The City Tourism Office (CTO) said the nude swimming incident that drew public attention at a beach in Nagtabon, Barangay Bacungan last weekend was an “isolated incident.”
Michie Meneses, CTO promotion and marketing division chief, said Tuesday that their office is doing everything to remind foreign guests that swimming in the nude or skinny dipping is not a practice in Filipino culture.
She said although there is no specific ordinance that prohibits nude swimming, it is not practiced anywhere in the Philippines.
“Ginagawa ng city tourism ‘yong information dissemination sa ating mga turista na they also have to respect our culture. Tina-tap natin ‘yong mga nasa tourism industry natin tungkol dito, ‘yong mga players mismo like van drivers, tour guides, and travel agencies,” she said.
(The city tourism is doing information dissemination to our tourists that they also have to respect our culture. We’re tapping the people in the tourism industry regarding this, like van drivers, tour guides, and travel agencies.)
She said the emphasis on this as not being part of Filipino culture is included in the training of the tourism frontliners.
The post on Facebook about the foreigner caught swimming naked in Nagtabon Beach has gone viral and now has 23,000 likes and reactions and 4,000 comments from netizens.
Meneses said their office has never been neglectful in letting tourists know how Palaweños are still conservative in nature.
Based on the social media post, local residents confronted the tourist who immediately left after wearing his clothes.
Meneses said they plan to incorporate in the Bantay Turista an intensified information campaign to remind tourists to wear proper attire while in the city, she said.
“Please be sensitive to local culture. Wearing bikinis, shorts, and bra, or [getting] half-naked in public places is unacceptable. Swimsuits are acceptable on the beach and swimming pool areas only. Please be in proper attire when in public places like churches, parks, landmarks, and when riding vehicles,” Meneses said.