Thursday, December 28, 2017

Celebrating 2017 at Behind the Mask: The LoveYourself Ball

LoveYourself had a successful 2017. Through its fundraising events, community-based screening events, implementation of a youth-centered campaign, launch of the first transgender health clinic in the Philippines, organizing Asia’s premier charity and awards gala to the creation of a mobile application for condom utilization, LoveYourself continues to grow and spread the message of love. On December 16, 2017, volunteers gathered to celebrate the year that has been through merriment and recognition.

Vinn Pagtakhan giving his speech Photo by Mike John Diaz

Behind the Mask: The 2017 LoveYourself Ball started off with an inspiring speech by Ronivin Pagtakhan about the organization’s achievements in 2017, encapsulating the year with a video. Pagtakhan further explained the upcoming goals and objectives for 2018, which included a new organizational scheme aimed to achieving LoveYourself’s strategic objectives. An elegant cotillon followed the heartwarming speech. Composed of the many beauties of LoveYourself, the cotillon definitely set the ball rolling alongside the spiritful singing of Allen Ramos.

Lady Gagita Performing Photo by Aaron Dacanay

Lady Gagita rocked the stage with a masterful lip sync performance to Lady Gaga’s Coachella renditions of Bad Romance and The Cure that kicked off the first Lip Sync Competition in LoveYourself. Joining Gagita in judging the competition were Rey Daniel Espinueva, a member of the House of Mizrahi Philippines, and Prince MJ Casaverde, the operations manager for DSTNQT.  Amongst the crowd were reunited batches of volunteers who cheered on to the much hyped lip sync performances of their fellow volunteers.

Volunteer Awardees Photo by Aaron Dacanay

Outstanding volunteers were also given praise for their hard work and dedication throughout 2017. Along with the recognition of being the passionate volunteers that they are, gift packs from the generous sponsors were also given.
Most Outstanding Communications Volunteer
Editorial Communications - Diego Rozul
Visual Communications - Jego Calderone
Social Media and Strategy - Alin Nelson Cheng
Community Management Team - Mark De Castro
Strategic Communications - Raybert Domingo

Kuya Law Comms Leadership Awardees
Geno Maglinao
Eric Torres
Jean Natividad
Raybert Domingo

Most Outstanding Events Volunteer
Robin Marero

Outstanding Logistics Volunteer
Leo Icaro Olefane

Outstanding Sponsorships and Partnerships Volunteer
Noel Bon Evasco

Most Outstanding iTLY Volunteer
Innovations - John Oliver Cociega
Technology - Mike Toyoda

Rookie Volunteer Award
Mark Nino Bejosano

Most Outstanding LoveU Volunteer
Jay Soliman

Special Awards
Bien Salaza
John Cedric Santiago
Marvin Frondoza
Robert Pinauin
Jem Titan

Most Outstanding HIV Operations Volunteer
Genesis Aspiras
Special Award
Marvin Natural
Top Counselors
Mark Ramos
Mel Olesco
Rommel Mendoza
Eric Sendon
Abel Cabio
Top Life Coaches
Jem Titan
Mark Ramos
Leo Pura
Top PrEPPY Peers
JD Miguel Dela Cruz
Marvin Natural
Abe Isaiah Gagui

Most Outstanding LoveYourself Volunteers
Genesis Aspiras
Mike Toyoda
Raybert Domingo

Behind the Mask: The 2017 LoveYourself Ball was presented by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and the Department of Health. Co-presented by Greenyard, Vest Alternative by Ax Lantican, and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL Holdings, Inc). Brought to you by DSTNQT, Aramesh, Noel & Wilson Fragrance Collection, and DJ Sam Arts & Prints. Special thanks to Wells Fargo, Victoria Court, Creamsilk, Goya, Skin White Solutions, Migo Skin Enterprise, Hoja De Laurel, 3NKairos Trading, HM Printing, Andrew Jardenil Professional Hair and Make Up Artist, Dawn Bolus Mawis of BAGA Manila, Batch Duque, Jay Soliman, and BSA Twin Towers.