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Lifted from the journal of the late Trog were these entries on one of his visits to Solution Disco, a down-market macho dancer bar on Pasay City’s Arnaiz Street, formerly called Libertad:
“There is a guy or two manning the wide entrance leading up to the second floor of the concrete building where the strip bar is located. Take several flights up the stairway and you will see a non-smiling, burly looking man sitting behind a small wooden table. He takes the entrance fee payment from host bar patrons (or hosto bar on the third floor) and macho dancer bar customers. On other nights, a bored looking woman takes over.
“Entrance Fee (Cover Charge): lower entrance fee for women but higher for “bakla” men, meaning transvestites and effeminate men. The latter entrance fee also applies to transsexuals. If you choose this entrance fee option and you happen to be a truly manly gay guy with no hint of feminine traits, you must be brave enough to say you are gay (in the Philippine context, effeminate homosexual), lest you will be charged four times the actual entry fee. The macho dancer bar charges more for straight guys and for those straight-acting, straight-looking, straight talking gay guys who are always mistaken for real men. The establishment charges even more on big nights (Thursday nights) and special nights.
“It’s here where you occasionally spot a popular, noisy transvestite actor-television host who seems enamored with a serious-looking, tattooed macho dancer many customers go gaga over.
“But I kind of like Solution Bar and will definitely return, if only to catch my favorite stripper, that is, if he is still there.”