#30DayWritingChallenge: Something that made me angry.

Day Twenty-Nine: Something that made me angry.

For a few years, I helped organize the Metro Manila Pride March. It’s called Metro Manila Pride now because it expanded beyond the marching. It was, at the same time, the best, the worst, and the craziest thing I ever did.

What a lot of people, even those who attend the parade, don’t realize is that the organizers often don’t have a lot of money for the whole thing. Not counting the program that is set after the parade (where participating organizations expect to give a speech on whatever that org stands for), the permits, the publicity, the registration materials, and all those stuff people don’t notice but are needed to bring about the entire thing cost money.

Every year is a miracle.

Needless to say, organizing the entire parade is stressful work. And that’s not unsurprising at all. But there are some things that needlessly add to the stress. Sometimes, you just wish you can punch some people in the face.

Pride March 2012 by Bardo Wu

Read the rest: It was the first time we’re doing the parade in Makati.

#30DayWritingChallenge: Traffic.

Day Ten: Traffic.

Ten things that are more enjoyable than a Metro Manila traffic jam.

  1. Warm beer.
  2. Dad jokes.
  3. Kris TV marathon.
  4. Love advice from Papa Jack.
  5. Petsa de peligro.
  6. A Noli de Castro and Mike Enriquez joint newscast.
  7. Martial Law apologists.
  8. Social media influencers.
  9. Pity sex.
  10. Madam Auring in a swimsuit.

“Kababawanan” and the sudden Lea Salonga hatedom.

It was during the height of the weekend AlDub vs Showtime Twitter war when Lea Salonga posted a tweet that was quickly noticed by local Twitter users:

Lea, being from Showtime’s network, may have been seen as dismissing AlDub. (If she were from the opposing network, many AlDub fans would probably have embraced it as a criticism against Showtime.) Fans of the show reacted in droves, calling her condescending for dismissing kababawan.

That was despite her stating in her tweet, “Okay lang sa akin ang kababawan”.

Was it really a subtweet against AlDub?

#IamJenniferLaude: Solidarity message for #LGBTOutragePH.

As representative from PinoyG4M.com, I was asked if I can give a two-minute solidarity message for the LGBT National Day of Outrage for the killing of Jennifer Laude. Like most things I do, I wrote this at the last minute while commuting from Makati to Diliman.

While I knew there will be media coverage for the event, I did not expect that I will be giving this statement in front of TV cameras.

LGBT National Day of Outrage

A comment from someone in social media: “Sometimes people of this kind are really not worth the sympathy sometimes.”

We are here to mourn the passing of Jennifer Laude and to express sympathy for her family and loved ones. We are also here to show our outrage, our indignation, our anger for the crime that took away her life.

This crime has touched a lot of issues in Filipino society: The double standard we seem to apply on crimes committed by non-Filipinos. The not-unfounded concern that Jennifer will be denied justice. The shock at the brutal and dehumanizing manner of her death. The disappointment on how some in the media presented Jennifer’s story. The disbelief over the victim-blaming in many public reactions. And the fear that we, the LGBT community, despite our seeming acceptance in society are still vulnerable to violence committed out of hate.

In a different instance, at a different place, it could be one of us who will be the reason for this gathering. You can be Jennifer Laude. I can be Jennifer Laude. Each one of us can be Jennifer Laude.

But isn’t that right?

I am Jennifer Laude. You are Jennifer Laude. We are Jennifer Laude. While each one of us are vulnerable to hate, each one of us can also stop this hate.

That we are all here today show that our lives matter, that we want justice, that we want an end to this violence. That we are all here today means we are taking up the challenge to ensure that these changes happen.

I am Jennifer Laude. And I take up this challenge.

Let’s welcome again the Dark Ages: Ang Prolife vs the so-called Culture of Death.

One of my Facebook groups pointed out the Ang Prolife partylist’s submissions of nominees for the 2013 Elections. The partylist aims to counter what it sees as the Culture of Death which “destroy and undermine the Pro-Life and Pro-Family values enshrined in the 1987 Constitution.”

Below is the partylist’s chapter declaration:

ANG PROLIFE (Party-List Organization) is an organization comprising a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to the Pro-Life and Pro-Family advocacy.

Its founders and members have been lobbying for the protection of LIFE and the Family in all its aspects and incidents, before congressional committees and public offices where they confront laws and policies that destroy and undermine the Pro-Life and Pro-Family values enshrined in the 1987 Constitution (such as continuing attempts to enshrine a Culture of Death in the Philippines through bills on divorce, euthanasia, abortion, birth control, reproductive rights, population control, and homosexuality).

We believe and affirm that ANG PROLIFE will be the first and only party list organization instituted with the primary objective and mission to Reclaim the Culture of Life in the Philippines through direct participation in the legislative branch of government, beginning with the forthcoming Elections in 2013.

Source: http://cbcpforlife.com/?p=7209

How this group equates divorce, reproductive rights, and homosexuality with the so-called “Culture of Death” makes me want to roll my eyes, except that doing so will not really do anything. This group wants to put several members in Congress and lobby to counter what they think of are “Anti-Life” bills and promote so-called “Pro-Family” values that will further make this country backwards and repressive.

I will not go into a rebuttal of why the group’s fear of divorce, reproductive rights and homosexual rights are fueled by conservative fear and perverted “family values” because people who are better writers than me have made better counter-arguments.

That post in Facebook mentioned several groups will mount a protest against Ang Pro-Life partylist tomorrow (June 20) at the COMELEC. Assembly time is at 12 noon at Chowking near Manila Cathedral. I won’t be able to join the protests in person, but I am encourage others who could join to participate, or at least spread word on how this group is working to curtail our civil rights in the name of misplaced “morality”.