Bolitas culture: Penile implants and the Filipino male ego!

Something hurt down there?
Something hurt down there?
Lol! It’s one thing to be butt-hurt, but to be dick-hurt? I just read the article The Strange Sexual Quirk of Filipino Seafarers and I must say, that one deserves a place in the WTF Hall of Fame!

Many Filipino sailors make small incisions in their penises and slide tiny plastic or stone balls — the size of M&M’s — underneath the skin in order to enhance sexual pleasure for prostitutes and other women they encounter in port cities, especially in Rio de Janeiro. “This ‘secret weapon of the Filipinos,’ as a second mate phrased it, has therefore obviously something to do,” Lamvik wrote in his thesis, “‘with the fact that ‘the Filipinos are so small, and the Brazilian women are so big’ as another second mate put it.”

The article said that according to a 1999 survey, 57 percent of Filipino seamen sported these penile implants. Wow! I hope I don’t blush next time I meet a Pinoy seaman given what I know now…

Admittedly, there was something about it that came across to me as a bit noble — that these Filipino sailors would even care about how satisfied a prostitute would be as a result of the paid services she delivers to them.

As one Filipino officer told McKay [the sociologist who studied these Filipino sailors]: “The women prefer Filipinos because we treat them nice, not like other nationalities,” he said. “[Sailors from other countries] think because they pay, they can treat them badly … But the Filipinos — we treat them like girlfriends. We pay too, but we’re nice, we smile, we even court them. That’s what makes the Filipino special. We’re romantic.”

Well after all, we are a society where women’s sexual satisfaction was something people called to be legislated as it was a main feature of the much-debated Reproductive Health Bill. Something I wrote about in a previous article.

Does this (being such emphatic lovers) count as something to add to the list of things to be proud of as a Pinoy? Maybe — if it weren’t for the kadiri factor of the means to achieving that end…

There are also different preferred locations for insertion. Some have one on top or bottom, and others have both. One shipmate told McKay that others have four, one on top and bottom and on both sides, “like the sign of the cross.” Another said: “I have a friend at home, you know what his nickname is?” McKay recalled. “Seven.”

Sounds like an overcompensation to me. The article did mention that the practice is “an important element of the Filipinos’ larger battle to assert their masculinity and compensate in a rivalry that they can’t always win…”

From my personal perspective, I do wonder why Filipino men have so much to prove. Perhaps it is not so coincidental that we have seen in the last few weeks such examples of this tendency to unfurl the proverbial peacock tail whenever an opportunity arises. There is Robbie Antonio and his one-billion-peso “museum of egoism” and Chito Miranda’s sex video.

Then there is this obsession with basketball — a sport Filipinos will likely never be consistently world-class in owing to their general limitations as far as the vertical axis goes. And yet, having sat through hundreds of these games, I can see no other recreational activity in the Philippines where male bravado is in fuller display. If only such competitive cockiness and bluster is channeled more often to international-level competition than on making pasiklab with fellow compatriots.

Pataasan ng ihi is fine, as long as it results in achievement worthy of true international recognition. Buti pa the seamen. At least they seek to impress Brazilian women. Maybe bolitas is another lucrative product Vicki Belo could add to her offerings.

[Photo courtesy GMA News Online.]


Post Author: Kate Natividad

Frustrated artist doing geek for a living.

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Perhaps the effect may be more psychological than anything else. Some women say they don’t even feel the ball bearing implants, but remark that it was more of the ardent performance of their lover that made the difference.

I guess, as with writing, passion makes all the difference.


Wow, I was thinking of writing about this, but you went first, Kate. Good points. And thanks for giving that perspective to my article about the “Museum of me,” overcompensation is the word and concept that slipped me.

To men, wonder why you need to self-mutilate yourself when one could use a sheath to slip over the penis which already has those bukol-bukols? Maybe it’s the overcompensation thing, but could it be the same attitude that leads to the physical torture in fraternities?


There was Sanchez, Ugly and the guy who spoke no English if I recall.


i guess they got fed up of being asked ‘is it in yet’


I don’t get it. They’re sleeping with prostitutes anyway, you know, people who get PAID to have sex with them. What’s with the wooing?

Wonder how the oral sex goes… it must be weird for the girls to feel bits of plastic on the peen.


I think brazilian prostitutes see filipino semen cumming a nautical mile off – so to speak.
Massage their ego – good for business. Lie to the gullible fools – they are used to believing anything they are told – good for a tip, even a small filipino one.
I dont think benjo benaldo’s brazilian wife thought he was ‘big’ or romantic, just a dirty little wifebeater.
Brazilian prostitutes looking forward to a bumper payday with world cup and olympics so rates up – remittances down, ladyboys en route.


Q: Why do Filipino men like to watch porno movies backward?
A: They like the part where the hooker gives the money back.


This cracks me up! Filipino men seem to be obsessed with their wee willies. My filipina wife is tired of the number of people who ask…is it true that foreigners dicks don’t really get hard? Confirmed by many posts I have read by filipino on other blogs. Another example of pinoy trying to make themselves feel better with invented bullshit putting others down. Such a fuss about such a small thing! The really sad thing is when a guy has 2 small heads:

Love the part about the obsession about basketball. I was labeled as “killjoy” for having no “pakisama” regarding the sport. Anything wrong with that? The “Pinoy Pride” group like to think so. I have never developed an interest since I was a child. So when the “mandatory” basketball P.E came in my elementary days, I didn’t even spare an effort in learning it. Naturally I became the batch “kulelat” and was bullied and ridiculed for having no ability regarding the “national” sport. No-interest turns into loathing for the sport of “kayabangan”. But I had managed to get back at them… Read more »

maybe the magazine writer, not Ms. Kate, was mistaking the ‘implant’ with a ‘piercing’ apparatus that would be attached outside? just a thought! BUT I doubt the validity of the ‘Filipino sailors’ getting self-inflicted implants. It just sounds like Bull-Shit to me. AND especially when it comes to ‘allegedly’ caring about the fake moans of a paid ‘alley-cat’.
Sorry GRP, this one sounds like Bull-Shit!

pinoy bolitas

try and you will know the effect! not only seamen have it and not for prostitutes only.


This article is great, yes maybe size does matter, but it can be compensate by performance and being true to yourself and to ur partner. its all about personal perspectives.

can’t help but to comment, 🙂


well. di namn payabangan yan e.. sa totoo lang di namn masakit mag palagay ng bulitas at di rin masakit ang mag tangal nito.. mas masakit pa pag nakagat mo labi mo 🙂


i am a seaman. bolitas is not popular anymore. use your tongue if you really want to give satisfaction to a woman.


[…] as if Filipino sailors are any more “virtuous”. Pinoy seamen after all are renowned for the pains they take to perform their duty to please their […]


Have you heard about the “tres kantos”. It is three vertical keloid scars on the penis. Of course they do this by mutilating their manhood. Sometimes they call it a “cobra” penis.


Pigafetta’s chronicles made mention of the bolitas pre spanish era filipinos wore.


Haha my boyfriend want to do it. but i said please dont. haha


Women could have clitoral orgasm or vaginal orgasm, im not sure if gspot is real, but non of these requires large dicks, just good and lasting performance. Why some women prefer lesbian anyway Even though that equipment is missing.They still has her toungue and fingers. If i prefer men, i will favor sexual performance that makes me wet than large dicks that does nothing but sticks inti the hole. And it will be painful w/o proper lubrication, mood killer.