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LGBT movement seeks social fairness

By: Louine Hope Conserva

BEING lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) is more of a gender identity and not a label, says an expert and advocate of gender.

Prof. Moniq Muyargas of the University of the Philippines Visayas cited several factors that may determine one’s gender, one of which is sexual orientation.

“It is our gender identity that determines our behaviors... But it does not mean that your sexual orientation determines your gender identity or vice versa. They are related but they are not determinant of one another,” she said in an interview with The Daily Gurdian On Air.

“One’s gender is also a choice.”

“Some said that they were born gay. Others said it is a choice. Why do you choose to be straight? Since when did you realize that you are gay? Did you choose to be straight or you woke up on day on the idea that you’re gay?” she said.

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Priest: We respect gay people but…

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE stand of the Catholic Church on same sex marriage (SSM) remains the same, according to a prominent member of the clergy in Iloilo City.

Fr. Esperidion “Boy” Celis, Molo parish priest, said the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) only approved civil marriage, not sacramental or religious marriage.

“The Court decides on a civil case which is a territory of the government. It cannot compel the Church to accept its decision,” Celis told The Daily Guardian on Air.

Celis likened the SSM issue to the divorce which the Catholic Church refuses to recognize.

“Ever since, the Catholic Church does not accept divorce. There is annulment of marriage if proven that there are problems in the relationship of the couple,” he added.

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30 men rescued as barge runs aground in Antique

By: Angelica L. Tapalla

ALL 30 crewmembers were rescued when a barge carrying construction materials ran aground at the coast of Bugasong town in Antique over the weekend.

Authorities said the crewmembers were about to transfer their cargo from Caluya town to Bugasong when the accident happened.

Barge operator David M. Consunji said the barge half submerged after being hit by strong waves.

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Iloilo’s Gay Fairest crowned Miss Gay Philippines-Universe 2012

STATUESQUE Ilongga gay stunner Erriz Erikha Lanceta bagged the much-coveted star-studded Miss Gay Philippines-Universe 2012 crown held recently at the cool Teatrino Greenhills.

Lanceta, a multi-awarded sultry beauty expert, who is at 5’10” tall, bested 23 other lovely gay hopefuls from around the country. Coming close is Ms. Philippines-World Stephie Zanora of Cebu City, followed by Ms. Earth Michelle Biñas of Sultan Kudarat, Ms. International Bem Bem Radaza of Cagayan De Oro City and Bacolod City’s Crystal Elizalde as Ms. Asia Pacific.

Other than winning the crown, Lanceta also bagged the Best in Swimsuit award. Meanwhile, Biñas took home the Best in National Costume and Best in Gowns awards and Elizalde was cited as Ms. Photogenic.

The stellar members of the Board of Judges were former beauty queens Ms. World 1st runner-up Evangeline Pascual, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe titlists Peachy Veneracion and Maria Ysabel Lopez, the reigning Ms. Earth Athena Imperial, veteran actress Liza Lorena, Lani Lobangco and movie director Boboy Tan.

Now on its 33rd edition, the Miss Gay Philippines beauty pageant was founded and produced annually by famed celebrity columnist Chito Alcid.

“Ms. Gay Philippines beauty pageant is not produced to glorify gays. This is a platform for them to further develop their personality, how to be more productive gays, to be professional in dealing with people, to have positive outlook in life, remind them the importance of moral values and their relationship to society,“ stated pageant producer Chito Alcid.

2012 Ms. Philippines-Universe Erriz Erikha Lanceta will represent our country to the Ms. Gay-Universe 2012 beauty pageant in Thailand this coming November.


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Wasteful living

July 06, 2015 03:32 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

THREE weeks ago I was invited to breakfast with several people joining us. One woman ordered a plate with eggs, beef tapa and rice. Read more...

Witnessing the Washington parade

July 06, 2015 03:32 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

Independence is happiness – Susan B. Anthony

WASHINGTON D.C. – Bobby Reyes of the Philippine History Group of Los Angeles insists the Filipinos should celebrate Independence Day on July 4, not June 12. Read more...

Ombudsman gives substance to public officials’ accountability

July 06, 2015 03:28 AM

By: Ellen Tordesilas

(The author is an Antiqueña journalist in Metro Manila who writes for Malaya, Abante and VERA Files)

WHEN the Mamasapano tragedy, which claimed the lives of 67 people including 44 members of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police, Read more...

There's no such thing as a lone wolf in cyberspace

July 06, 2015 03:24 AM

By: Gabriel Weimann

"LONE WOLF" terrorism is often cited as the biggest terrorist threat today. The problem with this label is none of the assailants act alone. They all belong to virtual wolf packs. Read more...

Forming convictions

July 06, 2015 03:18 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

WE need to see to it that we are forming convictions, those strong, deep core beliefs that would serve as a clear and sure guide in our lives. Read more...

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