Creating HAPI Awareness and Charity

Posted by Marissa Langseth | Posted on August 4, 2019

HAPI Awareness? what is it?

Creating HAPI awareness is top priority in marketing and promotion for a society to flourish and grow. There are different ways in HAPI promotion but in this location, Zumba is the HAPI way, and of course, charity.

How can we create something new in a far-flung barangay in Cebu? One was  to engage ourselves  with their existing programs or intertwine HAPI in their “zumbathon,” a dancing mechanism for these housewives and lay people to lose weight, keep active and fit, yet,  get some enjoyment from the said activity which involves a lot of dancing. Zumba is actually an aerobic fitness program featuring dance movements inspired by various styles of  Latin American music. This event  is powered by Aerumba Dance Fitness: :https://www.facebook.com/WEdanceAS1/

On August 4th 2019, a HAPI Zumbathon made its way to Consolacion, a far-flung city in northern Cebu, Philippines. It was a well-attended occasion despite the rain and the unstable weather condition? Why? because, it was also a celebratory “zumbathon” for one of the original HAPI members. A celebration of life, her 51st birthday, of Agustina Torres,  my very much beloved and courageous sister.  She loves dancing and being an LGBT, this is her way to combat depression and mental issues, and the stigma around it.

As my way of thanking her,  every natal day, I send her more than enough to celebrate her birthday. This time,  she suggested giving away some of her abundance to the poor people in Consolacion via zumbathon.

While it is a form of charitable giving, they wrapped the gifts with dignity, so it will not come out as doling out. Most winners of the “zumbathon”, a dancing contest,  were  regular mothers or habitues who join regularly to dance as their past time. They were very happy to receive kilos of rice with  canned meats, fish and other goodies.

To top it all, they were all asking what HAPI was  all about. While most  of them are not well educated, they did understand that HAPI means “happiness” and  ” human or human being”, in their  native language which is Cebuano, ” kalipay sa tawo”. (happiness of a human being in English).

While we do zero in on education, HAPI still believes in art and culture as  means to create awareness, without much ado.

Won’t you be happy to learn about HAPI while dancing and getting some gifts from the celebrant? you bet! Until next birthday celebration in HAPI-Cebu.

 

 

Other good reads...

I’m Going on an Adventure: HAPI ED Representing at the NZ IHEU GA2018

I’m going on an adventure! Yes, this was the famous line made by Bilbo Baggins in the movie “The Hobbit.” Like the famed character, I was given the chance to chart my own adventure to Tolkien’s Middle Earth… New Zealand! View from one of the Hobbit houses, across is the Baggins house below the giant […]

How I Identified Myself As a Humanist

How I Identified Myself As a Humanist by Madelyne Gauna Seoul, Korea Oct 10, 2019, 9:03 PM Growing up, I’ve always been that black sheep. I’m not a rebel child, I was a consistent honor student. I was valedictorian in Elementary, I graduated with High Honors in my Senior Years of High School… I never […]

Takeaways from the 2018 HAPI General Assembly

Humanist Alliance Philippines, International (HAPI) is still on cloud nine since the success of its 2018 General Assembly in Bacolod, Negros Occidental. From the heart-warming interpretation by student-beneficiaries of Secular Humanist Advocacy Development and Education (SHADE) program and the colorful performance by Masskara Festival dancers to the benefit art exhibition by RebelBlood painters, there are […]

My Journey from Church to Atheism

My Journey from Church to Atheism (with a stop at Agnosticism along the way) by Robin Carr September 17, 2017 10PM (-8 GMT) Vancouver, British Columbia Visitors to Canada’s province of Quebec often feel they are in Europe when they find themselves immersed in French Canadian culture. Its two major cities, Montreal and Quebec City, […]

HAPI – Feeding sa Riles ng Alabang, Muntinlupa

Maaga akong gumising upang magluto ng 15 kilos na spaghetti at 20 pcs whole fried chicken, nakahanda na rin ang 200 loot bags at 200 tetra pack juices. Dahil sa araw na ito ay ipagdidiwang naming ang Thanksgiving sa pamamagitan nang HAPI Feeding kasama ang isang napakabuting mag sing irog na sina Will Davidson at […]

Am I doing it Right?- From a Humanist Parent

  In this country that is mostly religious, there came a time in my life that I questioned my parenting… “Am I doing it right?” There are voices here and there… saying… “That’s not the right way…” Your kids don’t go to church and don’t believe in ‘god/s’. Your kids don’t pray… before meal…after meal…and […]

Members’ Feedback About The HAPI Book: “From Superstition to Reason”

Humanist Alliance of the Philippines, International has published the first-ever HAPI book titled: From Superstition to Reason. The HAPI book contains trials and challenges of people in their journey to Humanism. The book also showcases different types of Humanism and Atheism. Take a look at the various feedback below. HAPI Book Review from Rafael Azanza Rafael […]

About The Author

Marissa Torres Langseth

HAPI Founder

Chairperson Emeritus

Chief Mission Officer

Scroll to Top