A different kind of homecoming

It’s easy to say that I thought I was coming to the Philippines for another “routine” visit with my family - that it was going to be nothing more than another boring, mundane trip that I would have to sit through.

Manila and the adjacent possible

I realized that Manila could be more than what people have given up on, that our generation could change the narrative.

Transformative resilience

I saw the Philippines, for the first time, as a place full of hope, rather than a place full of suffering.

Coming full circle

Through the years, I have had to get used to living in between—in between countries, in between cultures, in between identities. I am half Filipina, half Egyptian. I have lived half of my life in the Philippines with my maternal Filipino family, half in the United States with my Filipina mother and American (step)father.* My whole life I have always been just half.

Why are you here?

Coming into the Kaya Co. Fellowship, I was prepared for tough questions.

Huffington Post: Kaya Collaborative Leads a Migration of Young Talent to the Philippines

Amid social and geopolitical headlines, a buildup of innovation is occurring in the Philippines supported by balikbayan young leaders giving their time and talent toward the nation's development.

The FilAm: Generation Balikbayan

For decades, the Philippines has been exporting its people; 10 percent of the entire Filipino population now lives abroad. But could the tide be turning?

Reintroducing Kaya Collaborative

When Kaya Collaborative began in August 2013, we were a loose collective of college students in different US schools who were united by a love for the Philippines, a critical perspective on how global development worked, and a belief that it could be different.