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QC LGBT Pride celebration: More than just a parade

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VERA Files | 13 December 2015

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More than the parade, more than the march and festival, this celebration is the delivery of actual programs and policies for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) people,” Percival Cendaña, commissioner of the National Youth Commission, said of the recent LGBT Pride celebration in Quezon City.

The celebration took special significance held after the court ruling on Jennifer Laude’s case, which found US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton guilty of homicide.

Though many LGBT advocates and groups said that “murder” should have been the rightful verdict, they still see it as something that they can learn from. “Now, more than ever, especially because of the decision on Laude’s case, is the right time for the [LGBT] community to get together and reflect on what happened to Jennifer, and to also inspire the next course of action,” Cendaña explained.

Cendaña also said that the event is the highlight of all the achievements throughout the year, specifically the passage of the Gender-Fair Ordinance in Quezon City.

An ordinance providing for a comprehensive anti-discrimination policy on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression signed November last year, is the first of its kind in the Philippines.

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The ordinance states: “It is hereby declared a policy of Quezon City to actively work for the elimination of all forms of discrimination that offend the equal protection clause of the Bill of Rights enshrined in the Constitution, and other existing laws and to value the dignity of every person, guarantee full respect for human rights, and give the highest priority to measures that protect and enhance the rights of all people.”

According to Councilor Lena Marie “Mayen” Juico (First District), author of the Gender-Fair Ordinance, “they (Quezon City officials) have tackled all areas where the LGBT community may experience discrimination.”

“The Quezon City government expanded the ordinance to be the most comprehensive so far. In fact, it is more comprehensive than the anti-discrimination bill that is still pending in Congress right now,” Cendaña added.

There were more young participants in this year’s Pride celebration, which was a good indication that LGBTs are slowly becoming aware of their rights, observed Juico.

“LGBTs in Quezon City [should] take the time to find out what their rights are. The city already has an ordinance that encompasses all areas where they can experience discrimination. It is all a matter of utilizing it and making sure that it is implemented,” she explained.

Juico also said that it is the desire of Mayor Herbert Bautista to see gay union or gay marriage happen in Quezon City. Adding, Bautista also knows, “it can only happen if gay marriage becomes a national policy.”

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(Founded in March 2008, VERA Files is put out by veteran journalists taking a deeper look at current issues. Vera is Latin for “true.”)

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F Club: Colder than it’s supposed to be

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Outrage Magazine | 28 July 2013

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The first half of 2013 saw a lot of changes in the world of LGBTQ partying – or, for that matter, the maturity of gay spaces, to be more precise.

When O Bar decided to open a branch in Ortigas and leave its original space in Malate, so that the former LGBT center’s demise started. And though BED Bar and Chelu Bar – for a while – tried to augment and keep the flame of Malate as the LGBT center burning, even BED Bar decided it was time to give Malate up, also letting go of the place to transfer to Greenfield District, which is also in Ortigas, and not too far from the new O Bar.

Just as Malate started gasping for air to stay alive, numerous LGBT entrepreneurs and business owners ventured into the clubbing business. And so we now have a lot of new and unfamiliar bars and clubs opening left and right in the metro.

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It all started as one of the pioneers of the few (but notable) towel clubs in the Philippines. Located in Quezon City, Fahrenheit stood firm for many years as a go-to place for gays and bisexuals who are looking for quick hook-ups or for someone who is looking for a different scene while enjoying a bottle or two.

And then Fahrenheit saw the opportunity to open a place that will cater specifically to club goers, so it didn’t waste time and opened one – and “cleverly” named it as F Club.

The interior of the place looks nice, even if not impressive, at least particularly when compared with other clubs in Quezon City. The dance floor is very spacious, with cocktail tables strategically placed all over the area, making it easier for the club goers to move around whenever the place becomes crowded (though, that is, if it ever becomes crowded at all). The bar corner looks plain and simple – they just added blue lights around to make it more elegant-looking, though – for me – it doesn’t create that effect. It’s also a big turn off when they placed their humbly-sized bar beside the restrooms; aside from the obvious fact that the stench of the toilet would linger while you enjoy your cocktail, club goers usually line-up outside the toilet, thus adding to an already crowded bar area.

F Club’s bar menu, however, is impressive – arguably the only impressive element of the whole club. They offer signature cocktails with interesting names to go with them: Bel Ami – a mix of Skyy Raspberry, sour mix and soda; Foreplay – a mix of coconut rum, pineapple and orange; Mother F – a mix of run, gin, vodka, tequila, sour mix, soda and Blue Curacao; Quickie – a mix of Frangelico, lime wedges and sugar; Red Headed Slut – a mix of Jagermeister, Red Bull and cranberry; and War Whore – a mix of Bacardi Apple, lime wedges, sugar and cranberry. Their signature shooters include: F Me – a mix of Malibu, vodka, cranberry and orange; F You – a mix of Tequila Rose, crème de cacao; F Hard – a mix of Kahlua, Bailey’s, vodka and crème dementhe; and F Shooters Flight – a mix of F MeF You and F Hard. And, of course, they offer the usual cocktail drinks, which use mid-range alcohol selection as its base liquor. The prices of each are very affordable; your P500 will go a long way.

