Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society

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Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society, Inc.
PATAS Logo 2013.jpg
The current PATAS logo.
Founded 2011
Founder Marissa Torres Langseth and John Paraiso
  • Imacron Media Center, 4th floor 115 Kamuning Rd Quezon City 1103, Philippines[1]
Method Education, outreach, advocacy
Mission To promote public understanding of atheism and agnosticism;
To eliminate myths and misconceptions about atheism and agnosticism;
To promote social responsibility by replacing superstitious imperatives with rational secular solutions, grounded in lack of supernatural beliefs.[1]

The Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society (PATAS) is a nonprofit organization for the public understanding of atheism and agnosticism in the Philippines.[2] It serves to educate society, and eliminate myths and misconceptions about atheism and agnosticism.[3] It speaks against discrimination of the non-religious, and for equal opportunities as Filipino citizens. PATAS encourages harmonious information exchange among its atheist and agnostic members, and encourages its members to come out and speak for their lack of religious beliefs. The society was founded in February 2011 by Ms. Marissa Torres–Langseth who became its first chairperson and Mr. John Paraiso who became its first president. Effective 2014 January 1, Marissa Torres–Langseth announced her retirement from PATAS to focus on her health and marriage.[4] On 6 January 2014, Yek Lai Fatt became the new PATAS chairman.[5]


The Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society is a non-profit, non-religious organization and is SEC registered organization in the Philippines, and is privileged to function in public.

Atheism/Agnosticism 101[edit]

Members meet in public parks in the Philippines to discuss about atheism and agnosticism, and how to approach discussions and debates.

Coming Out Campaign[edit]

One of the activities of the society is a monthly Coming Out Campaign, where they prepare audio and video presentations, as well as inform people about atheism and agnosticism. They do this in public parks and other key areas throughout the Philippines.

Know Your Religion[edit]

PATAS also organizes Know Your Religion (KYR) events which entail visits to various religious institutions in the Philippines. Among its objectives is to understand better the culture of religious faith for PATAS members to be able to give first hand reviews and critiques as to what they see, as well as engage in focused group discussions with religious devotees.

Good without Religion[edit]

An organized outreach program for marginalized communities which include feeding, education, and medical/dental outreach programs.

First Atheist and Agnostics Convention[edit]

On April 21, 2012 PATAS organized the First Atheists and Agnostics Convention in the Philippines. That was also the first atheists/agnostics convention in Asia.[6] It was a one-day learning event and social gathering of Filipino nonbelievers.

The convention, with its theme: “Filipino non-belief—are you ready for this?”, also served as a venue for the public exposure for socially-involved and organized community of Filipino nonbelievers.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ This is the international address or location.


  1. ^ a b c Admin (2011-05-19). "About PATAS". Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  2. ^ Duke, Barry (2011-04-28). "The Pope's gonna have a cow. Catholic Philippines gains its first atheist society.". The Freethinker. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  3. ^ "Pinoy atheists and agnostics to have 'coming out' event". ABS-CBN News. 2011-03-19. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  4. ^ "The woman who lit the fire". Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society, Inc. (PATAS). 2013-12-10. Retrieved 2014-11-04. 
  5. ^ Termulo, Tess (2014-01-06). "Mr. Yek Lai Fatt is the New PATAS Chairman". Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society (PATAS). Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  6. ^ Zamora, Ilving (2012-01-12). "The FIRST Atheists/Agnostics Convention In Asia!". Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  7. ^ Sathepine (2011-08-08). "An Atheist Convention in a Religious Nation". Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society (PATAS). Philippine Atheist and Agnostics Society. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 

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