Metro Manila Pride Fundraising Update: June 17, 2016 (12 PM)

Our goal: PhP 184, 702.00

What you helped raise so far: PhP 125,329.34 or 71% of our goal!

We don’t know how it happened or where all you amazing donors came from but as of 12 P.M. of June 17, you have helped us raised enough money to pay for:

  • The marching permits
  • The use of the Lapu-Lapu monument area for the day
  • A down Full payment for the lights and sounds
  • A generator set for our electricity
  • Lunch, snacks, dinner, and water for our volunteers and performers
  • A parade truck, food, and fare for the lolas of the Home for the Golden Gays! (Funded directly by Rainbow Rights Project)

Metro Manila Pride Fundraising June 17 12PM

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 17 (Friday) at 12PM:

PARTNERS

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

“Ming” – PhP 9,000

Anonymous BDO Donation (June 16) – PhP 10,000

Jon-Jon, Lucian, and Lilith Rufino – PhP 24,000

ADVOCATES

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

ALLIES

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

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

Anonymous BDO Donation (June 16) – PhP 3,000

Charz and Evan Tan – PhP 3,000

Anonymous PayPal Donation (June 16) – PhP 4,632.25 (Converted from USD 100 and less USD 4.70 transfer fee)

SUPPORTERS

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)

Marc V. Muñasque (June 15) – PhP 1,000

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

“juliegee04” – PhP 1,000

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

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

Anonymous BPI Donation (June 15) – PhP 1,500

Tyrel Olores (June 16) – PhP 1,000

LOVE

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)

Anonymous BDO donor (June 15) – PhP 300

Anonymous BPI Donation (June 16) – PhP 200

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 metromanilapride@gmail.com.

How much we still need: PhP 51,372.66 or 29% of the goal

We still need this to be able to pay for:

  • Tents (for our lights and sounds, our control booth, and our equipment): We will be at the venue from 12PM until at least 9PM. We need these tents to be able to secure our backstage areas, the materials and equipment we will be using throughout the day, the lights and sound equipment, to shield our volunteers from the sun, and to provide our performers with a backstage area.
  • Various organizer equipment and materials: This is everything from mini flashlights for our security volunteers to disposable gloves that the entire team can use to pick up trash after the event. We need these things to run the event smoothly.
  • A donation for the Philippine Red Cross and the local police volunteers: We will be asking the Philippine Red Cross to provide first aid services at the event. Aside from this, there will be riders from local police who will be joining us at the march. We need these small donations to thank them for their service for the day and to also provide them with food and drink.

We still need your help

We still need to bridge the gap and raise PhP 51, 372.66 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 metromanilapride@gmail.com 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 TONIGHT, 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: http://tinyurl.com/ipaglovean.

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: http://goo.gl/forms/OlLoliQ5VL28sdb12.

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 the Manila Police department and the PNP Human Rights Affairs Office today, June 17.
  • The individual we recruited who has considerable event security management experience has started reaching out to his contacts at local government units to ask them 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 your own security companies, if you have contacts to high officials in police agencies, or you can connect us with anyone who you think might be able to help, please get in touch with us at metromanilapride@gmail.com.

Let’s all work together to make Pride the fun and safe space we deserve to have.

We are so overwhelmed by your support, mga mahal. Thank you so much for helping create this space for our community.

With much love and deep gratitude,

Nicky H. Castillo and Loreen Ordoño

Co-Coordinators, Metro Manila Pride