Benilde celebrates PRIDE month with artworks, discussions, comics

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  • June 5, 2021
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Ilahad showcases the talent of promising LGBTQIA+ creatives

Benilde PRIDE 2021 Sari-Saring Sarili: Pagmamasid, Pagmamahal, at Pagdiriwang ng Kanya-kanyang Katangian aims to encourage the public to recognize and embrace the wonderful aspects that make them unique through a series of storytelling, video podcast, webinar and online art exhibitions.

Ilahad, a virtual exhibition of sketches, mixed media and digital artworks, showcases the talent of promising LGBTQIA+ creatives as they utilize art as a platform to express their individuality and shed light on the beauty of each person’s distinct characteristic.

A six-part comic series entitled Kinaiya, named after the Filipino word for character or the good attributes and complexities that make a person’s identity, shares personal heartwarming stories of the diverse members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Brought to life by a team of talented artists, the project serves as safe space and source of inspiration to others.

Reminiscent of the pre-pandemic coffee dates with friends, a video podcast entitled Kape Tayo! provides insightful conversations and friendly debates on the struggles of the LGBTQIA+ amid the ongoing pandemic.

The talk features BAHAGHARI member and student activist Shein Capila, together with Benilde Hive President and Gender and Equality Head Bryce de Vera, Vice President for External Affairs and Advocacy Coordinator Immah Toledana, Cultural Diversity Head Paulette Constantino and Mental Health Head Camy Caridad.

Marquis Bolima, who champions gender and social justice, recounts the memory of being one of the 20 protesters arrested during the Pride March in Mendiola, Manila in June 2020.

Those who wish to learn more about gay lingo may attend the webinar Bekines, an informative guide to the ins and outs of the sub-language. The discussion explains the shared terminologies and meanings of the jargon and how its culture provides a sense of protection, privacy, identity and belongingness among members of the community. It also covers the historical context of the language from the so-called Sward speak in the 1970s to the latest Filipino gay slangs.

The session is facilitated by Vince Liban, the national convener of PANTAY, a youth network that pushes for the passage of the SOGIE Equality Bill in Congress. He is a human rights advocate fighting for gender equality, sexual and reproductive health rights and youth empowerment.

Hosted by BHive of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, the first accredited LGBTQIA+ student-organization in the De La Salle Philippines, Benilde PRIDE 2021 is supported by Milkwear and co-presented by the Austrian Embassy Manila as well as LGBTQIA+ organizations PUP Kasarianlan and Bulsu Bahaghari.

It is conducted in partnership with Animotion in cooperation with The Benildean and LGBTQIA+ groups UP Babaylan, UPLB Babaylan, Bahaghari, Metro Manila Pride and Bangon.

The artworks, discussions and comics are all available on view on the official Facebook account of the organization at https://www.facebook.com/BenildeHive/.

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