Monday, March 30, 2020

Executive Director's Message

Statement for the Day 15 of the Community Quarantine Due to COVID-19
(March 30, 2020)

On our 15th day since the effectivity of the community quarantine due to COVID-19, LoveYourself continues to extend its utmost care for its clients, volunteers, and health workers. As a community-based non-profit organization, we continue to draw strength and inspiration from our beloved community.

In times of crisis like COVID19, our community's expressions of love come in different forms. Your understanding and support enable us to operate smoothly amidst the occurrence of technical challenges.

Despite our limited capacity, we endeavor for continuous delivery of our sexual health and trans health services, particularly the access of anti-retroviral medicines of our clients on treatment through our Xpress Refill program. With the direction from the Department of Health, we were also able to serve non-clients access their life-saving medications given the situation.

We wouldn't have made this work if not for the support of the government, our partners, the volunteers, and the staff. We hope for a stronger collaboration as the challenge continues to persist in the coming days. Let's help everyone to keep their morale high enough to make it through.

Until this global health crisis is over, please remember that the Safety of one is Safety of all. Everyone's cooperation means an act of love that entails compassion and selflessness toward all of us. 

Again, we thank you for all the help and solidarity. LoveYourself is always grateful to serve you.

Keep safe, everyone.

Ronivin G. Pagtakhan
Founder and Executive Director
LoveYourself, Inc.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Babae Ako: Empowering Femininity

By Carlos Diego A. Rozul

Women’s month is not only a celebration, but it’s also a time to augment the empowerment of all women. Intersectional feminism reminds us to be cognizant of the different factors that affect gender equality. These factors include ethnicity, age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, and physical/mental ability among others. As we recognize the essential part of women in building today’s society, let us take a look at how femininity has been a part of select women’s lives.

Transgender Health Officers of LoveYourself Inc., Jesse Castelo, Eda Catabas, and Yanyan Arana (L-R)
Eda Catabas and Jesse Castelo are some of the newest Trans Health Officers of LoveYourself Inc. As trans women themselves, they feel right at home in their new role. Together with their teammates, they are partnering up with Decent Image of South Signal Association (DIOSSA) for an event to celebrate Women’s Month.

Femininity is very important for me because I grew up with the thought in mind that I wanted to transition. I wanted feminine features…. It is part of my humanity. Explained Eda

For Eda, femininity is a societal expectation that people conform to in order to be acknowledged as a woman. She holds femininity dear to her heart as it has been a part  of her thought process ever since she was little. But it was a challenging journey for her growing up. She was named after her father, who is a former police officer. With strong Filipino tradition and belief, Eda's family expected her to follow in her father's footsteps. 

Growing up, she felt a lot of pressure to conform to the masculine expectations of her environment being born male. This pressure has been aggravated by the bullying she experienced from her schoolmates, peers and neighbors. But somewhere down the road, she made the conscious decision to fight for her true identity.

At 13 Eda started expressing her femininity through her eyebrows, but she did not fully realize her true expression until she met her mentors. They guided her through hormone replacement therapy, make up, and flattering clothing. Through her mentors, Eda met other trans women who have different backgrounds, but have similar experiences as her growing up. It was a joy to find support and understanding from other trans women despite their differences.

To be female is to be human. She is strong, she is powerful, and more than anything she is capable. Shared Jesse

Jesse shared that during her early phases in transition, her concept of femininity was unclear and loose. She thought that in order to be feminine, she has to look and behave in a certain way lest she will be disrespected. She was afraid that she would not be taken seriously.

But as time went on Jesse discovered that femininity is not a defining factor of women. She felt restricted to become her authentic self, giving control of herself to men. For her, she truly became a woman when she was able to let go of the weight of gender expectations.

I remember in the early stages of my transition when you’re trying to conform to a certain standard physically first I felt awkward, others got humiliated, and some even experienced gender-based violence. Said Eda

The expectations of femininity drove Eda to conform to societal standards of beauty. She admitted that she experienced depressing moments during her journey, but with the support of her newfound community, she was able to go on with her transition. With gender affirming operations - not all of which were readily available in the Philippines - Eda grew closer to having the body she feels correct with how she sees herself. 

Traditional femininity affected Jesse’s early relationships, where she let men control the way she dressed and acted in public. She relished in the feeling of validation whenever she would submit herself to a man she was committed to. However, as she grew more independent, she realized that the feeling of freedom was more powerful than feeling validated.

