The following is the abstract to my undergraduate thesis “Beyond Occupation”, submitted to the UP CMC Journalism Department last May 2018.

This study examined how the country’s top online mainstream news media outlets Inquirer.net, Philstar, Rappler and GMA News Online portrayed and discussed the urban poor group KADAMAY when it…


Photos by Mariel Urbiztondo, illustration by Sophia Isip and CJ Silva for Splice

It’s hard to come by authenticity these days. In an age when the Internet, with its technology of duplicity, is not even considered revolutionary anymore but natural, there is a certain pride in being called “original.” For the same reason, writers take extra care in using the word, lest it…


by Renee Cuisia

They put up a streetlight just a few feet away from our house. At night, an orange, almost-crimson, light leaks through our dusty windows. At the terrace where I sit, overlooking our village, the soft glow is just right. Cool breezes come and go and the sky…


by Renee Cuisia

This piece was submitted last June 2016 as a travel story for J 111 (Feature Writing) under Ma’am Ivy Mendoza

It’s an all too familiar image Hollywood has tirelessly employed in its films, presumably because of its timeless, characteristic beauty: the staple setting of an isolated, abandoned…


by Renee Cuisia and Mikko Ringia

It takes guts to be a photojournalist, a good one at least. Skills can be learned over time, equipment bought, and opportunities abound. But guts — the unceasing, unhesitating urge to act upon journalistic curiosity no matter how risky or frightening the stakes may…


by Renee Cuisia

Inspired by Joan Didion’s the White Album

It’s a little after midday, peak-time for the scorching sun, and we’re running around simultaneously aimless and purposeful, despondent and hopeful, phenomenally tired and phenomenally pumped. “We” were little journalists, student journalists, on our first coverage assignment. We were at…


by Renee Cuisia

In every nonfiction piece that I write, be it a required reflection paper or an essay borne out of a whim, my main goal is always: to be as honest as possible. Never mind that I compromise image or risk embarrassment, never mind if my musings reflect…


by Renee Cuisia and Mikko Ringia

Surrounded by a number of high-rise buildings that include a mall, a science high school, various government offices and located at the heart of a developing business district, it is easy to turn a blind eye over informal settler areas — especially one whose…


North Triangle ISFs rebuild dream for in-city housing

by Renee Cuisia and Mikko Ringia

Cramped corrugated iron sheets and tattered tarpaulin pieces make up the exterior of what Aling Basion Verza, 55, calls home. …


By Renee Cuisia and Marian Plaza

Twenty five years ago, Rebecca Bonus needed an artificial leg. She could easily request for one in Bataan where she lived, but it would have to be delivered all the way from Rizal, from a place called Tahanan Walang Hagdanan (TWH). …

Renee Cuisia

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