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On a regular Friday or Saturday, it’s too much for someone to expect a really crowded dance floor. In fact, for me, one of the few times the place held a big number of club goers was during the grand finals of Mr. Fahrenheit 2013, when the place was close to being jam-packed. When the crowd gets THIS big, it should be a dream come true for someone who wants to spend his weekend cruising and checking out of the people who are walking around him; but most of the club goers who attended the coronation night were not type cruise-y type (or even cruise-worthy) that you’d see in the likes of BED Bar, UNO Bar or even in O Bar.

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Overall, F Club is (only) a good place if you just want to hang out with your friends and catch up. It could serve as your opening salvo before you transfer to “better” clubs. But if you really want to cruise and want to get laid, go to their towel bar area, Fahrenheit, where it’s guaranteed you’re going to have a good time.

It’s really nice what entrepreneurs and business owners are doing – that is, giving the LGBT community options. But if you’re just going to put up a club just for the sake of competing with the already established clubs, just make sure you know what the community is looking for – truth is, it may always be about sex, but if you don’t have a good venue nor substantial happenings every time you’re open, then it may not be the next best cruising place for anyone.

F Club is located at E. Rodriguez Ave. cor. Hemady St., Quezon City, Metro Manila. For more information, call (+632) 474-6457. Or visit their Facebook page.

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(Outrage Magazine remains the only publication for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the Philippines.)

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A bland ‘Rapture’

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Outrage Magazine | 09 June 2013

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Just more than a month after Malate went on comatose, members of the pink community started roaming around Metro Manila to look for alternatives where they can spend their weekends and sometimes their weeknights. The truth is, the magic of O Bar Ortigas didn’t enthrall the entire pink community, only some of its members. And the others, many of whom most people would like to label as the BED crowd, didn’t bother to go back to O Bar Ortigas after one or two visits. Hence, the turn of events resulted to an even greater faction of the pink community.

Quezon City is starting to produce several bars and clubs that attempts to cater to the pinkcommunity.

As we all know, years and years ago, Quezon City has been known to be one of the places for the heterosexual crowd. Then people started flocking to different places like BGC, good old Makati, Eastwood and other places in Metro Manila. And so Quezon City slowly transformed to become one those kinds of places where a great selection of venues is available for anyone’s palate.

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Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, a new sing-a-long and stand-up bar opened in Cubao, Quezon City; it is called Rapture. It is located along Aurora Blvd., just a couple of streets away from Palawan 2.

If some of you have been to Palawan 2 or to any sing-a-long and stand-up bars in the Metro, Rapture attempts to imitate the feel of those bars.

The facade of the bar looks very inviting, it almost seems like you’ll most likely experience extreme happiness when you enter.

Once inside, you discover that the place holds 170 seats for its guests, with tables and chairs positioned very close to each other.

On a Saturday, the place can be very crowded, so that if you arrive past 12 midnight, you won’t be able to find an available seat for you and your friends, and you’ll have to wait until a group leaves – this may be because of their no door charge strategy after two in the morning, even on weekends.

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And just like any other sing-a-long and stand-up bars, they have drag performers acting as hosts, seemingly to make sure that the guests are well entertained in between performances. There’s nothing special about their punchlines, though. In fact, there’s nothing really “funny” about the jokes they’ve been throwing back and forth from each other – which may be because most, if not all, of their one-liners revolve around ridiculing people just to poke fun of the mishaps and shortcomings of their heterosexual co-hosts and some of the guests. Don’t get me wrong, the jokes and punchlines are funny at times, but after being saturated by Vice Ganda’s one-liners almost everyday, there’s nothing funny and original (anymore) when someone maligns someone onstage.

Their liquor selection is very limited – but they offer cheap prices for their drinks, and you can get a bucket of beer for a very low price.

A quarter of the area is separated from the main area of the sing-a-long and stand-up bar – this is where KlubDude, their version of a “dance club”, is located.

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Their release, which states: “…where the only furniture installed are high cocktail tables. The absence of chairs enables guests to move around freely and socialize with others…” rings true: this place really is bare and empty. At four in the morning on a weekend, their guests prefer to just stay in the sing-a-long stand-up area instead of standing in the humbly-sized dance floor area.

The set-up of KlubDude may have worked if their show in the sing-a-long area ends early, so that their guests would transfer to the dance floor, just like in Palawan 2.

Rapture Cafe Bar also has pageants and competitions left and right – Ms. Gay Rapture, Mr. Rapture, Rapture Idol, and many others. It seemed like they want to make sure they provided all kinds of entertainment possible. And that’s really good.

But, it is rather sad for someone who grew up in the world of Malate, or in O Bar or in BED Bar or other similar bars to conform to what’s only (if not many) available gay spaces like Rapture offers.

LGBTs go out with their friends, with their partners, or sometimes alone to experience an undeniable and real extreme happiness and delight – it’s not because they are elitist or “choosy”, but it’s more because of personal preference. Among others, maybe it’s to listen and laugh at jokes that don’t ridicule anyone, and be at a suitable and safe environment for anyone.

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Nonetheless, maybe above everything else, Rapture Cafe Bar and KlubDude may be considered as some form of “advancement” in the LGBT community, as it is another gay space where the community members can hang out and express themselves. Who knows, it may also be a place where one could find their next best hook up or their next possible relationship prospect.

 Rapture Cafe Bar and KlubDude are located at 903 Aurora Blvd. corner Harvard St., Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila. For more information, call (+63 2) 441-1769, (+63) 917-8989306 or (+63) 939-9032103. 

 

(Outrage Magazine remains the only publication for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the Philippines.)

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