HAPI-Zambales Empowers People Living with HIV via Educational Seminar

Posted by Shane | Posted on April 15, 2021

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

“Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.”

-Norman B. Rice

Having HIV can be a source of major stress; it may challenge your sense of well-being or complicate existing mental health conditions.

Last April 11, HAPI Zambales conducted its first ever educational seminar that aims to uplift the spirits of our fellow People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in the area of Zambales. Held at Chel’s Beach Resort in Barrio Barretto, Olongapo City, the workshop is in partnership with James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital’s LEAD (League of Empowered Advocates for Development) Shelter. Through the leadership of Mr. Archimedes Domdoma, Jr. and his staff, we were able to invite 11 LEAD clients to take part the event.

Dr. John James A. Larafoster, a renowned motivational speaker in Central Luzon, facilitated the discussion. Dr. Larafoster engaged them to sing and acquaint themselves with everybody. Participants were able to share their life stories and experiences. Everyone was made to feel that we have created a safe space for them to express their feelings and emotions. Before the session ended, all of us joined in a session of meditation and self-reflection.

At the end of the day, we learned that HIV is not a death sentence. Getting it doesn’t mean that your life is over. HIV may change people’s lives, but it doesn’t keep them from living and having the best life possible.

HAPI-Zambales would like to give special thanks to Christopher L. Geake for sponsoring the seminar. Thank you for supporting our fellow LEAD Shelter clients and our advocacy of spreading HIV awareness.

Other good reads...

HAPI in Attendance: A Workshop on Protecting LGBTQ+ Families Under the Current Legal Framework

HAPI in Attendance: A Workshop on Protecting LGBTQ+ Families Under the Current Legal Framework by Dee Bulaclac February 15, 2020 UP College of Law Diliman, Quezon City An invitation was sent to HAPI a few weeks ago to attend a seminar which aimed to arm LGBTQ+ individuals and their families with appropriate legal knowledge so […]

Isang Panganganinag Ngayong Araw ng Kalayaan

Ni Junelie Velonta HAPI Scholar Nasa kalagitnaan ng kalayaang Pilipino ang pantay na karapatan ng bawat mamamayan, bunga ng dugo at pawis ng ating mga ninuno gamit ang kanilang mga itak, baril, at boses. Ngunit kung susuriin ang kasaysayan, tayo’y lumaya sa mga rehimeng mapang-api, pero hindi natibag ang mga kadena na sumisimbolo ng ating […]

How to Donate to HAPI

For those who have  paypal account please click the DONATE button on the right side or email funds to hapidonate@gmail.com For those without paypal account, We have  established a HAPI BANK for you: Account number: 006083-3810-41 BPI  Family Savings Bank- Vito Cruz/ Taft Avenue Account Name: Humanist Alliance Philippines International, Inc. For Local Bank Transactions […]

HAPI – Summer Camp Program: Recognition Day

  The moment that everyone had been waiting for had finally arrived. The HAPI Summer Class Program (HSCP) had a remarkable Recognition Day celebration last May 26, 2017 at the Milenyo Covered Court, Phase 8 North Fairview, Quezon City. The said event was organized by the Project Head Coordinator of HSCP, Ms. Jean Karla M. Tapao, […]

HAPI Membership Guidelines: How to become a Legitimate Member

  The HAPI – Humanist Alliance Philippines, International Code of Conduct Our Principles of Ethics and Integrity is designed to promote and support shared values: integrity, honesty, trust, compassion, love, kindness, innovation and respect for diversity. Each of us, regardless of our position and responsibilities as volunteers, play a vital role in promoting and sustaining […]

HAPI & EVO Riders Club Phils. collab for Anti-COVID Campaign

Mutya Valenzuela / Sept. 18, 2020 / Metro Manila This coming September 27, 2020, HAPI ALABANG and EVO RIDERS CLUB PHILS. MUNTINLUPA will go around Muntinlupa City to distribute Face masks and Face shields to Pedicab and Trolley Drivers in an effort to help them fight COVID-19. The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19) is an infectious […]

A Birthday Wish for ALL from John Isaac Saguit : Can we just Get Along?

February 19, 2016 I don’t want to start my birthday with loads of negative emotions, so I’m just gonna let these all out. You already probably heard about it. Yes, about Manny Pacquiao’s statement, his usage of words from the Bible to back it up, and the outrage of the LGBTQIA+ community against it. Now, […]

About The Author

Van Catayong

Van is the Lead Convenor of HAPI-Zambales right alongside his partner, Garry Rabang!

Scroll to Top