• Harvesting Outcomes in Baguio

    Harvesting Outcomes in Baguio

    Nice to meet you, Ka-VOICE! Babaylanes, along with other Empowerment and Influencing grantees, met with VOICE at Baguio City last February 21-24, 2023, for the Outcome Harvesting workshop and Partners’ Circle. The bulk of the event was dedicated to learning about the Outcome Harvesting (OH) process and its specific application…

  • Babaylanes Equality Fellowship Graduation Rites

    Babaylanes Equality Fellowship Graduation Rites

    Congratulations Babaylanes Equality Fellows! The pioneering batch of the BEF program has now graduated. Last January 20-21, 2023, the BEF fellows met at the B Hotel Quezon City to attend culminating activities of the fellowship. On their first day, they underwent their last evaluation session to talk about their personal…

  • Fellows’ Corner: Filipinos Have a Right to Inclusive and SGM-Sensitive Healthcare — A BEF Project

    Fellows’ Corner: Filipinos Have a Right to Inclusive and SGM-Sensitive Healthcare — A BEF Project

    Written by: Ysabela Calderon The devolution of the Philippine Healthcare system in 1991 completely shifted the delivery of care for Filipinos. In the current system, the management of healthcare units has been transferred from the national level to the local, provincial, city, and municipal levels. While this gives power to…

  • Fellows’ Corner: The BEF Experience

    Fellows’ Corner: The BEF Experience

    Written by: Altan Bermejo My experience as Fellow under the Babaylanes Equality Fellowship had influenced, taught, and exposed me to various possibilities in the LGBTQIA+ advocacy and activism. Since this fellowship aimed to capacitate graduating and alumni student-leaders, it was an honor and stroke of good fortune being part of…

  • Fellows’ Corner: BEF JOURNEY — The Individual, The Collective, and The Movement

    Fellows’ Corner: BEF JOURNEY — The Individual, The Collective, and The Movement

    Written by: Red Raz, Yami Torres, and Darell Bautista How do we describe the experience of an unexpected opportunity that we always knew we needed, but we thought would not exist? Writing about the Babaylanes Equality Fellowship (BEF) proves to be more challenging than getting into the program quite honestly.…

  • Maadong Pag Abot Dili sa Odiongan! Babaylanes Goes to Romblon

    Maadong Pag Abot Dili sa Odiongan! (Welcome to Odiongan!) Romblon Pride and the Odiongan LGU warmly received the Babaylanes team in the municipality of Odiongan, Romblon last October 14, 2022. This partnership became possible because of the Odionganons desire to have a more equal and inclusive municipality. Thus, Babaylanes conducted…

  • Empowering the Queer Mariveleños: Babaylanes Goes to Bataan

    Rebuilding and developing emerging provincial LGBTQI organizations are one of the many goals that Building Rainbow Communities (BRC) aims to do for its campaigns. Organizations with great potential to promote and advance the various LGBTQI advocacies from the Philippines are trained to further their contribution to the growth of the…

  • Wrapping Up: Hangouts with BEF Fellows

    That’s a wrap! The Hangouts with our BEF Fellows are officially over. Last July, the Hangout session 3 was used to talk about the initial batch project ideas of our fellows. Here, our Executive Director Jap Ignacio answered the fellows’ concerns about their incoming batch project implementation. The Babaylanes staff…

  • BEF Catch-Up: Community Organizing and Lobbying

    The BEF Discourse & Discussion (D&D) sessions 7 and 8 are now done. This marks the end of the D&D sessions for the BEF 2022 curriculum. Last July, the BEF D&D on Community Organizing was conducted with Maroz Ramos from GALANG Philippines. Our Mentor discussed GALANG’s experiences and tips in…

  • Dayon Kam sa Catarman! Babaylanes Goes to Northern Samar

    Dayon Kam sa Catarman! (Welcome to Catarman!) Babaylanes went to Catarman, Northern Samar to visit Glamourosa and hold an organizational development workshop last July 18-20, 2022. This 3-day workshop is the roll-out of the second module for the Building Rainbow Communities project. On the first day, we had an introductory…