Rima De Dios
Rima De Dios, who grew up in Manila, had planned on becoming a doctor from the moment she turned three. She took up biology at the University of the Philippines and eventually entered one of the most prestigious medical schools in the country. She left, however, three years later in order to pursue her real passions—nature conservation and the great outdoors. Rima headed for El Nido, Palawan, where she worked at an exclusive resort educating the staff on environmental conservation, teaching the local guides basic biology and ecology, leading guests on snorkeling tours, and giving educational talks for guests and staff alike. In 2012, she started work at a local non-profit environmental organization, where she facilitated community workshops on forest land management all over the Philippines, gave biodiversity conservation lectures at various schools and companies, and led birding trips. Rima is a licensed scuba diver, an avid snorkeler and birder, and a great lover of literature. When she’s not outside marveling at the beauty of nature, she can usually be found in a quiet spot reading a good book.