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14th Baguio Pride scheduled on November 26

Baguio City is slated to host the first community-organized and non-commercial Pride event post-COVID 19 in Northern Philippines on November 26.

Baguio City is slated to host the first community-organized and non-commercial Pride event post-COVID 19 in Northern Philippines on November 26.

Themed “Breathe Pride”, this year’s gathering is said to be going to be “symbolic of the LGBTQIA community’s resilience after being unable to organize any parade for two consecutive years due to the global pandemic. With recent developments in health and safety protocols and ease of mobility, people can finally breathe the fresh air of hope while continuing to nurture our environment that sustains life,” said Amianan Pride Council (APC), which is a network of local LGBTQIA groups and people to organize Pride in these parts of the country.

The non-commercial Pride was last held in Baguio in 2019, prior to the imposition of lockdowns due to COVID 19.

Nonetheless, aside from celebrating surviving the pandemic, Pride for Baguio still continues to be political.

“Pride also reaffirms (APC’s) commitment to champion the cause of non-discrimination, equality, diversity and affirmation of sexual orientation, gender identities, expressions and sex characteristics,” APC stressed.

Aligned with this year’s environment-leaning theme, Baguio’s Pride will start with a 8:00AM tree planting activity at Camp 8 Water Reservoir along Kennon Rd. and Military Cut-Off Rd., helmed by the Baguio Association of Bars and Entertainers Society (BABES).

For the actual parade, assembly will be at the Baguio Convention Center at 1:00PM, ending at 4:00PM at Malcom Square.

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As part of the program post-parade, a drag competition will be held, also at Malcolm Square.

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