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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).

    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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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • UP Babaylan UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2013

      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.
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Popular Spots


      Click here for Manila hotels and accommodations.

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    • 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

      • 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.
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    • Quezon Memorial Circle UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2013

    • Rizal Stadium UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2013

    • Shopping Centers
    • 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.
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      • 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.
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    • 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.
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Restaurants and Cafes

    • Seaside Blvd UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2013



    • 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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