Amanda Lago



Amanda Lago

I love to travel, read, and write.


How to climb a tree

Make sure the forgetting is thorough. Do it carelessly and you will find yourself paralyzed and panicking from halfway up this tourist attraction of a tree, which will be about a hundred feet up, but will look more like a thousand feet in your terrified eyes.
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On Hostels

When you're trying to sleep to the sound of squeaking bed springs and heavy breathing that eventually turns into moaning from the bunk next to yours, you will wish you booked a private room. When you're trying to shit in a bathroom with ten other people puttering about, you will wonder why you hadn't.
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Inside the Antipolo 'Tahanan' of craftsman Benji Reyes

Artist, furniture designer, and craftsman Benji Reyes has become famous for his world-renowned bendable chairs and inspiring furniture, but it is his earth-friendly, naturalistic house up in the mists of Antipolo that truly astounds. GMA News Online took off their slippers to take a tour through a home built with green in mind and taken to heart. .
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How to wear a sari

Wear a sari with the understanding that it is more than a piece of cloth, but a piece of history.
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Hijab-wearing news anchor a first on PHL national TV

The sight in August of a hijab-clad news anchor on national TV should not have come as a surprise. Muslims in traditional head garb, after all, have long been visible even in predominantly Christian cities all over the Philippines. . But none had ever before appeared presenting the news to a nationwide audience.
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Inside an Indian palace

How could one go to India and not see the white marble monument that’s sprawled on all their tourist ads, figuring so greatly in their heritage that it’s become almost a byword for the country itself?
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Falling in love with Chai in India

As I boiled the water and milk, threw in cinnamon bark and crushed cardamom pods, strained the liquid and waited for the black tea to steep, I felt strangely nervous. What if my mother didn’t like the Chai that I had loved so much?
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The cool and kooky Clara C

Korean-American singer Clara Chung used to have only 11 followers on YouTube, but now she has millions. The soulful singer recently gave Manila a taste of her music live, to the delight of her fans.
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Masbate's Cowboy Festival: Pinoy and wildly western at the same time

For the people of Masbate, the Philippines' version of cattle country with a cattle population numbering over 54,000 scattered in 20 to 30 ranches, it’s not unusual for locals to grow up learning to ride horses and herd cattle. And, naturally, the biggest event of the year for Masbateños is the Rodeo festival.
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Resurrecting Escolta, the Queen of Streets

So much went on at Escolta during its heyday, little wonder it was once called the Queen of Streets. But as the commercial districts of Makati and Taguig began to blossom, many of the businesses on Escolta packed up and moved or closed down. Derelict though the buildings have become, the beauty of their architecture shines through the disrepair.
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Wonderful world, beautiful people, and reggae legend Jimmy Cliff in Puerto Galera

In many ways, the second night of the three-day Malasimbo Festival last weekend seemed tailor-made for reggae. It was as if the mountain itself had adjusted to match the night's line-up--a wave of reggae with an undercurrent of soul: Bambu Spliff, Flippin' Soul Stompers, Jeck Pilpil & Peacepipe, and of course, the headliner: reggae legend Jimmy Cliff.
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As Mali awaits her fate, Manila Zoo's lone elephant still charms crowds

Manila Zoo's Mali the elephant and her trainer, Noel Co, have been together for 10 years. On the cusp of Mali's possible transfer, Co shares his thoughts about his gentle, pachyderm ward. .
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Amanda Lago

I started writing when I was six years old. My first story was about the "Squeky Door" that plagued my parents' bedroom. I'd like to think it's gotten better since then.

I won a writing contest for a skin care brand in 2008, for which the prize was an internship with the teenybopper magazine I used to read when I was 12.

After that, I worked as intern at two more print publications: a fashion magazine, and a pop culture weekly.

My first solo interview was with my favorite dreamweaver, Neil Gaiman. I made the papers for it when another reporter who witnessed the whole thing described me as a fangirl intern so overcome with nerves she could barely spit a question out.

I am very proud of that interview, but I'd like to think it's gotten better since then.

I once worked as a Lifestyle writer at GMA News Online, where I learned that transcribing is somehow both the most relaxing and most tedious part of writing a story, that you will be asked to call an average of 6 different numbers before you reach the actual person you need to speak to, that press conferences almost always start late, and that a professional lifestyle journalist may not earn very much but will certainly never go hungry.



  • Research
  • Budget Travel
  • Flashpacking
  • Video
  • Interviewing
  • Social Media
  • Live Tweeting
  • Amateur Photography
  • Proofreading
  • Editing
  • Transcribing
  • Writing