Our Mission. Our Vision

OUR MISSION is to protect and promote human rights and access to justice of LGBTs. To raise awareness and sensitize Philippine society about LGBT issues and concerns. To address health issues and concerns of LGBTs. To initiate economic and social support projects for LGBTs, especially those marginalized. OUR SOCIETAL VISION is a society free from gender and sexuality-based oppression, prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping. OUR ORGANIZATIONAL VISION, Ladlad Partylist is an inclusive, sustainable, and responsive national LGBT organization that endeavors to consolidate, empower, strengthen and represent the LGBT community.

Friday, November 23, 2012

QC HOLDS 1st LGBT SUMMIT

To raise awareness on the basic rights of LGBT Filipinos, Ladlad conducted the first LGBT Summit in Quezon City, spearheaded by Barangay Payatas. “Let’s wake up everyone and make a difference,” said Ladlad first Congressional nominee Bemz Benedito.


In its effort to raise awareness on the basic rights of every lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Filipinos, Ladlad Partylist conducted the first LGBT summit in Quezon City, spearheaded by Barangay Payatas.
Ladlad, the first and only political organization for LGBTs in the Philippines, lauded the leaders in Brgy. Payatas for calling the shots in initiating the LGBT summit.
“Let’s wake up everyone and make a difference,” said Ladlad first Congressional nominee, Bemz Benedito, who stressed that “nobody wants to live in a world confronted with the daily struggles of rejection and discrimination. Moreover, the absence of their basic human rights eliminates the essence of LGBTs in society. This is the very reason why we have to be visible and give talks to our LGBT brothers and sisters. We have to empower and enlighten our sector on their rights and their sexual orientation and gender identity issues.”
On the other hand, Brgy. Payatas Chairwoman Rosario Dadulo expressed her gratification to Barangays Silangan, Commonwealth, Batasan, Holy Spirit and Payatas for heeding the call to attend the first summit and uplift LGBT lives in their community. She encouraged for the participants to “start spreading your wings and be proud of who and what you are. Now, you know your rights, use it but don’t abuse it. Be a productive citizen in your community.”
More LGBT summits are scheduled in the next days all over the country.
Ladlad will run as partylist in the 2013 midterm elections.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

CEBU CITY ANTI-DISCRIMINATION ORDINACE



Councilor Alvin Dizon's sponsorship speech for the passage of the Cebu City Anti-Discriminatory Ordinance: 


My distinguished colleagues of the Cebu City council, guests, friends, good morning!

Two days ago, we have witnessed a historic milestone which marks an initial victory to an elusive dream for peace in the Southern Philippines. It has been a long and painful journey but it’s worth the wait and finally, we can see the sunshine of hope and peace shining for our Muslim brothers and sisters.

The Bangsamoro struggle warrants a reflection on the fundamental rights to equality and human dignity. It teaches us that coexistence within the framework of peace, tolerance and human rights are not only possible but also achievable.

This very same framework is at the heart of this proposed legislative measure that this humble representation together with my co-proponents desire for this August Body to consider as an expression of our firm commitment to the universality of human dignity and respect for human rights.

The proponents of the Anti-Discrimination Ordinance, namely, Councilors Margot Osmena, Nida Cabrera, Lea Japson, Augustus Pe Jr. and John Phillip Po and I, firmly believe that it is high time that we institutionalize an anti-discrimination policy in Cebu City to concretize our commitment and actions for the promotion and protection of basic human rights as provided for in our Constitution.

More importantly, we believe that it is incumbent upon us to nurture a culture of respect and make inclusion and acceptance real in our city.

Discrimination is an existing and serious concern in our society. In our consultations and dialogues with various sectors such as the LGBT community, persons with disability, senior citizens, youth and students, and the Muslim community in Cebu, we have come to know the wide extent and seriousness of the problem.

In Cebu City, a Muslim woman was denied entry into a bank for wearing a hijab. A HIV-positive person was denied treatment, at the last minute, by a physician upon knowing of his real condition. A person who previously had leprosy but medically declared free from the disease could still not find any work because the scars discourage or perhaps frighten prospective employers. Some business establishments, on the other hand, require women applicants to take pregnancy tests as part of their screening process. Gays, lesbians and transgenders find it difficult which comfort room to use where they will not be sneered at.

The Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP), a national organization of psychologists in the country revealed that discrimination is harmful to mental health and public good.

This ordinance, if approve, will give us our rightful place in history. This generation and the generations to come will remember us for championing the cause of human dignity, respect and tolerance. Let this 12th Sangguniang Panglungsod of the City of Cebu be known for its strong commitment to the principles of equality and human rights for all, without discrimination.

Let our City, not only be known as a “City of Culture,” but a City where respect for diversity becomes the prevailing culture. And finally, this proposed legislation hopes to build a healthier, more peaceful, and more inclusive City.

Members of this August Body, in behalf of my co-proponents, may I now respectfully move for the approval of this ordinance.

Note: Today, the City Council unanimously passed the ORDINANCE PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION IN THE CITY OF CEBU ON THE BASIS OF DISABILITY, AGE, HEALTH STATUS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY, ETHNICITY AND RELIGION

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

YES, THE MISS UNIVERSE



The 1974 Miss Universe Pageant winners. From left, Miss Aruba Maureen Ava Vieira (fourth runner-up); Miss Wales Helen Elizabeth Morgan (first runner-up); Miss Spain and the 1974 Miss Universe Winner Amparo Munoz; Miss Finland Johanna Raunio (second runner-up), and Miss Colombia Ella Cecilia Escandon (third runner-up). Photo source: http://beautycontests.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-best-1st-runner-up-miss-universe-35_25.html

(InterAksyon.com Lifestyle Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt of a forthcoming novel titled ‘Wings of Desire’ by multi-awarded poet and novelist Danton Remoto.)

The Bank for International Reconstruction and Development (BIRD) based in Washington, D.C., held their XXth Annual Meeting in Manila.

“This historical event,” crowed the President that night on all the TV stations (which again zapped Wonder Woman off the screen, she who pilots an invisible plane) “proves that the bankers of the world agree that we have indeed marshaled our resources very well and turned our history of defeat into a future of hope.”

From that point, a flurry of questions had to be answered. How to house the world’s bankers in the luxury they had been accustomed to? Faster than Harry Houdini, the money from the Development and Aid Package of BIRD was diverted to the construction of seven new five-star hotels.

