Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Valentines in a Safe Space

By Carlos Diego A. Rozul

Change up your Valentine’s Day while feeling safe and secure with these hot spots in Metro Manila. Blocleaf Cafe, Butterfly Bar Manila, and Altermale are just some establishments that have joined in the Safe Spaces PH Project Whether you’re looking for somewhere new to take your significant other, are in the search for that special someone, or just want to treat yourself to a good time, try out these Safe Spaces.

Blocleaf Cafe

Blocleaf

Having trouble brewing up ideas? Tucked in Del Pilar Street in Malate, Manila, Blocleaf sets the mood with natural light, warm wood detailing, good music, and lush indoor greens. Pair that up with their sunny cups of Philippine Specialty Coffee from Kalsada Coffee and you can have yourself a great start on the day of hearts.

Blocleaf makes sure that their space open to everyone as possible, so adapting to the Safe Space Program was one more step towards inclusivity. “Safe Spaces PH gives us a discrete platform to inform and educate our guests about safe sex and sex positivity” Vincent Africa of Blocleaf.

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Butterfly Bar Manila
Butterfly Bar Manila

Searching for a duet partner? Well you’re in luck, because Butterfly Bar Manila has a special event for those who want to sing to their heart’s content this Valentine’s day! Dateoke! a blind videoke date can give you your High School Musical momment, and who knows, maybe it can be the start of something new.

Just on the corner of Sct. Fernandez and Tomas Morato Avenue in Quezon City, Butterfly Bar Manila offers great drinks along with fun videoke. Partners can enjoy their couples’ drink special witha  Gin or Vodka Tonic, and if you’re going out with friends, they have promos for beer and food too!

Altermale

Want something a little more exclusive? Altermale is a members’ only bar situated on Sandejas Street in Pasay City with plenty of amenities. It has saunas, a massage clinic, and it even has an amphitheatre inside!

On February 16, their members can enjoy a post-Valentine show where they can join three sets of dating games. When things get a little heated, Altermale looks out for their members and offers free condoms and lubricants through Safe Spaces PH.

The Safe Space app is available on Google Play store and App Store for download. For more information, one may also visit the Safe Spaces PH website.

If you know of a place that's interested in making safer sex become more accessible to everyone and be part of the Safe Spaces PH community, just send an email to info@safespaces.ph.
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Carlos Diego is an HIV counselor and the Head of Editorial for LoveYourself. Outside of volunteering, he is a clinical audiology student and a registered psychometrician. He aims to facilitate a deeper meaning to health by discussing the importance of aural, sexual, and mental health.