Professional Experience

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Journalism

I am a print journalist of more than 15 years. On Saipan alone, where I lived and worked for 11 years, I was a full-time journalist for four major publications: Marianas Variety, a locally owned, independent newspaper; Island Locator Magazine, Beach Road Magazine, and Marianas Business Journal. Moreover, I also did freelance jobs for Asia Gaming Brief and Nikkei Asian Review, as well as Guam Variety and Guam Daily Post.

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Public Relations

While working as an associate editor for Marianas Variety —the oldest and leading newspaper in the Marianas— I was designated as chairperson of the PR/Media Relations committees of the nonprofit organization, Stellar Marianas, and the 70th Anniversary of the Battles of Saipan and Tinian organizing committee. Moreover, for a couple of years I concurrently served as PR specialist for the islands' leading creative agency, Taro Leaf, the same team that gave me the opportunity to work on a major political campaign.

Web Design

A logical move in my career is to transition into doing digital news. Since 2016, I have been refining my HTML5 and CSS3 skills. Although still a neophyte, I have managed to produce functional websites for startup companies.

Marketing and Advertising

I am grateful to have had the privilege to work with Glimpses Advertising, one of the biggest creative agencies in Micronesia, as production coordinator. In this capacity, I supervised the Saipan operations: overseing the completion of projects, networking on the ground, liaising with business partners, and supervising a team of graphics designers and freelancers.

Graphics Design

From designing print ads for a Philippine newspaper's marketing department in 2003, I later ended up overseeing the redesign of Island Locator Magazine on Saipan. Most recently, I did the book designs for a series of Filipino translations of the American classics such as "Old Man And The Sea" and "Scarlet Letter" (Note: I did the translation work, too!) This was followed by concert posters, digital ads, ticket designs, logos, political campaign and marketing materials. In my sparetime, I find fulfillment designing birthday cards for loved ones.

Publishing

Before I became known as a reporter, I was a textbook writer and proofreader for the University of the Philippines' Sentro ng Wikang Filipino, and other publishing companies in Manila. At 22, I became a co-author of a biology textbook written in Filipino. To augment my income, I also did ghost-writing for several history textbooks.