Cubao 24/7: Of Vampires, Zombies And Other Dregs Of Humanity

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Date: April 3, 2016 (2 years ago)


Dancers, GROs, sex workers, pimps, petty criminals, drug addicts, street people comprised the forsaken denizens of Cubao.

Till now, I couldn't explained my morbid interests in these people . How they live, where they are coming from, as well as what makes them tick.

Was it their "poverty porn" appeal. Perhaps.

Warning: This is not a "Palibog" blog. I intend this series to be an informative documentary targeting feminine readers.

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Circa: 2004 – 2013

Part I

Dancers and GROs

Fridays then were my days, or should I say, my nights off. Wifey and I had agreed on that even before we were married. Parang pre-nup. LOL. Believe it or not, for the period covered, siguro about five to six Fridays lang a YEAR that I missed going out to have a drink. Always at the clubs spread around Cubao for the simple reason that I live in a neighboring city. The other reason was that clubs along the avenues of Timog ang Quezon were beyond my financial capability, not to mention their being out of my way home.

Seldom I was with my office friends, for I always wanted to go solo. It was better that way, no debates on where to go, when to split..but more importantly, no issues regarding the girls. Besides, I am by nature, a lone wolf.

After trying out some eight or so joints in the area., I settled for three clubs wherein I felt most comfortable. I alternated my Fridays among these establishments. Being their frequent visitor afforded me some "privileges" I got to be familiar with the guards., the floor managers, and some of the dancers.

I said "some" because dancers and GROs come and go...some lasted only a week some for months, or longer, but rarely lasting for two or three years. They were like butterflies ..always opting for a place where flowers abound-- meaning better terms, better working atmosphere, whatever.

The guards exempted me from being frisked, and depositing my cellphone for safekeeping. CP with camera is not allowed inside the club for obvious reason. On the other hand, floor managers never harassed me with girls to "table". Otherwise, they will pester you with dancers, GROs to "table".. ..approaching you from time to time , making kulit with their old line, " Pakilala lang"

But once the girl is seated beside you, you will have a hard time getting rid of her. What with their emotional black mail spiel of "kuya, sige na isa lang. Pang buena mano. Wala pa akong drinks eh" with matching contact of their boobs on your arm...others, particularly the "old timers" will go further, bolder.

The floor manager and I had a tacit agreement: I would call her if I wanted a certain girl to "table" otherwise, no "Pakilala". In fairness yun kasi ang job nila, ang mang harass. And for this reason, they were being monitored by an OIC.

But said "previleges" did not come free. Twenty to thirty pesos "tip"for the guard before entry or upon leaving, 50 to 100 pesos for the floor manager. The tip to the dancer or GRO is often based not on the total bill but on their "performance/ accommodation." As for the waitresses, 25 to 50 bucks is enough to put a smile on their haggard faces.

Mind you, tipping was optional, pakisama lang. But if you knew how much these people were earning..maaawa ka talaga.

The waitresses then were paid 100 pesos a night. Plus a measly commission upon reaching the required number of beer served based on the tables assigned to them. From this earning, you deduct expenses for meals and transportation. Ano pa ang matitira? Kaya nga malaking bagay ang "Tip" sa kanila.

Same with the floor managers. P100 to 150 a night. No free meals. Plus tip (voluntary) from girls they successfully "table". Also tip from customers who were satisfied with their "tables".

The Dancers? The last I knew was that an average dancer's pay in Cubao ranged from 400-500 depende sa itsura, sexiness, appeal and performance (ang star ng show ay todo bukaka at pasirko sirko sa stage). Two dance numbers a night. Stark naked.

But, the big BUT, a dancer is paid the full amount ONLY if she reached her assigned quota on Ladies' drinks (LDs). If the quota was five LDs and she managed to get less, a certain amount would be deducted from her pay. But she would keep her commission from the ladies beer she got.

By the time I stopped going to these joints, the cost of ladies beer was already 280. Around 90 to 100 pesos per bottle ang commission. Siguro mga 300 na ngayon or more ang LDs dun.

If the dancer is "bokya" for the night, meaning walang ka "table", she is paid half of her dance fee .

A 100-peso fine is deducted for coming in late. Official time is 7.00 PM. The club usually opens at 9:00 PM and closes at around 2:00 AM depending on the number of the remaining customers.

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I was off at 6 PM so I still had a little less than 3 hours to kill before the club opened. So I spent the time talking to people along the sidewalks of Aurora Blvd. and EDSA. From vendors to pimps, policemen, MMDA personnel, pimps and POKPOKS, the hustlers, the addicts, the ex-cons . Some of these people were among the street dwellers.

