Six years ago on this day, I was both wide-eyed and anxious as I boarded a Qatar Airways flight to spend a weekend with 60 other students from around the world in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. I recall drawing a rushed diagram of the Philippine islands in an excited attempt to show where I live, where the best beaches are, and the state of our religious landscape to an Indian national. I was proud of ‘Pilipinas kong mahal’ (my beloved Philippines), and I did little to hide it.

Fast-forward to the present, however, and my…


Donald Trump is President-elect of the United States of America. That’s a fact.

In the hours following Trump’s victory speech at the New York Hilton, many U.S. Americans — the vast majority of whom live in its bustling cities — flooded social media with shock, dismay, and disappointment. A collective disbelief continues to overcome those who ardently supported Hillary Clinton and saw virtually every major poll predict a Democratic victory party at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, myself included.

As fate would have it, Trump achieved victories in key states to surpass the electoral college votes necessary for the presidency…

Benjamin Jance IV

A Filipino inspired by the United Arab Emirates currently chasing a Masters degree in Hungary and Spain. More importantly, a corgi-lover.

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