A watered-down version of Playboy will soon be launched in the predominantly Catholic Philippines, inspired by the success of the local franchises of soft-porn men magazines such as FHM and Maxim.

No opposition has been heard from Church and political leaders in the Philippines.

Indonesia playboy
(Indonesians burn advance copies of Playboy Indonesia)

In neighboring Indonesia, protesters had tried to block the launching of the Playboy Indonesia last year. The protests forced the magazine to move its offices to the tourist capital of Bali, and publish the magazine with no nudity.

The Playboy Philippines editor Beting Laygo Dolor assures the public that there will be no nudity in the Philippine version.

In Indonesia, men who bought the the first edition of Playboy were disappointed.

A Times Online report quotes these callers to an Indonesian radio station:

“It’s sinful to read Playboy if there’s no nudity!” said one caller.

“It’s a scandal! There’s no nude women in the magazine. I think we have been deceived,” said another

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Will a sanitized Playboy Philippines capture the market even if it breaks the Playboy tradition of baring skin? That remains to be seen. Maybe, the local publishers are hoping the Playboy brand name itself will sell the magazine.