Eda firmly expresses her femininity to affirm her chosen identity, and she emphasized that the way women present themselves is their own rightful decision. Jesse on the other hand utilizes her feminine energy by using her voice, not only for herself but others as well. Women can express whatever identity they subscribe to. As it shouldn’t be the society that dictates who we are. It is us who tell the society who we are. The power of femininity is to create affirming choices for ourselves.

Victoria by LoveYourself is an affirming place for trans women to express themselves as they are. As the first community-led transgender health center in the country, the center aims to provide a safe space where people who identify as trans can transition safely.

Friday, March 20, 2020

HIV Advocacy Group Asks Government Support for Continued Access to Life-Saving Medication Amidst COVID-19 Situation

By LoveYourself Communications

MANDALUYONG CITY (March 20, 2020) – The LoveYourself, Inc., a community-based non-profit primary health care facility for people living with HIV (PLHIV), appeals for the support of the government for the continued and uninterrupted access of PLHIV to anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs.

Primarily, LoveYourself asks for the help of concerned national agencies, the local government units, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, the Philippine National Police, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to ensure smooth delivery of health services to the PLHIV community.

The organization understands the government's precautions, and fully abide with the directives of the Department of Health (DOH) to help contain the spread of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), but the continued delivery of its services is crucial in addressing another kind of pandemic, which is HIV.

LoveYourself Executive Director Ronivin Pagtakhan explained that "People living with HIV have become more vulnerable to contracting any diseases due to limited access to their life-saving medication, following the imposition of Enhanced Community Quarantine and declaration of the entire Philippines under a state of calamity amidst the COVID-19 situation."

"On behalf of all our clients and even other HIV treatment facilities, we humbly request the government authorities to help us deliver our services not only to our clients but also to anyone who needs to take their ARVs. These life-saving medicines support their health requirements because missing out on taking ARVs poses a danger to their health and in achieving an undetectable status," said Pagtakhan, who is also a Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World for Humanitarian Leadership awardee in 2018.

In responding to this public health crisis, LoveYourself already shifted its HIV treatment services from onsite to online processing called Xpress Refill program with the delivery of life-saving medication or ARV drugs through couriers that are currently operational.

Clients enrolled in LoveYourself treatment services and even PLHIV who have not enrolled in its treatment services but near to any of its centers are catered through the Xpress refill program: Clients can also call any of these hotlines:
·         Anglo (Mandaluyong): 0920 502 1007 | 0999 529 2330 | 0956 615 1230 | 0915 310 7336
·         Victoria (Pasay): 09995292399 | 09153107339 | 0915 831 8715
·         Lily (Parañaque): 0917 155 5955 | 0928 689 6422
·         Welcome (Manila): 0967 207 1976
·         Hero (Bacoor, Cavite): 0956 490 3747 | 0906 483 9040
·         White House (Cebu City): 0961 573 6493

LoveYourself can also be reached through e-mail at Other hubs across the country can be accessed through this:

Based on the latest report of the DOH, there were 3,029 newly confirmed HIV cases in the Philippines from October to December 2019. The new cases brought the total cases of HIV in the country to 74,807 since January 1984.

LoveYourself is serving more than 5,000 PLHIV for their life-saving medications.

Together with its partner community-based organization, LoveYourself hopes for all clients to be served for their life-saving medications unimpeded while ensuring the maximum health and safety measures in availing of these services.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Maintain U=U With XPress by LoveYourself

By LoveYourself Communications

In response to the impending community quarantine in Metro Manila on March 15, 2020, LoveYourself has innovated its antiretroviral therapy (ART) refill delivery system. Through the XPress by LoveYourself, clients enrolled in its treatment services can have their ART refills delivered to their doorstep. This ensures reduced risk for LoveYourself clients living with HIV to be exposed to COVD-19 by reducing the number of clients visiting LoveYourself Centers and eliminating the need to travel.

Sign up for the service at Please be mindful of the following eligibility requirements:
  • 6 months experience of ART (no dropping out of care in between).
  • Must have a recent viral load monitoring result within 1 year of less than 1000 copies/mL (Undetectable Viral Load)
  • Good eligibility status in PhilHealth due to updated contributions.
  • Experience no severe adverse effects of ART
  • Have at least 12 days worth of remaining ART pills.

