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Much has changed and we now see better acceptance of gay, bisexual, and questioning men in Philippine urban society. Despite this, many of us still feel the need to hide parts of who we truly are. With a great (but many times unconscious) desire to conform to what we think others expect of us, we follow paths that inadvertently disconnect us from the authentic yearnings of our core. This oftentimes translates to inexplicable feelings of emptiness or being stuck, perennial thoughts of being in the wrong job or wrong career path, or recurring experiences of failed relationships.

The Men’s Retreat, through a set of non-religious activities and lecturettes done within a weekend, will use the power of self-awareness and community to enable you to appreciate where you are in your current life, identify limiting beliefs and behaviors, and chart a new and more core-connected way forward.

Enjoy quality time with the most important person in your life–YOU. The weekend getaway is a hilltop retreat house just half-an-hour away from Ortigas, in a safe and affirming space designed for insightful introspection. Join the Men’s Retreat and start your journey to authentic and wholehearted living.

May 20-21, 2017. Register via go.loveyourself.ph/mensretreat

Hoja de Laurel, my favorite place when it comes to male massage, is offering limited-edition VIP cards for its spa enthusiasts.

BLUE VIP CARD (priced at Php1k) – Enjoy 50% off on their signature massage (1.5 hours) with Turkish bath, steam, or dry sauna.

GRAY VIP CARD (priced at Php5k) – Enjoy the benefits of the Blue Card for you and 4 other companions.

RED VIP CARD (priced at 10k) – Enjoy all massage services for free, non-transferable, valid for 1 full year. (Almost sold out – 15 Red Cards available as of writing).

All VIP cards are valid for 1 year and are non-transferable. Valid for in-spa services, as well as home/hotel service.

Current male therapist line-up: Hiro, Yuri, Yael, Bruce, Philip, Froilan, James, Gary, and Kean.

To get your VIP card, contact 0917-911-7821. If you intend to get the ultimate RED card, you got to text/call now before it runs out.

Hoja de Laurel is located at 1157 Quezon Ave, Quezon City, beside Fisher Mall, and right across Capitol Medical Center. Map here.

Hoja de Laurel Male Massage Promo 2017

Map to Hoja de Laurel (formerly Bayleaf Spa)

Hoja de Laurel Address: Marren Bldg, 1157 Quezon Ave, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Contact: 09179117821

BJ Pascual

Fourteen (14) gorgeous bachelors, including celebrity photographer BJ Pascual and TV chef Jeremy Favia, will be auctioned off for a date at the LoveYourself’s “Cherry Poppin’: The 3rd Party” to be held on 25 February at the One Canvas Events Place, 2235 Don Chino Roces Ave., San Lorenzo, Makati City.

Cherry Poppin’ is an annual fundraising activity through a betting-dating game party, which is on its third year now.

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CARE DIVAS is back!

For inquiries and reservations, please contact:
0917-840-0943 • 0917-795-3398
0915-127-5931 • 0977-386-1781
caredivas@loveyourself.ph

AREA — TICKET PRICE
VIP (Elevated seats) — 1,800.00
Orchestra Center — 1,500.00
Orchestra Sides — 1,200.00
Balcony Center — 1,500.00
Balcony Sides — 800.00

“Care Divas” is a disarmingly funny and candid musical drama about five transgender women, all overseas Filipino workers in Israel, who work as care givers in the morning and transform into glamorous drag queen performers come night fall. While desperate to make ends meet in another country, they also struggle to search for freedom and acceptance in a foreign land.

The play’s theatrical and wickedly funny text, written by award-winning playwright, Liza Magtoto cradles lovely, gentle moments that mull over the lives of the main characters: the kind and loving Chelsea, the often-sarcastic group leader Shai, the ditsy Thalia, the bubbly Kayla and the ill-tempered Jonee.

Through the telling of the individual characters’ stories, as well as their narrative as a group, the audience learns about the humanity of transgender women, their hopes and dreams, their weaknesses and strengths, their struggles and victories. Through “Care Divas” it is hoped that we are able to advocate acceptance and support of LGBTs, by non-LGBTs, by those from within the community, and most especially that acceptance and self-respect that can only come from the self.

