Since her years as a graduate student at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman ended, AtoANI founder Wilvie Anora has worked at reputable companies like Procter and Gamble to gain experience in running a company in the hopes of putting up her own. Now that she successfully started AtoANI, she’s revamping the farming industry in Bohol. She talks to my TEDx team about her start-up and her plans to make their products and services soon reach more provinces driven by agriculture.

Photo courtesy of Wilvie Anora, founder of AtoANI.

AtoANI is a social enterprise that advocates for organic farming. They recommend what crops the farmers should plant…


Sharpen your pencils and bring out your notebooks because today, we’ll be talking with the president of College Admissions Mentors for Peers (CAMP) Philippines about educational opportunities for local Filipino students abroad.

A high school graduate of De La Salle University and a current Civil Engineering Major at New York University (NYU), Anton is currently leading CAMP with his co-president, Jacob Wee. When asked about what he’s most grateful for for being a member of CAMP, he told us its the friends he made through it — friends that he’s still in touch with even after CAMP events.

Anton Cano (far left) having brunch with his friends at New York University (NYU).

With its…


Especially if you live in the Municipality of Hinigaran or if you often dine at Berbeza Bistro, you’ve probably heard of Don Colmenares before. If not, fear not. I’m here to let you know who he is and why you should pay attention.

Photo courtesy of Don Colmenares.

With a degree in International Management with a Specialization in Culinary Arts from Enderun, this Negrense native is shaking up the food industry in Bacolod with his Southeast Asian-centered restaurant, Berbeza. On top of managing his business, he is also a Councilor at the Municipality of Hinigaran.

Now, I’ve neither visited Hinigaran nor have I dined at…


According to PAWSsion Project founder Malou Perez, in this time when the “Black Lives Matter” campaign is blowing up on social media, we are reminded that no one is really above anyone. We must understand that all lives matter, even lives of stray dogs and cats.

photo courtesy of Malou Perez

Malou Perez is the founder of PAWSsion Project, which is a Bacolod-based rescue group with shelters in Bulacan and Bacolod City, Philippines. When her pet dog, Casper, passed away, she made a vow that she would help all dogs that needed her help. That’s why PAWSsion project was created.

It began when she heard…


“May all beings be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute to that happiness and freedom of all.”

Every morning, I roll out my mat, lie on my back, raise my legs to a 90-degree angle and by lifting my rear, bring my pointed feet closer towards the sky. I find myself in a Sarvangasana, insensible to the rest of the world. Sarvangasana is the Sanskrit term for shoulder stand and it has been central to my life since I began to practice Ashtanga Yoga when I was 13. Every day, I…


Everyone has his/her model and inspiration. Mine happens to be a figment of Paulo Coelho’s imagination.

His name is Santiago. He, a shepherd boy who is the protagonist in The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, is probably one of those people with world maps over their beds. Given two options, he would opt for the unconventional one. When he could have been a priest, he chose to be a shepherd. He could have ignored his dream of finding a chest of treasure in the middle of the Saharan desert, but he did not. Instead, he risked all that he had, including…

Leah Angela Cioco

I’m in love with my friends and family, my two-year-old black-and-white American Bully, books and poetry, and (though I hardly ever admit) writing.

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