HAPI kids visit the National Museum of Natural History

Posted by McJarwin Cayacap | Posted on September 30, 2018

Officially opening to the public in May of 2018, the National Museum of Natural History in Manila has since seen long lines at its gates. Housing five stories of curated galleries of preserved fauna and flora are the old building and courtyard of the Department of Finance. Metro Manila Chapter of Humanist Alliance Philippines, International (HAPI), under the Secular Humanist Advocacy Development & Education (SHADE) program, gathered the HAPI kids in the morning of August 24th for a memorable, guided tour of the new museum.

 

The museum’s iconic Tree of Life, an infrastructure that serves as elevator and centrepiece of the old courtyard, welcomed the HAPI kids with its towering height that stretches up to the rainforest canopy-inspired roofing. Hanging wide on the courtyard walls are paintings on canvas of three animals endemic to the Philippines: the tarsier, the eagle and the water buffalo. At the foot of the Tree of Life is a replica of Lolong, the gigantic crocodile of Agusan Marsh fame in the early 2010’s. Lolong passed on while in captivity by the local government.

 

Every storey showcases an aspect of the natural world — from animal kingdoms and thematic environments to realistic installations. Under the management of the National Museum of Fine Arts, the new museum complements the public galleries of the National Museum of Anthropology which stands right across the expanse of Rizal Memorial Park. HAPI kids marvelled at the taxidermy used to give the animals a lifelike effect, and the passion used by the interior designers to give the public a very immersive experience in each gallery.

 

Before the museum visit, the HAPI kids enjoyed some two hours of fun time at the adjacent public playground. A landmark that has transcended generations of children in the capital, the playground saw the August 2018 program of Kids Nutrition Campaign where the kids had generous servings of freshly baked pan de sal and homemade menudong baboy (Filipino-style pork stew). The early morning fun time was intended to develop physical activity and close ties among the HAPI kids, their foster guardians and the teen volunteers.

 

Until its first free Humanist school is built, HAPI commits to continue developing advocacies that promote the well-being of the common Filipino, regardless of political and religious backgrounds. SHADE shall continue to be an agent of secular education in the Philippines where religious fanaticism and superstitious beliefs still persist. Humanists believe that critical thinking and thorough understanding of our natural world is the key to enlightenment and the eventual abolition of religion. For donations to this cause, please see details below:

McJarwin Cayacap
Writer
Photographer
Graphic Designer
Metro Manila member

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-Dumaguete Joins Zero Waste March

  To set off a newly established Humanist Alliance Philippines, International (HAPI) chapter, HAPI-Dumaguete has its pioneering activity to take part in the first ever Zero Waste March held in Dumaguete City on January 19, 2019. The said event aims to celebrate the achievements of the zero waste movement in the city and the Negros Oriental province. […]

The State of HAPI-ness

February 15, 2016 Greetings from NYC, USA! Now that we’ve reached our second year as an organization, it’s a good idea to remember why we do the things we do. Why are we HAPI? Trailblazers First: we are HAPI because we envision ourselves as the trailblazers of secular humanism in the Philippines. This is our […]

Wider, Broader, Deeper, and Longer: The Banality of Moving the Goal Posts

— By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Andrew Sullivan, prominent and long-time essayist, declared every person has a religion. By implication, this would include atheists, as most see themselves, likely, as a-religious within the referent frame of a-theism. This seems more wrong than right, and also appears to miss the basic nature of religion: handed down answers, or, […]

HUMANISM-The real empowerment

“Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance that affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. Humanism stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethics based on human and other natural values in a spirit of reason and free inquiry […]

HAPI Manila Bayside Clean-Up returns with more public support

  Humanist Alliance Philippines, International (HAPI) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) organized another Manila Bayside Clean-Up on June 2nd of 2018 at Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA). In attendance were members of the Metro Manila Chapter, beneficiaries of Kids Nutrition Campaign and Secular Humanist Advocacy Development and Education (SHADE), and other […]

In Photos: Back to school Event with HAPI shoes for the Volunteers

A HAPI pair of shoes June 26, 2016  It is with pleasure that we recognize our HAPI Volunteers in Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines, by gifting them with shoes for this school year. They have shown their artistic abilities by making them look better than just a black and boring pair of shoes. Please take a look […]

HAPI wins ‘Humanism at Work’ Award

Foundation Beyond Belief, a non-profit charitable foundation created to focus, encourage and demonstrate humanistic generosity, gave out an award, and announced the winners of their Heart of Humanism Awards on November 21, 2017, through their website. The awards recognized the outstanding community service of local groups who are part of the Beyond Belief Network program, and […]

Scroll to Top