Manila Vanilla

What it's like to be a U.S. Fulbright scholar, basketball player, journalist, and the whitest man in Metro Manila.

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Location: Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

New Yorker by birth, shipped across the globe to the world of malls, shanty-towns, patronage, corruption, basketball and a curious burnt-toast smell that wafts around at dusk

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Article in October 2008 issue of Rogue

Readers in Manila may already have seen this, but here are scans of my story in the latest issue of Rogue, a very sleek and still commendably serious men's magazine in the Philippines. I traveled, on multiple occasions, to Cebu to watch a popular exhibition game there called the Unano-Bading Showdown. In English, that's the very self-explanatory "Midget-Gay man Showdown." For me, watching the game was a surreal and disturbing experience, but it is part of a culture that I love and seek to understand in ever-deeper ways.

Click on these images to see very large scans of the pages from Rogue, which will allow you to read the article and get a closer look at the amazing photography of Jon Unson.


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