Month: June 2014

Foreigners Should Shun Macho Dancer Bars

HUNDREDS of thousands of foreign tourists visit the Philippine Islands, braving the dangers that await them the very moment they disembark from the aircraft. A small percentage of these aliens have the luxury of time to visit a few male entertainment clubs, more commonly called macho dancer bars. Male strip bars closest to the infamous Philippine International Airport draw the bulk of these potential customers.

Since macho dancer clubs do not discriminate on the basis of one’s sex or gender orientation, one sees even straight-as-an-arrow South Korean men unwinding with their female compatriots inside such establishments. Some South Korean women visit such popular clubs as White Bird Male Entertainment Bar in Parañaque City and Solution in Pasay City and their male compatriots are there, understandably, to keep them company. Locals, however, are quick to label these men as members of the “pink brigade” by virtue of their presence in places built to cater to homosexual men.

Besides East Asians, there is also a sprinkling of white Caucasian men in some other establishments of the straight-go-go-boy variety.

The presence of these foreign customers only reinforces the long-held twisted view among virtually all islanders that foreigners are moneyed and should be taken advantage of. It’s a pity foreigners are stereotyped as such and are considered walking automatic teller machines and are at the mercy of the opportunistic locals. Most of these straight go-go boys are, by nature, materialistic and, as such, they are hell-bent on coveting the latest electronic gadgets available in the market and other cool stuff. The sight of foreigners in strip clubs only emboldens these people to dupe these travelers, all in the name of money.

Foreign guests feel exploited and deceived because they are not getting what they are paying for. You may be wondering what I’m talking about here. Issues ranging from small gratuities, lousy shows and expensive drinks to poor conversational skills among many performers are amongst the items I am tackling here. It’s safe to say then that a culture of deception does exist in this part of the world, which deplorable culture the locals are quick to deny. It’s better to deny than accept the truth because the truth does hurt, literally and figuratively. Clearly, there are people who were born with no sense of shame.

It’s no surprise then that many foreigners consider these islanders “gold diggers” or “dough suckers”, which is a sweeping generalization which, of course, is incorrect and unfair. But you can’t blame people from other countries for thinking or believing this way. There are islanders, like yours truly, who resent this generalization, but it simply is difficult to change one’s perception of people from other cultures. The good apples are damaged by the presence of the rotten ones – if you know what I mean.

That’s why foreigners with a penchant for male strip clubs should take pains to avoid the Philippine’s male strip clubs.

One Place Entertainment Bar – Iloilo City

SOMEONE told me about a new macho dancer bar in bustling Iloilo City in the Central Philippine Islands Region and its name is One Place Entertainment Bar, located on Dalan Jose Ma. Basa (Jose Ma. Basa Street).  Of course, I have not been to that strip club nor have I visited the said city. I welcome comments from those who have visited this male entertainment club, which certainly is making a big name for itself, because your opinions about the place will help potential customers with their future visits to the bar.

Photo credit: OnePlace Entertainment Bar, Iloilo City

A Reader Shares His Strip Bar Experiences

A certified regular patron at numerous male strip bars emailed the Gonogran, sharing his experiences and positive comments about the macho dancer clubs he has gone to.  Here’s his electronic missive:

“I have been to Solution Male Box in Libertad (speaking of within the metro)…It is always nice there.  I appreciate Dion who was able to identify me after a year, they really value their clients!

Out of town bests for me are Navigator in Cebu, Paraiso in Iloilo, Bamboo Jom in Olongapo and Salambat in Davao. Some of these are small clubs but customer service and affordability of entrance fees and drinks is good!

I love the shows of Navi in Cebu, the MDs of Bamboo Jom (especially ANGELO) and Paraiso (especially JR).  Davao’s Salambat offers low price drinks but good accommodation, the dancers dance even you’re the only customer.

Lastly, these bars have nice MD’s, not diggers and definitely not demanding.  Except SEVEN of Bamboo Jom who fooled a friend of mine, allegedly.  But, nevertheless, in general, the visits in all these bars are worth it 🙂

Thanks for the pics, by the way…”

Thanks a bunch to CuriousGuy, the name he prefers to go by, for your insightful message.  Now I am learning from you.

