Ryan Songalia



Follow him on Twitter via @ryansongalia
Email him at: ryan.songalia@rappler.com

A native of Jersey City, N.J., Ryan has been a reporter since 2006. He is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) and is currently a staff reporter for The Ring magazine. He has written for the New York Daily News, USA Today, Esquire Philippines, Philippine Daily Inquirer and the Philippine Star.

Ryan is a fan of music artists Nine Inch Nails, My Chemical Romance, Sonic Youth, Talking Heads, Wu Tang Clan and MF Doom. His favorite television shows are Third Rock from the Sun, The Adventures of Pete and Pete and Cowboy Bebop, and his favorite movies are Good Will Hunting and Cable Guy.

Ryan also lectures at colleges around the Philippines and can be found roaming about Metro Manila on random jeepneys or ordering a Dirty Tanqueray Martini with two olives at your local public house.

Jun 2020
U.S. & CANADA 10:00pm, Jun 01, 2020
'We're tired of being hurt': Rage in New York over George Floyd death

NEW YORK, USA – The tension could be felt as two sides faced off near Times Square in Manhattan on Saturday night, May 30, as protests carried on for the third straight day in New York City. On one ...

Oct 2019
U.S. & CANADA 11:14am, Oct 20, 2019
Bernie Sanders makes a statement with big New York rally: ‘I am back!’

NEW YORK — About five minutes into his speech, Bernie Sanders looked out into the sea of blue and white signs adorned with his name, and addressed the issue that had been hanging over his campaign ...

Feb 2018
BOXING 03:50pm, Feb 02, 2018
Jerwin Ancajas debuts in U.S. to defend IBF jr bantamweight belt

MANILA, Philippines - Jerwin Ancajas has fought in Macau, Australia and Northern Ireland since winning the IBF junior bantamweight championship at home in the Philippines in November of 2016. Now ...

Jan 2018
BOXING 07:07pm, Jan 19, 2018
Before becoming champion, Jerwin Ancajas fought poverty and hunger

CAVITE, Philippines - Survival Camp, the boxing complex in Magallanes, Cavite which Jerwin Ancajas now calls home, looks like a scene out of a travel brochure targeted at those who miss the slow, ...

BOXING 01:10pm, Jan 19, 2018
Nietes vs Reveco title defense set for LA, will open HBO broadcast

MANILA, Philippines - Donnie Nietes will make the first defense of his IBF flyweight title on February 24 when he meets mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Reveco at The Forum in Los Angeles, his ...

PACQUIAO 04:50pm, Jan 18, 2018
Lomachenko’s manager says Pacquiao fight not happening: ‘He’s an old man’

MANILA, Philippines – The manager of Vasyl Lomachenko shot down the possibility of a fight against Manny Pacquiao, saying they are not interested in fighting someone they regard to be past his ...

BOXING 07:14pm, Jan 13, 2018
Mark Anthony Barriga vs ex-champ Jose Argumedo ordered for IBF title eliminator

MANILA, Philippines - Mark Anthony Barriga, the Philippines' 2012 Olympic representative, will take his first step towards a pro title in his next fight. The International Boxing Federation (IBF) ...

BOXING 07:22pm, Jan 11, 2018
Jayson Mama, Palaro star and unbeaten pro boxer, headlines in GenSan

MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten prospect Jayson Mama will headline a pro boxing card in his hometown on January 21 when he faces Michael Camelion at Gaisano Mall Atrium in General Santos City, ...

BOXING 08:45pm, Jan 07, 2018
Before training camp, Nonito Donaire helps give away 100 homes in Iloilo

MANILA, Philippines – Nonito Donaire Jr wasn't in the Philippines for very long, but he made a special detour out to Iloilo on behalf of the Greg Secker Foundation. Donaire arrived on Wednesday, ...

BOXING 05:41pm, Jan 07, 2018
Romero Duno matched with 'perfect opponent' on Linares-Gesta card

MANILA, Philippines – Romero Duno stands a pretty high chance of an eye-catching victory in his next fight when he faces Yardley Suarez on January 27 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. That’s ...