Rome's Guide to Manila, Philippines


My name: Rome profile: flirt_85

My age: 24

My profession: Web designer, Advertising manager

City/town: Manila, Philippines

Relationship status: In a relationship

Sexuality: Gay

If someone came to your town for just four hours, what is the one thing he should do?

Go with me in my flat!

Do you have a hometown crush? If so, describe.

I have so many crush in every city! LOL!

What was the last vacation you took?

I was recently in Europe for my European summer Holliday. I live in Stockholm Sweden because my boyfriend is Swedish and we live in Stockholm every summer.

Where do you most want to go?

My top 5 ultimate vacation spots I want to go that I haven't been to include Mykonos, Reykjavik, Antwerp and Amsterdam.

Are any famous people from your town?

Yes of course some local celebrities but I'm not really into them unless there Madonna or Kylie...

Rome2 What are some great restaurants for a night out with gay friends?

M bar is my favorite bar its chic and very cosmopolitan. There's a restaurant and outside is a alfresco dining with a view of a nice garden overlooking other restaurants in the area.

What are your favorite gay bars and/or dance clubs?

BED bar is a must see dance club in Manila it's like a DJ station of Bangkok.

Where is the best public place for a gay person to make out there (or isn't there one)?

Most foreigners may think that Manila is very discreet because of the strong influence of the Catholic Church but its NOT. The pink parties are always lively, flamboyant, glamorous and flirty and the Filipino people in general are very tolerant, respectful and diverse. So it can be said that the gay scene is flourishing more than ever. It should also be noted that Homo sexuality is legal in the Philippine with the age of consent set to 18.

What is the gay community like there? Do you consider yourself to be part of any particular "scene?"

The gay scene is vast ranging from hunks to jocks to drag queens. I'm more in to the club scene myself.

Where do you shop for clothes?

My fave brand is G Star raw, but its not available in Manila. My other fave brand is Armani exchange. There is a local designer called Colleczione I like also.

Rome3 Is there a local cocktail that's popular in your town?

Cosmopolitan, that's my fave. I also like strawberry martini's.

Where do the hot boys in your town tend to hang out?

BED CLUB, Government Club and Embassy Supper Club. All are very posh and mixed with lots of hot guys.

Do gay men and lesbians hang out together in your town or is that just unheard of?

That's unheard of in Manila, but in Stockholm.

Has your town ever had a "gay scandal?" If so, describe it -- but don't use names!

There was this blog about this Filipino guy who scammed an Australian lover for several thousand of dollars which became very controversial.

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