And so the commuters and office workers from Manila to Makati had to suffer monstrous traffic jams as one hotel rose after another by the bayside. One wag compounded the nightmare by suggesting that brick walls be erected between the city and the bay. The people protested that it would deprive them of a view of Manila’s magnificent sunset. Others grumbled that the government only wanted to hide the people living in the slums, who had begun to build their shanties of tin roof and cardboard, by the seawall. The truly wicked said no, the government only wanted to raise more revenue by charging PhP 100 for anybody who wanted to see the sunset flaming barbarously beyond the wall.

Both hotels and fences were finished, in the nick of time, along with a sprawling international convention center that could rival anything found in Japan. But what about the bankers’ cars? Seven hundred late-model Benzes were imported, and the citizens of Manila were treated to the sight of Benzes gliding by, absorbing the shocks from the potholes and the uneven paving of the roads, their windows tinted against the harsh tropical sun.

After the bankers, the beauty contest.

Margarita Mon Amor was chosen Miss Philippines the previous year. Many people thought the judges should have chosen somebody fairer, with a more aquiline nose, to represent the country in the Miss Universe contest held in Athens. They said Margarita won only because she graduated summa cum laude from an exclusive girls’ school and had a grandfather who was a Justice in the Supreme Court.

But Margarita—with her wide forehead, her big and intelligent eyes, her full, sensuous lips—won in Athens. Even before the coronation night, the Greek press was already gushing about the “honey-skinned beauty from the Philippines who walked regally like a queen.” “Like Helen,” another paper gushed, “who could launch a thousand wars, er, ships.” And so on coronation night itself, Margarita Mon Amor went to the Parthenon in a simple silk gown the color of mother-of-pearl shell, her blue-black hair in a bun. She played a haunting kundiman on the bamboo nose flute before the stunned audience, and went through the rigmarole of the Q & A.

Bob Barker: “Miss Philippines, what is the square root of 11,250 divided by 40 and then multiplied by 99?

Margarita Mon Amor: “How much time do I have?”

And now she was here, walking on the stage of the Folk Arts Theater, while the wind from the sea fanned the audience crowded in the First Lady’s latest project. Manila being Manila—this mad, maternal city of our myths and memories—everybody was jumping at the prospect of the city hosting Miss Universe that year. The machos were especially ecstatic, as day by day the tabloids splashed photos of their favorite candidates in their skimpiest bathing suits, getting their lovely tan from the Philippine sun.

So on this night of nights, the candidates flounced onstage, speaking in various tongues, a babel of greetings that were beamed worldwide. Miss Brazil came in a dress whose colors could make the parakeets in her country blush. Miss United States of America came from Texas and wore the tightest cowgirl jeans Manila had ever seen. Miss Philippines was Guadalajara de Abanico, a mestiza who had the habit of turning her finely-chiseled nose up at every social function and who, Manila’s reporters’ complained, always arrived late. “I’m sure there’s a friar somewhere in the family line,” snapped Istariray X., mother hen of Manila’s society columnists, in her bitchy column called W.O.W. (“Woman of the World”).

The favorites of the Manila press included Miss Wales, Helen Morgan, because she had pendulous breasts; Miss Spain, Amparo Muñoz, the 20-year-old señorita from Barcelona who looked like the Blessed Virgin Mary; and Miss Finland, Johanna Raunio, because she looked like the girl in the Bear Brand milk commercial. The country exploded with joy when the three were called as finalists, along with Miss Aruba, Maureen Ava Viera, whom the Manila press called “Black Beauty” even if she were brown, and the señorita from Colombia, Ella Cecilia Escandon, who had the face of an angel.

The judges, please:

1) Gloria Diaz who won the Miss Universe in 1969, just when the Americans were landing on the moon. Like Margarita Mon Amor, she was not your typical Filipina beauty queen, for she was short, brown, sassy, and smart. After she won, she was asked if she had a message for the three American astronauts. She said: “The United States has conquered the moon, but the Philippines has conquered the universe.”

2) Zenaida Carajo, who smiled through her tenth face-lifting and had difficulty walking, because on her neck, arms and fingers glittered the country’s second-heaviest diamonds (after the First Lady’s). She also wore makeup so thick that people called her Kabuki Lady behind her back. Or even espasol, the rice dessert from the south smothered in layers of flour.

3) Joseph Carajo, Baby’s cousin, who taxed the country’s seven million farmers with a levy ostensibly to fund the planting of mahogany trees to produce “modern antique furniture,” but the funds have allegedly been siphoned off to places as far as the Netherlands Antilles.

4) Richard Head, the American Ambassador, called Dick Head by two camps: the grim-and-determined Marxists and the applicants denied visas by His Honor’s consuls.

5) Bernardo Tulingan, who called himself the country’s finest painter, with his grotesqueries hanging like chopping boards in Manila’s seafood restaurants.

6) Zosimo Zaymo, a successful talent manager famous for pimping his female models in Brunei and fondling the male ones before hidden cameras.

7) The young Emmanuel, bright and beady-eyed, opinion columnist par excellence, thinking how soon he could bed as many contestants as possible, especially those Latinas.

9) Mother China, the country’s number-one movie producer, who loved to have zombies in her movies.

10) And of course, the First Lady herself, the Chair of the Board of Judges, Her Majesty Infinitely Brighter than the Blaze of Ten Thousand Suns.

One by one the winners were called, to thunderous applause: Miss Aruba, third runner-up; Miss Colombia, second runner-up; and Miss Finland, first runner-up. And then, only Miss Wales and Spain were left. Both held hands and braced themselves for the announcement, their eyes closed, chins quivering.

Between Big Boobs and the Blessed Virgin Mary, of course the latter would win in this Catholic country. After she was called as the newest Miss Universe, Amparo Muñoz gave the crowd a beatific smile, tears running down her face, ruining her makeup. But never mind, for here was Margarita Mon Amor, gliding on the stage, relinquishing cape, crown and scepter, and then the señorita walked around the stage, the flashbulbs popping forever.

Miss Universe would constantly visit Manila as part of the First Lady’s entourage of royalty and celebs, who would be flown to the city to inaugurate a massive new building (part of what critics called the First Lady’s Edifice Complex), or just have a party aboard the presidential yacht RPS Ang Pangulo on Manila Bay. Later, Amparo Muñoz would star in porn movies in her country, precious copies of which were smuggled into Manila and shown at the parties of the rich and the brain-dead, for they married within the family to keep their fabulous, feudal wealth intact.

