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PIA RANADA han­dles the Mala­cañang in mis­lead­ing head­lines of ar­ti­cles to her dis­credit. She is one of the gate­keep­ers: dis­sem­i­nat­ing in­for­ma­tion worth know­ing,

Have you ever searched your name on Google?

may lum­abas na gan­ito,” “Aren’t you gonna press­cons of me ask­ing Duterte a ques­tion and their fa­vorite is re­ally to say that “Ah, si Duterte sin­u­pal­pal na na­man si Pia Ranada,” or “Si Pia Ranada na­pahiya ni Pres­i­dente,” and they love that.

funny na lang. I usu­ally read ar­ti­cles over ay, may meme na na­man ako

Can you af­ford to be vul­ner­a­ble in your line of work? When you’re you af­ford to be soft?

can you ap­peal to their sense of hu­man­ity?

I don’t think I should change the way I me yet that I’m do­ing the wrong thing. there are peo­ple who are pat­ting me on the those voices are there, and the peo­ple who crit­i­cize me in those in­sult­ing ways don’t way I’m do­ing it.

What ad­vice can you give to sto­ry­tellers for that mat­ter?

jour­nal­ism is not glam­orous. Films make jour­nal­ism look like “Wow, ang rock­star na­man ng un­der­stand that jour­nal­ism is mostly ground­work. Those shin­ing mo­ments of glory, they don’t come of­ten and you stick to you, eh. That’s what’s go­ing to af­fect your sense of self when you’re on

Siyem­pre, as­pire for those mo­ments of

do they look like?

thing. [The mo­ments of glory are when] paid for work that they didn’t get paid for you get.


is mostly rec­og­nized for play­ing that mis­chievous street urchin Re­speto, and a trans­gen­der call cen­ter agent in Patay na si He­sus with her courage to jump out of her com­fort zone in the name of art.

What made you de­cide to move to Manila?

in Manila—three months. I de­cided to two, I was look­ing for a way to help the Gusto ko tu­mu­long, hindi ko lang alam kung paano kasi hindi na­man ako di­rek­tor, o pro­ducer. So sabi ko, guess it’s all right for me to leave home for Ha­hanapin ko muna ’yung daan ko dito tapos we can see

and write songs. Where do you get in­spi­ra­tion for your mu­sic?

My per­sonal songs right now are part of a larger com­pi­la­tion called “con­sti­pated the me­dyo sar­cas­tic, comedic. And then you go on the other end and it’s ut­terly de­pres­sive and peo­ple are like, “Why did would say, “Thank you for writ­ing that. It feels like I’m not alone.”

how many peo­ple lis­ten to you, if it’s just one per­son and it changes their life, that’s it.

What were some of the chal­lenges you en­coun­tered in build­ing your act­ing ca­reer?

I think what fas­ci­nates me the most net­work is ’yung cul­tural dif­fer­ences

iso­lated they are from each other. Tapos ang hi­rap maghanap ng makakainan. Kasi doon sa amin tu- ka lang ng lima, oh may na. Where I live now, nasaan na ’yung mga ? Nasaan na ’yung mga kanin diyan? Nasaan ’yung mga isaw?

What drives you to keep pur­su­ing your pas­sions de­spite the cul­ture shock and the chal­lenges of ad­just­ing to a new place?

sto­ries it’s im­por­tant to pur­sue truth. Nasa art kasi ang it’s where a lot of our in­for­mal ed­u­ca­tion comes from.

If peo­ple stop telling their sto­ries, that’s how a cul­ture dies, that’s how told, I want to par­tic­i­pate in it. I ask the di­rec­tor and pro­ducer where this ship is go­ing so I know my place in this ship. an ac­tor, story ta­laga. queen. Depende.


at Ate­neo, she man­aged the fea­tures sec­tion of the uni­ver­sity pa­per The Guidon, for which her team was awarded the Raul Loc­sin Award for Stu­dent Jour­nal­ism. Af­ter col­lege she worked as a mul­ti­me­dia learn: here is her set play.

