The Death of Paradise

For those who since the 1970s have relished the relatively short hop from Hong Kong or Tokyo or other Asian cities to an airstrip near the onetime laid-back paradise island of Boracay in the Philippines, life is about to change. Government officials say the island, overcome by pollution, is to be closed to tourism for up to six months, sometime between June and November. When it reopens, it is likely to be a different place.

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