Helen Morgan would bare her humongous breasts in a Filipino movie called Nagalit ang Umaga Dahil sa Sobrang Haba ng Gabi (The Morning Got Mad Because the Night was Too Long), then returned to her cold, gray island after the movie flopped.

Johanna Raunio joined the Miss International contest in Tokyo and won. Ella Cecilia Escandon became a writer of Latin American telenovelas, the most popular of which –Mari Mar, Ay! – was shown in an obscure Philippine station, promptly became number one, and wiped the smug grins off the faces of the smart suits running the number-one network. And Maureen Ava Viera married a wealthy Filipino, divorced him, then returned to the Caribbean, to run as governor of Aruba. She won.
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News Item: A Surprise for Miss Nicaragua

During the Parade of Beauties of the Miss Universe contestants on Roxas Boulevard, one man jumped aboard the float of Miss Nicaragua, Mildred de Ortega, and hugged her. Filipino security agents, quick as ever, were already dragging the man away “for routine investigation,” when the Miss Universe contestant, who was then already in tears, said, “No, no, please, por favor.”

It turned out the man, who was a mestizo, was the brother of Miss Nicaragua. Danilo de Ortega had been in exile for five years. “I was glad to know that my sister had been chosen Miss Nicaragua. I flew from L.A. just to see her. I miss her and my family.”

Why did Danilo flee his country?

Perhaps it must have been the series of terrible earthquakes, forcing Danilo to emigrate from his beautiful and peaceful country, opined the columnist Juan Tabaco, a highly-paid columnist and a friend of the President.  One night at a party in the tony Forbes Park, a member of the Opposition—with much help from Johnny Walker Black – stood before Señor Tabaco and began to sing, “How Much is that Puppy in the Window, arf arf.” And the eyes of Señor Tabaco—who used to write angry, social-realist novels before the dictatorship co-opted him – began to fill with bitter tears.

But when he was interviewed and asked why he left his lovely tropical country, Danilo Ortega simply said, “I cannot stand the military dictatorship in my country.”

His statement, of course, was not reported by Philippine media.
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This, of course, is a fictional rewriting of the 1974 Miss Universe in Manila under the Marcos regime. Comments can be sent to drremoto@news5.com.ph

Friday, September 21, 2012

LADLAD: NINE YEARS OF FIGHTING FOR LGBT RIGHTS

 by Patrick King Pascual
 http://outragemag.com

The only political party for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the Philippines, Ladlad is celebrating its 9th anniversary. With a lot of work still to be done to promote equal rights for all, it is eyeing winning seats in Congress as the 2013 elections near.
 


Ladlad partylist celebrates its 9th year this month.

Ladlad, formerly known as Ang Ladlad, is the first and only political party looking out for the welfare of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the Philippines.

The members of the organization include LGBT individuals and organizations, as well as allies (heterosexual supporters).

The Filipino translation of “ladlad” is to unfurl a cape used to cover one’s body as a shield. It means to come out of the closet, to assert one’s human rights as equal to that of other Filipinos. This definition has been, and is (still) the standpoint of the organization and its members; an apparent characteristic that may be witnessed in every activity and rally that the group participate in, the loud scream of courage and the large banner of hope they hold to fight for equal right rights a proof of sincerity.

In its nine years, Ladlad has proven that they are more than just an LGBT organization that only caters to the community’s petty issues, but it established itself as the stronghold of Filipino LGBTs who experience indifference, discrimination and hate in their everyday lives.

LGBTs run to Ladlad whenever they feel their rights are violated; when they are discriminated against and treated wrongly in the workplace or in schools; when they are attacked in public (while walking or in the MRT/LRT); when the police extort money from them; when they are shamed away in Makati clubs; and many others.

Such situations led Ladlad to attempt a bigger step and enter the world of politics.

Ladlad first attempted to run in the 2007 elections, but when it filed its accreditation as a partylist, it was denied by the COMELEC because it supposedly lacked regional members.

The organization once again filed for accreditation for the 2010 elections, and for the second time, the COMELEC denied it – this time on the basis of moral grounds, with a Commissioner labeling the LGBTs as “immoral”.  And in a statement released by the COMELEC, it was said that Ladlad, if accredited, will become a threat to the youth, and the Philippines being a Catholic country, it (Ladlad) will go against the religious teachings of the (dominant Catholic) church.

However, in January 2010, the Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order, allowing Ladlad to participate in the elections. And in April 2010, Ladlad was allowed by the Supreme court to join the elections. The party received almost 130,000 votes, but it was not enough to win a seat in Congress. Looking closely at how Ladlad performed in the last elections, however, considering it only had barely a month to campaign, the number of votes received was still impressive.

With more than a year before the 2013 elections, the first and only LGBT partylist is already gearing up for the elections.

One of the highlights of Ladlad’s preparation for the 2013 elections was the election of a new set of officers and Congressional nominees who will represent the LGBT Filipinos in Congress next year, they are:

Bemz Benedito, a transgender woman from Abra, who has been an LGBT rights advocate for nine years and a master’s degree holder in Sociology at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Danton Remoto, Ladlad founder.

Atty. Germaine Leonin, a lesbian and founding president of Rainbow Rights Project.

Atty. Raymond Alikpala, a gay man who was in the closet for almost four decades, and a book author.

Pidot Villocino, a gay man who works for the Integrated Gender and Development Division of Davao City.

Ladlad partylist have the following platforms that they will pursue and focus on when they win a seat in Congress:
  1. Re-filing of the Anti-Discrimination Bill, which gives LGBT Filipinos equal opportunities in employment and equal treatment in schools, hospitals, restaurants, hotels, entertainment centers, and government offices.
  2. Re-filing of the bill to repeal the Anti-Vagrancy Law that some unscrupulous policemen use to extort bribes from gay men without ID cards.
  3. Setting up of micro-finance and livelihood projects for poor and differently-abled LGBT Filipinos.
  4. Setting up of centers for mature-aged gays, as well as young ones driven out of their homes. The centers will also offer legal aid and counseling, as well as information about LGBT issues, HIV and AIDS, and reproductive health.
“Ladlad’s plan this coming election is to be more inclusive in our campaigns. We have to explain our platforms, mission and vision not just to LGBT Filipinos, but to our heterosexual supporters as well, like our parents, brothers and sisters, friends, officemates, neighbors and classmates,” Benedito explained.

