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Despite its reputation as a fairly liberal haven for gays and lesbians, the Philippines has failed to guarantee legal protections of LGBTs in accordance with United Nations human rights conventions.

The Philippine Congress is again debating an Anti Discrimination Bill sumitted in 2010, filed as House Bill 1483 or An Act Defining Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Providing Penalties Therefor. The bill would outlaw both practices and policies that limit the basic rights and freedoms of LGBT in schools, offices, commercial establishments, health care institutions, the civil service, police and military.


Philippines Listings by City:

MANILA

Other cities and provinces are listed below...


General Information

    The Philippines has much to offer: beautiful nature and beach resorts at bargain prices, winsome smiles and a friendly mabuhay (hello) from nearly everyone. Because the Philippines is predominantly Catholic you might think that gay life is deeply hidden. But don't assume that the scene is minimal just because gay bars or other establishments seem to be few in number. In fact, Filipino gays are usually fully integrated into their extended families and live in a society that is generally tolerant and inclusive of GLBT. There are, of course, legal and political struggles and the Philippines has a long tradition of ardent queer activism in the public arena to quickly counter prejudice and misunderstanding. Asia's first ever gay pride march was held in Manila on Jun 26, 1994.

  • Being Gay in the Philippines a special audio report by BBC World Service
  • Philippines Gay & Lesbian News Archive
  • Additional Links and Resources


Articles and Publications


Organizations

  • Ang Ladlad
      Golden Legacy Bld Unit 304, 98 Xavierville Ave Corner E. Abada St, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
      433-0674, 0921-784-3260, email

      A national organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Filipinos, founded on September 1, 2003. It supports legislation for non-discrimination against LGBTs and equal opportunities for them.
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  • AIDS/HIV organizations and information

  • Lesbian and Gay Legislative Advocacy Network (LAGABLAB)

      The largest network of LGBT groups in the Philippines and has actively campaigned against discrimination, along with Amnesty International Pilipinas, an international human rights NGO.
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  • TLF SHARE Collective Inc
      Mailing address: 2577 A. Bonifacio St., Bangkal, Makati City 1233 Philippines
      Email

      A membership organization of educators committed to sexual and reproductive health and rights education and empowerment among vulnerable and marginalized groups, particularly among communities of bakla, gay, bisexual and other MSM (men who have sex with men).
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  • Pro-Gay (Progressive Organization of Gays in the Philippines )
      35 Scout Delgado St, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City
      +63 2-367-3109, FAX 371-2302, email

      Gay rights and service organization providing public education, counseling, publicity for gay events, human rights advocacies, sports activities and health advice since 1993. Progay led the first Gay March in Asia on June 26, 1994. Sponsors the Pink Film Festival and other pride events.
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      ProGay recognized at The 3rd Annual Utopia Awards.

  • Task Force Pride
      Email

      A network of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations and LGBT-friendly groups committed to promoting respect for the diverse expressions of responsible sexuality, and the recognition of the right of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders to a dignified life without discrimination and prejudice. They organize the annual Philippine Pride festival.
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Angeles / Clark Freeport Zone (Pampanga)

General Information

    Nearby the Clark International Airport which serves Manila 60km away.

    The population of Angeles is over 350,000 (that's over 14,000 Utopians).


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Accommodations

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Bars and Clubs



BAGUIO (Cordillera)

General Information

    Baguio is quaint and engulfed in a beautiful, cool environment (and, according to Utopians, abounding with hot and spicy hunks).

    The population of Baguio is over 260,000 (that's over 10,000 Utopians).


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Accommodations

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Bars and Clubs

    • Cloud 7
        B/F Naguilan Inn, 444 Naguilan Rd, Baguio City

        Dancers perform from 9:30-3am. Some strip all the way. Admission is P$150 (US$3.50), but this is applied to your drink bill. So you can get two free beers, or apply the P$150 to your cocktail tab.
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    • Thunderbird Bar & Disco


Bars and Clubs

    • Friday's
        Unit 4,5,6 Nevada Square, 1 Loakan Rd (near the entrance gate of Camp John Hay)
        092-8401-2868

        Very nice and cozy bar. Most popular dance club for the young crowd.


Meeting Places



BORACAY ISLAND (Visaya)

General Information

    Boracay Island is a delightful get-away from Manila's crowded, traffic-snarled streets. Popular during high season (Nov-Apr). Even during low season the weather can be quite nice and you can avoid the tourist throngs. Hotel rates, meal prices and other services are also discounted heavily from May-Oct. Boracay is accessible from Manila and other cities by various combos of air, bus and boat.


