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- GP (Generation Pink)
Local publication especially developed for gay men and women, metrosexuals and liberal minds. the lifestyle-conscious, shop-savvy, socially-aware, party-loving and liberal individuals -- Generation Pink. The magazine specifically showcases personalities, fashion, music, literature, theater, movies, parties and more. Artful lay-outs and high-quality. Proceeds from the magazine go to HIV/AIDS awareness programs in the Philippines as well as youth advocacy.
- AIDS/HIV organizations and information
Email. A group of Filipino womyn whose goal is to realize gender equality through gender equality advocacy in the Philippines. They are proud members of Task Force Pride Manila, the Lesbian and Gay Legislative Advocacy Network (LAGABLAB), and the AP-Rainbow network.
- Information Center Womyn for Womyn (icWOW)
Provides information relevant to lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer womyn in Asia.
- Lesbian Advocates Philippines (LeAP!)
#58-E Kamias Road, Quezon City, 426-9438 (office hours: 9am-5pm), 0918-939-6235, email. A lesbian NGO, formed by lesbian activists and advocates who have been involved in lesbian rights advocacy work since the early 1990s. LeAP! intends to bring lesbian rights advocacy and visibility work in the local, national and international arena.
- 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.
- 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, counselling, publicity for gay events, human rights advocacies, sports activities and health advise 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.
- UP Sappho
Email. The UP Sappho Society is the first and only university-based lesbian organization in the Philippines. Created in the summer of 1999,its aim is to provide an exclusive lesbian space within the university where lesbian students can interact and work for common goals
- Womyn Supporting Womyn Centre (WSWC)
66E Scout Ojeda St, Roces, Quezon City. (63-917) 502-5957, FAX (63-46) 973-0649, Email. WSWC is an organization that promotes and enhances lesbian empowerment on a national scale via dynamic efforts for lesbian rights advocacy and education; forging solidarities to battle patriarchy, homophobia and discrimination; establishing and enriching resources, support, ideological foundation and action. WSWC has taken on a coordinative role for the national lesbian network formed during the First National Lesbian Rights Conference in 1996. WSWC is a member of LAGABLAB (Lesbian and Gay Legislative Advocacy Network); part of Task Force Pride, which organizes celebration of Pride Month and the Pride March on June of every year; a member of the Asian Lesbian Network, which holds gatherings every two years to formulate and strengthen a lesbian agenda that is rooted in our asian culture and context; and a part of the Asia-Pacific Rainbow, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender group. This group maintains an electronic news group which WSWC co-moderates, to help define common issues, concerns and agenda that can be translated into united action.
BORACAY ISLAND (Visaya)
MANILA (Luzon) -- area code (63-2)
- Manila Out
6022 J. Villena St, Guadalupe, Makati, 890-3174, email. Regularly distributed to the gay and mixed-crowd bars in Manila, Cebu, Davao, schools, mass media and government agencies. Explicitly advertises itself as "a voice of 7 million
gays and lesbians" and devotes a big bulk
of its pages to queer slants in all its news,
stories and even advertising, with
intellectual writing and less of the racier
layouts that all other gay lifestyle magazines
- Ishmael Bernal Community Center
127 Macario Asistio Ave, Caloocan City, 359-0468. A unique arts-training shelter for out-of-school and unemployed gays and lesbians in urban slum areas. By providing opportunities for art-oriented gay youth
to discover their talents in theatre and painting,
the Ishmael Bernal Community Center will contribute
some alternative channels for gays other than loitering
in the streets and being exposed to negative social
influences such as substance abuse.
- The Pink Film Festival
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.
- Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP)
Email. A Manila-based support, contact, and information group focused on the needs, issues, and concerns of transsexual women in the Philippines. They seek to improve the public understanding of transsexualism and to encourage a helpful and supportive community amongst Filipina transsexual women.
- UP Babaylan
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.
Corner of Maria Orosa St and Julio Nakpil St. Lesbian bar. Gets some gay men as well on popular Sat night.
