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LIST: Celebrate ‘Kulayaan’ with these Pride 2023 events, initiatives

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LIST: Celebrate ‘Kulayaan’ with these Pride 2023 events, initiatives
Various LGBTQ+ groups and advocates are celebrating Pride with festivals and fund-raising initiatives across the country. Bookmark this page for updates.

MANILA, Philippines – And so, the pride lives on! 

To recognize the rights and echo the struggles surrounding the LGBTQIA+ community, various organizations and groups were back on track to host events and initiatives for Pride Month 2023.

This year, Metro Manila Pride, the largest LGBTQ+ event in Southeast Asia will hold its annual Pride March and Festival, with the theme, “Tayo Ang Kulayaan: Samot-saring Lakas, Sama-sama sa Landas.”

The event, themed “TAYO ang KULAYAAN! Samot-saring Lakas, Sama-sama sa Landas!,” will take place on Saturday, June 24, at the Circuit Event Grounds, Makati City.

Participants may register here for free. 

MMPride will also hold the following activities: 

  • June 3: Kwiz Nite (FFTG Cafe, Cubao, Quezon City, 7 pm) 
  • June 7: SKL Discussion spaces (Online, 8 pm) 
  • June 11: MMPride Community Meeting #4 (Hybrid, 1 pm) 
  • June 18: Pride Picnic x Pride Speaks (Hybrid, 1 pm) 
  • June 21: SKL Discussion Spaces (Online, 8 pm) 
  • June 24: TAYO ang KULAYAAN Pride March & Festival (Makati, 10 am – 6:30 pm) 

MMPride is also consolidating events and activities from like-minded organizations. Activities can be shared here. 

Donations are accepted in support of the month-long festival:

  • BDO: 00 3660 1277 57 (Metro Manila LGBTQ+ Pride, Inc.)
  • GCash: 0929 756 2816 (Angella M.)
  • Paypal:

Here is a running list of other events and activities organized by different advocates and groups across the country to celebrate Pride:

Angat Kabataan

Angat Kabataan, an organization based in Taytay, Rizal, is organizing KASARIYAHAN: A Gender Equality Pride Fest on Friday, June 30, 5 pm, in Barangay Santa Ana, Rizal. 

The festival features a lip sync battle, an outfit competition, and awarding, among others. Participants may register to the following events:

Meanwhile, nominees for the LGBTQ Youth Awards can still be submitted here

Antipolo Pride

The Antipolo Local Government, in partnership with Transpinay of Antipolo Organization (TAO), invites everyone to celebrate pride in Antipolo through its dance fitness events, pride march, and grand gala night. This will happen on Saturday, June 24, from 8 am to 6 pm.

Aurora Pride Festival

The Aurora Provincial Government is inviting the public to their first-ever Pride Month celebration on Thursday, June 29, at Barangay Suklayin, Baler, Aurora. 

The event will include a parade, discussions on gender sensitivity and the SOGIE Bill, and live entertainment, among others. 


Bahaghari is organizing a month-long calendar of activities consisting of roundtable discussions, film screening, cultural performances, and regional events for Pride month. 

One of their most anticipated events is their cultural night titled, “Baklaan sa Lansangan: Paghuhubog ng Sangkabaklaan,” on Saturday, June 17, at the Primos Roofdeck Resto, Brgy. Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City, at 6 pm. Tickets can be purchased here. 

Meanwhile, the group is also launching a fund-raising initiative titled, “For the Gays, Fund the Gays,” in support of forthcoming pride-related activities.

This will be done through merchandise such as shirts, tote bags, and stickers starting from 15 pesos. There are also pre-order benefits such as discounted bundles for those who will order until May 30. 

You may purchase your merchandise here. 

Bahaghari also accepts monetary donations. QR codes directing to GCash, Maya, GrabPay, and PayPal can be accessed through their post. 

Catarman Pride

The Local Government of Catarman, in partnership with the Gender and Development Office, and the Municipal Youth Development Office, among others, is holding its first municipal pride celebration “An Balangaw: Catarman Pride Month Celebration 2023,” on Saturday, June 24, from 8 am to 5 pm.  

Humanist Alliance Philippines International

Humanist Alliance Philippines International, is slated to host a talk on the SOGIE bill, on Sunday, June 11, at the White House, A. Morales, Cebu City, from 8 am to 12 pm.

Meanwhile, HAPI – Bacolod is calling for volunteers, as they spearhead Negros Pride 2023 happening on Sunday, June 25, in Bacolod City. Volunteers may sign up here

In-kind and monetary donations are also accepted. Cash donations may be sent via GCash at 09398907625 via Francine Abalayan. For in-kind donations, you may drop them off at 20 Galo St, Barangay 21, Bacolod City.

Iloilo Pride

The Local Government of Iloilo, in partnership with The Office of LGBT Affairs – Iloilo City, organizes a series of pride forums from June 26 to June 29, across several barangays in the city. 

JCI Cebu Lakan Bahaghari

JCI Cebu Lakan Bahaghari, in partnership with LoveYourself Cebu, is organizing a monthlong pride festival for Cebuanos from June 4 to June 24 in Cebu City.

