Friday, December 15, 2006

UP Babaylan at 2006 UP Lantern Parade

The Lantern Parade was cancelled by the Chancellor when violent student rallyists protested at the Board of Regents meeting and broke the windows of the Chancellor's car.

Nonetheless, UP Babaylan still pushed on with the Lantern Parade and paraded around the Acad Oval carrying the streamer which says "UP Babaylan says TOFI = NEGA" (UP Babaylan say Tuition and Other Fees Increase = Not Good) as part of the Organizations peaceful protest against the TOFI which will increase the tuition free from P300/unit to P1000/unit for UP students.

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Vote Results: Cbox Wins!

As all of you can see, Cbox wins. lol. Only 5 people cared to vote. lol. still i guess the vote is valid. lol. so now, we bid flooble goodbye! well miss you! =P Cbox will now be our official tagboard. Well try to put in more updates into the blog soon as we get them. Take care everyone!

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

We are now on Friendster!

You can now add us on Friendster by clicking here.

Sunday, December 3, 2006

Gay News: what the MSM community can do to stop the spread of HIV reports on the alarming rate of increase of HIV cases in Asia and what the Gay community can do to prevent it.

SINGAPORE - Dec 1, 2006

HIV/AIDS is hitting Asia in a big way, and MSM are now bearing the brunt of it. Dr Tan Chong Kee urges all MSM to ask ourselves what we can do to stop the spread of HIV among the community.

In July 2004, Dr Bates Gill, the Freeman Chair in China Studies from the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, testified to the Asia and the Pacific subcommittee of the US House of Representatives’ Committee on International Relations. He entitled his testimony “The Coming ‘Second Wave’: HIV/AIDS in Asia.”

When Dr Gill sounded that alarm more than two years ago, HIV/AIDS among Asian MSM (men who have sex with men) was not considered a serious issue. He made no mention of it in his testimony. In just two short years, the situation has completely changed. HIV infections among MSM in many parts of Asia are now showing a sharp rise.

Dr Gill states that: “The center of gravity of the global epidemic is shifting perceptibly eastward from Africa and increasingly affects Eurasia.” This shift that Dr Gill noticed is now in full swing. The most recent update released by UNAIDS, published on 21 November 2006, show that South and Southeast Asia is now in second place behind only Africa with a total of 860,000 new infections in one year, and about 7.8 million persons living with HIV/AIDS. Let’s take the smaller figure of 860,000 and think what it means. It means almost one new infection every 36 seconds. By the time you’ve read this far, two more people have already become HIV+ somewhere in South and Southeast Asia.

read the rest of the article here

Friday, December 1, 2006

World AIDS Day 2006

UP Babaylan, the leading LGBT student organization in the Philippines, supports the fight against the spread of the virus and the discrimination and injustice towards people infected with HIV/AIDS.

To know more about the World AIDS Campaign, click here.

We thank you for joining us in this fight againt the virus and the discrimination that goes with it.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Yey! 100 hits!

We are happy that this site is getting traffic. lol. we thank everyone who passed by. dont forget to leave comments! =P one big hurray for the first 100! go for that 1,000th hit! =P

Gay News: HK lowers the age limit for Gay sex

Utopia-asia.Com reports on HK Legislation that allows 16yo gay/lesbian couples to engage in sex.

HONGKONG - Oct 17, 2006

Hong Kong's government on Monday caved in to a challenge against its age of consent laws for gays, effectively lowering the age of consent for homosexuals from 21 to 16 to match laws regarding heterosexuals.

Under former legislation, gay men under 21 were subject to life imprisonment for having sex whereas heterosexual could start having sex five years earlier.

In a short statement, the Security Bureau said it would not seek to reverse the court's decision.

"After considering all the relevant factors, the government decided not to appeal the judicial review," it read.

The courts stated definitively that laws against sodomy infringed on the rights of privacy and equality for homosexual citizens.

“At one stage, societal values dictated that buggery was some form of unnatural act, somehow to be condemned and certainly not condoned. These values have changed in Hong Kong,” Chief Judge Geoffrey Ma said in the judgment.

“I cannot see any justification for either the age limit of 21, or, in particular, for the different treatment of male homosexuals compared with heterosexuals,” Judge Ma said.

Gay News: Singapore Sex Laws

Utopia-Asia.Com reports on the revision of Singapore Sex Laws.