Some staff members at Solution MB do remember their clients, which is good customer service.  I have not visited the Olongapo City-based Bamboo Jom but I have heard of it.  Is it still open?

Here’s an old logo of the latter strip club…

and I hope these few snapshots may help bring back happy memories of your visits:

You mentioned Navigator Bar.   Oh, it’s Cebu City’s best straight-go-go-boy bar which boasts of much more attractive strippers many of whom are good performers.

By the way, is it true that there are now two macho dancer bars in Iloilo City in Central Philippine Region?  The other is OnePlace Entertainment Bar on J.M. Basa Road.

Of course, Paraiso (Paradise in English) Bar has long been there and is showing no signs of folding up.  Here are pics of Paraiso Macho Dancer Bar.

 photo ParaisoGayBar.jpg

Again, thank you for your email and for visiting the blog.   I hope you will come back and share useful information with the readers.

Note: The Gonogran does not claim ownership of the photographs featured in this post.  Credits go to Bamboo Jom Bar, OnePlace Entertainment Bar, Paraiso Bar and myphilippinelife.com.

Matikas Bar Was Raided

WELL, yours truly did not like to tackle this subject, but later realized he felt obligated to talk about this recent raid on a popular male strip club, however brief it might be.

AS you all know, Matikas Entertainment Bar, a small macho dancer bar at the corner of Quezon Avenue and Roosevelt Street in Quezon City, was raided by agents of the Anti-Human Trafficking Division of the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation (an “imitation” of the famed United States Federal Bureau of Investigation) and Human Trafficking Division of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the wee hours of June 4th, a Wednesday, after month-long surveillance by the bureau confirmed suspicions that the strip club offered sex services to its patrons (underscored words were from the head of the Anti-Human Trafficking Division Dante Bonoan) and engaged in prostitution.

The early morning raid (or shall we say “rescue” because it is a favorite word of the Philippine cops and other local enforcement agencies as far as raids of strip clubs is concerned?) netted eleven macho dancers (or male strippers), six of whom, according to Salve Sion of the Social Welfare Department’s Human Trafficking unit were minors, that is, below eighteen, which is the legal age.  The crackdown also led to the discovery of children all aged below fourteen and who were found asleep in one of the rooms.  What were these tots doing in a strip club? Well, let’s answer it this way: You are a single mom and you can’t afford to leave your precious child behind in your rented room. So the best option: Bring your child along to work your place.

(The latest strip bar raid in the City of Quezon received front page treatment in tabloids such as Hataw! [shown above].  Photo courtesy of Hataw! Tabloid)

The shirtless and clad-only-in-underwear dancers were taken to the headquarters of the investigation bureau in the Philippine Capital, Manila, and the children to the Social Welfare Department Rescue Centre also in Quezon City.

I hate it when law enforcement personnel refuse to listen to the side of the arrested performers and when the latter are talked into saying they peddle sex right inside the bar.  I have been to numerous macho dancer bars and I have never solicited sex from any of the strippers I tabled, which assertion may shock you but which is true, and the dancers who joined me at my tabled never ever offered sex service to me. In fact, I have never taken out any strippers.  Really? Yes.

This is not the first time that the strip bar was raided. If you recall, the establishment, when it was still known as Makisig in its old location on Timog or South Avenue also in Quezon City, was raided in April of 2008.  At the time, it was the police who swooped down on the club where supposedly half-naked men were caught dancing.

The Wednesday raid did not surprise yours truly. After all, raids are part of the challenges faced by strip bar owners and performers and patrons. On whether such raids are legitimate or not, yours truly withhold his judgment. But the Gonogran hopes the dancers will not be coerced or intimidated into shelling out hard-earned cash in exchange for their liberty. You know how the local system works.

By the way, it’s the month of June, which is traditionally the start of classes in the Philippines Islands.  You can’t put your child through school if you are cash-strapped.  Similarly, you need money in the run-up to the election. And you need more dough during the holiday season.  Do you see any connection?