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First Ever Openly Transgender Woman Elected Chairperson in UP Diliman USC

in PHILIPPINES, 03/03/2012

In a historic moment in Philippine Campus Politics, the first ever openly transgender woman was elected Chairperson of the University Student Council (USC) of the University of the Philippines Diliman, the premier state university.

According to Tinig ng Plaridel, the official publication of the UP College of Mass Communication, Diño garnered a total of 3,290 votes out of the 11, 352 votes counted for the USC chair, edging out closest opponent, Independent Candidate Martin Loon who garnered 2,743 votes.

Miss Diño graduated Magna Cum Laude in BS Mathematics and is currently an MS Applied Mathematics Major in Finance student. She is also an incumbent USC councilor, heading the USC Committee on Gender and was the number one councilor in last year’s USC elections.

Along with Miss Diño, another transgender candidate of UP ALYANSA, Pat Bringas, a third year Film Major, ranked second in the councilor race.

Both Pat, who is the current Punong Babaylan and Heart are members of  UP Babaylan, the first LGBT student organization in the country, which coincidentally is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.  They follow in the footsteps of National Youth Commission (NYC) Commissioner-at-large Percival Cendaña, who in 1997 became the first openly gay Chairperson of the USC, and Miss Carmen Hinayon who was the first elected transgender woman USC councilor in 2002.

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