Our People

“Volunteers are not paid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.”

— Sherry Anderson

HAPI’s pride lies in its volunteers and members who tirelessly devote their effort and time to keep the humanist spirit alive. The leadership skills of the HAPI officers set the bar for a system that maintains mutual trust among the organization’s internal and external affairs.

Let’s meet these officers:

Board Of Trustees

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Michael
Sherman

Board Member

HAPI Founder

Marissa Torres Langseth

Board Member

Christian Fajutagana, HAPI's new BOT President.

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Board Member

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Junelie Velonta

Board Member

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Atty. JunalD DIONALDO

Board Member

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Rayd Espeja

Board Member

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Angelica
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chief executive officer

Mary Jane Valenzuela

Chief Finance Officer

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Steven
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Corporate Secretary

Alvin john ballares

Membership and engagement director

Staff

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Sherwin Dane Haro

Editor-In-Chief

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irene dipano

Social Media manager

AMBASSADORS

Aj Zalameda

Angelica
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HAPI Junior Ambassador

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charles
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HAPI Youth Ambassador

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Diosa Marie
M. Aguila-Aguirre

HAPI Green Ambassador

CHAPTER LEAD CONVENERS

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Mary Jane Valenzuela

HAPI Bulacan

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Anthony Van Catayong

HAPI Zambales

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Janice Buenaventura

HAPI SORSOGON

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HAPI Cagayan De Oro

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Susan
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HAPI BULACAN

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MORE ABOUT MICHAEL

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Michael Sherman, AICP is a professional city planner from the United States and practices his trade primarily in the State of Florida.  Mike is a graduate of the Florida State University with a BSc in geography and economics with a minor in urban and regional planning.  

Mike has been volunteering with HAPI since 2017, first as the International Liaison Officer in 2017 and was appointed HAPI Chair in 2018.   Mike is a city planner by choice, part time farmer, historic preservation advocate, humanitarian, and HAPI Chair.  Mike is also Trustee for Fairfax Manor in the mountains of West Virginia.  

The manor house was built in 1818 by John Fairfax and includes a 500 acre working farm in Kingwood WV. Fairfax, a Colonel in the Continental Army was Geo. Washington’s Aide-to-Camp, manager of Washington’s farm at Mount Vernon and first Sheriff of Preston County, Virginia (now WV).

MORE ABOUT Marissa

HAPI Founder

Marissa Torres Langseth, a.k.a. “Ms. M”, first founded the Philippine Atheist and Agnostics Society (PATAS, stands for “equality” in Tagalog) on February 14, 2011. Eventually, she took her attention from PATAS in December 2013 and founded Humanist Alliance Philippines, International (HAPI) so as to create a newer and better avenue to spread humanism. 

She earned her degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Cebu, Philippines, then worked in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for four years. She traveled to the USA in 1990, working three jobs in the early years of her stay in New York City. 

She also returned to school for a Master’s degree in Nursing and a Certificate in Adult Nurse Practitioner. She has been a USA citizen since 1995, and happily married since 1996.

MORE ABOUT christian

Christian Fajutagana, HAPI's new BOT President.

Christian currently holds the position of Solutions Lead Engineer at the Metro Manila branch of Cambridge University Press in the Philippines. Throughout his career, he has ventured into various realms of Engineering, serving roles such as an Anti-Malware Engineer, Technical Support Agent, and Test Automation Engineer. Christian’s extensive experience is a testament to his dedication to work.

Christian is a fur parent, owning different animals that keep him company and sane, he is also a collector of books and board games!


MORE ABOUT Junelie

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Junelie Anthony Velonta is a Dumagueteño aspiring to be a writer and scientist. In 2015, he graduated from Philippine Science High School—Central Visayas Campus and is now pursuing a Physics degree in Silliman University. 

He was a fellow for the 1st Cebu Writers’ Workshop, the 60th Silliman University National Writers Workshop, and the 2022 DLSU Young Screenwriters’ Workshop. Although a STEM major, he likes to daydream about and explore the use of local languages in both poetry and fiction.

MORE ABOUT atty. junald

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Atty. Junald S. Dionaldo, an accomplished attorney and educator in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines, has practiced law since 2009, specializing in criminal, civil, family, labor, and administrative law. He founded Dionaldo & Dionaldo Law Offices and teaches part-time at prestigious institutions like the Angeles University Foundation and Holy Angel University, focusing on subjects like Obligations and Contracts and Labor Laws. Additionally, Junald holds a Juris Doctor from the University of San Carlos and is active in professional organizations such as the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (Pampanga Chapter) and Angeles City Lawyers League (ACLL). He is fluent in English, Filipino, Kapampangan, and Visayan, and has basic Swedish skills.

MORE ABOUT RAYD

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Rayd Espeja is a pioneer member and currently the deputy head of Humanist Alliance Philippines, International – Bacolod Chapter and a member of the Board of Trustees.

He was part of the LGBTQIA+ Network who helped lobby the Anti Discrimination Ordinance of Bacolod City back in 2013. Together with his fellow LGBT rights advocates and colleagues, they were able to spearhead the first Pride March in Bacolod City back in 2012.

MORE ABOUT angelica

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Angie Driskell was the HAPI Junior Ambassador and Social Media Manager for approximately three years. She has a background in elementary education but also has experience in broadcasting. She organized her own outreach programs in the past, but did not realize her full potential until she joined HAPI in 2019. She hopes to help more people in the Philippines understand and embrace humanism.

