Buhay Bahaghari: The Filipino LGBT Chronicles book launch Aug 27

Want to read 36 personal essays on what it’s like to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer in the Philippines today?

Buhay Bahaghari coverThen get a copy of the book entitled BUHAY BAHAGHARI: THE FILIPINO LGBT CHRONICLES published by the UP Center for Women’s Studies. The anthology will be launched on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 1:30-3:30pm inside the UP Center for Women’s Studies premises (Magsaysay Ave. cor. Ylanan Road near the CSWCD/MassComm/Music college buildings inside the Diliman, QC campus). Directions and details could be accessed at this FB event page.

Edited by longtime lesbian advocate and the Philippine Online Chronicles’ Pinoy LGBT channel editor-writer Eva Callueng, the collection is perhaps the first of its kind in featuring the varied voices of this colorfully diverse community in essay form (a previous collection featured photos in Babaylanes Inc.’s picture book Ano’ng Pangalan Mo Sa Gabi at Iba Pang Tanong Sa LGBT).

While previous queer anthologies have featured identity-specific collections  (such as Danton Remoto and Neil Garcia’s edited Ladlad gay series and a couple of lesbian-specific book anthologies such as What These Hands Can Do by Lunduyan ng Sining and Tibok: Heartbeat of a Filipino Lesbian by Can’t Live In The Closet), it has been rare to gather openly out and closeted LGBTs to share their collective thoughts on varied issues concerning their personal and professional lives as LGBTs in the Philippines. Yes, this anthology has writers identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer — and they share interesting perspectives from their varied viewpoints.

Contributors come from different walks of life who also belong in different industries in society. Some of them are or have been active LGBT rights advocates. Their essays tackle topics like identities and struggles; tensions, anxieties, relations; challenges, changes and the community; and of course love and lessons that come with finding it, losing it, or keeping it. Some of the contributors include longtime queer advocates Fr. Richard Mickley, Chris Jo Salvatierra, Ging Cristobal and Bruce Amoroto; corporate professionals Fire Sia, Mel Abutin and Allan Carreon; development worker Miel Feria; former and current college professors Mikee Inton, Argel Tuason and  Lorna Israel; National Youth Commission’s Percival Cendana and Ernest Lucas; and Carlos Palanca awardees Shakira Sison, Libay Linsangan Cantor and Jhoanna Lynn B. Cruz, to name a few. The essays are written in Filipino and English.

The suggested retail price of the book is PhP300 but it will be available at a discounted price during the launch. The event is free and open to the public. All sexual orientations and gender identities or gender expressions are welcome. Media coverage is also welcome. If you can’t make it to the launch and you want to get a copy, contact the UP Center for Women’s Studies where the book will be made available after the launch.

Feel free to repost, share, tweet or reblog this announcement. Support Philippine literature and the Filipino LGBT community.

Support for this book could be seen in the blurbs contributed by showbiz personality Boy Abunda, author Dr. Margie Holmes, UP Prof. Neil Garcia, and Ladlad chair Danton Remoto.

Support for this book could be seen in the blurbs contributed by showbiz personality Boy Abunda, clinical psychologist-author Dr. Margie Holmes, UP Diliman Prof. Neil Garcia, pioneering lesbian rights advocate Aida Santos, and Ladlad chairperson Danton Remoto.


Thanks for sharing this post in advance. For my part, I am a contributor to this anthology. I wrote some essays on love stuff plus some media-related issues. Some good friends are also in there so I hope you could support this book.

See ya!


~ by leaflens on August 21, 2014.

4 Responses to “Buhay Bahaghari: The Filipino LGBT Chronicles book launch Aug 27”

  1. Congrats Libay! Looking forward to the launch =) By the way, do you know where to get a copy of “What These Hands Can Do” by Lunduyan ng Sining? I’d love to have one for the LGBT Studies collection of the UPCWS library.

    • Naku mamu sorry now ko lang napansin ito. Dati kasi meron sa Conspiracy cafe pero di ko na alam ngayon. You can ask one of the owners of Boho Sarapsody lesbian bar, si Roma Regala, if she still has copies kasi involved siya sa Lunduyan dati. Pati si Maica Lagman pala you can ask.

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