Living with landscapes

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After the Local Solutions Climate Conference in Manchester, I realised how impactful our perspective of landscapes can be. Solutions don’t always have to be about concrete, there are so many ways where we can use nature’s given solution to improve our cities. Here’s a write-up where I shared the learnings: Click to read the full article.

As always, thank you, Philippine Daily Inquirer. And to YSEALI and ICMA for the opportunity to attend the conference.


Meet the Planning & Sustainability Department (Plus Broad Brook, and the Parklets Tour)

Meet the Planning & Sustainability Department (Plus Broad Brook, and the Parklets Tour)

Want to know what we do in the Professional Fellowship Program? 🙂

It’s been a week since we got to Northampton, so let me tell you about our host: The Planning and Sustainability Office of the City of Northampton.

(Check out their very resourceful website here.)

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From one capital city to another: The turnout of Burnham’s masterplans

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Being in Washington DC was a dream come true–and a bittersweet experience. This is because one couldn’t help but think about what could’ve been in Manila: A similarly implemented capital, and a beautiful one at that. Here’s something I wrote for the Philippine Daily Inquirer: Click here to read the article. 

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Northampton: Our home away from home

Northampton: Our home away from home

This is a photo- and video-essay about our first two days of the fellowship in Northampton, Massachusetts. It’s such an enthralling feeling to immerse in a city that makes an effort to prioritise the walking and cycling public over cars. It’s also a rare treat to use trails that are protected from the dangers of highways. I like calling it the “Trail City.”

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Three states, four days, and so many lessons

Three states, four days, and so many lessons

YSEALI Professional Fellows Program

It’s been a whirlwind of an experience adding so many miles to the fellowship, both in distance and in lessons learned. We’ve been to three states in four days, and it’s an entire immersion of American culture, city spaces, and the environment. Let’s go through them one by one:

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Getting into the YSEALI Professional Fellows Program

This morning, I woke up to a text from my good friend, Yowee Gonzales, saying she just received the news that she got accepted to the Spring 2018 Batch of the YSEALI Professional Fellows Program, and asked me if I got in, too (we had previously discussed our application in December last year). And I received the best news ever upon opening my e-mail:


I’ve been praying thanks since I read this. It’s the best new year’s news I’ve ever had.  This is going to be my second YSEALI experience, the first being the Urban Planning and Smart Growth Workshop held in Singapore in May 2017. (Here are a series of articles I published on the experience: The Nature of Cities, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Rappler X.)

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