“The inclusion of Puerto Princesa in the Gay Pride celebration is also a way of showing support to the much awaited passage of SOGIE Law (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression bill) that is pending now in the senate of the Philippines.” – Calvin June Sintoy, Project 4H, Executive Director
(Puerto Princesa) For the first time ever, the City in a Forest celebrated with the world the Gay Pride Day last June 30. It started from Fernandez Street and ended at the Mendoza Park in Puerto Princesa. It was a historical event in the city, especially among the members of the local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community of Palawan.
Over 200 LGBT members paraded in mardi gras costumes accompanied by a rainbow float presenting the senior members of the community. After the parade, a program followed at the Mendoza Amphitheater where the grand showcase of costumes and talent showdown took place.
Project H4, a community base non-government organization that aims to educate the locals about HIV, AIDS and STI spearheaded the celebration, along with Faviola Gabo of FD Dream Team productions. The event also included giving special citations to outstanding members of LGBTQ who supported and gave invaluable contribution to the community. Some of the local gay icons who were awarded were Jojie Locsin, Emmanuel Jagmis, Ela Desabayla, Jimmy Puno, Dennis Abacial and many more.
Angelica Hail won the best in mardi gras costume out of 14 contenders, while Mckinley Bucala got the Pride Got Talent award for her soulful performance of “Ave Maria” song.
Calvin June Sintoy, Executive Director of Project H4 said that this monumental event for Puerto Princesa is a collaboration effort along with the City Government, Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc, Philippine NGO Council on Population Health and Welfare, San Miguel Beer, Sitel Philippines, Beauty Look by Miss K and JA Media Production.
Gay Pride Month celebration according to library of congress is scheduled every month of June, in commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan that served as the tipping point for the gay liberation movement in the world.
Other participants of the event were Bahaghari Society, Roots of Health, TMT Voys, Bagong Silang LGBT Community, local beauty titlist and many more.