The Spirit of Bayanihan

Setting the Scene According to the World Risk Report of 2018, the Philippines is the third most vulnerable country to disasters. The country lies in the Pacific Ring of Fire where 80% of earthquakes occur. Around 20-25 typhoons ravage the country every year, leading to the loss of lives and millions of damages to infrastructure and … Continue reading The Spirit of Bayanihan

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