GEN C: A Generation dreaming of Cohesion, struggling with Change

And you get a head A head full of dreams You can see the change you want to Be what you want to be “A Head Full of Dreams” by Coldplay I grew up in a generation with a head full of dreams - dreams of peace and cohesion, sustainable development, and the power of … Continue reading GEN C: A Generation dreaming of Cohesion, struggling with Change

How to Learn Science: More ‘Big Bang Theory’, Less Memorization

These past months have been tough. After the "precedented times" pre-2020, we've found ourselves getting hit by crisis after crisis. COVID-19. The lockdowns. Economic losses. Despite the world's heroic push for vaccination, we've still been hit by one variant after another. Delta. Omicron. In the Philippines, we've also faced super typhoons, and let's face it: … Continue reading How to Learn Science: More ‘Big Bang Theory’, Less Memorization

Why You Need to Rest to Work Better

On ne règne sur les âmes que par le calme.One leads by calm.French maxim cited by Clementine Churchill to her husband I recently read The Splendid and The Vile by Erik Larson, a masterful story-telling of the The Blitz - the nearly year-long bombing of the United Kingdom by Nazi Germany during World War 2. … Continue reading Why You Need to Rest to Work Better

Youth Leadership: Growing Slowly (and Compassionately) in a Pandemic

In the past months, I had the privilege of speaking in several youth leadership webinars. During these webinars, I usually talk about my experience leading a non-profit organization from when I was a teenager, the successes and failures I've had, and what I learned along the way. Lately, I noticed a trend. The most common … Continue reading Youth Leadership: Growing Slowly (and Compassionately) in a Pandemic

Van Gogh, Dune, and Lessons for the 21st Century

Earlier this year, I wrote about seven books which became close companions amid the lonely days of quarantine in Manila. To close my 2020 literary journey, I'd like to share about three more books which took me on a roller coaster ride of insights, emotions, and internal debates overlaid onto a similarly tumultuous year. I … Continue reading Van Gogh, Dune, and Lessons for the 21st Century

6 Make-or-Break Questions I Should’ve Asked Myself as a Student

"Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel." Socrates Schools will never be the same after COVID-19. For the first time, many educational institutions have to radically rethink the process of learning from the ground up. As we struggle with possibly extended periods of physical distancing and the inequalities in … Continue reading 6 Make-or-Break Questions I Should’ve Asked Myself as a Student

Why Aren’t People Convinced By Facts and Reason?

As the war against COVID-19 wages in hospitals, government offices, and empty streets, a different battle is being played out in the news, on social media, and in our minds and hearts. Early insights show that citizens in the US differed in how they would personally act on COVID-19 based on their political leaning, with … Continue reading Why Aren’t People Convinced By Facts and Reason?