SINGAPORE - Nov 9, 2006

The Singapore government is considering changes to its antique British colonial laws that have criminalized oral and anal sex between consenting adults. But only heterosexual citizens will be allowed to suck and fuck ass under the new revisions.

Homosexuals and bisexuals (about 50% of Singaporean society) would remain subject to penalties, including life imprisonment, for "doin' what comes natur'lly."

Britain, which seeded this legal mess across the lands it conquered and bent to its will, has already repealed its own statutes and allows its citizens to freely go down on each other and knock at the back door any time they like.

Citing the dumb mantra that Singaporeans are backward and unable to think intelligently, the government has once again kowtowed to religious minorities and bigots to maintain irrational prejudice and criminalize common recreations for hundreds of thousands of its citizens.

It remains to be seen if the local gay community can stop partying for a few minutes and make a stand for equal rights under their own laws.

UP Babaylan Activities for SY 2006-2007 2nd Sem

1 - HIV/AIDS forum at Balay Kalinaw
9 - Pride March
15 - Lantern Parade theme: black fairies
3 - resumption of classes
8-12 / 15-19 (except Wed) - recruitment booth along AS Walk
11-12 - Food Booth
18 - ACLE
TBA - app's Orientation
TBA - LGBT Night
12-16 - UP Fair
13-14 - Flower Sale
TBA - start of EDs
TBA - app's Night
19-23 - Dorm Tour SGS/GSW
TBA - Final Interview
23 - end of classes
26-31 / 2, 3 - Final Examinations
TBA - election of new officers for 07-08

Male Homosexuality in the Philippines: a short history

written by J. Neil C. Garcia
"The folk wisdom that Filipinos are a gay-friendly people must have first been mouthed by a wide-eyed tourist one lazy orange afternoon, assaulted by the vision of flamboyant transvestites sashaying down Manila’s busy sidewalks in broad daylight. Swiveling their hips from side to side, nothing seemed to threaten these chirping damsels except their heavy pancake makeup, which could run at any moment under the sweltering tropical sky."
View the complete article here.

the Manila Pride March 2006

The Pride March will be this December 9, Saturday. Join UP Babaylan as we celebrate diversity with our friends in this fight for gender equality and elimination of discrimination in society. To read more on the details of the 2006 Manila Pride March you can visit our friends at Task Force Pride. See you there!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Stop Discrimination Now !

To know more about the STOP DISCRIMINATION NOW Campaign, you can click here.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Shame on you Rep. Abante!

Lagablab reports on the recent privilege speech of Rep. Abante, House Human Rights Chair.

What follows is a text lifted from Lagablab:

A battle to pass a human rights measure penalizing discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders is raging in the House of Representatives, where the incumbent Chairperson of the Committee on Human Rights, Rep. Bienvenido Abante (6th Distict, Manila City), is ironically blocking the bill’s passage. In a controversial speech delivered last Monday, Rep. Abante, who is also a Baptist pastor, charged that the enactment of the bill would invite the wrath of God and would mean “death to the most cherished Filipino values of Godliness and moral rectitude.”

In his speech, entitled “Rejecting a Culture of Death,” Rep. Abante said that the bill is against the equal protection clause of the Constitution because it gives undue preference to lesbians and gays.
Rep. Abante, using boxers Manny Pacquiao and Erik Morales as examples, wrongly explained:

Please allow me to illustrate for purposes of clarity. Let us imagine a scenario
in a workplace, there are two persons whom we may call Pacquiao, as a straight
male, and the other, Morales, as a homosexual. Both Manny and Morales are
eligible for a job promotion. Their supervisor whom we may call Arum hates
homesexuals and thus, chooses Pacquiao to go up the corporate ladder. Under
House Bill No. 634, Morales could pursue charges against the supervisor, and the
latter maybe penalize for his personal preference in favor of the straight male.
However, let us try to reverse the situation at this particular example. What if
the supervisor chooses Morales, the homosexual, over Pacquiao, the straight guy?
Does Pacquiao who was discriminated against in this instance, have a cause of
action against the supervisor? Under House Bill No. 634, there is no pain of
penalty against the biased supervisor.
He also said that LAGABLAB, which openly called for Rep. Abante’s resignation as the Chair of the human rights committee, is still loved by God: “Mr. Speaker, I was told that the Lagablab Organization has declared an open war against me. That they will even campaign hard against me in my district. That I might not be voted upon. Huwag naman, Mr. Speaker. Hindi ko sila kaaway, Mr. Speaker. (I hope not, Mr. Speaker. They are not my enemies). But you know what, even if the Lagablab group has declared an open war against me, I declare to them the love of God because God loves them very much, Mr. Speaker.

