Where to find the hookers and prostitutes of Cebu, Philippines
GUIDE only :
Use the information below as a broad guide only.
It will be helpful in getting you started.
I personally visit Philippines as much as possible, and then update the info below. Otherwise updates are based on proven reliable sources.
UPDATES : Reviewed March 2013
"Reviewed" means info re-read and adjusted where necessary.
Introduction to Cebu sex Nightlife:
Overview : Subjective personal opinion only ...
Must see/do :
GoGo Bars ... Vikings and bars close by (Mango Ave), details below.
Disco's ... "J Ave" Disco 1am on' (Mango Square) , details below.
Casa's/Whore house ... Hanna Valley .3. aka "Gate .3". Details below
Sleaze ... Jonquerra. Update : Currently not worth visiting (authorities to blame), empty. Might resurge again in the future.
Ayala Shopping Mall (SM Mall 2nd pref). Info below. Eye candy and remote possibility of a pick up.
Colon Street, between 9am - 5pm, for working class shopping experience and remote possibility of a pick up. Details below.
Massage .. Finland, details below.
Go-Go Sex Bars - Hookers, Escorts ... whatever you like to call them :
Filipino/Native Go-Go Bars are different to the expat orientated ones cause they usually have a small regular stage and the guys sit at 'kitchen' tables perving on the average looking babes. If your extremely lucky you might run into a 'new' girl with a nice body/attitude etc., but mostly you've got 'heavy' troupers who've been doing it for a while. Normally, no pole, or pole dancing as we know it. The chances of trouble from drunk Filipino's is minimal if you behave yourself.
These dance places are located in the Palaez and Sanciangko Streets area. Start early around 8pm at the Palaez/Sanciangko corner. Pimps will approach you in the streets all night long, just ignore them , they only have manlnourished and sometimes underage girls. Do not trust them with anything looking under 18, could be serious trouble for you (set up). At a guess there are about 10/12 native dives (dance places) in this area. My advice is : be out of the area by taxi (dont walk out) 12 midnight, if on your own. Seedy, sleazy, but an experience of sorts : )
'Show' Places for sex with Hookers too :
1. These are normally expensive places and poor value, mostly catering for those with a big spender mentality. You pay for the relative posh (?) atmosphere and expensive dresses the girls are wearing. Good perv spots if you do not get involved in too many expensive Ladies Drinks. Best is not to get involved in Ladies Drinks till you've seen all the girls on offer. Get one you like best at your table, buy one or two Ladies Drinks, then secretly slip your cellphone tag to her for a rendeszvous next day. This suits her, as she is free to be bar fined by some full paying sucker that night, then before she starts work next day she can come and ST with you. You will save unnecessary expenses, and she will make extra money (day light shaggin). Make sure management does not see you slip cell number, which you have pre-printed and on the ready at all times. ST with one of these girls next day would run into P1500, pos P2000 if stunner (unlikely). Do not talk price, bang first and see if she's a star fish, P1000. She's got no come uppance, she's not supposed to be shaggin without her employer getting a cut : )
Dont forget, some of these girls think they are 'movie stars' and thus do not perform very well in bed. All the more reason to road test her without paying an official bar fine fee (P4/6000 ?).
Popular and well known by taxi drivers : Infinity and Arena (Reclamation area). Where you will pay around Pesos200 entrance (see Update below), P300 to P600 for Ladies Drink (LD), P110 or more , your beer. Bar Fines can be around P6000 (all inclusive fee). But girls at these places will expect a substantial tip eg P1000. And even then you can end up with a starfish. Best modus operandi .... 1. one LD's only 2. Slip cell number secretly 3. Daylight shaggin P1500 all up , short time (2/3hrs) max.
Arena : P200 entrance, P30 service charge each time you pay chit. They get you to sign chit if you do not pay at time of consuming = cheaper than paying the P30 service charge for each and every order/drink. Beer P110 or more , Ladies Drink P300 if Cebu girl, P600 if Manila girl. Ask beforehand re your choice. Example, could be trick eg "Oh that one is Manila girl" when in fact she is a Cebu girl etc. Also the mama-san might appear and say she gets a LD too (P300). Query it before you order anything. My rating of girls there ? I'd say most of the dancing girls are 7's, some are 8's. The other long dressed , non dancing girls are 6's in the main.