XPress by LoveYourself includes a 4-step process:
  1. Sign Up Confirmation (within 24-48 hours)
  2. Payment
  3. Accomplishment of PhilHealth Forms
  4. ART Delivery
Continuous adherence to ART is important in maintaining an undetectable status that prevents transmission of HIV through unprotected sexual contact. With XPress by LoveYourself, the organization aims for all of its clients to have access to treatment amidst the community quarantine.

LoveYourself in its commitment as a model community of MSM and friends that affirms self-worth through HIV counseling, testing, treatment, and prevention is responsive to the needs of the community. XPress by LoveYourself is a paid service to cover the delivery fee only.

Sunday, March 08, 2020

Lit Love: Women's Month

Self Love
By Aphrodite

At times I wish to be, Someone else, My reflection looking Right back at me. At times I wish to be free Somebody new My actions overlooking Who I was meant to be But this time, today I want to be truly me, My own steps accepting, A woman of my own finally

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Babae, Ako
By Bet Domingo

Babae ako. Oo, babae. Alam ko na, Kahit bata pa lang. Kahit ako si utoy, At hindi si nene. Kahit barber’s cut, At hindi long hair. Kahit naka-shorts, At hindi naka-palda. Kahit laging blue, At hindi pink. Babae ako. Oo, babae po ako. Lalo na ngayon, Dahil nasa edad na ako. Kahit ako’y may junjun At walang flower. Kahit ‘di ka maniwala, At di mo tanggapin. Kahit pa kinukutsya, At di mo ipagtanggol. Babae po ako. At tao rin po ako.

Questions My Woman
By Bet Domingo

Question my existence. Hurts my woman of life. Carried me for nine months, Labored me for days, And took care of me for years. Question my whole being. Pains my woman protector. Hugged me for my tears. Warmed me when I’m cold, And fought many for my rights. Question my vibrant reality. Cries my woman of love. Cared for me no matter what, Embraced me for all my flaws, And accepted me for who I am.

Saturday, March 07, 2020

LoveYourself Cebu Ushers in Batch Espada to Fight the Stigma

By Ryan Taborada

Twenty-one new volunteers from Batch Espada were welcomed to the LoveYourself family on February 16, 2020, at LoveYourself White House, in Cebu City.

This fourth batch of volunteers in Cebu was already involved in the HIV advocacy completing 50 hours of volunteer work prior to the orientation. This gave every volunteer to get to know each other and develop the dedication of working in the advocacy. 

“The orientation was a way to formally welcome Batch Espada volunteers who have already shown their commitment by rendering community hours before they were allowed to join the official orientation,” said Dennis Tagamolila, head of Cebu’s LoveU - the committee spearheading the event.

The day’s agenda included an HIV Situationer from Atty. Orville Dela Cerna, which presented data on the state of HIV transmissions both globally and locally. Tagamolila then continued with a discussion on volunteerism, invigorating the passion they have for the advocacy. Soon after LoveU member, Vince Briones introduced the HIV 101 module. Lastly, an overview of PrEP was given by Dr. Giancarlo Garaygay.

One of the trainees that day, Mike Anthony Maligsay, shared, “It was fulfilling to see all our efforts to acquire volunteer hours paying off in becoming official LoveYourself volunteers.”

The feeling of fulfillment filled the room and the volunteers. The preceding batches – Amuma, Bitoon, Kalayo, and Dasig – all share the same enthusiasm for the new batch, assisting in so many things as much as they could. Some have even found their niche in the committees to dedicate their time and talents.

LoveYourself White House in Cebu offers free and confidential HIV testing, counseling, and treatment to all, no matter the age, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. To be part of the organization, you can sign up at or contact +63 927-873-7575.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

A Performance That Truly Got Under My Skin

By Ryan De Torres
LoveYourself volunteers who watched the pilot run of PETA's Under My Skin last February 7.
HIV cases in the country are increasing. What aggravates the situation is the lack of awareness, knowledge, and education of people across different ages, SOGIEs, socioeconomic statuses, religions, education, and professions. This already unfortunate situation has worsened by misinformation, stigmatization, and discrimination, hindering people from accessing free and available HIV services in the country. Thankfully, the Philippine Educational Theater Association's (PETA) latest offering, Under My Skin, debunked most of these misconceptions, encouraging the people to take charge of their sexual health.

