Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Aloha, a benefit birthday party for Mr. Gay World Philippines 2012

Bed Manila, in celebration of the birthday of the reigning Mr. Gay World Philippines 2012, Carlito Rosadino, invites you to ALOHA, a Hawaiian-themed party on Sunday, September 2, 2012. It will be held at Bed Manila in Orosa/Nakpil, Malate, featuring amazing guest performers, and Good Boys Gone Bad (GBGB) sexy underwear fashion show. The event, hosted by Choc-nut, will be for the benefit of Love Yourself's HIV prevention efforts. Tickets available at the event entrance at P200, inclusive of 2 free drinks. See you there!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

How can we increase condom use among men?

 Marketing campaigns can double the likelihood of condom use, according to a study published this month in the WHO Bulletin.

The study showed that people were twice as likely to use condoms, on average, if they were exposed to marketing methods, such as an effective supply of locally-branded condoms, compared to those who had not come across marketing campaigns. Similar results were also found when analysing condom use in the most recent sexual encounters. Condom use again increased significantly, with rates almost twice as high on average, after they had been targeted at consumers in a marketing drive.

[SOURCES -- Text: WHO; Image: from Bel-Ami Online]

Friday, August 17, 2012

Volunteers Wanted: Love Yourself is expanding in Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao.

The Love Yourself (TLY) Facilitator Network
Counselors, Educators, and Other Volunteers Are Welcome
(We are expanding our network of facilitators – JOIN US!)

The Love Yourself (TLY) group is a community-based organization that propagates ideas, attitudes, and practices that encourage loving oneself as a way of life, now specifically as a way to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among the MSM community (men who have sex with men), the youth, and other key, most at-risk populations in the Philippines. 

“Facilitator” is our general term for people who volunteer with us as peer counselor or peer educator.  We believe that the best behavior influencers are our own peers, and that is why we are growing our network of volunteers who are willing to be just that.

Here at Love Yourself, we greatly value volunteer work.  While given for free, volunteer work need not be shoddy, “puwede na,” and half-hearted. In fact, Love Yourself facilitators are known to be energetic, warm, and very competent! All facilitators of Love Yourself are given continual training, coaching, and mentoring so they can in turn provide professional, topnotch service to the community.

Our group’s success during its first year of operation has created great trust, cooperation, and strategic partnerships with other HIV prevention groups.  Thus, Love Yourself is now preparing to go on a national scale.  Starting September 2012, we will be expanding our reach and focus to 5 metropolitan cities in the country – Manila, Makati, Quezon City, Cebu, and Davao. Hence the call for new facilitators.

For those who are interested to join, following are the required qualifications:

1. Sincere, courageous heart to actively help in HIV education and prevention;
2. Gay, bisexual, or self-identifies as part of the MSM community;
3. Well-educated professional who is able (or willing to learn) to lead others in learning sessions and other similar activities.

You do not need to be an experienced facilitator, educator, or counselor -- we will train you for the job. Facilitator candidates who have their own source of income are preferred, given that the work we do as Love Yourself Facilitators doesn’t provide any financial remuneration. There is no minimum number of hours to render, but do expect to volunteer about 8 hours of your time, once or twice a month, particularly during weekends.

To express your intent to join the Love Yourself Facilitator Network, fill out the application form at http://www.loveyourself.ph/p/join.html


Friday, August 10, 2012

The Love Yourself Hub Now Offers Life Coaching Services

Life coaching is partnering with a trained professional (the life coach) in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires you (the client) to maximize your personal potential.  It is an interactive process that is both flexible and structured, aimed at maximizing the velocity of the change desired.

The specialties of the life coaching provided in the Love Yourself Hub are in the areas of health and wellnesscareer developmentsame-sex attraction (SSA), and same-sex relationships (for both individuals and couples).

Led by its US-trained head life coach Chris Lagman, the Love Yourself Hub is launching the availability of its life coaching services, as follows:

1. Spot Coaching -- a short session lasting for 40-60 minutes that focuses on a particular shift that you would like to make in your life. The outcome expected is an enhanced level of clarity of the situation, or a better understanding of the shift that has to happen for the person to move forward. 
2. Short-Term Life Coaching -- a 5- to 6-session committed engagement spread across a maximum of 3 months, focusing on achieving a specific goal that you yourself is tasked to identify and be accountable for.

Longer-term life coaching (engagements of more than 3 months) can also be arranged with the head life coach.

Initial spot coaching is provided free-of-charge, while clients who decide to pursue short-term life coaching will be asked to donate a reasonable and flexible fee that will support the Love Yourself group and the provision of its free services.

Are you interested in availing of these coaching services? Fill out the form below, and we'll get in touch with you shortly. All information submitted are treated with utmost confidentiality.

Dare To Be Who You Really Are

From John Silva, a great piece to remind us to dare to be who we really are:
How wonderful to see the strides made by parents and psychologists on being more sensitive and tolerant to children's wishes to be who they want to be. My father, a Colonel, tried and failed teaching me, an effeminate boy to march at age seven. I was a ballerina and liked playing with dolls. I drew dresses and made bedsheets my gowns. I used mom's lipstick and face powder. This girl thing petered slowly and by high school I was less femme and more androgynous. Later, gay pride and identity taught me not to accept the stereotypes of straight society and just be what I am, campy and girly and straight acting and a melange if need be. I escaped depression, anxiety, pain and thoughts of suicide primarily and most importantly, because I had parents who in the end supported whoever I wanted to be. My military dad at a moment when i came out to him said "You're still my son." My mom, a liberal Ilongga who divorced my Dad in the sixties, disowned and called a whore, told me to "follow my feelings..." as she did. In the end, it's the parents who will be dammed or thanked by people like me who grew up in non-conformity.

Read: "What’s So Bad About a Boy Who Wants to Wear a Dress?" - an article from the NY Times.

Free HIV Testing on Saturdays and Sundays

Have you been thinking of getting tested for HIV? Think no more and just do it! Come to the Love Yourself Hub or Love Yourself Anglo and take advantage of our free (yes, no charge!) testing for HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis B.  The testing is discreet, quick, and most of all, FREE!

For schedules and maps go to: Love Yourself  Sites

Please come before the cutoff so you can still get your results on the same day. Warm and friendly people will assist you -- so no need to be worried or scared. Tara na! 

For inquiries, please go to http://go.LoveYourself.ph/HIVtest so a counselor can reach out to you for assistance.

The Love Yourself Cafe presents The Single Life

The Love Yourself Cafe is done in small group discussion format where participants are encouraged to freely express their thoughts without bias nor judgement. They are able to learn and connect with other participants via good conversations. Do you want to receive an invite? Register at http://tinyurl.com/tlycafe3

Friday, August 03, 2012

Peer Educators Training for PLHIV


The Department of Health, through the National AIDS STI Prevention and Control Program (NASPCP) under the Infectious Disease Office (IDO) of the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control (NCDPC), invites applicants for the TRAINING ON PEER EDUCATION FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV (PLHIV) on September 2012. This training aims to: (1) capacitate PLHIV to become peer educators; and (2) provide support services and continuum of care to PLHIV through the formation of a support group. Details of the training will be sent to the qualified applicants.

To qualify, he/she must:
1. be a PLHIV
2. be empowered and actively involved in support groups or care and support organization
3. have at least one year experience/involvement in providing care and support services to PLHIV
4. have good writing / speaking skills
5. be capable of preparing client profile and narrative report of client intervention
6. have undergone training on Sex, Gender and Sexuality
7. be articulate in Tagalog and English (or local dialect)
8. have a spirit of volunteerism

1. Application letter addressed to NCDPC-NASPCP
2. Essay on unforgettable experience(s) as a peer educator. State issues and how these were addressed.
3. Separate Recommendation/Endorsement from the Superior / Head of Organization and Two (2) peers/colleagues
4. Supporting documents for training attended
Considerations for Selection of Applicants:


  • Basic Course on General Counseling
  • Updated on programs implemented by national government and NGOs
  • aware of referral mechanism
  • Has basic knowledge on HIV and STI, ART, RA 8504,TCS services
  • Must be familiar with human anatomy
  • has undergone formal training on peer education and group facilitation


  • Capable of preparing client profile and activity report
  • Articulate in Tagalog and English (or local dialect)


  • Sensitive, emphatic, open-minded, good listener, good communicator, trustworthy
  • Committed to serve peers on a voluntary basis

Interested applicants must submit all documents on or before Friday, August 17, 2012 to:
Peer Education for PLHIV Training Secretariat
National AIDS STI Prevention and Control Program (NASPCP)
3rd Floor, Bldg. 14
Department of Health
San Lazaro Compound
Sta. Cruz, Manila

For further details, please contact NASPCP at (632) 495-0149 or email naspcp@yahoo.com.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

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