The Pearl of the Orient Seas Meets the Green City in the Sun

Posted Avatar Juana S. , Writer, VOY Climate and Environment Blogging Intern, Climate Advocate

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Juana S.
Member since March 2, 2017
  • 9 Posts
  • Age 26

UNICEF recently gave a group of young people from different parts of the world an opportunity to intern for 3 months on their Voices of Youth website which offers “inspiring, original insight and opinion from across the globe – from young people, for young people”. The Voices of Youth Blogging Internship has been the perfect platform for us to learn more about several different issues regarding the climate and the environment from all corners of the world! We have created connections as we unle...


From the Eyes of a Refugee

Posted Avatar Juana S. , Writer, VOY Climate and Environment Blogging Intern, Climate Advocate

Avatar Writer, VOY Climate and Environment Blogging Intern, Climate Advocate
Juana S.
Member since March 2, 2017
  • 9 Posts
  • Age 26

On November 11, 2013 my elder brother and I stood at the tarmac of the city’s airport under the sweltering heat of the sun with a bottle of water on one hand and a bag of used clothes on the other. Surrounded with hundreds of people dazed- with a distinct expression of helplessness and desolation on their faces, I overhear their conversations.“How many left in your family?”“How did you survive?”“Which plane are you taking? To Manila? Or Cebu?”These questions played on repeat as people talked amo...


An Amplified Voice

Posted Avatar Juana S. , Writer, VOY Climate and Environment Blogging Intern, Climate Advocate

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Juana S.
Member since March 2, 2017
  • 9 Posts
  • Age 26

Scrolling relentlessly on my Facebook newsfeed, I stumbled upon the opportunity to continue my pursuit for passion and purpose. The moment I got accepted as a Climate and Environment Blogger for Voices of Youth (VOY), I immediately told myself that this is for me. It was the perfect way for me to bring the voice of my community through writing and storytelling. I could describe the Voices of Youth (VOY) Blogging Internship in so many ways, but let me narrow it down to three words. Eye-opening.Re...


Over and Above the Facts and Figures

Posted Avatar Juana S. , Writer, VOY Climate and Environment Blogging Intern, Climate Advocate

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Juana S.
Member since March 2, 2017
  • 9 Posts
  • Age 26

In small island nations like the Philippines- a country that is oftentimes portrayed as the poster child for climate change impacts, the issue of its existence is not dubious at all. Declared by the United Nations, the Philippines ranked third as the most vulnerable country in the world to climate change; a country that is among the least responsible for the climate crisis but is continuously facing detrimental consequences in the form of deadly hurricanes and severe droughts. With these destruc...


A Love Letter to Heaven

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Juana S.
Member since March 2, 2017
  • 9 Posts
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To the most beautiful woman who has an endless reservoir of love for a heart- a love that transcends through time not even death can dissipate- a love that feels like home- this one’s for you, Nanay. I spent my childhood clinging to your arms and throwing tantrums whenever you’d leave for work. There were times you’d be gone for weeks because of the demands of your career, and I hated it.Time came when I was the one who spent a lot of time away from home; I preferred the company of my friends an...


She's Come Undone

Posted Avatar Juana S. , Writer, VOY Climate and Environment Blogging Intern, Climate Advocate

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Juana S.
Member since March 2, 2017
  • 9 Posts
  • Age 26

She came into the universe like a bare canvas,Yearning to be so much more than what she was.She craved for pencil marks drawn on the surface of her skin,Brush strokes and paint splatters in the spaces between.Perfectly blended, smeared and splashed,A play of pastel, bright and dark hues unfolded.She delightfully beamed at the kaleidoscopic image being created,With the sun, moon and stars as her witnesses.The universe clothed her with abundant flora and fauna,So copious that the evolution of mere...


Lotus Tales: Of Love and Loss

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Juana S.
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  • 9 Posts
  • Age 26

“I can’t wait to get out of this place,” I said to my 16-year old self.Since I was young I always thought my hometown was too small, too conservative, too limited. Like it did not really offer opportunities for the kind of life I wanted. You see, I wanted a life where a huge percentage of my time was dedicated to my passion- writing. However, I was born in a place where everything was and still is conventional. Where most people are expected to get a “9-5 job” after graduation, and are sized-up...


To Love and Be Loved

Posted Avatar Juana S. , Writer, VOY Climate and Environment Blogging Intern, Climate Advocate

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Juana S.
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  • 9 Posts
  • Age 26

And when the sun took its last peek,She smiled in awe of its luminescence.Perhaps that’s why she loved the sunset so much,Because even after long days of heat waves and stormy weathers,It never fails to show a myriad of spectacular colors as it slowly dims.Its natural beauty shows effortlessly whether noticed or not.It constantly gives without the thought of receiving. And that’s what she aspires to become; To shine even brighter in the midst of despair.To be able to love unconditionally. And to...


Catharsis

Posted Avatar Juana S. , Writer, VOY Climate and Environment Blogging Intern, Climate Advocate

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Juana S.
Member since March 2, 2017
  • 9 Posts
  • Age 26

Fear and distress she had plenty. To this day her heart still aches with grief. A grief that is suppressed, kept, hidden; a kind of pain she chooses to conceal. A kind of sorrow only she knew how to battle and win over. Her pen became her sword and her smile became her armor. This is how she heals. This is how she triumphs. After all, she is her own hero.


  • Juana S.

    A 25-year old writer born & raised in Tacloban City, Philippines. She has enjoyed writing since she was 7 but never had the courage to show them to anyone. Her love for writing developed as she grew older. This became her outlet; a conduit for self-healing on her weakest moments. She believes in her own definition of success- to find her passion, nurture it, and do it for the rest of her life.


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    Age 26 • 9 Posts