INTRODUCTIONS

About Shibari.ph

Shibari.ph empowers people to celebrate their art, kinks, and sexuality through Japanese rope bondage.

I’m Dee Sapalo! I’m a rope artist from Makati who believes that Japanese rope bondage & BDSM are fantastic creative outlets that can help society become more body-, sex-, and kink-positive.

This blog is geared towards helping enthusiasts of all ages, genders, and body types discover rope bondage in a safer, supportive, and more accepting environment while promoting respect, empathy, and inclusiveness in the Philippines.

I’m Dee Sapalo! I’m a rope bondage artist (switch) from Makati who believes that Japanese rope bondage & BDSM are fantastic creative outlets that can help society become more body-, sex-, and kink-positive.

My Shibari blog and the events I host are geared toward helping enthusiasts of all ages, genders, and body types to discover rope bondage in a safer, supportive, and more accepting environment while promoting respect, empathy, and inclusiveness in the Philippines.

Respect

Empathy

Inclusiveness

How it Works

Shibari.ph offers rope enthusiasts access to a growing online resource, friendly community, and opportunities to enjoy the art without judgement.

Our posts try to showcase the delight of Shibari—to have fun, break stereotypes, and promote the values that responsible players develop when practicing Risk-Aware Consensual Kink (RACK).

Our newbie-friendly events let you experience the delight of Shibari firsthand—to have fun, break stereotypes, and promote the values that responsible players develop when practicing Risk-Aware Consensual Kink (RACK).

What makes it so special and intriguing?

It mixes together two awesome things: enjoying art and connecting with people.

Whether it’s tying or getting tied, trying bondage gives you a chance to revisit and question your understanding of things like control, pleasure, and intimacy.

You’ll develop your self-awareness, improve your verbal and non-verbal communication, and eventually work on the real ingredient behind this practice: trust.

Shibari is a great multimedia and performance art that people can enjoy in terms of its creative, erotic, or meditative aspects—both in private or on the stage. 

Our Story

I was invited to attend my first rope bondage workshop in 2013 and the experience was drastically different from what I expected:

The ropes they used were colorful, people were unashamedly geeking out, and they were actually friendly. It was a huge contrast to how media said kinksters were supposed to look and behave such that, by the time I got to try being in a hog-tie myself, I was convinced: kink wasn’t just about handcuffs and sex.

BDSM it seemed has values and advantages that our vanilla (non-kinky) relationships and communities could learn a lot from.

In June of 2016, Dee put up the Shibari.ph blog as part of the Philippine kink community’s efforts to educate the public, following the popularity of a certain BDSM-inspired book and film franchise.

The goal was to reach newbies interested in rope bondage, archive resources for current practitioners, and help expand the discussions about kink to include subjects like safety and consent, while promoting values learned in BDSM such as respect, empathy, and inclusiveness.

Today, Shibari.ph helps Filipinos accept their kinks, love their bodies, and take the stigma out of enjoying sex by spreading word through social media, hosting occasional skillsharing events, and organizing academic practice sessions.

Our Events

Skillsharing Events / Workshops / Study Group
Usually in a workshop format, these events are when we share what we know about rope bondage covering a variety of topics: safety, communicating with your partner, the technical aspects of rope, and more.

Rope Jams / Practice Events
These are academic practice sessions that you can attend regardless of skill level. There won’t be any sort of formal instruction or schedule—rather, participants are free to practice together, do experiments, or simply watch how other players go about doing their ropework.

Munches (Coming Soon!)
Munches are social gatherings in a public place (i.e. a cafe) where you can socialize with the local riggers, raise questions, or ask for recommendations.

They’re a great way to stay safer, especially if you’re looking to meet a fellow practitioner for the first time, since community members can help verify or vouch for most people’s skills, credibility, or character.

Are you learning rope too?

You can start learning more about Shibari by reading this article first and then checking our resources page after.

If you’ve found any useful links, do let us know (dee@shibari.ph) and I’ll update the website when I can. 🙂

Cheers!