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In the Philippines, HIV/AIDS remains a taboo topic in Filipino households. The refusal to talk about it stems from the lack of sex education in the country. Up until now, conservative Catholics hold the belief that HIV/AIDS is a gay disease and therefore a punishment from God.

Because of this, a lot of youths who suffer from this illness are afraid to get the necessary treatment to combat the illness. As a queer youth myself, I wanted to show how stigma negatively affects LGBTQ+ relationships, and how important love, acceptance, and understanding are, for those who suffer from this illness.

Bradley Jason Pantajo is a filmmaker living in the Philippines. He is currently studying Bachelor of Performing Arts at the Polytechnic University of The Philippines. Ever since he discovered the power of filmmaking, he became interested in using it to give voice to those who are voiceless, using the medium to tell stories of marginalized communities. As a queer youth living in a catholic country, he is particularly interested in telling stories of his brothers and sisters in the LGBTQ+ community -- hoping to change the world one story at a time. more...

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