CV

Education

2019-2020

Master of Digital Communication and Culture

University of Sydney 

  • High Distinction

  • Professional Project: “A World Wide Web Apart: How the lockdown of COVID-19 changed internet habits in the Philippines, and exposed a digital divide that impedes equal access to the internet.”

  • Amy Louise Hart Scholarship — Recognised for academic excellence, St. Paul's College Graduate House, University of Sydney

2007-2011

Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communication

University of the Philippines

  • Magna Cum Laude (1.43 GWA)

  • Nominated Best Thesis at the College of Mass Communication: “Speaking for the Voiceless: The politics of representation of the indigenous peoples of the Philippines by non-government organisations”

  • University Scholar — Recognised for academic excellence, University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication

  • College Scholar — Recognised for academic excellence, University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication

Experience

2019-2020

Research Assistant, University of Sydney

Assisted in encoding work for two ongoing research projects at the Department of Media and Communications in the University of Sydney under Associate Professor Timothy Dwyer and Associate Professor Fiona Martin.

2017-2018

Editor, The Philippine Star

I produced the Saturday pop culture section with the national broadsheet The Philippine Star, leading a team of writers, illustrators, and photographers to complete a lineup of stories for the section every week. I made editorial decisions on the entire section, commissioning contributors, attended events, represented the title, collaborated with the advertising team, and launched content on our social media channels.

2013-2017

Associate Features Editor, Esquire Philippines

I started as an editorial assistant with Esquire and became associate features editor in 2016. Under this title, I was trained by the country’s best literary writers, I assisted top journalists with research, and collaborated with renowned artists and photographers. I specialized in long-form feature writing, conducted in-depth interviews, and produced photoshoots. I developed stories from concept to execution and oversaw logistics for shoots. Some of my work has been picked up in international editions of Esquire magazine.

2015-2016

Contributing Lifestyle Editor, Preview Magazine

I was selected to be the standing editor of the lifestyle section of the Philippines' leading fashion magazine, Preview. I became in charge of the entire section and oversaw its execution and production. I assigned and worked closely with a pool of writers, artists, and photographers to complete the section.

2013-2017

Account Manager, Publicis Manila Inc.

I represented the multi-national advertising agency in client servicing and managed accounts of NESCAFÉ to produce both above-the-line and below- the-line advertising campaigns. I constantly liaised with the clients and creatives. I was on top of project management and produced minutes for all meetings, issued job orders for the creatives, managed cost estimates, organised the files of our projects and did weekly internal updates for the agency.

2010-2017

Columnist, The Philippine Star

For seven years, I penned a column with the national broadsheet The Philippine Star first as a student journalist at Young Star and later as editor of PhilStar Supreme.