Get ready to raise your rainbow flags, friends, because the annual Metro Manila Pride March is here! Now on its 24th year, the community and its allies are invited to gather and march together for love, empowerment, and solidarity. Whether you’re queer or an ally, here are the reasons why you should attend this year’s Metro Manila Pride March:
1. It’s a good way to support the whole community.
Joining the Pride March is a good way to support our LGBTQIA+ friends and fam. Just like Nicky Castillo, President of Metro Manila Pride said, “to truly #RiseUpTogether, we need to stand up for the most silenced among the silenced.” Let’s march for the community and for those who can’t. It’s time to show your love, bes.
2. You can wear anything you want.
The main purpose of the event is to provide a safe space for everyone. So if you want to wear a tanga, gown, rainbow wig, or fairy wings, go! Dress code? Wala dito niyan, sis! Wear your pride, loud and proud!
3. Proud street fair.
This year’s festival will open with the Proud Street Fair, an open marketplace for LGBTQIA-owned businesses. The merchants will be there to sell food, accessories, shirts, lanyards, rainbow flags, and other must-buy souvenirs. Make sure to come early because these goodies can be sold out within an hour after the opening. Support local, mga te.
4. Amazing performances.
From drag queens to musicians, great performers are lined up for Pride Day. This year’s program will feature performances by spoken word poets from Words Anonymous, bands like The Male Gaze and Flying Ipis, local drag kweens, and a lot more. Matulog nang maaga before the event dahil kailangan ng sangkaterbang energy!
5. The after party fun!
Pride March is not complete without an after party. Last year, everyone danced with all-time favorite hits from Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Beyonce, and—syempre—Jolina Magdangal! We’re excited to see the whole community singing and dancing together.
Metro Manila Pride March 2018 is on June 30, Saturday, at the Marikina Sports Center, Sumulong Highway, Marikina City.
Header image by Madel Crudo; Photos by Angela Casco and Cyrah Faller