Marga Deona

marga.deona@rappler.com

Marga Deona is a tinkerer, a taskmaster, and a problem solver.

As a child she lived in a house lined with shelves of books, magazines, vinyl records, and cassette tapes. Marga grew up preferring to isolate herself from external noises with a Walkman as she devoured novels and biographies instead of playing in the streets.

Words are her first love, music her second, and technology her third.

She studied Creative Writing in the Ateneo de Manila University, where she hoped to fulfil her quixotic dream of becoming a novelist. Life took an entirely different turn when she joined The GUIDON, where she learned that fact could be, at times, more scintillating than fiction.

Marga later on flitted back and forth PR and production work, having written segments for travel network Living Asia Channel and produced a radio show for the now-defunct rock station NU107. In 2008, she ventured into digital marketing. In the following years she helped mount presidential candidate Gilbert Teodoro’s bid and ran digital campaigns for Microsoft Philippines.

These days Marga works on platform strategy for Rappler's multimedia content. She bridges video production, social media, and SEO – constantly keeping abreast of shifts in digital algorithms and the pulse of online behavior to help spur and sustain audience growth. She also produces Rappler's live broadcasts – including Rappler Talk and Live Jam – and flagship programs. In her spare time, she produces reports on a wide range of topics – from music to technology, from combat sports to folk Catholicism.

Offline, Marga is a recreational triathlete and a competitive martial artist, spending most of her free time doing laps in the pool or on the track. She is currently gearing up for the Hong Kong Marathon and the Sydney Bridge Run.

Jan 2020
SOCIAL MEDIA 07:54pm, Jan 02, 2020
WATCH: Rappler's most-watched videos of 2019 on YouTube

MANILA, Philippines – The year 2019 was, to say the least, a mixed bag for video journalism. It includes chronicling the triumph of the human spirit in sports, (literal) earth-shaking moments, ...


Dec 2019
UAAP 07:18pm, Dec 16, 2019
'Nowhere to Go But UP': Book on Fighting Maroons launched

MANILA, Philippines – From being cellar-dwellers in the UAAP, the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons have risen to become one of the collegiate league's more formidable teams. A ...


SEA GAMES 12:07pm, Dec 13, 2019
IN PHOTOS: Gold and grit at SEA Games 2019 triathlon, duathlon

SUBIC, Philippines – Multisport dominated the Subic cluster of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, with the Philippines winning its first gold medal in the triathlon event. The Philippine contingent ...


SEA GAMES 07:19am, Dec 09, 2019
PH dragonboat team paddles to SEA Games double bronze

SUBIC, Philippines – The Philippine dragonboat team won two bronze medals in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games traditional boat race held from Saturday, December 7 to Sunday, December 8 at Malawaan ...


SEA GAMES 06:52pm, Dec 08, 2019
PH muay thai bags 2 golds, 3 silvers in SEA Games 2019

SUBIC, Philippines – The Philippines' muay thai fighters picked up 2 golds and 3 silvers in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games for the combat competition on Sunday December 8 at the Subic Bay ...


SEA GAMES 11:50am, Dec 06, 2019
PH beach volleyball teams snag SEA Games 2019 bronze

SUBIC, Philippines – The Philippine women and men beach volleyball teams nabbed the bronze medals in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games after completing a sweep of Singapore on Friday, December 6 at ...


SEA GAMES 09:31am, Dec 05, 2019
PH nabs bronze as Thailand rules SEA Games duathlon mixed relay

SUBIC, Philippines – The Philippines settled for a bronze as Thailand bagged the gold in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games duathlon mixed relay held Thursday, December 5. Monica Torres, who won the ...


SEA GAMES 09:27am, Dec 05, 2019
PH muay thai cops SEA Games gold in men's waikru mai

SUBIC, Philippines – The Philippines' muay thai team picked up a gold medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games for the waikru and mai muay competition on Wednesday, December 4. Jaerome Calica and ...


SEA GAMES 10:32am, Dec 02, 2019
Asia's duathlon queen Monica Torres conquers SEA Games 2019

SUBIC, Philippines (UPDATED) – Monica Torres made it look too easy as the Philippine duathlon star pulled away early on the way to ruling the women's finals of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games at ...


SEA GAMES 08:18am, Dec 02, 2019
Delos Reyes late surge nets SEA Games duathlon silver

SUBIC, Philippines – Philippine bet Joey delos Reyes played catch up on the way to bagging the men's duathlon silver medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games here on Monday, December 2. Delos Reyes ...