GRO told me "can not bar fine girl" ie take girl away. Doubt if thats true. Dont know why she said that. VIP rooms upstairs, at a premium (never asked), where you could grope etc at a price. Doubt very much you can have sex with girl on premises. But there's always exceptions. Offer your phone number and ask her to call next day your hotel, before she starts work for a discount price, maybe P1500 one pop, one hour max at a guess. If me and hot for a girl, I would call at Arena, at least two nights and buy at least two ladies drinks per night, get to know the girl, get her to like you, THEN proposition her re calling at your Hotel. Think a lot of them will not even do that. Some will agree to your face but not call. They are attractive girls (dancers) who would have boyfriends/husband/sponsors in background methinks, and make enough through high Arena salary, tips, LD's etc, ie, do not have to have sex with strangers. If she thinks your keen on her and thus long term possibilities (sponsor, whatever) she might call at your hotel for a price .... say P1500 or more, for one pop.
Before visiting Arena, I used to hear barfines of P6000, maybe GRO said no barfine for me, as plenty of Koreans around and if girl goes with Westerner, eg me, then maybe spoils their image/market. Dont know. Thats why it would be P1500 for one pop (private arrangement), these Arena girls are in actual fact , P3000 kind of girls , going for P6000. That's why. I'd never pay P6000 bar fine. Titillation, decor, surroundings, classy clothing , make them look 8's. Skimpy gear, erotic/fantasy style dance routines etc, plus beer, elevates their price, in some punters mind, lol.
Infinity is small by comparison, but think bar fining is more likely there and for less than Arena (?). Dont go before 10/11pm. I called rather early and place was empty. Classy chicks there, I am told. Not cheap compared to GoGo Bars.
Jaguar, a big player, is currently closed by the authorities, claims of under age girls there, and so might not be allowed to re-open any time soon. Believe they are not willing to pay the excessive bribe to re-open. Update : Still closed.
2. Ramos St (near Fuente Osmena, roundabout).........
Just down from Robinsons Department Store and Summit Circle Hotel, that is, close to the corner of Mango Ave (Maximillon Ave).
Use to be about 3 bad value Show Places here. Now, I see only one, wrote name down but forgot it. Four/five letter word. On same side of Ramos St as Robinsons, close to a house type restaurant, set back from the road. No one, repeat, no one talks about the place, so you can be sure its hardly worth visiting. High prices for girls you can find elsewhere for less etc. Example, Mango Ave GoGo Bars (info above), J.Ave disco girls (info below).
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Freelance Hookers for cheaper sex :
Forget street action in Cebu City. Extremely limited and of terrible quality. Davao City for a much bigger street scene (quality still not great though).
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Uptown : UPDATE ... see update below.
There is the odd lady of the night working the streets. Usually they are of poor quality and a security risk (valuables - room) . Walk up Osmena Blvd from Rajah Place Hotel (formerly Park Place Hotel) at Fuente Osmena (small park at centre of the roundabout) and at the second traffic lights North you might see a half a dozen gals parked on the corner. That is, the corner of Sta Christina and Osmena Blvd (also called Jones Avenue) P3/500 ST. A Pimp will pop up out of nowhere and take the money. Give pimp P300 only, and in the privacy of your room give the lady P200 tip and everyone is happy. Cheap sex, eh . Some will stay all night for only P5/750 all up. They do not come from a casa/brothel and thus have more flexibility re price and what they can and can not do. There were only two good ones there last time. Further along Sta Christina at the corner of J. Luna I was approached by young attractive ladies (2), offering themselves for P400 short time. They had no pimp, cutting costs, not willing to pay a pimp anything : ) P300 is the right price for these girls too.
