Sept 15, 2016
Marissa Torres Langseth, also known as ‘Ms. M’, rose from humble beginnings and managed to become financially independent at an early age. She strove to help her family and the occasional needy. She finished her 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 3 jobs in the early years of her stay in NYC, USA and also returned to school for a masteral in Nursing and the Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate. She has been a US citizen since 1995 and has been happily married since 1996.
She created the Philippine Atheist and Agnostics Society or “PATAS” (the abbreviate stands for “equality” in Tagalog) on Feb 14, 2011. She moved-away from PATAS on December 2013 to found the Humanist Alliance Philippines, International (HAPI), both to catch the hats of those who would leave PATAS and to create a newer and better avenue to spread Humanism. Despite several setbacks and challenges, HAPI has repeatedly bounced back, learning from past mistakes. She was responsible for the seed money of both PATAS and HAPI, and is still the biggest donor of HAPI to date. She has been a VOLUNTEER activist since November, 2010.
Ms. M retired from the United Health Group as an Adult Nurse Practitioner last October 2015.
“Life is no longer about pursuing money, but making oneself happy and HAPI” – Ms. M.
She is scheduled to become a HAPI Chairwoman Emeritus on January 2017, giving way to the new leadership in HAPI and passing the torch of successful advocacy in humanism to Marco Mendoza, as the new Overall Chairperson.
Ms. M travels the world every 3 months with her much beloved Norwegian-German American husband.
Ms. M remains a committed philanthropist to HAPI and some secular societies in the USA.
HAPI Achievements since inception – Dec 2013 to Oct, 2016