Manila: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he used to be gay but "cured" himself by marrying beautiful women, drawing outrage from at least one human rights group. Duterte, in Japan last week, was speaking to members of Tokyo's Filipino community when he appeared to mock political opponent Senator Antonio Trillanes. Duterte said a gay person told him Trillanes appeared to be gay, the Philippines website Rappler reported. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech in Tokyo. Credit: AP.
Gay Philippines: Queer Culture, Local Life, And What You Should Know! 🇵🇭
Gay Life in the Philippines
Metro Manila, the Philippine National Capital Region, has a population of about 12 million people in sixteen cities on the eastern shore of Manila Bay --among the world's most densely populated areas. The Majapahit Empire governed from Java in the 13th century, until the invasion by Brunei in --after which an Islamic dynasty was imposed. Spain arrived, bringing Christianity in , and established their Spanish East Indies capital here in Maynila was simplified to Manila, and the city became the Far East center of activity for Spain, linking Manila and Acapulco with galleons; a major hub of world trade between Asia, the Americas, and Europe. Americans, who took control after the Spanish-American War, were resisted in a three-year guerrilla war, but US administration city planners transformed Manila, adapting the old city to modern needs. In , the World War II battle to retake the city from the Japanese was the bloodiest event of the war in the Pacific, and much of the city was devastated, especially within the historic Spanish colonial district.
Philippines Gay Guide
The Philippines is pretty gay. This article previously appeared on the gay travel blog of Nomadic Boys, Stefan and Sebastien. Bonjour boys! Well at the end of the day, we are a very Catholic country. I was raised a Catholic and went to a Catholic school.
I would like to acknowledge Dr. Today, the international gay rights movement has put homosexuals into the public discourse. In nations like the Philippines in the s the issue was rarely discussed, yet a homosexual sub-culture existed. Moreover, there have been studies that would indicate that the Philippines was a relatively tolerant nation of gays. The two major colonizers were homophobic; hence, the roots of such tolerance might be of pre-colonial origin, carried over within Philippine society.