UPDATE : Did a 1 hour or more 'crawl' in taxi, roughly same as in reconnoitres years before, very little on offer, and high percentage were transvestites posing as women. You can take a window seat at Shakeys Pizza (Fuente Osmena) eat a pizza, drink draft beer and try and score a girl passing by on the footpath, if you've got nothing better to do (long shot) : )
Alternatively, take a walk down Mango Ave/Maximillon Ave to the National Book Store area. Believe there is some hokey pokey going on in that area too nowadays. Personally, I have never seen any sign of it. Possibly and overflow from the Mango Square area (nearby). Beware of transvestites : )
Downtown : University of San Carlos - Corner of P. Del Rosario and Junquerra Streets. I've often heard tales of university students propping outside of the University at night seeking customers. These 'students' or anyone else for that matter, are not always there, and the ones I always see there look more like Jonquera type of girls, no education etc and therefore not 'students' at all. Pimps and gals have found that if the girls are called 'student', some mongers get excited and open up their wallets. In my opinion genuine students are not found this way. Anyway a significant number of girls you meet will tell you they are a 'student'. It's a scam to raise the price and excite certain people who like to fantasise about screwing 'students' : )
I suggest you have some fun and do some research asking the girls, "are you a student" and see what % answer 'yes'. I suspect most will say yes : )
Conclusion : I asked well informed persons (Filipino's) re pay for play students at University San Carlos, day or night time, and they just laughed. Students do not sell themselves from street corners. They sell/hire via contacts, who are quite often gays. Enough said : )
Sometimes there are pimps downtown who discreetly sneak up on you and whisper in your ear "want a girl". Male and female pimps will approach you, downtown, eg Sanciangko-Palaez St area. ST500 (Max), LT1000 (Max) . Chances of an STD or HIV is higher with these 'bargain basement' girls, who can not afford expensive medicines to treat themselves.
BEWARE of any person setting you up with under age girls. Could cost you P100,000 to extricate yourself from the Police who will come thumping on your door. It's a set up with pimp and/or with girl , in cahoots with Police.
Whorehouses, Bordello's for prostitutes, escorts, whatever you want to call them :
Sex Massage Parlours (limited supply) :
NOTE : I do not do this anymore. Nowadays, very thin pickings. Maybe cause I am a lot older now : )
For those who want to read something :
Day time only, or to 7pm night. Do not hang around downtown after 9pm. Can be unsafe.
Day time : Get the taxi driver to drop you off at Colon Street, about a fifteen minute walk down Jones Avenue from Rajah Place Hotel. Then walk up and down Colon Street, going in and out of all the Department Stores, especially Gaisano Metro on the corner. The female employees of these stores can be attractive and they would just love to toss that poorly paid job in for your passport (ie marry you and get your citizenship) . I am not suggesting you trick them with marriage proposals that you have no intention of carrying out. Such tactics are frowned upon by yours truly and are not necessary, to get a naughty (see below story). But ever the optimists, these girls have marriage to a foreigner on their mind. Use that motivation to your advantage and chat the shop assistants up. Also, chat girls shopping. Cebuano's are very approachable, if a little shy. Give them your prepared cell phone number. Sit back and see what happens. I bet you start getting text messages almost immediately : )
Marriage story : One foreigner used the 'marriage' bait one time too many. Girls mother reported him, he was apprehended at Airport, spent 4 months in prison, when he finally agreed to pay P700,000 compensation and got out of jail. Not sure what the charge was, but dont go around fooling Filipino women, you could pay a heavy price for doing so.
Away from Downtown Hunting for Sexy Ladies :
"Away from", meaning .... not near old original city centre (Colon St). Short taxi ride from downtown (Colon St) and/or Fuente Osmena (uptown) :
Ayala Shopping Mall -
Best thing is get taxi to Ayala (pronounced : Aa-yaa-lah) , any entrance will do, try your luck getting girls this way :
1. In the Dept Stores themselves try dropping off your cellphone number to an attactive shop assistant
2. Walking around, see a nice one, smile, say hello and see if you can get her to stop. Invite her (and girlfriend) to a snack whatever. Take it from there.