PETA's Under My Skin is one of the most unique plays I have ever watched. I am impressed by playwright Rody Vera for his research input with all the nitty-gritty details about HIV. Vera must have gone through a lot of painstaking research on HIV - the current situation in the Philippines, the terminologies and jargons, and of course, the stories of the people. I love the transitions of the stories that depict the different modes of HIV transmission, and I am surprised by how stories were juxtaposed.
At the LoveYourself booth, Ryan entertained a spectator who was asking
about HIV preventive measures.
I understand that these researches aim to provide the audience with the most accurate information to widen their perspective of HIV as a public health concern. The people also need awareness, attention, and collaborative effort to lessen the burden of HIV to individuals and communities.

I was amazed by PETA's delivery of the play, 'Under My Skin.' The drama was creatively and interactively staged.  It can capture your attention, making you aware of your vital role against misinformation, stigmatization, and discrimination related to HIV. By watching the play, I also realized that HIV education could not only be done in a classroom, a clinic, or a hospital but also through artistic performances in theaters. Additionally, PETA also made sure that throughout the run of the play, free HIV screening is available on every show date. It has been full force on destigmatizing the false notions of HIV.

During the talkback of the play on February 8, Ryan (center), together with PETA's hosts,
answered the questions of the audience.
One of the highlights of the play is the importance of attaining an undetectable status. It made it easy to understand that a person living with HIV (PLHIV) can live a healthy and quality life. The concept of 'Undetectable Equals Untransmittable (U=U)' was weaved seamlessly into the story. The play presented the U=U concept as a bucket of hope to every PLHIV, who is regularly taking an effective antiretroviral therapy to control their viral load at the lowest possible level.
Raymond Martin Manahan (center) is one of the talkback representatives of LoveYourself during the February 8 shows. He was accompanied by fellow volunteers Eenno Dinglasan and Jang Go.
When it comes to acting, I only have praises for the ensemble, who gave justice to their respective roles, particularly the principal cast. Honestly, everyone was able to leave a mark. Personally, I was moved by them. After the play, the audience also showed a lot of interest and appreciation for the story that was told. Even though it was my second time around watching the play, it still excited me, especially when I saw Cherry Pie Picache was there. 

LoveYourself Head of Caravan, Pete Tan (2nd from left) shared not only his knowledge of HIV but his heart as well to the audience of Under My Skin's February 14 show.
I was fortunate for the opportunity to represent LoveYourself, Inc., for the talkback right after the play. The audience gave their commendations. There were a lot of questions related to misconceptions about HIV transmission and living with HIV. Laws and policies regarding the rights of PLHIV were raised.

Dedicated LoveYourself counselor Abe Gagui explained the concerns on anti-retroviral drugs, PrEP and the initiatives of the government to address the HIV pandemic.
As an adult healthcare expert, the most challenging question asked of me was about maternal and child care related to HIV. A student asked about the timing and frequency of HIV testing for an infant who is born by a mother with HIV. The student also asked about measures to prevent mother-to-child transmission. I was able to provide clarity regarding mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and Anthony from HASH shed light on the management and medication for the mother with HIV. I was thrilled with the participation and engagement of the audience, which makes me feel confident that the play was able to heighten their awareness of HIV. Kudos to PETA, The Red Whistle, and The LoveYourself team for making Under My Skin such an enjoyable experience!

On the February 15th show of Under My Skin, John Oliver Corciega did the talkback, educating audiences about sexual health, anti-retroviral drugs, access to services, legal concerns
and the role of the government in HIV response.
Still, much has to be done in HIV advocacy. I am proud to be a member of LoveYourself that passionately strives to offer services in the spectrum of HIV prevention and management. LoveYourself works so diligently to impart broader knowledge on HIV prevention, testing, and treatment, and to provide a unique sense of care to reach more people. The organization continuously reassesses its stand in responding to the booming epidemic of HIV in the Philippines to ensure that it offers relevant, efficient, effective, and population-based programs and interventions. Recently, the organization started providing Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) while also rendering education, assistance, and guidance to clients availing of the service to ensure its effectiveness. The organization is also proud of its partnerships, through its LoveYourself Caravan, that extensively promotes awareness to different schools, companies, and organizations like PETA.

