Apart from helping fund-worthy organizations, Love Gala attendees witnessed powerful performances, a stunning fashion show, a sneak peek of groundbreaking HIV initiatives and the unveiling of the 10 winners of the first-ever Ripple Awards.
According to the latest data from the Department of Health, around 31 incidences of HIV infection are observed every day in the Philippines, making it one of the fastest-growing in Asia Pacific.
The event also welcomed the presence of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, who launched her first HIV 101 educational video at the Love Gala and called on more people to make HIV testing a part of their health and wellness routine. She is concurrently the Love Gala Ambassador and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific and has been using her global popularity to shine a spotlight on the advocacy.
"Let us work together to normalize HIV testing, so that it’s viewed just like a regular medical check-up. Because knowing our own HIV status is the first step in our battle to end AIDS," said Wurtzbach during the presentation of the HIV 101 video, which is part of her broader PIA or Progressive Information Awareness project for raising awareness on HIV- and AIDS-related issues.