The cabaret started in France, it initially referred to any business serving liquor. However, the history of cabaret culture began in 1881 with the opening of Le Chat Noir in Paris. It was an informal saloon where poets, artists and composers could share ideas and compositions.
Our national hero was no stranger to this place. Rizal said that he had spent two pesetas and 90 centimos for a baile at the El Excelsior, a cabaret in Madrid.
|LERMA CABARET, Manila's leading social center. The most famous place of its kind in the Orient.|
The cabaret was introduced by the American as a form of entertainment for their citizens and soldiers and also to influential Filipinos. It featured comedy, song, and dance in a restaurant or nightclub with a stage for performances and the audience sitting at tables often dining or drinking, watching the performance, or dancing. Famous cabaret like Santa Ana Cabaret and Lerma Cabaret in Manila were very popular among the socialites.
|STA. ANA CABARET advertisement card.|
|Reverse of card|
After the war the cabaret scene changed into a Mediterranean-style brothel - a bar with tables and women who mingle with and entertain the clientele. Traditionally these establishments can also feature some form of stage entertainment, often singers and dancers.
|LUZON CABARET, Makati Advertisement Card|
|MAYPAJO CABARET, Caloocan Advertisement Card|
Some cabaret is Manila sell tickets to male patrons; one must have a ticket in order to dance with a lady partner. Normally one ticket is good for a single dance per song. If one does not want to change partner he has to buy many tickets.
|Souvenir Fob of PASCUAS CABARET, Las Pinas, Rizal, P.I. |
JOSE L RAMOS General Merchant
|Various Cabaret Tickets. Circa 1930s|
|Cartoon featuring cabaret comedies|
|Several reasons why we stay in the Philippine. A scene inside the cabaret.|
|NEW PIT'S BAR in Tejeros, Makati. Managed by Pedro Hizon|
|Post WWII advertisement flyer for American GIs. B-29 INN in Pasig. Managed by Amador Pahati|