Sunday, December 8, 2013
Many thanks to everyone who participated in the LGBTQ Pride March 2013 at Malate yesterday! It was a rather arduous road to get to this point and I'm just glad that we had a chance to march at all.
We managed to get a few friends to try marching for the first time and we hope that this makes the beginning of a new tradition for them. And in the long run I hope that more friends are similarly inspired to march with us next year or in the years to come. We have a very long way to go before true equality of the LGBT community is achieved here in the Philippines. And every new voice added to the cause will go a very long way.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
This Saturday, December 7, 2013, is this year's annual Metro Manila Pride March. Despite some confusing cancellations, the Pride March is still pushing through, and this is definitely a good thing.
Tobie and I will definitely be marching again this year given how important this one activity is. Beyond any internal politics or differences in opinion, the Pride March has always represented the importance of the LGBT struggle for equal rights in the country. And we still have a long way to go.
So once again, this is a call to friends and like-minded citizens who believe in the LGBT cause. Whether you're straight or gay or somewhere in-between, the Pride March is open to everyone who wants equal rights for the LGBT community. The Pride March is a way to truly show support for your LGBT friends. And you definitely don't need to be LGBT to participate.
And I sincerely hope to see more of my straight friends join us on Saturday. It would mean so much to Tobie and me if you'd take some time out to show support. It's the least you folks could do. ;-)
See you all on Saturday!
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Today is November 17, or as we like to call it November 2 cubed + 3 squared. This marks our first year back together as a couple and it has been quite a grand ride.
It's hard to really celebrate anything these days given the recent devastation brought about by Typhoon Yolanda and so I figured that the best thing to do is to put that splurge money to good use. So instead of buying some crazy geeky gift for Tobie this year, I opted to donate that money to some of the relief groups who are trying to help out.
Now I first met Tobie in person on February 12, 2009 - an "event" that we know to be NetRunner Night. That means that Tobie and I have "truly" known each other for about 1,740 days (not counting online interactions prior to that first meet-up.
So while it may not seem like much, but there are only so many ways one can make a donation seem even a little romantic. Thus I've donated P1,740 (more or less) to both the Philippine Red Cross and the UN World Food Programme as a way of celebrating our love and also doing our part.
I love you, Tobie. I hope more people get to celebrate their love as geekily as we do. And I do hope that our modest donation helps to folks affected by the storm.
You too can donate to aid in relief efforts in the Philippines. Here are a few organization that accept online donations, so it's ridiculously easy from the comfort of your computer:
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Re-sharing this clever graphic by Carlo Vergara, the creator of the gender-bending superhero Zsazsa Zaturnnah. At the end of the day it stresses just how easy it is to donate to the Red Cross, especially in light of recent natural disasters that have primarily hit the Visayas region including the Bohol earthquake and Typhoon Yolanda that has practically decimated the province of Leyte.
Apart from SMS donations, there are many ways to donate to the Philippine Red Cross including direct bank deposits, wire transfers or even PayPal.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Tobie is with his family in Singapore this weekend, so it's just me and Yoshi until Sunday evening. It's funny how during such times when Tobie and I are apart, I seem to continue to see things that I want to share with him and such - that's life for you I suppose.
He's not feeling quite well though - I guess his busy week is catching up with him. So I figured it would be nice to get him a little something as a welcome home gift. I ended up getting a pair of the new Coke glasses from McDonald's since the whole bottlecap design is rather cute. :Plus we had also gotten ourselves matching Coke glasses a few years ago when another of these glass promos ran shortly after we had moved into the Sietch.
The little things matter, you know. ;-)