Metro Manila Pride Fundraising Update: June 15, 2016 (12 PM)

Our goal: PhP 184, 702.00

What you helped raise so far: PhP 64, 697.09 or 37% of our goal!

As of 12 P.M. of June 15, you amazing people have helped us raised enough money to pay for:

  • The marching permits
  • A down payment for the lights and sounds
  • Lunch for our volunteers
  • The venue! We got Lapu-Lapu Monument, mga mahal!

Metro Manila Pride Fundraising June 15

The Donors

Our deepest thanks and gratitude goes out to these individuals and organizations who are helping raise the Pride flag in Luneta. None of this would be possible without all of you. Here are the donations that came in as of June 15 (Wednesday) at 12PM:


Karnepunan – PhP 5,000 cash and PhP 3,000-5,000 food donation for volunteers’ lunch (In kind donation not yet reflected in total amount raised)

Rainbow Rights Project, Inc. – PhP 16,500


Anonymous BPI Donation (June 13) – PhP 6,000


Anonymous BPI Donation (June 13) – PhP 3,000

“Paolo” – PhP 4,765 (Less PhP 235 PayPal transfer fee)


Din Lee – PhP 1,000

Anonymous BPI Donation (June 3) – PhP 1,000

“Cec and Tata” – PhP 1,500

Anonymous BDO Donation (June 7) – PhP 1,000

“Ming” – PhP 1,000

Liah Nase – PhP 1,000

“Jefe” – PhP 1,000

Anonymous BPI Donation (June 13) – PhP 2,000

Chris Velasco – PhP 2,000

Nadine Umali – PhP 1,000

Lanz Paningbatan – PhP 1,426.50 (Less PhP 73.50 PayPal transfer fee)

Maggie Cortez – PhP 1,426.50 (Less PhP 73.50 PayPal transfer fee)

Gia Santiago – PhP 1,000

Anonymous BPI Donation (June 14) – PhP 1,000

Anonymous PayPal Donation (June 15) – PhP 2,317.75 (Converted from USD 50)

Anonymous PayPal Donation (June 15) – PhP 1,000


Chris De Vera – PhP 200

“Hanna” – PhP 500

Anonymous BDO Donation (June 2) – PhP 600

Anonymous BPI Donation (June 2) – PhP 200

Anonymous BPI Donation (June 2) – PhP 500

Anonymous BPI Donation (June 2) – PhP 500

Anonymous BPI Donation (June 3) – PhP 250

Anonymous PayPal Donation (June 3) – PhP 650 (Converted from 10 GBP)

Anonymous PayPal Donation (June 3) – PhP 200

“LJ Alexis” – PhP 600

“Emma Watson” – PhP 177.20 (Less PhP 22.8 PayPal transfer fee)

Anonymous BPI Donation (June 6) – PhP 200

Anonymous BPI Donation (June 6) – PhP 300

“Dennis” – PhP 500

Jamie Flores – PhP 300

Ics Aquino – PhP 500

Anonymous BPI Donation (June 13) – PhP 200

Drei Castillo – PhP 500

Gail Monzon – PhP 706.94 (Converted from CAD 20)

Ethan and Mark Chua – PhP 500

Anonymous BPI Donation (June 14) – PhP 500

Anonymous PayPal Donation (June 15) – PhP 177.20 (Less PhP 22.8 PayPal transfer fee)

Please note that we were given written consent to publish the above names and aliases. We will never publish the names of those who do not give their consent.

