All posts filed under: Blog

My Lecture at Cambridge University: Engaging Youth in Climate Change through Journalism

Last February 22, I gave a lecture at the Cambridge University for the Cambridge Climate Lecture Series 2018. In behalf of Climate Tracker, I gave a 40-minute lecture on how to engage youth in climate change through journalism, followed by a very engaging open forum. It was also streamed live on Facebook and was screened in different countries like India, Paraguay, Nepal, and the Philippines. Watch the whole lecture here:

“Where did all the Fireflies go?” as one of the best Filipino children’s books in 2017, according to Smart Parenting

I don’t think I’ve written about it here, but in 2017 I wrote a children’s book called “Where did all the Fireflies go?” which translated to Filipino is “Nasaan na ang mga alitaptap?” It was published by St. Matthew’s Publishing, under Kahel Press. My friend and artist, Irish Flores, illustrated the book and Mark Fortaleza translated it to Filipino. Smart Parenting recently listed their Top 20 Filipino Children’s Books of 2017 and the book I wrote was listed as one of them! Smart Parenting says about the book: This is our favorite environmental storybook for 2017. Fireflies are harder to find these days because of pollution and climate change. It is a fact that we need to share with our children. They are never too young to learn about helping to care for the environment. With your guidance, they can already make a difference in their own little ways. I’m happy because this is what the book was meant to do! I wanted children to learn to take care of our planet and know that they can …

1 month in: Studying in the UK

There’s a reason I haven’t posted in a while. It’s been a month and a few days since I moved to the United Kingdom to pursue my postgraduate studies. It’s been one of my dreams to get a masters degree in the United Kingdom and my journey began last year when I decided to apply for a Chevening scholarship. I got in, with 26 other Filipinos, in the hopes of learning more and applying it when I get back home. In applying for the Chevening scholarship, you have to put 3 choices of courses and universities you want to attend in the UK. Mine were the University of Glasgow, University of Sussex, and the University of East Anglia. I got into all three, but eventually chose UEA. I am now in Norwich studying Media and International Development at the University of East Anglia. I first became involved in climate justice in 2009. I was in college then, a member of Dakila, and we began a campaign with Oxfam in time for COP19 in Copenhagen. Everyone was …

Why we must look up at the stars

We were always told of our importance in the spaces we occupy. Our parents reassured us of this. Our teachers reminded us everyday. But what they forget to tell us is how truly insignificant we all are in the grand scheme of things. We always look down, look around, but fail to look up. So humans have a sense of entitlement, a sense that somehow the world owes them something merely for existing. And maybe that’s the problem. Maybe instead of just telling us how important we are, we should also be taught of how insignificant we are. Maybe, just maybe, if we learned to look at the stars and understand how small we are in the cosmos, how the universe will continue to exist without us, maybe we can all forget our egos and learn to be kinder to one another. Maybe then we will realize that power and money mean nothing. Maybe we can start to think of each other as equals and stop the wars where we fight to prove ourselves greater. …

Vote for someone with the right values

Many people ask me why I would choose someone with values over someone with competency. Don’t get me wrong, if there was someone who had both, of course I’d choose him/her. But between a person who has values more than competency and a person who’s very competent but had very little or no values, I’d choose the first anytime. Why? Let me quote Albus Dumbledore (because I’m a Potterhead and when I read the books, this phrase really stuck with me), “It is our choices, Harry, that show us what we truly really are, far more than our abilities.” When we choose a leader we should always remember that far more than building the economy of a nation, this leader is building a community, and to some extent, building humanity. One can have all the competencies in the world but when one is not equipped with the right values, our very core as humans will be crumble. It continues to baffle me how people could so easily exchange respect and dignity for riches. What’s more, …