Knowing is Half the Battle

The Manila Dragons, one of the country’s pioneer dragonboat teams, prides itself as one of the most inclusive sports teams in the country.  Majority of its paddlers identify as LGBTQ and their number only keeps on increasing.  In just the past month alone, the Manila Dragons has added two gay men and a trans woman […]

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Dancin’ in the Streets

Vic’s Baklock Party: Ang Baklang Block Party. Victor turned 37 with a few of his favourite people. Booze. Burgers. Baklaan. Super. Gay. Music by BOYKILLSROBOT. Photography: Kyle Jayogue Not in photos: Gigo Cosme and Nina Defensor Special thanks to: G.R.Eat Burger Truck, Gigo Cosme, Carlo Natanauan and Rodney Ong   © 2017 Victor John Platon […]

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Playing with Fire

My iPhone starts blaring U2’s Beautiful Day at 3:45 AM. It’s supposed to be telling me to wake up. But I’ve beaten it by a good twenty minutes yet again. I take a quick shower, brush my teeth (and tits) and apply my moisturizer and sunscreen. Senna Enna’s roosters haven’t even started crowing but here […]

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Sembilan Hari Di Bali

We sailed over seas Searching for the missing key Unlock a new world harmony Climb the highest mountain range Then we took the longest train Looking for our perfect refrain I hear voices beneath the sky Bali, Indonesia | April 23 – May 1, 2017 © 2017 Victor John Platon All Rights Reserved. Follow Victor John on […]

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We Breathe Fire on the Water

The Manila Dragons. A whole lotta fire. A whole lotta water. A whole lotta heart. Photography: JL JAVIER Producer: VICTOR PLATON & PAOLO LORENZANA Creative Associate: BEA FAICOL Special thanks to GELO CIMAGALA and ERIC BANE of the MANILA DRAGONS. © 2017 Victor John Platon All Rights Reserved. Follow Victor John on his social media accounts Facebook: […]

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Kings of the Road

This piece originally appeared in the Modern Manila Issue of OUT THERE Magazine, the world’s leading, award-winning, dedicated luxury and experiential travel journal for discerning, taste-making gay men and their friends.  For digital copies, click here. In a sprawling metropolis like Manila where rapid modernization gives little precedence to heritage, a humble mode of transportation prevails […]

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