Thursday, June 20, 2013

UP Babaylan x University Student Council : UP PRIDE WEEK 2013

UP Babaylan and USC
bring you

UP PRIDE WEEK 2013 : LIVE FREE. You're safe in UP!

All events are FREE and OPEN to the public! (^_^)

Line up of events:
Anong Pangalan Mo sa Gabi? Book Launch
UP Babaylan - Babaylanes Inc - UP CWS
AS Lobby 12nn

Ang Paglalantad presents: SOGI Exposed
Malcolm Theater 4pm

Pink Films
Faculty Center AVR 1pm

College Discussion Group on Anti-Discrimination Bill
UP Economics Towards Consciousness
Palma Hall 4pm

LIVE FREE : UP Pride March 2013
AS Steps - Academic Oval 4pm

Pride Run
UP Mountaineers
Academic Oval 6pm

Project Genderway : LGBT Fashion Show
Featuring MEGA Young Designers' Competition winners and UP Babaylan alumni - Renan Pacson and Mara Chua
AS Lobby 7pm

Register now and join us!

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

UP Babaylan x DAKILA : Take Pride!

Dakila celebrates with the LGBT community on this Month of Pride. UP Babaylan members Jill Tanaka, Yanna Carrion and Ron Angeles took part in the shoot DAKILA organized to celebrate Pride March. Check out more photos from the shoot here: TAKE PRIDE! Dont forget to like their page here: DAKILA

Sunday, June 16, 2013

UP Babaylan : Pride Week 2013: Live Free. It's Safe in U.P.

Pride Week 2013: Live Free. It's Safe in U.P. 

Every June, it has been a tradition for the University Student Council, UP Babaylan, and other gender advocates, to come together and celebrate the annual Pride Week. For the past years, it has been organized to campaign for important legislations and policy proposals such as the Anti-Discrimination Bill that shall safeguard the rights of the LGBT Community. This year, the theme for the celebration is "Live Free. It's Safe in UP". We would like to project the University of the Philippines as a place that's safe for the LGBT Community and we would want to influence other institutions to do the same. Watch this video and find out more! 



The UP Babaylan and University Student Council

proudly gives you

Pride Week 2013: Live Free. It's Safe in U.P.
Every June, it has been a tradition for the University Student Council, UP Babaylan, and other gender advocates, to come together and celebrate the annual Pride Week. For the past years, it has been organized to campaign for important legislations and policy proposals such as the Anti-Discrimination Bill that shall safeguard the rights of the LGBT Community. This year, the theme for the celebration is "Live Free. It's Safe in UP". We would like to project the University of the Philippines as a place that's safe for the LGBT Community and we would want to influence other institutions to do the same.

Schedule of Events:
June 25
- Exhibit Launch at AS Lobby (12nn to 1pm)
- Ang Paglalantad Presents: SOGI Exposed at Malcolm Theater (4pm to 6pm)

June 26
- Film Showing at FC AVR (1pm to 3pm)
- College Discussion Group at Palma Hall (4pm to 6pm)

June 27
- Annual UP Pride March meet at AS Steps (4pm to 6pm)

June 28
- Project Genderway: An LGBT Fashion Show at AS Lobby (7pm to 9pm)

Thursday, June 13, 2013


Jill Tanaka, UP Babaylan Treasurer, was interviewed for AKSYON News5's feature on the Pew Research Center publication about the Global Divide on Homosexuality. To watch the video, click HERE.

Read the full copy of the report here: The Global Divide on Homosexuality.

UP Babaylan would also like to take this opportunity to correct and inform all media practitioners, that the term "third sex", which was used by the reporter in this video, is not politically correct. LGBT (which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) is the collective term that should be used when addressing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Again, we thank you for bringing our cause to a wider audience. Let us work towards a more informed society, so that equality will soon be within the reach of the LGBT community. Thank you!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

UP Babaylan Commemorates Philippine Independence Day

Ngayong Araw ng ating Kalayaan, batid namin ang hiling ng tunay na kalayaan para sa lahat: malayang mamuhay sa sariling kasarian, malayang umibig kaninuman, at malayang magtakda ng sariling kinabukasan.