The festival will feature pride merch launches, community dialogues, multisectoral orientations on SOGIE, and a culmination party.

JCI Tuguegarao Ybanag

Following the theme “One Heart, One Pride: Diversity Creates Community,” JCI Tuguegarao Ybanag celebrates Pride with its month-long event featuring the Project  Runway 2.0 parade, grand pride march, pride forum, and a short film making contest.

Kahilwayan 2023

Mindanao-based initiative Kahilwayan 2023 is organizing a two-week event in Cagayan de Oro City from June 11 to 24, featuring learning sessions, job fairs, and a Pride March. 

It will also host the Pride Met Gala 2023, happening on Sunday, June 11, 7 pm, at the gymnasium located at the New Municipal Hall of Villanueva in Misamis Oriental.

The organization is also consolidating events and initiatives from like-minded organizations to help craft a calendar for LGBTQ+ rights advocates. Events may be shared here. 

KMC Careers

Business services provider KMC Careers joins Pride Month through its art event, “Colors of Pride: Celebrating Pride Through Colors and Creativity,” happening on Thursday, June 22, 4 pm, at Skydeck Piccadilly, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.   

Love Yourself Inc.

Volunteer-driven organization Love Yourself Inc. is conducting a monthlong celebration of Pride Month, featuring a series of balls, drag events, pride nights, and forums, among others, from June 1 to 30, in various locations in Metro Manila and Singapore.

One of its most anticipated events is its first-ever pageant for transgender women, “Queendom: Rule the World with Diversity,” happening on Friday, July 30, at Pleasant Hills, Mandaluyong. This is a free event.

Interested contestants are still welcome to apply through this link until 5 pm Saturday, June 24. A P150 fee will be required upon registration. More details about the pageant qualifications can be found here

Naga Pride

The Local Government of Naga launches a week-long event featuring a pride pedestrian launch, merch bazaars, competitions, and march, among others from June 27 to June 30 in Naga City.

Details about the event can be found on their Facebook page

O Bar Philippines

O Bar Philippines, the home of Manila’s Finest Drag Queens, is ready to show off its 11th annual Philippine Pride Party on Saturday, June 24, at O Bar, Ortigas Technopoint, Pasig City. 

The event will feature drag families and personalities such as The Bacolod Drag Association, The Baguio Drag Queens, The Cebu Divettes, The O Divas, and Precious Paula Nicole!

Doors will open at 10 pm, while the Pride Party will begin at 12 am. A P1,500 admission fee is required.

Pride PH

Pride PH, in partnership with the Quezon City Government, is set to host a Pride Festival themed “Love, laban!” on Saturday, June 24, 10 am to 12 am, at the Quezon City Memorial Circle. 

Celebrities, social media influencers, and drag personalities will be present such as Sassa Gurl, AC Soriano, Phi Palmos, Precious Paula Nicole, and Naia.

Prior to the actual event on June 24, PridePH will also conduct the Pride Kickoff Street Party on June 17, at Maginhawa Street, Quezon City.

Organizations who wish to be part of the festival can scan the QR code below. 

Queer Safe Spaces

Queer Safe Spaces is organizing the “Queer Prom: A Safe Space for your Authentic Self” on Friday, June 30, 8 pm, at SMX Convention Center Aura. 

The event is open to those aged 18 and above. Interested attendees can purchase tickets here for P369 each. Attendees are also encouraged to wear their best formal or semi-formal attire.

Monetary donations in support of the event may be given through the details below: 

Bank Name: UnionBank of the Philippines

Account Name: Queer Safe Spaces Organization Inc.

Account Number: 0026 9000 6024

Surftown Pride

Surftown Pride invites everyone to join their week-long activities in the Great Northwest Philippines, San Juan, La Union, from June 1-5.

For its fifth year, the organization continues with the theme #YouAreMyHome, inspiring allies with a sense of solidarity and shared goals, and establishing safe spaces on the northwest coast.

Tarlac Pride

The Local Government of Tarlac invites residents to participate in their Pride event happening on June 30, 4 pm, at the Centro Mercato in Tarlac. The event will feature a fun run, pride costume awarding, and pride night. 

Attendees may sign up through this link to get free shirts. Admission to this event is free.

Task Force Kabataan

Youth and volunteer-led organization Task Force Kabataan is holding its socializing event on Sunday, June 25, 5 pm, at Pangarap Foundation Inc, Taft Avenue, Quezon City. 

As part of the event, the organization is currently looking for participants for their mini drag event. Interested contestants are encouraged to message on their Facebook page. Admission to this event is free. 

UP Babaylan

UP Babaylan presents “Once Upon A Pride,” a month-long festival featuring a lineup of street murals, bazaars, and storytelling for kids, among others, in the University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.

The organization is also consolidating stories of Pride from the university community  through their Mapping Pride initiative. Stories can be shared here.– with reports from Anamarie Antolin/ 

Do you know of other events and activities in celebration of Pride? Email them to

Anamarie Antolin is a Rappler intern from Bulacan State University—Main Campus. She is an incoming senior studying Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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