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

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

A Tribute to Books in These Un-Book-Friendly Times

"Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light." Vera Nazarian It's not easy to read an actual book these days. Picture this: Wake up in the morning. Open book. Receive e-mail notification. Close book. Read e-mail. Respond. Open laptop. The work day starts. Break for … Continue reading A Tribute to Books in These Un-Book-Friendly Times

Meditating with Marcus: Lessons from Stoicism

I've made a very good friend in the past year or so. Through my ups and downs, he's become a companion, a mentor. I consult him when I fail. When I succeed, he gives his input to show me what could be next. He's taught me the practical value of philosophy and, now, a big … Continue reading Meditating with Marcus: Lessons from Stoicism