Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Journey of a Thousand Smiles Began with a Single Beki




It was June of 2011, a friend invited me to a birthday dinner somewhere in Greenhills, in  a nice Thai restaurant owned and operated by a gay couple named James and James. There I met several interesting people, mostly gay men, mostly members of the alta gays, as in alta sociedad (spoken with the obligatory lisp). But in the middle of all the chi-chi stuff going on, I noticed a very different species floating around, beckling beki of bekilandia proportions. His name, I would later find out, was Vinn Pagtakhan.

More than a birthday dinner, it was actually some sort of a meeting to discuss a new, emerging group that wanted to organize a community of volunteers to arrest the silent yet mind-blowing growth of HIV prevalence among young, gay and bisexual men in the country. I was there because I was personally very concerned. Earlier that month I had my very first HIV test, and while the result was negative (surprisingly!) I regardlessly broke down in front of my nurse-counselor. Why? Earlier that year, I’ve had 4 friends mysteriously and suddenly dying one after the other, dropping like flies. One day they were partying with me, the next I was in black attending their funeral. By the end of 2011, I had a total of 8 friends who died in much the same mysterious way. The whole thing was gradually but surely shaking me to the core.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Top Ten Tips: How To Succeed in the Corporate World

Featuring one of the most successful CEOs in the country today (Mr. Corporate Closet, http://corpcloset.blogspot.com), here's an event discussing how to succeed in the corporate world, exclusively for "People Like Us" -- entrance is free, register here: http://tinyurl.com/corpcloset

Looking back - The Year that was..

Looking back...
OUR First YEAR of LOVE.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Massage for Pleasure

UP NEXT at the Love Yourself Hub: "Massage for Pleasure" -- learn the art of sensual massage, featuring live massage demonstration by masseurs of Bay Leaf Spa. Sunday, July 29, 2012, 6 PM. For priority slots, register at http://tinyurl.com/hubmassage


Monday, July 23, 2012

Thank you for coming - Circle of Love

Thank you soooo much!!!
To everyone who attended and made our 1st Anniversary Party - Circle of Love possible!

Our Lovers and Friends,
Our Supporters,
Our Sponsors
and the 
Organizers...

Maraming Salamat po!!!


Ronnievinn Pagtakhan (Loveyourself - Founding President) welcomes everyone to CIRCLE OF LOVE
 
La Chiquitta performs Defying Gravity

Official Photos from BED Manila Click Here

CHECK-OUT

To everyone who came and supported our Loveyourself Confidential: CHECK-IN with Victoria Court Malate yesterday (July 22, 2012) Thank you so much, Salamat sa tiwala.

To our venue, Victoria Court Malate (Miss Marco) and the  RITM laboratory (Dra. Annie, Dra. Rita, Tita Beth and staff) - Thank you po, sa uulitin

The Loveyourself Counselors and Educators with Miss Marco of Victoria Court



For more photos click here


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Circle of Love -- the Love Yourself Anniversary Party


YOU are cordially invited!

Love Yourself -- Circle of Love anniversary party @ Bed Manila, July 21 (Saturday)



Come party with us on July 21, Saturday @ Bed Manila to celebrate the 1st year anniversary of Love Yourself.

We encourage you to come early. Tickets will be sold at the door starting 9PM to 12MN only. For early-bird ticket discounts, please register here.

Special performances by La Chiquitta, the Hotlegs, Beverly Salviejo & the Drag Ons happen before midnight!

This event is made possible by Bed Manila, V Factor, The Library and The Room.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Libreng HIV Testing Ngayong July


Libreng pagpapa-test sa HIV, Syphilis, at Hepatitis B -- sa isang lugar na discreet at pribado, tamang-tama para sa atin! For men only. Ang mga mag-aasikaso sa lahat ng darating ay kapwa mga pribadong tao rin, volunteers na dumaan sa maigting na pagsasanay upang maisagawa nang mahusay ang event na ito.

Sa mga interesadong magkamit ng libreng bakuna laban sa Hepatitis B, mangyari lamang na planuhing dumating nang maaga sa araw na iyon. Ang unang 100 lamang ang mabibigyan ng libreng bakuna.

Free testing for HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis B. Organized by Love Yourself, medical services provided by RITM and free venue sponsored by our friends at Victoria Court. 

