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Pinay.com | November 22, 2017

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Meet The Team

Who We Are

Omehra Sigahne
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Omehra Sigahne

Publisher & Life Coach
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Omehra Sigahne (aka Perla Daly) is the publisher of Pinay.com and a life coach for Filipinas who are looking to grow, expand their life, and become more successful. She is also an artist, writer, mentor, activist and multimedia artist. She founded BagongPinay.com aka NewFilipina.com, the first online communities for Filipina women to help shape Filipina identity and uplift the Filipina spirit. Through several endeavours, Perla actively spreads a positive image and empowered concept of being a Filipina. Through the NewFilipina Inc., Perla also conducted networking nights for Filipina-Americans in New York City and Women’s Wisdom events in Manila between 1998 and 2004. In 2004, she wrote Bahala Meditations a combination of contemplation and sound meditation. She wrote her thoughts on the beginnings of Pinay cyber-feminism and ethno-gender-activism in the anthology Pinay Power: Theorizing the Filipina/American Experience, and FabulousFilipinas.net. Perla chaired the Filipino American Women’s Network FAWN2005 conference, Coming Into Our Own Spirit and Success, exploring the theme on 5 Babaylan power roles or archetypes. Because of her efforts, Perla has received the Babaylan Award for her global community work. Part of Perla’s work is also to strengthen Filipino cultural awareness. Together with Leny Strobel, Perla helped launch international online discussion groups for Pagbabalikloob (decolonization, or translated as return to deepest inner self) and for Tagipusuon sg Babaylan (Heart of Babaylan). She is also currently blogging at Baybayin Alive to help people understand baybayin, the ancient Filipino script as a tool for decolonization and exploring Filipino identity. Perla, who is also the creator of the Babaylan Mandala Fine Art Series,has collaborated with dozens of artists, healers and activists around the world in digital collage, poetry, photography, painting, online communities & publications.
Tish Leizens
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Tish Leizens

Chief Editor
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Tish Leizens is a great believer in asking lots of questions. That was how she was trained as a business journalist for newspapers and magazines. That was how she survived trying moments in her personal life and how she navigated a successful career and business in media. In 1997, she asked, “Why not?” And so, she moved from Manila to New York City. It was and continues to be a great adventure. After stints as a reporter for Manila Chronicle and Manila Times; correspondent for The Straits Times and Gulf News; Tish worked as editor for Conde Nast, and later edited and published her own regional magazines, OurHouse and Excursions. OurHouse, sold in bookstores chains in the East Coast, was nationally recognized for its innovative approach to magazine publishing. Tish was featured in CNN Money in 2010.
Jennifer Bichara
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Jennifer Bichara

Assistant to the Publisher, Writer
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Jenny Bichara has the freedom and fun of living as a blogger and a freelance writer, web project and content manager. Her work revolves around writing web content, web editing and coding, and working around Wordpress themes for clients around the world. Her blog, Jenny's Serendipity, is a vibrant mix of her thoughts, life lessons, recipes, poems and all round good feeling. Her blog has reached more than 81,652 views since her very first post on January 3rd 2012 which made Stu of Change Your Life Blog dub her as a "super blogger." She also hopes to be Freshly Pressed someday. As the youngest of 10, Jenny is a self-confessed family clown. She always finds something humorous in many things. She loves to laugh and make people laugh (and at times get into funny troubles!) She loves to hang out with her nephews and nieces, and sometimes with her friends. While Jenny is happy in her life now, she still yearns to travel the world around and soon find her soul mate, hopefully marry one day, have kids of her own and have a loving family.For Jenny, being an empowered Filipina is about being a good role model who can help others to achieve success in their own lives. She continues to do this by expressing her independence and creativity in all aspects of her career. Jenny currently lives in Naga with her cat Medyas.
Kristine Roa
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Kristine Roa

Social Media Manager
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Kristine Roa has been blogging since 2005 and is a writer in local dailies such as The Freeman Cebu, Zee Lifestyle Magazine and national publications such as The Philippine Star. She also manages her own fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, TheStylecebu.com while being Digital Marketing Manager and brand and event ambassadors to local and international brands. Born and raised in Cagayan de Oro City, Kristine relocated to Cebu City in 2005 and is living with her 2 shih tzus babies. If she isn't writing, she is shopping for cosmetics and swatching them for her blog.
Cristina Aberasturi
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Cristina Aberasturi

Merchandiser
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ContCristina Aberasturi while doing her job as merchandiser and buyer for Pinay.com, is also developing her own line of Philippine hand crafted items called Esensya Productos Artesanales (www.esensya.com) . She is currently working with women from the different parts of the Philippines to come up with unique items at the same time helping Filipinas earn a livelihood through their crafts. ent

 

Featured Writers

Ana Maria Lykes
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Ana Maria Lykes