The number of votes that Ladlad received last elections came not just from LGBT Filipinos but from heterosexuals who believed and supported the platforms that the group is campaigning for.
“I am optimistic that we will win three seats in the coming elections. That is our goal and we will claim it,” Benedito said.

Ladlad is currently engaged in several activities: forums, meetings with government agencies and politicians, FGDs in offices and universities, and partnerships with different organizations to strengthen ties and to establish constant presence in the LGBT community and the entire Philippines. Hopefully, this time around, the efforts will help give it enough votes to win seats in the 2013 elections.

Friday, September 14, 2012

JANUARY - JULY 2012 LADLAD ACCOMPLISHMENT REPORT

We would like to report what we have accomplished from January to July 2012.

Thank you.

    INTERNAL MEETINGS:

13 January 2012 - Execom meeting; Ladlad Headquarters, Pasig City
Present were Ms. Bemz Benedito, Prof. Danton Remoto, Ms. Ivanka Custodio, Ms. Ira Briones, Mr. Gabe Pavico, Ms. Mj Yap, Ms. Santy Layno, Mr. Dexter Macaldo, Mr. Edmond Osorio,  Rev. Ceejay Agbayani, and Mr. Jay Espinosa

16 February 2012 - Ladlad EXECOM meeting; Sir Boy’s Food Republique, Quezon City
Present were Mr. Boy Abunda, Prof. Danton Remoto, Ms. Bemz Benedito, Atty. Raymond Alikpala, Mr. Cris Lopera, Ms. Malu Marin, Mr. Jeff Lacaba, Mr. Gabe Pavico, Ms. Ira Briones, Ms. Mae Hernandez, Mr. Dexter Macaldo, Mr. Edmond Osorio, Atty. Virginia Viray, Atty. Germaine Leonin, Rev. Ceejay Agbayani, and Mr. Jay Espinosa

29 February 2012 - Ladlad Board of Trustees’ Oath-taking and Election / Appointment of Officers; Ladlad Headquarters, Pasig City
Present were Ms. Bemz Benedito, Prof. Danton Remoto, Mr. Edmond Osorio, Mr. Dexter Macaldo, Ms. Santy Layno, Ms. Ivanka Custodio, and Rev. Ceejay Agbayani

06 March 2012 - Meeting regarding Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights March planning; Treehouse, Quezon City
Present were Ms. Bemz Benedito, Prof. Danton Remoto, Mr. Dexter Macaldo, Mr. Marlon Lacsamana, Mr. Reighben Labilles, and Ms. Ira Briones

15 March 2012 - 1st National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting; Ladlad Headquarters, Pasig City
Present were Ms. Bemz Benedito, Prof. Danton Remoto, Mr. Edmond         Osorio, Mr. Dexter Macaldo, Ms. Ivy Hapitan, Atty. Raymond Alikpala, Mr. Raffy Aquino, and Ms. Santy Layno

29 March 2012 - 2nd National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting; Ladlad Headquarters, Pasig City.
Present were Ms. Bemz Benedito, Prof. Danton Remoto, Mr. Dexter Macaldo, Ms. Ivanka Custodio, Ms. Ivy Hapitan, Mr. Gabe Pavico, Ms. Santy Layno, and Atty. Raymond Alikpala

27 May 2012 - Meeting on Comelec requirements for the filing of manifestation of intent to participate in the 2013 elections; Jay-Jay’s Restaurant, Quezon City
Present were: Prof. Danton Remoto, Ms. Bemz Benedito, and Mr. Dexter Macaldo

31 May 2012 - 3rd National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting at Ladlad Headquarters, Pasig City
Present were Ms. Bemz Benedito, Prof. Danton Remoto, Mr. Dexter Macaldo, Atty. Raymond Alikpala, and Ms. Ivy Hapitan

01 July 2012 - 4th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting; Ladlad Headquarters, Pasig City
Present were Ms. Bemz Benedito, Prof. Danton Remoto, Mr. Edmond Osorio, Mr. Dexter Macaldo, Ms. Ivy Hapitan, Atty. Raymond Alikpala, Mr. Raffy Aquino, Ms. Ivanka Custodio, and Ms. Santy

Layno.

12 July 2012 - 5th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting; Ladlad Headquarters, Pasig City.
Present were Ms. Bemz Benedito, Prof. Danton Remoto, Mr. Edmond Osorio, Mr. Dexter Macaldo, Ms. Santy Layno, Ms. Ivy Hapitan, Ms. Ivanka Custodio, and Atty. Raymond Alikpala


   EXTERNAL MEETINGS:

14 January 2012 - Meeting on Philippine longest rainbow flag project of Rev. Ceejay Agbayani; Metropolitan Community Church Chapel, Quezon City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito and Mr. Dexter Macaldo

21 January 2012 - Task Force Pride General Assembly; Metropolitan Community Church Quezon City Chapel, Quezon City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito and Mr. Dexter Macaldo

21 January 2012 - Ladlad Membership Committee Meeting; Kozui Bar, Quezon City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito and Mr. Dexter Macaldo  

23 January 2012 - Meeting with Atty. Virginia Viray regarding Ladlad COMELEC rules; Starbucks, Shangri-la Mall, EDSA.
Represented by Mr. Edmond Osorio

11 February 2012 - Meeting with Ladlad COMELEC in preparation to the 2012 National Convention of Ladlad Partylist; Starbucks, Greenbelt, Makati.
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito and Mr. Edmond Osorio

06 March 2012 - Meeting regarding the Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights March; Treehouse, Quezon City
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto, Ms. Bemz Benedito, Mr. Dexter Macaldo

21 March 2012 - Meeting with U.S. filmmakers Johnny Simons and Leo Chiang for their documentary film for Ladlad Partylist; Starbucks, Cubao, Quezon City.
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito & Mr. Dexter Macaldo

13 June 2012 - Lunch meeting with Senator Chiz Escudero regarding Senate Bill 3113, on the correction of clerical records of transgenders; Mario’s Restaurant, Tomas Morato, Quezon City
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto, Ms. Bemz Benedito, Ms. Rica        Paras, and Mr. Dexter Macaldo

16 July 2012 - Meeting with the bookkeeper, Ms. Daisy Talla, regarding Ladlad’s SEC registration; Robinsons Galleria, Mandaluyong City.
Represented by Mr. Dexter Macaldo

