The Road Ahead

Moving forward towards a stronger and better organization

BACOLOD CITY 6100

OCT 19-21, 2018

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About the General Assembly

HAPI General Assembly 2018 is an official gathering that will convene active humanists all over the Philippines. Despite the scattered  islands, we make it a point to meet with other humanists to discuss short- and long-term goals, events and activities for the betterment of the organization, and humanism in general.

The logo signifies the hosting of HAPI Bacolod Chapter which coincides with the Masskara Festival in October, dubbed as HAPI Triple Treat. Our slogan, “The Road Ahead”, alludes to HAPI’s new leadership and the path to greater success that is set before them.

The Speakers

Real people sharing their ideas and passion for humanism

Alvin John Ballares

Alvin John Ballares

HAPI Executive Director

Millennials & Activism

Edwin Bulaclac, Jr.

Edwin Bulaclac, Jr.

HAPI Chief Financial Officer

Good Governance

Michael Sherman

Michael Sherman

HAPI Assistant Chairperson

Tactical Humanism

Alain Presillas

Alain Presillas

HAPI Trustee

Critical thinking:
A must for 21st century skills

Jan Erik Villa

Jan Erik Villa

Rekindle PH: Anatomy of an Event

Christopher Geake

Christopher Geake

UK Perspectives on Humanism in Action

Clarence Ruelos

Clarence Ruelos

HAPI - Illigan Lead Convener

Digital Humanism: Providing Employment Capabilities Through Online Skills Training

Kates Ante

Kates Ante

Mental Health Advocate

Mental Health Awareness

The Venue

L’Fisher, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental

In a privileged location, along Lacson Street that has been declared as the Tourism Strip of Bacolod City, L’ Fisher Hotel prides itself as the only first-class accommodation in the locale. Right in the heart of the city’s business and commercial center, this hotel offers a warm and relaxing atmosphere that brilliantly suits local and foreign travelers.

Fitted with practical amenities and fashioned in an elegant style, our spacious rooms and suites can accommodate guests ranging from individual travelers to groups on vacation. They can all find comfort and ease in a laid-back ambience of subtle lighting and cozy furniture. Each lodging comes with Wi-Fi Internet access, air-conditioning, cable TV, a phone, mini-bar, and private toilet and bath. Also awaiting guests are 3 restaurants, a coffee shop, swimming pool, gym, and spa.

Moreover, L’ Fisher Hotel – Bacolod affords the perfect accommodation for those who seek an accessible base in the city. Some attractions nearby include The Ruins, Negros Museum, and other heritage sites. It is also just 5 minutes away from downtown, 10 minutes away from the seaport, and 25 minutes away from the airport.

More details about the venue here.

The Host

HAPI Bacolod Chapter

HAPI Bacolod Chapter, dubbed as one of the most active and balanced chapters in the Philippines, is hosting this year’s HAPI General Assembly.

Two of the chapter’s submissions had been recognized as Pictures of the Month by Foundation Beyond Belief for their creative efforts on promoting humanism and environmentalism locally. Click here to see one of the pictures.

The chapter runs a local event called Rekindle PH, lobbied to go national, that turned 2 years old on October 31, 2017. An event promoting humanism through art, music and poetry, it has acquired numerous partnerships within and outside the city.

Bacolod Chapter is also home to most of Humanist Alliance Philippines, International’s new officers and Board of Trustees. They are as follows:

• Alvin John Ballares – Executive Director
• Rayd Espeja – Public Relations Officer and Trustee
• Jan Erik Villa – Public Relations Officer and Trustee
• Juan Miguel Silva – Internal Auditor
• Angelique Anne Villa – Writer and SEO Expert
• Zhene Kay Drillon – Assistant Web Content Editor

HAPI Bacolod Chapter is also revamping and recruiting new members who share the same advocacy and commitment to help the organization move forward.

