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Pride Month Philippines: Festivals and Celebrations to Know
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Celebrating Pride Month in the Philippines: A Guide to Festivals and More

When is Pride Month? If you're asking this question, you're in the right place. Millions of people around the world, including in the Philippines, celebrate Pride Month every June to support LGBTQIA+ rights.

Whether you're a long-time ally or new to the LGBTQIA+ community, this guide will help you have a fun and meaningful Pride celebration. From attending vibrant festivals and parades to learning about LGBTQIA+ history and culture, there are countless ways to get involved and make a difference.

The Origins of Pride Month: An Overview of LGBTQIA+ Activism

The Philippines celebrates Pride Month in solidarity with the global LGBTQIA+ community, honoring the Stonewall Riots that took place in New York City in June 1969. These riots sparked by a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, marked a turning point in the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights.

The Philippines was the first country in Asia to hold pride parades. On June 26, 1994, advocates organized a demonstration in Quezon City to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. It was dubbed “Stone Wall Manila.”

Where to Join Pride Month Celebrations in the Philippines

Mark your calendars! Join exciting Pride events in Manila and around the country. Some have limited slots, so get your tickets early.

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1. See your favorite Queens at the Drag Pride Fiesta.

Poster of Drag Pride Fiesta 2024 featuring international drag queens.

Drag Pride Fiesta’s star-studded lineup includes some of the most popular contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Image Credit: Beyond Limits Event Production Instagram

The Drag Pride Fiesta will showcase performances of some of the world’s most famous drag queens. This includes former contestants of RuPaul’s Drag Race like Brooke Lynn Hytes, Courtney Act, Jujubee, and Detox.

Marina Summers, the proudly Pinoy queen who stole the show at RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs the World, will also be there. Her song, AMAFILIPINA amazed Drag Race judges and went viral. Watch the music video:

Get the details:
  • Date: June 15, 2024
  • Location: Filinvest City Concert Grounds
  • Fees: Ticket prices start at ₱2,799
  • Contact information: Beyond Events Instagram. Get your tickets here.

2. Enjoy free concerts at LoveLaban2Everyone Pride Festival.

Poster of LoveLaban2Everyone Festival featuring an aerial picture of crowds at QC Memorial Circle.

Poster of LoveLaban2Everyone Festival featuring an aerial picture of crowds at QC Memorial Circle.

Image Credit: PridePH Facebook

After a record-breaking turnout in 2023, this year’s LoveLaban2Everyone Festival aims to draw larger crowds with more exciting festival events. The concert lineup includes top comedians Vice Ganda and Sassa Gurl, girl group BINI, and OPM hitmaker Juan Karlos. Drag Race Philippines contestants Precious Paula Nicole, Lady Morgana, Minty Fresh, and more will also perform. Show your support with exclusive 0917 Royale merchandise.

The festival will also have a Pride parade, colorful floats, and a bazaar showcasing LGBTQIA+ businesses.

Join the 2024 celebration and help make history again. Plan your parade outfit with this video of Pride month outfit ideas. Bring a power bank and subscribe to a Globe Go+ promo, so you can document this big event and share it with your friends!

Get the details:
  • Date: June 22, 2024, 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Location: Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City
  • Fees: Entrance is free.
  • Contact information: Pride PH Facebook

3. Watch drag performances at Nectar.

Four drag queens in elaborate costumes performing at Nectar Nightclub, The Fort Strip.

Nectar Nightclub holds regular drag queen competitions called The Drag Cartel.

Image Credit: Nectar Nightclub Facebook

Nectar Nightclub holds drag performances and drag queen competitions throughout the year. This year, it will celebrate a Pride Month Countdown with special events every week. This includes:

  • Girl Nation Pride (June 7). Join the country’s biggest lesbian party, hosted by RuPaul Drag Race contestant Eva Le Queen.
  • Trans Love Pride (June 14). Enjoy music and stand-up comedy from top Pinoy queens and comedian Sassa Gurl.
  • Rainbow Glitter Ball (June 22). Wear your most queen-worthy outfit for a night of dancing and special performances by Drag Race Thailand's Anneé Maywong.
  • Poison: Drag Cartel Rainbow Parade (June 27). Watch Nectar’s most popular drag queens and up-and-coming superstars.

Get the details:
  • Date: Special events are held every Friday and Saturday during June. The club is open from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Location: Nectar, The Fort Strip, 5th Avenue, Corner 26th St, Taguig
  • Fees: Table rates start at ₱5,000, which are fully consumable. Reserve your table to avoid entrance fees. Walk-in fees start at ₱1,000 depending on the day and event.
  • Contact information: For inquiries and table reservations, contact 0917 542 8831. Follow Nectar on Instagram and Facebook for event updates.

