BY: Throy Catan
“FRONTROW: We Are Proud” LGBT event was a huge success. The said event happened yesterday, June 1, at the Frontrow office on Mother Ignacia Street, Quezon City. It was a whole day of celebration of freedom and love for our LGBT brothers and sisters.
After the event, we had a chance to talk to the President of Frontrow International Raymond Francisco about Frontrow’s upcoming events and new endorsers for this year’s Pride Month.
Jake Zyrus as a LGBT endorser of Frontrow
RS Francisco couldn’t hide his happiness, because of the success of Frontrow: We Are Proud.
“Well, I’m happy with the turn out of LGBT and non-LGBT members of Frontrow who came here to show support. I’m so happy that we kick of June 1 with a very fun and enlightening and inspiring event along with Jake Zyrus.” RS said.
We were very curious on why he chose Jake Zyrus as one of the LGBT endorsers of Frontrow.
“There are a lot of LGBT icons, but… Jake Zyrus [has a book] na kaka-launch lang na ‘I Am Jake’. And me being a believer of Jake Zyrus’s talent and Jake Zyrus’s bravery and courage to have a transition to be a transman, I wanted to show him my full support.” RS explained
What can he say about the book?
“The book is very, very inspiring, actually. Makikita mo talaga iyung… mga pain na pinagdaanan niya. Everybody naman… The book goes to show that Jake Zyrus is just a human na pinagdaanan din niya lahat iyun. And gusto ko malaman ng Frontrow na hindi porket LGBT, hindi porket straight, lahat tayo may pinagdadaanan. We are here hand-in-hand with the LGBT and non-LGBT to get that and support our dreams and purpose in Life” He declared.
Upcoming events this Pride Month
RS teased us about the reveal of two new LGBT Frontrow endorsers which will be announced within this June. He said: “We have two more LGBT icons ilo-launch this month. So, abangan niyo iyan.”
For those who don’t know, Frontrow participated in last year’s Metro Manila Pride happened in Marikina Sports Complex. Will Frontrow participate in Metro Manila Pride 2019?
“I’m already in touch with the [Metro Manila Pride organizers], and express my desire to show support. Both not just financially, but to show support na ako mismo ay nandoon and all my LGBT Frontrow members to show support figuratively and literally to the whole community of Metro Manila Pride” He said.
Expansion of Frontrow International
No new Frontrow products this year, but RS mentioned the expansion of Frontrow International. “Wala upcoming products, pero marami kaming upcoming international offices. We will opening soon in Hong Kong, Hawaii, Korea, London, Malaysia, Australia… Sorry, ha. Medyo nakakalimutan ko na kasi medyo marami. Kakauwi ko lang from Hawaii kasi pumirma kami ng papers doon. Soon I will flying to Hong Kong and Korea to finish everything na. So, hopefully by this year we’ll be opening mga 10 international branches for Frontrow.” Direk RS said.
We ended the interview after he told us about two movies he co-produced. The first one is a Cinemalaya entry titled “Fucc Bois” directed by the award-winning director Eduardo Roy Jr. (Pamilya Ordinaryo, Quick Change), and lastly the movie Mysterio dela Noche starring Solenn Heussaff and directed by Adolf Alix, Jr. Mysterio dela Noche was first screened at the premier movie market, Marche du Film, of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival.
For more information about Raymond Francisco and Frontrow, visit Raymond’s and Frontrow’s Facebook page.