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With mass gatherings at a halt, here’s how Metro Manila Pride is still showing its colors

By SAAB LARIOSA Published Jun 26, 2021 1:49 pm

Rain or shine, online or on the scene, there's no stopping Metro Manila Pride from spreading the love this Pride month. 

With this year's theme of 'Sulong, Vaklash’, the organization will be holding a small gathering at the Bantayog Ng Mga Bayani monument in Quezon City today, June 26. Participants are required to wear a face mask, face shield, and practice physical distancing during the event held at 3 PM.

"Gora sa Bantayog ng mga Bayani, at isulong ang trabaho, ayuda, at karapatan! Tuloy ang Lablab at Laban, mga mahal!" the group shared on Facebook.

For supporters who can’t join, MMP will also be hosting a virtual march and festival at 7 PM on the same day through their website. This year’s online show includes guests speaking about topics close to the hearts of the Filipino queer community.

With Pride being a month-long event, the volunteer-driven group has also been introducing weekly activities that open the conversation on LGBTQ+ rights in the country while honing safe spaces for all. Their activities have included film showings, open forums, artwork exhibits, and more.

The 2019 Pride March held in the Marikina Sports Center also brought in over 70,000 participants and gained the record as the largest Pride event in Southeast Asia.

Follow Metro Manila Pride via their official website or Facebook page for further updates.

Here’s to hoping we can all finally spread the love in person next year!

Photos via Metro Manila Pride