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.

Feb 2020
PHILIPPINES 06:04pm, Feb 24, 2020
At least 3 people killed within 4-hour period in Cebu City

CEBU CITY, Philippines – At least 3 people were killed in separate incidents across Cebu City on Monday, February 24. Elmer Peñola, 37, was shot dead outside his house on Sitio Pagasa in Barangay ...

PHILIPPINES 07:39pm, Feb 20, 2020
Court sentences 3 women in Cebu for livestreaming sex abuse

CEBU, Philippines – A court in Lapu-Lapu City on Wednesday, February 19, sentenced 3 women for livestreaming the sexual abuse of minors. Lapu-Lapu City Regional Trial Court Judge Christine Muga-Abad ...

PHILIPPINES 01:12pm, Feb 18, 2020
BI sacks heads of NAIA terminals as it probes bribery claims

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has relieved the heads of the terminals at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and the head of its Travel Control and Enforcement ...

PHILIPPINES 06:16pm, Feb 17, 2020
Cebu waterways off-limits to public after poliovirus found in river

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Butuanon River, Tipolo River, and Mahiga Creek are off limits to the public after the Department of Health’s Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM), found that ...

PHILIPPINES 05:36pm, Feb 17, 2020
Police sue Cebu optometrist over Facebook post claiming patient died of coronavirus

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) filed charges against an optometrist here in Cebu for allegedly posting on Facebook unverified information related to the novel ...

PHILIPPINES 10:46pm, Feb 12, 2020
Coronavirus: 78 Filipino passengers from Taiwan refuse quarantine in Cebu

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Seventy-eight passengers have been held at the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) since Tuesday, February 11, for refusing quarantine when they arrived. (READ: Taiwan ...

PHILIPPINES 08:48pm, Feb 12, 2020
Cebu cop killed during botched buy-bust operation

CEBU CITY, Philippines – An undercover police officer was killed Tuesday, February 11, during a buy-bust operation here that went awry. 
Police Master Sargeant Maximino Macua Jr, of the Philippine ...

PHILIPPINES 05:58pm, Feb 11, 2020
JoyRide to begin motorcycle taxi operations in Metro Cebu in February

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Motorcycle taxi service Joyride will be available in Cebu within the month, the company’s vice president for corporate affairs told reporters in a press conference that was ...

PHILIPPINES 03:43pm, Feb 07, 2020
Cebu court convicts 22-year-old Filipina for trafficking children

 CEBU CITY, Philippines – A 22-year-old Filipina from Lapu-Lapu City was sentenced Wednesday, February 5, to 17 years and 4 months in prison for 4 counts of online sex trafficking.
She was arrested ...

PHILIPPINES 07:53pm, Feb 06, 2020
Cebu City Mayor Labella threatens to close ‘untidy’ Larsian barbecue

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Clean up or close up, Mayor Edgar Labella told stall owners at Larsian Barbecue Strip on Thursday, February 6. “If we find out it’s so untidy and infiltrated with rats, then ...