Hi! My name is Zay Arguelles.
I’ve previously worked as a trade and investment specialist for the Department of Trade and Industry at the commercial office of the Philippine Embassy in London and as a freelance correspondent for ABS CBN’s Europe News Bureau.
In 2015, I completed a degree in journalism at City, University of London – where I have taken modules in humanitarian reporting and international news. My unwavering interest in both fields fuels my youthful idealism that telling stories and presenting them responsibly is a duty. It is a commitment to inform, speak truth to power, and show the world what’s going on, which help shift focus on important issues and set the global agenda to then affect change (with a healthy dosage-slash-filter of awareness and pragmatism, of course).
I am a digital and social media native with training to work in different multimedia platforms. I am also an enthusiastic reader (read: I have piles and piles of to-be-read books and notes and notes of to-buy lists). I am a foodie (eat too much and take unnecessary amount of #foodstagram) and an ardent follower of lifestyle, beauty and fashion trends (buy more clothes and make-up than what’s good for me or my wallet).
I am a Filipino and British National. I’ve lived in the United Kingdom for about a decade and, having spent most of my adult life so far in its capital, I will always probably be a Londoner at heart. I am currently based in the Philippines.