2018 Summary Report

January 2018

Consultation regarding Philippine President’s statement on Same-Sex-Marriage started

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday, 16 December 2018 expressed his support for same-sex unions, after previously declaring his opposition to gay marriage. Read more via this news link: https://nbcnews.to/338Q6Uw

Upon returning from Christmas holidays from the Philippines, Chris Sta Brigida reported to LGBTs in Europe about the statement made the Philippine President in front of the LGBT group in Davao.

On 27th January, a meeting was held in Amsterdam amoung LGBTs and allies in Europe. Filipino LGBTs in the Netherlands (Ernesto Medina, Raymond Rica Unico, Johnny Cacatian, Chei Billedo, and Sass Sassot), Filipino LGBTs in United Kingdom (Aris Ibarondo, Joel Medina, Arnell Rhee Colongon and Ronnie Del Barrio), Filipino LGBTs in Belgium (Joseph Cuyt), Filipino LGBTs in Spain (Neil Dela Cruz, Nats Sisma Villaluna) were among the LGBTs in Europe informed and consulted. 

February 2018

Forum on Same-Sex-Marriage in the Philippines to take place in August 2018

The ad-hoc group of Filipino LGBTs in Europe decided to call for a meeting in Amsterdam on August 2018 to discuss their stand on the possibility of recognition of same-sex-marriage in the Philippines.

Chei Billedo and Chris Sta Brigida created and released a survey to ask Filipino LGBTs in Europe regarding their opinion on the importance of same-sex-marriage recognition in the Philippines. 

March 2018

Filipino LGBT Europe Officially Registered 

On 8th March 2018, Filipino LGBT Europe was officially registered as a charity organisation in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Visit Instagram post via this Link

Filipino LGBT Europe attends ENFID Leadership Training Course 

Filipino LGBT Europe Foundation Secretary Raymond Rica Unico attends ENFID One Day Leadership Training Course.  Read more via this link.

ENFID – European Network of Filipino Disasporia

June 2018

Filipino LGBT Europe Officially Launched

Filipino LGBT Europe was officially launched in Amsterdam. Photos via this link.

Filipino LGBT Europe Attends Queer Asia Conference in London

Filipino LGBT Europe Secretary Raymond Unico attends Queer Asia Conference in London. Read more via this link.

July 2018

Castricum Meeting

On 15th July 2018, Filipino LGBT Europe called for a meeting in Castricum to form the Filipino LGBT Netherlands local group. More info via this link. 
Many thanks to Terry Bolasco for hosting the event. More PHOTOS via this link.

August 2018

FORUM: Legal Recognistion of Same-Sex-Marriage in the Philippines 

To solidify the organization’s stance on equality, the Filipino LGBT Europe held a forum supporting the recognition of legal rights of same-sex relationships and marriages under the Philippine law on August 3. More info via this link.

GMA News Coverag: via this link.

Amsterdam Pride Walk

Filipino LGBT Europe joins the TRANS community in Amsterdam Pride Walk. More picture via this link.

September 2018

Filipino LGBT Europe attends LGBTech Amsterdam

On 24th September 2018, Social Media Manager Luna Obcial of Filipino LGBT Europe attends a meet and greet for LGBT Entreprenuers in the Netherlands. Organised by LGBTech Netherlands at Tropen Museum’s Garden Courtyard, 2 Linnaeusstraat, 1092 CK Amsterdam. Read more via this link.

October 2018

Out & Proud Stories Launched

On 11th October 2018, Out & Proud campaign was launched. This campaign aims to encourage and empower Filipino LGBTs to accept and celebrate their identity and sexuality through stories and shared personal experiences about acceptance, bravery, and love. Read the stories via this link. 

Filipino LGBT Netherlands local Council established

On 13th October 2018,  Filipino LGBTs in the Netherlands created and established its local council. Luna Obcial was appointed as the Netherlands Coordinator together with MJ Caballero as Secretary, Jayson Uy as Treasurer and Gerald Esguerra as Public Relations Officer.  Read more via this link.

Filipino LGBT Europe attends Philippine Embassy’s Community Leaders Meeting

On 19th October 2018, The Filipino LGBT Europe joined the Philippine Embassy’s Bi- Annual meeting of Filipino Community Leaders. Chairman of the Filipino LGBT Europe Foundation Chris Sta Brigida and Netherlands Local Country Coordinator Luna Obcial represented the LGBT community in the said gathering where they met Philippine Ambassador to The Hague Jaime Victor Ledda. Read more via this link.


November 2018

Filipino LGBT Europe attends Workplace Pride

On 22nd November 2018 Filipino LGBT Europe attended the annual members meeting of Workplace Pride, that was hosted by Philips in Amsterdam. Out & Proud Committee Head Campaign Ryan Aquino represented the foundation in the meeting.  Read more via this link.

UNAIDS Philippines welcomes Filipino LGBT Europe

On 26th November 2018, UNAIDS Country Directory Lui Ocampo meets Chris Sta Brigida, Chairman of the Filipino LGBT Europe.  Read more via this link. 

Rainbow Rights Philippines welcomes Filipino LGBT Europe

On 28th November 2018, Atty. Jazz Tamayo, President of Rainbow Rights Philippines welcomes Chris Sta Brigida, Chairman of Filipino LGBT Europe at their office at Quezon City, Philippines. More info via this link. 

Philippine Lawmaker Geraldine Roman welcomes Filipino LGBT Europe

Congresswoman Roman, representative of 1st District of Bataan, the first openly transgender woman elected to Congress of the Philippines in 2016 and Vice-Chairperson of the Women and Gender Equality Committee of the Philippine House of Representatives welcomes Filipino LGBT Europe at the Philippine Cogress on 28th November 2018.  She is one of the authors and championed the SOGIE Anti-Discriminator Bill and supports same-sex civil union for the country. Read more about the meeting via this link.

December 2018

Violence Against Women

Filipino LGBT Europe attends Ending Violence Against Women: The International and National Response forum organised by The Philippine Embassy at the Hague. Trans Committee Head Kaye Candaza, Marriage Equality Committee Head Marlon Lacsamana, Out & Proud Committee Head Ryan Aquino and Terry Belasco are among who represented the foundation. Read more about it via this link.

Lets make it GAY this Christmas

On 22nd December 2018, Filipino LGBT Europe kicked off the Christmas festivities with “Lets make it Gay this Christmas” event.

The event also showcased the “Pinoy Gay Talent- First Edition” that displayed the talent of its members. Amazing performances by Cris Bartonico aka Christina Aguiera and Jesse Crisolo aka Whitney Houston. Jen de Vera sizzled the night with her Beyonce performance. Lee Sumakote, Yeng Antonio, Paige Paige, Edson Gonzales and Nikki Cuano who grooved  the night as Spice Girls wannabe that bagged the top price of the evening. It was validated by the panel of judges from our partners and sponsors; Marvin de Vos from Aidsfonds, Maitet Ledesma of Pinay sa Holland and Arvin Quirante, Actor- Miss Saigon NL.  Read more via this link.

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