Ryan Macasero


Ryan Macasero
Follow him on Twitter via @ryanmacasero
Email him at ryan.macasero@rappler.com

Ryan honed his journalism chops as a community reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area. He majored in international studies and minored in political science at California State University, East Bay. He was intending on pursuing a career in diplomacy until an internship at a local newspaper in 2010 changed all that.

Ryan can speak his parents' mother tongue, Cebuano, as well as (some) Tagalog and Spanish.
He freelanced for several Fil-Am and hyper-local community online and print news outlets before joining Rappler as a social media producer and editor of #BalikBayan.

Ryan is a 2013 awardee of the New America Media Ethnic Media Awards for Southern California and was nominated twice by the Philippine American Press Club for the 2012 Plaridel Awards for Filipino American Journalism.

He sees the news as the adventure of a lifetime. It has taken him from the city halls and county offices of the San Francisco Bay to the concrete jungles of Manila. Aside from journalism, Ryan’s other obsessions include jazz music, the blues, Amy Winehouse and coffee.

Jul 2019
PHILIPPINES 06:08pm, Jul 18, 2019
Garcia promises to decongest overcrowded Cebu jail

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Speeding up decongestion of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center. (CPDRC) will be among the priorities of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia. She told ...

INSIDE TRACK 10:00pm, Jul 13, 2019
Prankster sends 25 boxes of pizza to Cebu City mayor's office

Politics in Cebu has always been petty, but an incident on Friday, July 12, took it to another level. The office of Edgardo Labella, Cebu City’s new mayor, received 25 boxes of pizza. A staff member ...

INSIDE TRACK 05:15pm, Jul 12, 2019
Outgoing Cebu City top cop Garma takes one last jab at Osmeña

Ex-Cebu City police chief Royina Garma did not leave her office on Thursday, July 11, without taking one last jab at ex-Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña, whom she had clashed publicly with on several ...

PHILIPPINES 10:39am, Jul 12, 2019
‘No kill order,’ says new Cebu City top cop Gemma Vinluan

CEBU CITY, Philippines – While anti-drug operations would continue in the biggest city in the Central Visayas, there would be no shoot-to-kill order, said new Cebu City Police Office Director ...

PHILIPPINES 08:23pm, Jul 11, 2019
German trafficker in Lapu-Lapu City arrested

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Police arrested a foreign online sex trafficker in Lapu-Lapu City on Wednesday, July 10. Operatives from the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Women and Children ...

PHILIPPINES 09:49am, Jul 11, 2019
Gemma Cruz Vinluan takes over as new Cebu City police chief

CEBU CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) — Colonel Gemma Cruz Vinluan, the new director of the Cebu City Police Office, officially assumed office on Thursday morning, July 11. She is the second woman to ...

PHILIPPINES 08:53pm, Jul 09, 2019
Osmeña’s lawyer says 'not true' mayor's seal removed from office

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Former Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña’s lawyer said in a statement on Tuesday, July 9, it was not true the seal of the mayor’s office was among the items removed when the ...

Jun 2019
PHILIPPINES 05:50pm, Jun 26, 2019
No more special task force for Cebu town mayor killed in hospital

MANILA, Philippines – New Cebu Provincial Police Office chief Colonel Roderick Mariano said it is the CCPO’s Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) that will continue supervising the investigation ...

PHILIPPINES 10:20pm, Jun 24, 2019
Cebu City police chief Garma appointed PCSO general manager

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Monday, June 24, that Cebu City Police Director Royina Garma will take over the position of general manager at the Philippine Charity ...

BLOG 06:36pm, Jun 08, 2019
[OPINION] Back in Cebu: Why local voices matter in covering the news

After 3 years of working in other news organizations, I found myself back at Rappler, in Cebu again, after what I thought was going to be a temporary assignment covering the local elections. While ...