Summer is over, and with June comes the rain, the semestral break, and of course, the rainbow flags. It’s Pride month, a month of celebration for LGBTQIA+ community. A quick history lesson: Pride Month started in commemoration of the Stonewall riots of 1969 to recognize and fight for the rights of the community.
The Metro Manila Pride March began in 1998, and as of last year its become the largest and longest-running marches in Southeast Asia. Today, we celebrate Pride in our own special ways. Lucky for us, there are a bunch of events happening around the capital (and even Bacolod) that allow us to show our support and love leading to Metro Manila Pride March 2019, happening on June 29 at the Marikina Sports Center. Happy Pride!
The Lil’ Gay Shop (June 7-30)
If you want to explore and buy the works of members of the LGBTQIA+ community, then there’s an exhibit/retail experiment that you can check out — Pineapple Lab and the Hollow Block came up with The Lil’ Gay Shop to celebrate all things queer from artists and entrepreneurs in various mediums. You can treat yourself to locally made apparel and cute trinkets, so get your tote bags ready!
Visit The Lil’ Gay Shop at Pineapple Lab, 6053, R. Palma Street, Barangay Poblacion, 1210 Makati. More details here.
The Burning House (June 15)
We’re getting away from Manila for this one because Bacolod’s having its own Pride party. The Burning House 6100 created this event to highlight and celebrate the community in smaller regions by bringing queer artists to perform. Plus, all proceeds will be donated to Love Yourself INC. Groove along to performances by BP Valenzuela, Patch Soberano, Tokwa Penaflorida and JC Penaflorida. Did we mention that it’s ‘80s-themed?
Tickets start at P200. More details here.
Queer as Fete: Pride Stage (June 22)
This is for the music and gig lovers out there. Fete de la Musique, the annual music festival that happens every June in Makati, is having a stage dedicated to queer voices in the community. The stage will feature performances from Nica del Rosario, Nar Cabico, and Paris Roxas and Inah Evans. The best part is it’s free, so you and your friends can drop by, get a beer, and enjoy a music-filled evening.
The Pride Stage will be at Pineapple Lab, 6053, R. Palma Street, Barangay Poblacion, 1210 Makati. More details here.
Cinema 76 Pride Sesh (June 30)
If you want to see actors and filmmakers from LGBTQIA+ films talk about their work and creative processes, then join in the conversation at Cinema 76 with their Pride Sesh. All you need to do is to show three Cinema 76 tickets that were bought in the month of June, and you get an event pass for free. The panel will include Jay Altarejos, Rod Singh, Moira Lang, Iyah Mina, EJ Jallorina and Zar Donato, so make your Sunday worthwhile and learn about queer representation in the local film industry.
Claiming of passes starts on June 14 and ends on June 30 at Cinema 76, 160 Luna Mencias St. Brgy. Addition Hills, 1600 San Juan del Monte. More details here.
Rainbow Rising (June 1-30)
Inspired by creating more safe spaces for the community, TLF Share Collective and UP Babaylan came up with Rainbow Rising, a series of events happening at the Araneta Center in Cubao. You can take pictures at the rainbow pedestrian skywalk, pay a visit to the rainbow photo exhibit, and lastly, watch the local film Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa for free! So if you’re looking to see a bunch of cool stuff for free, this is your chance.
The Rainbow Exhibit will be at the Gateway Mall Activity Area from June 17-20, and free Rainbow Film Screening at the Gateway Gallery on June 20-23. More details here.