Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Most Discreet and Premium HIV Testing Service

LOVEYOURSELF PLATINUM - the most discreet and premium HIV testing service in the country today.
Happening on May 15 & 29 (Thursdays) | 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM only.

Limited slots. Book your appointment today

Who deserves LoveYourself Platinum?

This is perfect for people who do not want to be seen taking their HIV test in a center, clinic or hospital. Everything is mindfully prepared to run smoothly for the most discreet and delicate clients.

What is the difference when you come for Platinum?

Testing happens somewhere along Shaw Blvd in Mandaluyong City. When you register, a coordinator will closely and confidentially communicate the details of your appointment with you, including the exact location and address.

During your appointment, you arrive and a private room is reserved for you -- where you will meet your counselor, and a medical technologist who will do the test for you. You receive the results within 2 hours, also in the privacy of your own counseling room.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Job Opportunities

Love Yourself will be implementing a specially-funded program in April 2014, and to execute this, we are looking for the following project-based employees:

  • Clinic Manager 
  • Administration and Finance Assistant
  • Nurses
  • Medical Technologists
The project duration will be for 15 months starting on April 1, 2014. Below are the qualifications for each job opening.

Perform administrative and other tasks to make sure the clinic is operating smoothly.. (More details of the job duties and candidate requirements can be found here.) 

The assistant shall assist the program team in the development and/or implementation of administrative and financial process for the program... (More details of the job duties and candidate requirements can be found here.) 

Prepares all consultation rooms; checks for the completeness of supplies needed; ensures the cleanliness and orderliness of the consultation areas... (More details of the job duties and candidate requirements can be found here.)

Preparing samples of body tissues... (More details of the job duties and candidate requirements can be found here.)

    • Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an expression of interest (EOI) letter and updated CV/resume (with list of character references), via email to and (cc: on or before March 28, 2014, addressed to Mr. Ronivin Pagtakhan, President/CEO, Love Yourself. Kindly mention in the subject line of your email the position you are applying for.

Technical review of documents, interview and written exam will be facilitated and the most qualified applicant will be contracted by Love Yourself.  Please take note that this is for immediate hiring to be based in Metro Manila, and contract period is for 15 months from April 1, 2014 .

Monday, April 7, 2014

Call for Proposals: Advocacy Grant for HIV, SOGIE, and Human Rights


Expression of Interest No. : EOI No. TLY-05
Date Issued : March 24, 2014 (Monday) 
Closing Date and Time : April 20, 2014 (Sunday); 5:00 PM

Subject : Call for Proposals – CBO Advocacy Grant Support 
E-mail Address : (cc:


In 2010, to address the increased vulnerability of men having sex with men (MSM) as well as transgenders (TG) to HIV transmission, especially in the context of South East Asia, the Insular Southeast Asian Network on MSM, TG, and HIV (ISEAN) and the Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries (Hivos), jointly submitted a regional proposal to the Global Fund Round 10. The grant agreement was approved and the contract for the grant was signed on October 6, 2011. This grant, has since then been called, the ISEAN-Hivos Program.
For more information about IHP, visit:

About the Advocacy Grant:

One of the major strategies of the program during Phase I was to provide support for MSM and TGs CBOs through a granting of initial funding for engagement and project/activities implementation. The CBO Support Grant successfully provided eleven (11) CBOs with grants. These grants were used for the CBOs’ organizational development and engagements with local stakeholders in the HIV response.
As the epidemic continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, there is a bigger need for community-led advocacy initiatives. Therefore, there will be three rounds of grants for the three-year duration of Phase II that will focus on funding innovative advocacy projects/activities. 

This grant mechanism is called, “Advocacy Grant for HIV, SOGIE and Human Rights.”

The Advocacy Grant’s themes are: 
1) advocacy, 2) demand generation, and 3) equity. 

It also has the following objectives:
1. Provide equitable funding opportunities for various MSM and TG CBOs, including hard-to-reach subpopulations; and,
2. Implement game-changing advocacy projects/activities in the HIV response, SOGIE advocacy and Human Rights.

For the first round, a total of six (6) grants will be given to successful CBOs. All IHP P2’s sub sub-recipients will handle two (2) grants each.

Eligible CBOs:
MSM and TG CBOs that are/have:
1. Registered or government accredited (i.e. SEC, DSWD, LGU) as non-profit organizations implementing programs/projects/activities that address the issues and concerns of males having sex with males, transgenders and HIV; 
2. Existing organizational bank account; and,
3. Established accounting system;
CBOs that do not meet requirements #2 and/or #3 shall be required to look for a conduit that would meet these requirements.
Requirements for Proposal:
All applicants should submit the following requirements (The proposal should not exceed to 3 to 5 pages using Arial font size 11):
a) Cover letter/Letter of Intent explaining how the proposed activity would meet the grant objectives
b) Proposal/concept note should contain the following:
    • Title of the Project
    • Implementing Organization / Contact Person / Address
    • Rationale / Background of the Grant-supported Activity
    • Objectives
    • Key Activities / Expected output
    • Budget (include counterpart contributions)
    • Activity workplan using the IHP template (to be provided by IHP Staff)

c) Organizational Profile (i.e. VMG, history, list of activities implemented, names of board members, officers and staff)
d) Certified True Copy of Registration/Accreditation Certificates (SEC, BIR, etc.)
e) List of local partners (i.e. government, NGOs and private)
f) Two letters of recommendation from local partners (scanned)
g) Certification of NO legal or administrative case pending in court against the CBOs and its key officers (IHP format)
h) Financial report of the previous year signed by the Chair and the Treasurer

