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.