Writer
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Ana Maria Lykes left her job as an editor-in-chief for AsainTraveler magazine and as a travel columnist for a local paper in the U.S. to answer to an even bigger boss: a demanding three-year-old. She continues to contribute for a few publications here and abroad while pixel stitching and light chasing. She has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, a master’s in Creative Writing, and a doctorate in potty training.
Jaycon Yaneza
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Jaycon Yaneza

Writer
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Jaycon Yaneza is an AB Literature graduate of UST. He is an Ustetika winner and conceptualized one of the pioneer teleseryes on Philippine television. He has written for Manila Bulletin and Icon magazine. Currently a Language Education student at JRU Graduate School, he works full time in the BPO industry in Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines.
M.T. Vallarta
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M.T. Vallarta

Writer
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M.T. Vallarta is a Ph.D. student from Los Angeles, CA. She received her undergraduate education at the University of California, Berkeley, where she double majored in English and Asian American Studies. While at Cal, she was an editor of {m}aganda Magazine and was heavily involved in student of color groups and community organizing spaces. She identifies strongly as a scholar-activist, and hopes to produce scholarship that directly impacts and benefits the very communities she serves. When not blogging, writing, or studying, she enjoys reading, playing video games, drinking tea, and eating good food.
Anna Liz Cabrido
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Anna Liz Cabrido

Writer
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Anna Liz Cabrido is a contented 32-year old single lady and a proud South Cotabatena, whose home province, South Cotabato, is known as the Land of the Dream Weavers. When not in her writing mood, she is off for another traveling experience---to islands in the sun, to a grand or street food trip, happy when in a tranquil vacation with her best travel buddies. Visit her blog at http://www.annalizcabrido.blogspot.com.
Jennifer Madriaga
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Jennifer Madriaga

Writer
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West Coast origins +Southern Fried upbringing+East Coast funky+Balibayan Shuffling=Expatriate Longing. Always feeling out of context because the familiar is still foreign.Belonging neither here or there and yet a true and loyal citizen of the world.
Lorial Crowder
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Lorial Crowder

Writer
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I feel like the most fitting quote for me is, "never judge a book by its cover"Three words that best describe me - unpredictable, abundant energy and sassy.I was born in the Philippines and adopted when I was five by my American family. I grew up in Connecticut always realizing I was not the typical american but non the less survived my adolescence thanks to my involvement in sports (lacrosse and field hockey) and the undying support from my family. I spent two years in ohio to attend college before moving to boston to participate in the Americorps City Year program and eventually received my Bachelors in Sociology and minor in Asian American Studies from UMass Boston. At the same time my curiosity about my Filipina heritage and culture peaked and i sought out organizations that I thought best reflected the Fil-Am experience. I began to organize around issues of Fil Ams, in particular positive identity development as a pinay and presently the Filipino adoptee experience. I currently live in one of the most amazing cities - NYC as a stay at home mom to my 7 year old son. I received my MSW in Community Organizing and Planning from Hunter College.
Shayne Navarro
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Shayne Navarro

Writer
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Shayne Navarro, 29, has been writing about her life and experiences on her blog pinayindubay.wordpress.com.Born In Manila. Raised in Laguna.Left Brain Enhanced (Engineer by Profession)Right Brain Sufficient (Loves Music, Arts, and Writing)Introvert.Trust God.
Jana Lynne Umipig
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Jana Lynne Umipig

Writer
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Born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Stockton, California- Jana Lynne Umipig, a womyn of Pilipino decent has directed her life goal at cultivating alternative teaching tools for human rights and for human rights and social justice education that incorporates artistic mediums in performance and visual expression,enriching leadership and self-development work for young people. Through the development of her art for social justice pedagogy she seeks to provide safe spaces of artistic expression and learning for young people that establishes and maintains a strong sense of community, support, continuity and honesty for youth to grow and learn in.A graduate of the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelors in Theatre and Asian American Studies and currently completing her Masters in Educational Theatre for Communities and Colleges at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, much of Jana Lynne’s work has been directed toward this fusion of social justice and arts education. Most of her work has focused on the Asian American particularly Filipino American community, heavily pertaining to issues faced by young womyn.

Pinay.com Writers

  1. Ana Guazon
  2. Anerinethegreat 
  3. Babydoll_nexa
  4. Bopee Espiritu 
  5. Chelo Aestrid
  6. Cristina Rose
  7. Goddess_siter
  8. Innie Williams
  9. Isagani Cruz
  10. Jenny Serfino
  11. Jopas
  12. Loyva Conje-Fernandez
  13. Marissa Hartwig
  14. Merlie Alunan
  15. Mirabai Sebastian
  16. Mona Sabalones Gonzalez
  17. Myla Lopez
  18. Niki Escobar
  19. Olivia Melaya Strohman
  20. Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor
  21. Robby Espejo Mendez
  22. Rogelio Braga
  23. Ruth Alarcon 
  24. Sharon Rose Masula
  25. Vernon Tapalla
  26. Xtineb
  27. Yasmira Moner
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