Show all Mission Control Press Reflections A different kind of homecomingIt’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 possibleI realized that Manila could be more than what people have given up on, that our generation could change the narrative. Transformative resilienceI saw the Philippines, for the first time, as a place full of hope, rather than a place full of suffering. Coming full circleThrough 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 PhilippinesAmid 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 BalikbayanFor 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 CollaborativeWhen 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.