“Save Sexy” or #SaveSexy as it is more commonly known is an HIV and AIDS awareness campaign that was held last November 19 at the Cagayan Capitol University grounds, Ayala Centrio Mall, and Gaston Park.
The awareness campaign’s concept is in the form of a race similar to popular reality shows on television such as “The Amazing Race.” There are three teams that race to selected pit stops around Cagayan de Oro after solving the challenges given to them.
At each pit stop, the teams are required to solve a combination of online as well as physical challenges. Each team is also assigned a particular hashtag wherein they can post photos of the challenges on their social media accounts. While the teams race from one pit stop to the next, their online followers are also racing with them to like and share their posts. A social media team based in Metro Manila is tasked with monitoring the hashtags.
#SaveSexy is also in line with the celebration of “The Red Whistle” and World AIDS Day 2016. #SaveSexy and Red Whistle are local HIV and AIDS awareness campaigns aimed primarily at Filipinos to make them aware that the HIV and AIDS epidemic in the Philippines has been growing in the past years rather than rescinding. Present prevention and medical programs are already being deemed insufficient to meet the head on challenges of HIV and AIDS.
Lima Pagdawat Play
In another phase of the HIV and AIDS awareness campaign, “Lima: Pagdawat” is a monologue theatrical presentation that features five collected “stories” of real people who have been infected, affected, or living with HIV or AIDS either as a family member or as a PLHIV (Person Living with HIV).
These real-life stories taken from actual experiences in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental have been converted into theatrical monologues that were portrayed by majority of the actors and actresses from Oro Teatro Bulawanon and was staged at the second floor of Mother House, German Doctor’s Building, along Mortola Street last December 2, 2016.
LIMA: Pagdawat is also sponsored by the Northern Mindanao AIDS Advocates Inc. (NorMAA). All actors and actresses that portrayed the monologues are members of NorMAA. As a monologue stage play, LIMA: Pagdawat is the second installment in its HIV monologue series that started last December 2015. It emphasizes through its actors and actresses what PLHIV’s feel and experience when they are diagnosed as positive with the disease, as well as having to face their families about this.
LIMA: Pagdawat is also part of the campaigns of NorMAA in coordination with #SaveSexy and Red Whistle to emphasize total awareness towards Persons Living with HIV and that these persons have all the right to live normal lives since they are in no danger of spreading any infectious disease while undergoing antiretroviral therapy themselves.
Originally, NorMAA had to sift through more than 60 interviews and stories of PLHIV’s in Misamis Oriental, finally coming up with the five stories that make up the monologues.