3. Prop at any coffee shop, outside table, not inside shop, and see if you can get a nice one passing by to stop and join you at your table.
There are pretty ordinary street type hookers hunting for unsuspecting newbie type tourist guys at Ayala too. They will approach you. You can safely ignore them. Then there are attractive ones ... you will have to take the initiative with the attractive ones. Update : Last trip saw some cute ones at Ayala. They dont walk around, they prop at a table and smile at you as you pass. Join them, buy a drink sus it out. Saturday night is possibly the busiest night. Beware of transvestites posing as women.
Overall, your chances of success will depend on your age and how you look, behave. Younger guys have more eye appeal but sometimes are too hard core. Phil girls do not like anyone approaching them or talking to them like they are hookers. A young guy who was sweet and charming should succeed in Ayala or any Shopping Mall in Phils.
An older guy (over 50's and beyond) might find it a little harder. Depends on a lot of factors ... sharply dressed ? smiley ? talks nicely ? Age is not such a factor in Phils, but young hot spunks might smile at an oldie but also might not let him pick them up .... peer pressure : )
Do not have too high an expectation when hunting in Shopping Malls. Same girl can more easily be had via dating webiste eg dateinasia.com First she meets you online, you chat for a week or two, then you meet = your not a stranger, and she is not a "pick up", in her, and her friends minds. "Oh I met him online", they can say. Better than saying "He picked me up at the Shopping Mall" : )
Online dating sites : dateinasia.com, filipinocupid.com, asiandating.com ..... see below "Internet" info.
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Shoe Mart Shopping Mall -
This is a Shopping Mall, just like Ayala above (see info above).
Same modus operandi as Ayala above, only I find girls here seem to be younger, less educated types. I doubt very much if they expect to be picked up at the Mall by a foreigner. Many are under age too. Better looking and right age (18-25yrs) girls at Ayala. Atmosphere different at SM too, not a "pick up" atomosphere : )
"French Baker" pastry shop is well known, but I have never ever picked up anything from there.
Perhaps there are more girls at SM, but pick up potential greater at Ayala, methinks.
Just say to taxi driver "SM" (Shoe Mart Shopping Mall), main entrance. And the modus operandi same as Ayala, above. Short taxi ride from Ayala.
Lots of Department Store girls at SM for you to approach, they are a better age range, than the ones walking around 'shopping'. Girls walking around seem to be mostly under age, from poorer families. Not all, of course : )
Even so, SM is a "must see", might just be for you : ) Try new North Wing entrance, outside tables, bit of a view, can drink , and maybe a nice chick will pass by : )
Other Shopping Mall possibilities :
Downtown shops in Colon Street are suffering from the competition of huge shopping malls like Ayala and SM . But, you have a better chance of a pick up in these downtown shops, especially with the staff, much better. But myself, I have gone 'up market' mentally and cannot suffer the working class scene of Colon St, and dirty streets etc. A new guy should have a chance in Colon St. Ayala and Shoemart are aloof by comparison.
Food Halls/Cafeterias : These have 'meet' (pick up) potential too. Buy something cheap and sit next to a cutie, strike up conversation. Gaisano Metro (downtown) has a large Food Hall on the 5th Floor. Potential 'meet', pick up place. Little or no foreigner competition here.
Unfortunately I am too snobbish nowadays for 'downtown' : )
Robinsons basement food hall, Fuente Osmena (uptown), lunch time, has similar limited pick up potential. For sure hungry eyes will check you out as you enter this area : ) Coffee Shop, near Internet Cafe, same building, is a slight opportunity for a Spider and Fly pick up too.
Fort San Pedro - and the Park it is located in . Downtown, and not far from the Wharf area.
Note : I think you can call this area, a long shot at best nowadays. Check out on a Sunday afternoon only, and see what you think.
