We are a group of mobilizers, storytellers, and builders working to co-create a stronger Philippines. See our full team here.

Rexy Josh Dorado Rexy Josh Dorado

Chief Executive

Daniel Griffith Daniel Griffith

Fellowship Director

Micaela Beltran Micaela Beltran

Chief of Operations

Aldric Ulep Aldric Ulep

Chief Searcher

Alfred Dicioco Alfred Dicioco

Compass Director

Jed Belaguas Jed Belaguas

Mobilization Lead

Mika Reyes Mika Reyes

Homeland Task Force Leader

Danielle Peterson Danielle Peterson

Innovation Lead

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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!



27 August

Kaya Culmination

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Gaby Montinola, a third-year Wesleyan student, returned to her native Philippines through the Kaya Co. fellowship two years after graduating from International School Manila. Her time with the Move.org Foundation has further solidified a love for education, and a particular interest in pursuing special education. Goodbyes feel bittersweet for Gaby, but also hold a silver lining within. […]

27 August

Transitions Home

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Gabbie Santos is a sharp, inquisitive world traveler, among many other things. Having begun to rediscover a critical lens of thought, her curiosity was tested in the Philippines while advocating transparency and good governance with Bantay.ph. Gabbie’s letter conveys nostalgia, gratitude, and hope, while reassuring others (and herself) treading difficult and divergent paths.   Wabi-sabi, n. ; A way […]

25 August

Nanay’s Story | #AkoSiDaniel*

By Anthony Garciano, a former Kaya Co. Fellow and an incoming junior studying History and Social Science Education at the University of Southern California. He grew up in the Camotes Islands until he was eight, before moving to the US. This post originally appeared on our Medium page.  I sat beside my lola in her […]