Hundreds march in Ilocos Norte's first Pride parade

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 02 2019 03:35 AM

Grace Alba, ABS-CBN News

BATAC CITY, Ilocos Norte—More than 1,000 people took part in the first Pride parade in Ilocos Norte on Sunday.

The march took place in Batac City where participants waved rainbow flags and wore colorful costumes.

Pride Month is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, New York.

Carlos Valenzuela and his partner Alexis Andaya said they are elated that Pride month was celebrated in Ilocos Norte.

"Nakaka-proud lang po kasi tanggap na po ng lahat. Hindi na po bawal katulad noon na mahirap sa lahat," Valenzuela said.

Several LGBTQ groups, such as the Sunflower Organization of Pasuquin town, also participated the parade.

"Naipapahayag namin dito ang aming karapatan," Benly Academia said.

"Malaya kami. Ang dami pala namin," said Lei Almazan, who belongs to a group that advocates for the rights of the lesbian community.

Following the march's success, event organizer Lew Jeres said he hopes to hold the Pride parade annually.

"Our purpose is to spread awareness that we are all human and para hindi tayo ma-discriminate ng society," he said.—Report from Grace Alba, ABS-CBN News