A group of mermaids and mermen in the Philippines gathered on land to watch the live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid.”
The Mermaids PH community, consisting of mermaid enthusiasts, hobbyists and professionals, donned their vibrant mermaid costumes on Sunday to witness the highly anticipated return of Ariel, portrayed by Halle Bailey, to the big screen.
The group, which is also known for advocating body positivity and marine conservation, made a splash at the SM Cinema Director’s Club in SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
“Mermaids swam ashore and invaded SM Cinema Director’s Club SM Mall of Asia to watch The Little Mermaid and we had sooo much fun!” the group wrote on their official Facebook page.
In an interview with NextShark, a Mermaids PH representative shared that they consist of “members from all over the Philippines” and engage in a variety of activities such as “clean-up drives, swim meetups, photoshoots both on land and underwater, and outreach events.”
Some members even represent the country in international mermaid competitions and dive conventions, showcasing their skills and passion for mermaids. We use our platform to encourage others to be comfortable with their body types while getting a chance to explore our marine wonders, promote ecotourism and spread marine conservation awareness.
This was not the first time the group watched a film together in full mermaid attire.
In 2018, they organized a similar event for the showing of the Filipino film “My Fairy Tail Love Story.”
The recent screening of “The Little Mermaid” brought an even larger turnout, with more members across the Philippines joining the unique movie experience. Members from GenSan, Bulacan and Cebu responded to the call and celebrated the opportunity to watch the Disney film while fully embracing their mermaid personas.