16 July 2012 - Meeting with Atty. Gregorio Larrazabal and pick up the Comelec resolution at his law firm.
Represented by Mr. Dexter Macaldo

28 July 2012 - Task Force Pride meeting, Amnesty International Office, Quezon City
Represented by Mr. Dexter Macaldo


    MEDIA FORUM:

18 April 2012 - Fernandina Media Forum on “The acceptance of transgender women in the Miss Universe Pageant”; Club Filipino, Greenhills, San Juan City.
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito, with the assistance of Mr. Dexter Macaldo


    INTERVIEWS (TV, Radio, Print, Online and with Students):

05 January 2012 - Interviewed by Saksi and Unang Hirit of GMA NEWS regarding a gay son who suffered severe burns after his father scalded him with boiling water in Nueva Vizcaya
Represented by Atty. Germaine Leonin

06 January 2012 - Interviewed by Reel Time of GMA 7 on hate crimes focusing on LGBTs.
Represented by Atty. Germaine Leonin

10 January 2012 - Interviewed by State of the Nation (SONA) of GMA News TV and Saksi of GMA 7 on same-sex marriage; GMA Network, Quezon City
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto

11 January 2012 - Interviewed by 24 Oras of GMA 7 on same-sex marriage; GMA Network, Quezon City
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto

12 January 2012 - Interviewed by Unang Hirit of GMA 7 on Same-Sex Marriage; GMA Network, Quezon City
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto

12 January 2012 - interviewed by Ms. Kara David on News To Go, GMA News TV on same- sex marriage and other LGBT issues; GMA Network, Quezon City
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto

20 January 2012 - Interviewed in “Mismo” at DZMM hosted by Mr. Joebert Sucaldito for the promotion of Rainbow Run; ABS-CBN, Quezon City
Represented by Mr. Edmond Osorio & Mr. Dexter Macaldo

22 January 2012 - Interviewed in “Healing Galing” at Radyo Singko 92.3 News FM for the promotion of Rainbow Run; TV5, Quezon City
Represented by Mr. Edmond Osorio and Mr. Dexter Macaldo.

03 February 2012 - Interviewed by the Computer Science majors students of Ateneo de Manila University for their Political Science class on the struggles of Ladlad Partylist and LGBT Filipinos; Bo’s Coffee, Quezon City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

05 February 2012 - Interviewed by Reporter’s Notebook at GMA 7 on hate crimes and other LGBT issues; Eco Park, Quezon City.
Represented by Atty. Germaine Leonin

11 February 2012 - Interviewed by Assumption College students on hate crimes and  discrimination cases onLGBTs in the Philippines; Ladlad Headquarters, Pasig City
Represented by Atty. Raymond Alikpala

11 February 2012 - Phone-patched interview by Mr. Ernie Amascual of DYVL-Tacloban City on same-sex marriage.
Represented by Mr. Dexter Macaldo

13 February 2012 - Interviewed by “Tunay na Buhay” of GMA 7 on the story of Oliver “Valerie” San Diego who underwent ‘transition” from an effeminate gay man to a straight man; Ladlad Headquarters, Pasig City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

20 February 2012 - Interviewed by the students of St. Scholastica’s College on HIV/AIDS, Ladlad Headquaretrs, Pasig City.
Represented by Mr. Edmond Osorio

23 February 2012 - Interviewed by De La Salle University students on Ladlad’s advocacy, Ladlad Headquarters, Pasig City.
Represented by Mr. Edmond Osorio

28 February 2012 - Interviewed by Santa Isabel College students on Ladlad’s advocacy, Ladlad Headquarters, Pasig City
Represented by Mr. Edmond Osorio

29 February 2012 - Interviewed by “Journo” of TV5 on the journey of Ladlad Partylist.; Ladlad Headquarters, Pasig City
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto and Atty. Raymond Alikpala

29 February 2012 - Interviewed by Far Eastern University (FEU) Medical Technology students on transgenderism and LGBT issues; Ladlad Headquarters, Pasig City.
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

02 March 2012 - Interviewed by Mr. Howie Severino of GMA News 7 on the victory of Ms. Heart Dino, the first elected transgender chairperson of the University Student Council (USC) of UP Diliman
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

02 March 2012 - Interviewed by Ms. Ruth Cabal of GMA News TV for State of the Nation (SONA) and for Saksi on the victory of Ms. Heart Dino, the first elected transgender chairperson of the University Student Council (USC) of UP Diliman; Ladlad Headquarters
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

07 March 2012 - Interviewed by Mass Communications senior students of Trinity University of Asia on the struggles of Ladlad and the LGBT; Ladlad Headquarters.
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

08 March 2012 - Interviewed by “Brigada” on GMA News TV regarding  ban on gay performers in Puerto Galera; Ladlad Headquarters, Pasig City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

08 March 2012 - Interviewed for a thesis by Adamson University Students on the LGBT advocacy in the Philippines and the Anti- Discrimination Bill; Ladlad Headquarters, Pasig City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

09 March 2012 - Documentary shoot of St Scholastica’s College Mass Communications senior students on LGBT Filipinos and discrimination cases among LGBTs; St. Scholastica’s College - Mass Communications studio, Manila
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito and assisted by Mr. Dexter Macaldo

11 March 2012 - Interviewed by “Anggulo” and “Journo” of TV5 on the Anti-Discrimination Bill.
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto

19 March 2012 - Interviewed by “Talk to Harry” on Global News Network (GNN) on advocacy for LGBT rights
Represented by Atty. Raymond Alikpala

21 March 2012 - Interviewed by “May Tamang Balita” on GMA News TV on the alleged caning of Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino of a barangay watchman in Guadalupe, Makati; GMA Network Center.
Represented by Ms. Rica Paras

21 March 2012 - Invited as a “Bottomliner” during the guesting of Mr. Wanggo Gallaga in the award-winning talk show, “The Bottomline with Boy Abunda”; ABS-CBN, Quezon City.
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito. Assisted by Ms. Santy Layno and Mr. Dexter Macaldo

22 March 2012 - Interviewed by De La Salle University students on Ladlad advocacy; UP Café, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito. Assisted by Mr. Dexter Macaldo

26 March 2012 - Interviewed by U.S. filmmakers, Mr. Leo Chiang and Mr. Johnny Symons on their documentary about Ladlad Partylist
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto

