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Tulipa is the first Filipino film shown at Eyefilm Museum, garners standing ovation during gala premiere

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — Premiering at the Eyefilm Museum in Amsterdam on October 14th, the film Tulipa received standing ovation from more than a hundred participants who joined the gala event including delegation from the Philippine Embassy The Hague and humanitarian officials from other countries. Tulipa is the first Filipino film shown at the historic cultural and film center Eyefilm Museum.

TULIPA is a film about Filipino members of LGBTQIA+ community who sought life outside the Philippines to assert their rights to gender equality, representation, and most importantly, freedom of expression. The film features personal experiences and life stories about survival, hope, and continuous struggle of Filipino LGBTQIA+ members living in the Netherlands. One of the most pressing campaigns explored in the film is the call to pass the SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression) Equality Bill, which aims to legalize measures to prevent various acts of discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression.

This film is a product of collaboration with The Filipino LGBT Europe Foundation, Philippine Embassy the Hague, The Netherlands Embassy Manila, Commission on Human Rights Philippines, ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, and MUJER LGBTQ+.


Senator Risa Hontiveros gave a recorded welcome speech during the event highlighting the importance of passing the SOGIE Equality Bill. “SOGIE Equality is an important step towards universal health care, universal quality education and livelihood for all. This is not just the fight of the LGBTQIA+ community but also our fight to build the Philippines we aspire for,” she expressed.

Chris Sta. Brigida Kopp, the producer of the film, is the community leader of the Filipino LGBTQI+ community in the Netherlands and the man behind making the film possible. He is now part of the Senate Technical Working Group on proposed Anti Discrimination (SOGIE Equality) Bill.

“As I journey in the fight for the SOGIE Equality Bill along with my peers in the Philippines, I realized that it seems we have forgotten about the biggest export of our country… our people,” director Rhadem Musawa shared.

“They were always invisible in the narrative of our equality movement back home. Leaving their home country because of these inequality in the Philippines, the agony they go through from leaving to living. That is why we made this short film, not to entertain people but to start a conversation of inclusion, to spark awareness on the aspirations of Filipino LGBTIQ+ in the diaspora.”

Additional screenings in the Philippines, Spain, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, are scheduled. This is made possible through the generosity of local organizations with the support of the Philippine Diplomatic Agencies.

Philippines (October 26th UP Cine Adarna at 1:00 pm)
Spain (October 23, 5:00 pm at Philippine Embassy in Madrid)
Denmark (October 26th, 7:00 pm, Copenhagen Denmark)
Norway (November 4, 6:00 pm, Bergen)
Sweden (November 1, 7:00 pm Bio Tellus Cafe, Stockholm)

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