nine years ago, today

Every year, on this day, I write about having been diagnosed with HIV. It happened nine years ago today. I got a call from the clinic telling me to come over to receive the results of my HIV test in person. I didn't know about the procedure back then. I complained about having to go…Read more nine years ago, today

Celebrating IDAHOT with the LGBT Chamber of Commerce at the Embassy of Netherlands

I was invited to the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands last Wednesday as an HIV advocate and stakeholder of the LGBT community, and also as a representative of Team magazine, for the LGBT Chamber of Commerce's IDAHOT event. IDAHOT stands for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. I was running back-and-forth that whole…Read more Celebrating IDAHOT with the LGBT Chamber of Commerce at the Embassy of Netherlands

Wanggo Online

If you're a regular to the site, then you might notice that I've made some design/layout/theme changes again. I've not been all that happy with the last look of my blog for awhile now. And WordPress offered a domain name with an accompanying e-mail address that was more personalized and I thought that this would…Read more Wanggo Online

We’re on each other’s team…

I got a call from my good friend and Team editor-in-chief, Paolo Lorenzana, the other day. I had submitted a piece, an essay I wrote about intimacy, hoping I had made it for the 4th issue of Team. He really liked my essay, said it was the strongest one I've written, but I had missed…Read more We’re on each other’s team…

World AIDS Day 2013

This day marks, sort of, my second birthday. My first birthday is my actual birthday. I consider this, it's a personal thing, to be my second birthday because this is the day that I was reborn -- I went public with my HIV status and somehow got reborn into this new person. I became an…Read more World AIDS Day 2013

Sonata: the Manila Presscon

I'm no stranger to a press conference. I've been to many in the past few years -- as an observer, as part of the organisers, and as part of the press. When I became an HIV advocate, I found myself seated at the table in front and facing the press who then asked me questions.…Read more Sonata: the Manila Presscon