A rundown of the programmes, projects, and events of the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce this
From our Chair and Founder:
First of all, I would like to personally thank everyone for being with us this last 2018. It was an
eventful year for Philippine Business and Gender Diversity Advocacy work–with all those ups and downs
(but mostly ups if you think that downs don’t get the tough going). Thank you! Maraming
2018 has been a year of collaboration for the Chamber as we worked for Equality in the workplace, in
the minds of people, and in the heart of every person in our society. Beyond that, the #LGBTchamber
has been fortunate to meet and work with individuals and organizations who champion True Love and
Empathy here in the Philippines and beyond. (They are with us in the pictures and texts below.)
We look forward to a beautiful 2019 with all of you, especially as we expand our work and reach out
from Manila and the central business sectors of the country outwards throughout the country side and
(let’s see and holding my breath) across the region! Mabuhay tayong lahat – all of us!
The Netherlands Embassy in the Philippines and the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce produced and
launched short film documentaries about the stories of LGBT advocates in the last 50 years in the
Philippines. The launch was held on May 30, 2019 at the Netherlands Residence in Makati.
Stories from the Last 50 Years
from our LGBT Advocates:
Anna Leah Sarabia
Fr. Richard Mickley
Our Featured Filmmakers:
The public launch for viewing the short film documentaries online will be on Pride Month, June 12,
The RAINBOW ASCENDANT is the primary design element of the LGBT Chamber logo. This element reminds us
how we create more value as we move forward, how we try our best to improve the lives of those from
the LGBT community and others as we do our work.
The heritage and history of LGBT Advocacy in the whole of Asia and in the Philippines is extremely
important for current and future advocates to understand their work, themes, and thrusts. While the
current movements of the advocacy are very much well-documented by digital media (posts, online
material, news features on the net, etc.), much of the decades before 2000 remain inaccessible to the
digital world because their stories were not digitized as they were happening. This, plus hard copies
of photos and texts, remain inaccessible to the world as they are kept in files and vaults of
individuals throughout the region. Some/most of their efforts also, have been largely forgotten or not
Our #LGBTchamber Chair and Founder @briantenorio on the centerfold feature of @adobomagazine ‘s
Gender Issue #LGBT
In the photos he is having coffee from different cups — much like the assortment of hats he
wears with his work in education, policy, design, international relations, advocacy, and recently food
Chamber Chair and Founder Brian Tenorio, “inspires us on Promoting Diversity &
Inclusiveness in the Workplace.”
From the instagram account of IIA Philippines — Institute of Internal Auditors of the
Philippines, the country’s internal audit profession’s most widely recognised advocate,
educator, and provider of standards, guidance, and certifications.
*Tenorio was the morning keynote for the second day of the IIAP Annual Convention held last November
in Bohol, Philippines.
The Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines (JFC) hosted a forum on Creative Industries entitled
“Creative Industries: The Next Sunrise Industry” at the Fairmont Makati Hotel last November 27, 2018.
The forum focused on various policy changes, initiatives, and recommendations to boost the country’s
From left to right: Panel Moderator Ms. Florentina P. Colayco (President, Metropolitan Museum of
Manila), PANELISTS Hon. Nora K. Terrado (Undersecretary, DTI: Trade and Investments Promotion Group
Group, Department of Trade and Industry; and Governor, Board of Investments), Atty. Guiller B. Asido
(Administrator, Intramuros Administration), Ms. Malaya del Rosario (Head of Arts and Creative
Industries, British Council), Ms. Maria Rita O. Matute (Executive Director, Design Center of the
Philippines), Mr. Matthew D.M. Morrison (Founder and CEO, A SPACE), Ms. Ces Rondario (Co-founder,
Impact Hub Manila), Mr. Brian Tenorio (Chair, Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce), Ms. Dolly Anne M.
Zoluaga (Assistant Department Head and Zoning Administrator, Planning and Development Office Iloilo
“ZERO”: Filipino Companies Flunk in the Country’s First-Ever SOGIE Diversity and Inclusiveness
Index Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce launches its #ZEROto100PH
campaign to educate companies on SOGIE
November 7, 2018: Manila, Philippines — Filipino
companies have failed dismally in the country’s first-ever Philippine Corporate SOGIE (Sexual
Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression) Diversity and Inclusiveness Index, a study pioneered
by the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce, an organization which champions the LGBT contribution in
The study aims to establish a quantitative baseline SOGIE Corporate
Diversity and Inclusiveness Index across the top corporations as well as other small and medium
enterprises in the Philippines.
ZERO – No Filipino corporation that was part of the study had
SOGIE-Diversity policies. The #LGBTchamber wishes to change that for 2019 with their #ZEROto100PH
program — where the goal is to institute and help create SOGIE Diversity policies in at least
100 Filipino corporations by the end of 2019.