This is part of #KaraniwangLGBT, which Outrage Magazine officially launched on July 26, 2015 to offer vignettes of LGBT people/living, particularly in the Philippines, to give so-called “everyday people” – in this case, the common LGBT people – that chance to share their stories.
As Outrage Magazine editor Michael David C. Tan says: “All our stories are valid – not just the stories of the ‘big shots’. And it’s high time we start telling all our stories.”
Dan, 19, is originally from Pasay City in Metro Manila. But she’s in Puerto Galera in Mindoro Oriental now, where she is working as a waitress while her “real” work has yet to start.
She admitted liking the slower pace of life on the island – though she said this is only occasionally. Often, she said, she misses the big city’s hustle and bustle.
During off-season, for instance, when there are less tourists visiting White Beach, the location of the restaurant where she works, she admitted having “time to spare”.
“Walang Afam ngayon (There aren’t any foreign men now),” she laughed, as if to stress how the slow season can be boring on the island.
Then teased she’s just looking for a boyfriend, she said: “Not really. I’m just here to have fun. Drink, dance… That’s life!”