Manila famously has a midget boxing scene. I know this firsthand, because many of them have worked for me. For whatever reason, stag tours often request to rent a midget. Why is this? Who knows? But at GNT, we like to keep the punters happy.
Midget Boxing in Manila
The Manila midget boxing scene was previously centred in the Hobbit House – an altruistic affair set up by a kind chap that wanted to offer gainful employment to our pint-sized chums.
Fun fact: I once had dinner at the Hobbit House with a German friend before visiting some lady bars in Ermita (this is not the fun fact; I’m getting to that). We then went to some lady bars in Ermita and, as we were walking back past the Hobbit House, we met the staff (who we’d tipped extremely well) and they invited us to go to karaoke with them. Karaoke with midgets? Yes, and yes again. A great night was had, friendships were made (GIG) and I boarded my 9am flight absolutely hammered.
The Hobbit House sadly closed doors around 6 months ago, leaving the staff jobless and Manila without a genuine highlight. But the Hobbit House and GNT are not the only employers of midgets; there’s also Ringside Bar.
Ringside Bar, Manila
My good friend – and occasional employee – Jimmy works at Ringside as a boxer, and midget boxing is the not the only attraction of the bar. The bar does a fine sideline in lady wrestling, both of the arm and full-contact variety, as well as a bunch of other fun stuff.
The boxing usually is not too serious – after all, these guys have to do it every night – but when it comes to Jimmy and his opponents, they like to put on a good show. I’m sure I’ll get criticised for this, and many may find it unethical, but I personally like watching two midgets knock ten barrels of shit out of each other.
And for all the snowflakes out there: the Philippines has a HUGE poverty problem, and like or loathe Ringside Bar, it’s much more preferable to poverty.