Schedule of Events

BACOLOD CITY 6100

OCT 19-21, 2018

THE TRASH RAGE RUNWAY – The Final Showdown (October 19)

October 19, 2018, @ 6:00-9:00 PM

Ground Floor Main Entrance Lobby, Robinson’s Place, Bacolod City

A fashion competition with the goal of promoting environmentalism and recycling of materials. This event will be judged by Michael Sherman, Christopher Geake and Patricia Milton.

HAPI GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2018 - SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (OCTOBER 20)
07:30 – 08:30 Registration
08:30 – 09:00 Opening

  • Welcome message by Chairwoman Emeritus Marissa Torres Langseth Patricia Milton accompanied by Agustina Torres and Mira Paslon
  • Opening remarks by Executive Director Alvin John Ballares
  •  Masskara performance by Bata National High School
09:00 – 09:30

Digital Humanism: Providing Employment Capabilities Through Online Skills Training by Clarence Ruelos

09:30 – 10:00

Humanism Through the Lens of a Millenial by Alvin John Ballares

10:00 – 10:30

Good Governance by Edwin Bulaclac, Jr.

10:30 – 11:00

Mental Health Awareness by Kates Ante

11:00 – 11:30

Igniting Critical Thinking: 21st Century Skills to Develop Humanism in Students by Alain Presillas

11:30 – 12:00

UK Perspectives on Humanism in Action by Christopher Geake , from UK.

12:00 – 01:30 Lunch Break

  • Performance by artsonist Noel Genoraga of Rekindle Ph
01:30 – 02:00

Rekindle ph: Anatomy of an Event by Jan Erik Villa

02:00 – 02:30

Tactical Humanism by Michael Sherman

02:30 – 03:30 Open-mic Panel Interview with the Speakers
03:30 – 04:30 Closing

  • Inauguration of Newly Appointed Officers
  • Closing Remarks by Executive Director John Alvin Ballares

Partners & Sponsors

Marissa Torres Langseth

Marissa Torres Langseth

HAPI Founder, Chairperson Emeritus
Mark Richardson

Mark Richardson

HAPI International Council - Washington, USA
Lucille V. Hoersten

Lucille V. Hoersten

HAPI International Council - Germany
Patricia Milton

Patricia Milton

HAPI International Council - California, USA
Michael Sherman

Michael Sherman

HAPI Assistant Chairperson, Liaison Officer
Elena Allen

Elena Allen

HAPI International Council - Kentucky/Indiana, USA
Dwengster Bulaclac

Dwengster Bulaclac

HAPI Chief Financial Officer
Rick Gray

Rick Gray

International Humanist and Ethical Union

International Humanist and Ethical Union

Soleur’s Mushroom Products

Soleur’s Mushroom Products

Atheist Republic

Atheist Republic

Foundation Beyond Belief

Foundation Beyond Belief

Brighter Brains

Brighter Brains

Amy Higgins

Amy Higgins

Mario Siaboc

Mario Siaboc

Christopher Geake

Christopher Geake

Jess Corpus

Jess Corpus

Let’s Work Together!

Humanist Alliance Philippines, International invites you to join us in educating and supporting the humanist community in this year’s HAPI General Assembly: The Road Ahead. Advertising mediums are as follows:

  • HAPI website’s General Assembly landing page
  • Tarpaulins during the event
  • Daily Star newspaper ad a day prior to the event
  • Video ad at L’fisher & Ceres North Terminal a week prior to the event

If you are looking for a great opportunity to advertise your business during the Masskara Festival week, HAPI might be able to help you through our sponsorship packages below:

GOLD

  • Company 8″ x 8″ logo across ad mediums (e.g. Tarpaulins)
    To be resized on smaller mediums (e.g. website landing page, newspaper ads)
  • Videos ads
  • You will be allowed to provide and display company’s own tarpaulin at the event venue
  • Live acknowledgment during the event

SILVER

  • Company 4″ x 4″ logo across ad mediums (e.g. tarpaulins)
    To be resized on smaller mediums (e.g. website landing page, newspaper ads)
  • Live acknowledgment during the event

BRONZE

  • Company name in text form across ad mediums (e.g tarpaulins, website landing page, newspaper ads)
  • Live acknowledgment during the event
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