LGBT stories and courage take centerstage at ‘HUBAD: Katawan’

April 25, 2016 by Event 0 comments

MANILA, Philippines – Last April 9, more than 200 people trooped to HUBAD: Katawan, a fundraiser for the 2016 Metro Manila Pride campaign, organized by Metro Manila Pride (MMP) and Words Anonymous (WA) and held in partnership with Green Sun.

LGBT Stories HUBAD Katawan Tarp

Taking its cue from Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, the UCR Coming Out Monologues, and Lesbian Activism Project’s HUBAD: Mga Kwento Ng Kalayaan, this night of spoken word performances sought to create an uncensored space for LGBT stories of sexuality.

“What we wanted was a gathering where we could talk about our bodies, sex, and sensuality without anyone bleeping us out,” said Words Anonymous’ Louise Meets, HUBAD Co-Director of Programs.

The night’s performances ranged from hilarious musings of a woman who wants her own penis to a heart-wrenching letter of a father to his son who was dying from AIDS. Meets shared that this diverse range was intentional.

“There is an alarming scarcity of narratives about LGBTQIA+ people in our country,” added WA’s Abby Orbeta, also HUBAD Co-Director of Programs. “Because of this, it was extremely important to us that a large variety of stories and voices were shared on stage.”

Our bodies are tools for empowerment and we should celebrate them as symbols of individuality.

According to Metro Manila Pride Overall Co-Coordinator Nicky Castillo, the event also aims to counteract the “prevalent pigeon-holing of LGBTQIA+ bodies as perversions.”

Castillo added, “We hope to instead reinforce the belief that our bodies are tools for empowerment and that we should celebrate them as symbols of individuality.”

Courage in Sharing LGBT Stories

A few hours before the event, the organizers posted this question on social media: “Hindi ba’t kagitingan ang walang takot na pagbahagi ng kwento ng ating mga buhay, katawan, at realidad na madalas sinesensor, binabasura, at niyuyurakan? (Is it not valor to fearlessly share the stories of our lives, bodies, and realities that are often censored, maligned, and trampled upon?)”

“Ultimately, the vision is for the HUBAD projects is for it to become a platform where LGBTQIA+ people can safely share their different lived experiences and struggles,” says Loreen Ordoño, Overall Co-Coordinator for MMP. “We know that doing so takes a lot of courage and comes with many risks, so we want to make these spaces as empowering as possible.”

HUBAD: Katawan featured performances from Theater in Alternative Platforms’ Dave Ramones, PinoyFTM’s Julian Tolits Tanaka, and Words Anonymous artists Henri Igna, Roch Lazarte, Jihad Mambuay, Louise Meets, Abby Orbeta, and Juan Miguel Severo, who played Rico on the hit show “On The Wings Of Love.” Also featured were seven guest artists whose works were selected from a pool of submissions. These artists were Ethan Chua, Sam Changcoco, Gener Manaloto, Maxine Go, Jerome Cleofas, Kent Casao, and Lyrra Magtalas.

Check out more photos, videos, and reactions about the show, as taken by the organizers and some event goers:

#HubadKatawan tonight!

A photo posted by @unsaulicited on

Tara naaaaaa! #HUBADKatawan

A photo posted by Tangina Tibs (@tanginatibs) on

“Basta samahan mo ako at wag iwan” #LyrraMagtalas at last night’s #HUBADKatawan

A video posted by Metro Manila Pride (@metromanilapride) on

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