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.

Mar 2019
2019 10:14pm, Mar 20, 2019
Cebu university ‘verbally reprimanded’ students who called Gadon liar

MANILA, Philippines – A University of San Carlos (USC) official said a faculty member had reprimanded the student who heckled lawyer Larry Gadon during a forum on campus, referring to a video that ...

Oct 2018
PHILIPPINES 10:30pm, Oct 06, 2018
After death of call center agent, Cebu City to shuttle employees to work

MANILA, Philippines – The Cebu City government, in partnership with the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector, will soon run its own shuttle system to bring call center employees to and from IT ...

Aug 2018
LIFESTYLE 05:00pm, Aug 03, 2018
Where self-care and social issues collide: Q&A with 'All Skincare, Sometimes Shade'

At first read, “All Skincare, Sometimes Shade” (ASSS) page looks like any other makeup or skincare blog page. 

 But take a closer look at the caption and you'll realize that it doesn’t only talk ...

Nov 2016
MOVEPH 07:05pm, Nov 27, 2016
#ClimateActionPH: How citizens stopped a coal plant from rising in Cebu City

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Residents of Barangay Sawang Calero, Cebu City, were caught off guard when they first heard of plans to build a coal-fired thermal power plant in their neighborhood earlier ...

#BALIKBAYAN 03:35pm, Nov 09, 2016
[Balikbayan Voices] Not the America I thought I knew

MANILA, Philippines – I have never felt the world move faster than it has this 2016. I had the opportunity to cover the election here in the Philippines and watched the rise of Rodrigo Duterte from ...

PHILIPPINES 07:50pm, Nov 03, 2016
US embassy issues security advisory vs travel in southern Cebu

CEBU, Philippines (UPDATED) – The US Embassy in Manila on Thursday, November 3, issued a security advisory to its citizens on traveling to southern Cebu. "The US embassy alerts US citizens that ...

Oct 2016
#BALIKBAYAN 04:55pm, Oct 26, 2016
San Francisco police cut ties with PNP over drug war

CEBU CITY, Philippines – After 16 years, police agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area are ending their training program with the Philippine National Police (PNP). This was due to concerns over the ...

PHILIPPINES 08:15am, Oct 25, 2016
Drug-sniffing dogs to help patrol Cebu jail, bus terminal

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The provincial government of Cebu on Monday, October 24, turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Central Visayas 3 canines trained to sniff for ...

PHILIPPINES 10:45pm, Oct 18, 2016
Killed: 2 suspects in murder of Kerwin Espinosa's ex-wife

CEBU CITY, Philippines – In a span of less than 24 hours, 2 suspects in the murder of Annalou Llaguno, the ex-wife of suspected drug lord Rolando "Kerwin" Espinosa, were killed in Cebu City. On ...

PHILIPPINES 01:38am, Oct 09, 2016
Palace eyes dissolution of Negros Island Region

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Malacañang is eyeing the dissolution of the Negros Island Region (NIR) due to "budget constraints," a Palace official said on Saturday, October 8. "There is a very big ...