When: Sunday, 22 July 2012 
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM 
Where: Victoria Court Malate (Map below) 
Fee: ZERO (it's totally free!) 


Walk-ins are welcome too!

Monday, July 09, 2012

Back to Back this July - Loveyourself Month!



For JULY 15 SAYAW NG DALAWANG KALIWANG PAA (limited slots only)  : http://tinyurl.com/sayaw

For JULY 21 CIRCLE OF LOVE - TICKET RESERVATION:
http://tinyurl.com/circleoflovetickets

For JULY 22 LOVEYOURSELF CONFIDENTIAL:
http://www.tinyurl.com/julycheckin

Thursday, July 05, 2012

How do i love thee (v 1.2)




AN INVITATION TO THE PRESS / MEDIA 

“HOW DO I LOVE THEE” PHOTO-EXHIBIT SET TO OPEN JULY 8



The Love Yourself Project, an ongoing advocacy group which aims to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS shall present “How Do I Love Thee” - a fund raising exhibit featuring the works of noted photo-artist Ian Felix Alquiros.

The exhibit will open on July 8, 2012 --- 6 p.m. at The Love Yourself Hub located at 1850 Leon Guinto St.,Malate, Manila(at the back of PWU).

The theme of “How Do I Love Thee” focuses on the ideals of The Love Yourself Project by propagatingideas and practices that encourage loving one's self -- to DARE to be oneself,to CARE for oneself, and to SHARE oneself as a way to multiplying joy.

Your presence is highly appreciated.

“How Do I Love Thee” will be open to the public from July 9 to August 5, Monday – Sunday.Exhibit hours: 1 - 6 PM.
For furtherdetails and information, visit www.loveyourself.ph or 


RSVP: TOOTS TOLENTINO
0947-2985003

July is Loveyourself Month

Hello there! This JULY we are CELEBRATING the LOVEYOURSELF MONTH.

Can we ask a huge favor from everyone?

Can we request you to post a primary photo with a "loveyourself" statement, whether from the loveyourself openshoot or a photo you just took by yourself.

This way we can show everyone and send across the social media, how powerful  love is... 
the power of love that we want to share to everyone...
the power of love LOVE that should start from loving YOURSELF...

DARE to loveyourself
CARE for others
SHARE your gifts


You want to check your openshoot photo? CLICK here

EXAMPLE:

or
or


Loveyourself Hub Opening and Anniversary Featured

Loveyourself Hub Opening and Anniversary Featured in several articles this week:


June 27, 2012 Philippine Daily Inquirer




June 29-30, 2012 Business World Weekender






July 2, 2012 Manila Standard Today





June 3, 2012 Manila Bulletin




June 3, 2012 Manila Bulletin




June 4, 2012 The Daily Tribune

July 5, 2012
Manila Standard Today


Full Article: http://manilastandardtoday.com/www2/2012/07/02/a-project-of-love/

July 1, 2012
Business Mirror


July 7, 2012
Inquirer Lifestyle


Special thanks to our friends from the PRESS and our PRESS Maven Consultant Tita Toots Tolentino for the overwhelming support and unselfish efforts. 

We love you.

Dare Care Share







For further details and information:



CLICK & LIKE on Facebook - loveyourself & loveyourself hub


the LOVEYOURSELF HUB facebook page
get updates on new events and activities :)


and our main LOVEYOURSELF facebook page

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

HOW DO I LOVE THEE (v 1.1)



HOW DO I LOVE THEE "




A fund-raising exhibit featuring the works of 

noted photo-artist Ian Felix Alquiros.

Opening: July 8, 2012 --- 6 p.m. 

Venue: The Love Yourself Hub 

Address: 1850 Leon Guinto St., Malate, Manila (at the back of PWU).


The exhibit will be open to the public 
from July 9 to August 5, Monday – Sunday. 
Exhibit hours: 1 - 6 PM.



CLICK & LIKE on Facebook - loveyourself & loveyourself hub


the LOVEYOURSELF HUB facebook page
get updates on new events and activities :)


and our main LOVEYOURSELF facebook page


HOW DO I LOVE THEE


HOW DO I LOVE THEE "




A fund-raising exhibit featuring the works of 

noted photo-artist Ian Felix Alquiros.

Opening: July 8, 2012 --- 6 p.m. 

