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.

Jul 2020
PHILIPPINES 11:42pm, Jul 09, 2020
Former senator Sonny Osmeña recovers from COVID-19

CEBU, Philippines – Former senator and Toledo City mayor John Henry "Sonny" Osmeña returned home on Wednesday evening, July 8, after being confined in a hospital due to the coronavirus. "The senator ...

PHILIPPINES 11:33pm, Jul 06, 2020
Cebu City Health Department stops posting coronavirus updates on Facebook page

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Cebu City Health Department (CCHD) announced on Monday, July 6, that it will stop posting on its Facebook page updates on coronavirus cases in Cebu City. "Upon ...

PHILIPPINES 06:12pm, Jul 03, 2020
Cebu City lockdown: Local journalist questioned by ‘imported’ cops

CEBU CITY, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – A reporter of a local newspaper here was stopped and questioned Thursday, July 2, by the Special Action Force, an elite unit of the Philippine National Police ...

PHILIPPINES 08:41pm, Jul 01, 2020
Cimatu orders DOH-7, Cebu City to reconcile coronavirus data

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu ordered the Cebu City Health Department and the Department of Health Central Visayas to reconcile their data on the number of coronavirus ...

PHILIPPINES 12:19am, Jul 01, 2020
Duterte extends Cebu City lockdown until July 15

CEBU CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte extended the lockdown of Cebu City until July 15 amid the rising number of coronavirus infections in what is now the center of the outbreak in the ...

Jun 2020
PHILIPPINES 07:54pm, Jun 30, 2020
Residents in Cebu City neighborhood hold party, DILG orders barangay chief to explain

CEBU CITY, Philippines – A neighborhood dance party went on despite the lockdown in Cebu City on Sunday, June 28. This time it happened in Barangay Calamba. “Photos and videos showing people not ...

PHILIPPINES 05:38pm, Jun 30, 2020
69 Cebu City Hall employees test positive for coronavirus

CEBU CITY, Philippines – At least 69 Cebu City Hall employees tested positive for the coronavirus, Cebu City Hall’s public information office confirmed to reporters on Tuesday, June 30. Of that ...

RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 02:54pm, Jun 30, 2020
Coronavirus updates: Cebuanos have questions for General Cimatu

(This newsletter was emailed to Rappler subscribers on June 29, 2020) Dear Secretary Cimatu: You just ended your first week as the overseer of President Rodrigo Duterte assigned to supervise Cebu ...

PHILIPPINES 10:35pm, Jun 29, 2020
Cebu neighborhood holds fiesta despite being coronavirus hot spot

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Despite the increased military and police presence in Cebu City, a neighborhood decided to push through with its fiesta in Sitio Alumnos, Barangay Basak, San Nicolas town on ...

PHILIPPINES 04:05pm, Jun 29, 2020
Cebu City distributes new quarantine passes

CEBU CITY, Philippines – After the Central Visayas police – under the orders of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) – suddenly suspended quarantine passes on last week, the city ...