#ManilaBayChallenge takes over social media as netizens poke fun at ‘white sand beach’

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#ManilaBayChallenge dominated social media after Filipinos flocked to Roxas Boulevard to witness Manila Bay’s “white sand beach.”

A portion of Manila’s landmark tourist attraction was temporarily opened to the public over the weekend to celebrate the International Coastal Cleanup Day.

For several people, it became an opportunity to take videos and selfies of the government’s much-talked-about beautification project that used crushed dolomite boulders for the “white sand” beachfront.

But the large crowd that shrugged off strict physical distancing protocols quickly turned into a meme-worthy subject on social media. 

A quick search on Facebook revealed about 400,000 #ManilaBayChallenge posts.

People gather along Roxas Boulevard to get a glimpse of Manila Bay's ‘white sand beach’ on Sunday. The portion of the coastline will be open until 6 p.m. today.

Posted by Philippine Star on Saturday, 19 September 2020

This netizen went viral after she stopped by Manila Bay donning a one-piece swimsuit.

Swimsuit ba kamo sa Manila Bay? Why not! 🩱 Viral na ang netizen na si Renalyn Macato matapos niyang mag-swimsuit sa…

Posted by News5 on Sunday, 20 September 2020

As of writing, Renalyn Macato’s post has already collected 36k shared on Facebook. 

Using a photo that shows a crowd gathering at an overpass to catch a glimpse of the artificial sand, social media users poked fun at what the group could have been swarming for. 

A fan of Thai actors Bright and Win joked that the two were spotted hanging out at Manila Bay. 

https://twitter.com/_Briiight/status/1307633717653897216

Even American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift was “seen” enjoying the controversial beach. 

Ex-couple James Reid and Nadine Lustre were also found cuddled up on the white sand beach. 

Mr. Bean? It seems like he’s out with Teddy on the beach as well. 

“Kaya naman pala nagkagulo,” a fan said to Solenn Heussaff, who shared a meme that showed a beach scene from the Temptation Island remake.

Check out more hilarious posts here:

https://twitter.com/JSoon24/status/1307681538344013824

According to The STAR, only 70 persons per batch were allowed to enter the opened portion of the coastline, and they could only stay for three minutes.

People visit Manila Bay's ‘white sand beach’ along Roxas Boulevard on Sunday morning. Only 70 persons per batch are…

Posted by Philippine Star on Saturday, 19 September 2020

In a separate report by the STAR’s Marc Jayson Cayabyab, Ermita station commander Lt. Col. Ariel Caramoan was administratively relieved for failing to ensure social distancing among those who visited Manila Bay. 

People take pictures with the sunset and the artificial white sand of Manila Bay on Sunday.Ermita police station…

Posted by Philippine Star on Sunday, 20 September 2020

Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire expressed her concern over the matter. She emphasized that while these projects are favorable, minimum health standards should still be enforced. 

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