The Philippine Atheist and Agnostics Society (PATAS) will host its first convention, Filipino non-belief - are you ready for this? this Saturday 21 April at the Bayview Hotel, Manila.
Filipino non-belief - are you ready for this? will be the first atheists/agnostics convention in Asia and represents a significant step for non-believers in Asia. John Paraiso, Executive Director of PATAS said "This convention is a wake-up call for the Filipino non-believer that he or she is not alone. A call to come out of the closet and recognize that non-belief in a deity is neither a mental illness nor a desire to do wrong. The convention is also to call the attention of the Filipino pious, so that they can learn the truth about our stand as non-believers. It may be only a day event, but the impact of this convention will be felt for many days to come."
Atheist Alliance International, a sponsor of the Convention, will be represented at the event by Tanya Smith, President. Tanya Smith said "It is magnificent to see atheists in the Philippines being organised and active. After A Celebration of Reason in Australia last week and with conventions in Germany and Canada in May this is a fantastic period of atheist activism around the world."
Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society
Atheist Alliance International