Ayee Macaraig



Follow her on Twitter via @ayeemacaraig
Email her at: ayee.macaraig@rappler.com

Ayee Macaraig, born in Davao City, covers and analyzes politics, foreign affairs and the media focusing on the Philippines and Southeast Asia. She currently reports on the 2016 presidential campaign of Vice President Jejomar Binay. Her interests include geopolitics, press freedom, women's rights, freedom of expression and Internet freedom.

She has covered major national news for Rappler, starting with the first impeachment trial of a Philippine Chief Justice, Renato Corona, the death of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, the passage of the landmark Reproductive Health law, the pork barrel corruption scam, the 2013 senatorial elections, and now developments in the run-up to the 2016 presidential polls.

Ayee first gained international experience as a 2013 fellow of the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA). She produced a series of stories on Myanmar's transition to democracy, focusing on the struggles of journalists and bloggers for free expression. She also covered the 8th United Nations Internet Governance Forum in Bali, Indonesia in 2013, tackling surveillance and privacy in the post-Snowden era.

Ayee reported about the 2014 Indonesian presidential elections for Rappler Indonesia. In 2014, she went on a 10-week reporting trip to New York to cover the UN General Assembly under the prestigious Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists fellowship program.

She recently did a series of stories on Singapore's 50th anniversary. She also covered the world's largest anti-corruption conference in Malaysia as a Young Journalist of Transparency International, the 2015 APEC leaders' meeting in Manila, and the 2015 ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur.

She began her training in political reportage as a writer and executive producer for ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel. For 3 years, she was behind programs focusing on media critique, campaign platforms, and social commentary.

Ayee was News Editor for Ateneo de Manila University’s official student publication The Guidon and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Communication from the Ateneo de Manila University. She is passionate about humanities and the arts. She pursued a minor degree in Philosophy also at the Ateneo, and was a member of the Company of Ateneo Dancers.

Ayee is perhaps one of the most recognizable of Rappler’s reporters. She is a constant news source on Twitter, a co-anchor of The wRap newscast, and a speaker on multimedia reporting. She is also Rappler's first employee.

She calls herself Rappler's resident showbiz reporter. She has reported on presidential lovelessness and blockbuster crises, congressional catfights and castration, and continues to follow the real-life melodrama of the nation’s glitterati.

Jan 2016
2016 11:15am, Jan 13, 2016
Binay's strategy of silence

MANILA, Philippines – In mid-2015, Vice President Jejomar Binay's spokespersons fired the first shots in what would be a rowdy presidential campaign. Even before Senator Grace Poe announced her ...

PHILIPPINES 02:36pm, Jan 09, 2016
Philippines and China: Rivals at sea, allies in trade?

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines' decision to join China's multilateral development bank marks Manila's renewed effort to befriend Beijing via “economic diplomacy” despite the South China Sea ...

PHILIPPINES 04:24pm, Jan 03, 2016
Philippines to protest China's test-flight on Spratlys

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines will protest China's test flight on a newly completed airstrip in an artificial island in the South China Sea. Philippine foreign affairs spokesperson Charles ...

Dec 2015
PHILIPPINES 08:33pm, Dec 29, 2015
PH warns citizens of possible attacks in Pakistan

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines urged its citizens in Pakistan to “take necessary precaution” over a week after the United States warned of possible terror attacks in Islamabad. The Philippine ...

2016 08:30am, Dec 29, 2015
Democrazy! The biggest political shockers of 2015

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Jedi Bongbong, Iron Mar, Ang Huli Ninyong Merry Christmas? You heard them right. 'Tis the season to be silly. The political circus pulls one surprise after another not just ...

PHILIPPINES 01:51pm, Dec 17, 2015
PH supports Australia's patrols over South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Philippines welcomed Australia's military flights over disputed islands in the South China Sea, saying Canberra has the right to fly over international ...

PHILIPPINES 03:27pm, Dec 16, 2015
Marcos: Bangsamoro law won't be passed under Aquino

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr declared that a law that aims to end 4 decades of armed conflict and poverty in Muslim Mindanao will not be passed under the Aquino ...

2016 10:59pm, Dec 15, 2015
Nancy Binay to Trillanes: Learn from the VP

MANILA, Philippines – Is Vice President Jejomar Binay's most rabid critic now a believer of his political strategy? Senator Nancy Binay welcomed statements of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV citing ...

2016 05:14pm, Dec 15, 2015
Honasan: Fight crime but protect rights

MANILA, Philippines – Security should not come at the expense of human rights. Opposition vice presidential candidate Senator Gregorio Honasan II stressed the importance of protecting human rights ...

2016 04:08pm, Dec 15, 2015
Nancy Binay to Roxas, Duterte: Don't stoop to bashing

MANILA, Philippines – From the “myth” of peace and order in Davao City to questioning educational degrees, to threatening to slap each other – Senator Nancy Binay issued an appeal to feuding ...