Reflect: Welcome to the New School

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When in Manila, I try to work on projects I am passionate about. One of them is Mano Amiga Academy, a non-profit school, that is currently raising funds to build their first full-scale campus next year.

I’ve been inspired and volunteering with them for around 5 years already at their temporary space in Taguig. The founder and executive director, Lynn Pinugu, is also a good friend whom I’ve seen put a lot of hard work into this. (Read an article I wrote about Lynn when I first met her) And now, with their own land situated in Para√Īaque, she is set to really execute her vision 100%.

I posted a photo of the school plans on Instagram/FB today and the response has been overwhelming. I think that this school really has the potential to change the education models in the Philippines, especially for underprivileged kids. I always tell people to imagine an international school, with 100% scholars; adopting the standards of the IS schools to students from low-income families. That is what Mano Amiga aims to be. Building a new future may take time, but it’s definitely worth the wait. xxx

Explore: Green School Bali

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One of the most amazing qualities of my better half: he always seeks to find new interesting projects that people are working on around the world. Because of his passion for innovation and sustainability, we decided to check out The Green School¬†in Bali and take a tour around it’s campus.

The Green School was created by John Hardy (the same John Hardy who started the global jewelry line.) After selling his company in 2007, he started the Green School, with the aim to bring together sustainable architecture and unconventional educational practices to create a more natural and holistic way for children to learn.

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