I’ve seen one-piece swimsuits at the beaches but not two-piece swimsuits like bikinis. Of course, I haven’t gone to any of the tourist beaches, like on the island of Boracay. Bikinis are not the norm – this isn’t California or Hawaii.
I’ve lived in Olongapo for more than 11 years but I was here three times in the 80s. I have never seen a bikini being worn at a local beach.
I once thought it was because Filipinos thought more about buying food than swimwear, but I was wrong. Some people tell me it’s about modesty and self-respect. I think it has more to do with horny Filipino men being unable to control their urges.
I’ve seen women wearing bikinis under their t-shirts and shorts. Doesn’t that kind of defeat the purpose of wearing them in the first place? The men wear whatever they want to wear, even it looks ridiculous on them.
I’ve lived in the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, North Carolina and in the countries of Japan and the Philippines. Most of my years, before the Philippines, were spent in Arizona. That includes my first 13 years of life.
When my family moved to the island of Kauai in Hawaii in 1974, I was shocked. Not only did girls of all ages wear bikinis at the beaches, they wore them while walking around town. That may have happened in certain areas of California too, but not in the busy city areas.
I don’t remember what people wore in the other states because I didn’t spend time at any beaches or lakes where people went swimming.
There are still nightclubs in certain areas like there were before the last American base closed in 1993. They’re not exactly the same, but close enough. The nightclubs on the island of Okinawa in Japan are close to being the same.
The go-go dances wear bikinis. They’re not thong bikinis or any other kinds of micro bikinis, but they’re bikinis just the same.
Women wear bikinis at pool parties and other gatherings. Most pageants are with one-piece swimsuits, but I’ve seen some (on YouTube) with bikinis. It isn’t commonplace.