Team Kaya

We are a group of creatives, researchers, organizers, and entrepreneurs committed to co-creating a stronger Philippines. Our common interests lie at the intersection of development, design, social innovation, and community. Get to know our stories below, and don't hesitate to reach out!

Rexy Josh Dorado Rexy Josh Dorado

Chief Executive

Daniel Griffith Daniel Griffith

Fellowship Director

Mo Hy Mo Hy

Creative Director

Isabelle Yisak Isabelle Yisak

Chief Strategist

Moma Wilwayco Moma Wilwayco

Chief Creative

Samantha Ramsey Samantha Ramsey

Chief Connector

Aldric Ulep Aldric Ulep

Chief Searcher

Alfred Dicioco Alfred Dicioco

Compass Director

Amber Teng Amber Teng

Development Associate

Jed Belaguas Jed Belaguas

Mobilization Lead

Gabby Dee Gabby Dee

Engagement Associate

Micaela Beltran Micaela Beltran

Integration Lead

Mika Reyes Mika Reyes

Homeland Task Force Leader

AnneMarie Ladlad AnneMarie Ladlad

Compass Design Associate

Payton Fugate-Laus Payton Fugate-Laus

Marketing Associate

Erlinda Delacruz Erlinda Delacruz

Fellowship Coordinator

Aldrin Carreon Aldrin Carreon

Regional Director, SF Bay Area

April Alcantara April Alcantara

Searcher

Aaron Parayno Aaron Parayno

Knowledge Associate

Miela Lilles Miela Lilles

Content Associate

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REDEFINING BALIKBAYAN.

Balikbayan” means “returnee.” It’s a word that holds special weight in the Philippines, where 10% of the national population lives overseas. One of its most popular uses is in relation to the balikbayan box: a care package that’s traditionally filled up with goods and shipped back to one’s family in the motherland.

We want to redefine “balikbayan” to mean more than just temporary or symbolic return. In brief or in spirit. We want it to stand for something deeper: a culture of engagement and caring that’s more active, systemic, and anchored to needs and assets in the motherland.  Learn more about how you can get involved through our fellowship program!

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Notes

23 September

(Far from) a Cautionary Tale

Daniel recounts the surprising realities of living in the Philippines as a Filipino American — and how this may have changed his understanding of his role in the world. Looking outside the plexiglass window was (almost) a mistake. Our visibility was limited by the dense, charcoal-colored clouds that obscured life down below. As we circled the city, […]

17 September

What lasts after the tides

The Philippines is always changing; our people are always moving. Our first class of balikbayan fellows search for something permanent about who we are. Gabby Dee chronicles her own experience circling between the Philippines and the Americas — and looks back at our fellows’ expectations from the start of the 2014 Kaya Co. fellowship. Each time I […]

7 May

The ties that bind: Empowering Fil-Am college students

What if student organizations primed our young leaders to think of themselves as transnational actors, capable of spurring change across oceans, and in genuine partnership with local communities? What if we led dialogue to bring the global communities around us into the fold? We can start small, with seeds of inspired determination sown here and […]