Head of Flourish Circle, Joy Daguiso, and one of the dynamic leads of LoveYourself University, Bryan Galvez, posed their selfie after a heart pouring discussion during their talkbacks in the afternoon and evening shows of Under My Skin last March 2.
LoveYourself University Chancellor, Jose Mari Maynes, addressed the further inquiries of the audience right after watching Under My Skin last March 7. 
Going back to the pivotal point of the play, I realized that everyone has a significant role to play to change the way HIV is viewed. As we have been constantly reminded of in LoveYourself, everyone can DARE to be oneself, CARE for oneself, and SHARE oneself as a way to multiplying joy in the community. Be that seed of love and truth that create transformative and responsible communities for the better. I'm sure that Under My Skin has one way or another planted a seed of hope to each of the spectators' hearts that would surely grow further from our own skin.

Life coach of LoveYourself, Ronald Bugarin had a great time responding to the questions about
RA 11166 or "
Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act" during the talkback right after
the March 8 run of Under My Skin.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

GLAMMed Up for Valentine's Day

by LoveYourself Communications

LoveYourself, Inc. once again co-presented GLAMM: (Gays, Lesbians, And Many More), a phenomenal LGBTQ+ party. GLAMM is going for its third run this Valentine's Day on February 14, 2020, at Cove Manila in Okada Manila. Cove Manila is the biggest indoor beach club and night club in Southeast Asia that continuously supporting the advocacies of LoveYourself for HIV awareness and inclusivity.

Bearing in mind that there's unity in diversity, the first GLAMM edition in July 2019 sent terrific stories of triumph for solidarity. That inevitably led to GLAMM's second edition in October 2019, where another explosive night was witnessed and enjoyed by the guests. This advocacy party also promoted self-empowerment with Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach and Miss Universe-Philippine 2019 Gazini Ganados alongside HIV awareness and LQBTQ rights. Those were significant and unforgettable experiences at Cove Manila while grooving to the music and soaking to spectacular performances!

Due to the success of GLAMM parties in 2019, LoveYourself highly supports GLAMM III as its partner, bringing great pride and the message of love to everyone no matter what gender you are right on the heart's day, February 14! Skilled and energetic Cove Manila resident DJs Everyday People and Mike Lavet, together with equally talented guest DJs Cal Soesanto and Jeb Tizon, are surely rocking the decks with beats, making everybody dancing.

Throwing jaw-dropping performances as they impersonate local and international artists are Drag Queens, namely: Precious Paula Nicole, Viñas Deluxe, Gigi, Dee Dee Holliday, Eva Papaya, Bench, MC Black to be hosted by Peabo Orilla. Four hot and alluring ledge dancers are flaming up the whole venue as well! Doesn't that sound exciting? Make sure all your senses are ready to get tickled on that night!

Overflowing drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, and gastronomic treats are to be enjoyed by the guests on this lovely Friday night - not to mention a special cocktail curated only for this event!

Cove Manila's GLAMM is in partnership with Inquirer.Net, Inquirer Pop, San Mig Light and LoveYourself Inc., where a percentage of the sales serves as a donation for the meaningful and significant cause of HIV advocacy. There is nothing better than throwing a fun celebration that promotes a strong federation and, at the same time, lends a helping hand to advocacy that benefits people who are most in need.

Let us all come through and celebrate our oneness! Love truly wins! See you all at Cove Manila on February 14 at Southeast Asia's biggest indoor beach club and night club for GLAMM III (Gays, Lesbians And Many More!)

Contact Cove Manila at +63 917 516 0082 for more details and inquiries.

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Unboxing the Cherry Poppin’: Perfect 4 You Auctionees

By Jay Fernando

There is something dubious yet exciting with that thought of bidding for a date auction. Speculating the possibilities of what would happen just tickles one’s curiosity, and participating in one just makes it feel more real. It somewhat brings you back to highschool cafeteria games like Boink Marry Kill where one’s standing is determined by a single trait.

Nonetheless brave souls have entered the game as this year’s auctionees for Cherry Poppin’ - the most popular, if not the only auction of its kind in the country. Now on its 4th iteration, the event aims to raise much needed funds for LoveYourself’s various programs for HIV awareness, testing and treatment, among others.

Putting yourself out there is certainly risky. While there’s a possibility of frustration - especially when you lose the bid - there’s also the possibility of having your happily ever after. But one has to wonder - why? For the auctionees, it’s also a gamble, banking on their appeal to help the organization.

