Manila to D.C. – 27 Hours++ and 8,667.65 mi (13,949.23 km)++ Later

A few days left before the YSEALI-ICMA Spring Professional Fellowship Program. And here I am, not yet packed, I'm still rushing to finish off reports and other outputs before I leave the paperwork behind or else bring them with me for an extra baggage or two. But I just had to make this quick map … Continue reading Manila to D.C. – 27 Hours++ and 8,667.65 mi (13,949.23 km)++ Later

Food for Friendships: Culinary Diplomacy

Today is my last day at my host office. During four weeks in Connecticut, I have a great chance to broaden my professional expertise,  knowledge and understanding for better address the challenges facing in my country especially in term of promoting local participatory in governance and legislation. Moreover, I have been offered the opportunity to  … Continue reading Food for Friendships: Culinary Diplomacy


Annual budget forecast for local government unit is always a balance between strong fundamental sources of revenues to facilitate its operations and the growing expenditures to address the needs of the community. Considering the demand and supply side of local budgeting is a general principle applicable worldwide. However, the vitality of it lies on the … Continue reading PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING IS MORE ABOUT EMPATHIC THINKING

Nothing is perfect!

Back at the time before I went to USA, I thought everything in USA was all perfect. Good transportation facilities, high public awareness, the good and open governance has been practically working, and other aspects that bolster up this country to be the superpower country in the world. News feed spreads like a disease and … Continue reading Nothing is perfect!

Solidarity in Tallahassee

“It’s not so much the issues to talk about tonight, it’s important to get to know somebody else.” – Pastor Brant Copeland, Presbyterian Church “If you’ve got two hands full of food, you can’t hit anybody.” – Larry Mc Graw, Tallahasee Resident The biggest communication problem is that most of us want to speak but … Continue reading Solidarity in Tallahassee