During our second day in Davos, we were given the chance to try different winter sports. I ended up snowboarding because it was similar to surfing (…NOT) and because it looked easy enough (…NOT).
I was hoping that the instructor would take a nice shot of me looking professional, but this was all she could capture. And yes, I’m the one on the right, in a push-up position. If you were with me, you would be, in your words, “pissing in your pants,” laughing. Schadenfreude at its finest.
I miss Germany, but I miss you more. See you in March :)
Just like I promised, I wore the ANTHILL dress we had made in December during the opening ceremony so that I carried a piece of the Philippine indigenous communities with me in the World Economic Forum. When we were asked to go on stage, we wedged ourselves between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Professor Schwab. Oh diba, bongga?
Dai, Desmond Tutu was SO COOL. When he gave his speech, he looked at me right in the eyes and I SWEAR parang he could see my soul and sins. He told us to keep dreaming God’s dream. I started crying on stage.
I can’t believe I won’t see you before you leave for Australia. Separation anxiety is kicking in. I guess I’ll have to find an international/environmental/youth forum in Queensland in the next two years, huh?
All my love from Switzerland,
One of the best parts about being in Davos was hanging out with your dad. I now understand a lot of things we talked about before. He gave the funniest advice about love and boys, like, “Sometimes you have to be smart or be sexy.” (I tried to be both.) My favorite was, “I encourage East and West partnership for sustainable development.”
Being with Tito Tony made me miss you a lot because we talked about you so much! He is soooooooo proud of you. He promised us lunch at the Enchanted Farm when we get back, so I’ll see you then. I’ll fill you in on my East-West partnership then ;)
Love and more love,
On the first night of the Forum, I was introduced to Enric Sala. As in THE Enric Sala of the National Geographic Society. I broke into sweat when we first talked, but once we got started on our mutual love for sharks, I relaxed. He has never dived in the Philippines, which compelled me to give my “The Philippines is the center of marine biodiversity on Earth, but we are also the center of marine adversity” speech. He said, “I saved the best for last!” KILIG.
(He’s squatting in this picture so we would be the same height.)
I thought that would be my Davos moment, but three days later I found myself in a meeting room with him, Pie, and other Young Global Leaders. We’re going to work together this year for his fish banks project!!!! I feel like I’m going to explode with excitement.
DON’T KILL ME, I know working for National Geographic is your dream. We’ll find a way to get you closer to that dream, k?
I miss and love you!
Look at my ID! It’s official: Save Philippine Seas is now part of the international community of conservation.
I listened to Sylvia Earle’s session called “Deep Sea Discovery” and cried about ¾ of the presentation. I gathered the courage to introduce myself to her after. I also told her that she has inspired so much of what I do. She said, “We have the power. We must use it.”
I also talked to key people in Conservation International and the World Bank about what we’re doing back home. I can’t wait to come home and meet with you and Jenica and AA. We’re going to rock the boat and make bigger waves.
On the last day of the Forum, Lynn, Pie and I were in tears. (Well, more like Lynn and me lang. When Pie saw us crying, she left so she wouldn’t cry.) We have never been more proud to be part of a generation capable of creating social change. It’s so easy to say what we’re against, but what we’re FOR is far more powerful. Thank you for believing in us and helping us push for what we are FOR in this global festival of ideas. This experience wasn’t even part of our imagination, and we all know we wouldn’t be here without you.
We all have one more week in Europe, but when we get back, we will meet for a Davos debrief of sorts and pave the way forward. We already have a number of ideas for projects, and names to nominate for the Manila Hub. We love you!