For Marvelous Pascual, an events organizer, it doesn’t need much thought. It is for a good cause after all. He believes and supports the organization. Being a member himself of a charitable group of gay and bisexual men in Metro Manila, Marvelous is not new to fundraisers and has been very active in community service. For him, helping out in any way he can is an important aspect of his endeavor to change how people see the LGBT community – that they are not just about fun and parties.

Because of social media, looking at twitter feeds or instagram posts that, it has been so easy to judge people nowadays as either empty or overbearing. This sentiment is shared by another auctionee Aldwin Amolat, a student who sidelines as a barista. Despite being the youngest of this year’s auctionees, he has been volunteering for LoveYourself for years now. One may not expect this from Aldwin who may easily fall under that “twink” category, or from Marvelous whom people see as the “party guy.”

When you look at Arlan Dizon, he may seem like your typical athletic guy who goes to the gym, and watches sports on livestream. But this  mechanical engineer, is interested in much more than that. He loves suspense movies! The looming possibility of a surprise just invigorates his soul.

Apparently, boxes are  lazy categories we use to classify people, and the more I get to know them, the easier they are to refute or discredit. For example: Janlee Dunca may appear to be the token trans woman of the group. But she’s not defined only by her gender identity. Opening up about her dating history, she shared how she has dated both men and women, and prefers to keep her options open when it comes to love.

More than anything, time with these people can make you realize that making snap judgments about a person or fantasizing wildly about them are normal, but may not be helpful in your happily forever after. What’s important is  that you enjoy the experience of getting to know each other. That’s how you’ll know if you’re the perfect match.

Be part of LoveYourself’s Cherry Poppin’ – Perfect 4 You and get to know cool people and have a chance to date an auctionee this May 23, 2020 at One Canvas Events Place. Visit for tickets! Together let’s take down some more boxes.

Friday, January 31, 2020

LoveYourself Community’s Bayanihan for Taal

By Ben Quiaoit

A LoveYourself volunteer handing out relief goods to some evacuees at Santa Terersita in Batangas.
On a seemingly quiet Sunday, Taal volcano in Batangas suddenly erupted with only few indications, putting people's lives near the danger zone at risk. The  Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) already raised Alert Level 1 status at Taal area as early as March 28, 2019. But on the afternoon of January 12, 2020, its alert level status has been raised rapidly, and was declared at Alert Level 4 at 7:30 p.m. or even before the day ends.  

The volcanic activity caused thick clouds of ash and toxic fumes, paralyzing local livelihood, and basic systems for food and water, communication, electricity and transportation. Volcanic particulates reached as far as Metro Manila and even some parts of Central Luzon. This natural incident brought a catastrophic year-starter for the affected people.

A soldier helping LoveYourself volunteers to unload the donations collected.

As an organization who serves, The LoveYourself, Inc. quickly initiated a ‘bayanihan’ drive, using its community centers as a drop in center for the donations. Alvin Joseph ‘AJ’ Ramirez, a nurse at Hero by LoveYourself, spearheaded the donation drive of the organization. AJ, who lives in the nearby province of Cavite, had a first-hand experience of the impact of the said volcanic activity. 

The nurse’s heart went out to those living in the affected areas, thus without having any second thoughts, has mobilized LoveYourself’s assets with the assistance of Ronivin Pagtakhan, the organization’s founder and executive director. Immediately, the volunteers have spread the message of love, urging everyone within their reach to donate any goods that can be given out to individuals and families affected by the disaster.

Nurse AJ coordinating with on-ground personnel for proper distribution of the donations.

After a few days of collecting the donations, LoveYourself has chosen to help the people in the Municipality of Santa Teresita in Batangas. The relief operation has benefitted a total of 180 families to have clean drinking water, food and medical supplies, and even hygiene kits. LoveYourself’s volunteers and meidcal staff together with generous doctors and nurses from Cavite also conducted also conducted free medical consultations, ensuring not only the physical aspect of the beneficiaries, but also their psycho-social well being.

According to AJ, the activity was tiring yet fulfilling for each and everyone who became part of it. For now, the LoveYourself community together with the entire nation continues to pray for Taal’s imminent danger to stop as soon as possible.

The organization knows that the authorities are closely monitoring the situation. It will be a tough recovery, especially for those who are heavily affected by it. But one thing is for sure, LoveYourself community will do its very best to extend its selfless love to those in need, always.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Lube Me For A Reason, Let the Reason Be Lube

By LoveYourself Communications 

Exploring the possibility of a new relationship can be a bit confusing and thrilling at the same time — every step you take together, the slightest graze of your hands, and even the smirks that you try to hide. 

