Sunday, September 30, 2012

TLY-oke Night!

The Love Yourself Hub presents..

a TLY-oke night! fun

An evening of music, to meet up and have fun among friendly people. 

Come and join us, it's open to all! (Saturday, Oct. 6, 6 PM.) 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Loveyourself Confessions: Self Expression Theater Workshop


"When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else." — Iyanla Vanzant

Discover the disciplines of theatre performance; dare to face your deepest, darkest self; learn to share and express yourself with total freedom.

This Self-Expression Workshop for LoveYourself is looking for open and committed participants who will undergo a theater workshop facilitated by Topper Fabregas on all four Saturdays of October.

This process will culminate in a special public show performed by the workshop participants -- "LoveYourself Cafe Confessions" to be held at the LoveYourself Hub on Nov 10.

No previous theatre experience is required. But there are limited slots available.

For those who would dare, please register at

Monday, September 24, 2012

Loveyourself Cebu: Orientation Meeting Held for Love Yourself Cebu

Thirty-one individuals attended the first-ever orientation of Love Yourself for volunteers in Cebu. It was held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the Auditorium of the Cebu City Health Department, Gen. Maxilom Ext., Cebu City. It was facilitated by Chris Lagman (Director, Education & Counseling), Vinn Pagtakhan (President & Founder), and Dr. Ilya Tac-an (Medical Doctor, Cebu City Social Hygiene Clinic). Jerson See, President of Cebu Plus Association Inc. (Love Yourself's partner organization), also came to grace the event.

(L-R) Raychie Lomongo, volunteer; Jerson See, Cebu Plus President; Dr. Ilya Tac-an, MD, Cebu City Social Hygiene Clinic; and Ronivin Pagtakhan, Love Yourself President & Founder

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Coming up: Love Yourself Cebu

Love Yourself is looking for pioneering members in Cebu -- do you want to be part of this fun but relevant group? Join us by signing up here:

An orientation will be held on September 22, 2012, Saturday -- venue and time to be announced to registered volunteers.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Happy Birthday MGG!

Happy Birthday! 

From Your Loveyourself Family

Grab your copy of:  
available at National Bookstore

Lover Request: auditions for advocacy video on sexual health

Hello! We are making a two-minute advocacy video on sexual health, and we need two actors for the roles of SHEENA and MON.

No prior acting experience needed!

* In her 20s
* Slender
* Bubbly and energetic
* Articulate in English and Filipino

* In his 20s
* Athletic
* Easygoing and cheerful
* Articulate in English and Filipino

Sheena and Mon are avid video bloggers (vloggers). They have been posting videos as a couple at least once a week for more than a year now, and have gained a huge following because they are charismatic and honest. Their vlogs are characterized by humor and accessibility, and touch on a range of topics. Serious issues are treated lightly but authoritatively. Both have had previous relationships, and think that getting tested for HIV is a milestone for them as a couple. They discuss the experience of getting tested in this video, their 93rd vlog, and encourage their viewers to follow their example.

If you are interested, fire up your webcam or your mobile phone and take a video of yourself performing your chosen role!

The deadline for submissions is on 3 October 2012 (Wednesday).

The shoot will take place in Quezon City during the first week of October.

Visit this link for more details:

Inquiries may be sent to

Those who are interested may visit this page to learn more about our project: <>.

Friday, September 07, 2012

Happy 20th Anniversary UP Babaylan

Thursday, September 06, 2012

DOH Launches New HIV Program in Partnership with Love Yourself

"We need to act big, act fast, act now," said Dr. Rosanna Ditangco, head of the AIDS Research Group, Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM). Dr. Ditangco, together with Dr. Gerard Belimac, head of the Department of Health's National AIDS/STI Prevention and Control Program, launched on September 6, 2012 at the City State Tower Hotel in Manila a new HIV program called "Project 3S: Smart, Safe, and Sexy." In attendance were key health personnel of various local government units from around the country.

The project upholds two unique thrusts: (1) A partnership with advocacy-driven MSM advocates and (2) the Continuum of Care Approach. The program believes that advocacy-driven volunteers from the men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM) community can have valuable contribution in reaching the ambit of the most at-risk population.  This new breed of MSM volunteers consists of young urban professionals and will be the  “Change Agents” who would be  effective channels on reaching out to target populations and serve as role models to their peers ensuring that peers who are HIV negative would remain HIV free. The Continuum of Care Approach links HIV prevention to Primary HIV Care ensuring immediate access to  post-test counseling, Primary HIV Care, including Anti-Retro Viral Therapy Management.

Love Yourself, an MSM-focused advocacy group, was highlighted as the model community-based organization that enabled the success of the program's trial run by RITM held from January to July this year. It was shown that in partnership with Love Yourself, the number of MSM clients accessing HIV testing at RITM's satellite clinic jumped more than seven-fold (from an average of 18 clients to 140 clients per month). In addition, the Continuum of Care approach enabled minimizing the number of HIV-positive clients who do not access critical post-test counseling, baseline tests, and primary HIV care.

A select number of local government units will pilot the program in their cities starting this September.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Pre-Loved Reloaded!

Pre-Loved is back!


What do you want and need from your health care as young people living with HIV?

A message from Kathleen Fox of WHO's Department of HIV/AIDS.

WHO is developing guidelines on HIV care for adolescents living with HIV. To do this we need information from several sources, including young people themselves. We hope each of you would be willing to post a link on your website or circulate a link to a survey we have developed to gain insight into the needs and opinions of young people, 10-24 years of age, living with HIV, regarding their health care. We believe it is critical that their opinions inform the guidelines.

 Click here to take survey