A book that depicts stories of how we became atheists or humanists is finally at the printing press.
It was a very long journey for me, imagining this book as the only secular book in the Philippines made for Filipinos and printed in my own country of natal day since 2011.
It started as my vision in 2011, when I started PATAS, but was derailed due to some unscrupulous people and “short-lived enthusiasm” attitude of some pinoys. Long story short, it was canned and put aside.
Came HAPI founding in 2013, we have to start all over again. But another unfavorable set back, the person (Aljohn L. de Leon) assigned to the compiling in 2014, turned out to be a very shady person and a scammer. He was terminated from HAPI for fraud. He is now being investigated by NBI for online estafa by deceit. I hope I am his last victim.
In 2015, Alex Wisner took over the compiling and editing of the book, very carefully due to some stories being edited, removed and updated. We do not want plagiarized stories, you know.
Finally, a HAPI book came out from the leadership page in November, 2016. Thanks to a new leader, Bryan Valentino. His tenacity and tactfulness paid off. All my frustrations and negative outlook have been lifted off, that finally a HAPI book is already at the printing press.
Needless to say, I financed this vision , some funds were mishandled in the process. This time it is clear as crystal. We will have the very first and only secular book in the Philippines, made by HAPI and its leaders.
Indeed, kindness begets kindness!