The self-proclaimed transgender capital of the world and the capital of the Philippines, Manila, is famous for its abundance and traffic. It’s not New York – Manila is the real city that never sleeps. Its streets are alive with entertainment, activity, food, and more 24/7. Go-getters looking for enjoyment and love will find Manila the go-to option. The city has a vibrant transgender community.
A quick Internet search for Manila trans singles will yield the site TS Dating as the first result. Most of the ladyboys on this site are escorts. Not all profiles will indicate post-op or pre-op, so unless the image makes it obvious, you’ll have no way of knowing. If you decide to register at this site, be aware of a WhatsApp scam. If someone gets in touch with you to verify your account data and asks for your username, e-mail, password, and credit card data, block them at once. The person might introduce themselves as the owner of TS-Dating.com. The site will never ask you for this information.
The Internet is far from your only option to find ladyboy singles in Manila. Three new trans-friendly bars opened in the Filipino capital recently: Siren, Hiya’s, and Mikko’s. They are near the beach and feature shows on Friday and weekend nights. These include gay, trans, and drag shows. There’s loud, good music and the place is a lot of fun, so you can have a good time even if you don’t meet anyone. The clubs have Facebook pages, but no websites for now.
There is one theater with trans shows in the city. It’s located in Cebu and called the Amazing Show.
Club Mwah is housed on the top floor of a 3-floor building. There is a fine dining restaurant and bar on the first floor. There are cabaret shows on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. There are always lots of ladyboy singles here, both onstage and in the audience.
Manila and the Philippines, in general, are wrought with contradictions. Many Filipinos embrace the LGBT community despite the vast majority of the population being devoutly Catholic. The Catholic Church tends to dominate the public sphere. There are no laws in place to protect trans people, but there are no laws criminalizing homosexuality and transsexuality either. There is an annual trans pageant that draws huge crowds, including young people. The winner of the last one, a woman called Ms. Cabaluna, told a New York Times reporter in an interview that trans people were allowed to wear women’s clothes in church and that she had heard priests say that it was not gender that mattered, it was being a good person before your family and God.