27 March 2012 - Interviewed on Saksi of GMA 7 on Jenna Tackalova, a transgender candidate disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada pageant; Ladlad Headquarters, Pasig City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

29 March 2012 - Interviewed for Oneness to Wellness campaign by Yoga for Life about Ladlad Partylist; Ladlad Headquarters, Pasig City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

13 April 2012 - Interviewed by De La Salle Dasmarinas students on transgender issues related to Jenna Talackova in the Miss Universe Canada pageant; Ladlad Headquarters, Pasig City
Represented by Ms. Rica Paras

17 April 2012 - Interviewed by Ms. Ruth Abao- Espinosa of DZRH on transgender issues; Pasay City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

20 April 2012 - Interviewed by Radyo ng Bayan-Tuguegarao on the Miss Universe Canada transgender issue
Represented by Atty. Germaine Leonin

24 April 2012 - Interviewed by “Republika ni Erik Espina” on Global News Network (GNN) on the Miss Universe Canada transgender issue; GNN, Makati.
Represented by Atty. Raymond Alikpala

25 April 2012 - Guest, “The Bottomline with Boy Abunda” ABS-CBN, Quezon City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

30 April 2012 - Interviewed by Ms. Theresa Andrada on State of the Nation (SONA), GMA News TV on the Miss Universe Canada transgender issue; Ladlad headquarters, Pasig City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

01 May 2012 - Interviewed by Aksyon News on Miriam Quiambao’ anti-gay Remarks; TV5, Quezon City
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto

02 May 2012 - Interviewed by Pilipinas News of TV5 on Miriam Quiambao’s anti-gay remarks;  TV5, Quezon City
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto

02 May 2012 - Phone-patched interview by Mr. Ernie Amascual of DYVL Tacloban City on Miriam Quiambao’s anti-gay remarks
Represented by Atty. Raymond Alikpala

02 May 2012 - Interviewed by Mr. Aljo Bendijo on PTV4’s “Morning Show” on Miriam Quiambao’s anti-gay remarks
Represented by Atty. Raymond Alikpala

04 May 2012 - Interviewed on Journo of TV5 and Aksyon TV on Miriam Quiambao’s issue; TV5, Quezon City
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto

05 May 2012 - Interviewed by “The Buzz” of ABS-CBN on Miriam Quiambao’s anti-gay remarks
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

07 May 2012 - Interviewed in ‘De Kalibre” hosted by Atty Dong Puno, Alsyon TV on the party list system
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito and assisted by Mr. Dexter Macaldo

10 May 2012 - Interviewed by GMA News TV  on President Barack Obama’s support for same-sex marriage.
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto

13 May 2012 - Phone-patched interview on DWIZ ‘Siyasat” by Rey Langit on Miss Universe Canada transgender issue
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

16 May 2012 - Interviewed by GMA News TV  on Rep. Manny Pacquiao vs.LGBT
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto

16 May 2012 - Interviewed by Tiktik and Bandila  on Rep. Manny Pacquiao vs. LGBT issue; Ladlad Headquarters, Pasig City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

17 May 2012 - Phone-patched interview on “Unang Hirit”, GMA 7 on Rep. Manny Pacquiao anti-gay remarks
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

17 May 2012 - Interviewed by GMA News TV on “Gay Sagalas;” Ladlad Headquarters, Pasig City.
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

18 May 2012 - Interviewed on ‘Headstart” on ANC Channel hosted by Ms. Karen Davila on Rep. Manny Pacquiao’s issue.
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto and Ms. Bemz Benedito

20 May 2012 - Interviewed by Ms. Saleema Refran of GMA News on the Lady Gaga issue; Bed Malate Bar, Manila.
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

20 May 2012 - Interviewed by TV5 on the Miss Universe Canada transgender issue; Bed Bar, Malate, Manila.
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

22 May 2012 - Phone-patched interview by Mr. Glen Juego of DZBB on gays in the military
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

22 May 2012 - Live guesting on News To Go of GMA News TV on Rep. Manny Pacquiao and same-sex marriage issue; GMA Network Center, Quezon City.
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito. Assisted by Mr. Dexter Macaldo

22 May 2012 - Interviewed on “The Morning Show”  at PTV 4 hosted by Mr. Aljo Bendijo on the issue of same-sex marriage and filing of Ladlad papers in Comelec.
Represented by Atty. Raymond Alikpala

23 May 2012 - Interviewed on “Face to face” hosted by Ms. Amy Perez, TV 5; Broadway Centrum Studio, Quezon City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito. Assisted by Mr. Dexter Macaldo

25 May 2012 - Interviewed on “Punto Por Punto,” Umagang Kay Ganda, ABS-CBN on gays in the military issue hosted by Anthony Taberna; ABS- CBN, Quezon City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito. Assisted by Mr. Dexter Macaldo

25 May 2012 - Phone-patched interview by Radyo ng Bayan Davao on Marvel Comics
Represented by Atty. Germaine Leonin

04 June 2012 - Interviewed on 700 Club Asia on same-sex marriage; Bo’s Coffee, Quezon City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

06 June 2012 - Phone-patched interview on “Tsismis is my Business” DWVL, Tacloban City hosted by Madame Cheding and Mommy Ernie Amascual on gays in the military.
Represented by Atty. Raymond Alikpala

08 June 2012 - Interviewed by the Manila Bulletin 60 Minutes, Bo’s Coffee, Quezon City.
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito. Assisted by Mr. Dexter Macaldo

08 June 2012 - Interviewed by Pilipinas News, TV5 on the ICON incident; TV5, Quezon City
Represented by Professor Danton Remoto and Ms.  Santy Layno

12 June 2012 - Interviewed by GMA News TV on the ICON incident
Represented by Ms. Santy Layno

13 June 2012 - Interviewed by Mr. Arnold Clavio on  Unang Hirit, GMA 7 on the ICON issue
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto

13 June 2012 - Interviewed by DZRH on the ICON issue
Represented by Ms. Santy Layno

13 June 2012 - Phone-patched interview by Mr. Ernesto Amascual on DYVL, Tacloban City on same-sex marriage.
Represented by Atty. Raymond Alikpala

20 June 2012 - Phone-patched interview by Mr. Ernie Amascual on DYVL, Tacloban City on the ICON incident
Represented by Atty. Raymond Alikpala

03 July 2012 - Interviewed by Mr. Joseph Morong of  GMA News on Anderson Cooper, GMA Network Center, Quezon City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

03 July 2012 - Interviewed on “Best Men” GMA News TV on macho gays; GMA Network Center, Quezon City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

04 July 2012 - Interviewed by DZRH hosted by Ms. Ruth Abao on Home for the Golden Gays issue. Pasay City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito. Assisted by Mr. Dexter Macaldo.

