Boracay Island is not just a tourist destination; it is a place where you can have plenty of fond memories. Just like this throwback picture taken by a foreigner that went viral.
Patrick O’Cock recently shared an old picture taken as far back as 1993 to Boracay Retrospective, a Facebook community page showing his son, Josh, sitting together with the indigenous Ati at the Ati Village Boracay Island.
What made this picture so interesting is that it comes in two, where the other one shows Josh, who's all grown up now, recreated this moment in 2020, with some of the Ati kids.
It immediately went viral, two days just after Patrick shared the picture. Even Patrick himself was amazed by the number of reactions and love from the netizens.
“We're not quite sure how this happened, but I shared this pic on a FB group called Boracay Retrospective, showing our son Josh with some of the Ati kids in 1993 with a retake in 2020, and it went viral!” he said on the Missions of Love Malta page.
“In just 2 days its has received over 20k reactions with 17.5k !!! That's a whole lot of love plus over 7k shares. We are quite amazed.”
In another comment, Patrick said the other kids are still alive, sadly they were not available and weren't able to be part of the 2020 photo.
Josh also reposted this picture and said, “Boracay is a very special place to me that I can’t wait to return to! My fiancé Georgia and I have a calling and a mission of love to help rebuild the school for the Ati children.
“This will be happening in the next few years!” he added.
Turns out, he founded Mission of Love Malta whose mission is to help the poor indigenous Ati children in Boracay through education, based on Josh's FB account.
📷 @Patrick O'Cock Facebook