by Michael Jamias
One Saturday afternoon Victor Sy stripped off his shirt, unbuttoned his jeans, and started fondling food like he does his lovers.
Just all in a day’s advocacy work for the 32-year-old Cosmo bachelor and star of LoveYourself Food Porn, the outrageous new condom-and-lube-use campaign targeting Filipino men who have sex with men.
In the food porn video, Victor represents the primal urge of sex that can offer mind-blowing pleasure but can also lure unwary men into unprotected anal intercourse.
Delicious seducerAdmittedly a very sexual man, Victor eased into the character of a delicious seducer. By simply picking up a longganisa and staring intently into the camera, he had our knees – and probably yours – wobbling.
When the director asked Victor to turn up the heat, he grabbed the nearest banana, and felt the length of the phallic fruit along his cheek.
Satisfied at how the banana feels against his scruffy jaw, Victor then looked at the banana longingly while licking his lower lip.
The room suddenly felt hotter. Until Victor started fingering a donut hole.
HIV hits close to homeNot all straight guys will agree to perform these homoerotic food porn scenes, much less have them recorded for all the world to see.
But one compelling reason the ruggedly handsome chinito did so -- instead of say hitting the gym or practicing as part of the male ensemble for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Resorts World Manila -- was to help fight a plague that has hit close to home.
Victor revealed that he has a good friend living with HIV, whose fate may have been averted given stronger messages encouraging safer sex.
“When he first told me, of course it was very sad. You wanna comfort him but you do not know how to do it," recounted Victor. He said moral support after that confirmatory HIV test has helped his friend consistently take his medications and improve his quality of life.
"I give moral support. I ask how he is. He says he's eating well. He’s drinking what he should drink, his antivirals. And then I just check up on him frequently. He always says ‘I'm OK, I'm OK. Don't you worry.' He's very brave. But you can see he's really taking care of himself. And I think he’s doing better now than before."
Victor advises men who have sex with men, as well as everyone else, to practice safer sex by consistently using condoms and water-based lubes: “Sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) are so rampant these days for both males and females, so we need to practice safe sex to prevent the spread of all kinds of STIs."
“Use protection. Do safer sex. Love Yourself.”
Campaign fundingThe LoveYourself Food Porn video would not have been possible without funding support from the ISEAN-Hivos Program, a grant that addresses the increased vulnerability of men who have sex with men or MSM population, as well as transgenders, to HIV transmission in the Southeast Asia region.
The campaign was also supported by the Philippine NGO Council on Population, Health and Welfare (PNGOC), the lead local organization in implementing ISEAN-Hivos Program activities.
ISEAN-Hivos and PNGOC previously funded the Fly LoveYourself HIV 101 video, which imparts the factual truths about HIV/AIDS and its transmission. The video also guides viewers to a smart and scrumptious sex life with in-flight assistance from the adorable YouTube star Sebastian Castro.