Allowable Activities:
a. Demand-generation events (e.g. AIDS Candlelight Memorial [ACM], World AIDS Day [WAD] activities)
b. Advocacy Fora (e.g. multi-stakeholders meeting, dialogue with local policy-makers)
c. Evidence-building (e.g. documentation of SOGIE and HIV-related human rights violations, etc.)
Project Duration and Allowable Support:
The project should be completed in four months (May to August 2014 ONLY). 
Each CBO may only be awarded one (1) grant per annual grant cycle. CBOs may submit up to two (2) proposals.
The maximum grant for each successful applicant is 100,000 PHP.

Submission Procedure:
Interested applicants should submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) Cover Letter, together with the all required documents via email to (cc: on or before 5:00 PM on April 20, 2014 (Sunday), addressed to Mr. Ronivin Pagtakhan, Executive Director of Love Yourself, Inc.

Technical review of all applications and approval will be done by the review team of the IHP-Philippines. All approved applications will be made known through official communication. Approved grants of CBOs will be contracted by Love Yourself, Inc.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What to Do After Being Diagnosed As HIV-Positive

If you've just found out that you're HIV-positive, you may feel many overwhelming emotions--fear, confusion, disbelief, anger,...--but one feeling that is sure to come is this: the feeling of being alone. Know that you are not alone. Many people in the Philippines are now living healthy, productive lives, and they are like you: a person living with HIV. 
Remember that being HIV-positive is not the virtual death sentence it once was. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) causes AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), yes, but being HIV-positive does not necessarily mean that you already have AIDS. With a healthy lifestyle and the right medical care, many HIV-positive people are living long, productive lives, without AIDS.
You are considered HIV-positive once you receive your confirmatory results, which in the Philippines, come from a central laboratory (NRL-SLH SACCL, or National Reference Laboratory San Lazaro Hospital STD AIDS Cooperative Center Laboratory). The next step after confirming your status is to go for Baseline Testing, so as to assess the current status of your health, specifically your immune system.

Here below is an infographic showing an easy, breezy way of going for your Baseline Tests at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (AIDS Research Group) in Alabang, one of the 3 public HIV treatment hubs in Metro Manila.

For the high-resolution PDF version: DOWNLOAD HERE

Credit for the infographic: Raymond del Rosario

Friday, March 21, 2014

Discreet Guys Meet

For people who are yet unsure about their sexual preference, those fearing that they might be gay, or those perhaps who have actually embraced their sexuality but don't identify with the gay stereotype, it means a lot to be able to connect to someone, especially a kindred soul. Here’s an opportunity for you —

We are organizing a group of discreet guys for a meet-up and discussion sometime this Summer. If you are interested, and would like to be invited, please fill out this form.

If you have questions, feel free to email

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

TLY Summer Camp 2014: Hunger Games Edition in Olongapo

The Love Yourself Project's annual
TLY Summer Camp 2014
Hunger Games Edition

May 1-4, 2014

Reserve Now:
LIMITED slots available!

First Reserved. First Paid. First Served Policy.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Step Forward. Step Up. Volunteer Today!

Join Love Yourself - Batch Ascend

What do you do on your free time? Any hobby? Do you like to party? Travel maybe? Make friends? Enjoy life? 

This is our upward challenge -- VOLUNTEER, and still do everything else you enjoy doing. 

If you're like us, you've probably been thinking of volunteering for some time now. You aren't alone. Many of us were drawn into this advocacy because we knew we needed to help in some way, we knew we could do something different, to contribute something relevant and significant for the community. And when we became part of LoveYourself, when we dared to step forward with action -- that allowed us to do amazing things.

LoveYourself is a growing community of passionate, committed volunteers who are taking on the issues that matter to people like us: self-worth, being MSM, and the escalating situation of HIV in the community. Our volunteers have one thing in common: they are all buoyed up by their love to reach out and help.

At LoveYourself, you are welcome to create positive change however you can. Whether it's through being an HIV counselor and helping people through the experience of getting tested, or in another way, there's opportunity for all of us to unite our diverse talents behind our common mission of embracing and nurturing our self-worth, inspiring others to do the same, and creating ripples of positive change in the community.

Do you think you could step forward and step up? Are you committed to helping our community, while enjoying its fun camaraderie, and warmth?

