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...

MOA Signing Between Atheist Republic and HAPI

The Naked Turtle Sports Bar Cubao, Quezon City December 21, 2019   The Atheist Republic, represented by the admins of Atheist Republic Metro Manila Consulate namely Mac Adornado and Jovee Brazal, signed an official Memorandum of Agreement this 21st of December, 2019 at The Naked Turtle Sports Bar in Cubao, Quezon City. Being both secular […]

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, […]

HAPI Executive Secretary named “Most Valuable Volunteer”

HAPI Executive Secretary named “Most Valuable Volunteer”

Being the most active secular humanist society in Southeast Asia, Humanist Alliance Philippines, International (HAPI) has been an awards magnet since its inception in 2014. This year, HAPI bags another prestigious award because of the efforts of one of its volunteers.   Foundation Beyond Belief, a non-profit charitable foundation created to focus, encourage and demonstrate […]

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 […]

October 2017 HAPI Bacolod Meeting

hapi-bacolod-team

Last Sunday, Humanist Alliance Philippines International (HAPI) Bacolod Chapter has conducted its last meeting for the month of October 2017. The meeting was held at Tom n Toms Coffee despite the crowded venue the meet-up went on smoothly.

New Paypal address : Donate@Hapihumanist.org (is in pesos)

Our new paypal address is : DONATE@HAPIHUMANIST.org It is based in the Philippines for easy access of the Philippine staff for our monthly and episodic events. Please be careful, the new HAPI paypal is in PESOS only,  with equivalent rate of 45 pesos for one USD. You may click the yellow DONATE button on the […]

How Humanism Gave Birth To Me

Vitruvian Man X Humanism

Humanism begins with a question I was 8 when I first pondered over the question, “Do cavemen go to hell?” This triggered me to question humans’ knowledge of the beyond, of what lies after we die. My thirst for knowledge led me to go on a philosophical adventure in search for “the truth”. Religion was […]

Scroll to Top