Puerto Galera is best known for its marine biodiversity. Local and foreign divers frequent this town in the island of Mindoro to dive, snorkel, and generally enjoy the water sports that this top tourist destination offers. There is another thing though, that Puerto Galera offers visitors: that of a lively nightlife.
In White Beach on Friday evenings up until the weekend, a group of fire dancers converge in front of Mikko’s Bar.
Most of them are ladyboys (gays, homosexuals, or in the Filipino language, bakla), and when you get to see them dance, spinning around with a fire poi or meteor, or handling fire hoops with ease, you can only be filled with admiration at their skill, and the hundreds of hours they must have spent practicing their craft.
For fire dancing is a craft. You cannot handle the lighted tools without getting hurt, if you don’t spend enough time learning and mastering it.
There are single performers, as in the woman in the pictures, but there are duos and groups as well. On a clear, moonless night, seeing these fire dancers weave their magic can indeed make your stay in Puerto Galera all the more memorable.
For other things you can do in Puerto Galera aside from water sports and watching these fire dancers at night, check out my guide on the What To Do in Puerto Galera for 3 Days and 2 Nights. For directions in going there, here’s how to go to Puerto Galera.
How about you? Would you want to learn how to fire dance?
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Aleah Taboclaon is a freelance writer and editor. She likes running (completed one marathon, training for the next!), diving (PADI open water diver), and traveling with her Kindle. Connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also email her; she would love to hear from you!