"Thank You Girls" – Film Review

The Thank You Girls

Directed and Written by: Charliebebs Gohetia
Language: Visayan
Genre: Comedy

Actors: Gie Salonga as Allyson
Pidot Villocino as Mommy Paola
July Jimenez … Bernadette
E.J. Pantujan as Chris
Kit Poliquit as Vanette
Kim Vergara as Macario
Ari Bancale as Carlos
Joan Mae Soco as Adora
Andrew Caisido as the Narrator

I got interested in watching this film primarily because I support films that show LGBTs in the local setting. The film was released in 2008 but it was only last Saturday when I was able to watch this movie. I never realized that the film already was being recognized abroad. It was nominated in the 2008 Vancouver International Film Festival under the category of Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema. This was the only Filipino film that was showcased among the 74 other Asian films.
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The Launch of the First Lesbian Magazine in the Philippines: My Femme Magazine


Cover of the Pilot Issue

A lot of lesbians, from different ages, kinds, shapes and sizes, gathered at the Sir William’s Hotel Functon Room in Timog Ave, Quezon City to celebrate the launch of the first lesbian magazine in the Philippines which is My Femme Magazine (MFM). My girlfriend and I were among the first people to be there and got ourselves free shots of tequila while waiting for the program to start. Entrance was free (but the drinks weren’t 😉 ) and the program started around 10:30 pm. It was actually like a normal exclusive party for lesbians, however there are some men who were there (I’m not just sure if they’re friends of the organizers or gays?). There were dance numbers, games and models. We got the chance to choose the next My Femme cover girl for the next issue by voting the models of our choice. Continue reading “The Launch of the First Lesbian Magazine in the Philippines: My Femme Magazine”

Rustom Padilla is Dead, Here Comes BB Gandanghari

This was just show yesterday at a Philippine showbiz talk show, Startalk. Rustom Padilla unveiled his new name and image: Bebe Gandanghari. From what I know, this is for a tv series that will be shown soon. So basing it from the interview, I am not sure if this is a preparation for a role. I remember the concept of method acting like what Robert de Niro and Al Pacino do to study the roles that they will be portraying. Continue reading “Rustom Padilla is Dead, Here Comes BB Gandanghari”

The Thank You Girls Film Screening

Above is the trailer of “The Thank You Girls”. The movie will be shown from January 21 to 27 at Robinson’s Indiesine (Robinson’s Galleria Cinema). The movie is written and directed by Charliebebs Gohetia. Basically it’s a Visayan film with a gay lingo twist.

Synopsis
Tired of losing in all the beauty competitions in Davao City, five gay beauty pageant veterans decide to travel north to Cagayan de Oro City, in the island of Mindanao, with a mission to conquer the grandest competition of beauty, personality and brains in the province.

They believe that being city dwellers, gays in the province will never stand a chance against them.

Manila Pride March Miss Queen Philippines Interview Portion

The question and answer portion always excite me whenever I watch beauty contests. Well probably this is a test whether the contestant has brains and not just beauty. Here are the 5 finalists answers to the question and answer portion of Miss Queen Philippines during the Manila Pride March last December 6. I apologize, the first contestant is not included in the videos. 🙂


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UP Babaylan at the UP Centennial Lantern Parade

It has been a tradition of UP Babaylan to participate in the UP Lantern Parade. This year is very different since it is the centennial year of the university, UP Babaylan showed how fabulous and important this organization is in the university.

The theme was all white. I didn’t join the parade anymore since I didn’t have all white clothes hehe so I just enjoyed watching them from AS Steps.

Congratulations to UP Babaylan especially those who really prepared for this event. Watching them makes me really proud of being part of that organization.

Proud to be Part of the Manila Pride March 2008

The Manila Pride March 2008 was held last December 6, 2008 in Malate. My girlfriend and I arrived at the Remedios Circle around 2:30 pm. We could already see the people preparing for this year’s march. The out and proud individuals of the LGBT Filipino Community were in their colorful costumes and banners. The rainbow colors can be seen everywhere. A group of protesters (anti-lgbt) were there also there to grace the event (Sorry, this is our time to shine! ;p). Continue reading “Proud to be Part of the Manila Pride March 2008”

Butch to butch, femme to femme, butch to femme: is it really an issue?

In the heterosexual sense, there is such thing called gender roles. It is assigned to each individual and the individual is expected to act on the assigned role for example being masculine and feminine. Gender roles are there, because according to some people, it places things “in order”. When gender roles are not followed, then there is chaos, i.e. confusion.

In the LGBT circle, most especially in the lesbian circle ( because that’s where I belong), there are still gender roles. Most people I meet would always ask me “So, who’s the playing the feminine or masculine role between the 2 of you?”. Well, I always had a butch girlfriend (whether hardcore butch or soft butch) not because I want to have portray specific gender roles but because it happened as it is. But with that question being asked to me, I would usually say “I am the more feminine because I tend to dress girly sometimes”. Continue reading “Butch to butch, femme to femme, butch to femme: is it really an issue?”

Live, Love and Unite with PRIDE MARCH 2008

Manila Pride March 2008

Fairies and Pixies. Hansels and Gretels.

Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders and Friends…

Fly to Malate on December 6, 2008, Saturday, and be part of the grandest Rainbow event in Philippine History!

1PM – Registration at Remedios Circle

3PM – Parade (Remedios Circle – Pedro Gil – Orosa)

6PM – Program and Pageant (Orosa)

10PM – Party at Orosa St.

Put on your best fairytale and fantasy costume and join the grandest Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) event of the year: the 2008 Manila Pride March.

For more details, visit the 2008 Manila Pride March Official Website!

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My views on Prop 8

The California Proposition 8 has been already out in the news and I guess you already know what happened, it was PASSED. 52.3% voted yes and 47.7% voted no. It was a close fight but we were not able to succeed. If you already know me personally, I am based here in the Manila and maybe you’re asking why I said WE were not able to succeed. I am saying WE because WE may belong to a different ethnicity, geographical location, etc…but WE are part of the global LGBT community. We may not have same sex marriages here in the Philippines but we are part of the community that is being discriminated by hypocrites. Continue reading “My views on Prop 8”