Venue: The Love Yourself Hub 
Address: 1850 Leon Guinto St., Malate, Manila (at the back of PWU).

The exhibit will be open to the public 
from July 9 to August 5, Monday – Sunday. 
Exhibit hours: 1 - 6 PM.

For further details and information:


CLICK & LIKE on Facebook - loveyourself & loveyourself hub


the LOVEYOURSELF HUB facebook page
get updates on new events and activities :)


and our main LOVEYOURSELF facebook page


Love Yourself Hub Set To Open on July 8 (v 1.0)







The Love Yourself Project, an ongoing advocacy group which aims to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS is set to open ‘The Love Yourself Hub’ on July 8, 2012 at 1850 Leon Guinto St., Malate, Manila (at the back of PWU).

The Love Yourself Hub will serve as a resource center to further increase the levels of awareness and knowledge, counseling and education, wellness, prevention, cure and rehabilitation of the communities it serves specially the youth and LGBT-MSM in response to sexually transmitted infections (STI and HIV) and other sexuality-related concerns.

One of the main key programs is to conduct HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) with the able support of the Research Institute for Topical Medicine (RITM).

To complement this main task, equally important are the other goals which aim to establish the following: ‘EQUALITY’ without regard to HIV status, religion, sex, gender preference and culture; provide skills training to other advocate volunteers on HIV counseling, HIV health education and management; empower professionals and other advocate volunteers to administer timely, appropriate therapeutic counseling and safe quality care; promote HIV education (e.g. Philippine HIV/AIDS Law) through partnerships with education-related groups and organizations; align with the Philippine National AIDS Council (PNAC), World Health Organization (WHO) and partners to maximize resources.

The Love Yourself Hub shall embrace the ideals set forth by its parent organization – the Love Yourself Project by reaching out to the community it serves by propagating ideas and practices that encourage loving one's self -- to DARE to be oneself, to CARE for oneself, and to SHARE oneself as a way to multiplying joy.



The Love Yourself Project is the brainchild of Twitter Shorty Awards Nurse of the Year Awardee, Ronivin (Vinn) Garcia Pagtakhan. He was joined by friends who were inspired by the increasing demand and queries by the Youth & LGBT-MSM through social media such as Twitter on STI, HIV, sexuality and gender.

Over a period of one year, The Love Yourself Project exponentially grew through social networking. With the able support of a core group of concerned and socially aware youth & LGBT-MSM professionals and supporters with diverse ideas and preferences, the membership has now grown to almost 100 educators and counselors, and over 500 volunteers nationwide from all sectors of society.

In line with the first anniversary of the Love Yourself Project, herewith are the activities:

July 8 – (Sunday, 6 PM) Formal opening of the Love Yourself Hub with “ How Do I Love Thee,” a fund-raising photo-exhibit by Ian Felix Alquiros featuring photographs of male torsos in black and white.

July 15 -- (Sunday, 6 PM) Film Showing: “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa”, winner of Best Picture, 35th Gawad Urian, starring Rocco Nacino and Paolo Avelino (Best Actor, 35th Gawad Urian); and a short film “Nessun Dorma”, by Ron Genato and Jedd Rommel.

July 21 – (Saturday, 9 PM) “Circle of Love” – the Love Yourself Anniversary party, to be held at BED Manila. Special guest performers include: La Chiquitta – Hongkong’s top drag performer; Hotlegs; Soprano Beverly Salviejo; and Drag-ons.

July 29 – (Sunday, 6 PM) Wellness Demonstration conducted by Bay Leaf Spa on “Massage for Pleasure”.

Aug 5 – (Sunday, 6 PM) Forum: “Top Ten Tips: Succeeding in the Corporate World for People Like Us” conducted by Mr. Corporate Closet.

Dare. Care. Share.

Let’s all aim for a self-loving, happy, healthy, and HIV/STI-free Philippines.






For further details and information:


CLICK & LIKE on Facebook - loveyourself & loveyourself hub


the LOVEYOURSELF HUB facebook page
get updates on new events and activities :)


and our main LOVEYOURSELF facebook page

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Rest well.. Doc Jun


Rest well doc jun, thank you for everything.

Condolences to the Lopez Family

Loveyourself Family.




What I have learned from you in a very short time will guide me for the rest of my life. a great mentor, a great person. -  vinn