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Organizational Profile 

About LoveYourself

Self-worth is a powerful determinant of one’s quality of life.  It is the self-perception of one’s right to achieve happiness and be given respect, of one’s ability to understand and solve problems, and to triumph in the small and big challenges of life. 

LoveYourself believes that self-worth is key to building an empowered community. We exist to ignite in each one an active desire for a healthy and vibrant self-worth, especially among the youth and males who have sex with males (MSMs).

Through awareness, education, counseling, fun social interactions, and activities that weave these elements into a unity, we take delight in spreading our message of the value of self-worth and the critical importance of loving oneself.

LoveYourself is the brainchild of Ten Outstanding Young Man of the Philippines (Youth Leadership) and Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Awardee (Humanitarian Leadership), Ronivin (Vinn) Garcia Pagtakhan. 

He was joined by friends who were inspired by the increasing demand and queries by the Youth & LGBT-MSM through social media such as Twitter on STI, HIV, sexuality and gender. Since 2011, LoveYourself exponentially grew through social networking. With the able support of a core group of concerned and socially aware youth & LGBT-MSM professionals and supporters with diverse ideas and preferences, the membership has now grown to almost 1,100 volunteers from all sectors of society.

Our Mission

By embracing and nurturing our self-worth, we inspire others to do the same and create ripples of positive change in the community.

Our Vision

A model community of MSM and friends who empower and affirm the self-worth of youth and MSM in the Philippines

Who We Are
 

LoveYourself is a community of volunteers that aim to reach out to others to propagate ideas, attitudes, and practices that encourage loving oneself -- to DARE to be oneself, to CARE for oneself, and to SHARE oneself as a way to multiplying joy.

What We Do

HIV counseling, testing, treatment and life-coaching
Through our seven community centers -- LoveYourself Anglo in Mandaluyong, LoveYourself Uni in Pasay and Victoria by LoveYourself in Manila, LoveYourself Welcome in Quezon City, Lily by LoveYourself in Taguig, LoveYourself White House in Cebu, and Hero by LoveYourself in Cavite -- we provide HIV screening, counseling and education to prevent the spread of the epidemic among the youth and key affected populations.


HIV awareness for Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and Youth
We conduct HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns and education seminars in schools, companies and regional communities. We take delight in promoting the value of self-worth and the critical importance of loving oneself as a core intervention against the spread of HIV/AIDS.




LoveYourself in Numbers - 2019




The People Behind LoveYourself

Organizational Structure




Ronivin Garcia Pagtakhan, PhD MAN RN
Founder/Executive Director
Vinn is a recipient of the TOYM (The Outstanding Young Men and Women of the Philippines 2016) for Youth Leadership, Outstanding Young Person of Taguig (2016) and honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World for his Humanitarian Leadership.

In July 2011, he founded LoveYourself. Under his wing, LoveYourself received several accolades:

•     Elected as the Chairman of ISEAN (Insular South East Asian Network of Male Reproductive Health) 

•Sub Recipient of the AFAO via Global Fund for SKPA (Sustainability of HIV Services for Key Population in Asia)
Sub Recipient of the Save the Children via Global Fund Philippines NFR (CBO Development Program) 2018 - present  - Establishing Community Centers for HIV prevention and Treatment all over the Philippines

•      Granted as recipient of AmFar via WHO for Project Preppy (pilot study of Pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV in the Philippines (2017) 

•      Recipient of Save the Children via Global Fund Philippines NFM (Condom Promotion Program) 2017-2019 

•      Granted as Sub-sub-recipient of HIV Prevention Program: 3S Project (Global Fund – HIV Component Philippines) 2014

•      TAYO Awards (Ten Outstanding Youth Organizations in the Philippines) (December 2013)

•      Top Choice Awards: Top Advocacy of the Philippines (MEG Magazine December 2012)

•      PR Accolades

o  #StayNegatHIVe Campaign in partnership with Rappler and Dentsu Jayme Styfu (2016)
§  Boomerang Awards 
§  Araw Values Award
§  The Warc Prize for Asian Strategy
§  Effie Awards (Bronze)
§  Kidlat Award (Bronze)
o  LoveYourself Philippine Business Sector Response to HIV/AIDS with Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc.
§  52ndAnvil Awards (Silver)

•      Council Member Makati City and Taguig City Local AIDS Council

•      Official Advocacy Arm of the Philippine Business Sector Response to HIV

•      Catered HIV workplace policy advocacy and trainings to 114 companies

•      2019 Catered to 65,000 client for HIV/STI testing, assisted 3542 HIV clients for treatment, 2.5 million website views of www.loveyourself.ph

Vinn is a registered nurse in the Philippines and US. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines Manila, where he took his BS Nursing degree with honors, and PWU for his Masters in Nursing and Doctor of Philosophy in Education. 

He has been an educator since he was 19,  and is a faculty member of Mapua Institute of Technology, Centro Escolar University, UP core-group review CENE LEARN and other national nursing board review centers around the Philippines. He was among the topnotchers for the nursing board exam in 2004 and a university scholar. He has been active in socio-civic activities since his college days where he was part of the UP USC (student council). He co-authored a book entitled National Board Exam Review Notes by CENE publishing. 

In 2011, he was recognized in the 2011 Social Media Oscars - TwitterShorty Awards as the Nurse of the Year (@twitrnurse), the first Filipino to win the said international awards. Also, on the same year, he was recognized as one of the MAPUA's most outstanding professors.

In 2016, he was chosen as the Chairman of ISEAN (Insular South East Asian Network of Male Reproductive Health) 


In 2017, be was added in the roster of Tatler-Generation T Leaders. He was also awarded by the University of the Philippines Manila College of Nursing as an Outstanding Alumnus for Community Service.

Jonathan Gonzales
Head - Community Well Being

John Danvic Rosadino
Senior Operations Manager

John Darwin Ruanto
Senior Program Manager

Mark-Ryan Costales
Lead - Health and Wellness

Dr. Winston Fopalan
Medical Director

Jonathan Gonzales
Lead - Quality of Life

Karlo Barsales
Lead - Community Center Coordination

Maria Lourdes Daguman
Lead - PhilHealth

Committees

Raybert Domingo
Communications

Francis Raymond Dacanay
Ministry of Fun

Jose Mari Maynes
LoveYourself University

Jonathan Gonzales
iTLY

Joma Ragragio
Recruitment

Pedro Tan
LoveYourself Caravan

Special Projects

Jose Mari Maynes
Champion Community Centers

John Oliver Corciega
SKPA Philippines

Iosif Cadelina
Safe Spaces Ph

Mark-Ryan Costales
AHF Philippines - Treatment Program

John Danvic Rosadino
Preppy & Self Care







Our Programs





Contact us:

Love Yourself Inc.
LoveYourelf Anglo 175-A 3rd Floor Shaw Boulevard Avenue, Mandaluyong City
DR. RONIVIN G. PAGTAKHAN
Executive Director
Email address; info@loveyourself.ph
Website: www.loveyourself.ph


LoveYourself Partners:

LoveYourself Treatment Program was recognized by accrediting partners:
                   


DOH NCR-Regional Office for TB & HIV



PhilHealth for TB & HIV