Storytellers

Ann Gabrielle Domingo

“It would be easy to dismiss the work of the youth—especially those not studying in STEM—when discussing the climate crisis, but I believe that non-STEM youth practitioners are just as vital in driving the climate crisis conversation forward towards not only public awareness but also effective policies. I believe my role in the climate change conversation is to speak up along with my peers in instilling hope for change as climate anxiety threatens to drown out optimism for the future.”

Ann is a recent AB Communications graduate and former student-magazine editor from Ateneo. She was also formerly a Climate Tracker water nexus reporting fellow. In her spare time, she likes to listen to music and discover more female authors to read. Connect with her on Twitter: @_anngabr.

Celine Murillo

“My role in the climate movement is to tell stories of wildlife, wild places, and the intertwining of nature and culture. By combining poetry, videos, photos, and the power of community, I hope to create a kinder and more compassionate world.”

Celine has written extensively on conservation and environmental issues. Her work had taken her to remote jungles and wild forests. She’d immersed herself in indigenous cultures, learning how their traditional practices and beliefs impact conservation measures. She spends most of her time documenting wildlife and wild places.

Ghillean Pranz Fegidero

“I believe that as part of the youth, it is essential for us to continuously spark some action, create efforts to mitigate our current situation, and educate and organize others so that we could have a collective action in this fight toward climate justice.”

Ghillean is a volunteer, advocate, and activist. For this project, he wants to produce a story highlighting the struggles and efforts of the LGBTQIA+ community when it comes to pushing for climate justice.

Jacqueline Baldonado

“As an artist, the information we disseminate in our messaging has a heavy impact on society. It will shape how they view certain things. Thus, as someone who is a part of this movement—it’s a responsibility to create a rippling effect within the community.”

Jacqueline is the social media manager of the youth organization Youth for Climate Hope. She also does commissions for portrait painting (both digital and traditional), event posters, simple illustrations, logos.

For this project, she wants to visualize the intersection of femininity and the climate crisis.

Jerome Sagcal

“Journalism can help shed light on the disproportionate effect of the climate crisis on vulnerable groups. Journalists can show evidence of how the climate crisis is real, and how it already affects certain people—think fisherfolk making do with decreasing catch, farmers struggling to adjust to unpredictable weather.”

Jerome is a Luzon-based agri-environmental journalist, writer, and photographer. He writes about Philippine agriculture and the environment through long-form feature stories on farming life, agribusiness owners, agri-ecotourism, urban farming, indigenous plants, and agricultural best practices.

Mark Steve Manzano

“I have the skill to tell a story visually using media and contemporary technology to reach wider people. Visual storytelling is important in the rise of disinformation to create more meaningful communication of truth.”

Mark Steve is an independent artist and community builder.

He practiced socially engaged art and intersected with performance, painting, and installation. His projects and initiatives are community-based collaboration, alternative education, art therapy, and street art.

Norhanidah Macatoon

“My role in the climate movement is to let people be informed and instill in their consciousness that Environmental Health is our prime duty as khalifatul ardh or steward of Earth”

Norhanidah gained national prominence after she captured the first ever visuals that came off from the 2017 Marawi siege. The five-month armed confrontation between pro-ISIS militants and military forces flattened infrastructures and forcibly displaced 98% of the total population of the city. This prompted Norhanidah to become a mental health advocate helping youth to process the traumatic experience.

Pat Labitoria

“Stories humanize and make scientific data more relatable to many. Through journalism, we are able to gather stories and present reports that connect even more to real-life scenarios.”

A graduate of BS Environmental Planning and Management, Pat has been involved in cosmology research, environmental education, development of a Philippine Green Building Rating System, and wetlands conservation since 2011. She has a personal blog: greenwayfarer.com and an Instagram account focused on Protected Areas: instagram.com/kwento.pa

Prince Turtogo

“I am a human rights defender and activist committed to seeking justice for Indigenous Peoples who have been victims of corporate and state threats to decimate and exhaust resources and biodiversity from the country’s depleting forests, rested on ancestral lands.”

Prince is a human rights defender, Indigenous Peoples’ rights, and environmental advocate. His story will highlight indigenous environmental defenders who dedicate their lives to protecting the mountains, rivers, and forests.

Rachel Ganancial

“I produce stories that, hopefully, stimulate public discussion and serve as a consideration for legislators in the decision-making process.”

Rachel is a journalist in Palawan, which is known as the Philippines’ “last ecological frontier”. She wants to create stories on the experience of the province after devastating typhoons which resulted in an underestimation of the possible effect of Typhoon Rai in December 2021.

Mac Florendo

“My key role is to share stories of struggles and success regarding people and environment. The goal is to spark action for leaders, authorities, businesses, organizations and individuals to focus on practices and lifestyles that are sustainable for the present and future generations.”

Mac is a voice artist, magician and video creator. For this program, he wants to create a series of videos talking about climate change, food waste, reducing hunger, farming, nutrition, cooking, healthy lifestyle and other issues related to food and hunger.

Pamela Nicole Mejia

“I always make it a point to emphasize the significance of climate action, particularly in fashion. Why? Because, no matter what sector you work in, we all have to wear clothes every day. Our clothing choices have a direct impact on the people who create them and to the environment.”

Pamela owns a textile upcycling startup that collects textile wastes and transforms them into higher valued products such as footwear, fashion accessories and lifestyle pieces, in lieu of leaving them to be discarded in landfills. Not only that, she also hires people with disabilities for a truly inclusive business model.

For this program, she wants to produce a video series that will showcase sustainable, local, and impact-driven enterprises.