Happy 5th Birthday LoveYourself Inc.!

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Happy 5th Birthday LoveYourself Inc.!

 

If there is an advocacy group in the Philippines that, indeed, changed the face of the LGBT community especially the MSM (males having sex with males) group, then LoveYourself Inc. will always take the priority lane.

 

Being a gay guy who grew up in the province, I was not aware of what HIV was. All I knew is that it was a “death sentence” for gay men. When I transferred here in Manila after graduation, my circle of friends grew to mostly gay men. From then on, it seems that young gay men are dying without apparent reason like accident or whatnots almost every day. It seems that the life of a gay man in Manila is a pendulum between love and death. Some are getting married while some die in an instant.

 

Then I was acquainted regarding HIV. I searched for online resources and HIV testing site to help me get to know it better. The search ended up me getting to know more about myself and the advocacy that I would like to be associated with for the rest of my life, though.

 

LoveYourself Inc. has been always everywhere online when I needed information to satisfy my thirst for knowledge. And now that I am a full-fledged blogger, I still base some of the information from them. Further, I am happy to be associated with them as I help in spreading their events through my blog.

 

Fast forward 5 years later, LoveYourself (also known as TLY) boasts 35,000 people have gotten tested and more than 4,000 were diagnosed HIV positive and were assisted to treatment. And most of all, they have built a community of volunteers that cheerfully helps others and advocates love and self-care.

 

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Check out this video of LoveYourself over the years.

 

Video courtesy: Michael Marquez

 

Once again, happy birthday LoveYourself Inc., to its founder (Vin Pagtakhan), and all the volunteers who are selflessly making ripples of positive change to dare, care, and share.

 

 

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Email: info@loveyourself.ph

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Website: http://www.loveyourself.ph/

Happy 5th Birthday LoveYourself Inc.!

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Joemar is the Blogger-In-Chief of BaklaPoAko.Com. He is currently a graduate student in University of the Philippines Open University. He also studied at Maquillage Professionnel School of Makeup Artistry and School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA). He is a bold advocate of education, environment and LGBT issues. An earner, dreamer and a lover. Before he was once a dream-sprouting seed. Now he's a tree in his renaissance and will always be evergreen. Hear him speak with his intelligent guide for gay news of the Philippines and worldwide, Bakla Po Ako. Confirmed!.Follow him on Twitter @belleza_joemar. Gay it forward!
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Joemar is the Blogger-In-Chief of BaklaPoAko.Com. He is currently a graduate student in University of the Philippines Open University. He also studied at Maquillage Professionnel School of Makeup Artistry and School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA). He is a bold advocate of education, environment and LGBT issues. An earner, dreamer and a lover. Before he was once a dream-sprouting seed. Now he's a tree in his renaissance and will always be evergreen. Hear him speak with his intelligent guide for gay news of the Philippines and worldwide, Bakla Po Ako. Confirmed!. Follow him on Twitter @belleza_joemar. Gay it forward!