11 July 2012 - Interviewed by Inquirer Online on Dolphy’s death
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

12 July 2012 - Interviewed by Aksyon TV5  on Dolphy’s death
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto

12 July 2012 - Interviewed on Radyo 5 on PMA gay cadets’ issue; TV5, Quezon City
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto

16 July 2012 - Interviewed by “Dokumentado” on PMA gay cadets’ on TV5; TV5, Quezon City
Represented by Ms. Rica Paras

18 July 2012 - Interviewed on “The Jon Santos Show” in Viva Channel, Cignal Cable TV; Viva Studios office,  Quezon City.
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito. Assisted by Ms. Santy Layno and Mr. Dexter Macaldo

18 July 2012 - Interviewed by Mr. Joniel Godino from Tangled and Strings website, Café Bo’s, Katipunan, QC.
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito. Assisted by Ms. Santy Layno and Mr. Dexter Macaldo

20 July 2012 - Interviewed by Rated K on same-sex marriage, Bo’s Coffee, Quezon City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito. Assisted by Mr. Dexter Macaldo


    CONFERENCES, SEMINARS & FORUMS:

18 February 2012 - Ladlad Partylist National Convention 2012 and election of nominees and Board of Trustees, University Hotel, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City.
Present were Mr. Boy Abunda, Ladlad Partylist Political Adviser; Ms. Nini Santos Borja, Adviser; Ladlad Founder, Prof. Danton Remoto; members of the Execom, coordinators from different regions, and members from different regions who are eligible to vote.

08 March 2012 -  Alan Turing plenary lecture on “Persecution Based on Sexual Orientation: Alan Turing and the LGBT Struggle for Equal Rights,” De La Salle University, Taft Manila.
Represented by Atty. Raymond Alikpala

22 June 2012 - LGBT Forum in celebration of the June Pride Month through the efforts of Bataan Coordinator, Mr. Alexis Datu, Polytechnic University of the Philippines campus in Mariveles, Bataan.
Represented by Atty. Raymond Alikpala

23 June 2012 - IBM LGBT Employees’ Forum on ‘Life in the Closet”, Richmonde Hotel.
Represented by Atty. Raymond Alikpala


    LECTURES, TALKS & MEMBERSHIP DRIVES:

07 January 2012 - Ladlad Vigan and Ladlad Laoag Membership Drives
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito with Ladlad Vigan, Abra and Laoag Coordinators

23 February 2012 - Lectured on LGBT Movement in the class of Atty Elaine Hernandez, University of the Philippines- Diliman, Quezon City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito with the assistance of Mr. Edmond Osorio and Mr. Dexter Macaldo

03 March 2012 - Focus Group Discussion and sampling with Ladlad members about Ladlad’s political culture done by students from De La Salle University, Santa Rosa, Laguna.
Represented by Mr. Edmond Osorio

08 Mach 2012 - Focus Group Discussion and sampling with Ladlad members about Ladlad’s political culture by students from De La Salle University; Ladlad Headquarters, Pasig City
Represented by Mr.Edmond Osorio and Ms. Ivanka Custodio

10 March 2012 - Focus Group Discussion and sampling with Ladlad members about Ladlad’s political culture by students from De La Salle University; Olongapo City
Represented by Mr. Edmond Osorio

22 March 2012 - Lecture on LGBT Filipinos and Politics in the Psychology class of Prof. Eric Julian Manalastas; University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito. Assisted by Mr. Dexter Macaldo

23 March 2012 - Meet and greet as well as a membership drive with the Gays Achievers Club (GAYAC); Punta Sta. Ana, Manila.
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito. Assisted by Mr. Dexter Macaldo

24 March 2012 - Focus Group Discussion on Ladlad’s 2010 National Campaign by students from De La Salle University; Metropolitan Community Church Chapel, Quezon City.
Represented by Mr. Edmond Osorio, Rev. Ceejay Agbayani, and Mr. Dexter Macaldo

24 March 2012 - Focus Group Discussion with De La Salle Students on LGBT discrimination issues; Metropolitan Community Church Chapel, Quezon City.
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

24 March 2012 - Membership drive and discussion of LGBT issues withj Lakambini of Baseco, Tondo, Manila
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito. Assisted by Mr. Dexter Macaldo

26 March 2012 - Lecture Ladlad Partylist and the Anti-Discrimination Bill at De La Salle University Manila.
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito and Mr. Edmond Osorio

27 March 2012 - ‘Meet and Greet” with Ladlad Siniloan and membership drive; Siniloan, Laguna.
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito. Assisted by Mr. Dexter Macaldo.

17 May 2012 - Speaker at “Chevron Pride”. Chevron, RCBC Plaza, Makati City.
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto

01 June 2012 - 8th National Congress of the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines (SCAP), Cebu City
Present were Mr. Boy Abunda (moderator) and Ms. Bemz Benedito (guest)

29 June 2012 - Resource Speaker, NCPAGSG-USC on gender policies in schools and in the country, Palma Hall, U.P. Diliman
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto. Assisted by Ms. Bemz Benedito and Mr. Dexter Macaldo

    COURTESY VISITS & SPECIAL EVENTS:

17 January 2012 - Invited to Judge the search for Ms. Eco- Gay Lipa 2012; SM Lipa, Lipa City, Batangas.
Represented by Mr. Edmond Osorio and Mr. Dexter Macaldo

21 January 2012 - Rainbow Rights Project “Meet and Greet” Treehouse, Quezon City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito and Mr. Dexter Macaldo

29 January 2012 - Rainbow Run: A colorful run to the finish;  Venice Piazza, Mckinley Hill, Taguig City
Present were Ms. Bemz Benedito, Atty. Raymond Alikpala, Mr. Edmond Osorio, Mr. Dexter Macaldo

26 February 2012 - Metropolitan Community Church of Metro Baguio’s 3rd anniversary celebration, Baguio City.
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto, Ms. Bemz Benedito, Mr. Edmond Osorio and Dexter Macaldo.

