Forum Theatre on Adolescent Reproductive Health and Rights, Informed Choice and Teenage Pregnancy

“Kinabuhi ng Batan-on”

A forum theater piece discussing key messages on Adolescent Health and Sexuality in a Post-Haiyan context brought to you by UNICEF in partnership with Tanghalang Pilipino and Bisdak Pride, Inc.


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First National Conference on LGBT Rights in Humanitarian Crisis

The Haiyan Aftermath: Listening to and Understanding the Unheard LGBT Voices in the Haiyan (Yolanda) Affected Communities in the Visayas

Objective: Generate views and finding out the economic, social and political impact of typhoon Haiyan (before, during and after) and position LGBT communities in the Visayas on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and management and create LGBT advocates

February 5-8, 2015, Cebu City, Philippines 2

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Accreditation of Bisdak Pride, Inc.

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Established nine years ago (November 30, 2005), Bisdak Pride, Inc. was given accreditation during the regular session of the Cebu Provincial Board last December 1, 2014. The date of accreditation was also timely and relevant, December is human rights month. Bisdak Pride, Inc (BPI) is also an accredited organization of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). We hope to complete our accreditation from various government agencies and local government units (Cebu City, DOLE, DOH, DSWD) before the end of first quarter of 2015

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Health, Human Rights and Development

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Representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Melbourne School of Population and Global Health based at The University of Melbourne, Australia, recently conducted a focus group discussion (FGD) to gender equality advocates of Bisdak Pride, Inc. on matters related to domestic violence vis-a-vis human rights and development.

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Lilas Binisaya 2014

Lilas Binasaya


Friday, November 28, 2014–November 30, 2014

Opening: Friday, November 28, from 5:00 to 9:00pm, Free admission

Lilas Binisaya Inc. and Bisdak Pride Inc. are pleased to announce the Lilas Binisaya Film Festival, a competitive short film festival to be held at the Cine Oriente Theater. The event is part of the Cinemas in the Region program funded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). This film festival is also endorsed by the Province and City of Cebu and the Department of Education and CHED- Cebu.

A total of thirteen short films have been chosen for the short films in competition program with the following titles; Handumanan sa Usa ka Salida directed by Ivan Karol Martinez, Mga Hunahuna ni Erlinda Bayonita directed by Sheree Tampus, Ang Pagpangita directed by Aprillice Alvez, Damgo ni Magdalena directed by Kier Belleza, Silingan directed by Daniel Bautista, Hipalgan directed by Patricia Joy Martinez, Dream On Bai! directed by Hanz Florentino, Halok directed by Hanz Florentino, Handurawan directed by Jaylou Dari, Kulto directed by Dulcelyn Insong, Mga Patay Nga Bitoon directed by Andrei Karoly “Amaya Han” Hernandez, Urom directed by James Arthur More Oliva and Mugna directed by Kristiana Sayson.

The festival will also showcase the Best of Cebuano Shorts Program featuring Saranghae My Tutor directed by Victor Villanueva, Doktora directed by Christian Linaban and To Siomai Love directed by Remton Siga Zuasola. These are award winning Cebuano short films that have garnered national awards at the CineManila, Cinemalaya and Gawad Urian, respectively.

Lilas Binisaya Film Festival will open with the screening of Ang Manok ni San Pedro, a Cebuano film directed by Joe Macachor in the 1970’s. Considered as one of the highest grossing Cebuano films to date, it catapulted now PB member Julian Daan aka Stevan Escudero to a successful career in radio, TV and local politics. Ms. Pilar Pilapil, a noted Cebuana actress will also grace the opening ceremonies of Lilas Binisaya Film Festival.

The festival’s closing film is Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon, a Lav Diaz film that recently won the grand prizes at the World Premiere Festival in Manila, Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland and Sao Paulo International Film Festival in Brazil.

The grand prize winner of the Lilas Binisaya Film Festival will receive a cash award of Php10,000 and a one year film grant from the Film and Media Arts International Academy (FMA).

