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

Cece Asuncion wins a GLAAD award for “Strut” (Team magazine)

So I got to interview a Filipino GLAAD winner for Team magazine's online edition. It was a Skype interview, my second in the month and the second Skype interview I've ever done in my whole life. I was always so scared to do it because I had no idea how it was going to be…Read more Cece Asuncion wins a GLAAD award for “Strut” (Team magazine)

Better People

Okay, this is going to be a long one. And I'm going to try to stay calm. This is going to be about HIV. A few days ago, I got a message from someone I had met a long while back through Grindr when I still had Grindr. We never met up but we used…Read more Better People

Why can’t we be safe?

This morning, I ended up chatting with a friend. He was asking for another friend who had a casual sexual encounter with someone. Drugs were involved and unprotected sex and he was scared that he might have gotten infected with HIV. This person was asking my friend when was the best time to get tested…Read more Why can’t we be safe?

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…

Grab a copy of Team magazine Issue #2 (Manila Luzon cover)

Team is a quarterly magazine that aims to change the way the gay community is represented and viewed in the Philippines by giving a platform for all manners of representation in the pages of its magazine. Every issue, Team compiles well-written confessional essays detailing with the various aspects of what it means like to be…Read more Grab a copy of Team magazine Issue #2 (Manila Luzon cover)

defining THESE SPACES (Fringe Manila)

Fringe Manila is happening and there will be overĀ 90 artists, groups, and companies performing over 300 shows in venues scattered all around Manila for the 2015 Fringe Festival. It's going to be crazy and having to choose between all the possibilities is going to be exhausting. But I'll do it. A lot of great companies…Read more defining THESE SPACES (Fringe Manila)