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BORACAY, PHILIPPINES:  TO GO WITH STORY "PHILIPPINES-TOURISM-ENVIRONMENT-BORACAY" A man on a surfboard sells fresh coconut juice to people swimming in the waters off the central Philippine resort island of Boracay, 11 June 2005. Despite the image of the island of pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters that attracts thousands of tourists, Boracay faces a worsening garbage problem, just one of several dilemmas that the island must contend with as more and more people flock to its beaches.    AFP PHOTO/Joel NITO  (Photo credit should read JOEL NITO/AFP/Getty Images)
BORACAY, PHILIPPINES:  TO GO WITH STORY "PHILIPPINES-TOURISM-ENVIRONMENT-BORACAY" A man on a surfboard sells fresh coconut juice to people swimming in the waters off the central Philippine resort island of Boracay, 11 June 2005. Despite the image of the island of pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters that attracts thousands of tourists, Boracay faces a worsening garbage problem, just one of several dilemmas that the island must contend with as more and more people flock to its beaches.    AFP PHOTO/Joel NITO  (Photo credit should read JOEL NITO/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Philippines has announced a six-month closure of the popular tourist destination of Boracay over concerns its beaches and water have suffered environmental damage.