The Genius of the Poor: An Englishman's Life-changing Journey in the Philippines by Thomas Graham

Things That Matter

By Thomas Graham

"A must-read for every Filipino!" ––Bam Aquino, Philippine senator and social entrepreneur

"The best book a foreigner has written on the Philippines in many years." ––Mariano Santos, publisher and editor of Pinoy News Magazine, Chicago

Following a serendipitous encounter with the founder of Gawad Kalinga (GK), Thomas Graham quit his job, moved out of his apartment and set off to discover GK communities all over the Philippines.

The book is a heartfelt and often humorous account of a foreigner's life-changing journey in the Philippines. Whether in prisons, conflict areas or dangerous slums, Thomas became inspired by countless heroes that share one common dream––to build a nation in which no Filipino is ever again left behind. 

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About the author: 
  • Thomas Graham was born in London, England. After a decade of living and working in various countries in Europe, South America, and Africa, he arrived in the Philippines in January 2012 on a short-term assignment.
  • His experiences journeying through Gawad Kalinga communities have already been documented in the national press, with ten consecutive articles reaching the front page of The Philippine Star in 2013. He has recently set up a social enterprise called MAD (Make a Difference) Travel and is working in close collaboration with the GK Enchanted Farm to promote social tourism in the Philippines.
Meaningful details: 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-621-95097-0-1
  • Published by: Art Angel Printshop Commercial Quests Inc.
  • Author: Thomas Graham
  • Editor: David Graham
  • Cover Designer: Rachel Halili
  • Layout Specialist: Edward Dumo
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