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The Same Difference

The Same Difference

My story has always been one of contrasts. I’m obsessed with oxymorons, the concept where apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction. My time in the Philippines has been an oxymoron in itself — a study in blacks, whites and everything in between. I love the contradictions of Manila: the character,[Read More…]

by August 15, 2015 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top
Check Your Privilege

Check Your Privilege

I’m about to write about economic inequality in the Philippines while sipping on third-wave coffee in a boutique cafe. Is something wrong with this picture? I’ve only lived in the Philippines for a month, but I’ve jumped headfirst into the conversation on its social issues. Within my summer fellowship, I’m[Read More…]

by July 31, 2015 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top
A Critical Look at Inclusive Growth

A Critical Look at Inclusive Growth

There has been lots of buzz these days about inclusive growth and wealth redistribution. So much so that even a humble intern like myself feels the need to grapple with such big issues. It’s come up at every social innovation event I’ve been to and with every entrepreneur I’ve spoken[Read More…]

by July 17, 2015 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top
Manila Mysteries

Manila Mysteries

How do I describe the textures of Manila? Standing at a busy street corner with rumbling jeepneys and pressing crowds around me, I try to pin down the unfamiliar energies of the city. Anyone who has encountered something foreign or new can relate to how I’m feeling. Actually, so could[Read More…]

DIY: Building a Home without Walls

DIY: Building a Home without Walls

Home is not what it used to be. This year, I made a new home on the Hilltop, came back to my childhood one and will soon fly to my homeland, the Philippines. Be it a dorm with friends, a town with family, an archipelago with a nation, what does[Read More…]

by June 19, 2015 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top
Transcending Ethnicity

Transcending Ethnicity

When I think of who I am, my first instinct is to define myself using personality traits rather than by ethnicity. I often wonder why many multicultural people intuitively do the opposite. Have I dishonored my heritage by not prioritizing Filipino-American as my core identity? My personal reflections on race[Read More…]

by June 5, 2015 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top