Lian Buan covers the justice beat for Rappler. Before this, she was in England, set to take her Masters in Digital Journalism.
She was a part-time student, part-time call center agent, part-time office clerk, and enjoying it all, but something happened back home.
A protest had broken out in the Philippines following the hero's burial given to the late Ferdinand Marcos, and a bomb had gone off in President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown in Davao City. But instead of being inside a newsroom or out in the field, she was bundled up in a blanket watching BBC's Outnumbered on Netflix. She knew she had to come back.
She is a product of the University of Santo Tomas journalism program. She spent six years in GMA News producing special features for State of the Nation With Jessica Soho, covering community-based issues and policies that exposed her to the struggles of minority groups.
She and a couple of friends created the millennial news magazine SubSelfie.com to keep the conversation going.