He questioned “the constitutionality of the bill on moral grounds. The Philippine Constitution, beginning with its Preamble and Sections 12 and 13 in Article II, including a full article about the family in Article XV, is replete with provisions that guarantee the sanctity of the Filipino family as the foundation of the nation and the development of moral character. Perhaps it should be interesting to note for your information, that when American society defines a family, they define a family as two persons and a pet. Is that how the Filipino culture defines a family, Mr. Speaker?” asked Rep. Abante.

Rep. Abante likewise liberally quoted controversial feminist Camille Paglia to demonize homosexuality: “Let me share with you, the observations lesbian activist Camille Paglia offered and I quote, ‘Homosexuality is not normal.’ That’s what she said and she is a lesbian activist, Mr. Speaker. ‘On the contrary, it is a challenge to the norm. Nature exists, whether academics like it or not and in nature, procreation is that single relentless rule that is the norm. Our sexual bodies were designed for reproduction. No one is born gay.’ She said that ‘the idea is ridiculous. Homosexuality is an adaptation, not an inborn trait.’”

Ironically, after claiming that the homosexual lifestyle is an infection from the West, Rep. Abante had no qualms about promoting homophobia through the Christian doctrine, which was introduced to the Philippines through its colonizers from the “West,” Spain and the United States.

Rep. Abante lifted several passages from the Bible. “If I may quote, Genesis, Chapter I, when it spoke of creation, the Bible says, “Male and female created Eden.” I do not find in the Bible that God created male and female and the in-betweens. Mr. Speaker, I find in the Bible that God created Adam and Eve. I do not find in the Bible that God created Adam and Steve,” said Rep. Abante.

With a thunderous voice, he warned Congress against inviting the wrath of God by approving the bill. “We cannot legislate on these. To abet sin and ungodliness is to invite the wrath of God upon ourselves and our God-loving nation,” cautioned Rep. Abante.

“It has been written, Romans 1:18, 27-28 ‘For the wrath of God’, and what is the ‘wrath of God’? That is more than anger, Mr. Speaker, ‘is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men . . . for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature; and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves the recompense of their error which was meet.’,” Rep. Abante added.
He said that even in Islam, homosexuality is not acceptable. “if the homosexual is married, he or she is stoned to death, while if single, he or she is whipped 100 times,” Rep. Abante said.

To the delight of his followers, Rep. Abante said that no one should go against God. “Mr. Speaker, my being a male is not my choice, that was Divine choice. Women being women is not their choice, that is Divine choice, and no human being has the right to go against God’s choice, Mr. Speaker,” claimed Rep. Abante.

For his privilege speech, Rep. Abante mobilized Christian and Catholic organizations, among them the Holy Cross Parish, Holy Spirit Parish, the Ascension Parish, San Roque Parish from Diocese of Caloocan, the Alliance of Familes, the “Bible Mode” of the Believers League for Morality and Democracy and the Alliance of Baptist Councils and the International Baptist Missionary Association, Christian Leaders for Good Governance, the PCEC and the Baptist Bible Fellowship of the Philippines. COURAGE, an organization of ex-gays, was also present during his privilege speech. All in all, Rep. Abante claimed that there were more than 200 individuals present in the chamber, representing around 35, 000 churches around the country.

Rep. Abante warned fellow legislators that “our churches all over the country have decided to come together as one to rebuke public officials who would in any way support” bills like the Anti-Discrimination Bill.
After lambasting the Anti-Discrimination Bill, the solon proceeded to demonize the Responsible Parenthood Bill, a reproductive rights measure that seeks to promote the sexual and reproductive health of Filipinos. He called the bill anti-family and warned that condoms and sex education for young Filipinos would promote sexual promiscuity and decadence.

