Before Rainbows – IDAHOT 2019

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:

Nick Deocampo
Anna Leah Sarabia
Fr. Richard Mickley
Aida Santos-Maranan

Our Featured Filmmakers:

Gio Potes
Rae Red
Cha Roque
Petersen Vargas

The public launch for viewing the short film documentaries online will be on Pride Month, June 12, 2019.

 

The Chair’s Report for 2018

A rundown of the programmes, projects, and events of the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce this last 2018. 

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 salamat po!

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!

Over the rainbow,

Brian Tenorio
Chair and Founder
The Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce

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Before Rainbows – Stories of LGBT Advocacy in the Philippines in the last 50 Years #IDAHOT2019

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 acknowledged.

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Philippine Corporate SOGIE Diversity & Inclusiveness Index 2018 (CSDI Index) launched

PRESS RELEASE: Manila, Philippines (November 2018)

“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 Philippine business.

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.

Screencapture from the ABS CBN News report

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.


Download the publication here

 

Watch the news coverage here:
ABS CBN News / ANC
Rappler 
Inquirer
GayStar News

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Of Love and Law — film screening with the Japan Foundation and the Film Development Council of the Philippines

From left: Chamber Vice Chair for Policy Jeoff Solas, Chair Brian Tenorio,  Japan Foundation Manila Director Hiroaki Uesugi, film director Hikaru Toda, Ice Seguerra and FDCP Chairperson Liza Diño

 The Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the Film Development Council of the Philippines and the Japan Foundation screened Of Love and Law last August 5 2018 at the FDCP Cinematheque in Manila. For the LGBT Chamber involvement for the project was led by Vice Chair Jeoff Solas who also moderated the Q&A with the panel after the film screening.

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The LGBT Chamber talks at the Philippine Marketing Association

Last August 9, 2018, the Philippine #LGBTchamber of Commerce Chair Brian Tenorio, Vice Chair (Internal) Amrei Dizon,, Vice Chair (External) Angel Romero and Vice Chair (Industry and Business) Evan Tan gave talks at the recently concluded Philippine Marketing Association event held at Hotel Sofitel. (photos from the speakers)

From left: Chamber Vice Chair for Industry Evan Tan, Vice Chair Externals Angel Romero, Vice Chair Internals Amrei Dizon, Philippine Marketing Association’s Donald Lim, and Chamber Chair Brian Tenorio.
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