HAPI brings joy to kids following barangay elections

Posted by McJarwin Cayacap | Posted on June 16, 2018

Street clean-ups, celebrations and press releases usually follow election days in the Philippines. Felix Tapao, a Romblomanon Punong Barangay (Village Chief) candidate, had another idea to thank his community for their support at the recent Barangay (Village) nationwide elections. On May 15, 2018, his daughter, Jean Karla Tapao of Humanist Alliance Philippines, International (HAPI), organized a gift-giving program for the needy children of Barangay Dubduban.

HAPI brings joy to kids following barangay elections

 

Jean briefly discussed the mission and vision of HAPI for humanity as a registered organization. Then, the afternoon horizon was filled with laughs and cheers as the children played fun games. Looking on were parents who took pleasure in seeing their children have a wonderful time. The program wrapped up with the distribution of gifts and treats.

About fifty children received school supply kits. Every kit is filled with paper, notebooks, pencils, and personal hygiene items. Her niece, Ashken Tamer and cousin, Alduen Moncawe helped in making this program successful.

HAPI brings joy to kids following barangay elections HAPI brings joy to kids following barangay elections

 

“Sharing is caring. Sharing is not only giving goods or material things to the people who are in need but it is somehow showing love and appreciation by sharing of your time and effort to someone you don’t know, no matter what they look like, where they come from, or what religion they follow. For me, that’s the true meaning of caring. We share because we care for them.”

– Jean Karla Tapao

Coming from a public-spirited family, Jean is a humanist and an advocate of secular education. She took a vacation from her teaching stint in Metro Manila and supported her father’s campaign. The opportunity to help the community on a more considerable scale motivated her father to run in the elections. Although he lost, it motivated him more to give back to his people.

“Win or lose, we will continue to help them.”

– Felix Tapao

Barangay Dubduban is located on Tablas Island in San Agustin, Romblon, with a population of some 22,598 people according to a 2015 census data. Other than marble production, agriculture is the prevailing industry in Romblon. Coconut and rice are the most cultivated crops. Fishing industry is also a major enterprise as the province is surrounded by water. In recent years, tourism has become a source of income for its people as natural attractions such as fine beaches, and crystal clear waterfalls, and manmade historical attractions are discovered.

HAPI brings joy to kids following barangay elections HAPI brings joy to kids following barangay elections

 

“Helping others is a family tradition, it runs in our blood. I am very happy and thankful to have a family like them. They are very supportive.”

– Jean Karla Tapao

Jean is an educator of HAPI Secular Humanist Advocacy Development and Education (SHADE).

 

 

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...

HAPI-PWD Feeding in Cebu

  A special event for PWD (people with disabilities) in Consolacion, Cebu, Philippines. On a sunny  and humid day on October 15, 2018, at 9:30 am, a group of lovely residents from Royale Cebu Estates in Casili, Cebu,  lovingly marched to a special school in Consolacion to treat some 30 special kids  to a delicious […]

HAPI-Kids’ Ecobricks project

Our HAPI kids’ project today is building eco bricks to save our environment. It is just another event to make use of our  time and talent in Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines. Last March 30, 2019, 7:00 am in the morning at 7C Ilaya Compound( near the Philippine National Railways Alabang Station behind Ayala Malls) in Muntinlupa. […]

HAPI Cebu chapter opens Brigada Eskwela week

BRIGADA ESKWELA. In line with the goal of propagating the humanist idea, establishing the name of the organization, and boosting the number and the volunteerism of the members, the HAPI Cebu chapter implemented its first student-driven project towards introducing the organization to student leaders and volunteers who can later on become the active partners in […]

Secular Humanism in the Philippines

By Emmanuel Ikan Astillero Oct 17, 2017 7:37 PM (+8 GMT) Makati, Philippines Humanist societies, such as HAPI, are atheistic, secular and humanistic. Members do not believe in the existence of a god, are non-religious, and adhere to a program of work where human interests, values, and dignity predominate. It is not an easy situation […]

International Women’s Month: A Salute to the Mothers, Sisters and Wives of the HAPI community

This month, we celebrated women all across the globe and their contributions to humanity throughout the many lives and generations we’ve spent on this good Earth. HAPI women were recently featured in The Atlantic for their steadfast willingness to make a difference in the country of the Philippines where secular and humane values are often […]

The 2017 Metro Manila Pride March

Considered the biggest and most attended pride event in the Philippines with over 7,500 participants, the Metro Manila Pride March was held in the afternoon of June 24, 2017, beginning and ending in Plaza De Los Alcaldes, Marikina. “HERE TOGETHER” was the theme and rallying cry for this year’s Metro Manila Pride March. According to participants, […]

Another Fine Addition : PRO Ruben Tulud

Ruben Tulud, Egyptologist and Poet  January 26, 2016 HAPI is attracting the best of the best. Indeed, water seeks its own level. Mr Tulud has been known to me since 2010, doing some quiet but noble work. I have known him better when we went to Baguio as a team in 2013. He was the […]

Scroll to Top