July 11, 2012, 5:55pm

READERS of the international magazine, Travel + Leisure, have voted the Philippine top destination, Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan Province, in its Annual World’s Best Awards as the “World’s Best Island” for 2012. Known for its crystal blue waters and white, powdery sand, Boracay received a score of 93.10 to top the 10 Best Islands list this year.

The criteria for World’s Best Island include natural attractions, activities and sights, restaurants and food, visitors and people and value for money. Other categories in the annual awards are World’s Best City, Hotel, International Airline, Domestic Airline, Tour Operator, and Hotel Spa. In the last category, the Discovery Shores Hotel, also in Boracay, won the award for the Asia sub-category.

This is the 17th year of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. Each year, readers of Travel + Leisure are invited to answer a questionnaire, either online or in a Travel + Leisure magazine. The 74-year-old magazine, based in New York City, is published by the American Express Publishing Corporation, a subsidiary of American Express Company.

It is the second time Boracay Island has made it to the list. The first time it was recognized by the magazine was in 2011 when it was ranked as the fourth best island in the world. This year’s top 10 island destinations are: Boracay, Philippines; Bali, Indonesia; Galapagos, Ecuador; Maui, Hawaii; Great Barrier Reef Islands, Australia; Santorini, Greece; Kauai, Hawaii; Big Island, Hawaii; Sicily, Italy; and Vancouver Island, British Columbia. They will be honored at a ceremony on July 19, 2012 at the Conrad New York Hotel in New York City.

We congratulate the Officials and Residents of Aklan Province, led by Governor Carlito S. Marquez, Lone District Representative Florencio T. Miraflores, Vice Governor Gabrielle V. Calizo-Quimpo, Malay, Aklan Mayor John P. Yap and Vice Mayor Ceciron S. Cawaling, on Boracay’s win as 2012 World’s Best Island. The Manila Bulletin, led by its Chairman of the Board Dr. Emilio T. Yap, President and Publisher Atty. Hermogenes P. Pobre, Executive Vice President Dr. Emilio C. Yap III, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Cris J. Icban Jr., Business Editor Loreto D. Cabañes, and Officers, wish them all the best and success in all their endeavors. MABUHAY!