The Octagon, in Cebu City — a day’s journey from the capital Manila by boat (1 hour by plane)— has been going from strength to strength for more than a decade now, championing the region’s own homegrown talent (one of its key parties is called Local and Proud).

A solid team of 10 residents, led by head jock Juan Pablo, keep things steady, while Korean DJs like DJ Koo and Justin Oh head over for the +82 parties, a celebration of K-Pop. “Being in the business for more than 10 years, 2017 was a banner year for us,” they reckon. ‘We were able to strengthen Cebu’s image as a nightlife destination, not just in the Philippines, but in the world.” Long may it prosper.


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