HAPI on Martial Law 46

Posted by Rayd Espeja | Posted on September 25, 2018

September 21, 1976, the day when democracy died.

The Humanist Alliance Philippines, International as one of the humanists’ organizations in the Philippines chose to commemorate the proclamation of Martial Law with indignation. HAPI officers Alvin John Ballares, Executive Director and Rayd Espeja, Public Relations Officer together with Richard Alila of PRRM (Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement) went to the busiest street of Bacolod City to express and inform public why we chose to undignify this day.

The social media played its role in revisioning the history throughout the years. The platform became a venue in propagating fake news in order to lure the society and divert them with thorough fact-checking. HAPI never failed to balance it out in social media, sharing facts is one of our objective in ensuring that we, as an organization will keep our fellow Filipinos informed. As part of our humanist obligation, we combat not just ignorance, but also promote thorough research and fact-checking. We aim to have a society of critical thinkers who can never be persuaded by  fake news. Through this, we grace the street to reach more people and educate them about Martial Law.

 

We are not just keyboard warriors

 

On the contrary to what other  people would usually think of HAPI, we are not just keyboard warriors who are hiding behind the comment sections. We are a group of people who aim to change the world and make it a better place to live in our small special ways.

We are brave enough to express and stand on what we believe, we are brave enough to go out and reach  out to people as much as we could, we are brave enough to promote the core value of being a humanist which is respect. We respect opinions, whether it is a complete opposite of what we believe in, we respect individuality that no matter how difficult or cryptic your stand is, we still hope that humanity lies within, we respect humanity, and by that, we never tolerate being attacked, being humiliated, being disregarded especially in public. We embrace all ideals, all beliefs, all principles and we dealt it with a healthy and informative discussion.

 

Why on the  streets?

 

Expressing our ideas on the streets may not be ethical,  but, with this undertaking, it explores more of our humanistic behavior to connect with other people. Sharing informative ideas on the  streets  shows how we want our society to be involved with a few rising issues that may have several concerns in not so obvious ways.

HAPI on Martial Law 46

It started with just Ricard and Rayd, standing amidst the busy street of Bacolod City. In almost an hour of standing, just holding up “Never Again to Martial Law” and “Resist Fascism” board, the two received a  few apologists and hecklers. But this didn’t stop them from expressing their thoughts about Martial Law. Then after, two more individual joined the simple indignation, Tanya and Carlos of Sagay City, Negros Occidental. After a few more minutes, another guy who works in Negros Occidental Hall of Justice came to join us. Collectively we were able to share what we know about Martial Law to some queries from students who passed by.

MARCOS IS NOT A HERO

This statement alone doesn’t need  further validation. HAPI is enraged with any further alteration of history.

 

 

Article Author
Rayd Espeja
HAPI Bacolod Lead Convener
HAPI Public Relations Officer
HAPI Trustees
Known as “The Mentor” of ReKindle artists.
Aquaponics guy
Crochet Master
Photoshop goddess

Other good reads...

On Presuppositionalist Apologetics

On Presuppositionalist Apologetics  by Ben Sackenheim Cincinnati, Ohio, United States April 8, 2019                   Many readers may not even be familiar with this term, but you will need to know it because if you are involved in the messy business of counterapologetics for long, you will eventually encounter it. Presuppositionalism is a drastically different method of […]

HAPI A.R.K Project sets sail

The ARK Project started as a small personal project of one of the members of HAPI (Humanist Alliance Philippines, International) in 2016. It was called “The ARK Project” because it was inspired by the movies Pay It Forward and Evan Almighty. ARK Stands for Act of Random Kindness and the idea behind it is that, […]

HAPI SHADE Gift Giving Project at Quezon City!

On December 23, 2017, Ms. Jean Karla M. Tapao, the officer-in-charge of HAPI SHADE (Secular Humanist Advocacy Development Education), Quezon City chapter together with her team shared love and joy through Gift Giving at Barangay North Fairview, Quezon City. The HAPI SHADE Gift Giving Project is an outreach project for the less privileged Filipino children […]

HAPI Junior: Why volunteering is HAPI!

Humanist Alliance Philippines, International Junior, the youth wing of Humanist Alliance Philippines, International joined a community-led coastal clean-up at Sitio Dacutan Dacu, Silay City, Negros Occidental last 17 of November 2018. The coastal clean-up that was initiated by a local public school teacher Miss Divine(as she preffered to be called) because of the staggering amount […]

HAPI – Summer Camp Program: Recognition Day

  The moment that everyone had been waiting for had finally arrived. The HAPI Summer Class Program (HSCP) had a remarkable Recognition Day celebration last May 26, 2017 at the Milenyo Covered Court, Phase 8 North Fairview, Quezon City. The said event was organized by the Project Head Coordinator of HSCP, Ms. Jean Karla M. Tapao, […]

“Superhumanism – Superheroes deliver an outreach like no other” by Lex de la Torre

“Whenever I feel sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead ” – Lex de la Torre The spirit of giving is a basic human attribute that can be exemplified anytime. However, during the Holiday season, people are inspired to be more kind and be more loving. Everyone deserves a happy christmas, the kids […]

HAPI – PWD COOL TREAT IN CEBU

Cool Treat for Cebu PWD (Persons With Disability) This is the second installment of the PWD feeding in Cebu courtesy of the Torres sisters: Patricia, Marissa, and Agustina. While the other two sisters who sponsored the event are away in the US, Agustina Torres braved the heat of the 11:30 sun in Cebu last December […]

Scroll to Top