“Walang Hiya” is a web narrative animation for the closeted Filipino LGBT youths that aims to strengthen them into accepting themselves and help them disclose their identity to their families, more importantly to their parents.

The animation

The animated short film focused on the struggles and the raw emotions of a closeted gay youth narrating his letter to his parents about his sexual orientation. Playing with the concept of parallel worlds, isolation, and contrast, the film follows the unnamed main character as he attempts to reconcile with his misgivings, his resentment, and, ultimately, with his parents.



animation by Alberto Cinco Jr.

narration by Jerome Dawis
written by Alberto Cinco Jr. + Jerome Dawis
translation by Hannah de Vera


Ms. Sharon Mapa-Arriola
Mr. Ferdie Gonzaga
Mr. Philip Mariano

people who have tested my project, Marvin Bautista, Jacob Camaro, Katsy Garcia, Ms. Karen Flores, Abby Magsanoc, Kurt Porcel, John Dominique Roxas, Mr. Mike Tan, BPC, Ate Joan, Camille, Mama at Papa… friends, family, countrymen (char)

The website

Taking after the short film, this website includes a journal where closeted “closeted” and “out” LGBT individuals contribute in filling the pages with their letters and stories of coming out. Parents can also participate in the website by reading the guide on how they can help their son/daughter who has “come out” to them.



This project was created in 2016 by Alberto Cinco Jr., a multimedia arts student of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. Being gay with close family ties, he took his experience of coming out and transformed it to his thesis project in college.