HIV Registry: March 2015

Posted on 19. May, 2015 by in HIV/AIDS in the Philippines

HIV Registry: March 2015

The National Epidemiology Center of the Department of Health said there were 667 new HIV Ab sero-positive individuals confirmed by the STD/AIDS Cooperative Central Laboratory for the month of March. The figure is 34% higher compared to the same period last year. Of the total cases, 24 were reported to be AIDS cases. As of March […]

“Help! I’m filing my annulment case and my lawyer ran out on me!”

Posted on 16. Apr, 2015 by in Divorce & Annulment in the Philippines

“Help! I’m filing my annulment case and my lawyer ran out on me!”

I met Juan (not his real name) while working on a story on annulments. I needed respondents and I was referred to him by someone to told me that I “just had to hear his case”. After being separated from his wife for 4 years, they decided to make it official and file for anannulment. He […]

Let’s Talk About THAT Shirt

Posted on 30. Mar, 2015 by in Safe (Sensible) Sex, SASsy Must-Reads

Let’s Talk About THAT Shirt

SM did it again. People are pissed again. A shirt emblazoned with “I Promise I’ll Pull Out” was seen being sold in the Boys Teen Section. To backtrack a little bit, SM first pissed off netizens when a t-shirt saying, “It’s Not Rape, It’s a Snuggle with a Struggle” was seen in the same section […]

Napkins and displacement and other teen problems in Mindanao

Posted on 18. Mar, 2015 by in reproductive health, SASsy Must-Reads

Napkins and displacement and other teen problems in Mindanao

Maguindanao, Southern Philippines – They were taking selfies on a tablet and singing to a Korean song to pass the time on a hot lazy afternoon. Naima, Nashiba and Muhaipha typical teenage girls. They enjoy singing, hanging out with their friends “but only when we are allowed to by our parents” and occasionally experimenting with make-up. […]

Who’s Yo Daddy? A Paternity Test for Peace of Mind but not for Court

Posted on 24. Feb, 2015 by in Sassy

Who’s Yo Daddy? A Paternity Test for Peace of Mind but not for Court

I handed over the clump of papers to the lab technician behind the window and began with my hasty explanations. I was in the middle of explaining the list of tests I needed and answering questions about when I last ate and went to the bathroom when this caught my eye: Paternity test! I get […]

The “Christian and Ana” Scenes I Can’t Wait to See

Posted on 11. Feb, 2015 by in Sassy, Sex & Relationships

The “Christian and Ana” Scenes I Can’t Wait to See

by Ana P. Santos It’s coming.  Mr. Grey will see you now, announced the movie poster. Now I can see Mr. Grey and how he will live up to his promise of hedonistic, let-you-hair-down- and-throw-your head-back-pleasure. If the book got you all excited, think about the movie where scenes from the book will be breathlessly […]

HIV Registry: December 2014

Posted on 08. Feb, 2015 by in HIV/AIDS in the Philippines

HIV Registry: December 2014

The National Epidemiology Center of the Department of Health said there were 509 new HIV Ab sero-positive individuals confirmed by the STD/AIDS Cooperative Central Laboratory for the month of December. The figure is 42% percent higher compared to the same period last year. Of the total cases, 38 were reported to be AIDS cases. Aside from […]

Dream boy? How about having a dream for yourself first?

Posted on 02. Feb, 2015 by in Sex & Relationships

Dream boy? How about having a dream for yourself first?

Here’s how this story goes. Once upon a time, a young girl of 22 watched a neighborhood basketball game and one of the players – let’s call him The Boy – caught her eye. Girl22’s heart skipped a beat and she dreamed of ways to make contact with The Boy. Using the mobile phone of […]

APC at the Global Voices Summit – Sex and the Internet. Expression, Activism, Regulation

Posted on 27. Jan, 2015 by in LGBT Issues, SASsy Events, Vagina Warriors

By  Leila Nachawati Rego Cebu, Philippines The internet has been used by many across the world to discuss taboo topics, generate thoughts and reflections on (non-heteronormative) sexuality and gender, and to circumvent traditional censorship and mainstream narratives. Beyond the nipples censored by social media platforms and the pervasiveness of pornography online, there are intricate complexities […]

The Last Country in the World Where Divorce Is Illegal

Posted on 20. Jan, 2015 by in Divorce & Annulment in the Philippines

Welcome to the Philippines, home to philandering politicians, millions of “illegitimate” children, and marital laws that make Italy look liberal. MANILA, Philippines — On the occasion of his 84th birthday in 2011, friends of former Filipino Senator Ramon Revilla, a darkly handsome film star turned politician, unveiled an imposing 10-meter-high bronze statue in his honor. […]