Mara considers joining Rappler as her baptism of fire. She is currently covering the House of Representatives as it puts forward the legislative agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte.
During the 2016 elections, Mara trailed the presidential bid of former vice president Jejomar Binay. She also wrote about labor and migration issues as well as hunger and poverty alleviation.
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, to binge-watch her favorite TV shows, and to dance around the room like no one's watching.