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In Pride and Solidarity: Statement on the 21st Anniversary of the Pride Movement in the Philippines

June 27, 2015

Judy M. Taguiwalo


University Center for Women’s Resources

University of the Philippines


Pride is a struggle. The Stonewall Riots in 1969 was a protest against systemic violence against the LGBT people and other minorities in the US. It served as a precursor for the movement for LGBT liberation, a movement that was cognizant of the fact that it is not enough to ask to be included in a system that excludes. Meanwhile, in the Philippines, the first Pride March in 1994 was a protest against the government’s enforcement of the Value-Added Tax and State violence against LGBT people.

On the occasion of the success of the 21st celebration of the Pride movement in the Philippines, I wish to congratulate and express my solidarity with the Filipino LGBT people. I am one with you in fighting for the transformation of the society into becoming kinder and more caring of LGBT people.

The Metro Manila Pride March that was held last Saturday, June 21, made history when workers of Tanduay linked their arms and marched with LGBT people as an act of solidarity. Among the workers of Tanduay is Claire, a transwoman and a unionist actively fighting for the regularization of the contractual workers of Lucio Tan. The workers of Tanduay marched with Kapederasyon, an LGBT organization working for an end to discrimination of LGBT persons and justice for all working class people. Together, they called for justice for LGBTs and workers, with the recognition that these two struggles—the struggles of the working class and of the LGBTs have a common vision: a society where injustice, oppression and exploitation are non-existent.

We have victories to celebrate. In the spirit of international solidarity, we celebrate with LGBT people all over the world who have won their struggle for marriage equality, more recently in the United States. We celebrate with transgender people in some parts of the world for successfully struggling for the state to recognize their gender identities and right to self-determination. We celebrate with Filipino LGBTs in Quezon City, Angeles City, Davao City, Cebu City and other cities who succeeded in pushing for ordinances that protect them from discrimination.

But we still have a lot of struggles to win. In the US, LGBTIQ illegal immigrants continue to subjected to structural violence and remain vulnerable to sexual violence in prisons. In the Philippines, LGBTs living in areas affected by the VFA are forced into perilous jobs, putting them at the risk of being the next Jenifer Laude. Homophobic and transphobic structures allow for Filipino LGBTs to be harassed, bullied, beat up and killed with impunity.

Women, too, struggle for liberation from class and gender oppression. Women understand what it is like to be doubly enchained. Our bodies are policed, we are seen as sexual objects, and we are vulnerable to many forms of violence. Women also know from history that gender discrimination is the fruit of a system that puts profit above people, and commodities above dignity.

None of us are free until everyone is free. We struggle with you, but we also celebrate with you. Bringing together LGBT people and the Tanduay workers in the 21st Metro Manila Pride March adds to vibrancy and diversity of the event. But that is only the beginning: women, workers and LGBT people will continue to build on, and strengthen, our solidarity. The spring of the LGBT struggle is coming and that spring cannot be separated from the spring of the struggle of working women and men of our country.11653954_10205537154086119_425693343_o11651309_10205537187966966_595355537_n11659302_10205536202422328_7225792168942809588_n

UP Center for Women’s Studies (UPCWS) and UP Center for Women’s Studies Foundation, Inc. (UPCWSFI) welcome nominations for the 5th Lourdes Lontok-Cruz (LLC) Awards for Best Thesis and Dissertation in Women’s and Gender Studies

11077781_793383610743950_6506922240282137632_oDeadline for submission is May 7, 2015

The LLC Awards was initiated in 2000 by the UPCWS and UPCWSFI with a grant from Atty. Lourdes Lontok-Cruz, president of the UPCWS Foundation from 1998-2009. The LLC Awards honors the contributions of Atty. Lontok-Cruz (1923-2011) to the strengthening of women’s studies in the University of the Philippines and her advocacy for women’s equality and gender empowerment.

Nominations from Faculty Advisers and Deans from the whole UP System are welcome. The coverage of this year’s Awards is for the academic years 2011-2015. Please help circulate.


UPCWS launches new books

11080412_791994657549512_5347543374177692010_o Last March 27, our dear UP CWS launched these four new publications- Review of Women’s Studies Volume 22 (Special Issue on Tandang Sora @ 200 National Conference: Reconstructing Her-story), Gender Fair Language: A Primer (Revised Edition), and UP CWS Monograph Numbers 1 & 2. Prof. Judy Taguiwalo and the staff extend their gratitude to the guests who made the event most meaningful.


UP CWS Spearheads Kasarian, Kwenta at Kwento: Workshop on GAD Planning, Budgeting and Reporting in UP

Gender Mainstreaming Monitoring System (GMMS) Users Orientation conducted by Philippine Commission on Women (PCW)
Gender Mainstreaming Monitoring System (GMMS) Users Orientation conducted by Philippine Commission on Women (PCW)

University of the Philippines Center for Women’s Studies (UP CWS) spearheads Kasarian, Kwenta at Kwento: Workshop on Gender and Development Planning, Budgeting and Reporting in UP, on 21-23 January at UP Diliman. Budget officers and coordinators of gender offices/committees from the CUs and the Philippine General Hospital participate.

Prof. Judy M. Taguiwalo, UP CWS Director with some of the participants
Prof. Judy M. Taguiwalo, UP CWS Director with some of the participants

On its first day, Mary Gladys Esquibal and Vicky Atanacio from the Gender Mainstreaming and Monitoring System (GMMS) Team of Information Resource Management Division (IRMD) of Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) conducted GMMS users orientation for the participants. PCW website defined GMMS as “an online system for automating the GAD plan and budget (GPB) and GAD accomplishment report (GAD AR) submission of the agencies, GOCCs, SUCs and other government instrumentalities”.

On the second day of the event, Prof. Noreen P. Escultura, Assistant Vice President for Planning and Finance, presented the overview of UP’s Planning and Budgeting System. A representative from Commission on Audit (COA) shared inputs on Guidelines, Process and Findings, that particularized on UP system. Lastly, Ms. Gichelle Cruz of the PCW Gender Resource Pool Member discussed the revised guidelines on GAD planning and budgeting.

Prof. Noreen Escultura, Assistant Vice President for Planning and Finance
Prof. Noreen Escultura, Assistant Vice President for Planning and Finance


After the inputs from the resource speakers, participants underwent workshop on the current process of GAD Planning and Budgeting in the CUs vis-a-vis PCW Guidelines and UP System Existing Process. 

On the workshop’s third day, the participants are expected to finalize 2015 GAD Plan and Budget and 2016 GAD Plan and Budget.