Pride March in Marikina Promises to be Fun, Fierce and Bigger

PIO Department

2018-6-25

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The Metro Manila Pride March that will be held in Marikina City for the second time this year promises to be another celebration that’s fun, fierce and a lot bigger, says Regie Pasion from the Bahaghari United Securalists (BUS).

Aside from the expected colorful costumes and banners, the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) participants will be proudly parading the rainbow colored flag that represents the community.

With the theme "Rise Up Together," an estimated 10,000 individuals and 200 LGBTQ+ organizations from Metro Manila and around the country will be joining this year’s Metro Manila Pride March, the 24th edition since it started in 1994. Last year, around 7,700 persons and 150 organizations joined the event held for the first time in Marikina under the leadership of Mayor Marcy Teodoro.



It would be recalled that during the Sagayla Festival in May this year, Mayor Marcy announced that Marikina was willing to host again this year’s Pride March. Hosting the Pride March is Marikina's and Mayor Marcy's way of expressing their support to the rights of individuals regardless of their sexual orientation and gender.


On Saturday evening, June 23, the lighting of the rainbow lights was held at the Cityhood Park, heralding the start of the Pride March. The event was attended by the heads of different LGBTQ+ groups such as the Metropolitan Community Church, Fortune Bahaghari, Marikina Heights Kabaro, Marikina Gay Association, Catholic Diocese Ephesus Church and the LGBT BUS.

“Naririto po tayo ngayon dahil po sa Marikina, lalung-lalo na kay Mayor Marcy. Dahil sa kanilang suporta ay ating masasaksihan ngayong gabi ang pagliliwanag o pag-iilaw ng iconic structure na ito sa Marikina ng kulay ng LGBTQ plus community,” says Regie, who is from Concepcion Uno in Marikina.

“The colors symbolize equality and acceptance (of the LGBTQ+ community) in society,” he adds.


Just Be Happy

The June 30 Pride March will start with a get together from 10:00 in the morning until 12 noon at the Marikina Sports Complex. From 12 to 4 in the afternoon, there would be a program where the participants are expected to perform dance and song numbers. At 4pm, they will start assembling for the Pride March, which will commence at the entrance gate of the complex and move forward to Calumpang and then back to the stadium for more fun and festivities.

But Reggie reminds everyone that the event is not all costumes, parades and programs.

“We should not forget about the real objective of this march. This is a protest march. Ang Pride March is really a protest march because we are fighting for our dignity, for our rights. We are fighting against discrimination,” Regie says.


“This year, we are fighting for same-sex marriage. Last June 19 we were at the Supreme Court to show our support on the deliberation of the same-sex marriage,” he says.

Ponchie Santos, head of Marikina’s tourism office, said Mayor Marcy is extending his full support to the LGBTQ+ community.

“Mabuhay kayong lahat. Sabi ni Mayor Marcy, kung anuman ang inyong kailangan. Kung anuman ang gusto ninyong hilingin  sa ating Pamahalaang Lungsod para higit na maibigay ninyo ang mga nararapat na mga benefits for your group, sabihin niyo lang sa kaniya. Madami naman sa inyo dito ay malapit kay Mayor Marcy,” says Ponchie, who attended the lighting ceremony on behalf of Mayor Marcy.

“Just be happy. Sabi nga ni Mayor, dapat masaya lang tayo dito sa Marikina,” Ponchie says.






(Note: All photos, except the lighting ceremony at the Cityhood Park taken on Saturday, were from last year's Pride March held in Marikina City.)

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