Meet McRey Banderlipe II:
1) What do you do?
I am a PhD in Economics student and a social scientist-in-training. In my research work, I apply modeling techniques and mathematical tools for advanced data analysis that I learned in economics.
2) Where do you work?
Currently, I am a PhD Research Apprentice at the DLSU Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance while studying at the DLSU School of Economics. Part of my apprenticeship work includes doing research funded by the Commission on Higher Education – Philippine Higher Education Research Network and under the partnership between DLSU and the University of British Columbia, the local agencies, and other government units.
3) Tell us about the photos!
Bottom: As a table tennis player, I regularly compete in tournaments (whenever my schedule permits me). Table tennis allows me to recondition myself while dealing with the rigors of research work. This pic was taken in one of the tournaments I joined recently.
4) Tell us about your academic career path so far. (e.g., Elementary/HS -> BS -> MS/PhD -> postdoc/job)
My academic background is as follows:
Primary School – Philippine Medical Women’s Association School
Elementary - Immaculate Conception Parish School (now Cathedral)
Secondary - Quezon City Science High School
Undergraduate – BSc in Accountancy at the University of Santo Tomas (Passed the Certified Public Accountant licensure examination)
Masters’ Program – MSc in Accountancy at the De La Salle University, Manila
Doctoral Program (in progress) – PhD in Economics at the De La Salle University, Manila
I finished my masters’ program while doing my professional accounting practice. Then, two years after I began my doctoral studies, I took a leave from my practice to do my research apprenticeship. After graduating from my PhD, I plan to pursue a research-based career in the economic sector or a consulting career where my specialization in economics, accounting, and finance would be very useful. An academic career is something that I still have to think about.
5) Anything else you want to share?
I love food. I usually go food tripping in places that Kris Aquino visited in her show entitled Kris TV. My mother also taught me how to cook, and so every time I go to our house in the province, she will leave HER desired ingredients in the kitchen that she wants me to cook. And I take charge of everything. Yummyness!!!
I am also engaged in some philanthropic activities and other charity work. I have adopted an orphanage for young children and toddlers that I regularly visit just to play and to spend time with them. Yearly, I raise funds to buy goods and other basic needs of these children. I am also an active volunteer in La Salle, where I do advocacy work for the Deaf and for the children with disabilities after I earned a Diploma in Filipino Sign Language from the College of Saint Benilde.
Follow me on twitter: @mcreyeconomics