I was blessed to have been able to spend my college years in an environment where most of the people didn’t really care if you were rich, middle-class, or poor. They didn’t discriminate you for being gay, transgender, bi, or straight. People didn’t judge you for your religious beliefs (or the lack thereof). People could come to class in their pambahay and tsinelas, and no one would give a damn.
Everyone was treated like a human being — each was given the same level of acceptance and respect that they deserved. All people really cared about was that you treated others well, you did good in your plates, and you graduated on time (or within 7 years).
Our pep squad might not have won the championship, but the statement made by the UP community today is much more precious than any medal or cash prize.
Thank you, UP Pep Squad for taking the bold step in showing the entire country what equality is all about. It wasn’t just a theme; it is a vision of how we hope and see the future to be like. You have touched and inspired a lot of people today, and that in itself is a great victory. Kayo na talaga ang Pep Squad ng Bayan! 😄👍🆙 #TeamUPforEquality
(Congratulations to the NU Pep Squad for winning the title, you guys gave put up a really good fight!)
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