5 LGBTQIA+ couples affirm commitment in Subic Freeport

Subic Bay Freeport – Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Pride Celebration 2024 culminated with five LGBTQIA+ couples who affirmed their commitment to each other during the Couples Mass Commitment Ceremony at the Subic Park Hotel on Thursday.


SBMA Gender and Development Executive Committee Chairman Amethya Dela Llana-Koval said that this year’s celebration of pride month was themed “Pride: Empowering Commitment & Unity.” 

Couples belonging to the LGBTQIA+ community affirm their commitment to their partners in a wedding-like ceremony on Thursday, June 27 at the Subic Park Hotel in Subic Bay Freeport as part of the 2024 Pride Month Celebration of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Gender and Development (SBMA-GAD).

She added that the commitment ceremony aims to show that two people could love each other regardless of gender. 


She said that the SBMA’s LGBTQIA+ Commitment Ceremony was led by the LGBTS Christian Church Inc. and was celebrated by both Reverend Cresencio Agbayani Jr. and Pastor Macario Sangcap


The five couples were: Allen Dampil and Katherine Morales; Mavel Pascual and Maria Ana Liza Cruz; Nigelle Pedrosa and Clyde Canlas; Angel Villanueva and Kert Baugan; and Cristina Karen Cruz and Danna Marie Bautista.


The said commitment ceremony is in cooperation with the SBMA Employees Association, the OlongapoCity-Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) Association, and Barangay Gordon Heights led by Chairperson Priscilla Ponge, who is a member of the LGBTQ community herself.


The ceremony also simulated traditional wedding rituals such as exchanging of vows, placement of ring, bible, cord, veil and wedding tokens, as well as cake cutting, and wine toasting. 


The Pride Month celebration in Subic Bay Freeport is a testament to the inclusivity in this premier Freeport where everyone is welcome, regardless of religion, race, language, physical or mental ability, or gender.