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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

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

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

Rak of Aegis - PETA

RAK OF AEGIS! Please contact 0920-927-0734 or 0917-837-3501 for ticket inquiries or reservations. Limited seats available. Make your reservations now!


Watched “Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady” and resolved to myself – I’m gonna watch it one more time! I’ll leave the serious theatre reviewing to the Gibbs Cadizes of this world, but let me itemize the reasons why #LeadingLadyTheMusical is going to be a PETA box-office hit:

1. ENTERTAINING TO THE MAX! Glad to have the same triumvirate of Zsa-zsa Zaturnnah whip this magic sarap up! Thank you, Chris Martinez, Vincent de Jesus, and Carlo Vergara. The ZZZ vibe is strong in this one!

2. POWERCAST! Bito Escalante, Frenchie Dy, Menchu Lauchenco-Yulo, and Markki Stroem. These are big names you will see in the poster. But after the show, you know you should remember more names. More than just big names, talent in the powerhouse cast is overflowing. Worthy to mention, so watch out for them: Nar Cabico, JC Santos, Vince Lim, and Kim Molina.

3. PROUDLY PINOY! The story and music will triumphantly bring the “yaya meal” to fiesta gastronomica levels! In other words, #KPANLL feels good.

4. And finally, Leading Man will give you *nice* dreams long after you watch. Hihi. Imagine towel-clad Markki Stroem singing you your heartsong.

Go watch, and see you in the theatre!

First there were secrets — secrets just like yours. Now, it’s time for revelations — confessions. Watch, and feel the exhilaration of secrets confessed out in the open. Brave individuals, taking their brave step out of the shadows. Come listen to real people share their real stories.

Be part of the journey of this diverse group of individuals who dared to discover themselves – reliving their past, facing their fears, and relishing the present. Share in their new-found freedom to express themselves in a night like no other. LoveYourself Café Confessions features real stories from real people – Lui, Gimo, Ivy, Buboy, Ryan, Mark, Dex, JV & Niknok – shared by themselves, no holds barred.

It has been an interesting few weeks under the guidance of Rep Phils’ youngest director, Topper Fabregas, and LoveYourself’s own Kuya Law, that this odd bunch have shared the gift of being able to discover together and express themselves. Join them this Saturday as they pass on that gift to as they dare to care and share part of themselves with others.

Join us in a special public show performed by the workshop participants to be held on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the La Maison Rada Condominium Roofdeck, 115 Rada St., Legaspi Village, Makati City.

Event map here:

Organizers will be asking for a PhP500 donation at the door to help cover for the workshop expenses. Proceeds will support future projects of Love Yourself.

Discover the disciplines of theatre performance; dare to face your deepest, darkest self; learn to share and express yourself with total freedom.

This Self-Expression Workshop for LoveYourself is looking for open and committed participants who will undergo a theater workshop facilitated by Topper Fabregas on four Saturdays of October.

This process will culminate in a special public show performed by the workshop participants — “LoveYourself Cafe Confessions” to be held at the LoveYourself Hub on Nov 10.

No previous theatre experience is required. But there are limited slots available.

For those who would dare, please register at

One thing I’m so thankful for, being in almost constant company of other gay men, is that I can enjoy so-called “music for the culturati” and find others enjoying the same, getting even just a bit giddy over the same song otherwise unappreciated by my straight friends. Oh, I love my gay friends!

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Queer Manila attempts to create a visual discussion around gender and sexuality within local contexts and internationalised LGBT discourse. It explores the understandings, misunderstandings, conflicts, humours, loves, eroticisms, deviances, spectacles, and dilemmas within Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender identities.

Identity and gender have always been in processes of flux, subjected to numerous influences and social behaviours that change over time, creating different sites for cultures, politics, psychologies, spiritualities and biologies to define who we are. The show, therefore, is about activating and including multiple audiences in a visual conversation about how we look, exchange ideas and comment on gender and sexuality within LGBT communities. It is about processes of othering and reclaiming, through contemporary art’s ability to share, question, and develop these identities. As such, artists have been invited to contribute personal stories, as well as comment on the notion of body politics, activism and culture across generations through various media.