MORE ABOUT Mary Jane

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Mary Jane “Mutya” Valenzuela is the current Chief Finance Officer of HAPI, a championing humanism since 2013, and one of the founding members of HAPI. Mutya is a certified cat lover as she has adopted several cats in the past years, she is also a Deadpool fan at heart.

MORE ABOUT STEVEN

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Steven Cross, a.k.a. “Sean Ethan” is a passionate advocate for reason, compassion, and the human experience. As a staunch secular humanist, Steven’s commitment to secular humanism manifested in various initiatives aimed at promoting awareness of equality, and humanity. Sean joined Humanist Alliance Philippines, International as a volunteer in 2019 and is also a part of a support group for the LGBTQA+ community. 

Steven’s philosophy as a secular humanist centers on the idea that reason, science, and compassion can guide ethical decision-making and contribute to the betterment of society. He believes in the importance of fostering a world where individuals can live meaningful lives guided by humanist principles.

As a secular humanist, his impact on promoting reason, human dignity, and social justice reverberates through the communities he has touched. His life as a secular humanist is a testament to the transformative power of reason, empathy, and ethical living. 

 “As a humanist and member of HAPI, this is what I do and my advocacy. I help because I know how it feels to be helpless but most importantly, I strongly believe and would like to bring back the humanity in all of us. I’m not expecting anything in return. I just want to help in the best way I can.” – Steven Cross. 

MORE ABOUT Alvin

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Alvin John “AJ” Ballares currently serves as the Membership Engagement Manager for Humanist Alliance Philippines, International (HAPI), where he has dedicated the last 10 years to various roles. He began as the Lead Convenor of the Bacolod Chapter, and his dedication led to him becoming a member of the Board of Trustees. Notably, AJ also served as the Executive Director of HAPI from 2017 to 2020 and worked as the former External Liaison Officer.

Beyond his professional commitments, AJ Ballares is a dedicated fighter, having previously pursued a career in mixed martial arts (MMA). However, his fighting spirit has now shifted towards advocating for human rights as a passionate Human Rights activist. In his leisure time, AJ describes himself as a connoisseur of both beers and coffee!

MORE ABOUT sHANE

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Shane Haro is the Editor-in-Chief and the HAPI Scholars Chief. He is a writer, educator, and voice actor who has devoted his talents to upholding humanism in the Philippines and beyond. In his free time, he blasts a lot of Lana del Rey.

MORE ABOUT Irene

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Irine Dipano is a 2nd-year college student, taking Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Currently the Social Media manager and HAPI Bulacan member. Passionate about creating a better, more equal future for kids, with a strong belief in the power of human kindness.

MORE ABOUT Angelica

Aj Zalameda

Angelica “AJ” Zalameda is a 3rd year Nursing student and a gal who aims to restore faith in humanity without the influence of supernatural beings, only with reason. Her goal is to show what humanism is to curious minds and free them from the shackles of religious dogma. She believes that religious beliefs don’t have to be connected to your kind actions and good deeds. She wants to help the future become better and show others a better perspective.


MORE ABOUT charles

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Charles is currently a 2nd-year college student at Bicol University taking up the course Bachelor of Science in Social Work and has been a member of HAPI Sorsogon since 2021. He is a make-up enthusiast and aspiring drag queen who hopes to someday illuminate the world with his fierceness, boldness, and love for humanity!

MORE ABOUT DIOSA

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Diosa Marie M. Aguila-Aguirre is an environmental consultant from Batangas. She is also an educator, teaching technopreneurship, environmental engineering, and research methods, among others, for 8 years and counting. She’s an advocate for sustainability and climate change.

MORE ABOUT Anthony Van

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Van is a licensed high school teacher by profession. He is managing his own business located at Subic, Zambales. He is currently the lead convenor of HAPI – Zambales Chapter (2021-present) and part of HAPI – Pride since 2022.

MORE ABOUT JANICE

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Janice Buenaventura was born and grew up in Bicol, Sorsogon.  In 2006, she moved to Manila and pursued her career in arts, photography, and filmmaking. In 2018, She was the lead convenor of HAPI-Metro Manila and led the Clean Drive in LPPCHEA as her first HAPI project. 

From 2019 to 2020, She moved back to her hometown Sorsogon to give back to the community. She led a HAPI relief goods drive helping families that were hit by typhoons Rolly and Quinta. She also leads a book donation drive as HAPI Educational program in the participation of Brigada Eskwela.

Early in 2021, She concluded a HAPI Youth camp as her first project as HAPI Sorsogon Lead Convenor and established the first HAPI chapter in the Bicol Region.

MORE ABOUT Liberty

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Liberty “Jhing” Dedicatoria is the HAPI Alabang Chapter’s Lead Convener. A caregiver with a lot of volunteer experience. She is responsible for the majority of HAPI-Alabang Chapter projects. She joined HAPI with the hopes of spreading the support and joy she had experienced there, making an effort to reach others and persuade them to take similar action.

MORE ABOUT Johnny

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A Typhoon Sendong survivor who turned into a volunteer since 2012 up to the present and is now a HAPI-Cagayan de Oro Lead Convenor. He left behind his academics for almost 10 years but did not hesitate to continue his studies. He is now a college graduate with a degree of BSBA-Finance Management Major in Phinma – Cagayan de Oro College.

MORE ABOUT Susan

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Susan Santos serves as the lead convenor of the HAPI Bulacan Chapter, where she dedicates her time as a volunteer barangay health worker, actively contributing to her community’s welfare. Her involvement with HAPI showcases her strong leadership qualities, exemplifying her commitment to making a positive impact through volunteerism.