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…

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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.]

41 Replies to “Bolitas culture: Penile implants and the Filipino male ego!”

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

    1. It doesn’t feel the same with a prophylactic.

      Kate, Chino,

      The penile implant isn’t exactly unique to Filipinos. Modern western culture has been practising male genital piercing since Jim Ward popularised the “Prince Albert” in the 1970s. Ring style Prince Albert wearers claim it enhances sexual pleasure for both partners. Some things to watch out for — the PA can cause discomfort if it comes into contact with the the cervix, and ladies, if you engage in oral sex with a guy with a PA, be careful it doesn’t chip a tooth. (Guess the “bolitas” are safer that way ;-))

      And of course, macho Filipino males might not appreciate the fact that the PA originated in the gay subculture of West Hollywood. Although the practice has spread to the more “mainstream” tattoo and body modification scene since the late 1970s and early 1980s.

      1. Perhaps the article gives the idea that Filipino seamen are the most prolific users of it.

        And it had to be “seamen.”

        Gay subculture… so the “Prince Albert” was not originally meant for women? hehe

      2. I remember an article in a 70s magazine called Pic about a practice among northern tribes where the men attached hawk-bells on their dicks. There weren’t any pictures of it but I guess it would have been near the head because it was supposed to make a sound as they walked. It was said that women in the tribe preferred men with the hawk-bells over those who didn’t because they seemed more macho — considering that it men’s skins had to be pierced through and through with a sharp nail for the hawkbell to be put in place.

      1. You know, Kate, in the interest of, ahem! “gender equality,” it should be mentioned that there are Filipinas who wear hood piercings. The women who wear them say they are very pleasurable.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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:

    1. Ha ha! Well, with all the ‘enlargement’ ads I see all over the Net and in my Spam folder, it seems I could safely conclude there are enough men with two small heads out there who get suckered into buying those products…

    2. @david…Yea the neighborhood men are obsessed with the size of the penis, my daughter in-law married a Canadian man and he visited and the neighbors would comment by grabbing their forearm and mentioning he must have a big dick? I answered them, I don’t know, why would I know that and care about such a thing but it’s very important to them, they claim that the Philippine man gets very hard an can hold a full pail of water, I wasn’t even in the conversation but got dragged into it, I got out of it claiming that studies suggest Chinese men had the smallest main members, I did see that somewhere, lol, I guess that’s why the malls are so large here, I had to go there..couldn’t resist it.

  7. 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 basketball jocks. Higher school levels the P.E. changes into baseball and soccer. I managed to smoked them NBA/PBA wannabes. I believe everyone has the right to enjoy any sport he wants. I wish we have the right to choose on what type P.E. to take in my schooling days. One would be surprise that many of us can excel in different sports other than the status quo of basketball.

  8. 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!

  9. 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, 🙂

  10. 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 🙂

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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