Prostitution in the Philippines is illegal. Professional ladies are sometimes illegally available through brothels (also known as casas), bars, karaoke bars (also known as KTVs), and massage parlors. Street prostitutes and escorts are also available. EDSA and Makati in Metro Manila, and Angeles City are known hot spots for these activities. As of 2009, one source estimated that there were 800,000 women working as prostitutes in the Philippines.
Most of the prostitutes in the bars speak English. They don’t always know it well and sometimes you will have to slow down a little for a new girl to understand you
Tips are important in the Philippines. Here is a rough guide:
- Waitress in a bar: 5-10% or 10 peso each drink if paying individually.
- Mamasan: Its not customary to tip the mamasan. But if she was helpful in picking out a girl for you, slide her a 50 peso note.
- Bargirl (short time): 300-400 peso. 400-500 for great service.
- Bargirl (long time): 400-500 peso. 700-1000 on a rare occasion for spectacular service.
- Bargirl (back room blowjob): 200 peso
- Waitress in restaurant: 5-10%
- Massage (no happy ending): 100 peso
- Massage (happy ending): 300 peso
- Massage (full service): 400-500 peso
- Hotel doormen: Nothing if you are only staying at the hotel for a day or two. 20 peso a week if he is courteous and opens the door for you.
- Hotel bellboy: 20 peso if he carries your heavy luggage and shows you the room.
- Hotel maid: 50 peso a day
- Manila — the national capital.
- Cebu — Island in the middle of Philippines.
- Angeles City — Old American airbase.
- Puerto Galera — Get away for divers.
- Boracay — Biggest tourist destination.
- Cagayan de Oro.