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Chat with Angelique Anne Villa — Member, Humanist Alliance Philippines, International


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/05/05

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: How did you find out about HAPI?

Angelique Anne Villa: I found out about HAPI through J-rik, he introduced me to other HAPI members: Rayd, Alvin, and Zenki.

Jacobsen: What made the humanist message initially appealing?

Villa: The book released by HAPI made a lot of sense, “From Superstition To Reason”.

Jacobsen: Who has been a guide for you, as an exemplar of humanism living by example?

Villa: I’m new to humanism, but I lost faith since I was 13. I’m still trying to know more about the people involved and how they established it.

Jacobsen: What do you see as the differential treatment for nonbelievers in the Philippines?

Villa: A big yes, even my mom was like “what happened to you?” but she didn’t make any violent reactions though. I can feel how other family members look at me with disgust when I talk about not believing in their god. It’s been just hi-and-hello between me and them since 2010.

Jacobsen: Also on the sex and gender front, how are women treated by the major faiths?

Villa: I haven’t experienced any discrimination yet, to be honest, but I feel bad for a friend back in high school that her mom wouldn’t let her join the volleyball team because they’re Christians and she was advised that it’s better for my friend to sing in their church.

Jacobsen: Does humanism provide a more modern and respectful message?

Villa: For me, yes it does. I know a lot of Pinoys would find it disrespectful if it contradicts their beliefs they’re most likely going to hate it.

Jacobsen: Does religion seem to be more or less compatible with human rights, women’s rights and reproductive rights, and so on?

Villa: Religion is less compatible in terms of reproductive rights, with the LGBT community, and more. Although I haven’t personally experienced this, I see it on the news and it’s so off. The irony between the “love thy neighbours and respect thy neighbours” and ousted gays, lesbians, trans, and the rest is simply not making sense.

Jacobsen: What are you hoping to see as a change in the nature of the public image of humanism in the next few years?

Villa: I don’t expect to see much in the Philippines, I’m not under estimating Pinoys but the fight to push humanism in the country is going to be hard when every family’s foundation is religion. I just hope to see they’d be more reasonable in the future so politicians can stop using religion as their back-up if they feel like losing the elections.


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