Goat’s eye for the straight guy
Discounted sex, Colombo Street
Mr Bolitas and his wares, near Colon Street
In the city where I now live, there are about five or six sex shops that sell sex unabashedly. It is in a street named Colombo (from Christopher Columbus, which coincidentally, is the same name of a street in Cebu (Colon Street) where you also see sex gadgets being peddled. I remember an article I did for Valentine’s Day which I will repost here:
The ancient use of sex gadgets and implants among Cebuanos startled and scandalized the Spanish clergy.
It also fascinated Antonio Pigafetta, the official chronicler of Magellan, he had examined the anatomy of early Cebuanos and wrote in great clinical detail copious notes about this practice.
Four centuries later, some Cebuanos are still at it. Ask Pablo Nabizaga, 42, from Jaguimit, Naga, Cebu, and he will show you why.
Known to his clients as Dr. Bolitas, he peddles his gadgets and contraptions along Osmeña Blvd. eliciting giggles and stares from passing pedestrians.
Bolitas are round pellets of penile implants which purportedly enhance a woman’s sexual pleasure. They are made of plastic, silicon, glass, jade or ivory.
“This is the bestseller,” he says, raising a thin ring made of hide decorated with a tuft of hair around. “It’s called goat’s eye. You have to soak it first in alcohol before using it so that it becomes clean and soft,” he grins. Two women who saw it blushed.
Goat’s eye is made from goat’s eyelashes. A backyard factory near a goat abattoir in Tabunok, Talisay City assembles them and supplies Nabizaga. He washes and airs them one by one before selling them to vendors at P10 a piece. The vendors’ prices vary according to diameter size: from P70-90 each.
Marlon Omtawar, 35, is a goat’s eye vendor who gets his supply from Nabizaga. He advertises his goat’s eye as “Biyaheng Langit” (Trip to Heaven). Last year, he sold one time one hundred pieces to a Japanese tourist and another five hundred pieces to a businessman from Davao. For repeat clients who come back seven months after purchase, they only pay P20 for a new replacement. At the time of my visit, he already sold two pieces.
Nabizaga says that it is the small-diameter sized goat’s eye that’s the fastest moving item in his stock. Most of his products however are sold fast in February and December. “Valentines Day ug pang gift sa Christmas,” he tells me.
Nabizaga says their clients are men who “fall short” of their partners’ expectations and men “who want to please their partners.” Expatriates, military men, drivers, overseas contract workers, students, old men, even husbands with their wives (and sometimes mistresses) in tow, buy from him. Women, he says, also get their goat’s eye for their lovers and husbands.
Nabizaga also sells sex rings, or rambutan in street slang, which are elastic silicon bands embossed with bolitas and tiny projections of silicon. They are sold at P100 each. There is also the hump or hanger, a twisted S-shaped silicon bar inserted into the male organ that requires a minor “surgical procedure” he usually performs in a lodging house. It costs P600 each excluding the setting up fee which depends on how much his clients can afford.
There are also battery-operated vibrators, fabricated belts with penile sleeves expats call “reinforcement”, and anti-impotency pills for men suffering from diabetes.
He is aware of the medical issues that go with his products. He says the problem he had encountered so far is infection among clients and their partners.
Asked why he left his high-paying job, the former foreman of a construction company and father of eight, says, “Kursonada lang ug gustong motabang sa naay problema sa sex.”
Some historians say that the practice of using implants and sex gadgets was prevalent among men in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Burma, and was copied from Chinese traders who plied the Southeast Asian route.
A study on the use of penile implants and sex gadgets among Filipino males conducted in 2002 revealed that it is popular among the military, overseas foreign workers, prisoners and even fishermen in the rural areas.