Who I Am

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photo by Cecile Golez

Writer, poet, and HIV Advocate, Wanggo Gallaga has been writing professionally since he was 14. He has written for comic books, advertising, PR, events, television, and various publications (both print and digital) for over 20 years but is still dependent on spell check and often makes grammatical errors because he types too fast.

He has written the films Sonata and T’yanak, is the dramaturge and one of the head writers of the play No Filter and No Filter 2.0 for The Sandbox Collective, and recently release his first e-book, Remnants, a collection of poems, which is now available in various online retailers. He was also an episode writer for the web-series Hanging Out, produced by Team Magazine and Blued.

Diagnosed with HIV in August of 2008, he publicly disclosed his HIV status on December 2008 and shares his story with the hopes that nobody else gets it.

Bite-sized versions of me at twitter.com/wanggo_g.

If you want to see how I see the world: instagram.com/wanggo.

Profile at the Internet Movie Data Base (imdb.com): Wanggo Gallaga (imdb)

23 thoughts on “Who I Am

  1. I draw inspiration and inner strength from you. In times of this crisis, it’s always comforting to connect to a leader in this cause like you. I hope to interact with you someday if you have time. (ryan_vega2012@yahoo.com)

  2. i found out few months ago that im sick.. i havent told my parents about this. im the only one who knows about this.. im scared they will reject me and the people around me.. i just graduated and im only 24. hope you guys could help me about my problem..

  3. I doubt you remember me, but I attended a writing workshop (I forget the year) where you were one of the speakers. Since then, I’ve never stopped writing. You inspired me. And you inspire me even more with your blog. 🙂 You are an amazing person.

  4. finally! an active blog! hehe Just found out I’m sick 2 days ago. I’m still coping up with the thought although depression attacks overtime before I try to sleep. It’s difficult when you don’t have someone to share your thoughts to aside from family…

    • What do you mean by “an active blog?” Aren’t most blogs active?

      I hope you find someone to share your thoughts with soon. It’s really helpful to have people to talk to about it so that it doesn’t take up most of your thoughts and you can continue going back to having a normal life.

      I am very lucky that my friends and family are very open and accepting and supportive. I don’t even really think about it now unless it comes up — like when I think about traveling or doing any sort of extreme things or relationships — but otherwise, I’m pretty okay now.

      I hope you get to open up with someone soon.

  5. Your CD4 will go up and down depending on how well you take care of yourself and your state of mind. Best thing to do is to face it head on and deal with all the emotional issues you can so you can accept it as early as possible.

    It all depends on how fast you can forgive yourself and start learning to be happy again that it becomes easier to really take the necessary steps to changing your life to adapt to the virus.

    Don’t get scared of complications you don’t have yet. Just take care of yourself and you won’t get them. It’s that simple.

    You are going to be fine. You are going to be okay.

  6. You take care too. And hopefully, soon, you can open up about this to more people, to build your support system. That’s key in staying healthy. Having a good support system.

    Be well!

  7. I don’t use supplements. Always talk to your doctor and ask which supplements you can use with your medicine. Always consult your doctor because there can be contraindications.

    Like I told you, I didn’t feel any side effects so I don’t know. Let your body get used to it first. It takes time for it to make significant changes to your body.

  8. I understand the fear. It takes awhile before the toxins leave your body, I’m afraid. I’ve never heard of such a severe case of an allergic reaction before but I’ve read that it can sometimes happen.

    The ARVs are very toxic so you have to find the right ones that fit well with your body chemistry. Once your body flushes out all traces of the toxins, I think you should be back to normal. Get a good doctor to handle your case because that was such an extreme reaction.

    I hope you find the meds that fits your body’s chemistry the best. Please take care and be well.

  9. Hi, I’m glad to find your page you are an inspiration. Though i’m not PLHIV sadly I have two of my beloved friends died of it this past 2016. If only they have the courage to speak with us early but I understand their fear. Your works in bringing awareness to people in our country is very important. Like you I hope for a world free of AIDS and no more stigma. God Bless and i pray for cure asap. Stay Strong.

  10. I’m writing a thesis based on some of your poems from Remnants and how they exhibit the space of disidentification as proposed by jose esteban munoz. I relied on other theorists such as Donna Haraway and Judith Butler to strengthen my argument. I am inspired by your work. 🙂

    • Thank you so much! This is so thrilling. I hope my work survives and still makes sense after that scrutiny. I am so honored. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  11. I was reading stuffs about HIV and came across your blog and even saw some of your videos posted on youtube. A lot needs to be aware of the fact I guess that having HIV is not the end of the world for them and your advocacy in HIV had helped most to take steps to have themselves tested. Gives them the Courage to know their status. Your blog gives so much info about someone living with HIV and how they can live normally. Thanks for posting those videos. I know it would greatly help a lot of people having HIV.

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