Buena Bernal



Follow her on Twitter via @buenabernal
Email her at: buena.bernal@rappler.com

Buena Bernal is an odd person trying to be square from time to time, passionately pursuing her goals and going through life with reckless abandon.

Previously a writer-coordinator for Rappler's civic engagement arm MovePH, Buena reported about and dabbled on various advocacies including healthcare reform, LGBT rights, marine protection, and women empowerment.

She also developed and managed Rappler's core citizen journalists while at MovePH.

Formerly a court reporter, Buena is now a labor reporter producing multimedia content.

She believes a story is always over and above the writer's personality.

She studied journalism at the University of Santo Tomas (UST). She was president and team captain of the university's official debate varsity team, the Thomasian Debaters Council.

She then coached the team for a good two years, after being elected as a member of its Advisory Council. She learned one of life's most crucial lessons as a coach: that relationships are more important than one's ego.

Sep 2017
PHILIPPINES 08:06am, Sep 02, 2017
Eid’l Adha: Use Allah’s name only for good

MANILA, Philippines – Safrullah Macaindig, mortuary officer and deputy chief at the Manila Golden Mosque, received Cayamora Maute's body on the night of August 27 like it was just any other ...

Jul 2017
OTHER SPORTS 05:16pm, Jul 31, 2017
That Filipino-style 'Y' kick in Mixed Martial Arts

MANILA, Philippines – “Give me your foot. Start from here. Twist!” the coach orders a teenage girl trying to perfect a Yaw-Yan kick, her printed blue leggings moving swiftly upon the contrasting ...

Aug 2016
IN-DEPTH 05:00pm, Aug 15, 2016
Help needed for PH tuna industry workers

READ: Hazards in labor contracting: What about the PH tuna industry GENERAL SANTOS, Philippines – Dionito Isil, 55, knocks on his neighbors’ doors when there is no food on their dining ...

IN-DEPTH 09:24pm, Aug 13, 2016
Hazards in labor contracting: What about the PH tuna industry?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – When 35-year-old Susan Nocus signs her papers for social insurance, she ticks self-employed. In rural areas, this often means she is a farmer, fisherfolk, or part ...

May 2016
2016 10:00pm, May 12, 2016
Behind 'tough persona' is 'soft-hearted' Duterte – Davao feminist

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Behind crime-busting Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's threats of mass murder and relentless cussing is a soft-hearted, public service-oriented man, said a renowned Davao ...

2016 10:32pm, May 10, 2016
Unyielding Marcos says Robredo's rise in tally 'strange'

MANILA, Philippines – The son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos is holding on to a possible win in what is an exhilaratingly close vice presidential race. "I am not conceding. In ...

2016 06:17pm, May 10, 2016
Poll tech glitches 'very negligible' – Palace

MANILA, Philippines – The reported malfunction of vote counting machines (VCMs) and other technical glitches during the national polls were “very negligible," according to the assessment of ...

2016 03:23am, May 10, 2016
Poe wants Duterte's support for anti-drug wiretap bill

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Grace Poe, who conceded to presidential race front runner Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, May 9, wants his support for her pet bill against the proliferation of illegal ...

2016 10:15pm, May 09, 2016
Duterte open to lifting cap on foreign ownership of firms

MANILA, Philippines – A Duterte presidency is open to lifting the Charter's restriction on foreign ownership of Philippine corporations. This was among the plans revealed by presidential race ...

2016 06:00pm, May 09, 2016
Did unity call, Trillanes exposé influence swing voters?

MANILA, Philippines – Up until a few days before the elections, popular blogger and poll transparency advocate Jane Uymatiao was still undecided on who to vote for as Philippine president for the ...