Atheist Republic and HAPI visit kids of Virlanie Foundation

Posted by McJarwin Cayacap | Posted on May 26, 2018

Atheist Republic Metro Manila Consulate (ARMMC), on its third anniversary, invited Humanist Alliance Philippines, International (HAPI) to an afternoon of fun games, gift-giving and quality time with the children at Tanglaw Home of Virlanie Foundation Philippines. Representing HAPI at the celebration were Edwin Bulaclac Jr., Chief Financial Officer, and McJarwin Cayacap, National Events Director and Public Relations Officer.

The members of the ARMMC provided entertainment to the two recipient houses of Virlanie Foundation by singing songs and storytelling to a very captive audience, and later gifting the children with coloring books and school supply kits. HAPI joined the festivity of this joyous occasion by interacting with the children as well and afterwards endorsed to the house mothers’ custody a few reading and writing books for all children in the two houses to enjoy and improve also on their reading and comprehension skills. Kiddie meals, snacks and refreshments were also served to recharge everyone amid the scorching summer heat.

Atheist Republic and HAPI visit kids of Virlanie

 

Homeless children are an unfortunate yet common sight in Metro Manila and other key cities in the Philippines. It makes sense; we were a Third World country, now in the process of economic development after decades of non-inclusive policy-making and social divide. In support of the government’s efforts to improve social welfare, charitable groups exist to help in building a bright future for Filipinos.

Virlanie Foundation Philippines cares for children in need of special protection — those who are among the poorest of the poor, the abandoned, abused, exploited, neglected, and orphaned. Established in 1992 by Dominique Lemay, a French social worker, with the help of his Filipino friends, the foundation strives to build a better future for these children by “giving back their smiles” through its various programs and services.

Atheist Republic and HAPI visit kids of Virlanie Atheist Republic and HAPI visit kids of Virlanie Atheist Republic and HAPI visit kids of Virlanie

 

Set in safe and quiet neighborhoods, most of the Homes are located in Makati City, close to the Foundation’s head office. Virlanie also has a Home in Dasmarinas, Cavite for physically- and mentally-challenged children. Tanglaw Home is where children ages 7 to 12 are fostered.

Sarah Espeña, one of Tanglaw Home’s “house parents”, has been looking after the children for years. The way she smiled and looked at them shows her love and care for them. Tanglaw Home, as with other Homes, follows a routine every day, ensuring essential needs are provided.

Atheist Republic and HAPI visit kids of Virlanie

 

Atheist Republic is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to unifying the already existing demands of many atheists for peace, liberty, justice and freedom of thought and expression everywhere in the world. Its Metro Manila Consulate has been meeting up for discussions and debates for four years. Much of its membership are teens who are passionate about expression.

Atheist Republic and HAPI visit kids of Virlanie Atheist Republic and HAPI visit kids of Virlanie Atheist Republic and HAPI visit kids of Virlanie

 

‘HAPI Triple Treat: The Road Ahead’, the 2018 General Assembly of HAPI in Bacolod City on October 19-21, is sponsored by Atheist Republic along with International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) and HAPI Founder Marissa Torres-Langseth herself. 

HAPI and Atheist Republic are one in believing that rational people in the world, whether religious, atheist, agnostic or just spiritual, can create a powerful force that cannot be ignored. Truly, collaboration between the two organizations is inevitable.

 

 

The Author

 

 

 

 

 

 

McJarwin Cayacap

  • HAPI Metro Manila Member
  • Web Content Editor
  • National Events Director
  • Public Relations Officer

Currently in between careers, he busies himself with anything that works for the good of humanity. Other than being a humanist, he is a realist, an art aficionado, a frugal foodie and a weary wanderer. He looks forward to working in the central government.

Other good reads...

2016 Year in Review

The Humanist Alliance Philippines, International  (HAPI) has come a long way since its inception in December 2013 by Marissa Torres Langseth (known to her peers as Ms. M) and colleagues. HAPI was established with the goal of gathering humanists from the Philippines and abroad under one banner, to serve as stewards and role models for […]

A Plea to my Costa Rican Friends

This upcoming election features a candidate who is stirring much of the population in a direction that appears to be “righteous” and follows “God’s laws”. The issue of political corruption, when observed from a historical perspective, becomes a moot point in contrast to the implications of religion that one candidate is distinguishing himself upon. Without […]

A HAPI Lecture : Existential Angst and the Search for Life’s Meaning

  What gives your life meaning? Social causes? HAPI? Love? Basketball? Shopping? The Game of Thrones? Music? Your pet snake? Sex? Writing? Family and friends, perhaps? God? You might derive your sense of purpose from these or you might believe that you were born with a purpose given by God or gods. Whatever the case, […]

A HAPI member and Orlando resident reacts to the shooting in Orlando.

My hometown is in grief and shock. By Alex Mendoza Wisner, Orlando Florida What is the real headline and the Root cause? “Americans were killed in Orlando by hatred and religion” Hatred has many forms. The most heartbreaking in this 21st century of modern humanity is a man, motivated by his religion, giving up the one […]

HAPI Statement on EDSA30

HAPI Statement on #EDSA 30 On February 25, 1986, the dictatorial regime of President Ferdinand E. Marcos was overthrown by a peaceful social revolution. The Philippine humanist community joins its voice in the commemoration of this event. What happened to the nation after People Power may not be celebratory, but ending a regime in which 3,500+ people […]

HAPI Merchandise

  HAPI mugs at 100 pesos only                 Black and White HAPI shirts – Please contact Nurse Jay Directly Landline (043) 980-0052 Mobile:09176290734                                     HAPI Pin at 100 pesos only HAPI PATCHES at 120 pesos only For more information please contact info@hapihumanist.org or jamie@hapihumanist.org For HAPI shirts, contact Nurse Jay : Landline (043) 980-0052 […]

HAPI Kids honor volunteers

Teen and adult volunteers of the monthly Kids Nutrition Campaign and SHADE (Secular Humanist Advocacy, Development & Education) were honored by children beneficiaries of Humanist Alliance Philippines, International (HAPI) through a recognition program on February 13, 2018, at Villa Ortaliza Private Resort in Laguna. The daytime excursion was organized by Jamie Del Rosario-Martinez, HAPI Executive […]

Scroll to Top