Saturday, December 28, 2013

Looking for a Program Officer and an Admin/Finance Assistant


Love Yourself will be implementing a specially-funded program in 2014, and to execute this, we are looking for two project-based employees:

  • Program Officer 
  • Administration and Finance Assistant
The project duration will be January 16, 2014 to September 30, 2014. Below are the qualifications for each job opening.

The Program Officer shall liaise with partner MSM, TG and PLHIV CBOs, and local and national partners and stakeholders of the program. S/he will manage and facilitate support grants allocated to partner CBOs. (More details of the job duties and candidate requirements can be found here.) 

The assistant shall assist the program team in the development and/or implementation of administrative and financial process for the program. (More details of the job duties and candidate requirements can be found here.) 

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an expression of interest (EOI) letter and updated CV/resume (with list of character references), via email to and (cc: on or before January 4, 20, 2014, addressed to Mr. Ronivin Pagtakhan, President/CEO, Love Yourself. Kindly mention in the subject line of your email the position you are applying for.

Technical review of documents, interview and written exam will be facilitated and the most qualified applicant will be contracted by Love Yourself.  Please take note that this is for immediate hiring to be based in Metro Manila, and contract period is from January 16, 2014 to September 30, 2014.


Sunday, December 22, 2013


Today, LoveYourself is in the midst of a growing movement. We're opening our doors to a new generation of LoveYourself volunteers who can lead this movement with us. Interested? Read on.

LoveYourself is known for creating innovative campaigns, and building model communities that empower MSMs across the country. That simply wouldn't be possible without Lovers — our incredibly talented volunteers.

These Lovers are vanguards  people who lead the way; volunteers who have the passion, talent and love to transform our advocacy in new and exciting ways, and take it to ever-greater heights.

At a time when attention around HIV in the Philippines is growing increasingly frenetic, LoveYourself has been one with the community, helping people dare to make the choice to love themselves everyday. In a society where we are taught that staying healthy means living less, LoveYourself has been changing the way we care for ourselves by injecting fresh perspectives into the conversation on safer sex. In a society where stigma is still the norm for people like us, LoveYourself is ready to share its vision of self-worth with the unveiling of LoveYourself ANGLO, a safe and affirming space for MSMs and their friends in 2014.

This is what LoveYourself has always been about. We believe that when you dare to know and be yourself, when you care for your well-being without denying yourself pleasure, and when you share your love, time and talent with other people, you are loving yourself.

Do you feel passionate about our purpose? Can you commit time, pour energy, and invest love into it? Do you have the skills that can transform it into an outstanding experience for the community?

LoveYourself Vanguard is your chance to join us at the forefront of the advocacy, where we unite our diverse talents behind our common mission to create ripples of positive change in the community, and together realize the promise of LoveYourself.

Curious about how you can help? Sign up to volunteer on our website:

NOTE: The sign-up period for this batch ends on 10 January, 2014 (Friday), after which all sign-ups will be entertained during the next recruitment cycle.

Year-end 2013 Holiday Schedule for Free HIV Test at the Love Yourself Hub

The year-end brings with it great positive energies, inspiring people to take care of themselves, and reclaiming that peace of mind they so very much deserve. For you, how about your HIV test?

Our community center in Malate, The Love Yourself Hub (a.k.a. RITM Satellite Clinic) which offers free HIV, Syphilis, and Hepa B testing, will have the following year-end schedule. Go for it! We have friendly staff to assist you. Just walk in, drop-in, and worry no more. For map and directions, go to

Open or closed? Check out the schedule below?

Monday, December 09, 2013

Erasing Stigma by Example: Student Leaders Take the HIV Test

Roughly 1 of 4 new HIV cases now come from Filipino youth aged 15 to 24.

Alarmed by this trend, student leaders recently partnered with LoveYourself to take an HIV test, hoping to encourage more youth to know their HIV status and practice safer sex.

13 student council representatives from different schools trooped to the LoveYourself hub in Malate late last month. They joined 40 other visitors to avail of the free HIV testing and counseling services at the community center.

“It has come to our attention as student leaders that the incidence of HIV in the Philippines has been on a rapid increase. What bothered us more is the fact that a significant portion of these recent increases in HIV incidences come from the youth sector,” explained Arjay Mercado, head of the Gender Committee of the U.P. Diliman University Student Council, and one of the student leaders from the Student Council Association of the Philippines (SCAP), which led the initiative.

