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My Religious Family Finally Found Out I’m an Atheist

By Shane / April 27, 2021 / 0 Comments

By Glemir Sordilla HAPI Scholar Ever since I was a kid, I bombarded my parents with my curiosity. “Why does the moon follow me everywhere?” I used to ask, or “Why did you say Santa gave me my gift when I know it’s from you?” Despite my genuine interest and hunger for answers, they always […]

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An Atheistic God

By Shane / April 13, 2021 / 0 Comments

By Rado Gatchalian The FILOsopher For centuries, this mind-boggling question, “Does God exist?” has catapulted our civilizations to secondary, yet also primal, questions of peace and violence, of good and evil, of liberty and authority. It is 2021 and we still battle with this one fundamental question that ultimately defines our existence: who we are […]

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A Fierce Agnostic Mama: Angie Driskell | HAPI Spotlight

By Shane / April 9, 2021 / 0 Comments

By Sherwin Dane Haro Editor-in-Chief Never underestimate an activist’s heart, especially when they’re as tenacious of a humanist as Angelica “Angie” Driskell. If you’ve been following Humanist Alliance Philippines, International (HAPI) for the past few years, you might know her as the HAPI Auditor, a member of the Board of Trustees, the HAPI Jr. Ambassador, […]

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Science and humanism will get us through this pandemic

By Shane / April 5, 2021 / 0 Comments

By Merlie Figura HammerChemist & Retired Medical Underwriter Some basic definitions: an epidemic is when a disease affects a large number of people within a community, population, or region. A pandemic is an epidemic that has spread over multiple countries or continents. As Covid-19 began spreading in Wuhan, China, it became an epidemic. When the disease spread […]

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IN PHOTOS | HAPI International Women’s Month

By Marissa Langseth / March 25, 2021 / 0 Comments

HAPI International Women’s Month! This is us. We empower women, especially those who spell women as “we, men”. For the month of March, I applaud, cherish, and dedicate this month to the women in HAPI who dedicate their lives to humanity in general and HAPI specifically. Some of them are mothers with full-time jobs yet […]

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#PH500 – The National Quincentenary Commemoration

By Shane / March 17, 2021 / 0 Comments

Everyone knows the date. The legacy of Yoyoy Villame will forever outlive him as Filipinos all over the islands and all over the world sing March 16, 1521 with the one rhythm everyone seems to know. Yet, as widespread as that song is, it isn’t entirely correct. Of course, the jokes about Magellan crying for […]

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3 Things You Notice as a “Religious Dropout”

By Shane / March 9, 2021 / 0 Comments

By the HAPI Scholars Leaving your religion behind and looking at life purely from a secular perspective is a sometimes scary, but always humbling experience that a lot of secular humanists could tell you about. The truth is that there isn’t one big moment of clarity where you grasp everything that was ridiculous or irrational […]

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From Pastor to Heretic: AJ Ballares | HAPI Spotlight

By Shane / January 22, 2021 / 0 Comments

by Sherwin Dane Haro San Jose, Antique, Philippines January 16, 2021 As far as character arcs go, “varsity chess player” to “mixed martial artist” to “seminarian” to “pastor” to “HAPI Executive Director” might be as wild as it gets, and yet that’s exactly the route that the man on today’s Spotlight, Alvin John “AJ” Ballares, […]

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HAPI Spotlight: Mutya Valenzuela

By Shane / November 6, 2020 / 0 Comments

Sherwin Dane Haro Nov. 3, 2020 San Jose, Antique, Philippines Audio narration by Shane Haro All too often, we hear stories about people who experience a painful childhood and come out the other side too broken to ever enact positive change in the world. Mutya Valenzuela, HAPI Board of Trustees member and one of the […]

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A Life Well-Lived: HAPI Founder Retires

By Shane / March 1, 2020 / 0 Comments

In a culture dominated by religiosity, overt superstition, and fake news, it takes a truly ballsy person to fight against the noise. While pushing for secularism is by no means a competition, Marissa Torres Langseth, HAPI Founder and Chairperson Emeritus, was the first to openly advocate for a more secular Philippines in the public stage. […]

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