Pasador Diaries: Six Months without Disposable Napkins

I’ve been wondering how far personal abstinence from using plastic straws could help our oceans. In an audit conducted by Ecowaste Coalition in July 2016 at Freedom Island in Parañaque, straws comprised a miniscule percentage of trash collected in a one-day clean up drive.  Of the 1,492 kilos of garbage, 79% is plastic trash. Of this…

Madagascar: Brothers at Sea

It was a Sunday treat: a gentle tropical breeze skimmed over the glassy waters of Nosy Be, at the north-west tip of Madagascar; there was barely a cloud decorating the picturesque island. It was a good day to explore. I wanted to learn from locals about Malagasy reality and how they build their lives from…

#COP21: The Glamorous Paris Talks and the Suffering of Filipinos

This is a story of two very different people, bound by an issue that will bring together 147 world leaders in Paris, France — climate change. Paris, France Former Philippine Climate Change Commissioner Yeb Saño is in Paris now, having spent the last six months on a pilgrimage that started out in Tacloban and across…

Notes from the Arctic

At the airport, I was enjoying the sight of people chatting, some making use of free WiFi and texting. Some were checking their bags, making sure everything they needed were inside like passports, seaman’s book, letter of guarantee, certificates and other important documents while waiting to board on their respective planes. I imagined where their…