| |PHILIPPINES - Aug 20, 2003
The Pride International Film Festival (PIFF) will take place on November 5-9, 2003 in the Metropolitan Manila and Makati City areas in the Philippines. The festival has been established to advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention and care.
In addition to film screenings, the festival will sport a Film Forum, with distinguished Philippine and international entertainment industry people, a “Pride” fashion show, plus other parties and events during the five-day festival.
HIV/AIDS has become a serious problem in the Phillipines; and the festival and its attendees are hoping to bring positive attention to the need for more education. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local non-profit organization fighting for HIV/AIDS prevention and control, and facilitating support responses for the needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS in the Philippines.
In addition, organizers seek to enhance tolerance towards Filipino gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered communities, and diminish societal stigma and discrimination.