Of course hindi naman sabay, sabay. But I got to know this kind of people through the years. Surely, it was not free. Often , I had to shell out a little amount for meal money, cigarette, snacks..fare money, etc. Minsan nga, wala pa silang lunch. It would break your heart to see children, some were just toddlers, grimy and hungry...

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starst1949
April 3, 2016 (2 years ago)

This blog is a series of true life stories of some characters mentioned above.

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MidLifeCrisis
April 3, 2016 (2 years ago)

Ayon, lolo. Naalala ko na. I think it was in Aurora Blvd yong pinuntahan naming gay bar last year. Katabi nung gay bar na yon ay isa pang gay bar tapos sa tapat naman mga babae naman daw ang nagsoshow dun. Mahal ang drinks tapos need pa two orders agad pag-upo mo. Iba pa yong tip sa lalake kapag lumapit sayo. Haha langya! Naalala ko na naman yong pilit nilang pinapahawakan titi nila haha! Amft di ko kayang humawak. Parang ewan :D Tapos yong isang lalake ang angas ng dating. Ayaw umalis sa upuan namin hanggat di namin binigyan ng tip. Eh 20 lang barya namin kaya yon lang ang aming binigay. Nagalit. Sinoli. Hahaha! Tapos tinanong namin magkano bayad kapag i-take out. Nasa mga 3,500 daw. Ang mahal. Sabi ko mag-iipon muna ako para ma-takeout ko yong isa dun :D Hanggang ngayon di pa din ako nakapag-ipon :D

And.I.Care.Not.

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starst1949
April 3, 2016 (2 years ago)

Lol MLC, Tama daming mga joints dun. May gay bar nga dun.
Wala bago ka makaipon, senior citizen na yung macho dancer mo. Hahaha
Thanks

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MidLifeCrisis
April 3, 2016 (2 years ago)

Hahahahaa langya lolo, ayaw mo talagang makatikim ako ng tigbebente na titi :D Pero kyut talaga nung isa dun. Sa mata nya nalaglag ang panty ko eh :D Sayang mga lang ala ako pang take out nun. Kung meron lang edi sana natitigan ko mata nya buong magdamag. Haha

And.I.Care.Not.

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candace
April 3, 2016 (2 years ago)

Poverty port appeals to me a lot. Kahit minsan ay nagkakapareho ang istorya nila, it certainly gives a chill kasi there's a bitter truth behind it. Naalala ko na naman yung Manila by Night, Insiang at Maynila Sa Kuko Ng Liwanag. Lalo na yung huli, sobrang heartbreaking.

Wait ko ang next docu chap, Sir Starst. :)

Whatever you do, choose life. (Urbandub)

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candace
April 3, 2016 (2 years ago)

erratum: poverty porn

Whatever you do, choose life. (Urbandub)

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starst1949
April 3, 2016 (2 years ago)

Candace, thanks i'll try my best to give justice to their true to life stories.

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Bebeko
April 3, 2016 (2 years ago)

Binalikan ko tuloy ang Kristina story mo. Sige bro ipakilala mo sa amin ang karakter na binibida mo dahil hango yan talaga sa mga totoong karanasan at pakikibaka sa buhay.

Good job!

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starst1949
April 3, 2016 (2 years ago)

Bro bbk, salamat sa suporta. Maraming interesting personalities dito sa blog na ito.

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Bebeko
April 3, 2016 (2 years ago)

Starst, from all walks of life naman kasi yan. Not surprisingly, even here sa FSS or any  virtual world ay marami rin interesting characters hahaha. Alam kong napapansin mo pero ako hindi na. I'm always supportive of your works so please indulge us more with character-driven stories.

Good job!

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starst1949
April 4, 2016 (2 years ago)

true, bro bbk, maraming  "interesting"characters dito sa fss. It will take a lot of maturity not to be baited into engaging them  in  a  futile and time-wasting arguments.

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Bebeko
April 4, 2016 (2 years ago)

Bro, marami namang mature na rin dito na dati ay hindi. Natutong makisama at magpakumbaba. But unfortunately ay may ilan pa rin na ksp. Mga issues sa buhay binibitbit pa dito sa halip na mag-enjoy na lang. But life goes on here in fss as long na may mga stories na nababasa mula sa mga batikan nating writers. Mabuhay ang mga malilibog hahahaha

Good job!

