Bakla [Bak'la?]

      A term used in Tagalog (a dialect derived from The Philippines) to describe a homosexual. Many, but not all baklas have feminine mannerisms.


Payumo, is currently rediscovering his Filipino heritage. As a child he found that hyper-masculinity was often pushed in the Filipino household. Now that Payumo is comfortable with his sexuality, he is exploring the femininity within the Filipino culture and trying to break this hyper-masculine front that was created. "I Am Bakla" is the working title of the new project he is persuing.