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.
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:
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.