The world as we know it wouldn’t be the same without the LGBTQIA+ community. This June (also, aptly, known around the world as Pride Month) several companies have come out to laud the very people whose gender identity and/or expression differs from their gender assignment at birth, while unabashedly honoring their contributions to society. Plus, check out other sweet deals being offered during this very empowering time of year!
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H&M celebrates pride with a vibrant, fit-for-all, retro meets modern, capsule collection for everyone who identifies as man, woman, and non-binary! Consisting of graphic shirts, athleisure garments, and trendy accessories, 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the UN Free & Equal campaign. This special collection can be found in select branches—namely Mega Fashion Hall, Mall of Asia, and Greenbelt 4.
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adidas also follows suit by releasing the Originals Pride Pack and a footwear capsule collaboration with late artist Keith Haring. The brand has also launched its newest iterations of its Love Unites campaign. In addition, adidas has backed The Trevor Project for its work on suicide prevention and crisis intervention for the youth, partnered with the Brooklyn museum for its Pride-dedicated exhibitions, and has enlisted pop artist Ace Troy, drag performer Flawless Shade, Father of Kiki House of Flora Brandon Harrison, musician The Last Artful, Dodgr, pro soccer player Taylor Smith and DJ Venus X to share their pride stories via short film.
Heart Evangelista Escudero famously lent her support to the passing of the SOGIE bill in 2018. Now, the multi-hyphenate has partnered with L’Oreal Paris Makeup to launch her first-ever, limited-edition lipstick collection. Called the L’Oreal x Love Marie Color Riche Mattes, it features five of the global beauty brand’s best-selling Color Riche Matte shades that contain spherical powders and jojoba oil. What’s more, each lipstick tube is covered a paint design done by Heart herself. Get your hands on these artsy lippies in Watson’s branches nationwide.
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Catriona Gray loves the LGBTQ+ community so much that when asked about transgender hopeful Angela Ponce vying for the Miss Universe crown, she was all for it. Now, our Miss Universe 2018 is the face of Smart Signature, a series of data plans which prioritize Smart subscribers so they enjoy consistent data to connect to their favorite apps, sent messages in real time, and make worry-free calls (even during peak hours). Her endorsement reflects her own dependency on reliable data, given her progressive and fast-paced lifestyle. “I always play to my own strengths. You need to find a circle of people that believe in what your goals are. And in this digital age, you need a mobile partner that will always prioritize your needs,” she said.
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#LoveWins this pride month. But love is abound even for heterosexuals. Freelance writer Jam Kotenko and engineer Jason Kotenko are a beautiful example of online dating turned happily-ever after. The couple met on OkCupid in 2010, and while Jam was based in Manila and Jason in the United States, distance didn’t stop them from forging a loving, genuine, and substantial relationship. They credit the site for allowing them to be more open about themselves and its algorithm for matching them together. Now based in Singapore, Jam and Jason are married with two kids.
Wells Fargo Enterprise Global Services (EGS) Philippines proudly took part at the Metro Manila Pride March this year, with more than 100 members wearing "You Are Empowerful" shirts in attendance. More than just physical presence on the streets, Wells Fargo EGS has nearly four year-old sub-group Pride Team Member Network advocating inclusivity in and out of the workplace. “It is the voice of equality for the LGBT community in the workplace. We are here to promote mutual respect among team members regardless of sexual orientation and diverse expressions,” explained Wells Fargo operations manager Ian Gabrinao, also certified by the Philippine Financial Industry Pride as a SOGIE facilitator. "We hold awareness campaigns on our main advocacies such as SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity and expressions) talks, HIV/AIDS education, support on anti-bullying and inclusion efforts for transgender team members.”
WWE Live is returning to the Philippines on September 20, 2019. If getting to meet the likes of Roman Reigns™, Kofi Kingston™, Charlotte Flair™, Finn Bálor™, Asuka™, Elias™, Xavier Woods™, Big E™, Shinsuke Nakamura™, Rusev™, Kevin Owens™, Bayley™, Carmella™, and The IIconics™ has always been your dream (or your partner’s!), now’s the perfect chance. Tickets for WWE Live Manila will be available starting June 22 at 10 AM!
This June, Trish Panlilo of nawwTy’s kitchen has whipped up a hearty selection of morning meals at nawwTy’s kitchen’s Breakfast corner. From three kinds of tapa, to three kinds of longganisa, to the all-time classic beef salpicao, there’s a plate ready to start your day right! For the health-conscious, their Wholesome Indulgence line offers gluten-free, low-fat snacks such as Seeded Loaves, Biscotti, Seeded Crisps, Fruit & Nut Crackers, and Berry Bites to guiltlessly munch on.
This is a special month for Cinema One. The ABS-CBN cable channel celebrate 25 years of showcasing Filipino films round the clock. From establishing itself with regular programming of movies, Cinema One began launching magazine show formats and eventually produced original films (which are showcased through its annual film festival) and series. Congratulations, Cinema One!
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