Pride March 2015: Filipino LGBTQs Make History in Luneta

The fight for love, equality, and freedom continues in the historical urban park in the Philippines.

Situated by the Manila Bay and adjacent to the walled city of Intramuros, the Luneta National Park is an important site in Philippine history.

It was where Jose Rizal, one of the nation’s greatest heroes, was executed on December 30, 1896. It was where the Declaration of Philippine Independence from the United States on July 4, 1946 took place. It was where Filipino Catholics gathered during the visit of Pope John Paul II in January 1995 and Pope Francis in January 2015. It was where the 2005 Southeast Asian Games had its opening and closing ceremonies.

This park named after a pioneer of Philippine freedom was also the site of the 21st Metro Manila Pride March held last June 27, 2015. The starting point was at the Lapu-Lapu Monument, a statue in honor of the native Visayan chieftain who was the first native to resist Spanish colonization.

More than 2000 individuals comprising of LGBTQs (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders, Queers) and allies assembled under the mid-afternoon sun for a revolution much like the revolution undertaken by those before us, a revolution to reclaim our rights. It has been said time and again: LGBT rights are Filipino rights, LGBT rights are human rights.

From Taft Avenue to Padre Faura St. to Roxas Blvd. to Padre Burgos Ave., and finally back to the Sentinel of Freedom, thousands of Filipinos marched for the recognition, promotion, and fulfillment of everyone’s rights.

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