Governor’s Hurricane Conference

Florida is the only tropical state in the United States. While images of beaches and vacation are the first thing that comes to mind, there is also a price to pay by being situated by the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricanes have battered the state for decades and have incurred billions in … Continue reading Governor’s Hurricane Conference

A Taste of Home

This weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited (the other one I sort of invited myself lol) by two Filipino-American families to join them in two important religious events. After being colonized by Spain for 300 years, the Philippines became predominantly Catholic and takes the celebration of its religious traditions seriously. These events bring … Continue reading A Taste of Home

A ‘Warm’ Welcome

For an island girl who's used to heat and humidity, imagine my relief when ICMA assigned me in the sunny state of Florida, in particular, the City of Tallahassee, its capital city. Coming from the cold, damp weather of Washington, DC, getting off the plane to a crisp 28ºC/82ºF spring day was such a welcome … Continue reading A ‘Warm’ Welcome

But first, I have to lecture

It is only  fitting that I celebrated Earth Day by giving a lecture on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation for future environmental planners. How I managed to squeeze this activity in between preparations for the fellowship is challenging but I think if you're really passionate about something, you'll do what it takes. Environmental … Continue reading But first, I have to lecture