An open letter to aspiring sustainability professionals in the Philippines

Since you opened this blog post - like me, you're probably trying your best to start a sustainability career of your own. Whether it be on energy, waste, green cities, communications, etc., sustainability is very broad. In the Philippines, how much possible is a career on this field? I've spoken with many people on what … Continue reading An open letter to aspiring sustainability professionals in the Philippines

On essentialism and the disciplined pursuit of less

Being 'busy' nowadays has become some sort of status symbol. 'Being tired' has become romanticized. Keeping up with the trends - whether in fashion, music, television series, movies, etc. - has become more fast-paced than ever. If you can't relate, you're out and can't really give or gain much from a conversation. These are not … Continue reading On essentialism and the disciplined pursuit of less

The spirit of volunteerism

Last May 2019, I joined a one-month volunteer work as a class assistant and documenter in the annual training of the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI). It consisted of classroom-based and field-based courses—the ones I was assigned to include fundamentals of peacebuilding, monitoring and evaluation for peacebuilding practitioners, and indigenous peoples’ culture-based conflict resolution practices and … Continue reading The spirit of volunteerism

Raising sons and daughters: The story of Alexa Mira Society, Inc.

Originally published at Manila Bulletin Somewhere in Barangay Palatiw, Pasig City is an organization of dreamers, sustainability advocates, and youth volunteers who actively implement programs to create social impact in the lives of the community. Alexa Mira Society Inc. (AMSI), a non-profit organization, gathers individuals to work toward this goal. As a young organization, AMSI … Continue reading Raising sons and daughters: The story of Alexa Mira Society, Inc.

Traversing the Malita mountains: A week with the peace-loving Tagakolu people

Originally published at Manila Bulletin's Art and Culture Section Within the mountains of Malita, Davao Occidental lives a tribal community called the Tagakolu—a peace-loving community that has an interesting mix of cultural and religious beliefs. The Tagakolu are part of the millions of indigenous peoples’ (IP) in the Philippines. In Mindanao, there are over 15 … Continue reading Traversing the Malita mountains: A week with the peace-loving Tagakolu people

On peacebuilding and sustainability: An experience of a lifetime

Throughout May, I went through a volunteer experience as a class assistant and class documenter with the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) at Davao City, Philippines. They conducted their Annual Peacebuilding Training with the theme "Positive Engagements in Peacebuilding". I assisted in classes that covered topics such as Fundamentals of Peacebuilding, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding … Continue reading On peacebuilding and sustainability: An experience of a lifetime