At the end of November 2020, The EON Group and Tangere partnered to conduct a nationwide survey in the Philippines on public awareness, understanding and perceptions on HIV. Using the Tangere app, 4,500 Filipinos completed a ten-question survey over the course of one day, defying the usual standards for traditional research in the country at a time where hitherto methods for data gathering were hindered severely by the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic. Respondents were asked their ideas of HIV science, people living with HIV and HIV resources. Their responses provided great insight as to the strides made by HIV programming in the Philippines, as well as the areas for growth. The findings of this research, as well as the methods used to inform them, hold considerable potential for moving HIV advocacy forward, both in local and global contexts. The methodology employed may also provide insights to researchers who are embarking on similar projects which synthesise research with advocacy, as well as projects whose progress may be stymied by barriers, whether they be physical, social or political in nature.