Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
Manila, in the Philippines, has a thriving and lively gay subculture which is strongly influenced by the pervasive poverty of the islands. In this story, three brothers from the island of Cebu work in that world as sibak, sometimes referred to as "macho dancers," but better described as hustlers, or male prostitutes.They have a variety of ways of reacting to their profession: the oldest (only 21) juggles relationships with his wife and his male lover, the youngest, Sonny, has a transvestite lover. Dennis, the middle brother, likes the wild scene of pick-ups, and hasn't settled in with anybody. The colorful gay world of Manila livens up the almost documentary-style rendering of the daily lives of these men and their families, and the story comes to a sudden, dramatic conclusion.
brother, homosexual, lover, poverty, prostitute/prostitution, transvestite