“Care Divas” gathered six major awards in the 2011 PHILSTAGE Gawad Buhay awards: Outstanding Musical Production

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical
Outstanding Original Libretto
Outstanding Musical Direction
Outstanding Choreography
Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Musical

LoveYourself will be staging the musical play both as an educational intervention and a fundraising charity show on February 5, 2017 at 3:00 PM, PETA Theater in Quezon City. 100% of the profits will support LoveYourself’s HIV education, testing and treatment services, all given for free.

For inquiries and reservations, please contact:
0917-840-0943 • 0917-795-3398
0915-127-5931 • 0977-386-1781
caredivas@loveyourself.ph

AREA — TICKET PRICE
VIP (Elevated seats) — 1,800.00
Orchestra Center — 1,500.00
Orchestra Sides — 1,200.00
Balcony Center — 1,500.00
Balcony Sides — 800.00

INCOGNITO is the only free, quick, and confidential (NO NAMES!) HIV test in the country today.

Free – wala pong bayad

Quick – 15 minutes after a pin-prick, you get to know your results

Confidential – no need to fill-out forms with your name

November 27, 2016, Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Victoria Court Malate

To get reminders/details, pre-register your contact details here go.loveyourself.ph/incognito

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1. Be Anonymous: Upon your arrival at Victoria Court Malate, you will get a number and unique identifier code.
2. Take the Test: you will undergo a rapid screening with blood extracted by a simple prick on your finger using disposable one-time-use sanitary needles.
3. Have the Results: while waiting for the results, your counsellor will discuss with you safer sex practices to lower your risk of HIV infection and your results. It only takes 15 minutes to know the results after blood extraction.

MensRetreat

Much has changed and we now see better acceptance of gay, bisexual, and questioning men in the Philippine urban society. Despite this, many of us still feel the need to hide parts of who we truly are. With a great (but many times unconscious) desire to conform to what we think others expect of us, we follow paths that inadvertently disconnect us from the authentic yearnings of our core. This oftentimes translates to inexplicable feelings of emptiness or being stuck, perennial thoughts of being in the wrong job or wrong career path, or recurring experiences of failed relationships.

The Men’s Retreat, through a set of non-religious activities and lecturettes done within a weekend, will use the power of self-awareness and community to enable you to appreciate where you are in your current life, identify limiting beliefs and behaviors, and chart a new and more core-connected way forward.

Enjoy the weekend at a hilltop retreat house just half-an-hour away from Ortigas, in a safe and affirming space designed for insightful introspection. Join the Men’s Retreat and start your journey to authentic and wholehearted living.

Workshop fee (inclusive of overnight board and lodging) – P3,500

Early-bird discount of P500 for those who register and pay on or before May 2.

Register here – go.loveyourself.ph/mensretreat

For questions, you may email mensretreat@loveyourself.ph

gotas de lluvia sobre hoja de laurel

To ‘rest on your laurels’ means that you get lazy or complacent about what you could achieve because you’re too busy basking in the memories of former glories.

Former manager and star masseurs of that spa on Quezon Avenue have reinvented themselves on the heels of the closure of their former establishment named Bayleaf. Definitely not resting on their laurels, and pushing themselves to provide an even better experience to massage patrons, they have turned over a new leaf and built a new and reinvigorated place called HOJA DE LAUREL (or HDL for short).

Starting this week they will be on “by invitation” mode. I recommend to try their heavenly Turkish Bath with their Signature Massage. You may request for an available schedule by contacting their spa manager at 0917-9117821. Their location is beside Heartbeat Mega KTV, across Capitol Medical Center.

Aaaaand…. if you are curious on who to try as your therapist — try my therapist Yael. There is “ok” massage, there is good massage, but Yael’s is excellent, just a hue lower than sobresaliente.

Dear Migs,

I am writing to you because someone’s asking for help. An ex-blogger called me last night with an unusual request. Let us call him Mr. Ex-Blogger (wow ang genius ko, hahaha).

He pulled out of the blogsphere last December when he found out that he was HIV+. By March this year Mr. Ex-Blogger took a second test that confirmed his positive status.

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Notice that we’ve included some notable comments by MGG readers for each featured letter. Perhaps one of them is yours! Dear Migs, the book, is set to be launched in Manila on July 10, 2010.