Wednesday, May 22, 2013

BETTER TOGETHER: in celebration of the 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

We are celebrating the 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial once more with a mass public yoga practice followed by a short Kirtan and candle lighting ceremony.

Calling the event, "Better Together", we aim to bring solidarity within the HIV advocacy community and also reinforce the beauty and transformative power of our yoga practice in helping groups and individuals affected by HIV and AIDS.

See you on May 26, 4pm, at the Charito Planas Gardens in Quezon Memorial Circle.

Registration Fee is Php 150. Proceeds will help support Yoga For Life's advocacy towards assisting more people affected by HIV/AIDS.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

"Happy Approach" to HIV Awareness Results in Huge Increase in Number of People Getting Tested

The Love Yourself Hub, a clinic and events space jointly operated by the community-based organization Love Yourself and the Department of Health’s Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, posted its first quarter results for 2013, registering a 5-fold increase in the number of people accessing its free HIV testing services, compared to the same quarter last year. A total of 1,028 individuals came to the Malate-based facility during the period January to March 2013, while during the same period in 2012, there were 171.

Such impressive growth in clientele is consistent with the velocity of increase as observed throughout 2012, with average growth rate of 24% per month.

The partnership between a private non-governmental organization Love Yourself and the government’s Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) was key to this success. “We were both able to leverage our strengths – RITM is one of the country’s centers for HIV-related services, while our group had the marketing savvy to connect the clients to the needed services,” explains Ian Felix Alquiros, Director for Partnerships at Love Yourself. “This is an example of success for a public-private partnership program.”

Another critical driver to this success is the distinctive way with which Love Yourself reaches out to the community in encouraging people to pay attention and act on the spreading HIV epidemic. Since its inception, Love Yourself has consciously stayed away from using fear-based tactics to elicit attention and behavior change related to HIV prevention. “We believe that we serve the community best by keeping HIV talk away from grim and scare. In all our communication, we highlight the positive side of things. In the midst of the epidemic, we fight fear with love, and we keep on smiling!” says Love Yourself president and founder, Ronnievinn Pagtakhan, a nurse by profession.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Fly Love Yourself: How to Have Sex and Avoid HIV (feat.Sebastian Castro) [VIDEO]

Sebastian Castro, star of the phenomenal YouTube hit “Bubble,” talks about HIV in our new chic and cheeky instructional video entitled,"
Fly Love Yourself: How to Enjoy Sex and Avoid HIV."

What really is HIV? 
How can one stay healthy and HIV-free, 
while living a smart and scrumptious sexy life? 

This video departs from the clinical approach of talking about the basics of HIV/AIDS. Instead, similar to an airline's in-flight safety video,  Sebastian encourages men to “dare” to fly, shows them how to take “care” of themselves during flight, and encourages them to “share” the video with others.

Joining Sebastian is our budding screen couple, Carlito Rosadino Floro Jr. and Javi Bermejo, who also recently starred in Love Yourself's "Know Your Status" video for Hornet.

Watch this video, have some fun and sexy time, and share away:

Be informed. Be safe. Fly Love Yourself.

Get a free HIV test. Visit today.

Sebastian Castro
Carlito Rosadino Floro Jr.
Javi Bermejo
Ronnievinn Pagtakhan

Credits and Acknowledgements
Director: Jedd Rommel 
Cinematographer: Jedd Rommel 
Assistant Director: Antonio Payomo III
Producer: Anthony Liam 
Production Design: Joma Ragragio, Warren Alcazaren 
Lights: JR Sala II, Cinerent
Script Writer: Joel Macaventa
Editor and Motion Graphics: Don Yu and Pepot Atienza
Muscial Score: Brian Cua
Voiceover Talent: Anya Santos-Uy
Logo Design: Lord-Art Lomarda and Joma Ragragio
Hair and Make-up: Clarence Paul
Talent Coordinator: Paolo Xavier Co
Production Design Assistant: Nathaniel Villanueva
Propsmakers: Angel Cabatan, Mark Belardo and Friends
Drivers: Joey Lumibao and Domingo Mumar

Ronnievinn Pagtakhan 
Chris Lagman 
Lawrence Villegas 
Jeoff Solas 
Luigene Yanoria 
Ian Felix Alquiros

Aleli Mesina
Angelo Esperanzate
Chef Joerkensen
Dennis Sebastian
Big Shift
Live Vibe Cafe
DreamWeaver Visual Exponents, Inc.
Spin Talents

Special Thanks to

Friday, May 03, 2013

LoveYourself SYNERGY - Join our Communications and Events committees

LoveYourself needs committed individuals who celebrate the vision of a self-loving, healthy, and HIV/STI-free Philippines—those who have the time, energy, and team spirit to share via volunteer work and community service.

Join our Communications committee if you have a knack for writing, content strategy, graphic arts, or marketing. This committee needs critical and creative thinkers as being part of the group means ensuring synchronized, clear, and consistent interaction among teams, volunteers, and our partners.

Become a member of our Events Management committee and lead in promotions, sponsorships, visual design, or logistics. Being dynamic, personable, cooperative (and able-bodied) are all part of being in Events Management, as they plan and execute activities to further engage and invite more people into our advocacy.

If you believe you have the empathy, open mind, and people skills to become an HIV counselor and educator, then enlist in the Counseling & Education committee! This means being trained to be HIV counselors and educators—directly helping the organization's objectives in HIV and AIDS awareness, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.

Volunteer and sign up via our website:

Come together in LoveYourself Synergy!

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

LoveYourself SILVER SCREENINGS: A fund-raising movie night for HIV testing

Save the date: May 21, 2013

Join us for a special back-to-back treat this MAY 21 at the Robinson's Galleria Cinema and help us raise much-needed funds for our efforts, including our HIV testing and counseling activities.

SLUMBER PARTY special screening (7 PM)
starring Sef Cadayona, RK Bagatsing, Archie Alemania
and Markki Stroem

JUANA C., THE MOVIE premiere screening  (9 PM)
directed by Jade Castro (Zombadings)
starring Juana Change, Jelson Bay, Joel Torre, Nino Mulach,
John James Uy, Mads Nicolas and more

For ticket reservations, visit:

Please help us spread the word, not the virus!

Slumber Party Trailer

Juana C. Trailer