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I've lived in Manila all my life–born in Ermita, raised in Malate, schooled in Pasay, came of age in Parañaque, and enlightened in Diliman before deciding to be a bonafide Makati girl for almost two decades. I've worked in Makati, Mandaluyong, Quezon City, and wherever work took me all over the city. You could say I've been around.
Having been to my fair share of cities around the world, I now know what I bet you already knew: Manila is a unique city of contrasts and ironies which together make a delightful brand of cheesy goodness and kitschy cool in true Manila style. One day you're making tusok-tusok fishballs and dunking them in three trademark sauces (Hepa A, Hepa B or Gastro), the next day you're sipping mimosas at Sunday Jazz Brunch the morning after you partied all night to the trance beats of a world-renowned DJ. Inexplicably, life in Manila, no matter how short, will always have a happy, exciting vibe you can't seem to feel anywhere else in the world. Your existence here can range from humdrum and monotonous to eclectic and surreal, depending on what you're up for at the moment and what you're willing to do about it.
And if you've ever wished to be shown the way or kept in the know about all things Manila, SPOT is the answer. With daily, up-to-the-minute coverage of the latest in Manila life, culture, entertainment, dining, politics, and style, SPOT is your go-to guide for where to go, what to do, see, eat, buy, and talk about. Your daily dose of SPOT moves you to go out into the city, get to know it well, and enrich your life only the way living in Manila can. Smart, Playful, On the ball and Timely, SPOT is your authority on life in Manila, giving you an insider view and always keeping you one step ahead.
More than just a repository of information and numbers, SPOT offers solid, well-written lifestyle features and insightful commentary you've never seen before in the local scene. Together, we'll dissect trends and our culture in a fresh, engaging way that encourages conversation and interaction. SPOT will give you the scoop, the dish, the blow-by-blow–with a probing eye and provocative take. Get plugged into Manila and come into our world of SPOT– because there's such a lot of world to see. We'll show you a good time!
MYRZA SISON, Editorial Director
Email me at MyrzaS@summitmedia.com.ph
The SPOT.ph Editorial Staff
Joanna Manalastas, Editor-in-Chief - email@example.com
Jo has a complicated relationship with the Internet, and feels genuine affection and undeniable dislike for it in equal measure. The same could be said for her and Manila, which she loves—when the terrible traffic doesn’t make her wish she were at the beach instead. When she’s not eating and editing for SPOT.ph, she eats for fun and reads to relax.
Warren Espejo, Art Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
War is made of undiluted and highly concentrated awesome. The ground he walks on turns gold. He is quiet and lets his work (and outfits) do the talking. Wears cool socks paired with impossibly nice shoes. He is The Cobrabird.
Faye Valencia, News and Features Editor - email@example.com
Faye loves words. A lot. She’s been paid to string them together since she was 18. She started out as a BS Nursing student in UP Manila—but ended up with degrees in Library Science and Creative Writing from UP Diliman. (It's a looooong story.) She is left-handed and dreams of founding a group for Pinoy lefties someday.
Sasha Lim Uy, Staff Writer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sasha lives to eat and eats for a living. She has a compulsive need to talk, but ask her what her favorite restaurant is and she probably won't be able to answer. She can give you her Top 7, though. Her current obsessions are pulling sugar and the Food Network. It’s been 12 years, and she’s still waiting for her Hogwarts letter. She is a unicorn.
Aya Tantiangco, Staff Writer - email@example.com
Cat lady in the making. Likes art, films, and art films. Speaks only when spoken to. A linguist and an atheist. Does not like being touched. Can doublethink. People confuse her and she returns the favor.
Patricia Javier, Editorial Assistant - firstname.lastname@example.org
Not to be confused with her namesake's sexier counterpart, Patricia found her passion for journalism during her four-year stay at ADMU. She dreams of meeting and working alongside Eva Chen, former Beauty Editor of Teen Vogue and current EIC of Lucky Magazine. She doesn't enjoy long walks on the beach but instead has a penchant for all things fashion, beauty, pop culture, Frank Ocean, and Game of Thrones.