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 – 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.


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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LGBT Chair Brian Tenorio as keynote at the Institute of Internal Auditors of the Philippines’ annual convention (November 2018)

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.

#itsawholenewworld #iiaphilippines #iiap70 #iiap2018annualconvention



“Creative Industries: The Next Sunrise Industry” – Arangkada 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 creative economy.
Photo from Angel Guerrero

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 City)

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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:
GayStar News

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