Bike & Landi: Merging Joyful Cycling with Meaningful Conversations on Consent and Pleasure

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In a unique fusion of fun and feminism, Lunas Collective’s Chief Operations Officer, Jeza Rodriguez, recently organized “Bike & Landi,” an activity that combined cycling with insightful discussions on gender and social norms and intimate relationships.

Held on February 24, 2024, this event aimed to create a safe and inclusive space for participants to meet new people, learn about bike repair, and engage in conversations about “landi” in the context of pleasure and consent.

What started as an idea during Jeza’s 10-day meditation quickly became a reality, with Bike & Landi becoming a platform to test the concept of merging the joy of cycling with discussions around unfair social norms.

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Starting from Centris Station in Quezon City, participants embarked on a community ride, stopping at the Dangwa Flower Market for a delightful flower shopping experience. The ride culminated at the UP Diliman Lagoon, where Sabrina Gacad, Lunas Collective's Founder, led a relaxed and engaging conversation on consent and pleasure.

Supported by Tambay Cycling Hub, Budol Buddy, Bikeary, Krebs Cycle, and Make it Safer Movement, Bike & Landi attracted a diverse group of participants, including families and first-time bike commuters. The event received overwhelming support, with participants praising its unique blend of fun and meaningful dialogue.

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One of the highlights of Bike & Landi was a speed dating component, where participants engaged in micro   conversations on topics related to desire, safety, and connection . This added a new dimension to the event, allowing participants to connect on a deeper level and further fostering a sense of community.

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"The feedback from participants has been heartwarming, with many expressing how much they enjoyed the event, the lessons they took away, and the connections they made,” Jeza highlighted in her Instagram post.

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The success of Bike & Landi exemplifies Lunas Collective's commitment to creating safer spaces and promoting respect for boundaries and consent. As an organization, we are incredibly proud of Jeza for her vision and dedication in organizing this event.

We look forward to more activities that challenge social norms and foster inclusivity and empowerment within our community!

Jeza Rodriguez is a board-certified psychometrician, development worker, and feminist youth leader, currently serving as the Chief Operations Officer of Lunas Collective. With a strong commitment to advocacy, Jeza is known for her work in creating safe spaces and promoting pleasure activism. Beyond Lunas Collective, Jeza is an organizer and leader in her communities, enhancing her craft as a bike mechanic while dedicating herself to inclusivity and empowerment. Connect with her on Instragram (@jezarodz) or via [email protected].

#DearSurvivor 2022 Pride Edition: Celebrating Individual Power and Collective Pleasure

We at Lunas Collective marked an empowering and historic moment this Pride Month with its first-ever #DearSurvivor: #PrideMonth Edition on June 28, 2022.

The event focused on creating a safe space for queer individuals and allies to come together and discuss stories of resilience in the face of gender-based violence – while also celebrating the pleasures that make each person unique.

This #PrideMonth edition highlighted the importance of care, compassion, and support in helping individuals take the first step toward healing, justice, and empowerment.

The event was held in collaboration with esteemed partners including the PAP LGBT Psychology Special Interest Group, the University of the Philippines Department of Psychology, UP Center for Women's Studies Foundation, Inc., and UP Center for Women's and Gender Studies.

Our event brought together a distinguished panel of speakers who lent their voices to the cause:

  • Bea Torre - Chairperson at PAP LGBT Special Interest Group, Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines Department of Psychology, and Qualitative Analyst at Lunas Collective, served as the host, guiding the event with wisdom and compassion.
  • Brenda Alegre - A board member at the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association - Asia (ILGA) and the Society of Trans Women of the Philippines (STRAP), as well as a Gender Studies Teacher at the University of Hong Kong, shared her insights on the struggles and triumphs of the LGBTQI+ community.
  • Nina Araos - Qualitative Data Analyst at Lunas Collective and a Graduate Student majoring in International Development and Policy Studies in Tokyo, Japan, brought a global perspective to the discussion.
  • Lakan Umali - A talented writer and graduate student based in Metro Manila, added a creative and reflective touch to the dialogue.
  • Philline - A Movement Artist and Embodiment Teacher, showcased the power of art and expression in healing and celebrating one's identity.
  • Brian Baretto - SOGIE Specialist for the Ateneo De Manila University Gender Hub, Lead Volunteer for Flourish by LoveYourself, and a Drag Artist and Host known as Clea T, embodied the diversity and strength of the LGBTQI+ community.

#DearSurvivor, an initiative born out of empathy and solidarity, has been a sanctuary for survivors of gender-based violence to share their stories and heal.

We introduced this virtually in 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, it took a hybrid form, incorporating on-the-ground activities during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, a period running from November 25 to December 10 of that year.

The #DearSurvivor: #PrideMonth Edition was a testament to the strength, resilience, and unity of the LGBTQIA+ community and its allies. It served as a reminder that even in the face of adversity, healing and pleasure can be found, and that together, we can overcome challenges and celebrate love and identity.

Watch the online streaming here: #DearSurvivor PRIDE 2022