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Showboyz: A Filipino Indie Film About Gay Male Strippers




Showboyz is a 2009 Filipino independent film directed by Crisaldo Pablo, who is known for his works that explore the lives of gay men in the Philippines. The film stars Kristoffer King, Pearlsha Abubakar, John Miller, Toffee Calma, and Tami Ballesteros. The film follows the story of Tope, a young man from the province who goes to Manila to look for his childhood friend Joaquin, who was ostracized by his community for being queer. Tope ends up working as a showboy, a male stripper who performs in gay bars, and meets other showboys who have their own struggles and dreams.


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The film is a realistic portrayal of the harsh realities faced by gay men in the Philippines, especially those who are involved in the sex industry. The film shows the discrimination, violence, exploitation, and stigma that they encounter, as well as the camaraderie, friendship, and love that they share. The film also tackles the issues of HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, and human trafficking that affect the showboys and their clients.


Showboyz was screened at various film festivals, such as the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and the Q! Film Festival in Indonesia. The film received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike, who praised the film's honesty, authenticity, and sensitivity. The film also won several awards, such as the Best Screenplay award at the 2009 Gawad Urian Awards, and the Best Actor award for Kristoffer King at the 2009 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.


Showboyz is one of the most acclaimed and influential Filipino indie films of the 2000s. It is a film that challenges the stereotypes and prejudices about gay men in the Philippines, and showcases their diversity, complexity, and humanity. It is a film that celebrates the courage and resilience of the showboys, who despite their hardships and difficulties, still manage to find joy and hope in their lives.


If you are interested in watching Showboyz, you can find it on various online platforms, such as YouTube, Dailymotion, or MyDramaList. You can also check out the trailer of the film below:



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