4. Support LGBTQIA+ artists at Queerlayaan.

Poster of Queerlayaan Pride Celebration and Art Market featuring colorful illustrations.

Visit the Art Market to buy handcrafted merchandise and support LGBTQIA+ artists and their businesses.

Image Credit: Sticker Con MNL Instagram

Support over 300 Pinoy LGBTQIA+ artists and creators at the Queerlayaan Pride Celebration and Art Market. Find cute stickers, crafts, and other Pride merchandise!

Get the details:
  • Date: June 16, 2024, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Location: White Space, Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati
  • Fees: ₱100
  • Contact information: Sticker Con MNL Facebook or Instagram

5. Join the RUNRIO Pride Run 2024.

Close up of RUNRIO Pride Run singlet and medal.

Pride Run participants receive a singlet, then a specially designed medal when they cross the finish line.

Image Credit: SM Supermalls

Experience a different kind of run this Pride Month! The race starts with festive drumrolls and a shower of rainbow confetti, and winners get to strut down a catwalk during the award ceremony. You can even win a Best in Costume prize.

Each runner will receive a Pride Run singlet, race bib, and timing chip. Pick from 3K, 5K, or 10K runs.

Get the details:
  • Date: June 22, 2024. Assembly starts at 4:30 a.m.
  • Location: SM Mall of Asia Complex
  • Fees: Registration fees start at ₱1,200
  • Contact information: Sign up at Race Roster

6. Pledge your daily jogs to the PF Virtual Run.

Woman jogging outdoors while wearing a step tracker on her arm.

The PF Virtual Run lets you set your own pace and schedule your workouts whenever you’re free.

Reach your fitness goals while supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. Just download the Pinoy Fitness Atleta app, set goals (5K, 10K, or 21K), then track your steps from June 1 to 30. Complete the challenge to get a limited-edition Pride shirt and singlet.

Get the details:
  • Date: June 1 to June 30, 2024
  • How to join: Download the Pinoy Fitness Atleta app from Google Play or Apple store.
  • Fees: ₱195 (digital only) or ₱495 if you want the shirt and singlet (not including shipping fees).
  • Contact information: PF Virtual Run

7. Book a Pride-themed Staycation

A trio of macarons as a welcome treat for those that stay in Crimson Hotel, Boracay.

Crimson Hotel’s Pride-themed rooms have rainbow decor and a special Welcome gift.

Image Credit: Crimson Hotel

Treat yourself to a relaxing weekend in Pride-themed rooms at Crimson Hotel. Enjoy limited-edition rainbow cocktails and pastries, special art exhibits, foam pool parties, stand-up comedy, and musical events featuring LGBTQIA+ artists.

Your staycation supports a good cause. During LGBTQIA+ month, part of the hotel’s proceeds will go to Love Yourself Inc. This non-profit organization provides free counseling, HIV testing, and other support services for the LGBTQIA+ community.

Get the details:
  • Date: June 1 to June 30
  • Location: Crimson Hotel Filinvest (Entrata Urban Complex, 2609 Civic Dr, Filinvest City Alabang, Muntinlupa), Boracay (Boracay Station Zero), and Mactan (Seascapes Resort Town Mactan Island, Cebu).
  • Fees: Rooms start at ₱5,500 net.
  • Contact information: Visit the Crimson Hotel website for inquiries and reservations.

How to Celebrate Pride Month at Home

Can’t attend the Pride Month celebrations happening around the Philippines? Support the LGBTQIA+ community by learning more about their challenges, culture, and contributions to society.

1. Watch LGBTQIA+ movies and shows.

A promotional movie still from Die Beautiful.

Invite friends over for an LGBTQIA+ movie marathon. Stream shows like Die Beautiful and serve rainbow-themed snacks.

What are you in the mood to watch? This list has both thought-provoking movies and light-hearted shows that celebrate love in all its forms. Catch them on Netflix or iWantTFC.

  • Die Beautiful

    Trisha, a Filipino transgender woman, suddenly dies while being crowned at a beauty pageant. Her friends steal her body to fulfill her last wish: to be presented as a different celebrity on each night of her wake. They reflect on Trisha’s life, revealing how she faced the challenges of being transgender with grace and grit.

    Stream it on Netflix.

  • Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros

    This coming-of-age story follows Maxi, a young boy from Manila's slums, who grapples with his identity and feelings for a police officer. Despite societal and familial pressures, Maxi stays true to himself and finds acceptance within his community.

    Watch on iWantTFC.