By the time you get comfortable with each other,  you begin to talk about taking it to the next level. Your thoughts wander and your imagination runs wild. When you and your partner arrive at the point of becoming physically intimate, make sure you both get to enjoy the experience to the fullest. A personal lubricant comes in handy!
There’s a lot of sexual activities that get more fun with extra wetness, such as masturbation, foreplay, grinding, and even massages — you'll never run out of creativity in the bedroom! Whether you need help putting on a condom, need extra help getting past the tip, or just need things to run a little smoother, a water-based lubricant is your best choice for safe and satisfying sex. A few drops of lube can really go a long way, and completely take sex up a notch!

Sure, your condom may already come in lubricated, but it gets rubbed off too during sex. Latex can be very dry and uncomfortable when there isn’t ample lubrication. Adding a few drops of lube can reduce friction and the chances of the condom breaking, and seriously creates an incredible sensation! With the help of lube, penetration and pleasurable movements will be smoother, and you don’t have to worry about your condom breaking.

You’ll also have to be careful with what kind of lube to use with condoms, because some kinds can make them brittle, especially lube that contains oil. Condoms are best paired with water-based lube, because they don’t breakdown the latex, but still give you the extra pleasure and comfort.
Just like the alcohol we drink on dates, friction is only fun in moderation. Too much friction can be uncomfortable, but too little can make you feel like you’re opening and closing a loose drawer! Go easy on the lube, and if you squirt out a bit too much, just wipe a little bit off. Make sure you listen to your partner so you know the both of you have just enough lube to enjoy the night.

Some kinds of lube are better for some sexual activities more than others. There are even lubricants that add another layer of sensation to the mix. But it’s important to know how our body can react to these special lubes which is why you should check the labels first and know what sexual activity you’re getting into. The best way to make sure is to talk to your partner with their experience with different kinds of lube, but if it’s your first time, a water-based lubricant would be your safest bet.

While lube-wannabes may have the smoothness and slickness you want during sex, know where they belong.

Oil-based lube makes skin-to-skin contact more sensual and body massages more arousing. However, oil can dissolve latex, so it’s best to keep your condoms and latex sex toys away from this kind of lube if you don’t want to destroy them. Oil-based lube offers long-lasting slippery feel — but sometimes it can last too long on places you don’t want them to be. It’s difficult to wash off oil-based lube on your body, clothes, and sheets, and might also leave noticeable stains.

Silicone-based lube is great if you want that silky touch that doesn’t rub off too quickly. If you’re fond of using silicone sex toys, they won’t go so well with this kind. Silicone-based lube can deteriorate the surface of silicone sex toys, and cause abrasions in the long run. Bacteria can thrive in these cuts, and make your sex toys unsanitary — not cool.

Slippery stuff around the house were surely created for something else, and not sex, right? If it’s not meant for sex and if the label says “for external use only”, please don’t even think about using it for whatever you’re up to! Slippery stuff you find in the kitchen or in the bathroom would often contain milk, sugar, oil, egg whites, alcohol, fragrances, parabens, and other components that should be kept away from your delicate parts. 

Water-based lube is the most versatile kind of lube. It goes well with condoms and silicone sex toys, unlike petroleum or oil-based lube, and gentle enough for people with sensitive skin or prone to irritation. Water-based lube is great for almost all your sexual needs: penetrative sex, masturbation, sex toy play, and even foreplay. Your sheets are all safe with water-based lube because it doesn’t leave stains or grease. This kind is very easy to wash up and wipe off, and won’t leave any icky feeling on your body.
Lube is a great addition to your sex life that can surely increase pleasure for you and your partner, so consider getting yourself some lube the next time you see one! If you’re the wild and creative type who doesn’t want to be held back, a water-based lube like EZ Lubricating Jelly is the one for you! With the feeling of natural lubrication, EZ Lubricating Jelly lets you have an amazing pleasure without discomfort! Grab your own EZ Lubricating Jelly and slide into more pleasure!

The Safe Spaces PH app, which is downloadable on the App Store or Google Play Store, will also point you to the nearest establishment that offers free condoms and lubricants. You gotta love these safe spaces, too. Who knows, it could be your next date place with your "lube" one.

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