MANILA, Philippines – After two years of mostly online events, Filipinos are once more celebrating Pride Month in the streets this 2022!
With the forthcoming return of the Marcoses to Malacañang, Metro Manila Pride (MMPride), Southeast Asia’s largest Pride festival, introduced “Atin Ang Kulayaan! Makibeki Ngayon, Atin Ang Panahon” as this year’s theme on Saturday, June 4.
“Pilit man nila tayong patahimikin at…burahin ang ating kasaysayan, patuloy tayong mananaig at magwawagi. Papalayain natin ang ating mga kulay,” the group said in a statement.
(No matter how hard they try to silence us and erase our history, we will continue to prevail and win. We will liberate our own colors.)
In their statement, MMPride also slammed the inaction of the Congress towards the SOGIE Equality Bill, attributing it to a “lack of a comprehensive culture of understanding for the [LGBTQ+] community.”
“Kulayaan” is a play on the words kulay (color) and kalayaan (freedom) to show that members of the LGBTQ+ community will continue to fight against discrimination, corruption, and abuse.
MMPride will be staging its annual Pride march and festival on June 25 at the CCP Open Grounds in Pasay City from 10 am onwards. The event will feature an arts exhibit, street fair, and educational discussions.
MMPride will also hold the following activities:
- June 10: Kulayaan Kaphian and Kwiz Nite (FFTG Cafe, Quezon City; 4 pm to 12 am)
- June 11: Atin ang Kulayaan Volunteers Assembly
- June 12: #SKLSunday: Weekly Kamustahan (Twitter Spaces; 8 pm to 10 pm)
- June 18: Atin ang Kulayaan Pride Picnic (Open Air Auditorium, Rizal Park; 3 pm to 8 pm)
Here are other events and activities that groups and organizations will hold in celebration of Pride. Bookmark this page for updates.
Pride PH, a national coalition of LGBTQ+ organizations in the Philippines such as PANTAY and Spark Philippines, will also hold its own “Alab For Love” Pride Festival on June 25 at the Quezon Memorial Circle from 10 am to 12 am.
The event is in partnership with the Quezon City local government.
Pride PH is also looking for volunteers, partner organizations, and sponsors to help in this year’s Pride Festival. Those interested may sign up at bit.ly/prideph2022indivs (individuals) and bit.ly/prideph2022orgs (organizations and companies).
Southern Tagalog Pride
Southern Tagalog Pride, an alliance of LGBTQ+ and ally organizations and individuals in Calabarzon and Mimaropa, will spearhead various activities such as educational discussions, donation drives, and even free manicure and pedicure sessions.
The alliance plans to culminate their Pride celebrations with a Pride protest in Laguna on June 24, and the Southern Tagalog Pride March on June 28. Venues for these events are yet to be determined.
Northern Luzon Pride
Northern Luzon Pride will hold physical events in Baguio City to celebrate this year’s Pride, including a storytelling session with a drag queen, a community art show, and a queer speed dating session.
The group will also conduct free HIV screening in various parts of the city.
Baguio Pride will culminate with a Pride march on June 25 at 3 pm in Session Road.
Here’s their full list of events and the route for the Baguio Pride march.
Iloilo will have its own celebration of love as the Iloilo Pride Team, along with the Iloilo City government and organizations such as Iloilo LGBTQIA+ Network and Kabataan Partylist Panay, will hold activities to cap off Pride Month.
Under the theme “Ibwal sa Gugma,” Iloilo will hold “#onePRide: Padyak kag Rampa sang Kaanyag” Pride ride and march event on June 25 at 3:30 pm, which will start from Esplanade Skate Park to SM Strata.
Organizers also planned a prayer session, poster making contest, and make-up contest after their Pride march.
See the post below for the full list of activities for Iloilo Pride.
Romblon Pride will culminate their Pride celebrations with the “Bahaghari Parade and Festival” at 3 pm on June 25 at the Odiongan South Central Elementary School Open Grounds.
Activities will include appearances of drag queens, a lip sync battle, performances from local artists, and face painting, among others. Admission is free.
Mindanao Pride and the Pride Center of Villanueva will bring their own Pride March to Misamis Oriental under the theme, “Dilaab sa Gugma.”