I just want to be hon­est: I looked you up and I am im­pressed by your straight-shoot­ing ca­reer. So you started with The Guidon...

I re­ceived my Palanca Awards when I was in high school. When I got to col­lege, I put off join­ing The Guidon I was a creative writ­ing per­son. But when I joined, I ended up lov­ing it. I thought I was just a writer—and then I re­ported on cam. they did hap­pen, I was so thank­ful know­ing

Did you have to set a goal or were you just try­ing dif­fer­ent things? What was the process?

When I re­al­ized that I liked some­thing new, that’s why I like sports—I can re­late to the ath­letes striv­ing for a goal. Ev­ery sports game is a mi­cro­cosm for greater so­ci­ety. We see our strug­gles in their strug­gles. This like the way women are treated—it may tell

What are the strug­gles you face as a

Women work­ing as court­side re­porters and for a long time, women were a to­ken ad­di­tion. I still hear the role peo­ple as­sume for court­side re­porters—they think of us just as muses: “Ah, she’s the pretty one.”

When I started, I would hear jokes in­ter­view me... pero pa muna.” Some and then say, “Eto, yung player ko na lang

peo­ple over­look...?

at prac­tices, and ask­ing smart ques­tions. Sometimes, I sit around with coaches and some­thing, and I’m here with my own point what fe­male ath­letes go through. My tal­ent to fe­male ath­letes—they’re on the top of

some pro­duc­tive solutions to these prob­lems?

I’ve made a con­scious ef­fort in my writ­ing and pro­duc­ing ca­reer to cover fe­male ath­letes in a way that serves them. I feel like it’s my duty to cover them the way As a fe­male jour­nal­ist, if you want to get your op­por­tu­ni­ties, you’ve got to make them for your­self. Don’t wait for peo­ple to got to get your­self a plat­form.


cover top­ics that range from racism to gen­der equal­ity to cap­i­tal­ism. But wasn’t always the fear­less fem­i­nist whom we’ve all retweeted at one point. For her­itage, her Is­lamic roots, her weight, her ev­ery­thing that makes her Effy.

What was it like grow­ing up mul­tira­cial?

kids, when nakita nila ako ’yun ’yung nag- spark ng vit­riol ko stan­dards that re­main ram­pant to­day.

How has your cul­ture and faith shaped your ideas on fem­i­nism?

treats women a hun­dred per­cent justly how it could get tough for us at times. This is much more ev­i­dent in a lot of Mid­dle Eastern coun­tries, too.

All of these, and how I was raised, it pa­tri­archy or how strong the pa­tri­archy a lot of times we can’t ques­tion it kasi ganyan ta­laga ‘ yan. Some­thing I had to re­al­ize over time is it’s re­ally hard to ar­gue with the scrip­tures. So I guess what I do now is I do what I can to help at least dis­man­tle how it man­i­fests in every­one’s daily lives.

What in­spires you to be vo­cal about is­sues you feel strongly about?

I’m gen­er­ally a shy per­son. I did not lot of ideas. Be­ing given the plat­form that dis­crim­i­na­tion against so­cial class. I try im­por­tant to note that we’re all learn­ing here. I’d like to do my part in other peo­ple’s learn­ing process as well.

How do you deal with your bash­ers or peo­ple who re­act neg­a­tively to your posts?

op­pres­sive sys­tems na na- nor­mal­ize na is that ta­la­gang may kokon­tra sayo. wrong, kasi it’s how we’re pro­grammed na. First ka­pag hindi na­man ganoon ka , mati­nong dis­course.

I wouldn’t re­sort to ul­ti­mately avoid­ing dis­course kasi it’s a chance to ed­u­cate peo­ple. But if they’re gonna re­sort to to ig­nore it na lang kasi there’s re­ally not much I could do. A lot of times we have to con­sider that not every­one has ac­cess to pro­gres­sive read­ings as we do so when some­one comes at me with mis­in­formed state­ments I just en­gage just mis­in­formed.

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