A naked beach in the Philippines has become a hot spot for bikini-clad Filipinos after a viral campaign to raise awareness about leprosy spread.
The island’s Ministry of Health said Tuesday that beachgoers can now get a tan at the Nourish Bikinis Spa in Tampan, a resort town on Mindanao island.
“We are now in a situation where people are willing to go to the beaches to tan and get a good tan,” Health Minister Maria Corazon said at a press conference.
The Nourishment Bikini Spa, located at the Tampans beachfront resort, offers a bikini with a special design for the beachgoers.
The spa was founded in 2009 by a woman named Nene Nenette who is also a nurse.
The spa, which has a swimming pool, sunbathing area, fitness center and a sauna, is owned by a nonprofit organization called Nenetas Ligas (the Living Light Foundation).
The Nenettes children were also at the resort when the incident occurred.
The women, who are now divorced, have not been charged with any crimes.
“This is something that we’re really happy about, because we’re not going to get the tan just by going to the beach,” one of the women, named Nel, told ABS-CBN News.
“I was in the sauna in the bathing pool.
I saw the beach, I saw all the people there.
So, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I need to get out of the saunas.'”
Nene Nene, the founder of Nenets Ligases spa, said the resort is trying to spread awareness of the problem of leprogyne in the country.
“There is so much leprosies and other infections that people are infected with,” Nene said.
“The main problem is that the beach has become polluted and people can get sick from it.”
According to the health department, more than 1,200 cases of leper colony have been reported in Mindanaos over the past three years.
There are more than 4,000 cases of the disease in the United States.