Better Together: Allies Program Launch at Baker&McKenzie

Baker & McKenzie Global Services Manila’s GSM LGBT+ Circle launched an Allies Program for its Manila office last June 23, 2017. Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce Board Member Evan Tan talks about his advocacy work alongside Senator Risa Hontiveros and Baker McKenzie Global Services Manila Executive Director Gabriel Pardo

Better Together: Allies Program Launch at Baker&McKenzie — here speaking, Senator Risa Hontiveros with fellow speaker, Philippine #lgbtchamber of Commerce Board Member @evanaguilartan and Baker McKenzie Global Services Manila Executive Director Gabriel Pardo — Senator Risa says “It’s all about Love.” We agree!

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Business Believes in Diversity

#IDAHOT with the Netherlands Embassy

May 17, 2017 — Manila, Philippines

The Netherlands Embassy to the Philippines in cooperation with the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the Philippines-Netherlands Business Council held an event on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), as a means to promote diversity in business and industry in the region.

Her Excellency, Ambassador Marion Derckx, started the day with a flag-raising ceremony, wherein the Rainbow Flag was raised in the Netherlands Residence in Makati City.
In the evening, she welcomed the guests, who came from both the diplomatic community and the business community. She stressed the importance of recognizing every single voice, regardless of that person’s SOGIE.

Brian Tenorio, Chair and Founder of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce, in his talk, explained that the “Out in Business” (#outinbusiness) event is a means to show that diversity in business is a good thing – that it is profitable, efficient, and an overall better environment for workers.
The COO of Maynilad, Randy Estrellado, was the first panelist to speak. He told the story of how he came out, after years of his superiors telling him that he had to get married in order to get a promotion. He says he has never been an activist, but that a good life meant he had the responsibility to speak about his experiences.

PHOTO ABOVE: Fire Sia, founder of Side B (a bisexual visibility organization) and a Training Leader in the BPO industry

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“…Diversity is the future of humans in industry.”

Chamber Chair, Brian Tenorio
at the Asian Development Bank

In the photo: Chamber Chair Brian Tenrio, Congresswoman Geraldine Roman, the first openly transgender woman elected to the Congress of the Philippines and recently cited by Motto (a subsidiary of Time Magazine) to be one of the 13 most inspiring women of 2016 globally, and Jogendra Ghimire, Senior Counsel of the Asian Development Bank

Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Chair Brian Tenorio:

“Just this year, theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, wrote that technology and automation will wipe out jobs that involve muscle, precision, and most mechanical skill sets. But jobs that involve compassion and caring, understanding and human interaction, creativity, and resourceful thinking, will be left untouched. With this, it may be easier to theorize that diversity is the future of humans in industry. “

The Diversity Chamber at the Asian Development Bank

The Chair of the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Brian Tenorio, was invited to be a panel speaker at “On the Margins of Development: Asia-Pacific LGBT Inclusion, Poverty Reduction and Prosperity”, hosted in recognition of 16 Days of Activism on Violence Against Women, to be held at the Asian Development Bank on December 5 2016. (By invitation only.)
Join the discussion via this hashtag: #onthemargins

From the event programme:

OPENING REMARKS
Juan Miranda, Managing Director General of the Asian Development Bank

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Professor Lee Badgett, a Williams Distinguished Scholar at the Williams Institute

PANELISTS

Congresswoman Geraldine Roman, the first openly transgender woman elected to the Congress of the Philippines and recently cited by Motto (a subsidiary of Time Magazine) to be one of the 13 most inspiring women of 2016 globally

Mr. Jogendra Ghimire, Senior Counsel, Asian Development Bank

Mr. Brian Tenorio, Chair, Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Cover photo from the ADB Blog.

The British Council presents “The Tempest Reimagined”

IN THE PHOTO: Diversity Chamber board members Evan Tan and Brian Tenorio with Nicholas Thomas and friends from the British Council at the Premiere Gala of the Tempest Reimagined. British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad chats up the audience before the play (photo below).
Board members of the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce were invited to the Premiere Gala of The Tempest Reimagined by the dviersity advocacy ally British Council with PETA (Philippine Educational Theater Association).

Premiere Gala of The Tempest Reimagined, which is a co-production between the British Council and PETA (Philippine Educational Theater Association). It is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest set on a Philippine island hit by super typhoon Haiyan, and incorporates stories of the storm’s survivors. It features award-winning artists from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), Hong Kong, and Japan. The play is directed by Nona Shepphard, while the script is co-written by Shepphard and Liza Magtoto.

 

The LGBT Chamber at the US Embassy in Manila

The Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce Chair, Brian Tenorio, was a guest panelist during the PRIDE Month activities of the U.S. Embassy, Manila Philippines last July 12, 2016.
United States Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg
With Dr. Susan K. Brems, USAID Mission Director for the Philippines, Pacific Islands, and Mongolia, Brian Tenorio, Chair of the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce, was a guest panelist during the PRIDE Month activities of the U.S. Embassy, Manila Philippines.
Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce board members, (from left to right) Simoun Ferrer, Evan Tan, and Brian Tenorio with friends from the U.S. Embassy, Manila Philippines.