Rep. Abante was interpellated by several legislators (we will post the transcript of the debate instigated by Abante’s speech later). The authors of the bill, AKBAYAN Reps. Etta Rosales, Mayong Aguja, and Risa Hontiveros decided against “dignifying Abante’s bigotry,” bu the latter made a manifestation to express AKBAYAN’s objection to Abante’s homophobia.

Read more about the shameful privilege speech of Rep. Abante here.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Our Alumni

BATCH 1992 (Founding)
Atty. Venir Cuyco
Prof. Tuting Hernandez
Janet Ong
Donald Delena
Dr. Rainier Galutera
Norby Rivera
Chris Santiago
Jeffrey Salonga
Jonathan Fulgencio
Maxi Evangelista
Manuel Marinay
Sandy Ordonio
Hedyi Calagui
Rico Angsioco
Mark Marvin Juan
Rodolfo Gaba
Robert Yamut
Adonis Sanglay
Jason Angulo
Mario Aningat
+Larry Estandarte

BATCH 1993 (1st Batch)
Percival Cendaňa
Teilhard Paradela
Perfecto Bautista
Mark Maristela

BATCH 1994
Bernard Panzo
Romulo Villanueva
Zoilo Barrel
Jerome Asuncion
Vergelio Magtoto

BATCH 1995
Levi Elipane
Ramil Andag
Joel Acebuche
Eduardo Fajardo
Tyrel Olores
Alvin Sarmiento
Dominic Flores

BATCH 1996
(1st Sem)
Darius Barra
Nathaniel Espiritu
Dexter Mejia
Simon Arias
Leo Urmeneta
Ryan Pesigan Reyes
Brigido Cabangon

(2nd Sem)
Jay Santos
Lori Calo
Gerald Ferrer 'Juliet'
Roderick Sanches 'Madam'
Leroy Mendoza
Glenn Cruz
Paulo Fontanos
Tommy Eugenio
Aristotle Atienza
Raymund Repito

BATCH 1997

(1st sem)- Batch name: BAGONG GANDA
Jay Paguirigan
Catherine Perin
Rodolfo Sarinas Jr. 'Redj'
Flaregin Jaculina 'Flara'
Jennifer 'Bulak' Legaspi
Frans Antiquera 'Beauty'
Allan Carreon 'Nalla'
Aira Alejandro-Manda
Andre Tavanlar
Brigs Lim
Bryan Yambao 'Satria'
Edwin Salonga 'Ems'
Ernest Lucas 'Asunta'
Atty Howard Arzadon
Eugene Azucena 'Eula'
Roque Manabat
Ryan Ramoso
Grace Robles
Leo Vinluan
Valerie Edralin

(2nd Sem)
Atty Edylynn Santiago
Rolando del Rosario
Weng Bravo
Janette Revilla
Andy Tejada
Earl Semitara
Justin Fajardo

BATCH 1998

(1st Sem)
Donita Tenorio
Dindi Tan
Joselito 'Butchoy' Angsico
Paolo Alcedo
Dennis Mendoza
Mario Sotto
Shahani Gania
Liendro Candelaria
Panjee Ng
Marinella Tabalon
Rodrigo Cadano Jr 'Maichi'
Armina Velarde
Bjorn San Diego
Collins Lidua
Eduardo Seban ‘Paloma’

(2nd sem)
Dennis Uy “Marites”
John Relox “Aretha”
Atty Randolf Castillo
Joy dela Torre
Benjie Zabala”Wilma”
Fred Pampuan

BATCH 1999
Ronnel Atienza
Chester Villanueva
Jet Evangelista
Dulce Javier
Daisy Estrada
Darla Sauler

BATCH 2000
Alden Copuyoc
Tamerlaine Olores
Yancy Garcia

BATCH 2001
Eva Callueng “Bubbles”
Jodanne Manaois “Ditas”
Karl 'Carmen' Hinayon
Jason Garcia “Girlie”
Fritz bermejo
Samuel Ruperez
Noel Saniel
Joseph Patrick Guimba “Delia”
Anton Sevilla “Dolor”
Gerry Abad “Mila”
Piper Alingod

BATCH 2002
(1st sem) 
Engr. Ransie Apura “Geno”
Kenneth Nungid “Kendi”
Anika Magtoto "Aka"
Cathy Mariano “Manny”
Nicole de Dios “Nico”
Marko Adalia “Moody”
Hender Gercio “Berna”
Mark Allen Galope “Krasti”

