Love comes in all shapes and forms, and they will all be celebrated at the Love Gala on December 1 at the BGC Arts Center.

Capturing the spirit of diversity and inclusiveness, the 'Celebrate Love' video was born from a collaboration between Black Maria Pictures and Dentsu Jayme Syfu, two creative champions in today’s advertising industry, for the upcoming World AIDS Day charity and awards fundraiser.


Inspired by how Love Gala aims to honor the love that fuels the HIV advocacy, Melissa Yu of Dentsu JaymeSyfu explains: “Seeing as HIV and AIDS can affect everyone regardless of age, gender, or social class, it was important for us to send a message that is inclusive.”

“We decided to go back to the basics by thinking of the many ways we express love as human beings: Our relationships, our passions, our tastes, our desires, our quirks—they all shape who we are. These are also the kinds of things that inspire us to do more and reach out.” Yu said.

Working with this progressive concept, Michael Manalastas of Black Maria Pictures directed the one-and-a-half-minute video.

“I feel proud to have contributed to the Love Gala campaign, as the cause of HIV awareness and education is close to my heart," Manalastas shared.

“Shooting the teaser required us to work with both seasoned professionals and enthusiastic but totally inexperienced volunteers. What was great about all this was that everyone, no matter the level of experience, came together to achieve one singular goal,” he added.

Celebrating Love on December 1

On December 1, Love Gala celebrates World AIDS day with a charity fundraiser to be held at the beautiful BGC Arts Center. The Gala seeks to gather popular mainstream support to help end the HIV and AIDS crisis of the Philippines, with part of the proceeds going towards awareness efforts for the cause. The need for support is more urgent today, as there are 30 new people diagnosed with HIV daily in the Philippines, making ours the fastest-growing HIV infection rate in Asia Pacific.

Attendees can expect to join in a celebration with exceptional social advocates, influential people, game changers, high fashion designers, and celebrities led by Miss Universe 2015 and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.

Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alacasid will be performing live together wih a star-studded lineup of artists including Morissette Amon, Wency Cornejo, Radha, Audie Gemora, Shiela Valderrama, Phi Palmos, Nicole Asensio, Polly Cabrera and other surprise guests.

Buy a Love Gala ticket and help give love to HIV and AIDS organizations, with part of ticket proceeds going directly to finance their programs.

Love Gala is co-presented by MAC Cosmetics, Okamoto, Shinagawa Lasik and Aesthetics, and special thanks to Telus International Philippines. Official media partner: Solar Entertainment.  Official technology partner: Hornet.

Other institutions and organizations coming together for the event include: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, AIDS Society of the Philippines, Better Together Initiative, Black Maria Pictures, Castro Communications, Decent Image of South Signal Association (DIOSSA), Dentsu Jayme Syfu, Nectar Nightclub, Philippine National AIDS Council, Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc., Pinoy Plus Association Incorporated, Positibong Marino Philippines, Sustained Health Initiatives of the Philippines (SHIP), Taguig City Government, The Red Whistle, The LoveYourself Incorporated, UNAIDS, the US Embassy and World Health Organization-Philippines.

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