Jan 6, 2010

Before the Internet: Ayala Triangle

I’m always interested to hear how things were like for the hidden PLU community before the advent of widespread Internet. For sure, finding like-minded guys was a helluva lot harder then than it is in this day and age. Now we have plenty of online venues such as social networking sites, Internet relay chat (or IRC), and even blogs like Discreet Manila to provide us with tons of connections and information. Well, I’ve seen a documentary last year which showed how the gay community was in the United States in the 1970s, but I also want to see how things went here in the Philippines.

Before the Internet, I imagine that discreet cruising skills like the look or even silly ones like the leaving-your-card trick are one’s best assets for meeting other guys. From there, you get to build your set of gay PLU friends and you are then able to obtain news, and information on cruising spots and gay-friendly places from your network.

Anyway, thanks to this really enlightening (and old) blog post by the Corporate Closet, I had learned that one (surprising!) cruising spot back in the 1980s was Ayala Triangle in Makati. Who knew? Back then it was called Ugarte Field and that’s where you could meet upscale yuppies for quick sex or even just companionship. I guess it’s inevitable that gay guys would flock to dark parks in the same we gravitate to comfort rooms.

So, for the older guys out there, got any nostalgic stories to share, like CC? :-)


icarusboytoy wrote on January 7, 2010 at 10:12 PM:

hey that was where i got divirginized! hehe kidding.

taurus top wrote on January 11, 2010 at 5:07 PM:

oh my!! it brought me memories from the Ayala Triangle formerly known as Ugarte Field,,,
yeah you can pick up a guy there just by driving your car around or park your car at urdaneta then walk, go inside the park and have your thing there, yun lang ang mga metrocom oh yes hindi pa makati police ang tawag sa kanila,

i have a dear friend who got his name from that place coz when the metrocom went arresting all the boys and men inside the park, he climbed up to one of the trees there and hid until the wee hours of the morning, clue? he is named after a little animal who clings on trees, ha ha

Vince (Discreet Manila) wrote on January 12, 2010 at 11:23 PM:

@icarusboytoy, :-)

@taurus top, tarsier? LOL. at least he didn't get caught. :-)

Anonymous wrote on January 18, 2010 at 6:17 PM:

oh yes...i remember ugarte field....behind the bushes...and the butterfly in my stomach...

Anonymous wrote on February 11, 2010 at 8:00 PM:

another open space would have been the intramuros golf course.. cruisers called it Banana Island or Chocolate Hills.

Anonymous wrote on May 30, 2015 at 2:27 AM:

The hottest gay cruising place today is the Neopolitan Business Park in Fairview, QC.

Anonymous wrote on September 8, 2015 at 1:13 AM:

a gay couple having oral sex were caught in Neopolitan Business Park in Fairview, QC.

it's plain stupid to do the deed @ 4 pm while there are lots of people, young and old, strolling and exercising.