(It’s okay. It’s pronounced “or-TEE-lay.”)
I’m the global publishing lead for BuzzFeed International and I’m the editor-at-large for BuzzFeed Philippines. Prior to that, I’ve written for Details, Out, Town & Country, and Side B Magazine. I graduated from Vassar College, which means I now live in Brooklyn.
I’m also working on a book, a collection of essays I’ve been describing as, “If Roland Barthes and Carrie Bradshaw had a baby, and the baby was Filipino and on Grindr.” The less zingy and more earnest pitch is that it’s a book by a queer immigrant on the search for something lasting. I’m represented by Ed Maxwell at Greenburger Associates.
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I’m primarily an essayist. Here’s a piece on using Grindr as a real estate listing. Not entirely unrelated, here’s an account of what it’s like to start therapy. Two pieces inspired by Barthes: on A Lover’s Discourse and breaking up; and on Camera Lucida, my mother, and cancer. And two essays on tech: on the “Invisible Boyfriend” service; and another on relationships via Twitter.
I also do profiles. I like talking to Filipino-Americans about how they navigate their identity within their profession and in the U.S. Here are profiles of Mia Alvar, author of In The Country, and of Stella Abrera, principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre.
By some strange luck, I’ve been interviewed as opposed to doing the interviewing. I’ve spoken to the Philippine Star, the Manila Standard Today, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the FilAm, Balitang America, TEAM magazine (page 1 and 2), Speed magazine, and Capioca. I’ve also been on the Know Your Audience podcast, the Verge’s Extras podcast, and MEGA‘s list of LGBT Filipino influencers for the March 2015 issue.
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