Cine Oriente Theater is located at the Collonade Mall in Colon St., Cebu City.

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Unite for Children: Theater for Development

Last October 24-27, Tan3ghalang Pilipino (TP) partnered with our organization, Bisdak Pride Inc. (BPI), a human rights group for persons with different sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and trained almost twenty advocates for gender equality, especially those affected and survived super-typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) for a Theater Forum in Bantayan Nature and Eco Resort, municipality of Bantayan, Cebu.
As the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of thePhilippines, TP maintains its highest standards in artistic discipline, technical skill and professional conduct. They focus not only in honing skills for onstage performance, but also in developing an active audience through use and nurture of the native language as its primary medium for its productions and by bringing performances to various parts of the country in partnership with several institutions such as World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

TP has been involved with various United Nations agencies, notably WHO and UNICEF for various developmental undertakings. They are once again partnering with UNICEF with its Theaterfor Development in a Post Haiyan Context. For this project, we are glad that TP is collaborating with us to mount and perform a 30 minute play (with theme of DisasterRisk Reduction, Child Protection and Adolescent Health & Sex) using Theater Forum, an interactive theatre form, in several affected communities throughout theVisayas region.

As a human rights organization, whose membership includes a significant portion of marginalized young adolescents affected by Haiyan, we are confident that we can contribute, in whatever way for the realization of this project since the issues are directly in-line with our commitment and advocacy. And even before typhoon Yolanda altered the northern Cebu towns, our organization already conducted developmental activities for the betterment of local communities.

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Condemnation is incomplete without justice

The death of our dear transgender sister Jennifer Laude of Olangapo City at the hands of suspect American serviceman Joseph Scott Pemberton moved us because Jennifer belongs to an already marginalized group, aptly called sexual minority or community – or those persons with different sexual orientation, gender identity and expression  – commonly known as lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT).
Just recently, the LGBT community is internationally protected by the UN Human Rights Council, including the Philippines, when it voted to support LGBT rights. The UN Human Rights Council has taken a fundamental step forward by reaffirming one of the United Nations’ key principles – that everyone is equal in dignity and rights, said Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbians Human Rights Council.
In 2007, the Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in Relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity were released by a group of 29 international human rights experts.
In a press release, it said, “The Principles affirm binding legal standards with which all States must comply. They were adopted by a group of distinguished experts in international law following a meeting in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Among the group of experts are a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN independent experts, current and former members of human rights treaty bodies, judges, academics and human rights defenders.”
In the Philippines, only a handful of cities, namely Cebu, Davao, Quezon, and San Fernando in Pampanga, passed an ordinance protecting the rights of LGBTs. In theory, the passage provides a ‘blanket’ protection, punishing the culprits which violate such rights. An assessment has to be made as to the degree of its implementation, if it is implemented at all.
But the case of Jennifer Laude is different, unique, and troublesome, because it is not just between a man and a transgender woman; it also involves the Philippines and the United States bonded by an unjust and unequal Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) in favor of the latter. Here comes the rub: Pemberton is an American serviceman protected under the auspices of VFA.
The unjustness of such military agreement was exemplified by the notorious Daniel Smith case – whitewashed and forgotten. In 2007 Lance Corporal Daniel Smith, a US serviceman was acquitted by the Court of Appeals (CA) of raping “Nicole,” a teenage Filipina.
On the other hand, we can very well argue to understand the uniqueness of this case by understanding international agreements and conventions supportive of LGBT rights since all of these are well articulated on an international level. Applying it to the Philippine context with our own culture and tradition in relation to our acceptance and tolerance to the practices of gay community is a challenging and daunting task ahead of us.
Nevertheless, regardless of who Jennifer is, a crime is a crime, and we don’t want another “Daniel Smith.”
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KaPEDERASYON Cebu Consultation

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Bisdak Pride, Inc. endorsed the 10th NYC Trans Day of Action

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Bisdak Pride, Inc. endorsed the 10th NYC Trans Day of Action

Bisdak Pride, Inc. endorsed the 10th NYC Trans Day of Action

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