HAPI National Leadership Council Meets Up With HAPI Cebu
Written By Arlene Esdrelon Murillo
April 4, 2020
Cebu City, Cebu
It’s the 13th day of March .
The COVID-19 pandemic news cluttered almost all parts of the world. Everyone was trying to find a cure. Leaders in every country never stopped to seek a solution on how to curb the effects of this virus that already has claimed a thousand lives in powerful and progressive countries.
Those thoughts of mine were interrupted by the message on my phone.
The message from Alain said that Dweng , the Chief Finance Officer of HAPI, just arrived in Cebu together with the rest of the members of the Board of Trustees from Manila.
Though this event was already planned, it still surprised me knowing that the COVID-19 Pandemic could have hampered all our travel plans . But these people were unstoppable.
By Saturday, 14th of March, the whole group was intact and housed by Alain in his place of residence . At last I now have finally met these people whom I have always looked up to and gained my deepest respect because of their undying advocacy for humanity. There goes Claris, our HAPI Executive Secretary; Mutya, HAPI Secretariat Operations Manager; Lau, HAPI Communications and Promotions Officer; Steven, HAPI Projects and Logistics Officer; and Mac, HAPI Wealth Advisor. They discussed a lot of things on how to revive HAPI CEBU, aside from spreading their plans on how to properly manage the organization.
After their tiresome online meeting, Alain got shocked as the group announced that they chose him as the NEW HAPI EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR!
Alas! that might be one of their main purpose in coming to Cebu .
So to savor the remaining time, Alain decided to treat the group and brought them to West 35 and the famous Kabuwakan ni Alejandra in Balamban Cebu, and to SIRAO GARDEN.
The group was in a hurry since they needed to catch their flight back to Manila. Cebu City announced to have a city-wide lockdown the following morning.
Though their time with us in Cebu was very limited, yet I found it very precious and valuable. And I knew, Alain felt same way. It is very seldom in our lives that we would come across people who shared the same thoughts just like us. People who would be willing to take the risk just to serve humanity. These people had these inner drive that pushed them to value every single thoughts and actions of their members and would be willing to make a significant change in this world.
That is how HAPI PEOPLE live their lives.
And this is just the beginning of our new journey. We are hopeful that many people will join our cause as we continue to build the strong foundation of our esteemed HAPI ORGANIZATION. And of course with the guidance of our HAPI Founder Marissa Torres-Langseth who is also a proud Cebuana.
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