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The Plaza de los Alcaldes in Marikina City was filled with rainbow flags, colorful outfits, and all out support from the LGBTQ+ community and its allies during the 23rd year of Metro Manila Pride March and Festival 2017 on Saturday, June 24.

An estimated total of 7,500 people marched for love, safe spaces, freedom, equality, and pride. In case you missed the annual event, here are some awesome things happened during the Pride March and Festival 2017:

1. Risa Hontiveros delivered a keynote speech

MY SPEECH DURING THE 2017 METRO MANILA PRIDE MARCH THIS AFTERNOON: Magandang hapon sa inyong lahat, mga bes. Salamat…

Posted by Senator Risa Hontiveros on Saturday, June 24, 2017

Sen. Hontiveros is known to be a long-time ally of the LGBTQ+ community. During her keynote speech, she said that the macho-politics of Duterte have failed LGBT hopes.

“While he paraded himself as an ally during the campaign season, promising same-sex marriage in the Philippines, he turned back on his promise not one year into his term. The change he promised became an endless parade of strongman tactics that preyed on the vulnerable. This is why today, my brothers and sisters, we march. We assert the safe space of your community and celebrate the struggle under the banner of equality,” she said.

“We march for the kids who get bullied in school. We march for those who can’t. Friends, love is the currency of our struggle. Love trumps hate. Love will win,” Hontiveros added.

2. Colorful march with LGBTQ+ community and allies

People from different organizations and groups marched along the streets of the city, from the Plaza going around the Marikina Sports Center and Marikina Polytechnic College with their rainbow-filled floats and costumes.

3. Even religious groups joined the celebration

Although there are some hate protesters with their Bible-related posters around the venue, other religious groups expressed their support to the community. Pastors were seen inside the venue holding posters and placards saying “I’m sorry. We’re here to apologize for the ways that we as Christians have harmed the LGBT community.” Aww!

4. On point OOTDs

Aside from rainbow flags and witty placards, the march will be incomplete without beautiful outfits. Gowns, rainbow wigs, fairy wings, name it. Pak na pak and unique OOTDs!

5. Super fun after party

Of course, after the march and the event proper, the night ended with a fun after party. Everyone danced with all-time favorite dance hits from Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Beyonce, and even Jolina Magdangal! Seeing the whole community singing and dancing together is priceless.

Although Pride month will be over soon, let’s still continue to support our LGBTQ+ friends and families. Continue the fight for safe spaces, love, equality, and pride. Happy Pride! #HereTogether

Photos by Cyrah Faller

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