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antoinette
April 4, 2016 (2 years ago)

sir starst bakit parang may insider information kayo? hehehe. i was not able to find kristina. try ko again later. curious ako sa lives nila and also curious sa mga lalaki who consumed the service. recently, while i was walking to buy groceries, hinintuan ako ng isang guy, took me a while to realize he was a pimp trying to pick up some girl for a foreigner who was waiting at the hotel.

i wanna run to you... ohhhh

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starst1949
April 4, 2016 (2 years ago)

"Antoinette" this series are based on my personal "interviews" LOL  through almost 10 years of my being there at the scene every Friday. you will read real life experiences of  such peoples as  pimps, pokpoks, ex-con, snatchers, hustlers and other unsavory characters inhabiting  a particular place  in Cubao.

true, duon pag may may girl na nagtagal lang ng konti dahil may hinintay, malamang, may lalapit na bugaw.  Araw man  at lalo sa gabi.

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starst1949
April 4, 2016 (2 years ago)

Hahahahha bro bbk, long live the maniacs. Salute to  the pussy lovers.

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somebodyuused2know
April 4, 2016 (2 years ago)

Alala ko sabi mo noon pa sa akin isang araw susulat ka ng kwento tungkol sa kanila. Akala ko nakalimutan mo na. Pero gusto kong isipin na bukod sa Kristina, inspired din ang Toro sa mga kuwentong ibinahagi nila sayo nung "batang Cubao" ka pa. Abangan ko na lang ang wento ni Marjorie.

I'M A NICE PERSON. JUST DON'T PRESS THE BITCH BUTTON.

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inang.grasya
April 4, 2016 (2 years ago)

Lolo lika tambay tayo don. Wala ako experience sa ganyan. Bago man lang ako maging full pledged lola maranasan kong makapanood man lang macho dancer performance. :D

Amazona kung tagurian pero malambing naman.

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starst1949
April 4, 2016 (2 years ago)

Ever reliable SAM, you still remember.hindi ko nga alam kung saan category ko post ito.
Many thanks again.

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starst1949
April 4, 2016 (2 years ago)

Inang hindi nako tambay dun since I retired. Hahahahha.  I really miss it talaga. Ngayon puro buhay ng SC ang interviews ko dito sa sports center sa amin.  Lol

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inang.grasya
April 4, 2016 (2 years ago)

Asus minsan mo lang ako sasamahan don lolo. Maawa ka sa lolang matronang walang muwang sa mundo ng makamundong daigdig. Hehehehe

Amazona kung tagurian pero malambing naman.

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LordDrake
April 5, 2016 (2 years ago)

I lived in the area for about a year or so. Tiyempo namang tail-end ng coverage period mo, Sir. May dati rin akong boss na naging manager sa Araneta, at kinuwento niya yung panahong pinaalis nila (Araneta Management in general) yung mga bugaw at mga pokpo from Araneta Center. This was aroung the beginning of your time frame naman.

There were times na ginagabi (o inuumaga, depende kung paano mo tignan) kami sa trabaho. May ilan akong kasama na sa Cainta ang uwi at sa may Aurora sila sasakay. One time habang naglalakad kami papunta sa sakayan galing kaming EDSA, may lumapit sa amin na nag-aalok ng alaga niya.

Balita ko hanggang ngayon mayroon pa ring umaaligid sa overpass sa kanto ng EDSA at Aurora. Doon daw sila nagsilipat matapos silang pagbawalan sa may Araneta Center, sabi ng dati kong boss.

The great thing about fiction is that anything can happen. The author is practically a god of the world he or she writes about.

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starst1949
April 5, 2016 (2 years ago)

Hahahahha LordDrake, pinakadelikado sa overpass.  Darating tayo Jan. J
Kwento lahat ng modus operandi nila Jan. Till now marami dyan. Sa act theater, at sa stretch na aurora Blvd. Dami Jan. Thanks

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LordDrake
April 6, 2016 (2 years ago)

Oo nga. Yung sinasabi kong may lumapit sa amin ay sa tapat ng Act, yung may malaking bakanteng lote sa papuntang Monumento.

Hintayin ko yung kasunod nito.

The great thing about fiction is that anything can happen. The author is practically a god of the world he or she writes about.

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starst1949
May 5, 2016 (2 years ago)

"LordDrake" sorry for the late reply. SC moment. Lol.. I am writing the next chapter. After elections,  ilalabas ko. Thanks.  Sana nga ma input  mo yung mga info mo dun.
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liam_ed
April 26, 2016 (2 years ago)

Sir ung sa kita ng dj mo sinabi....hahaha 300 plus coms plus tip sa babae...aha ung tip mo sir umaabot boot

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starst1949
April 27, 2016 (2 years ago)

Lol "liam_ed" wala akong nakausap na dj, nasa loob kc ng booth hindi ko naman naisip na itanong sa floor manager. Salamat sa info.

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