A love letter to Pride

Photos by Kitkat Pajaro

On the morning of June 30, 2018, skies were dark and clouds were heavy. The sun was hot, as it always is in Manila, but it only briefly peaked through the clouds. And then it was gone. The rain came swiftly, hammering the ground, threatening to ruin the rest of the day. Of all days, this was the day we didn’t need rain. This was the day we were going to march.

But that didn’t stop us. But come to think of it, nothing has ever stopped us, really. Neither hell nor high water, nor homophobic protesters, nor closed-minded parents; not the Church, not abusive corporations, not ignorant friends, not the lack of inclusion in the law, and not the lack of money. We didn’t get to 24 years of Metro Manila Pride to be intimidated by a little rain. We push through and celebrate who we are without fear, so that the kids who come after us don’t have to be afraid.

This year was the biggest Pride March yet, and it’s only going to get bigger from here. It is both an exciting and trying time to be alive, but that’s what makes it worth it. Thank you — and see you next year.

Here together: According to estimates from Metro Manila Pride, about 25,000 people attended this year’s Pride March.
Pride is a protest: Signs are also an integral part of Pride March.
Pride OG: Organized since 1994, Metro Manila Pride was the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.
Rainbow city: This year’s Pride March was the second one to be held in Marikina City.
Power through: Even rain, humid weather, and protesters couldn’t dampen Pride.

 

Onward and upward: This year’s Pride March theme was #RiseUpTogether.
From flags to outfits, rainbow colors were all over the Marikina Sports Complex.

Donate to Metro Manila Pride at mmpride.org.