The 2013 Manila Metro LGBT Pride March will wind its way through the Philippines capital for the nineteenth year in a row on December 7, making it the longest running celebration of its kind in all of Asia.
The march will leave from Remedious Circle in Malate, Manila at 3:00 pm and will be followed by an entertainment program featuring talents from The Library Comedy Bar, BED Manila, and other LGTBQ performers.
The theme of the parade this year will be “Strength in Colors” and will mark the wins and losses in the LGBTQ rights movement in the Philippines, including the participation of more LGBTQ members in politics, the approval of anti-discrimination ordinances in a handful of cities, a newly filed anti-discrimination bill in the Philippines Congress, and a more unified effort to fight HIV and AIDS.
This year’s event will also shine light upon community members who were hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan, otherwise known as Yolanda among the Filipino community. Amnesty International will be the recipient of donations collected during the Metro Manila Pride March.
According to Jade Tamboon, coordinator of Task Force Pride, a co-organizer of Metro Manila Pride, this year’s event is part of the LGBTQ Filipino community’s response to a national tragedy in which many homes and loved ones were lost.
“Pride will be the action that brings together the LGBTI Filipino community to help the rest of the nation,” Tamboon told press. “We also have members of the LGBTQ community who were among those who were affected by Yolanda, and some of us have relatives and loved ones who were lost or missing.”
Manila’s first Pride parade was held in 1994, as a commemoration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York.