This area can make for amusing frivolities. Sundays 2pm onwards and into the evening there are some Housemaids etc strolling around here, hoping to meet a Filipino boy friend. Beauty Queens are not in abundance, nevertheless I know a guy who scored two cuties at this place. Two mins walking distance from Eddies Log Cabin (closed on Sundays) and normally not an area to be in at night, but there should be a Police presence in the Fort San Pedro on peoples day - Sunday. It seems this rendeszvous spot has replaced Fuente Osmena/Park Circle meeting place, opposite Garwood Hotel, which has been dampened to almost extinction by the authorities. Girls other than Housemaids, seeking romance, also frequent the San Pedro area. Working class girls or unemployed girls, nothing 'classy' struts around Fort San Pedro, Sundays or any other day. Even so, sweet, charming and admiring (of foreigners) these girls are. The occasional pimp might approach you, thus interrupting the nice innocent ambience. He is there, just in case you do not find 'romance' : )
UPDATE (San Pedro) : Very few 'victims' available on my one and only visit to San Pedro, Sunday night too, prime night, but had been raining before. Maybe that 'killed' it (rain) ? Then, on a later trip, luck, scored a nice one. Did not walk around patrolled in taxi (internal road). Safer to patrol from taxi.
Fuente Osmena circular park area (opposite Rajah Place Hotel/Robinsons) used to have potential too. Not sure if its still 'active'. Possibly on weekends ? For sure it was busy during Christmas/N.Year/Sinulog last time I was there. UPDATE : Place still empty. Seems they only open up the place during special occasions (Sinulog/Chrissy etc).
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Mandaue City has Hookers too -
Liza's Sea-Fun Bar :
Mactan - Lapu Lapu City for sleazy sex encounters :
GUIDE : Use as a rough guide only.
Note : I rarely visit Mactan nowadays. Nothing much happening out there, for a sophisticated gent like me : )
In my opinion it's a bit of a nuisance going all the way out to Mactan Island (P150 taxi ride or more), near the International Airport, to Lapu Lapu City . And getting back via taxi sometimes harder. There is not a lot to be had out there and your not as secure as you are in Cebu City. Nevertheless, a must visit for the curious and those desiring a change from the Cebu City scene.
A smattering of native style go-go's and whore houses. That's about it. Remember, if you see a cutie at Lapu Lapu you have to cart her all the way back to Cebu City if you want to bang her in the privacy of your room. Ive done it, on occasions, but it seems an awfully long ride back to your room, especially when your keen to unwrap the merchandise and see whats inside.
Hire a taxi on an hourly basis, with a minimum of two hours (whether you have him for two hours or not) guaranteed to the driver, is best. Otherwise the drivers can make more picking up passengers. Nice tip at the end, if he does a good job (P100). The taxi driver will find all the places for you. Hourly rate : depends if your hiring him during a peak or off peak period. Use P200 per hour as a guide. Getting a taxi back to Cebu City can sometimes be difficult, best hire a taxi on hourly basis.
For some reason, the Japanese like Lapu Lapu, maybe cause its further away from Police HQ (Cebu City) and not heavily patrolled, and thus they can get up to their particular kind of monkey business. If you find yourself sitting in a 'Jap' place, expect the prices to be higher. UPDATE : Japanese numbers have drastically declined. Koreans are taking their place.
Small dick, big money, how could a girl resist ? : )
"Cadillac Cafe" :
Read Update, below, first . Closed. This is what I wrote before closure :
This is a happening on Friday nights 10pm on. Maybe Sat nights too (didnt try), but not during week days (did try). They have accom there at P600 I believe but its value to me was the Friday night party. Small number of freelancers, maybe only two or three sometimes. But for me, the staff there are the target. Not a bad band, nice singers (girls) and happy good vibes atmosphere.
Suggest you call say 10pm, secure a good table, check out Freelancers available and sip beer. Next time I would prop at a table, leave something of no value on it to secure it, then wander off to best looking staff girl and order beer with her. All this within 60 secs to avoid wrong girl serving me. Chances are she will get the message (your interested) and serve you. Then, around second or third drink (and tipping her generously eg P20 each time) discretely pass her your cell phone number whilst asking for hers.
Around 12 midnight, after having made contact with the chick of your choice, leave final tip of say P50/100 to same girl, then head off for Cebu City and the real action.
