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Anatomy Of Joyen Santos, Manila's Burlesque Pioneer

We're keeping an eye on this alternative entertainer
by Khatrina Bonagua | Sep 22, 2016
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Wearing an all-black ensemble, the red-haired vixen greeted us, smiling as she shook our hands and introduced herself.

Her bedroom voice assured us that this was going to be an experience. With a robe covering her from neck to foot, she was like a gift waiting to be unwrapped.

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Prior to that fateful day, we've already seen this red-haired woman, twirling her hips and flashing her seductive eyes in videos all over social media. Pictures of her tying someone up with plenty of ropes before suspending in the air are accessible if you know where to look.

Wait, what?

It seems there are two sides to her, but that couldn't be possible, right? There's the sweet, girly dancer in those clips, and the fierce, kinky dominatrix in those images. This red-haired bombshell is like lace and leather, combined. We are confused. We are fascinated.

She calls herself the "Queen of Alternative Entertainment." And royalty, she really is. The red-haired woman can sing, dance, and tease.

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However, there's more to this lady that goes beyond her collection of bejewelled costumes and polished boots. She graduated Cum Laude, Bachelor of Arts in Film, at University of the Philippines–Diliman. She's an audiovisual artist, an educator, an electronica vocalist, a rope art practitioner, a burlesque performer, and an alternative model.

The red-haired woman is like a walking piece of art.

Still, we can't help but be captivated by her two provocative interests: burlesque and bondage.


In the ever-conservative Philippines, the red-haired woman is the only one openly practicing rope bondage dominatrix. Yep, BDSM as in Fifty-Shades-of-Grey BDSM. Imagine leather, whips, ropes, and all the other things that you thought only existed in fantasies.

She specializes in rope floor work and suspension, candle wax, and impact play. Simply put, she twists ropes around you until you turn into a perfect work of art.

Call her kinky for all you want? She'll only love you for it.

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Through burlesque, this red-haired woman evokes a different yet elegant kind of high. As soon as she takes off her knee-high black boot and dons her lacy lingerie, she is a woman transformed.

Call her a tease for all you want? She'll train her eyes on you even more.

This red-haired woman breaks all stereotypes and smashes all conventions. Is the country ready for her? Are you?

This is Joyen Santos. She is a burlesque–bondage babe. And this is her story.

Catch more of Joyen here.

Special thanks to James Pe Lim and Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan of Pineapple Lab. For more information, email them at or contact  (02) 834 5763. You can also like them on Facebook.

Producer Khatrina Bonagua Video Eve Baswel Asst. Camera Operators Tessa Porqueriño and Lei Agustin Styling Liyan Aprieto Hair and Makeup Laime Pascual Rope Bunny Lovely

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