Who are we

Babaylanes, Inc. is a non-profit organization mandated to capacitate Filipino LGBT youth, provide human rights education, and organize campaigns and advocacy events. It is the alumni organization of the trailblazing, pioneering student LGBTQI organization from the University of the Philippines, UP Babaylan.

Officially established in 2008, it envisions a society free from discrimination and homophobia where LGBT individuals can enjoy their rights and attain their fullest potentials in the spirit of equality, justice, and equity.

Its mission is to work for the strengthening and consolidation of LGBT communities towards achieving the collectivization of efforts against discrimination and homophobia and advocate for LGBT rights and welfare.

Babaylanes is the convener of the National LGBT Students Network, providing a venue for LGBT students from various schools to discuss the LGBT situations specific to their schools and to be able to develop modalities of cooperation between and among LGBT students from various schools.

Babaylanes, Inc. goal is to serve as an LGBTQI resource center by:

(1) developing SOGIESC-focused research and LGBTQI-responsive policies;

(2) providing expertise in LGBTQI issues and human rights education; and,

(3) organizing networks for advocacy and campaigns.

Babaylanes also serves as the secretary-general of Lagablab LGBT Network, a broad alliance of LGBTQI organizations in the Philippines, seeking to promote the rights of the LGBTQI Filipinos through policies and legislation.

Board of Trustees

Edwin Salonga


Atty. Claire De Leon
Atty. Randolf Castillo
Atty. Jui Arzadon
Joel Acebuche
Meggan Evangelista
Pat Bringas
Rod Singh
Mico Chopitea

Board Members

Our Team

Jap Ignacio

Executive Director

Bryon Senga

Senior Programs Officer

Angel Aquino
Sai Pambid
Jamie Berara

Programs Officer

Alex Nicole Dantes
Keiko Carasig

Program Assistants