Should we feature bikini photos? That’s our internal topic of debate over the entire weekend (feel free to weigh in through the comment section below). For one, a bikini is just another piece of clothing, common in a tropical country like the Philippines. Two, the Philippines has hundreds of beautiful beaches, many among the best in the world, and a bikini is a perfect wear on a sunny beach to get a good tan. Three, these Philippine travelers are comfortable with their bodies and we can’t act like prudes in this modern day. There other reasons, for or against, thrown in the ring, but the resolution is obviously to feature the bikini-inspired VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram.
Let’s start with the search. It was an easy search for these photos, not only because we’ve been tagged, but because we sent out an advance party, a bunch of intergalactic force with expertise on sand. Lots of sand.
These storm troopers, apparently sent by allanstotomas (check his Instagram account, @sweepermoja, for more photos) to look for BB8 or any of its metallic friends, soon realized that a Philippine beach, this one in White Island of Camiguin, is not a rust-proof place to hide. What they discovered on these Philippine beaches would convince Darth Vader (if he were still alive) or Kylo Ren (if he’s no longer sulking and brooding) to come visit these beautiful islands. We might eventually convince them to leave the Dark Side and inhabit the Beach Side of the Universe.
First stop, Kalanggaman Island of Palompon, Leyte, accessible through Leyte or Cebu.
[See also: The Brotherhood of the Traveling Abs]
Or how about Saud Beach in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, here:
The work of these Storm Troopers, on second thought, might not be too easy. Just when they might begin to think that the life form on Earth looks the same, they will soon realize that we do have species of mermaids in our midst, as we can see in this photo at Lakawon Island Resort and Spa in Cadiz City, Neros Oriental:
These photos remind us that during the first half of 2018, a Palawan official proposed to prohibit the wearing of thong, g-string and t-back bikinis in public, saying these may be offensive to conservative residents. The Palawan official later clarified that the ban is mean to apply only near schools and churches. The ban appears to have remained a proposal.
Anyway, perhaps there’s something magical about sleeping on a beach. “Overwhelming anxiety, she found overwhelming grace”, Charmaine Grace Borbon said, in her photo (below) at Sta. Fe, Cebu (check her Instagram account, @callmecharmaine, for more photos).
We’re aware of the current debate on the swimsuit portion in beauty contests, even the beau-con itself, as, women advocates argue, these contests objectify women and propagate the stereotype that women should be judged by their looks and body. There are good arguments for or against this. Feel free to express your opinion in the comment section below.
Here’s something interesting. According to Gayle, old folks say that saltwater and sleep heal almost anything. First time we’ve heard of this folklore. We don’t know if it’s effective. But no harm in trying, right?
Gayle (check her Instagram account, @geyligeyl, for more photos) apparently made a go for it, on a beach in Paguriran Island, Bacon, Sorsogon. We’re almost certain that this won’t work, because sleeping on a tree trunk, even if the tree is on a beach, doesn’t allow contact with seawater. Sleep tight, Gayle.
People have different idiosyncrasies when it comes to sleeping. We’ve heard that a former First Lady goes to sleep while someone brushes her hair. Some people want total silence; others prefer music as background.
In the photo above, courtesy of Dhea (check her Instagram account, @dheawanders, for more photos) at Subic Beach, Calintaan Island, Matnog, Dhea says that we can “find her where the music meets the ocean.” With the archipelagic nature of the Philippines, it will probably take a while before we can find her.
We’re going out on a limb for the next photo. This sleepy lady is Jen (check her Instagram account, @travelers_with_passion, for more photos), who is happiest with her toes in the sand, in one of her favorite photos on a beach back in 2011.
We’re still waiting for her reply to our question as to which Philippine beach this is. We’re going to guess, in the meantime — looks like the white beach of Bohol Beach Club in Panglao Island, Bohol. Let’s see if we know our beaches.
We will revise this post to add more photos, so tag us in Instagram.
[Photos reproduced with permission (thanks). Tag your Philippine travel photos with #visitpinas so we can track it down. Photos will be featured in this blog’s photo of the day and in instagram/VisitPinas, facebook/VisitPinas, twitter/VisitPinas.]