MANILA– Family, friends and members of the LGBTQIA+ community gathered in front of Lapu-Lapu Shrine last June 25, 2016 to call for an end to discrimination and hate. The event which is packed with features like open marketplace that sells Pride merchandise and freebies, was also attended by members of the press and foreign tourists.
“Love knows no religion” and “Stop hate speech.”
Nicky Castillo, Metro Manila Pride overall co-coordinator said in an interview with reporters before the event, “The entire premise of the theme is for us to be able to end all of these things that’s happening, and start something basic , that you’ll let love into your lives, and yun dapat yung pairalin.”
Co-coordinator Loreen Ordoño added, “The reason why we’re very adamant in reaching out to people who hate us and who bully us is because that kind of hate speech promotes a culture of violence, and it can lead to not just discrimination and bullying–it can lead to murder, it can lead to massacre, which we actually saw in Orlando so that’s what scares us. What amazes us at the same time is how the community actually rallies behind everyone else during these times.”
Approximately 5,000 participants marched with their rainbow flags and colorful outfits at Taft and Kalaw Avenue, followed by a performance filled post-march program where the community also mourned the victims of Orlando shooting.
ViajeroMNL (Viajero Manila) is a lifestyle blog site that features different pop culture, travel, and food destinations in the Philippines. This article was written by Gillian Gacuma.