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Accommodations

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Bars and Clubs


Discos


Meeting Places


Cagayan de Oro (Mindanao)

General Information

    The gateway to Mindanao, also known as the City of Golden Friendship, is the fastest growing city in the Philippines. There is much to see and do, from prehistoric caves and white water rafting, to the beautiful country scenery and the nearby mountainous province of Bukidnon. People from neighboring cities around Mindanao come here every weekend to enjoy the nightlife. Gay life is abundunt. The city is young but has preserved its greenery.

    The population of Cagayan de Oro is over 600,000 (that's about 25,000 Utopians).


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Bars and Clubs

    • DYOR Resto Bar UTOPIAN VERIFIED AUG 2012
        Three blocks off the Divisoria

        Small place, with a varied collection of activities (typical Filipino entertainment including live music, karaoke and more). Strong 'gay' presence. Sun is Rainbow Night. The MC's are drag queens on most nights. No strippers or gogo shows.
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Meeting Places


Restaurants and Cafes

Shops and Salons


Camiguin Island (Camiguin)

General Information

    Camiguin is the 2nd smallest province of Philippines. Camiguin Island is in the Bohol Sea. It becomes a gay haven during Holy Week, with many gays from Northern Mindanao, especially Cagayan de Oro.


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Accommodations

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CEBU / Mandaue / Lapu-Lapu (Visaya) -- area code +63-32

General Information

    Mandaue is part of the city of Cebu - all the north-south streets in Cebu continue on into Mandaue without interruption. Also Lapu-Lapu on Mactan Island is part of the same metropolitan area. You get off the plane at the Cebu City airport and drive for the first ten minutes through Lapu-Lapu, cross a bridge, drive ten minutes through Mandaue and then into Cebu.

    The population of Cebu is over 750,000 (that's over 30,000 Utopians).


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Accommodations

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Bars and Clubs

    • Navigator UTOPIAN VERIFIED JAN 2015
        S. B. Cabahug St (the one north of A. Del Rosario St), Mandaue city

        A bar that attracts many Korean women as well as gays. It is located at Cabahug Rd, Mandaue, a 5-minute walk north of Jollybee (very well known by taxis in Cebu).
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Meeting Places


DAVAO (Southern Mindanao)-- area code +63-82

General Information

    The population of Davao is close to 1 million (that's about 40,000 Utopians).


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Bars and Clubs


Meeting Places



Dipolog (Zamboanga del Norte)

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Accommodations

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El Nido (Palawan)

Travel Services

  • El Nido Party Boat UTOPIA VERIFIED JAN 2016
      Taiyo Village
      +63 90-5460-4723, email

      Lesbian-owned, all-inclusive party boat tour around the beautiful El Nido Bacuit Bay. Slow cruise the limestone karsts, sip cocktails while dancing on the boat deck. Stop for snorkeling and lunch. At the end of the day, enjoy a sunset cruise back to El Nido town.
      Utopia Member Benefit: 20% DISCOUNT on bookings.
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Hinunangan (Southern Leyte)

General Information

    The population of Hinunangan is over 30,000 (that's over 1,200 Utopians).


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Accommodations

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MANILA (Luzon) -- area code +63-2

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Port Barton (Palawan)

General Information

    Port Barton is a village on the northwest coast of Palawan island, about 25km from Roxas.


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Accommodations

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PUERTO GALERA, MINDORO (Luzon)

General Information

    Puerto Galera on the island of Mindoro is, like Boracay, a beach destination popular with locals. It is accessible by regular boats and motorized bancas (local boats with rigs) from the port of Batangas. The port is quite modern and has long term parking in case you bring your car. There are also ferries if you want to drive your own car. The port is accessible by bus from Manila and it takes less than two hours to get there. Hotels can often arrange bus and round trip boat packages to and from Puerto Galera.

    There are many beaches on Puerto Galera, but the most popular for the local gay scene is White Beach. The place usually goes wild on long weekends or holidays, especially during Holy Week. There are rocky areas on the left and right side of White Beach which are inviting for cruising. There are also waterfalls near the beach, and another one accessible by boat.


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Accommodations

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Meeting Places



San Pedro (Laguna)

General Information

    Officially known as the Municipality of San Pedro, it shares its boundary with southernmost metro Manila. Many San Pedro residents commute to Manila to work. The population is over 300,000 (that's more than 12,000 Utopians).

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Massage and Spas



Silang (Cavite)

General Information

    The municipality of Silang is approximately 45k south of Manila. The population is over 1/4 million, with 10,000 Utopians.


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Massage and Spas

    • M Spa & Cafe UTOPIA VERIFIED JAN 2014
        172 R.M. Asuncion St (corner of Aguinaldo Hwy)
        +63 917-604-8041, email

        Gay and lesbian-friendly spa services with friendly masseurs, food and lodging, in a quaint shop and a lush garden filled with rare plants. About an hour south of the Manla international airport.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 10% DISCOUNT.
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Subic Bay Freeport (Luzon, Zambales)

Accommodations
      Click here for Subic Bay Freeport hotels and accommodations.



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