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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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. Recently, she ventured into research and devoted some time to writing.

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. From time to time, she and her friends organize visits to orphanages, home for the aged, indigent families, and public hospitals. Her love for teaching and passion for sharing what she has learned made her devote some years to teach and mentor young people.

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

She has received merit-based scholarship for most of her education from Kindergarten until graduate school. She is currently a student under full scholarship at the Katholiek Universiteit Leuven in Belgium taking up Advanced Master of Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies. Her first Master’s degree is in 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. 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.

*Photo by Cyril dela Roca

ABOUT THIS SITE

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