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 development to young people so that they could be agents for social transformation. Her love for teaching and passion for sharing what she has learned made her devote some years to teach and mentor young people.

As a researcher, her research areas and publications have dealt with governance, public sector innovations, regionalism, and development issues. She currently co-supervises a research project funded by the Local Government Academy about the nexus of peace and local government innovations, and forms part of the five-consultant team providing strategic advice for the ongoing National Rightsizing Program (a priority bill of the incumbent Philippine administration) in the Education and Local Government sectors.

Her general interests fall within the ambit of social sciences and of humanities. Specifically, she likes the following fields: development studies, governance, public policy, politics, education, music, art, literature, languages, history, philosophy, social entrepreneurship, and fashion. But of all, she loves having meaningful 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.

She has received merit-based scholarship for most of her education from Kindergarten until graduate school. At present, she is pursuing a 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 from the University of the Philippines where she was a consistent University Scholar (equivalent to summa cum laude), and obtained the highest weighted average for AY 2016 and the highest grade for the comprehensive examination in September 2017. She attended licentiate courses in Rome, obtained her bachelor’s degree cum laude, and finished high school with honors. Her other recent scholarships and fellowships are with the NetMission Academy, Asia-Europe Foundation, International Organization for Migration Prague, United Nations Office at Geneva, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, and National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. 

She is also a licensed teacher and a certified trainer. In the past, she received certifications from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority as an accredited NCII Cook and NCII Baker. She is the author of a book entitled “Crossroads: Musings of a Millennial”, and she used to be an organist and a drummer in a high school band.

*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