Maligayang Araw ng Kalayaan, Pilipinas!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

UP Babaylan celebrates IDAHO 2013

UP Babaylan continuing to live up to its commitment to forge bonds with allies and change the lives of every Filipino LGBT.

Friday, May 17, 2013

UP Babaylan : A Toast for IDAHO 2013.

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious idiocy." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

The LGBT community has had much to celebrate in the last year. In the Philippines alone, Cebu, Angeles and Davao join a growing number of cities with anti-discrimination ordinances. Denmark, Uruguay, France, New Zealand and Brazil now accord the same marriage rights to same- and opposite-sex couples. Institutions both large and small have begun to take on LGBT-affirmative regulations. Just as policy has evolved to cater to the entire spectrum of society, so too has the discourse in public and private spheres. We are undeniably making steady progress toward a more informed and inclusive world.

University of the Philippines Babaylan, the premiere LGBT student organization of the UP system, takes pride in its legacy of educating to end hate and indifference. The last 20 years have been a journey with the UP community to end ignorance, foster discourse, and create a more humane, more just society for everyone.

We pledge to continue this legacy.

UP Babaylan is one with the LGBT community across cultures and borders in this festive commemoration of each new step taken and new victory won. But let us not rest on our laurels. Last year, our battle cry was for gender-sensitive policies in the places where we study and work. Our vision is to make every office and classroom a safe space for our LGBT brothers and sisters. We are making progress, but the trip is far from over.

Let us keep educating. Let us keep informing. Let us keep ending the hate. A safe, inclusive world might not be here yet, but now -- more than ever -- that dream is within reach.

Today we raise our glasses to thank our allies -- LGBT and straight alike -- for all their hard work, without which the last year's milestones would not have been possible. Let us toast to the victories we have earned, and the victories that we will earn in the coming year.

UP Babaylan
IDAHO 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

UP Babaylan : Maligayang Araw ng mga Ina

After receiving feedback about our Mother's Day post that featured Thomas Beatie and his partner, we have decided to remove it. We thank our friends and allies for pointing out how the poster's message could be interpreted as transphobic, and we sincerely apologize to our trans(men) followers who may have been offended by it. We have taken the said poster down in the spirit of respect and solidarity.

Friday, May 10, 2013

UP Babaylan x IDAHO Philippines : History of the Toast

Wanna make history on May 17? Then join IDAHO Philippines as we toast against discrimination at 8pm, Cubao Expo! Get updates at

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Thursday, May 2, 2013

UP Babaylan X Take the Test feat. Mae Emmanuel

"Wag basta basta maniwala sa mga sabi-sabi... alamin ang totoo. Hindi nakakatakot ang HIV... ang mas nakakatakot ay maling impormasyon and kawalan ng educasyon tungkol dito. Take The Test and KNOW YOUR STATUS! Be Worry-Free!"

P.S. Kudos to the covergirl, our beloved alumna Mae Emmanuel, a fierce advocate!

UP Babaylan x IDAHO Philippines : TAGAY FOR IDAHO

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

UP Babaylan shines bright like a diamond!

Congratulations to the graduates of batch 2013! You made it! 

As you begin the new chapter of your lives, always remember to shine bright like a diamond. The world is yours to conquer. Life will not always be peaches and cream, but we hope that the pressures of life make diamonds out of you. Be beautiful like the diamonds in the sky!

And to our very own dear graduates, Jen, Chichan, Ace, Will and EJ, UP Babaylan has changed your lives, now it's your turn to change the world. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

UP Babaylan x USC Gender Desk : Book Donation for the Gender and LGBT Studies Section of the UP Center for Women's Studies Library

The UP CWS Research and Publications Department commemorated Women's Month in its own sublime way, made possible with the gracious donation of women's and LGBT studies books from the Gender Committee (AY 2011-2013) of the UP Diliman University Student Council. Thank you, USC, for the wonderful stack!

We would like to invite students, academics and everyone interested in gender and sexuality studies to pay our library a visit to take advantage of these excellent educational materials. Conversely, we would also like to call on those who may want to find their books a new home and share them with the community. Help us enrich our library resources so that we could best serve the people as the university hub for gender- and sexuality-related issues. 

