Pinoy LGBT films featured at Sine Bahaghari

Sine Bahaghari

February is the National Arts Month here in the Philippines. As a contribution to its celebration of Akei, Pinoy4GM and Pelikula Tumblr brings you “Sine Bahaghari”. According to the press release, “Sine Bahaghari” is a showcase of Filipino LGBT experience as seen in Philippine alternative cinema. The main objective of “Sine Bahaghari” is to promote the discussion on how the LGBT community is depicted in the Philippine cinema. Aside from that, it also aims to promote modern Filipino films to a wider audience. Continue reading “Pinoy LGBT films featured at Sine Bahaghari”

Who are the Gay Icons in Your Neighborhood?

Nahh, I won’t discuss who’s gay or not.

Gay icons are someone that gays look up to, whether they are really gay or not. Here are some individuals that are considered to be as gay icons here in the Philippines:

Ricky Reyes

Ricky Reyes – Icon for the “parloristang” bakla

He is the most successful gay who strived to make his salon chain successful. Before the F Salons, Index and the others, the most evident ones were Ricky Reyes’ salons. He also founded the Ricky Reyes Learning Institute wherein people who aspire to become a professional hairdresser can be formally educated. During the 90’s (and I believe until now), he has a television show called “Beauty School Plus” wherein the television viewers can learn how to put on make up and cut someone else’s hair. Continue reading “Who are the Gay Icons in Your Neighborhood?”

Transphobia in Pinoy Big Brother Double Up

rica paras

Whenever I have the time, I watch Pinoy Big Brother Double Up because of Rica Paras. It’s like whenever I watch PBB, I feel a certain connection with her because she’s one one us (LGBT) and it just felt so good to see someone like her in Philippine mass media. I always became curious on how her housemates will treat her when they knew that she’s a transgender. It’s a given, probably, because of the kind of society we have right now.

I don’t believe that there are issues of her being incapable of working in a team. In fact, she has shown her leadership in some of the tasks and putting her in a bad light because she is a transgender is very wrong. Continue reading “Transphobia in Pinoy Big Brother Double Up”

Rica Paras of STRAP in Pinoy Big Brother Double Up!

Ms_Rica_Paras

The new season of Pinoy Big Brother just started and one of our sisters in the Pinoy LGBT community is part of it. Ms. Rica Paras, of Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP), has just became a housemate. This is something that I am looking forward to see in the upcoming episodes of Pinoy Big Brother. I hope that her being a part of the show will enable to let the public understand our basic issues and get a different perspective in mainstream media. It’s seldom that mainstream media showcases our plight but let’s see in the upcoming episodes. But anyway let’s support our sister!

Here is the statement of STRAP (taken from my orgmate in Babaylan, Mushy Mae): Continue reading “Rica Paras of STRAP in Pinoy Big Brother Double Up!”

Flipping Through the Pages of Maxim’s Gay and Lesbian Issue

(photo from Maxim Philippines)
I just got a copy of the Maxim Philippines’ Gay and Lesbian Issue a few days ago with Mocha on the cover of it. Just finished reading the interesting articles and of course looking at the interesting pictures of it too 😉 . I believe this is the most daring mainstream magazine magazine that I’ve seen lately. A lot of provocative femme-to-femme poses from women who I believe who are just swingers (or bi-curious women) but not really femme lesbians per se. Oh well.

It’s obviously selling femme-to-femme action which is appealing to men (and lesbians) of course. Would you think that men would buy the magazine if there’s a butch-to-femme action? Nahh. Well, that is the nature of the magazine so I really wouldn’t expect much from them. There were lots of nipple exposures (there were a lot, literally). I admit that I enjoyed looking at some of the pictures there (and no I am not being a hypocrite about it) but I was also looking for some depth as what it claims to be: the ‘gay and lesbian issue’. There were some articles that at least tickled my brain (and at least some of the readers also) not just my libido. Continue reading “Flipping Through the Pages of Maxim’s Gay and Lesbian Issue”

My Thoughts About the BB Gandanghari Bloggers Event

I’m sorry that it took me some time to blog about my thoughts about this event when it has already been a week since this happened. The good thing was I was able to at least live blog about it but as promised, my thoughts will be to follow.

To kick off things here, I would like to say that I appreciated the fact that P.O.C (Philippine Online Chronicles) set up an event like this. This was Bebe Gandanghari’s way to reach out to the bloggers since she has been visible online. The event was ok but I really couldn’t say that it achieved something. Yes, she was liked by everyone (and suddenly became fan boys and girls) butI am saying this because I believe that the LGBT agenda wasn’t highlighted. It became some sort of a ‘fans day’ or a ‘press con’ for an upcoming movie. I am glad that some of my fellow bloggers (even though they’re not “one of us”) asked relevant questions that actually highlighted the LGBT issues such as discrimination. It was Mark and I who opened up the LGBT issues and I was even wondering if some of the people there knew what LGBT was. Maybe I was looking for something that I couldn’t find and I expected it to become an avenue for it. But, I my expectations were too much. I know that total acceptance of the LGBTs is very impossible in the Philippines (and even the world) but at least some of us bloggers were able to open it up. I actually appreciated Mark in being honest about being one of the homophobics and meeting BB in person sort of opened up his mind a little bit though I know homophobia is not totally gone. This has become a some sort of achievement for me. 😉 Continue reading “My Thoughts About the BB Gandanghari Bloggers Event”

Live Blogging at the BB Gandanghari Blogger Meet Up at Mag:Net High Street

Bebe Gandanghari arrived at mag:net

I am the currently at the Bebe Gandanghari Blogger meet up at Mag:Net High Street. The event is sponsored by P.O.C (Philippine Online Chronicles). Bloggers get the chance to ask questions to her, no holds barred.

She arrived around 4:30 pm. The moment she entered Mag:Net, she stopped to pose for the cameras. Bebe was very warm and already thanked the people. Continue reading “Live Blogging at the BB Gandanghari Blogger Meet Up at Mag:Net High Street”

Ellen de Generes: A Lesbian Icon Now an Endorser of Cover Girl Make Up

It was surprising that Ellen de Generes, one of the leading lesbian icons in popular American television, is now an endorser of Cover Girl make up. I think that this is a breakthrough in the field of advertising for me. Gone are the days when it is imperative (and expected) that supermodels and popular celebrities like Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Julia Roberts, etc.. should endorse ‘feminine products’. Ellen is the irony of being ‘feminine’ and she just outwitted everyone with the commercial. Continue reading “Ellen de Generes: A Lesbian Icon Now an Endorser of Cover Girl Make Up”

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”