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Here’s the GMA7 documentary on HIV/AIDS in the Philippines (World View – Think Positive). Interesting.

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world_peace_award2008 I read the following article by Cholo Hidalgo Laurel at Brian Gorrell‘s blog, and I was deeply struck. In the early part of his article he says, “Twelve years of tiptoeing around people’s egos, witnessing the most evil power plays known to man, often compromising standards and never really feeling creatively fulfilled was just eating my soul up. Ergo, This happy man was not a very contented man. This man wanted to start doing things that meant something.” As I read through it, I felt so drawn to his passion to live a relevant, significant life, something much larger than himself. I so admire this kind of courage and high-mindedness.

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Enigmatic, handsome Leo Miranda appears in “A Fairy Tale,” a short film made by UP Film students Jacques Palami, Kim Camelo, Mikki Crisostomo, Judd Figuerres, Jaimee Santos, and Jewels Sison.

Guwapo talaga ni Leo Miranda! Whooo! Video after the jump.

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Tulad ng perennial win sa Miss Photogenic online voting sa Miss Universe, ayan, nanalo na naman tayo sa CNN online voting ng Best Asia Pacific Film of all time. Sabi nga ni Ate Guy, “Walang Himalaaa!” Pero para sa mga Pinoy, meron namang internet — kaya wagi!

“Himala,” the late Ishmael Bernal’s masterpiece that starred Nora Aunor was announced as the best film in the region on Tuesday (US time) during the 2008 Asia Pacific Screen Awards held in Australia’s Gold Coast. An early favorite in the online voting, Himala bested tough competitors, namely Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon from China; The Seven Samurai from Japan; Gabbeh from Iran; Gallipoli from Australia; Pather Panchali from India; Spirited Away from Japan; Oldboy from South Korea; Infernal Affairs from Hong Kong/China; and Chungking Express from China. As early as September, CNN said the film received “an avalanche of raving positivity” from thousands of online voters all over the globe. [Source]

While the world is rejoicing with the victory of Barack Obama, the first US President of African-American descent, I was silently monitoring the gay-related Ballot Measures. In Arizona, Proposition 102 (Ban on Gay Marriage) was being decided on. The measure would amend the state constitution so that only a union between one man and one woman would be valid or recognized as a marriage in the state. In California, a similar measure was also being decided on, called Proposition 8. In Florida too, there was something similar, Amendment 2. All these states were voting Yes or No to Ban Gay Marriage. In all these three states, as of writing, the Yes‘s are winning. In Arkansas, people were voting Yes or No to another gay-related issue: Arkansas Initiative 1— Ban on Gay Couples Adopting Children. Again, the Yes‘s are winning.

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[Posting this email I received from Peachy Natividad, an invitation for everyone to participate and support the upcoming 2008 Pride March]

Do you remember your first pride march?

I do. I’m sure we all do. And if you haven’t had the opportunity to participate in one yet, this year’s the perfect time to do so.

This years Pride March is a tribute to our rights, our lives, our loves and our selves. It’s also the celebration of the 10 years of Filipino rainbow pride. It’s a perfect 10 for the success of the past pride marches, and the anticipated one of this year’s. Hence, the theme is A decade of dignity: our rights, our lives, our loves, our selves.

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Hi Migs,

Alam ko dami mo letter-sender na inspiring ang mga messages nila. Hindi ko alam kung medyo kakaiba ito but this is real at gusto ko ishare sa mga readers mo.

I’m 29 years old, very happily married but no child yet by choice and straight-acting. Hindi ko itatanggi na I have been practicing this orientation for almost 5 years and so far so good.. At alam mo naman siguro pag mga straight-acting, mas active ang sex-life kesa sa mga open or so I think. Naranasan ko na halos lahat ng klase ng gay-sex. 3some, orgies, seb, name it. Malamang sa hindi, nagawa ko na. Kaya masasabi ko na bato na ang puso ko sa emosyon. Hindi na ako madaling maattach emotionally sa mga kasex ko. Until recently.

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This weekend, the Fabcasters and I will once again reunite and have a blast — another Fabcast recording!

I’d like to open up the floor for your suggested topics — what do you want us to tackle?

Any burning questions you have in mind? It can be anything under the sun, as long as it’s interesting! Any personal dilemma that you might want to share, and perhaps, have the Fabcasters discuss and dialogue about? Any issue that has been bugging you, or you’ve found yourself pretty stuck about? Let’s talk about it!

Comment in your suggested topic /questions, or if you’re not comfortable writing it here out in the open, send me an email (manilagayguy[at]gmail[dot]com) or use the contact form.

[To listen to our past fabcasts, click here.]

This article was written by John Lapus. Funny, witty, yet rings true. I so like the ending, so world peace! Taray mo `teh!

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Si Carol Dauden, na isang magaling aktres, at si Aiza Seguera, na mahusay na mang-aawit, ay umamin na—sila ay mga tomboy. Mukha naman silang masaya sa kanilang pag-amin. Mas naging malaya sila. Natanggap naman sila ng mga pamilya nila at mga kaibigan. Pero bakit ang mga bakla sa showbiz, isang damukal ang ayaw umamin. Yung iba, tumanda na, at yung iba naman, namatay na pero hindi umamin. Namatay nang nagtatago. Namatay nang hindi malaya. Kawawang bakla.

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ManilaGayGuy.com’s Events Calendar is now online! It features gay-related events in Manila (and sometimes outside Manila, within the Philippines) ranging from movie premieres, indie or otherwise, parties, launches, sales, exhibits, etc. — as long as they are of interest to Manila’s gay population, it can be included here. While it occupies a prominent individual page, a mini-version of the calendar is also posted at the sidebar of this blog. Lookey-lookey at the right sidebar and hover your cursor over the calendar to see the events on specific dates. Click on the dates to see details of the events.

For event organizers, or just anyone who would like to have gay-interest events posted here, simply write me an email [manilagayguy(AT)gmail(DOT)com] or send me a message through the contacts page. Please do not forget the event title, event date(s), and venue. This is another public service brought to you by Migs the Manila Gay Guy – charoz! World Peace, you all!