Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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To compliment efforts to ensure our continuing contribution and passionate commitment to prevent, reverse or to maintain it at its alarming condition (read: hidden and growing) the spread of HIV/AIDS epidemic, Bisdak Pride Inc. (BPI) sponsored the 7.00pm and 9.30pm Cebu premiere of “Zombadings 1: Patayin sa shokot si Remington” last 25 August 2011 at SM City Cebu Cinema 2.
The film was produced, written and directed by an-all writers media group Origin8 Media Inc. BPI, a non-stock non-profit  gender equality advocates since 2005, organized the premiere to ensure that the activity will help boosts the film’s rating in time for its national regular screening last 31 August.  
This is part of our commitment to support locally produced and exceptional films that tackles the standard issues of the day. Zombadings is one film that stirs debate. It lurks into our consciousness and mobilizes our thoughts, allowing us to understand the film as it presents issues worthy of our support. No film, with all its vigor and creativity that breaks ice – save Zombadings – can present such ease and comfort.
All proceeds of the film will go to our HIV/AIDS prevention campaign dubbed as “Pink Mobile Discussion Group” a one-year internally-funded project which will be implemented to various communities, schools, and workplaces.
The advance screening coincided with the one-week conference on HIV/AIDS response organized by the Local Government Academy (LGA). The one-week conference, was attended by local government officials from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Health (DOH) nationwide and Men-Having-Sex-With-Men and Transgender (MSM/TG) communities in the Visayas.
I am thankful that some delegates attended the advanced screening. Thanks to Anastacio Marasigan and Renier Bona of TLF Share Collective Inc., Philip Castro of UNDP Philippines AIDS response, Glenn Cruz of the Philippine National AIDS Council (PNAC), Jerson See and some Cebu Plus Inc. members and volunteers, Dr. Ilya Abellanosa-Tac-an of the Cebu City Multi-Sectoral AIDS Council (CCMSAC) and some staff, Ronnie Sab-a adviser of Self-Motivated Gays of Barangay Luz (SEMGAB) together with some members, members of Gay Empowerment of Minglanilla (GEM), the dashing Magdalena Robinson of COLORS together with some glittering members, among others.
To Cebu’s academic community, our advocacy partners, thank you for watching and appreciating the film.
To the following sponsors whose passion and commitment to help the advocacy of BPI, were also there giving their support and moving us an inch closer to sainthood. Thank you!
To Dreamline Productions Inc., Cebu’s premiere production outfit for the tarpaulin, discounted tickets, for the photos and videos, thank you. We cannot reminisce our beautiful smiles and moving acts without you guys. Esteemed thanks to their president Mikio Makino Jr for all the support.
For plugging daily the screening of Zombadings, many thanks to ASLE Resto Bar, owned by Charina and Tony White for giving our staff and volunteers the dinner reception they rightfully deserved. To the bands performing at ASLE’s thank you for plugging Zombadings screenings everyday for a week. Such simple gestures really help a lot.  
Giving us a taste of Cebu’s glorious Spanish delicacy heritage, countless thanks to IPAR’s Spanish Restaurant. IPAR’s delighted not only our empty stomachs but also our press conference due to its delicately and well decorated restaurant. The press conference was attended by Cebu’s active bloggers and mainstream media, they give us and the film a more fitting and appropriate space.
To my dearest friend, Ferliza Contratesta, the host of SUGBO PAGPANGINLABOT, a daily radio-magazine program aired live from 7:00pm-8:00pm on Bantay Radyo DYDD 1260 KHz for giving away free tickets to its loyal listeners, please accept my boundless joy.  
To Casa Escario for the free lunch to the cast, thank you.
To Cebu Fair Trade Shop for selling tickets, many thanks.
To the Law Students Leauge of Cebu, most especially to Jaime Tumulak, thank you for all the support.
Finally, to the Cebu City Legislative Council especially to Hon. Raul D. Alcoseba and Hon. Alvin Dizon whose support for BPIs endeavors is exceptional. We hope to sustain our collaboration in the years to come. (to be continued)

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