A Gentleman’s GB Survival Guide

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GB stands for “Gimik Bastos”. To wives and girlfriends, it is sometimes joked as “Greenbelt” lang. Nice try, man. It’s another term for “boys night out”. GB is a very common term for most adult Filipino men. GBs transpire in places such as a beer house, a brothel, a health spa, a club or even a KTV. Whether you are entertaining balik-bayans/foreigners or going to be married next week, you’ll at least experience a GB once in your life. We could be wrong but in our opinion it’s just inevitable. We do not encourage GBs but TAP has prepared a guide to survive a “Gimik Bastos”. Just in case.

1. ALWAYS BE A GENTLEMAN

This is rule number one and should always be a priority! Always treat women with respect. Do not force them to do to what they do not like. When they say, “Don’t touch”. DO NOT TOUCH. They deserve all the respect they can get. You do not know what they’ve been through to be in this kind of industry. Stop being a douche.

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2. ALWAYS BRING CASH

Most clubs don’t accept credit card payments. Make sure you’re loaded. A ladies’ drink can cost you 10 times the price of a regular beer. You also don’t want 25,000 bucks spent on “Kokol Spa” to appear on your company’s credit card statement. You don’t want to embarrass yourself.

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3. ALWAYS CHECK THE ALCOHOL YOU ARE ABOUT TO DRINK

Make sure the bottles you order is legitimately sealed. Let the server open the bottle in front of you. There are instances of leftover beers put into a pitcher then served. Better safe than sorry.

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4. BE SAFE

Choose your defense from either a condom or simply by the power of abstinence. You don’t want to do something you’ll regret for the rest of your life.

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5. ALWAYS DOUBLE CHECK YOUR BILL

Don’t get carried away with the fun and the booze. These kinds of clubs have one thing in mind. Profit. Be wary of the things you order and make sure they come out right on your check. You snooze you lose.

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6. DON’T FALL IN LOVE

Not that loving someone in a club is a wrong thing; love is always good if you know what you’re in to. These women in the club are here for work. They wouldn’t be here anyways if money grew on trees. The muses may blind you with their charms then suddenly extra orders of food and drinks start popping up on your bill. Make sure they don’t take advantage of you.

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7. BE FRIENDLY TO THE CLUB’S STAFF ESPECIALLY THE FLOOR MANAGER

These will be the people who will take care of you while you’re in the GB club. You might as well give back some respect. Tip them well and someday they’ll return you the favor.

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and lastly,

8. KNOW THE LAW

Prostitution in the Philippines is illegal. Sadly, these establishments don’t get closed down because of bribes and powerful connections. There is a chance that a GB place gets raided by cops and arrests everyone inside. You don’t want to be in that situation when a raid happens. Be aware.

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Men and women who work in this industry believe that they are earning enough to support their family and their own rather than working regular jobs. Some of them get abused, some are minors, some of them aren’t qualified for regular work, and some of them are victims of human trafficking. Most of them don’t care about saving money for their future. It’s more about surviving everyday and supporting their families. In our society, women who work in this industry are looked down upon. If you get to know them, they can be the most honest, kindest, hard-working and most loving kind of people. Don’t forget rule #1. Respect.


Featured image via Burlesk Queen Ngayon starring Ina Raymundo (1999)

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