5. People marching in the Metro Manila Pride march
6. Nicky Castillo backstage
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Nicky Castillo, co-coordinator of Metro Manila Pride:
"We were thinking we need to rally more of our allies to speak up and stand up for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights. So 'Here Together' is really about solidarity."
8. People from abroad march at the Metro Manila Pride
9. Child waving flag and participating at the march
10. Attendees dressed up in traditional clothes in block colours to make those of a rainbow at the march
11. Senator Risa Hontiveros speaking on stage
12.SOUNDBITE: (English) Senator Risa Hontiveros, guest speaker at Metro Manila Pride:
"We are still fighting against certain limitations, constraints, even threats to the lives and rights of LGBT persons."
13. Gay couple posing in front of "Here Together" backdrop
14. Participants take pictures under giant rainbow flag
15. Amber Quiban posing for a photo
16. SOUNDBITE: (English) Amber Quiban, attendee of Metro Manila Pride:
"So I am here today to celebrate my pride. My pride which is my diversity from everyone. My pride which is my identity. And my pride which is myself - like, my real self that is not the ones being suppressed by community."
17. Small group of Christian protesters at the march holding a placard that reads (English) "Trust Jesus"
18. Participants march while holding giant rainbow flag
Over a thousand people took part in the annual Metro Manila Pride march on Saturday ( 24 JUNE), celebrating and advocating for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Others (LGBTQ+) community in the capital of the Philippines.
This year's theme "Here Together" sought to foster an inclusive and supportive community, including non-LGBTQ+ people who stand up for those who are discriminated.
Nicky Castillo, Metro Manila Pride co-coordinator, said that his year's pride "is really about solidarity."
Aside from strengthening the community, the event also hopes to help fight against discrimination which is still an issue across various areas in the Philippines.
Senator Risa Hontiveros, who is known to be an advocate for the LGBTQ+, was invited to be a keynote speaker to inspire attendees.
Hontiveros was also responsible for filing the Anti-Discriminatory Act in 2016, a senate bill that sought to eliminate prejudicial treatment of the LGBTQ+ such as in employment and education.
Currently, the bill still has not been passed into a law.
The march went on peacefully and participants were in high spirits, despite a few Christian protesters showing up in the area with their banners calling to "trust Jesus".