Wednesday, February 21, 2018

FIT TO LOVE: Love Your Body, Live Your Life set on March 2018

Break the mold and open your heart, as LoveYourself launches FIT TO LOVE: Love Your Body, Live Your Life, a photoshoot for a cause campaign that aims to uphold your sexual, mental, and physical health.  By signing up on, get ready to show how you are FIT TO LOVE this March 17 & 18, 2018 at The Upper Deck Sports Center, 6/F, Ortigas Technopoint Building, 1 Doña Julia Vargas Ave, Pasig, Metro Manila. 

Photo taken by Mark Alvarez
Editing done by Franco Moje

What is FIT TO LOVE?

FIT TO LOVE is a photoshoot campaign calling every person no matter what size, shape, or serostatus to show the world how they uphold their sexual, mental, and physical health. In the project's early conception, LoveYourself wanted to share the idea of self-worth as reflected by one's healthy choices. From fitness routines and timely testing for HIV to supportive relationships and unconditional positive self-regard, one can express in a variety of ways how they are fit to love others and themselves.

What do I get by signing up?

By joining FIT TO LOVE, you’ll be guaranteed of an official LoveYourself black dry-fit round necked shirt that you’ll wear during the photoshoot. This top is also perfect for your early morning jogs or late night lifts. You’ll also experience a bit of pampering before the shoot as your hair will be styled and your face will be dusted with light makeup to enhance your innate beauty, looking your best for the amazing advocacy photographer, Mark Alvarez.

After your shoot, your choice is what matters most. You’ll get to pick the photo that best suits that is further embellished with FIT TO LOVE captions. You'll receive a digital copy of your portrait in your email. All these for only a donation of PhP1,000.00. Above all, you get to support LoveYourself’s daily operations, programs, and projects by just offering your genuine self love.

What are you waiting for? Log on now to sign up and upon registration, you’ll receive an email confirmation within 24 hours. We’ll also check up on you a week before the event as your ready yourself to FIT TO LOVE! Final reminders would be given a day before the shoot.

FIT TO LOVE is co-presented by The Upper Deck and CASxFACEONE. Our official apparel partner, Blued. Special thanks to Chubs Chasers, Ernest Gatpandan, and InRush Event Management.

See you there!

Monday, February 19, 2018

LoveYourself gets the thumbs up as a DOH-designated Primary HIV Care Facility

By Mark Angello C. Ganon

On January 18, 2018, LoveYourself joins the ranks of 21 DOH-designated Primary HIV Care Facilities with the release of the Department of Health (DOH) Memorandum No. 2018-0031. With the assistance of 59 Treatment Hubs and 22 Primary HIV Care Facilities, DOH aims to venture into a larger and decentralized provision of HIV care and support services throughout the country.

The DOH Administrative Order No. 2017-0019, also known as the Policies and Guidelines in the Conduct of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Testing Services (HTST) in Health Facilities, outlines an HIV Treatment Hub as a hospital with an organized HIV and AIDS Core Team (HACT) catering to both in-patient and out-patient HIV care whereas a Primary HIV Care Facility is a private or public health facility catering to out-patient clients.

In essence, Primary Care Facilities and HIV Treatment Hubs both foster prevention, treatment, care, and support services to Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV). Care and support services include, but are not limited to, antiretroviral therapy, HIV testing services, clinical management, patient monitoring, and other care and support services.

Executive Director and co-founder Ronivin G. Pagtakhan said, "The accreditation is the first step toward our goal to be a self-sustaining institution. As envisioned from the onset of the organization's operations, LoveYourself targets to provide not only biomedical interventions, but a holistic approach in promoting self-worth to clients." According to Pagtakhan, "The goal is to empower our stakeholders so that they may create their own ripples of positive change in their respective communities."

With this accreditation, LoveYourself positions itself as the first DOH-designated facility that is community-led and volunteer-driven. With a mounting reputation from its establishment in 2012, LoveYourself remains grounded with a drive to provide its clients a home, where once visited, one can only leave with a happy heart, or at least, a hopeful one.

For reference, these are the DOH-designated HIV Treatment Hubs and Primary HIV Care Facilities per region: