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Manila’s own annual Pride March and Festival is pushing through next year.

The city’s newly-elected mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno-Domagoso has confirmed this in an interview with MB Life. “Next year, I’ll see you,” says the public official.

This comes after the 44-year-old mayor expressed his solidarity with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) community and its allies earlier this month on Facebook.

Pagmamahal sa isa’t-isa ang magpapanalo sa ating malayang diwa,” he writes in a post. “Ngayong buwan ng Hunyo, ating itaas ang banderang bahaghari!”

It also marks the first time Moreno revealed plans for a Pride March and Festival in the city in 2020. This celebration is expected to be separate from the existing Metro Manila Pride March which, this year, will be happening on June 29 at the Marikina Sports Center with the theme, “Resist Together.”

Manila Pride March and Festival

“We are going to prepare,” Moreno says. “We’ll look at what happened in New York, in Amsterdam, and in San Francisco and we’ll pick it up from there.”

The Pride celebrations in the mentioned international cities are some of the biggest in the world, all of which feature parades, and street and dance parties.

For Manila, Moreno wants to do the same and more. After all, the new leader sees the capital as a city of pride, expression, and vibrancy. “We want to make it more festive, yet firm on our message, which is equality [for all],” he adds.

Inclusivity in the city

The new mayor, however, wants to go beyond Pride festivities. He wants inclusivity.

“Some [members of the LGBTQ community], at the very least, are going to be part of the city government of Manila,” he shares. “They will be part of policy-making, governance, and so on.”

This move is part of the new mayor’s hope and pledge for equality in the city.

“Discrimination will not exist in the city of Manila,” he says. “Pantay-pantay lang tayo dito, regardless of your preference in life.”

Featured Image from Manila Bulletin/Ali Vicoy

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