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, ViƱas 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 https://ticket2me.net/e/4599 for tickets! Together let’s take down some more boxes.