The title may startle you, no, no one’s looking for a fight here. Challenge accepted has been one of the most often used phrases in Facebook, and I deliberately used this as a catchphrase since I know everyone can relate to this. No one’s a non-Facebook user here. “Challenge accepted” is an emphatic statement that whatever challenge this organization is facing will be readily faced with a game face on.
I am deeply honored to have been selected as the Executive Director of the Humanist Alliance Philippines, International. I should admit I was a bit stunned when I learned about my nomination. Without false modesty, I think that others are also worthy of this mantle. I feel very pleased by acknowledging my capacities to lead this organization. I am Alvin John Ballares, HAPI’s current Executive Director. I have accepted the challenge. I’m aware of what this position entails; it also means tons of responsibility yet I say with an assertive smile that the challenge is accepted.
Before the Challenge was Accepted
We were able to iron things out, we got ourselves back on our feet! That uncalled situation left many of the positions open. Leadership posts were up for grabs, many are qualified, but only a few had the gall to accept the challenge. This Executive Director role was handed to me on a silver plate, the mantle was offered to me in a way that I can’t say no. Boom yeah, challenge accepted. This is a big leap for me. But again, the challenge has been accepted. I am ready to discharge my duties as Executive Director today and within the foreseeable future to lead the organization’s valuable work. I just want to set some expectations for next year. Come this 2018 and we will witness a major revamp.
Many thanks to those who supported me all the way, especially Marissa Torres Langseth, Michael Sherman, Jamie del Rosario Martinez, Yoyoy Cala, Dwengster Bulaclac, Lucille Hoersten, Dominic Malazarte, Alain Presillas, and of course to my Bacolod gang for believing in my capacity to lead. This coming 2018 brings about a whole new set of challenges. It is up to us to make sure that we make full use of this opportunity being part of SEC-registered Humanist Alliance Philippines, International. We are a growing community of secular humanists. Let me address this to you personally as your Executive Director, are you ready to man up and accept the challenge to be part of the growth and fruition of this organization?