About Mara Cepeda

Mara Cepeda writes about politics, local governance, and women’s rights for Rappler. She specializes in stories on legislation, having covered the House of Representatives before moving on to the Senate of the Philippines. She also covers the Office of the Vice President. 

She has covered two national elections: the presidential bid of then-vice president Jejomar Binay in 2016 and the senatorial campaign of the Otso Diretso opposition slate in 2019.  

Mara graduated cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in communication in 2015. She was the editor in chief of The GUIDON, the university’s official student publication.

In her spare time, Mara loves to read books, binge-watch her favorite series on Netflix, and play non-stop on her Switch. She is a proud fur mom and would die for her dogs. 

Got tips? Send Mara an email at mara.cepeda@rappler.com or shoot her a tweet @maracepeda.