The march will take place on June 25 from 2 pm onwards at the Villanueva Municipal Hall.
Tacloban Pride Parade 2022
True to the spirit of Pride as a protest, the UP Tacloban Student Council will hold a Pride Parade in Tacloban City to push for the passage of the SOGIE Equality bill, and an end to discrimination and social inequality.
The parade will be held on June 25 at 2 pm. Assembly place is at Rizal Park.
Several Pride marches will be held in Cebu this month.
The Cebu City LGBTQIA+ Federation will hold their Pride Month parade on June 24. It will start at 2 pm at the Cebu Province Capitol towards Plaza Independencia, where the program for Queen of Cebu City 2022: Talent’s Night will be held at 6 pm.
The group encourages attendees to wear their fabulous costumes as cash prizes will be given.
The Mandaue City government will also hold a Pride march on June 26. The march will start from the Mandaue City Sports Complex. Assembly time is at 6 pm.
The parade will start at 7:30 pm with a program to be held at the Mandaue City Heritage Plaza.
Caraga Pride Parade
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) – Caraga Region will hold their celebration of love in Butuan City on June 24. The ‘Caraga’s Pride Parade’ will take place starting at 3 pm at Guingona Park.
See the post below for full details.
Under the theme “Lumalaban, Lumiliwanag, Lumiliyab”, UP Babaylan will host a number of events online and offline to celebrate Pride such as fundraising initiatives, a letter campaign to combat queer isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and a screening of Rhadem Musawah’s Budjang.
UP Babaylan will also spearhead the opening of a rainbow-painted crosswalk at the University of the Philippines Diliman, across the west wing of Palma Hall, on Monday, June 20 at 10 am.
“The rainbow crosswalk aims to serve not only as a symbol of inclusivity and diversity, but also to ignite the spirit of Pride, hope, and solidarity among the LGBTQI community and allies within and outside the university,” the group said in a statement.
See their list of activities below.
UP Gender Law and Policy Program
The UP College of Law, under its Gender Law and Policy Program, will hold a panel discussion titled “Gender Advocacy: Moving Forward under the New Administration” on June 23 from 4 to 6 pm via Zoom.
The forum will feature advocates who will craft a common agenda and strategy on how to effectively push for the passage of priority measures under the Marcos administration.
The event is free and open to the public. If interested, you may register at https://uplaw.ph/glpponlineforum2022.
National Museum of the Philippines
The National Museum will be leading various activities to celebrate Pride Month.
Their activities will kick off with the film showing of Elwood Perez’ Esoterika: Maynila from June 13 to 17. Attendees will also get a chance to meet Perez from 4 pm onwards on the last day of screening.
A special guided tour of the National Museum for LGBTQ+ members will also be held on June 22.
Pelikulaya is back!
The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is bringing back the international LGBTQIA+ film festival with the theme “Pantay-Pantay, Iba’t Ibang Kulay!” to highlight narratives of underrepresented communities, especially the trans community.
Screenings and other activities will be held on-ground and online during the entirety of the festival from June 10 to 26, with films such as Lingua Franca and Portrait of a Lady on Fire to be screened.
Follow the Pelikulaya: International LGBTQIA+ Film Festival page on Facebook for the full list of films and updates on the festival.
Humanist Alliance Philippines, International (HAPI)
Humanist Alliance Philippines, International (HAPI), a non-profit organization of progressive secular humanists from all over the world, will celebrate Pride through various initiatives in Dumaguete City.
These include a “Holy Union Ceremony” on June 28 at the Dakong Balay Gazebo to celebrate LGBTQ+ couples who continue to fight for their right to love.
HAPI will also hold Community Kitchens every Saturday for the month of June in Brgy. Tinago, Dumaguete, to be facilitated by Bahaghari-Dumaguete and Kabataan Para sa Karapatan with the help of local leaders.
See their full list of activities below.
HIV & AIDS Support House (HASH)
HIV & AIDS Support House (HASH), a provider of psychosocial support to people living with HIV (PLHIV) and AIDS, will host free online webinars on relevant topics to the LGBTQ+ community such as mental health and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
See the full schedule and list of topics for their #HASHOnline webinars below. Those interested may sign-up at http://bit.ly/HASHFreeWebinars
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