Impact Hub Manila: Why Am I Blogging For HIV And LGBT?

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Impact Hub Manila: Why Am I Blogging For HIV And LGBT?

 

Last year, I became part of an HIV awareness group in the Philippines, the LoveYourself Inc. Being part of the said group made me in the circle of people of both counselors and PLHIV alike. And my social network has been a pendulum of both love and death. I have seen same-sex couples who have been married despite it not being recognized here in the Philippines and there were also floods of condolences almost every day of people, mostly for young ones, of deaths faced not brought about by accidents but of other cause that seems so instant. And you will see both anxious and irresponsible comments asking what the cause of death is where silent answers can already suffice as a sugar-coated curiosity.

 

During that time, I became so interested in HIV and its impact on the society, especially to the LGBT community. Then I was able to see that every one of us has our own HIV status. We just have to know it. It can affect anyone of us just like cancer or hypertension. But the one difference is, the stigma towards HIV is so strong that it seems that it is the disease-that-should-not-be-named.

 

But joining the Blogger’s Week of Impact Hub Manila, my noble cause as an HIV advocate was taken in the good light. Impact Hub Manila hosted the event called the Hublagathon wherein bloggers and local entrepreneurs can share ideas with each other on the different platform that they have chosen and the domino effect that it has in the society.

 

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Talking about love, life, and coffee: Brian Tenorio of KKK Coffee (Left) and Mina of LRTQueen.com (Right)

Photo from thepinupgirlmanila.com

I happily answered questions from fellow bloggers (ranging from environmental activist, pinup culture barbie doll to cancer awareness knight and the like). It was a conducive space for equally open-minded and smart people who would like to change the world in the path that they have chosen.

 

To cap off the night, I made new friends and contacts that I know I can tap in the near future for collaborations that can actually make a difference. Then while going home feeling tired inside the cab, I realized how other people have been so deeply committed in their chosen advocacies and you can really see the results that they were able to achieve. Then I asked myself, what else can I do in the world that has still so many things to be done?

 

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Fellow bloggers: Mina (LRTQueen.com) and Kelsey (thepinupgirlmanila.com)

It caught me off guard actually. Why am I doing this in the first place? Why am I blogging? Then the answer became a eureka moment for me. I have seen so much division in the “community” that we call LGBT. Our group has been so thirsty to earn respect from a society that has been so confused too on why we ask for it in the first place but cannot give it to our own kind to start with? Then there is the goal for “zero HIV” of UNAIDS by 2020. But I have seen so much competition of different HIV groups here and there. Thus, it made me realize that I am blogging not for the entitlement being an advocate for HIV. Besides, I don’t get money out of it. What I am here is for the empowerment of those people who rely too much on the internet to get information about HIV and answers LGBT issues without bias and prejudice. That perhaps this blog can save a life by raising safer sex. That perhaps this blog can uplift people living with HIV (PLHIV) of their second chance in life not mourning with what they have but the acknowledgment that they know their status and they can still love themselves more. That perhaps this blog can be a source of strength that it is OK to be gay. Perhaps.

 

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Einstein (my partner and a cancer awareness advocate) and Ami Valdemoro of Hope in the Bottle

You can also get the same eureka moment, a quiet place for you to realize your worth or a place where you can find someone whom you can collaborate with a goal of bringing impact to your community. You can visit Impact Hub Manila and feel the same way I did during the Hublogathon. You can be an entrepreneur,  a creative professional, or a freelancer. Impact Hub Manila can definitely and will surely foster inspiration, interaction, and collaboration. Answer the question “why you even started what you’ve started” at Impact Hub Manila and you might find yourself answering your question with actions. Continuous action for and with an impact.

 

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Bambike being featured during the Hublogathon

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Impact Hub Manila: Why Am I Blogging For HIV And LGBT?

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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!