When Norwegian anthropologist Gunnar Lamvik first began living in Iloilo city, a seafaring haven in the southern Philippines, he sensed he wasn't getting the richest and most detailed information about the shipping experience from interviews with his neighbors, who were home on two-month vacations from 10 months at sea. To crack the cultural mystery of any total institution, you have to go inside, he reasoned. That's the crucial thing to do. For the next three years, he was on and off ships, floating with his subjects from port to port and trying to make that connection. At a raucous karaoke crew member party somewhere in the middle of the Indian Ocean, it began to happen. He belted out the lyrics to "House of the Rising Sun.
LGBT culture in the Philippines
Sinful or innocent? The Philippines is the most gay-friendly country in Asia
Just like humans, our language also has its own evolutionary process. Although there is a thing we call standard usage , there are certain group of people who create language variations to be used within their exclusive circle. Some of these words eventually make it to the mainstream, and people start using them as part of their daily vocabulary. Pinoy slang is also formed by giving new meaning to already existing Filipino words. The list of Pinoy slang words is almost endless, but have you ever wondered how some of these words were coined?
The Strange Sexual Quirk of Filipino Seafarers
Most recently, the controversial President Rodrigo Duterte did a U-turn and came out in favour of marriage for all. In Manila, we met local boy Rione Palacios, who told us more about what it's like being gay in the Philippines and also about the gay scene of Manila. Get our latest interviews with gay locals, in-depth gay travel guides, inspiring stories, savvy planning tips, and exclusive discounts on gay tours. No spam.
Yasser, a year-old artist, was taking me on an impromptu tour of his hometown of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on a sweltering September afternoon. But Yasser wears a silver necklace, a silver bracelet, and a sparkly red stud in his left ear, and his hair is shaggy. Yasser is homosexual, or so we would describe him in the West, and the barbershop we visited caters to gay men. Business is brisk. Leaving the barbershop, we drove onto Tahlia Street, a broad avenue framed by palm trees, then went past a succession of sleek malls and slowed in front of a glass-and-steel shopping center.