Six days before the Sine Bahaghari opening night.

It was very embarassing how it turned out that I misspelled two people’s names when I wrote the press release for Sine Bahaghari. And I found out about it after the press release was already posted in GMA News Online. My apologies to PJ and Roni Bertubin.

The Filipino LGBT experience showcased in Sine Bahaghari

February 5, 2012 ­— The status of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) peoples remains as one of the last great civil issues of our time. In the Philippines, the LGBT community faces a multitude of issues: hate crime, discrimination, and HIV/AIDS, to name a few.

In celebration of National Arts Month, Akei, together with PinoyG4M and Pelikula Tumblr, launches Sine Bahaghari, a showcase of the Filipino LGBT experience as seen in Philippine alternative cinema. The Sine Bahaghari project aims to promote discussion on how the LGBT community is depicted in Philippine cinema and popular culture as well as introduce Filipino-made contemporary independent films to a wider audience.

Featured are two classic works by renowned director Lino Brocka, National Artist for Film, which explored homosexuality as viewed by Philippine society during the 70s.

Sine Bahaghari opens on February 11 at Chef’s Bistro with two films from celebrated Filipino filmmakers: “Next Attraction” by Raya Martin and “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa” by Alvin Yapan. Also screening are films from prominent independent filmmakers, such as Adolf Alix Jr, Sigrid Bernardo, Roni Bertubin, and Vincent Sandoval.

Sine Bahaghari will have screenings on February 11, 18, 24 and 25. All screenings are free admission and open to the public.

Sine Bahaghari is included in the National Commission for Culture & the Arts’ (NCCA) Philippine Arts Festival this February 2012.

For more inquiries, please contact PJ Salenda at (0918) 942-8513 or email You could also visit the Sine Bahaghari website at

That’s what happens when you’re doing several things all at once while having very little sleep.

I was finally able to sort out the width of the embedded Youtube videos in the website (the default Youtube shortcode doesn’t seem to work with the theme I used so I had to find another way), and PJ told me that the souvenir shirts and bags are already printed. Tomorrow, the invitation postcards — which took a lot more work designing than I initially though — will also be ready.

I am already excited for Saturday’s opening night. See you at Chef’s Bistro.