• 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…

  • F2BM LPC Hosts StratComms Design & Consultation Workshop for CoA Member Organizations

    F2BM LPC Hosts StratComms Design & Consultation Workshop for CoA Member Organizations

    On 18-21 January 2023, the Legal Policy Change (LPC) Cluster of the Free to Be Me hosted the Strategic Communications Design and Consultation Workshop for the member organizations of the Communities of Action (CoA) at the B Hotel Quezon City.  Highlights of the workshop included a presentation on the history…

  • 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.…

  • Babaylanes attends the 9th ILGA Asia Conference

    Babaylanes attends the 9th ILGA Asia Conference

    Babaylanes, through the Free to Be Me Communities of Action, participated in the 9th ILGA Asia Conference last 28 November to 02 December 2022 held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. With the theme “Our Trials, Our Triumphs, and the Future We Demand”, various LGBTQI organizations and allies from Asia…

  • Babaylanes attends (IM)PART Partners Meeting and DEI Conference in Thailand

    Babaylanes attends (IM)PART Partners Meeting and DEI Conference in Thailand

    From November 21 to 22, Babaylanes took part in the (IM)PART Partners Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. During the event, Babaylanes talked about the LGBTQI situation in the Philippines and provided updates on the organization, as well as the DEI project that was implemented from November 2021 to October 2022 wherein…

  • A Commitment to Equality: Babaylanes Goes to Olongapo City

    Babaylanes, led by its Former President Mader Perci Vilar Cendana, facilitated a SOGIESC Forum & Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Consultation for the City of Olongapo last 29 November 2022 at the Subic Bay Travelers Hotel. In attendance are members of the Gay Association and People’s Organization (GAPO). During her Keynote Message, Councilor…

  • Babaylanes Attends F2BM Kick Off at Legazpi, Albay

    To formally commence the Communities of Actions (CoA) Project for 2023, Gayon Inc. gathered the CoA Members of Free to Be Me for a kick-off event at Legazpi City, Albay last November 14-15, 2022. As one of the three implementing partners of Free to Be Me, Gayon Inc. presided over…