On Cebu's Sex Tourism
The fourth time, on his second night in Cebu, his officemates wanted to visit a karaoke bar at the lower ground floor of Waterfront Hotel called Club Nyx KTV and Bar. Three of his senior companions entered the bar while Tutubi and his friends were taking pictures of the hotel's facade. When Tutubi and his friends looked for their companions who went ahead, the guard of Club Nyx asked them if they're from the media possibly due to the DSLR camera strung on his shoulder. They were able to enter and locate their "missing" peers, later emptied San Mig Light and belted quite a number of songs when an un-ordered parade of girls entered the room together with an older woman, who later identified herself as the Mama-san, who narrated she used to work at a certain Lighthouse on Timog in Quezon City when she was poached by the Korean owner of Club Nyx.
On the offer to get a girl to accompany them, even to "take out," the group plainly said "thanks, but no thanks" to the offer and the girls left the room. Letting even one of those girls in small chat requires ordering expensive ladies drinks at regular intervals and for "take out" would have to cough up bar fines, sometimes called "leaving fines," according to a patron of such places (who knows even the prices of various bars he frequents), are the payment a customer pays the bar owners for "taking out" their employees, euphemistically called GROs, short for guest relations officers.
Ad of Egypt bar and International Bar Complex on the inside back cover of the free Cebu visitor's guide at Mactan Cebu International Airport with pictures of Filipinas
Cebu tourism is also a booming industry but the dark side of this is highly evident with a booming flesh trade with the mushrooming of girlie bars masquerading as KTV, clubs, bars (sans the long table), GROs moonlighting as prostitutes and even streetwalkers looking for quick cash. This was confirmed by this report by Cebu Daily News recently.
Even the lone Cebu Tourism channel TV banners rotating ads of Club Temptation, Club Mermaid in Lapu-lapu City, Club Tokyo with interludes of advertisements of Ocean Bay Beach Resort while free travel guide on Cebu at the exit of Mactan-Cebu International airport advertises Grand Stage Bikini Bar, Tarzan Gay Bar, Club Circus, Cities, Club H20, Nasa, Club Jaguar Bar & KTV, International Bar Complex, Love City Bar & KTV, Gold Finger Bar & KTV, Cocoloco, Golden Calesa Club Circuit KTV, Infinity KTV & Music Lounge.
Tutubi doesn't advocate sex tourism, which he jokingly refers to as Air Force One tourism, referring to some people he knows who take visitors to the popular hangout near Manila's Airport. He respects the opposite sex and prefers not to have the same image as Thailand's famous Pat Pong district in Bangkok and instead strive for genuine and sustainable tourism development of which the country, not only Cebu, has a big potential.
Prostitution is illegal in the Philippines but it's practice is an open secret in other places like Angeles City, Quezon Avenue in Quezon City, Burgos St. in Makati among other tourist destinations.
What Tutubi can say about Cebu is that there are lots of "eye candies," in one place-- mga guwapa gyud mga Cebuana! :P
posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:43 PM,
- At Jul 24, 2008, 12:53:00 AM, the donG said...
that's a sad news! although it happens secretly but it also happens rampantly.
- At Jul 25, 2008, 7:27:00 PM, tutubi said...
the dong, cebu nightlife...the dark side of cebu :(
- At Jul 29, 2008, 2:42:00 PM, pieterbie said...
It is everywhere, my friend.
I was in Bordeaux, France a few weeks ago. I make the mistake of taking a picture of a woman I thought was together with this man who was clearly a tourist. I thought: my God, that guy's wife looks like a cheap prostitute. When I got to the side street (she was on the corner) I noticed that it was full of street prostitutes and the woman quickly called her "protector", I heard her say, hurry, this guy took a photo of me. I can tell you: I hurried out of there.
- At Aug 7, 2008, 4:47:00 PM, J said...
Interesting...We'll be visiting this Oct. That's bad news for girls like me who travel alone. It means bigger chances of being bugged by creepy guys who are into that thing.
- At Sep 30, 2008, 1:02:00 PM, said...
J, when will you be there alone? I'm into that thing and would love to meet you. Maybe we could share a girl if you like three-way?
- At Feb 7, 2009, 1:49:00 AM, said...
Cebu is nothing compared to Las Vegas where majority of Pimps are Filipinos with blonde and blue eyed girls
and Prostitution in Nevada is Legal
- At Aug 13, 2009, 5:21:00 PM, Paulette said...
whoa! i've been to cebu hundreds of times already and never have i encountered a pimp.. well maybe because i'm a girl.. lol.. well, its too bad that women are being exploited this way but we can't do anything about it right? :(
- At Aug 13, 2009, 10:03:00 PM, backpacking philippines said...
paulette, no pimps for girls...a friend of mine encountered a pimp for men in butuan who thought my friend was gay :(
- At Nov 19, 2010, 7:56:00 AM, said...
oh my gosh, gee golly thats terrible. those poor girls, with their ability to make their own choice and earn all that money. someone should stop this
- At Jan 18, 2012, 4:53:00 PM, said...
J - contact me at +63917 8670517
- At Aug 27, 2012, 1:23:00 PM, Rave Sebastian said...
J - I'd be glad to tour you over in Cebu. If you like some company and someone to talk to. Bernard here. 0917 595 8061