cotton however, some interesting stories says that the elders of the "atis" named the island from this 2 words
-"bora" meaning bubbles describing the sea bubbles
-"bocay" meaning white describing the white sand
Another version of history of Boracay Island is that Spanish colonizer visited the island for "sigay" shell and during their stay, they were offered a local delicacy - a vegetable seed call "boray" as they left the island they blessed the island by naming it to Boracay (Bora +Sigay).
History of Boracay Island in the 70's
Who spilled the beans?
In the 70's a German writer Jens Peter visited Boracay Island and he wrote a book describing Boracay island as "paradise on earth" he further describe the sea floor with gracious slopes, the crystalline sea water and the alluring small island and published it in 1978. He also published impressive post card from his photographs of the island.
Since then Boracay island was introduced to the world, foreign and local tourists began arriving, this has transformed Boracay island significantly and became an ultimate tropical destination.