Foreign Tourist in Boracay Allegedly Charged P16,000 for Daughter’s Hair Braiding

After the overpriced paluto in Panglao, Bohol, another alleged overpricing took place in Boracay

BORACAY – A hotel manager in the famous island paradise took to the social news website, Reddit, wherein he complained after one of their guests, a foreign national, was charged P16,000 for the hair braiding of his daughter.

Boracay hair braiding
Photo credit to the owner

Braids are a complex hairstyle formed by interlacing three or more strands of hair.

Braiding has been used to style and ornament human and animal hair for thousands of years in various cultures around the world.

The simplest and most common version is a flat, solid, three-stranded structure.

Hair braiding is common in Boracay and almost all tourists who visit the island paradise go through this trend.

On Reddit, a hotel manager shared the experience of a foreign national who was victimized by “overpricing.”

According to the hotel manager, one of his guests was charged 16,000 pesos after his daughter went through hair braiding.

“I’m the manager of Levantin, a small hotel in Bulabog. This happened to one of our guests and we are also complaining about it here in the Boracay community,” said the complainant.

A netizen said that such incident is common on the famous island.

“Unfortunately maraming ganito sa Bora. Marami na rin nagpost sa FB pero walang aksyon from the LGU/Tourism office. Ang siste is sasabihin 300 lang. 300 per strand pala. This is a trap not just for foreign tourists, pati rin sa locals,” said a certain @u/itawesomeki.

Normally, hair braiding in Boracay would cost not more than a thousand pesos.

Based on the report of, the local government of Malay in Aklan has yet to release any statement on this issue.

Meanwhile, overpricing in different famous destinations in the country is considered one of the challenges faced by the Marcos administration.

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