Human Life International’s Asia-Pacific Congress (ASPAC) on Faith, Life and Family is the biggest gathering of pro-life leaders in Asia and Oceania who want to learn and be involved in the promotion and defense of faith, life, and family in the region.
ASPAC is a training ground for pro-life leaders and future leaders to be able to efficiently and effectively defend life in their respective countries. At the same time, it serves as forum for pro-life leaders around the region and the world to share and inspire each other as they continually face the increasing challenges in the mission for the promotion and defense of faith, life, and family. The Congress has been graced by officials from the Vatican, papal nuncios, cardinals, archbishops, bishops, clergy, religious, and prominent lay leaders in the international pro-life movement since it began in Bangalore, India in 1994.
Along with discussing pressing issues facing the region in the fight for life and family, prayer and a focus on living our Catholic faith is a part of every ASPAC with group prayers of the Rosary, attendance of Holy Mass, and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament available each day. The Congress also attracts people of other faiths, not only from Asia and Oceania, but from other parts of the world as well, who are united in the defense of life.
HLI Regional Director for Asia and Oceania Dr. Ligaya Acosta works closely with our pro-life partners in the region to organize each conference. ASPAC began as an annual conference, but is now held every two years. To date, ASPAC has been held in:
- Cebu, Philippines (1991 and 2001)
- Bangalore, India (1994 and 2004)
- Manila, Philippines (1995, 1996, and 2010)
- Singapore (1997 and 2003)
- Taegu, South Korea (1998)
- Mumbai, India (2000)
- Hong Kong, China (2002)
- Bali, Indonesia (2005)
- Bangkok, Thailand (2007 and 2017)
- Goa, India (2008)
- Miri, Malaysia (2009)
- Astana, Kazakhstan (2011)
- Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia (2013)
- Taiwan, province of China (2015)
- Bangkok, Thailand (2017)
- Kerala, India (2019)
- Cebu City, Philippines (2023)