LoveYourself has always been a 100% volunteer-led organization. We are what we are today because of the passion that inspired our volunteers. And while we've grown in numbers, we've still kept that fire -- that spirit that makes us who we are -- alive. Today, we're looking for talented volunteers who have that fire in them: who are passionate about our purpose and can commit time, pour energy and invest love into our advocacy.

Want to be a part of LoveYourself? Sign up to volunteer on our website: and block the 5th of April, 2014 (Saturday) for the LoveYourself Ascend Batch Orientation. We'll be in touch with sign-ups about the details.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Free HIV Testing in Metro Manila

Free HIV testing is offered at the Love Yourself Hub (a.k.a. RITM Satellite Clinic). Interested in getting tested? Come! We have friendly and well-trained HIV counselors who are committed to help you conveniently go through the entire testing process. Test results are released within the same day.

What preparations are needed before the testing?

Just bring yourself to the clinic for testing. Blood extraction will be performed, but unlike the usual blood tests, fasting is not required.

How long does it take to get the results?

Once the blood sample has been extracted from you, it will take 2-3 hours before you can get your results. The counselor will call your attention once the results are available, and then the post-test counseling shall take place.

What are the symptoms of HIV infection?

HIV infection can be asymptomatic. This means that you may feel perfectly healthy even if you have already been infected. The only way to know with absolute assurance that you have contracted the virus is to undergo HIV testing.

Visit us at Love Yourself Hub for Free HIV Testing

The Love Yourself Hub shares the same space with RITM Satellite Clinic in Malate. Open all days of the week except Tuesdays & Wednesdays. HIV test is free-of-charge. Staff are warm, friendly, and non-discriminatory.

It is located at #1850 Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Manila.

Landline phone: 353-8922

Clinic hours:

Monday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday


Tuesday & Wednesday

*CUT OFF -- time when the last client can be tested so the results can be released on the same day.

Map: (Google Map here)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

LoveYourself Invites you to Wear Love photoshoot on March 16

Don’t miss the LoveYourself classic open photoshoot when it returns one March 16, 2014

Sign up now to get your first-ever professional LoveYourself photo wearing the advocacy’s iconic shirt. (Or update your old LoveYouself photo if you’re sporting a handsome new haircut or want to show off that recently gym-toned body!) 

For a donation of P1,000 you’ll get:

  • 1 LoveYourself T-shirt;
  • Grooming services to make you look your best; and
  • 1 layout of your post-processed digital photo, all ready to share on your Facebook feed and online albums
All photographs will be shot by noted magazine and commercial photographer Ian Felix Alquiros

Be part of a celebrated tradition

In just two years, the LoveYourself open photoshoot has grown into a celebrated and empowering tradition.

We’ve taken hundreds of photos of A-list celebrities, actors, directors, fashion designers, entrepreneurs, corporate professionals, activists, students, men, women, and everything else in between.

Whoever you are, whatever you do, and whomever you choose to love – all that fades away when you step into a LoveYourself shoot. Then a few minutes later you'll walk away with one memorable photo brimming with self-confidence and positivity. A photo you’ll likely treasure forever.

Register now for the LoveYourself photoshoot 

Sample photos from 38 Degrees

"But will I look good?" you ask.

Here's a sampling of high-quality photos from our previous LoveYourself open photoshoot with the six talented dancers of 38 Degrees, and we'd like to think they came out fantastic.

All for a fabulous cause

Photoshoot proceeds will go to support LoveYourself’s projects, including HIV testing, education and counseling. Donations will also help finish the construction of LoveYourself Anglo, the advocacy’s new community center along Shaw Boulevard, Ortigas that will function as its primary hub in the center of Metro Manila.

So you won't only look great after the photoshoot, but also feel great.

For more information

For more information on, please visit the LoveYourself open photoshoot Sign up page. Then reserve a slot by choosing your preferred time and shirt size.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Aesthetic Science joins in supporting LoveYourself

LoveYourself welcomes the newest ally to its growing circle of supporters and friends, the beauty and wellness clinic Aesthetic Science.

“We support LoveYourself, an organization that aims to raise HIV awareness among the youth and MSM groups. Let us achieve, share, and celebrate love in all its forms since the essence of love is universal,” said a representative from Aesthetic Science.

Aesthetic Science has been ramping up its support not just to LoveYourself but also to other advocacies, such as assisting the Red-Cross Muntinlupa Chapter by organizing a blood donation drive among its employees.

“We are turning red and sharing love this month by giving it not just to ourselves but to others as well,” said the Aesthetic Science representative.

Established in November 2005 by Dr. Yanee Vasquez, Aesthetic Science was created out of a passion to provide affordable, medical-based skin and body care treatments in a relaxing and soothing ambience of a spa.  The medical-based cosmetic dermatology and plastic surgery center currently has two branches: G/F Kennedy Center Building Prime Street corner Venture Street Madrigal Business Park Alabang, Muntinlupa City; and G/F Jupiter Place Building Jupiter Street, Makati City.