The 100 million citizens dwell on more than 7000 islands, with the capital Manila home to 11 million alone.
Metro Manila is the epicentre of the Philippines gay community and home to a very vibrant gay area. Some say the ‘scene’ is second only to that of Thailand.
Formerly entrenched views in the strongly Catholic Philippines are breaking down and there is an emerging and growing acceptance of homosexuality. In consequence the ‘pink peso’ economy is booming.
LGBT people in the Philippines have a distinctive culture but limited legal rights. Gays and lesbians are generally tolerated, if not accepted, within Filipino society, but there is still widespread discrimination. The most visible members of the Filipino LGBT culture are the Bakla.
Bakla individuals are socially and economically integrated into Filipino society and are considered an important part of society. Miss Gay Philippines is the largest and most prestigious gay beauty pageant in the Philippine,s and there is aMister Gay Philippines. (Crowned as Mr. Gay World Philippines 2012 was a 27 year old renowned coffee shop barista.)
The islands are well suited for those looking for an adventure holiday or beachside getaway. There are many resorts on many powdery white sand beaches, with pristine waters concealing a world of reefs.
Task Force Pride (TFP) Philippines is a network of LGBT groups and individuals, organisers of the annual Pride March.
Outrage Magazine is a publication for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and ally (GLBTQIA) communities in the Philippines.