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Participants in this year's pride march paraded for equal rights, the passing of the Anti-Discrimination Bill, and HIV and AIDS awareness. Click for more.
(SPOT.ph) About 77 groups and organizations with approximately 1,700 participants joined this year's Manila Pride March dubbed "Pride of the Orient" held in Malate, Manila on December 3. The march, organized by Task Force Pride Philippines, commemorated the achievements of the Filipino Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual (LGBT) community since the first Manila pride march in 1994.
Groups like the Akbayan Party, Bayan Muna led by representative Teddy Casiño, Ang Ladlad led by representative Danton Remoto, Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Filipino Free Thinkers, Metropolitan Community Church – Philippines, Lesbian Activism Project, Inc. (LEAP), UP Babaylan, Trippers Philippines, Yoga for Life, JP Morgan & Chase Pride, The Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP), as well as students and supporters joined the march. Writer Ricky Lee, who recently launched his book titled Si Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata, was also spotted at the event.
Check out this short film by Task Force Pride Philippines for this year's pride march.
Anti-LGBT groups and protesters were also present carrying signs bearing Bible verses. Some of them used megaphones to relay their messages to members of the LGBT community.
After the march, there was a program which included a fashion show by designer Yako Reyes featuring LGBT models, audio-visual presentations from different organizations, performances, speeches from group leaders, a four-season pageant titled "Ultimo Icono," and an awarding ceremony. The program was followed by a street party organized by Mentorque Productions.
Photos by Jean Natividad