Cadillac on Friday nights is the only real action I have experienced on Mactan Island (recent years).
UPDATE1 : Cadillac Cafe raided by Police and apparently currently closed. Possibility of it being re-opened not good. Forget this place for time being. Update2 ... still closed. Forget.
White Castle (WC) .... On main road to airport, large building. Taxi drivers will know WC and its getting regular mentions = most probably worth checking out.
Mermaid Bar (MB) ... Never visited it, relatively new on the scene. Some say its similar to Arena (see notes up above), dont know, doubt it, never been to MB.
Cruise around in a taxi you have hired by the hour (2/3hrs min). Out of taxi hop inside one beer, not good ? out, hop in taxi, and so on.
Some of following might have changed name/closed. I rarely go long distance to Mactan/LapuLapu nowadays. Enough in Cebu City for everyone.
"Club Bikini" - If still open definitely worth a peek. Might be shut down, not sure.
Kara-oke/Jap-oke - "VIP" & "XO" are the big players. Walking distance from each other. Asking P2000 for the girl. Unsatisfactory value.
KTV - Golden Calesa KTV, 1st Floor (UK), Waterfront Airport Hotel for fair skinned Visayan lookers. Mix of Americano and Japanese clientele. Not cheap. Budget babes can be found Freelancing in the Lobby 9pm on' UPDATE : Last trip 9pm on' not a single freelancer in lobby, and no one in KTV which had something like a P280 entrance (consumables). Hello girl and others 'pushy', so out of there I go.
Massage - Waterfront Airport Hotel.
La France Cafe : Apparently its near Save More Supermarket. You might have a chance of picking up girls here, eg 4pm onwards. UPDATE : Last trip I was told by someone who should know that there is little or no chance of a pick up at this place.
Your really out of the way/isolated when you are based on Mactan Island. Exception - if your more of a beach freak than a bitch freak. Handy for beaches.
Accommodation : Heard of Ace Pension, opposite Gaisano Mall, walking distance to some bars. Budget accommodation, large rooms.
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Moalboal, limited sex potential : Very far from Cebu City. Very far, along the coast.
Diving Dongs (Scuba/PADI guys) like the place. Older folk not so keen on it. We have yet to receive a balanced report on this place, as no over 40's have submitted anything on it to date. Note - watch your valuables in Moalboal (and everywhere else for that matter).
In 35yrs nothing I have heard about the place has tempted me to go there. Enough said.
Although, apparently on Frid and Sat nights there is a happening Disco at Pacita's Resort, where girls come from all around, just to sell pussy. Long way to go for a Disco : )
You can get there by taxi, cost you a bit (quite a distance) or go by bus ex the Southern Bus Terminal in P. del Rosario St (downtown). You would have to stay there overnight, very far from Cebu City itself. Certainly not a high priority destination : )
Bohol, even more limited sex potential : Even further away from Cebu City, not even on Cebu Island, its across the sea !
Whilst in Cebu, you might decide to squeeze in a side trip to Bohol Island . Very sweet people, but the ambience, in its major town - Tagbilaran, is disturbed by a million noisy mosquito's (motorbike taxi's) running up and down the main street, mostly empty. Accommodation and Restaurants are difficult. Nightlife is almost non existent. Been there about three times, enjoyed myself to a certain extent, but always returned home to Cebu City empty handed.
If a Boholana wants to get her gear off for a fee, she does it in Cebu City, not in her own backyard where everybody can see what she's doing. And if a resident expat of Bohol, or whoever, wants to have a naughty night, he hops on a Trimiran and spends the weekend in Cebu City.
Bohol is quite an enchanting place, but dont be over confident about success with the ladies. PS: The much touted Chocolate Hills are over rated. And the girls are particularly pretty, smiley, and healthy looking : )
See Other Towns, Dumaguete, for info on how to get to Bohol on the "Ocean Jet" trimiran service.
So, its time to say farewell to this virtual 'Pearl of the Orient', aka, 'Sows Ear', Cebu City, and say hello to laid back, largely sexually limited ... Davao City.