Pia Ranada


Pia Ranada

Follow her on Twitter via @piaranada
Email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com

Pia Ranada got her first taste of journalism during a media internship in the Netherlands that taught her how to write stories far beyond her comfort zone and her side of the international dateline.

After graduating magna cum laude from Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Communication, she worked as a writer-producer for a late-night newscast on GMA 7. There she learned how to write news under time pressure, how to weave together moving images and text and how to share stories in a compelling manner.

These experiences have given her the skills to work as a multimedia reporter for Rappler covering the environment, agriculture and heritage beats.

She has also reported for Rappler's Life & Style and Entertainment sections, allowing her to cover a silent film festival one month and a massive oil spill the next.

Her passion for the environment is constantly cultivated by her favorite past times, mountaineering and skin diving. She has climbed the 4 highest mountains in the Philippines and hopes to climb many more.

A heritage advocate, she helped revive the youth chapter of the Heritage Conservation Society. She is also a Carlos Palanca award winner and children's book author.

Mar 2017
INSIDE TRACK 03:14pm, Mar 23, 2017
Duterte says he would 'die' for Manny Villar

President Rodrigo Duterte was all praises for an unexpected member of his delegation to Thailand: real estate tycoon and former Senate president Manny Villar. During his event with Thailand's ...

PHILIPPINES 11:20am, Mar 23, 2017
Duterte's birthday wish: Strength for 'overtime' work of presidency

BANGKOK, Thailand – President Rodrigo Duterte has only one birthday wish when he turns 72 on March 28: to have enough strength to pull off the strenuous work of being Chief Executive. "So my wish ...

PHILIPPINES 02:31am, Mar 23, 2017
Duterte tells Robredo, 'Want me out? Marry me instead'

BANGKOK, Thailand – In a speech filled with even more jokes and teasing than usual, President Rodrigo Duterte made light of his supporters' claim that Vice President Leni Robredo wants to oust him ...

PHILIPPINES 01:19am, Mar 23, 2017
Birthday boy Prayut gives Duterte an early birthday treat

BANGKOK, Thailand – Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha celebrated his 63rd birthday on Tuesday, March 21, but on that day, he also prepared for the birthday of another leader: Philippine ...

PHILIPPINES 11:48pm, Mar 22, 2017
Why Duterte reminds Thais of Thaksin and his drug war

BANGKOK, Thailand – When some Thai people think of President Rodrigo Duterte, they are reminded of their ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra who also waged a deadly war on drugs over a decade ...

PHILIPPINES 01:55pm, Mar 22, 2017
Tourism chief Teo asks Robredo, media to 'tone down' statements on killings

BANGKOK, Thailand – Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo appealed to Vice President Leni Robredo and the media to "tone down" in its reporting of extrajudicial killings to make it easier for her to promote ...

PHILIPPINES 01:27pm, Mar 22, 2017
PH asks China to clarify building plans on Scarborough

BANGKOK, Thailand – The Philippines formally asked China to clarify reports that it plans to build a monitoring station on Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal), a sandbar within the Philippines' ...

PHILIPPINES 12:32pm, Mar 22, 2017
Army colonel is new Presidential Security Group chief

BANGKOK, Thailand – Army Colonel Lope Dagoy has been named as the new commander of the Presidential Security Group (PSG), Malacañang confirmed on Wednesday, March 22. The Office of the Executive ...

PHILIPPINES 10:00pm, Mar 21, 2017
Duterte, Thailand's Prayut affirm defense, economic cooperation

BANGKOK, Thailand – During President Rodrigo Duterte's Bangkok visit, the Philippines and Thailand vowed to strengthen cooperation in combating security threats and in enlivening two-way trade and ...

PHILIPPINES 08:45pm, Mar 21, 2017
Duterte urges completion of South China Sea rules

BANGKOK, Thailand – After saying he can't stop China from building structures in the South China Sea, President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines is determined to complete the framework of ...