Irene Bantigue (pronounced ban-tee-gey)

is a proud native of Baguio City, the Philippines, with roots stretching across the United Kingdom and the United States. Irene graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2019 with a B.A. in Sociology and previously wrote for Impact Hub Baltimore. She also shares her thoughts via irenebntg, where her essays primarily explore how she navigates the world as a first-generation immigrant, and what it means to be untethered to her various homes.