In photo (L-R):

Mr BJ Eco, Punong Babaylan, UP Babaylan
Ms Pat Bringas, Gender Committee Head, USC UP Diliman
Ms Hender Gercio, Research Associate, UP CWS
Prof Eric Manalastas, Deputy Director for Research and Publications, UP CWS
Dr Sylvia Estrada-Claudio, Director, UP CWS
Ms Adrienne Maguddayao, Researcher, UP CWS
Ms Ardis Gonzales, Librarian, UP CWS
Ms Heart DiƱo, Chairperson, USC UP Diliman

Monday, March 18, 2013

UP Babaylan x Embassy of Canada : Advancing the Campus Rainbow Agenda

Who is considered a transgender? What's the difference between sex and gender? How about sexual orientation and gender identity? Most would probably say the differences are negligible, when in fact, they are not. These seemingly innocuous questions were some of the hottest discussion points in a forum that wanted to explore young Filipinos’ notions of these complicated issues.

The forum, entitled "Advancing the Campus Rainbow Agenda," tackled the issues of sexual orientations and gender identities (SOGI) in the context of human rights. The target audience: student leaders of various colleges and universities. More than 140 members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the country have been killed in the past fifteen years making them a sector highly vulnerable to violence. These killings were allegedly motivated by hate and anti-gay sentiment.

"We are targeting the student leaders because they are in a position to facilitate change by echoing insights learned here to their fellow students," said Ramil Andag, an officer of Babaylanes Inc., an organization of alumni and former members of Babaylan, the first gay student organization based in the University of the Philippines in Diliman.

The forum here was straightforward in giving clear suggestions on how to avoid discrimination: Empowerment, meaning individuals should find that they are able to accept themselves and find their voice; organization — showing that grouping together is an assertion of strength; education — increasing public acceptance of LGBTs for the community in general; and mobilization — referring to the need for LGBTs to advocate for their rights and welfare.

"The lack of knowledge (about SOGI issues) among the general public leads to several implications," said Perci Cendana, another member of Babaylanes and the first openly gay chairperson of the UP Diliman Student Council elected in 1997. "Stereotyping, invisibility, marginalization, stigma, and inequality. These ugly implications contribute to the vicious cycle of prejudice and discrimination."

Citing data gathered by the Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch, Prof. Eric Julian Manalastas of the University of the Philippines' Department of Psychology, said from 1996 until last year, 144 LGBTs had been killed violently. In 2011 alone, 32 gays and lesbians were violently killed.

"There were 58 deaths from multiple stab wounds, 25 from multiple gunshots, while six died from torture," Manalastas said. Hate, he said, was a common reason for the high number of gays and lesbians being targeted. Andag said, "It is hoped that student leaders may eventually advocate for school policies that are for equality and nondiscrimination."

The forum was co-organized by the University of the Philippines, Babaylanes, Ateneo de Davao Legal Public Interest and Legal Advocacy Center, Davao City Integrated Gender and Development Division and the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

UP Babaylan : Applicants' Night

These are our lovely applicants who prepared a fun variety show for their Applicants' Night.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

UP Babaylan x International Student Festival 2013 : Trondheiim, Norway

UP Babaylan President Bj Eco was one of Philippine representatives to the 2013 International Students Festival in Trondheiim, Norway. He is joined by another Philippine representative Eva Callueng who happens to be an alumna and former President of UP Babaylan. Hurray for UP Babaylan!

With fellow Philippine Representative, EVA CALLUENG, alumna and former President of UP Babaylan.

Saturday, February 16, 2013


Join UP Babaylan and party with the members of the largest LGBT student organization in the Philippines.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

UP Babaylan Recruitment

Join UP Babaylan, the most premiere LGBT Organization in all the state universities in the country! Show us how fierce and fabulous you are in fighting for gender equality! 
For inquiries, pls. text Topher Porras (Education and Research Head) via 09358590602 .
See you at the College of Arts and Letters until Feb. 8(Friday) for our Recruitment week!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

UP Babaylan x Youth Voices Count

Babaylan's gay and transgender members recently participated in an FGD regarding self-stigma and self-issues, as a part of a Youth Voices Count research project. (January 24 & 25 2013)

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