(It’s okay. It’s pronounced “or-TEE-lay.”)
I’m the global publishing lead for BuzzFeed International and I edit 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 on how they navigate their identity within their profession and in the U.S. Here are profiles on Mia Alvar, author of In The Country, and on Stella Abrera, principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre.
By some strange luck, I’ve been interviewed for websites, publications, and TV stations.
Capioca asked me about the challenges of personal writing and my dream iPhone app. The Manila Standard Today called me the “Carrie Bradshaw of BuzzFeed” (which is fair). Balitang America interviewed me about BuzzFeed Philippines. And so did the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Then the Philippine Star asked me how BuzzFeed Philippines and my personal writing influences the discourse about Filipinos on the internet. MEGA included me in their list of LGBT Filipino influencers for the March 2015 issue. And TEAM interviewed be about how my personal essays have affected my dating life. Here’s the first page, and the second.
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