“With this in our minds, we decided to take the HIV test ourselves. We thought that if their student representation could not be good examples to others, then who can? That’s why we all took the test  to encourage the youth that knowing your status is something that should be top priority.”

HIV awareness campaign and university initiatives

By taking the HIV test, the student leaders wanted to erase the stigma of HIV testing, and encourage more youth to practice safer sex and keep their reproductive health in mind.

The student leaders' HIV awareness campaign culminated with a press conference on December 2, 2013 which coincided with the World AIDS Day celebrations. Read the students’ official statements here.

The student leaders expressed support for the Reproductive Health law, which will institutionalize an HIV-AIDS module in school curriculum. They also advocated for more adolescence desks in universities to help the youth receive proper advice on sexual and reproductive health.

Individually, each student leader is also working to enact changes in their schools that would help promote HIV testing.

“For example, in UP Diliman, we are lobbying to give training to our medical technologist and health service staff to undergo HIV-AIDS training so that HIV testing could be done anytime in school,” said Mercado.

UP Diliman also held a week-long lineup of events which included a commemoration of World AIDS Day, a forum, film screening, discussions on HIV and the RH Law, and also free HIV testing for students.

“We’re really targeting this age group through messages from student leaders who are very young so as to inspire them that the HIV issue should be their concern,” said Mercado.

Love Yourself provides free HIV testing for youth 

Love Yourself is proud to support SCAP and its student leaders to encourage HIV testing among the youth.

The advocacy provides free and confidential HIV testing, but all minors (below 18 years old) need to obtain parental consent. Friendly and knowledgeable LoveYourself counselors can help answer questions about HIV and AIDS and will guide every visitor through the HIV testing process.

Feel free to read our HIV testing FAQs to know more or schedule now for a free HIV test.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

FOOD PORN: A Fresh Perspective on Safer Sex

by Allen Yu 

Don’t worry, no fruits or vegetables were harmed in the making of this video.

FOOD PORN, the latest content offering from LoveYourself, is sure to cause a stir in the community: whether for its unconventional take on protection, its abuse of still life, or just that hot guy fondling the produce.

Wear it. Wet it. Better safe when horny.

Although conceptualized as a promotional video for condom-and-lubricant-use, LoveYourself is ditching the messaging strategies that have traditionally dominated the safer sex space, and pushing the envelope with its own innovative approach. This willingness to buck the trend shouldn't come as any surprise, given that LoveYourself has always had a track record of reinventing how HIV issues are advocated for, with viral hits like FLY LoveYourself: How to Have Sex and Avoid HIV and the groundbreaking Project 'Indulge'.

FOOD PORN isn't any different. Integrating lubricants into its core message contrasts noticeably with earlier, exclusively condom-focused safer sex promotion efforts (this is a big deal: it's little-known that water-based lubricants prevent condom breakage and minimize tearing on the anal mucosa, making penetrative sex safer). Older interventions just didn't seem to get how important sensation was to the quality of the sexual experience  a good insight when trying to understand why exactly people keep having unprotected sex.

Since it’s the experience that matters, LoveYourself has put that front and center: FOOD PORN basically speaks to the desire in all of us to have really awesome sex. Is there a bigger turn-off for tops than pulling out to find poop on the peen? Is there anything more terrifying for bottoms than having bowel movements while bonking?

Though depicted euphemistically, the message FOOD PORN drives home is clear: sh*t happens, but don't let it mess your thang. Save yourself the trouble: slip on a condom, and lube up. Better safe when horny!

The release of FOOD PORN is especially timely given the kind of sex MSM are having today: in late November, the news that unprotected sex had risen by almost a fifth among US MSMs throughout 2005 to 2011 (even higher among those who didn't know their HIV status) had federal health officials spooked. This rise was predictably accompanied by a similar jump in new HIV infections (22%), after almost a decade of decline. Those stats tell us that we need to revisit the kinds of insights we draw about sexual behavior between men, as well as the conversations we build around safer sex.

FOOD PORN simply wouldn't have been possible without the expert direction and production of Jedd Rommel (he's a big supporter of LoveYourself), the abs talents of Cosmo Hunk Victor Sy (who clearly puts the “porn” in FOOD PORN), food styling by Edge Joaquin, make-up by Jackie Seballos, camerawork by Jan Tristan Pandy, and the generosity of PNGOC and ISEAN-Hivos. Oh, and those fruits and vegetables who were totally not harmed in the making of this video. Kinda.