LOOK: Palace Spokesperson Harry Roque shares photo of him in Boracay

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 4) — Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque shared a photo of himself relaxing on Boracay's famed white sands on Sunday, saying it has always been his "happy place."

The Facebook post shows Roque sitting on the beach barefooted, wearing a blue rash guard and printed bottoms as he looked out to the water. The photo bore the caption: "(A)ng aking masayang lugar mula noon, hanggang ngayon."

[Translation: My happy place from then until now.]

Boracay began welcoming tourists again on Oct. 1, after months of closure due to the pandemic. Out of the 95 booked tourists expected to visit for the re-opening, only 26 arrived.

Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores told CNN Philippines it was "expected" due to strict restrictions the province has implemented in the popular destination, including a negative RT-PCR test result 48 hours prior to travel.

Miraflores added that people are still afraid to travel because of the pandemic, that is why the provincial government is strictly implementing the minimum safety and health protocols

Boracay has maintained a zero COVID-19 record since it opened its doors to tourists from the Western Visayas on June 16.