HAPI Haircut Day

Posted by Angelique | Posted on December 4, 2017

It was a festive and quiet day of November 15, 2017, when the Humanist Alliance Philippines, International initiated a good-grooming-day titled as HAPI Haircut Day for almost a hundred indigent people of Purok 7C, Ilaya Street in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Some people call this area “home-along-the-riles (home-along-the-rails)” because most homeless people would build their homes in miscellaneous lots along the train tracks. It may be a bit uncomfortable and not very safe but people here live harmoniously with each other.

On the way to the site, I took the manual “riles cart (rail cart)” pushed by locals just to make a decent living. A very hard work that many should appreciate.

People here are honest, peace-loving, and very cordial, although quite overly populated. I have noticed that they are very happy even with their meager basic necessities. It is indeed a place where humanism can grow and is direly needed.

To promote well-being and good-grooming, Humanist Alliance Philippines, International, with the great effort of Jamie Del Rosario Martinez, HAPI Executive Secretary since 2015 and Project Manager, decided to have this HAPI Haircut Day. They had three expert hairdressers and barbers hired to make people look good and neat.  People lined up very early to have their free haircut, thus, saving them their hard earned money to be used for more important expenses like food and clothing.
Tarpaulins and posters were displayed during HAPI Haircut Day to inform the people about Humanist Alliance Philippines, International and its purpose to educate. HAPI was not there just for the haircut but to feed their minds and tummy.

A yummy snack of pancit and fruit juice were served. It was a whole morning of fun and camaraderie among neighbors and friends.  It was a satisfying and fun experience, I must admit.

This kind of events like HAPI Haircut Day and others has been in Humanist Alliance Philippines, International since December of 2014 initiated by the HAPI Founder herself,  “Miss M”.  This is her way of sharing her happiness with the marginalized population in the Philippines and  Mike Rivero, one of the incorporators of HAPI currently inactive due to personal issues.

We had HAPI-Kids for fun in the organization’s earlier years but it evolved into something better like HAPI-SHADE (Secular Humanist Advocacy  Development Education). This program is intended to educate the next generations to come for more critical thinking and for these kids to be self-sufficient in the future.
Huge thanks to Kuya Jerry, Miss M’s husband of over twenty-one years,  for his birthday blowout and to Ms. Elena Allen. To the generous Miss Marissa Torres Langseth aka Miss M,  this project would not have been possible without her support and guidance.

Article Author:

Noel Galang
HAPI Manila Member
Freelance Photographer
Climate Reality Advocate
Humanist

Other good reads...

HAPI PWD Feeding: An Afternoon Delight

Good afternoon, fellow humanists! An Afternoon delight! ‘An afternoon delight’, this sounds like as catchy subheading, but this has nothing to do with the song by Starland Vocal Band, The Afternoon Delight. This afternoon delight actually refers to the fifth and sixth instalments of HAPI Cebu’s PWD feeding. We were not able to do any […]

HAPI and UNU Collaborate on Researching Metro Manila’s Bodies of Water Valuation and Initiative Project.

Submitted to and Edited by Christopher Michael Barredo Last June 17 – 19, almost coinciding with the International Day of Water, Uzbek-Russian Dr. Shokhrukh Jalilov, Postdoc fellow d.Sc. (Tech), whose research interests cover water economics and policy, water, food and energy tradeoff and security issues, consulted HAPI Executive Director Jennifer C. Gutierrez, Environmental Science and Ecosystems Management consultant, for […]

Forests of Hope and HAPI-ness: When the HAPI Trees Project Unfold

Jennifer C. Gutierrez,  Climate leader, trained under the Climate Reality Leadership Corps in Canada by VP AL Gore The Executive Director’s Report FORESTS OF HOPE and HAPI-ness: When the HAPI TREES Project Unfold The HAPI Trees Nationwide Tree Planting Project is not just an ordinary tree planting activity, not in a sense that unlike those […]

Karapatang Pantao

Ang human rights o karapatang pantao ay para sa lahat. Hindi ito umiikot sa isang indibidwal lamang. Ang problema, ay hindi napapahalagaan ang karapatang pantao, at alam nating lahat na ang kabuntot nito ay ang matagal nang pinoproblema ng ating mga kababayan. Mga kababayan nating matagal nang tinatahak ang diskriminasyon at pang-aapi, ang mga LGBT. […]

HAPI partners with Muntinlupa City to bring ‘Family NutriTalk’

HAPI CFO Dwengster Bulaclac with nutritionists/dietitians from Muntinlupa City Health Office

Dubbed as ‘Family NutriTalk’, the Kids Nutrition Campaign of Humanist Alliance Philippines, International (HAPI) upgraded its advocacy of proper child nutrition on March 24, 2018, Saturday at 10AM. HAPI Metro Manila Chapter was able to bring public health practitioners to its foster community on Ilaya Street of Barangay Alabang, in partnership with the Muntinlupa City […]

HAPI Monthly Feeding with A Swiss

Chantal with the HAPI ladies lead by Jamie  January 17, 2016 HAPI has been making waves in  and around the country of  the Philippines, and of course, internationally, this time reaching the mountains of  Switzerland. A Swiss national and Filipino Halfie flew to visit and checked out the Nutritional Campaign of HAPI dubbed as HAPI-Riles, […]

TAAL Relief Operations : The HAPI Way

    TAAL Relief Operations : The HAPI Way Written by Claris Quezon February 24, 2020 Tagaytay City, Cavite, Philippines            Filipinos around the world are  renowned for being resilient and happy people. We are known to make jokes about everything. We are, after all, gifted with a sunny disposition. We […]

About The Author

Noel Galang

HAPI MM member

Scroll to Top