John Norman Sarmiento is best known as “Meta.” Meta is a sun of the Pacific, a hybrid: Pinoy-born and raised on the island of Guam. Meta is the gray area between clashing cultures. He feels he isn’t Pinoy enough for Pilipinas and is too Island for America. He is the first-world product of a third-world dream. Privilege is his identity, but he refuses to practice high-class ideals. Meta has been performing and teaching spoken word poetry in after-school programs for public schools since 2009. Through poetry and hip-hop, Meta hopes to show the youth the power of the word and inspire them to find their own strengths too. His work often has sociopolitical tones and makes commentaries on the situations he finds himself in. With a pen for a compass, this Pacific sun points forward for a brighter future.