Cubao’s Red Light District (Aurora Blvd.): IN PHOTOS

Last Updated: November 13th, 2018

Before the rise of the Ayala’s brand of business districts in the country, there was Cubao. Its iconic name is as recognizable as Araneta–the family behind the rise of Quezon City’s commercial center. Since its inception in the 50s, Araneta Center, located within Cubao has grown to become one of the country’s leading commercial areas. With that, came the deluge of people and the growth of one of Manila’s red light districts–a small one at that. If Manila has Malate and Makati has P. Burgos, Quezon City has Cubao. This red light district covers a small stretch of narrow streets right across Araneta Center along Aurora Boulevard–from Imperial to West Point and Saint Mary.

 

Although comparatively nondescript compared to Manila and Makati, Cubao’s red light district has its quirks. If one walks down its wide streets early in the morning, don’t get too surprised if someone offers you their “services”. This area of Cubao is dotted with its own stretch of motels, nightclubs, bars, street food joints. Needless to say, you should always keep an eye out for your things if you decide to visit.

 

Cubao Red Light District Photos

Imperial Street, Cubao

 

Cubao Red Light District Photos

Outside one of Cubao’s old cinema houses that still show rated R films

 

Cubao Red Light District Photos

Across Imperial Street with its wide sidewalk which vendors sometimes occupy in the morning

 

Cubao Red Light District Photos

One of the many carenderias that still operate at night

 

Cubao Red Light District Photos

Tricycle drivers occupying one lane as their terminal

 

Cubao Red Light District Photos

As you approach Saint Mary Street and LRT Cubao outside Diamond Arcade

 

Cubao Red Light District Photos

The wide sidewalks of Cubao

 

Cubao Red Light District Photos

A street food vendor talking to one of his customers

 

Cubao Red Light District Photos

Saint Mary Street

 

Cubao Red Light District Photos

Ready to close shop

 

Cubao Red Light District Photos

The local 711 store in the corner as you cross from Araneta Center

 

Cubao Red Light District Photos

Tricycle drivers still operate until the middle of the night

 

Cubao Red Light District Photos

 

Cubao Red Light District Photos

 

Cubao Red Light District Photos

One of the bars along West Point

 

Cubao Red Light District Photos

One of the motels in the area

 

Cubao Red Light District Photos

A shopowner serving food to her only customer

 

Cubao Red Light District Photos

One of the many tricycle drivers who occupy one lane as their terminal

 

 

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