To compliment the exhibition and diversify this conversation, a programme of performances, films, talks and events has been organised that will take place in the gallery over the duration of the exhibition. For a summary of this program, see the schedule below:

25 August, 2-9PM
Performances by Maya Munoz in collaboration with Julie Tolentino, Jef Carnay, Martin Lorenzo de Mesa and Roselle Pineda, with a poetry reading by Danton Remoto, Chairman Emeritus of Ang Ladlad

FILM PROGRAMME (Upstairs Gallery)
Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (2005)
Directed by Aureus Solito and written by Michiko Yamamoto. Produced by UFO Pictures.
September 9 and 16, 1PM

Zombadings (2011)
Directed by Jade Castro, also co-written with Raymond Lee, Michiko Yamamoto.
September 9 and 16, 3PM

Book signing by J. Neil C. Garcia (Editor) of “Aura”: The Gay Theme in Philippine Fiction in English
A collection of gay-themed short stories and novel excerpts from Philippine fictionists in English. Featuring the works of Jose Garcia Villa, Bienvenido N. Santos, NVM Gonzalez, Nick Joaquin, and Edith L. Tiempo etc.
September 1, 5PM

Talk by Enzo Camacho + Amy Lien
Sharing their processes as creative partners and performers
September 8, 12NN

Hubad: Mga Kwento ng Kalayaan
Guerilla theater event by LeAP! (Lesbian Activists Philippines)
September 15

Venue is Whitespace in Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati: MAP HERE

The Love Yourself Project, an ongoing advocacy group which aims to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS shall present “How Do I Love Thee” – a fund raising exhibit featuring the works of noted photo-artist Ian Felix Alquiros.

The exhibit will open on July 8, 2012 — 6 p.m. at The Love Yourself Hub located at 1850 Leon Guinto St., Malate, Manila (at the back of PWU).

The theme of “How Do I Love Thee” focuses on the ideals of The Love Yourself Project by propagating ideas and practices that encourage loving one’s self — to DARE to be oneself, to CARE for oneself, and to SHARE oneself as a way to multiplying joy.

The photographs, which were shot mostly in black and white, will focus on the male torso.

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I watched a “gay play” last Thursday. “Next Fall” is Repertory Philippines’ initial offering as it celebrates its 45th anniversary.

Front and center in “Next Fall” are two touchy subjects: gay love, and religion. It’s the story of Adam and Luke, a gay couple living in New York, as challenged by situations brought about by their differences in religious beliefs, as well as issues on coming out, sex, age gap, family, etc. Despite the play being thoroughly American, gay guys here wouldn’t feel so detached from the issues that surround the characters. I love the way the play exposes the issues — they are so real and relatable, detailed and palpable. In one instance, Adam reaches out to Luke’s former bestfriend to consult him, “Why does he pray after we have sex?” That scene is golden — funny and moving at the same time.

Kudos to the cast for mostly wonderful portrayals, particularly Bart Guingona and Miguel Faustmann, impressive performances.

For people like us, single or partnered, hitched or hoping, here’s a moving comedy that I recommend for you to experience. Those who get bored listening to dialogue may want to skip this, but those who can stay put, watch, listen, and feel would gain heaps. In my book, 4-and-one-third stars, out of 5, plus a generous dash of glitter powder.

“Next Fall” runs from Jan. 13 to Feb. 5, with shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and matinee shows on Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30 p.m. All performances are at Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Makati City. For tickets, inquiries and other information, call Repertory Philippines at 571-6926 or 571-4941 or e-mail Tickets are also available through Ticketworld at 891-9999 or

[Photo credit: JR Sala]

I am a gay man. Hath not a gay man eyes? Hath not a gay man hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a straight man is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?

[Reworded from William Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice]