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Travel & Resources: METRO MANILA

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METRO MANILA (National Capital Region) -- area code (63-2)

General Information

    Chaotic. Sprawling. Rapidly modernising. Metro Manila is a jigsaw puzzle of smaller cities, each with their own unique urban flavor. Travelers may be confused, but fear not - Utopia has rounded up all the fun places on our interactive map (see below).

    The city can be a lot of fun mainly due to the friendly locals who are alert for trends, media-savvy and obsessed with pop celebrity culture. Costs are still relatively low, so your holiday budget goes a long way.

    Intramuros is a lovely old section of historical Manila that has some preserved architectural treasures and is a great area to walk around and explore. Many other parts of Manila are, to put it mildly, sketchy, so use your common sense when traveling around at night. Make sure taxis turn on their meters and watch your pockets if you are suddenly swarmed by begging street urchins.

    Manila's gay scene is in transition. Malate, once the must-visit easy-breezy-sleazy gayborhood, is quickly gentrifying into super highrise condo towers. Major players on the gay scene here have packed up and moved to greener pastures in other parts of the city where pockets of the gay underground have emerged - in Makati, Quezon City and Ortigas - so look through our listings below to figure out in which district you might want to hunt for your hotel. If you want to connect with educated, middle class and upwardly mobile young Filipinos, they're using PCs and smart devices to cruise for friends and benefits. Old school cruising haunts persist for the tech non-adept.

    The population of Metro Manila is around 12 million people (about half a million Utopians live here).

  • Lesbian listings
  • Manila Gay Scene Updates message forum
  • Men in Manila message forum

    Navigating the local gay scene is easy with our interactive Utopia Map of Gay & Lesbian Metro Manila:

click for our interactive map of Metro Manila



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Businesses

  • Redbridge Books Publishing
      Suite 214 Villasi Mansion, 160 N. Domingo St, Kaunlaran, 091-6225-6988, email. Gay-owned Redbridge Books Publishing is the first book publishing house by and for the Filipino GLBTQIA community.

Organizations

  • The Pink Film Festival UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2013
      Mowelfund Film Institute, 66 Rosario Drive, Cubao, Quezon City, 721-1915, 721-1961, email. Organizers of the annual gay and lesbian film festival. The Pink Film Festival held one of the Philippines' first public screenings of lesbian and gay-themed movies in 1998.
  • UP Babaylan UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2013
      Email. The University of the Philippines Babaylan LGBT student organization, established in 1991. UP Babaylan continues to push for gender rights and equality inside and out of the academic setting.

Popular Spots

Accommodations

      Click here for Manila hotels and accommodations.


Bars and Clubs


Cabaret Shows


Discos


Fitness and Gyms

      All of the Fitness First chain, nicknamed "Gayness First" by the locals, are popular gay crusing spots. Indeed, some members' work-outs are limited entirely to the sauna room.

    • Fitness First
        Block 26, Lot L303, Lifestyle District, Westgate, Filinvest Corp. City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Cruisy in the late afternoons.
    • Fitness First UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2013
    • Fitness First UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2013
    • Fitness First UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2013
    • Fitness First UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2013
    • Fitness First Gym
        Tecno Plaza One, Eastwood City, Libis, Metro-Manila.
    • Fitness First Gym
        8/F Robinsons Summit Center, Ayala Avenue, Makati City. Especially cruisy at this branch during lunch break and late afternoon until evening.
    • Golds Gym
        Glorietta 4, Ayala Mall, Makati.
    • Isaak Gym
        185 Ronquillo Bld, Kaingin, Balintawak Q.C., 0918-554-2376, email. Gay-friendly gym near the Royal bus stop on Edsa. Very discreet and a lot of security guards, masseurs, twinks and macho dancers come here to muscle pump.


Massage for Men

Meeting Places

    • CCP UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2013
        Utopia Map. Evenings 6-8pm and mornings 4-5am, gay men go jogging here, taking shelter under the big ramp of the CCP, and strolling around the vicinity.
    • Cinemas
        While the following cinemas are super cheap and very active with gays (and those who prey on them), but locals recommend that you do not go by yourself, do not carry valuables (there are many adept and charming pickpockets working these haunts), and advise that if you happen to be caught there during a police raid (these happen frequently), you may certainly be blackmailed by the cops. These cruising theaters are definitely at your own risk.

      • Film center near Plaza Hotel, especially mid week and late evenings.
      • Liberted Cinema UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2013
      • Remar Cinema Cubao
          Near Gateway, only a few meters away from Alta Cinema. If you've been to Alta, Baclaran or any of the shabby Quiapo cinemas where PLUs abound, Remar is cleaner, bigger and well-ventilated by comparison. To meet younger men, pay P$110 for the deluxe (upper part) of the cinema and you can also cruise downstairs. The lower area is mostly for mature men. It is cheaper (P$80), but you may not be allowed to cruise upstairs.
    • Quezon Memorial Circle UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2013
        Utopia Map. You'll find cruisers here who usually circle this area on a daily basis, early mornings and early evenings (park closes at night). The area for gays is the 'hill' near the ballroom dancing studio.
    • Rizal Stadium UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2013
        Utopia Map. Cruisy sports complex, pool, and showers.
    • Shopping Centers
      • Mall of Asia UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2013
      • Robinson Center UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2013
          Pedro Gil at Maria Y. Oroso, Malate, Utopia Map. Ginormous shopping complex with lots of gay shoppers, hookers of every gender and hungry-eyed MBs wandering about. Starbucks on G/F is a good bet as are facilities on the higher floors.
      • Shangri-La Plaza
          UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2013Mandaluyong,Utopia Map. Lots of gays on the hunt. Facilities (free ones) on quiet floors.
      • Starbucks, Festival Mall. On Tues a regular group of gays who chat on Internet meet here.
    • Swimming pools
      • Rizal, a public swimming pool, (not always very clean) on the Rizal Collesium, near La Salle University. A lot of young, good looking University guys and serious swimmers.
      • ULTRA
          Merlaco Avenue, inside the University of Life, Pasig City. Fabulous. University guys and serious swimmers, with lots of young, hunky men. The showers team with cruisers. The pool is 50m and clean by Manila standards.
    • UP Circle
        Campus hot spot. Cruising time is usually 6-10pm (there's a curfew). There is a facility near the naked statue on the right side where cruisers usually 'chill out'. Just like in Quezon Memorial Circle you'll also find guys who jog or brisk-walk alone or with a dog. Just look them in the eye to see if they have the same thing in mind.


Restaurants and Cafes

    • Seaside Blvd UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2013
        Mall of Asia vicinity, Utopia Map. This long stretch of seaside restaurants offers something for everyone in a clean and safe-to-wander area with ocean breezes, nearby shopping, and lots of parking.


Saunas and Fitness for Men

Shops

    • Firma Home Accessories
        Unit 12, North Syquia, 1991 M.H. del Pilar St, Malate, 524-8740, email. A gay-operated home decorative and accessory shop. It carries a large variety of home decorative items, jewelry, plus fashion accessories from all over Southeast Asia and items designed and fabricated by the shop's own little "manufactory". Open until late in the evenings, which means partygoers can drop by to admire or buy some of the beautiful items on display.


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