Not many people know this about me, but I used to be a student social worker. Back in college, I tutored kids every weekend, guided freshmen in immersion trips whenever I didn’t have a class, and facilitated reflection sessions where the students discuss their experiences with various sectors in Metro Manila experiencing social injustice. It was a very illuminating experience, but best of all, those two years of regular interaction with the underprivileged made me realize that there is still hope—poverty is something even little people like us can battle.

I am horrible with economics and numbers. I’d probably make a terrible politician. But regardless of what most people think, it’s not only those in power can make a difference helping curb poverty. Each one of us can help—even through our own little ways.

If there’s another thing my stint as a social worker has taught me: it is through education little people like us can help. Read more