The vibrant spirit of gender equality and empowerment reigned the halls of the College of Communication at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines - Sta. Mesa as the four-day celebration, the first festival of its kind in PUP, "Kasari-sarian: Gender Equality Creativity Fest," took place from July 25 to July 28, 2023.

A brainchild of Prof. Krupskaya Valila with the help of student volunteers from the PUP College of Communication and PUP Open University, the groundbreaking celebration arose to inspire students to strive for a community that is free from gender-based discrimination, allowing everyone to express themselves in their brightest hues.

Advocates from different walks of life were invited to share their insights and hold impactful panel and room discussions that delved deep into issues surrounding gender equality and sexuality in the Philippines. Also taking center stage was the power of storytelling with the premiere of student-made films, centered around themes of gender and sexuality, which were showcased in the COC Audiovisual Room.

Meanwhile, the COC Lobby transformed into a hub of creativity with student-led booths, artworks, and campaigns that cater to promotion of gender equality. These exhibits provided a platform for students to express their perspectives and encouraged attendees to contemplate their roles in achieving a more equitable society. 

The festival also collaborated with HASH - HIV & AIDS Support House, Inc. to offer free HIV testing throughout the celebration, promoting health awareness among the participants.

To end the four-day celebration with the most vibrant hue, "Sari-bration: A Night of Equality and Protest," was conducted on July 28, 2023, at the COC Lobby, which included illuminating drag performances and song numbers from guest performers, celebrating the resilience of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies.
 During her closing remarks, Prof. Krupskaya Valila reminded everyone of their responsibility to “magmulat, maglingkod, at makibaka."

The event was also made possible with the generous support of sponsors who believed in the celebration’s cause namely: Midoko, Lauvette, Jack n’ Jill Chocolate Pretzels, Jack n’ Jill Hello!, and Munchy’s Lexus.

Kasari-sarian has already concluded, but its colors prove to not dull. It has inspired the future generation of PUPians to become advocates committed to breaking barriers regarding gender stereotypes and embracing diversity. The event's legacy serves as a beacon of hope, illuminating the path towards a more inclusive and equal future for all.