About Us

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

The People Behind LoveYourself

Ronivin Garcia Pagtakhan, PhD MAN RN
Founder/Executive Director

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

      Philippine National AIDS Council (MSM representative) 2018-2025
     Sub Recepient of the Save the Children via Global Fund Philippines NFR (CBO Development Program) 2018 - present 
      Granted as recipient of AmFafr 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
      2011-2016 Catered to 65,000 client for HIV/STI testing, assisted 3542 HIV clients for treatment, 2.5 million website views of www.loveyourself.ph

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

In 2017, he became a recipient of the TOYM (The Outstanding Young Men and Women of the Philippines) for Youth Leadership, Outstanding Young Person of Taguig and 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.

In 2018 he was honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World for his Humanitarian Leadership.

Chris Lagman

Senior Director

Chris is an Executive and Life Coach from the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara (California, USA). He relocated back to Manila in March 2011 to pursue his love for education, leadership consulting, and coaching. He is currently an HR leader for a global research firm, and does learning and organization development consulting work on the side. Chris holds degrees in BS Physics (UP Diliman, cum laude) and MS Information Technology (Ateneo de Manila University). Chris also attended Asian Institute of Management’s Executive MBA Corporate Change program. 

Technical Working Group

Karlo Barsales
Head of 3S

Rye Costales
Head of 4S

Jose Mari Maynes
Head of LoveYourself University

Raybert Domingo
Head of Communications

Francis Raymund Dacanay
Head of Events

Jonathan Gonzales
Head of iTLY (Technology and Innovation)

Joma Ragragio
Head of Recruitment

Earl Patrick Penabella
Head of Monitoring & Evaluation

JD Ruanto
Head of GF Programs

Danvic Rosarido
Head of PrEPPY and Research

Our Programs

Contact us:
Love Yourself Inc.
LoveYourelf Anglo 175-A 3rd Floor Shaw Boulevard Avenue, Mandaluyong City
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