We believe in the potential of the Philippines. In the strength of its people. And in the untapped power of its diaspora: the more than 10 million Filipino migrants scattered across the face of the Earth.
We work to build bridges back.
We are a group of analysts, builders, mobilizers, connectors and storytellers committed to co-creating a better 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!
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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!
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]