Chay F. Hofileña


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Chay is head of Rappler's Investigative Desk – Newsbreak – and is in charge of training. Before joining Rappler, she was a contributing writer of Newsbreak Magazine and was one of its founding editors. She has written extensively on media issues and authored the book, "News for Sale: The Corruption and Commercialization of the Philippine Media (2004)," published by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. A philosophy major in college, she was drawn to journalism because it allowed her to write about stories that had the potential to make a difference.

She co-wrote with Miriam Grace Go the top-selling book on the 2010 Philippine presidential elections, "Ambition Destiny Victory: Stories from a Presidential Election (2011)." She has been the recipient of awards from the Jaime V Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism.

Former director of the Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo, Chay also teaches Media Ethics at the graduate level, News Writing, and Investigative Journalism at the undergraduate level. She obtained her graduate degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism in New York.

In her spare time, Chay goes to the gym to run and lift some weights. When she had more time, she used to regularly attend yoga classes until injuries got in the way. In her next life, she aspires to be a yoga teacher whose only remaining vice is coffee.

Nov 2019
RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 04:51pm, Nov 13, 2019
Of taipan deaths and risk-taking

At past midnight Tuesday, November 12, I was chatting with our business reporter Ralf Rivas who attended the wake of billionaire John Gokongwei Jr. Mr John, as he is commonly called, died Saturday ...

RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 02:00pm, Nov 06, 2019
Traffic, mobility fears

Before anything else, allow me to make quick corrections to last week’s newsletter. One reader who is a member of the Manila Symphony Orchestra pointed out that they didn’t have any engagement during ...

Oct 2019
RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 02:30pm, Oct 30, 2019
Starting all over

Let me share with you a little known fact about Rappler. Every Monday night, we hold a yoga class in the newsroom to give some semblance of balance in our deadline-driven lives. For at least an hour, ...

RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 02:00pm, Oct 23, 2019
Will we have a new VP?

Political camps were on tenterhooks awaiting the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) on the electoral protest filed by vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos against Vice President ...

INSIDE TRACK 05:28pm, Oct 20, 2019
Supreme Court chief justice: Of leaks and faux pas

Was it a leak or an attempt to preempt the President? For the past few weeks, there had been wild speculations about who the next chief justice would be after the retirement of Lucas Bersamin from ...

RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 11:16pm, Oct 16, 2019
When the High Court looks for compromises

This newsletter is late today because I decided to wait for the results of the Supreme Court (SC) decision on the electoral protest filed by Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo. Prior ...

TRAVEL 08:30am, Oct 15, 2019
Temple runs in Siem Reap

SIEM REAP, Cambodia – Compared to the capital city of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap is much less harried, definitely more peaceful, and simply beautiful. A mix of Buddhism and Hinduism influenced what this ...

RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 07:33pm, Oct 09, 2019
China's expansion

Hello from Siem Reap in northwestern Cambodia, where I’m taking a quick leave. While chatting with a local here, I was told about how the complexion of Sihanoukville in the southwestern coast of the ...

RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 05:26pm, Oct 02, 2019
Why investigations are important

Please indulge me as I share with you the most recent victory we had in Hamburg at the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) conference last September 28. Our team, led by multimedia ...

Sep 2019
RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 12:56pm, Sep 25, 2019
Guess who's on Viber?

This is not to say they never really talk, it's just that distance and their own respective problems probably make it more challenging for metro mayors to go out of their way and reach out to one ...