Maria Pilar Lorenzo is a development professional whose initial work experience focused on managing technical-vocational schools for girls from the marginalized sector and on providing holistic learning to young people so that they could be agents for social transformation. Her NGO work contributed to the 100% employment rate of their students and to the upward social mobility of their families. Her love for teaching and passion for sharing what she has learned made her devote some years to teach and mentor young people.

Recently, she started to engage in research. Her research areas and publications thus far have dealt with governance, public sector innovations, and development issues. Her recent studies are on the nexus of gender and migration, and on the role of local government innovations in peace-building. She also recently formed part of a research team that provided strategic advice to the Education and Local Government sectors with regard to the ongoing Philippine National Rightsizing Program, a priority bill of the incumbent administration. Her research projects have been supported by the United Nations Development Programme, David-Herzog Fonds, Philippine Department of Budget and Management, and Local Government Academy.

She has received merit-based scholarship for most of her education. At present, she is pursuing Master of International Politics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven). She obtained Advanced Master of Science in Cultures and Development Studies (cum laude) from KU Leuven as a VLIR-UOS scholar, and Master of Public Administration (ranking of summa cum laude) from the University of the Philippines where she ranked first in her batch, obtained the highest grade in the comprehensive examination, and received consistent honorific scholarship as a University Scholar. She attended postgraduate study in Humanities in Rome, obtained bachelor’s degree cum laude, finished high school with honors, and considered as a Scholar of the Nation from Kindergarten until tertiary level. Her other recent scholarships and grants are from UNICEF, The Fund for American Studies, Asia-Europe Foundation, International Organization for Migration Prague, United Nations Office at Geneva, Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, All-China Youth Federation, Philippine Social Science Council, and UP National College of Public Administration and Governance.

She is a fellow of Royal Society of Arts (United Kingdom) and of United Nations Associations of the United States of America’s (UNA-USA) Emerging Leadership Fellowship, and an inducted Associate Member of National Research Council of the Philippines, a lifetime member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, a Senior Member of Royal Institution of Public Administrators, and a Senior Member of Royal Institution of Research. She has also been a delegate of the institutions she is affiliated with in some international conferences and high-level meetings such as the Global Solutions Summit 2020, 2019 Global Forum on Migration and Development of the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth, 11th International Forum of NGOs in Official Partnership with UNESCO, 2019 OECD Local Development Forum, 2018 Asia Pacific Youth Symposium, 2018 Galing Pook Good Governance Forum on Federalism and the Local Government Code in partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2018 Innovation for Inclusive Impact Asia Forum, Youth Solutions Forum 2017, 17th Conference of the Science Council of Asia, among others.

Her general interests fall within the ambit of Social Sciences and of Humanities. She uses her inter-disciplinary exposure to attain a broad understanding and an integrated analysis of issues. Apart from her social science degrees, she also took up courses on philosophy, languages, and arts. She is also a licensed teacher through the Philippine Civil Service Commission’s Licensure for Teachers, and a certified trainer through Asian Development Bank’s JobStart Life Skills Trainer’s Program and German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Auslandshandelskammer Certification on Train the Trainer. In the past, she received certifications from the Philippine Technical Education and Skills Development Authority as an accredited NCII Cook and NCII Baker. She wrote a book entitled “Crossroads: Musings of a Millennial”, and she used to be an organist and a drummer in a high school band. Her hobbies include photography, reading, writing, making art, and having conversations with different sorts of people.

She is happy to be involved in some volunteer work since college. At present, she collaborates with Reredos, an artist collective that explores philosophical ruminations about life through various art media. She and her friends also organize from time to time leadership and wellness programs, and visits to orphanages, home for the aged, indigent families, and public hospitals. Her present advocacy also involves enhancing the appreciation of young Filipino people towards research and science-based policy-making.

*Photo by Cyril dela Roca


This is a collection of Pia’s recent writings. Most of the written works here are intended to focus on development, governance and inter-institutional collaborations, but there are also sections on humanities. In particular, the entries found here are book chapters, policy articles, think pieces, op-eds, abstracts of ongoing studies, and event recaps. All these (except the ones in Gallery and in Poetry) are published in other platforms, either in print or in web.

The author extends her sincere thanks to all the visitors of this site.

*Logo by Marie Pellejo