What is the lowdown on the GRO’s in AC? Here’s the guide to the weird language of the party bars of Angeles City.
The Philippines might be a staunchly Catholic country, such as with condoms and gay people, but when it comes to girly bars they exist loud and proud throughout the country.
Now for obvious reasons, let’s use Angeles City as our case in point. And Fields Avenue in particular (girl bar central).
When you enter a bar in Angeles City you will spy many scantily clad girls dancing (very slow and bored) to bad Filipino pop music. You then sit down and grab yourself a drink.
Now let’s say you are hypothetically watching her dancing for purely aesthetic reasons, and you catch the eye of one of the girls working. She is known as a GRO, or guest relations officer (how posh), and if you beckon her over, she will happily take a lady’s drink ($7 instead of $2-3). Said drink is basically fruit juice, but the lady will keep you company, and she gets about half the fee from it.
Now let us continue on this hypothetical train of thought! You have really hit it off with your new friend, and decide to continue the evening elsewhere. This is where the Philippines bar fine kicks in. You pay an early release charge (bar fine as we used to call it) of roughly 3000 PHP, or $60, which gets split evenly between girl and bar. What happens after this is down to you guys, but one would usually expect to spend the evening together after this.
Obviously, whether you decide to tip, or not depends greatly on how your evening went, but good form is at least to cover taxi fare, perhaps even throw in breakfast. You are only young once after all.