05 March 2012 - Ms. Bemz Benedito was invited to judge the Miss Payatas 2012 and Prof. Danton Remoto as guest speaker on the occasion of Payatas 36th Founding Anniversary in Barangay Payatas, Quezon City.
With the assistance of Mr. Dexter Macaldo

16 April 2012 - Judge, Mr. Q 2012 search during the Queeriosity Palace’s 4th year Anniversary, Pasay City
Represented by Mr. Dexter Macaldo

21 April 2012 - Worldwide March for LGBT Civil Rights at the Quezon City Memorial Circle.
Represented by Atty. Raymond Alikpala, Ms. Ivanka Custodio and Mr. Dexter Macaldo

21 April 2012 - Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights March in Isabela
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito

22 April 2012 - Bahaghari’s “Dare to Care about Equality” photo shoot campaign; Sampaloc, Manila
Represented by Atty. Raymond Alikpala

24 April 2012 - Resource speaker, Miss ManaoaGAYnian Beauty Pageant; Manaoag, Pangasinan
Represented by Ms. Rica Paras

29 April 2012 - Bahaghari’s “Dare to Care about Equality” Photo shoot campaign; Manila.
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto, Ms. Bemz Benedito, Mr. Dexter Macaldo

04 May 2012 - “SaGAYlahan” in Marikina; Barangka, Marikina City          
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto, Ms. Bemz Benedito, Atty. Raymond Alikpala, Rev Ceejay Agabayani, Mr. Dexter Macaldo

12 May 2012 - Judge in the Miss Gay Pageant, Samsville, Antipolo City
Represented by Ms. Rica Paras and Mr. Dexter Macaldo

14 May 2012 - IDAHO rally in Congress, courtesy visit to Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan office and plenary appearance in Congress.
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito, Ms. Santy Layno, Rev. Ceejay Agbayani and Mr. Dexter Macaldo

17 May 2012 - Celebration of International Day Against Biphobia, Homophobia and Transphobia at the Commission on Human Rights.
Present were Ms. Ivanka Custodio as part of the organizing committee and Mr. Raffy Aquino

18 May 2012 - Ceremonial filing of Ladlad’s manifestation of intent to participate in the 2013 elections, Comelec, Manila.
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto, Ms. Bemz Benedito, Mr. Pidot Villocino, Rev. Ceejay Agbayani, and Mr. Dexter Macaldo

19 May 2012 - MCCQC Sagalahan 2012, Barangay Pinyahan, Quezon City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito as “Reyna Emperatriz” Also present were Prof. Danton Remoto, Ms. Santy Layno and Mr. Dexter Macaldo

20 May 2012 - “Dare to Care” launch, Bed Bar, Malate, Manila
Represented by Prof. Danton Remoto, Ms. Bemz Benedito, Atty. Raymond Alikpala, Rev. Ceejay Agabayani, Mr. Dexter Macaldo

22 May 2012 - Official visit to the office of Atty. Gregorio Larrazabal to discuss Ladlad papers for filing at the Comelec
Represented by Mr. Dexter Macaldo

23 May 2012 -  Attended the wake and paid our last respects to former Pasay City Councilor Justo C. Justo; Pasay City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito, Ms. Rica Paras and Mr. Dexter Macaldo

26 May 2012 - Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP) 10th year anniversary dinner, Tramway, Timog, Quezon City
Present were Ms. Bemz Benedito and Mr. Dexter Macaldo

27 May 2012 - Judge, Modelo search 2012, SM Taytay.
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito. Assisted by Mr, Dexter Macaldo

05 June 2012 - Lingkod Ladlad: Distribution of school supplies, Payatas Elem. School
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito. Assisted by Mr. Dexter Macaldo.

08 June 2012 - Judge, Elite Men’s Circle Model search, Starlites KTV, Cubao, QC.
Represented by Atty. Raymond Alikpala

11 June 2012 - Judge, Ms. Gay Marikina; Marikina City
Represented by Mr. Dexter Macaldo

16 June 2012 - Book launching  “Of God and Men” by Atty. Raymond Alikpala at Robinsons Galleria, sponsored by Ladlad Party List and National Bookstore
Present were Prof. Danton Remoto, Ms. Bemz Benedito, Mr. Edmond Osorio, Miss Santy Layno, Mr. Dexter Macaldo

20 June 2012 - U.S. Embassy Dinner in celebration of June Pride Month, Ambassador Harry Thomas’s residence in Forbes Park, Makati.
Represented by Ms. Rica Paras, Ms. Santy Layno.

22 June 2012 - Judge, Ms. Gay Baseco; Baseco, Tondo, Manila
Represented by Ms. Santy Layno and Mr. Dexter Macaldo

23 June 2012 - Judge, Manila's Five Prettiest and gave a special prize for Miss Ladlad; Philippine International Convention Center, Manila
Represented by Ms. Rica Paras with the assistance of Ms. Santy Layno and Mr. Dexter Macaldo

27 June 2012 - Lingkod Ladlad: Distribution of assorted groceries for the Home for the Golden Gays, Pasay City
Represented by Ms. Bemz Benedito. Assisted by Ms. Santy Layno and Mr. Dexter Macaldo

28 June 2012 - U.P. Pride March; University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City
Represented by Atty. Raymond Alikpala, Mr. Raffy Aquino, Ms. Santy Layno, Ms Rica Paras and Mr. Dexter Macakdo

30 June 2012 - 2012 White Party and Membership Drive in Malate, Manila.
Represented by Mr. Raffy Aquino Mr. Dexter Macaldo

1 July 2012 - Critics’ night of a twin-bill play on men having sex with men entitled “Bed Scenes” at the Library Bar, Malate, Manila.
Represented by Ms. Ivanka Custodio and Mr. Raffy Aquino

07 July 2012 - Opening of Active Vista Film Festiva;, Robinsons Galleria
Represented by Atty. Raymond Alikpala

19 July 2012 - U.P. Los Banos Pride March; UP Los Banos, Laguna
Represented by Rev. Ceejay Agabyani, Mr. Dexter Macaldo & Ladlad Laguna

29 July 2012 - Solidarity party for the Home for the Golden Gays.
Represented by Ms. Santy Layno

> Atty Raymond Alikpala handles all the legal matters referred to Ladlad

> Mr. Boy Abunda, Prof. Danton Remoto and Ms. Bemz Benedito paid for all the operational expenses, as well as gave financial assistance to members and allied group