  • Mamu: and a Mother Too

    Mamu, a transgender sex worker in her late forties, suddenly becomes the guardian of her orphaned niece. The film shows how motherhood goes beyond the capacity to give birth, and tackles common issues faced by the LGBTQIA+ community—poverty, prostitution, and limited access to health care.

    Catch it on iWantTFC.

  • Metamorphosis

    Adam is born with both male and female genitals but is raised as a boy by his conservative family. When he experiences his first menstrual period, he begins to question his identity and eventually learns to accept his body.

    Add it to your watchlist on iWantTFC.

  • Baka Bukas

    Alex is secretly in love with her best friend, who doesn’t know about her sexuality. The friends-to-lovers story has all the elements of a romcom, with a lesbian twist.

    Check it out on iWantTFC.

  • Gameboys Level-Up Edition

    Live game streamer Cairo competes with his fan Gavreel in an online game. The rivalry develops into friendship...and something more. First released on YouTube during the pandemic, the show gained international fandom and helped put Pinoy BL (Boys’ Love) on the global radar.

    Watch on Netflix.

Looking for international LGBTQIA+ movies? Check the work of critically acclaimed director Ang Lee and his cult classic Brokeback Mountain.

2. Listen to LGBTQIA+ artists.

A photo of musician Ice Seguerra smiling as he plays his guitar while sitting on a yellow sofa.

Celebrate Pride Month by listening to empowering tunes of LGBTQIA+ artists like Ice Seguerra.

Credit Image: Ice Seguerra Facebook

Tune in to Spotify for an instant Pride music festival wherever you are!

  • Local artists. Look for music by renowned Pinoy artists like Jake Zyrus (formerly Charice Pempengco), Ice Seguerra, and celebrity icon Vice Ganda. But don’t stop there: indie artists like BP Valenzuela, Stef Aranas, and Kio Priest combine empowering lyrics with addictive beats you can’t get out of your head.
  • International artists. Start with this list of artists from all over the world.
  • Playlists. Set the mood with popular Pride-inspired playlists.

3. Get to know Pinoy LGBTQIA+ icons.

Get inspired by people who lobbied for LGBTQIA+ equality and a more inclusive society.

Danton Remoto

Danton Remoto at the set of Pinoy Konek at Radyo 5.

Danton Remoto hosts a radio show called Pinoy Konek, which highlights OFW life. He’s also a columnist for The Manila Times.

Image Credit: Danton Remoto Instagram

Danton Remoto elevated LGBTQIA+ visibility in Philippine media, politics, and literature. In 2003, he established Ladlad, the Philippines’ first LGBTQIA+ political party. He also leveraged his influence—as a multi-awarded author, journalist, and Ateneo de Manila University professor—to fight for gay rights and gender sensitivity.

In 2015, Remoto published Riverrun, one of the first gay novels in the Philippines. Penguin Random House released a global edition in 2020. Get a copy from Fully Booked or Amazon (Kindle version available).

Geraldine Roman

Rep. Geraldine Roman wearing a formal terno.

Geraldine Roman dons a terno for an APAC forum where she represented the country in the Meeting of Women Parliamentarians.

Image Credit: Geraldine Roman Instagram

Geraldine Roman is the first transgender person elected to the Philippine Congress as the First District Representative of Bataan. She is currently the Chairperson of the House Committee on Women and Gender Equality.

Roman championed the SOGIE Equality Bill, which protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. She has also filed several bills on agriculture, eco-tourism, education, and health.

In 2016, Roman was named one of Time Magazine’s 13 Inspiring Women and Foreign Policy Magazine’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers.

Follow Roman’s YouTube channel, where she shares human interest stories, interviews, and lifestyle tips. Watch this video where she shares her personal struggles as a transgender.

Angie Mead King

Angie Mead King is a car enthusiast, farmer, and environmentalist. She talks about her passions on YouTube.

Image Credit: Angie Mead King Instagram

Racing enthusiast and entrepreneur Angie Mead King came out as a transwoman in 2016, five years after her marriage to Filipina TV personality Joey Mead. The couple’s supportive relationship played a significant role in challenging the stigma against LGBTQIA+ individuals. Watch their video on their thoughts on Pride Month and how to be an LGBTQIA+ ally.

King is also a staunch environmentalist. She has implemented several green initiatives in the family-run Hotel Ava (formerly Victoria Court), like solar panels, rooftop farming, and reducing single-use plastics.

Ready to celebrate Pride Month? Use fast, reliable Internet like GFiber Unli Plans or GFiber Prepaid WiFi to sign up for the latest activities, follow LGBTQIA+ advocates, share your experiences, and more. Then continue to champion the spirit of Pride beyond June. Embrace diversity, practice kindness, and help create a world where everyone feels included and accepted. Happy Pride Month!

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