#AviationAxe

Similar to Pop-up bars, Axe introduced series of concept stores highlighting its 3 new ambassadors – Arjo Atayde, Nix Damn P, and David Guison – who live up to the world of the understated man. And I’m full support fora good friend and co-blogger for the #AxeBlackDavid pop-up store (beside Zalora in BGC), which you can visit until Sunday! Check out the cool merch – I bought patches yesterday! – through the photos below, and what happened on the media launch which you can check out in my YT channel (may konting modeling 360 na naganap don)

For this series, there are photography workshops as well and huge promos (you can WIN iphone6s and roundtrip to London when you post using his hashtag). Use the hash tag when you post so David gets to be the ultimate Axe ambassador!

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Check out also all my short film about my weekend including the Gourmand Market and #GlobeNightFall or Valkyrie Anniversary, all in BGC – parang don na ako nakatira LOL. Update: Valkyrie has been politically correct and gender-sensitive when it comes to entrances and comfort rooms. The discrimination issue has been finally settled and so glad this is finally OK.

 

 

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#BeyondValkyrie

It was that night when I nearly fainted in front of a lot of people. I have never experienced such shame and for some, it might be just a small thing but for me, it meant not having access and freedom to places, to clothes that i want to wear, and the things I want to do. It wasn’t the first time I (and a lot of transwomen) experienced this from the series of clubs owned by the same management (e.g. Republiq, Prive, etc).

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And while they have changed the policies after several meetings (thanks to the real trans allies) that further fought for this, it is indeed an LGBT issue that is #BeyondValkyrie.

I really liked the official statement by STRAP published in Juan.com.ph where it tells us more about this struggle beyond clubs: “The Professional Regulation Commission or PRC’s Registry section required a transwoman to tie her long hair and look less masculine before being issued a professional license. Transwomen were being policed in terms of gender expressions and even appearances in public transports such as the MRT. And the list goes on and on and on. Unfortunately it is also the Philippines’ religiosity, which also influence these acts of prejudice and the nurturance of heteronormativity. Filipinos forget that long ago, the asogs, bayogs, bantuts, babaylanes, catalonans etc. are just among those whose gender expressions and perhaps identities defy a restrictive sense of the gender binary.

I have already experienced discrimination at a school that I thought was already advanced when it comes to this. At a mall that restricted me in the entrance for female. At an office where a director of the company told me to “dress properly”.

This doesn’t stop here and I hope we are still all in this together.

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Update ( As of July 5. and September too!): I went to Valkyrie with my  transgender friends and bouncers had to ask the manager to still come over and check our “outfits”, after seeing our identification cards. there was still delay and calling out. My other friend wore skirt (me too) but we were allowed (ang labo lang din).

Pak! Ganoin! Ganda! Bomba!! Hahaha @bonpenaranda @parisroxas #transissies

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Update ( As of October): No delay or calling out already.

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