Saturday, June 27, 2015

LoveYourself Gathers New Volunteers As Batch ‘Bigkis’

LoveYourself welcomes a new batch of brave volunteers collectively known as Batch Bigkis, the second group to be enlisted by the free HIV testing advocacy this year.

The batch name comes from the Filipino word bigkis which means “to gather,” and signifies the coming together of volunteers from different walks of life.

Batch Bigkis volunteers will receive training to become counselors in LoveYourself’s two HIVtesting clinics, the LoveYourself Hub (RITM Satellite Clinic) in Malate, Manila City and LoveYourself Anglo along Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City.

They will also join the organization in helping spread awareness for HIV testing in the Philippines and champion positive change in their respective communities.

Smaller But Stronger
Batch Bigkis underwent the same stringent recruitment process as previous batches of LoveYourself, which has formally inducted more than 500 volunteers to-date.

But compared to more recent batches, Batch Bigkis was formed with a smaller number of volunteers in mind.

LoveYourself’s recruitment team explained that a smaller group could gel better than if it were a larger one. He says that based on previous batch experiences, a more tightly knit group was likely to foster more engaged and committed volunteers in the long run.

Strength In Unity
The Batch Bigkis logo was inspired by the images of linked arms, which signify strength in unity, and the sepak takraw ball which is a solid structure made from several intersecting bands.

"The sepak takraw is always reminiscent of our childhood and our being Filipinos. And just like in sports, we are reminded to come together for a specific goal. The intertwining rattan strips are the LoveYourself volunteers working together. The representation of the hands all the more reinforces unity and fraternity," said Geno, LoveYourself creatives lead and creator of the Batch Bigkis logo.

"The logo also continues our appreciation for Filipino weaves. This time, we're featuring the Yakan weave from Zamboanga City. Known for its geometric patterns and colorful threads, the Yakan weave is truly unique and worthy of recognition," he added.

Earlier this year, LoveYourself welcomed Batch Hiraya, the first new group of volunteers to join the advocacy in 2015, whose batch logo also featured a Filipino weave. Dozens from Batch Hiraya have already undergone training to become HIV counselors.

Call For Volunteers

If you are interested in helping LoveYourself as a formal volunteer and join its future batches, kindly fill up the form at

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Celebrate LGBT Pride Month At LoveYourself Pride Carnivale 2015 On June 20

LoveYourself invites everyone to join LoveYourself Pride Carnivale 2015 on June 20, a day of festivities at the Quezon City Memorial Circle in celebration of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.

Rainbow Race: Fundraiser For A Proud Cause

LoveYourself Pride Carnivale 2015 will be staging a Rainbow Race, a fundraising challenge where participants will compete in fun games while helping HIV testing and care organizations.

Interested participants can register for the Rainbow Race with a PHP1,000 fee which will grant a racing kit, inclusive of a limited-edition shirt, towel, eco bag and bottled water. Racers will also receive redeemable coupons for the LoveYourself Pride Carnivale fair.

The first-place finisher will be named the Rainbow Race champion and receive an iPad Mini. Other top finishers will bring home trophies and medals.

Register now to secure one of the limited slots for Rainbow Race. Everyone regardless of their gender and sexual orientation are invited to join this fun race.

All registration fees will benefit LoveYourself Inc., The Project Red Ribbon (TRR) and Sustainable Health Initiatives Philippines (SHIP) Foundation -- three organizations which help support the community through HIV testing, counseling and care.

LoveYourself Pride Carnivale: Free Food And Fun Booths

Coinciding the Rainbow Race is the LoveYourself Pride Carnivale community fair filled with food and activity booths. Entrance is free for everyone with registration beginning at 1:00 PM.

All Pride Carnivale attendees will receive food coupons which can be redeemed at designated booths which open at 2:30 PM. While munching on the free food, attendees can have fun in the activity booths, and watch the live program in the center stage at around 6:00 PM.

We would love it if you could bring your partner, family and friends -- see you there!