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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.
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Other cities and provinces are listed below...
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
- 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.
- AIDS/HIV organizations and information
- G-Chat Hotline
1-908-888-2428 anytime anywhere in the Philippines, 10 Philippine pesos per minute for virtual or live chats and information on the local lifestyle and recreation scene for gay/bisexual/lesbian Filipinos and friends.
- Lesbian and Gay Legislative Advocacy Network (LAGABLAB)
is 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.
- Lesbian organizations and venues
- 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).
- Pinoy Pride
A network of individuals and representatives of private companies, NGOs and participating government agencies including the Department of Tourism (DOT) that help facilitate publicity and participation of the local GLBT community in Pride events.
- Pride International Film Festival 2003
Suite 1005, Medical Plaza Ortigas Building, 10th Fl, 25 San Miguel Ave, Pasig City, Metropolitan Manila, (63-2) 412-8349, FAX 636-8823, email. November 5-9, 2003 at the Ayala Greenbelt Theater, Makati City. This festival has been organized to benefit HIV/AIDS education, awareness, prevention and care in the Philippines; and to enhance development of local filmmaking through exhibition of international films and videos.
- Pro-Gay (Progressive Organization of Gays in the Philippines )
35 Scout Delgado St, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City, (632) 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.
- 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.
Angeles / Clark Freeport Zone (Pampanga)
Comments from Utopians:
"I want to recommend Clarkton Hotel at 620 Don Juico Ave, Balibago, Clarkview, +63 45-322-3424. 104 aircon rooms, with safe, minibar, cable flat ccreen TV and free Net access. Their restaurant serves European, international and Filipino dishes from 7am - 1pm daily. It is a very gay friendly hotel. I stayed there several times with my boyfriend and enjoyed it very much." -- hkliem, Apr 3, 2014
Comments from Utopians:
"Vanidoso at Don Juico Avenue is a gay comedy bar. They have a nice show there. Funny drag queens and nice guys are dancing and singing. Very good place to relax and have fun." -- hkliem, Apr 3, 2014
- 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.
- Thunderbird Bar & Disco
KM3 Naguillan Rd, Baguio City, email. Busiest Fri/Sat. Dancers perform from 9:30-3am. They all strip at midnight.
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.
- Burnham Park
Not a straight-out meeting place for gays, but the best time to hang out and meet gay people there start from 11pm-4am. Just know the type of crowd. Late night most are hustlers. The ones walking around are cruisers, the shy ones hide under a hat, and most of the loud ones are just for show. Most cool gay people hang out in the well-lit areas. Street smarts are needed.
- Mines View Park
- Sessions Road
- Centennial Park (in front of City Hall)
BORACAY ISLAND (Visaya)
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.
- Cafe Duo (mixed)
Manggayad, Malay Aklan (near Lorenzo Resort), White Beach, 634-2639. The owner will direct you to the bars and nightclubs where gay people go.
- Coco Loco
Malay Aklan (near Boracay Beach), 288-3028.
- Summer Place (mixed)
White Beach. A nice place to go with someone to chat, drink and cuddle. The staff are very friendly, as is the manager. Prices are reasonable.
- Beachcomber Disco (mixed)
- Sulu Star (mixed)
Southern end of White Beach, across from Boat Station #3 and above the Sulu Thai restaurant. Karaoke competitions. Popular with gays. Nightly sing-along contests, with disco dancing after midnight.
- South section of White Beach, near the rocks, daytime.
- Take a late-night stroll down the beach for potential interesting encounters.
Cagayan de Oro (Mindanao)
DYOR Resto Bar (mixed) 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.
- Divisoria Downtown
- Gaisano Mall
- Limketkai Mall
- McArthur Park
Popular around this area. Not difficult to meet those who want to get acquainted with foreign guys. Some of them are young and well educated.
- Opol Beach
- Ororama Megacenter
- Pelaez Sports Center
- The Site
Limketkai Rosario Arcade. Most gays hang around here on weekends.
- SM Mall
- The Park Café
Downtown Divisoria. A favourite hangout for gays.
- Gay-friendly Internet cafés are Neverland Café and Cyvilnet Café
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.
CEBU / Mandaue / Lapu-Lapu (Visaya) -- area code (63-32)
Comments from Utopians:
"Navigator, Hercules, and Zeus are located very near each other in Mandaue. Tarzan and Poseidon are both located across the old Mactan Bridge in Pajo on Mactan Island. Tarzan is close to the McDonalds and Poseidon is on the same street in the opposite direction. Navigator and Tarzan have the biggest stables of macho dancers that cater to the Korean women. Zeus, located on A.S. Fortuna St, has the best pole dancers and is less crowded. Poseidon and Hercules have a fun atmosphere and you are much more likely to see dancers showing all. Request a shower show and join in with the soap." -- Treeef, Sep 7, 2014
- Arcade at Pelaez & Colon intersection
- Ayala complex, across from Harrison Plaza and Robinson Mall
- Cebu Coliseum Roller Skating
- Eden Theater
Colon St, Cebu City. Mature men and obvious gays.
- Fuente Osmena skating rink at night
- Maroco Beach, Dumlob Talisay
- New Cinema
- South Expressway Bus Terminal
- Ultravista Theater
- University of Visayas, Colon St
DAVAO (Southern Mindanao)-- area code (63-82)
The population of Davao is close to 1 million (that's about 40,000 Utopians).
Adrazo Compound, Ponciano Reyes St, Madraso.
- Boulevard Strip
- Gaisano Mall
- Ilustre Avenue
- Lawaan Theater
- Rizal Promenade, Mi Piace. Especially weekends.
- Victoria Plaza
Dipolog (Zamboanga del Norte)
Hinunangan (Southern Leyte)
The population of Hinunangan is over 30,000 (that's over 1,200 Utopians).
Click here for Hinunangan hotels and accommodations.
MANILA (Luzon) -- area code (63-2)
PUERTO GALERA, MINDORO (Luzon)
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.
Click here for Puerto Galera hotels and accommodations.
- East end of White Beach, walking towards Minolo Bay, in the bushes.
- The rocks on the other end of White Beach, towards Aninuan Beach, afternoons.
San Pedro (Laguna)
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).
The municipality of Silang is approximately 45k south of Manila. The population is over 1/4 million, with 10,000 Utopians.
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 Discount
Subic Bay Freeport (Luzon, Zambales)
Click here for Subic Bay Freeport hotels and accommodations.
Proud together at Shanghai Pride 2014.