Those marked anonymous include donors who asked not to be named and did not provide an alias, have not responded to our email asking for their consent to publish their names or alias, or did not get in touch with us after making their donation. If you made a donation and would like your name or alias published or if you do not see your name above, please send us an email at

How much we still need: PhP 112, 004.91 or 63% of the goal

We still need this to be able to pay for:

  • The rest of the deposit on lights and sounds
  • Electricity (even if we have lights and sounds, we don’t have anywhere to plug those in!)
  • Snacks and dinner for the volunteers and performers
  • Tents (for our lights and sounds, our control booth, and our equipment)
  • Various organizer equipment we need (from flashlights for the security team/volunteers to disposable gloves to handle garbage)
  • The Home for the Golden Gays (HGG) contingent (their parade float so that the lolas don’t have to walk, their food and drink, and a transportation donation). The HGG lolas will also use this time to raise some money for themselves.
  • A donation for the Philippine Red Cross and the local police volunteers. 

We still need your help

We still need to bridge the gap and raise PhP 112, 004.91 to be able to successfully and safely hold this year’s Metro Manila Pride March and Festival. Here’s how you can help us do this:

Donate via bank deposits or PayPal

Metro Manila Pride Fundraising Banks

Please send us a photo of your bank deposit slip or online transfer to including whether or not you want your name published. You can also opt to just give us an alias!

Attend Metro Manila Pride benefit shows

There are two benefit shows going on for Metro Manila Pride this weekend. Part of the proceeds of both these shows will be donated to Pride!

IpagLOVEan Let Love In

The first is the “IpagLOVEan: Let Love In” show from Words Anonymous, the country’s premier spoken word group. It will be on June 17 (Friday), 7PM at Splice Resto Bar, Greenfields District, Mandaluyong City. Performers include Words Anonymous poets such as Abby Orbeta, Louise Meets, Michelle Manase, Henri Igna, Jihad Mambuay and Juan Miguel Severo. Guest poets include Trisha O’Bannon, Mark Ghosn, Jerome Cleofas, Tolits Tanaka, and more. Tickets go for PhP 250 and can be reserved via this link:

AM LoveWins

The second is Ampalaya Monologues “#LoveWins” on June 19 (Sunday), 4PM at O Bar, Home Depot, Ortigas. Performers include [NAMES] with guest poets Abby Orbeta and Louise Meets of Words Anonymous, Mark Dimaisip of Loudmouth Collective, and Alfonso Manalastas.. Tickets go for PhP 300 and can be reserved via this link:

Spread the word

We know that not everyone is able to contribute monetarily and that’s okay! But, if you can, please spread the word about the Metro Manila Pride fundraising campaign to your friends, family, or even to your company. We need all the help we can get.

What if we don’t raise enough in time?

As we mentioned before, we will push through.

In the past, we’ve borrowed money to help Pride happen. We will do the same this year and maybe even take out loans. But with your help, hopefully we won’t have to resort to these options.

A note on security

The recent Orlando Shooting not only has our community in tears, it has also amplified fears about our own security. While, historically, the Pride March has never been subject to any form of violence, we want you to know that this is a fear that we share and we’re committed to making sure it is an unfounded one.

As such, we have been in touch with various organizations and individuals who can help us beef up security on the day itself. Here’s what we’ve been able to do so far:

  • We approached the local PNP office of Manila about adding security to the actual Festival grounds. However, due to a shortage of personnel, they have informed us that they are only able to send two riders to help us with traffic during the March.
  • We got in touch with Atty. Twylah Rubin of the Commission on Human Rights about possibly persuading the PNP to give us amplified police protection. They are sending a letter to PNP today.
  • We recently recruited an individual who has had considerable experience with planning and executing security plans for events that cater to more than 10,000 people.
  • This individual will be helping us make connections with local government units to send security volunteers from their own police or barangay tanods.

All that said, we know that even with these connections, we might still be asked to pay a fee to get this kind of security. This is something we know we cannot afford.

So, if you have connections to or have your own security companies, have contacts to high officials in police agencies, or anything that you think might be able to help, please get in touch with us at so that we can see how we can work together to make Pride the fun and safe space we deserve to have.

That’s it from us for now, mahal. As always, thank you so much.

With much gratitude,

Nicky H. Castillo and Loreen Ordoño

Co-Coordinators, Metro Manila Pride

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