BIO

Interestingly enough, though Ana graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, her corporate background is in advertising and finance. Her last post was Assistant Vice-President of a major financial institution.

Her writing career took off much later when she transitioned from being a sex & relationship columnist in a men’s magazine (which she considered a hobby) to sexual health advocate.

In addition to sex & relationships, Ana began writing about women’s issues, reproductive health rights, and what is closest to her heart, HIV/AIDS awareness.

Ana’s full-length features and essays have been published in men’s magazines like Manual, UNO and Playboy; in women’s magazines like Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Metro Magazine, and Working Mom.

Ana also writes about women and children suffering in the midst of armed conflict and internal violence in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao as a correspondent for international media agencies.  Her work on this topic has been posted on IRIN News, the humanitarian news and analysis service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and Xinhua News, the official press agency of the government of the People’s Republic of China.

In January 2010, Ana founded a website called SexAndSensibilities.com, of which she is Editorial Director. SAS, as the site is aptly nicknamed, heralds the value of loving yourself first and aims to make sexual reproductive health sexy and sassy for women.

Media Scholarships

In August 2009, Ana attended the International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP9), in Bali, Indonesia as a media scholar. During the conference, she spoke about the many challenges of communicating safer sex in a devoutly Catholic country like the Philippines.

In 2010, Ana was given a media scholarship to attend East West Center’s Summer Institute 2010 for International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in May.  The conference, which will take place in Bali, Indonesia , will focus on internal conflicts in Asia and how they impact both regional and international peace and security.

She was also given a media scholarship by Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization that calls for concrete action against maternal death. Last June 2010, Ana  attended their global conference, “Delivering Solutions for Girls and Women”, in Washington, D.C.

OTHER AFFILIATIONS:

Co-Founder, Writer’s Block Philippines

Member,  Women’s Media Circle Foundation (WoMedia)

Member, Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP).

Bio updated as of  April 2011

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