(2nd Sem)
Carlo Negrillo “Kuki”
Ryan Morong “Lottie”
Mark Laviste “Jacky Loo”
Teressa Lariosa “Bituin”
Amelia Macalandia “mayor”
Jimmy Corong “Evelyn”

BATCH 2003 (AY 03-04)
(1st Sem) - Batch Syala
Broderick Ganipes “Elma”
Benigno Jose Eco “Keka”
Ronald Soriano “Tanya”
Paul Jason Mojica “Pebbles”

(2nd Sem)
Fraimund Cruz 'Marina'
Andrew Tengonciang “Francine”

BATCH 2004 (AY 04-05)
(1st Sem)
Paul Agustin “LotLot”
Nadine Barcelona
Anton Villaruel “Yolly”
Trixie Ugaddan
Renan Pacson 'Didith'
Christine Derafera 'Hero'
Angel Dominguiano ‘Mucha’

(2nd sem)
Romeo Gulmatico
Ace Arboleda ‘Bamba’
Myk Reyes ‘Toto’
Allen Esmeria ‘Gardo’
Vernon Dayawan ‘Chanda’
Rhyan Regondola ‘NingNing’
Mae Hernandez 'Karla'

BATCH 2005 (AY 05-06)
(1st Sem)
Naomi Camayo 'Lerma'
Noelle Noel ‘Magda’
Giovanni Paz 'KC'
Bohn Vergara ‘Cynthia’
Sharlene Ang 'Heart"

(2nd Sem)Batch name: POSITIVE
Gitz Pacamaclan ‘Bale’
Maria Fatima Elloso 'Gardan'
John Michael Singson 'Rosa'
Angelo Alfonso 'Maxi'
Mynel Alcera 'Dodong'
Benjamin Romero 'Tiffany'

BATCH 2006 (AY 06-07)
Patricia Orduna 'Lj'
Nicole Castillo 'Cora'
Katreen Castillo 'Xeni'

BATCH 2007
(1st Sem)
Jan Carlo Villalva 'Ula'
Mara Chua 'Shawie'
Michelle Dimalbot 'Buboy'
Nikko Eustacquio 'Gingging'

(2nd Sem)- Focfocs
Heart Dino 'Isay'
Ces Jimenez 'Wally'
Sheena Jamora 'Jay-R'
Dan Lachica 'Beverly'

BATCH 2008
(1st sem)
Mico Chopitea "Squinee"
AJ Tamayo "Rosal"
Jaime Doble "Jego"

BATCH 2009
Jen Balane "Mena"
Dove Subingsubing "Dora"

BATCH 2010 (AY 10-11)
(1st Sem)- Debutens
Pat Bringas 'Amy'
Hane Lee 'Cory'
Gia Santos 'Migs'
Chang Jordan 'Jun'
Jes Dizon 'Noy'
Genese Alvarado 'Maxx'
Jared Nazareno 'Teysie'

(2nd Sem) - Babaylan's Hottest
Christopher Porras "Madel"
Paolo Alcantra "Tonet"
Christian Villareal "Sheryl"
Bonnie Ruiz "Lorenz"
Jervice Acédre "Jaina"
Christian Begaso "Nida"
Rej Cornejo 'Fely' 

BATCH 2011 (AY 11-12)
(1st Sem)- Batch Gandirit
Aian Umiibig "Frida"
Renzie Aguilar "Lahsee"
Jason Masaganda "Divi"
Maan Gone Wilde "Heema"
Rey Philip Dacanay "Mersi"
Arlen Sandino Barrameda "Pane"

(2nd Sem) Batch Androgyny
Allen Yu "Reesa"
Ace de la Serna "Hyra Fangs"
Jill Tanaka "Tolits"
Rod Singh "Talla Heeb"
John Andrew Evangelista "Melda"
Nico De Castro Macabuhay "Puring"
Khrystal Jose "Vera Wang"
Will Cuaño Del Rosario "Haiko"
Edmund Ej Tecson "Becca"
Welvin Dave Alitao "Tsarra"

Honorary Members
Dan Salvana
Ferdie Buenviaje
Ador Contapay
Arlan Umali
Joel de Mesa
Merwin Salazar
Ella Reboja
Jack Hernandez
Vianka Amurao
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