Dana is a self-proclaimed Multipotentialite.
Being a Multipotentialite means having multiple interests, contrary to Specialists. For 20 years, she considered Multipotentiality as a curse. The question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” became the very source of her doubts, fears, and insecurities. Her life changed when she decided to embrace what she is. She found her wings when she embraced the multiple versions of herself.
She is a Software Engineer
A graduate of BS Computer Science from the University of the Philippines Cebu, she has been in the IT industry for 6 years as a full-time Software Engineer. Currently, she works as a Junior Software Engineer in Beckman Coulter based in Shizuoka, Japan.
She is a Millennial Entrepreneur
She got her interest in business from her mother. She grew up selling munchkins and snacks to her classmates at school to help her parents earn more money for a living. Currently, she is managing multiple businesses. She has a small poultry and 2 farms, and a small hardware store. She Co-founded The DnA Empireー a community of people that uses business to advocate for wealth, health, and wellness. She is also the Founder and CEO of Sustainability Heroー a small social enterprise based in Leyte, Philippines. She aims to get a Master’s Degree in Business Administration someday. She hopes to impact the community positively through business.
She is a Music Enthusiast
Music is a constant part of her life. Performing arts would’ve been her chosen career if she was privileged enough. She grew up singing in schools, in Singing Contests, and performing wherever she gets the chance. She knows a little bit of guitar, ukelele, and piano but her best musical skill is vocals. She dreams of getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and becoming a professional Musician someday. Follow her musical journey in Soundcloud, Youtube, and in Tiktok.
She is a Writer
Apart from maintaining this little blog in the Internet, she dreams of publishing her own books someday. She dreams of telling stories, influencing people, and creating a positive impact through her written words.
She is a Glossophile
Glossophilia is the love of language and its structures. As a Glossophile, Dana inserts the rigorous process of studying languages in her busy schedule. She is always in awe at how languages are developed, spoken, written, and read. These excite her as much as everything else that she’s fond of.
She currently reads, writes, and speaks 4 languagesー Bisaya, Tagalog, English, and Japanese. Next to learn on her list is Waray, Hangul, Spanish, and Mandarin. She aims to learn at least 1 new language every 2 years.
She is an Explorer
The same as the majority of the people in the world, Dana has also been bitten by the Travel Bug. She has been to 7 countriesー The Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and Taiwan. Aside from her goal of traveling to at least 1 new country yearly, she hopes to complete #Project81PH and #ProjectJapan47.
She is an Advocate
She is an Environmentalist, who does her best to continue living a Sustainable Lifestyle. She founded her own page for Environmental Activism named Open Letters for the Environment. Her aforementioned social enterprise, Sustainability Hero, is also anchored from her advocacy for the Environment. Follow her Environmentalism here.
She is an advocate for Education because she believes that Education is the ultimate solution to povertyー as an example of it herself. She is the Co-founder and the Overall Project Manager of Project Batang Hilongosnon, which is a non-profit organization based in Hilongos, Leyte, Philippines aiming to help the students and teachers of her hometown to survive the “new normal” of the academic years to come.
She is an advocate of Human Rights. Apart from constantly fighting for Human Rights in the streets, in her blogs, and in her social media postings, she is also the incumbent Secretary General of Amnesty International Nagoya Multicultural Provisional Group. Together with her passionate team, they create projects to further mobilize protection of Human Rights, especially in Japan.
She and her Very Varied Hobbies
Dana is a very active person. She grew up dancing for festivals and in school. She has also been a Center-forward Soccer Player for 6 years in the past, and aims to go back to Soccer soon. She’s also Bookworm. Very soon, she wants to learn Horseback Riding, Painting, and Martial Arts as well.
Her personal website, Dana Marie Perez – A Multipotentialite’s Journey, documents how she lives her life’s journey as a Multipotentialite. This is to celebrate her very natureー her Multipotentiality. Somehow, this little space is not only for her. This is also a home to:
Those multipods like her,
Those who are also ENTJs,
Those who were also bitten by the Travel Bug,
Those who loves Music,
Those language lovers out there,
Those who wants meaningful and progressive discussions,
Those who are crazy about hobbies, habits, planning, growth, and self-actualization,
Those who are also passionate about the Environment, Human Rights, and Education,
Basically anybody who resonates with her story.
Kaizen and Self-actualization is Dana’s way of life. She hopes to live a life with a purposeー a purpose that is shared not only to herself or her family, but to many. She always said; “If I progress, we progress together. That’s a promise.”
I am Dana. Nice to meet you.