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Fulfilling Dreams, Pt. 1: Bahay Pangarap

By Shane / July 9, 2020 / 0 Comments

Angie Driskell June 18, 2020 Metro Manila 2020 was meant to be a year full of hope and accomplishments. It was a year I believed would become unforgettable… and it did, but for all the wrong reasons. I struggled to find alternative ways to reach out to those who may need help, or even just […]

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COVID-19 Mythbusters

By Shane / July 6, 2020 / 0 Comments

Alvin John Ballares July 2020 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Corona Virus, beyond dispute, has changed our lives. This virus has shut down the world, cancelled our vacations, made us pack more pounds, caused depression, and in other ways we never expected. Right, what a bummer! What exacerbates this pandemic is the proliferation of wrong information that […]

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A Look Back, Pt. II: HAPI’s 2nd Quarter

By Shane / July 3, 2020 / 0 Comments

Fresh out of June, which is World Humanist Month, the Humanist Alliance Philippines, International (HAPI) caps off a successful second quarter of 2020 in which we saw not just the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic but the resilient response of Filipinos to it. In truth, the efforts of independent, non-government organizations like HAPI are just […]

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HAPI Spotlight: Dweng Bulaclac

By Shane / June 12, 2020 / 0 Comments

Shane Haro June 2020 Antique When it comes to HAPI affairs, you’ll find that Chief Financial Officer and Branding Head Edwin “Dweng” Bulaclac, Jr. is strictly no-nonsense. It says a lot that community quarantine has only sharpened his focus rather than dull it, with HAPI’s recent PPE Mobilization Drive to Benefit Frontliners and Farmers’ Relief […]

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A Look Back: HAPI’s First Quarter of 2020

By Shane / April 2, 2020 / 0 Comments

HAPI’s 1st Quarter, 2020 Written by Shane Haro April 1, 2020 San Jose, Antique, Philippines Before we go into the gleaming achievements HAPI has already had in the first quarter of the year, there’s the big news that HAPI just named a new Executive Director in Alain Presillas. Here are the introductory remarks of our […]

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A Life Well-Lived: HAPI Founder Retires

By Shane / March 1, 2020 / 0 Comments

In a culture dominated by religiosity, overt superstition, and fake news, it takes a truly ballsy person to fight against the noise. While pushing for secularism is by no means a competition, Marissa Torres Langseth, HAPI Founder and Chairperson Emeritus, was the first to openly advocate for a more secular Philippines in the public stage. […]

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Seriously, why are you still a Catholic?

By Shane / December 27, 2019 / 0 Comments

In times when I get into conversations with Catholic friends about the controversies hounding the Church — as a recap, the list goes from Inquisitions to child rape to cultural genocide — they’re quick to denounce the controversies. Over the years, I’ve been told many variations of “As a Catholic, I abhor it.” It’s a […]

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HAPI Founder spotlighted in “The Fil-Am” Magazine

By Shane / October 30, 2019 / 0 Comments

Marissa Torres-Langseth, HAPI Founder and Chairperson Emeritus, was featured in the October 2019 issue of The FilAm as one of its main cover stories. This marked Langseth’s second appearance on the New York-based, Filipino-American lifestyle magazine after being featured in 2012. In the latest issue, she discusses the development of her activism since her first […]

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Stop Blaming a Minority for Wanting the Same Rights As You

By Shane / September 14, 2019 / 0 Comments

Photo: George Calvelo/ABS-CBN News In light of the divided consensus over the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill in the Senate and the recent brouhahas surrounding transgender woman Gretchen Diez, it’s occurred to me that there is now a greater pushback towards the LGBTQ+ community in the Philippines than ever before. […]

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