Hey, I’m TJ.

I’m a data scientist and all-around problem solver with experience building data products in fast growing companies across Asia Pacific. I’m passionate about providing people with access to data and technology that powers their daily lives.

I’m currently at First Circle working on solving financial inclusion for people in the Philippines. Before that I was at Uber, Grab, and EY.

You’ll find my thoughts, work, personal and professional interests here.

If you’re interested in connecting professionally, you can view my profile on LinkedIn.

About the blog

This blog is a digitized quest to take data and numbers, extract meaningful insight, and apply them to relevant issues in business, politics, and society mainly in the international and Philippines scene.

If you want to get a gist of why I write, take a look at this talk by the late Hans Rosling:

If you’re also a data nerd interested in changing the way this country works, drop me a line! If you are otherwise interested in data, visualization, and R, feel free to reach out as well.

About the site

This site is built using R Markdown using the Distill Web Framework, and self-hosted on DigitalOcean. The source for this website is available on my GitHub.


If you see mistakes or want to suggest changes, please create an issue on the source repository.


Text and figures are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Source code is available at https://www.github.com/tjpalanca/tjpalanca.github.io, unless otherwise noted. The figures that have been reused from other sources don't fall under this license and can be recognized by a note in their caption: "Figure from ...".