ON Courtyard at Orosa/Nakpil intersection (next to the New York Café), Malate, 404-3662, email. Getting to Bed from Makati by cab costs US$3 or less. A new gay dance club amidst the bohemian and gay-friendly Malate area. Sexy and wild party atmosphere with stylish interiors. Two floors, each with its own bar and DJs spinning progressive house and trance. Friendly and attentive staff. Drinks are moderately priced and entry includes one drink. The crowd is a mix of hip professionals, expats, and tourists. Open Thu - Sat from 9pm til dawn. Packed after midnight on weekends. Utopia Member Discount
- Hot Touch's Massage
099-9416-3328, 090-6494-2927, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly home service and outcall massage. Masseuses and masseurs. Open 24-hours.
- Raia Wellness Center
646-C Severina 18 Village, Km. 18 West Service Rd, 824-6765, 497-7818, 917-851-6398, email. A cozy, gay and lesbian-friendly place that offers a short escape from the busy environment of work or home to enjoy a relaxing massage from well-trained male and female therapists. Utopia Member Discount
- Scents & Touch Spa
5085 Filmore St, Cor Einthoven St. Brgy Palanan, Makati, 550-1160, 550-1210, FAX 825-2932, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly spa operating since 2001. Therapeutic massage for total relaxation (stricty non-sexual) including aroma Swedish massage, Thai massage, shiatsu and Asian foot massage, facials, body scrubs, mesotherapy and lipodissolve treatments. Utopia Member Discount
- Cafe Havana (Cuban cuisine)
Adriatico St in the Remedios Circle area. This is a bold, brassy and classy eatery. It is a little pricey but it has the style to warrant the cost. The crowd is mixed, with some gays, and the food is really good. Flirty waiters are all show. The owner does a lot to support the gay community. Dress code and reports of door guards showing preference to foreigners over locals.
- Campus Diner
Taft Avenue, half way between Quirino Avenue and Vito Cruz Stations, not far from De La Salle University. During the day--an eating place for students--but by night it turns into a karoke bar.
- Deutsches Haus Restaurant (German and international)
105 D-F, Scout Castor Corner Tomas Morato, Quezon City, 410-5927, FAX 410-5927, email. Friendly service, excellent food and drinks. Open to people from all walks of life and definitely some friendly gay staff. Open 11am-11pm. Specialties include all kinds of German sausages, pork knuckles, and beers. Utopia Member Discount
Maria Orosa St near intersection of Julio Nakpil St. In the same courtyard building as Sonata and New York Café. Outdoor seating. Inexpensive drinks and food, so its a popular place to sit and watch the gay passersby.
- New York Café(mixed)
Maria Orosa St near intersection of Julio Nakpil St. In the same courtyard building as Sonata and Komiks. Outdoor seating. Inexpensive drinks and food, so its a popular place to sit and watch gay passersby.
- Peoples Palace (Thai)
612 J. Nakpil Street, Malate, 523-4561. Elegant setting, modern Thai cuisine, and frequented by a fashionable mixed crowd.
610 J. Nakpil, Malate (off Remedios Circle, near Mr. Piggy's and The Library), 524-6770. Attracts a gay and straight mixed crowd.
- Sonata (mixed)
Maria Orosa St near intersection of Julio Nakpil St. In a courtyard building with Komiks and New York Café. Outdoor seating. Inexpensive drinks and food, so its a popular place to sit and watch gay passersby.
616 J. Nakpil St, Malate, 525-5001, email. A gay-operated home decorative and accessory shop located a in the gay district. It carries a large variety of home decorative items, jewelry, plus fashion accessories from all over Southeast Asia andy 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.
- Pride Exchange
Orosa and Nakpil St Courtyard, Malate, 522-9429, email. The first and only gay shop in the Philippines. The shop sells clothes, underwear, toys, condoms, lubricants, gay and lesbian literature, tapes, CDs. Open from Mon through Sat.
Pretty in pink at Pink Dot Singapore 2014 (photo by Lim Yew Kuan).