Mara Cepeda

mara.cepeda@rappler.com

MARA CEPEDA

Mara considers joining Rappler as her baptism of fire. She is currently covering the Office of the Vice President and writes stories about the education and health sectors.

Previously, she covered the House of Representatives. During the 2016 elections, Mara trailed the presidential bid of former vice president Jejomar Binay.

Mara graduated cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Communication. 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 TV shows, and dance around the room like no one's watching.

Feb 2019
2019 04:49pm, Feb 22, 2019
Otso Diretso bets want to restore Negros Island Region

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – Three senatorial bets of the Otso Diretso slate want to revive the Negros Island Region (NIR), which President Rodrigo Duterte dissolved in August 2017. Magdalo ...


2019 03:11pm, Feb 22, 2019
Otso Diretso volunteers channel ‘people power’ to court Ilonggo vote

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – The opposition senatorial candidates will once again bank on volunteers in the vote-rich Negros Occidental for the 2019 elections. But unlike in Cebu, Otso Diretso has a ...


2019 10:28am, Feb 22, 2019
Otso Diretso dares Hugpong bets to debate on People Power anniversary

BACOLOD, Philippines – The opposition senatorial candidates of Otso Diretso challenged their opponents in Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) to a debate on the anniversary of the EDSA People Power ...


2019 04:51pm, Feb 21, 2019
Robredo: Otso Diretso to rely on 'unmatched dedication' of Cebu volunteers

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Opposition senatorial bets are banking heavily on their campaign volunteers and sectoral representatives to help them woo the coveted Cebuano vote. Vice President Leni ...


2019 02:05pm, Feb 21, 2019
Otso Diretso goes door-to-door in vote-rich Cebu

CEBU, Philippines – The senatorial candidates of the Otso Diretso slate went door-to-door in vote-rich Cebu, in a bid to introduce themselves to voters directly at their doorsteps. On Thursday, ...


2019 08:50am, Feb 21, 2019
Otso Diretso 'realistic' yet 'all fired up' to campaign in vote-rich Cebu

CEBU, Philippines – Courting more than 3 million voters is a daunting task for a senatorial ticket lagging behind in the pre-election surveys. But Vice President Leni Robredo said the Otso Diretso ...


PHILIPPINES 06:10pm, Feb 20, 2019
Robredo to NYC chief: We don't want young Filipinos to be mere puppets

CEBU, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo is against the proposal of National Youth Commission (NYC) Chairman Ronald Cardema to remove the scholarships of students critical of the ...


PHILIPPINES 03:29pm, Feb 19, 2019
Duterte signs law recognizing British School Manila as int'l education institution

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the law recognizing British School Manila (BSM) as an international education institution. Duterte signed Republic Act No 11218 on February ...


2019 01:35pm, Feb 19, 2019
Otso Diretso to Hugpong: 'Don't want to be called thieves? Then don't steal'

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The opposition candidates of the Otso Diretso slate told their opponents in the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) ticket that their anti-corruption messaging is not negative ...


2019 07:55pm, Feb 18, 2019
Face-off with Sara Duterte in 2022? Robredo 'still busy' being VP

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo is still not considering running for president in 2022, let alone going head-to-head with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. Robredo was asked by ...