BORACAY, 16 October 2019: Island lovers are warned Boracay’s attempts to be squeaky clean go beyond water and waste to ban scanty string bikinis.
Police and officials of the Boracay Inter-Agency Management and Rehabilitation Group (BIAMRG) are warning tourists to “respect the country’s culture and traditions”.
According to the Philippines News Agency beach life requires decorum and respect after photos of a female Taiwanese tourist wearing a string bikini went viral on social media.
She was fined PHP2,500 (USD48.44) under a law that did not extend to donning a string bikini but did include penalties for “erotic and lewd” photography. She posted a photo wearing what appeared to be a single string outfit on Facebook.
BIAMRG chief Natividad Bernardino told PNA: “We have our own cultural values as Filipinos and Asians. They should be able to respect that.”
The Taiwanese tourist wore the offending string bikini for two days running, and despite warnings from the hotel she insisted it was “a form of art,” Bernardino said.
Hotels and resorts warn visitors of the dos and don’ts on the island, which include smoking and drinking alcohol as well as hosting beach parties.
The tourist claimed it was quite normal to wear a string bikini in Taipei aa they prepared to leave the island last Friday.
An internet search indicates there are eight beach rules listed for Boracay. Dress code is not mentioned, but it might be added soon under the decorum headline.
8 DO’S AND DON’TS TO ENJOY THE NEW BORACAY
Keep it clean
Don’t use single-use plastics such as bags.
No to plastic
Don’t take plastic bottles to the beach. Use metal or reusable tumblers.
Bring your own utensils
Don’t use disposable spoon and forks.
Don’t use commercial soap and shampoo.
Don’t smoke along the white sand beach.
Don’t drink at the beach. Drink in a bar away from the beach
Take your rubbish with you.
The party’s over
Don’t organise or join beach parties. Party at your resort or bar