People

Nina Tan

Editor-In-Chief

As a graduate of Development Studies in De La Salle University Manila, Nina pursued some time accomplishing work that’s related to her degree, but in the journey realized that her true fondness and passion lies in fashion. She delved into styling careers in the fashion industry for years, honing her skills at the same time developing her writing when asked to contribute to the fashion section of certain publications. In 2011, she became fashion editor of the magazine Philippine Tatler. Currently, as a mom and wife, she finds joy in editing for Taste.Company, whose articles are well-rounded, diverse and up-to-date with today’s current events.

 

 

Karla L. Ramos

Social Media Marketing Executive | Public Relations Officer| Writer| Photographer

Karla knows the meaning of “work hard, play hard”. She looks forward to weekends, holidays, and long breaks, so she can travel. She is a thrill seeker and adventure junkie who enjoys researching and planning for her trips. She loves exploring off beat places, finding unique gems and trying new things. Expect her to share energy-packed and adrenaline-filled experiences with you on her personal blog at Karlaroundtheworld.com and at Taste Company where she contributes regularly.

 

 

Kritzia L. Santos

Co- Publisher | Advocacies Executive

“We cannot do great things but only small things with great love by Mother Teresa”. Cliche or not, this quote is Kritzia’s life mantra. Since childhood, she;s been able to witness that through simple and small acts of kindness, great and lasting changes can be made. Empowered by this, Kritzia founded 2KK Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid Foundation and Anchored Philippines, and eventually obtained a Masters in Community Development and a Masters in Social Work. She is an advocate of the saying, “We can always keep on trying,” and draws her bottomless energy and love for others from God.

 

 

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Bernard Kenneth Peña

Illustrator | Designer | Photographer

A graduate of the University of Sto. Tomas with a degree in Fine Arts, Bernard began drawing in preschool where he imagined elves living on stilts. Even at a young age, he lived in a world where creatures of fantasy are not too far from reality. He believes that his art was greatly influenced by cartoons and comic books he was exposed to as a child. “My art is one that I have learned and unlearned, one that has changed as my experiences changed and grew as I had grown”, he shares.
Today, his talent broadens to many skills in graphic design and photography, and for Taste.Company, he ensures each photograph is visually enticing, of high quality and uncompromised. See Bernard’s Portfolio.

 

 

Bettina Bacani

Writer

Bettina is a graduate of BS Management Major in Communications Technology at the Ateneo de Manila University. She has previously worked as a banker and a preschool teacher, but her most favorite thing to do is to take pictures. She loves telling stories through photographs and believes that beauty and inspiration can be found everywhere, so she never leaves home without her camera. Her photoblog eventually led her to start Life in Technicolor (bettinabacani.com) where she shares her latest food adventures and random discoveries around Manila. Bettina has always been an advocate of local products and social enterprises, so by writing about them on Taste.Company, she hopes to inspire and encourage more people to support their own and #SupportLocal.

 

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Gabriella Galvez

Writer

With both parents in the publishing/journalism industry, it’s easy to see that writer’s blood runs thick and deep in Gabriella Galvez’s veins. Even while dancing her way thru her adolescence, spending college days in the lab as a Biochemistry major, showing students the relevance of the different Sciences and their language (Math) after graduation, and now choreographing fitness regimens for students at PlanaFORMA, she has always been at ease and at her most articulate when writing about her interests (reading about someone else’s comes next on the list). With blogging put on hold—Taste.Company provides the necessary avenue for her to channel all her literary ouput. No topic is too tough nor too humdrum for an enthusiastic writer who is brimming with words: be it fashion, beauty, lifestyle, health & fitness, art, music, food, technology, or travel, trust that she’ll write something that’s always worth reading.

 

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Marky Ramone Go

Writer

Marky Ramone Go is a travel-junkie, writer and photographer based in the Philippines. Aside from contributing articles to various publications and websites, he narrates his experiences wandering the tropical paradise of the Philippines, the culturally rich regions of South East Asia, Sri Lanka and India on his travel blog Nomadic Experiences. After Asia, he is keen on exploring South America and eventually hoping to trace Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” trail in the United States to Mexico.

 

Kat Castaneda

Writer

Kat Castañeda is a graduate from the University of the Philippines. She is an Early Childhood educator, writer and a mom of two. She believes in balancing work and play that is why being able to care for the kids while doing what she loves make her feel #blessed. She recently opened a tutorial center just inside her home and offers reading and writing courses to young children. She also has a website that features the random rants of a homeschooling mom (drillsph.wordpress.com). During her free time, which is when the kids are taking a nap, she researches on the latest products and brands which are worth-sharing with the avid readers of Taste.Company. This 2017, she looks forward in growing her business as well as working with TC team who are driven, and who always put their heart in what they love to do the most- giving back to the community.

Eunice Guzon

Writer

With her mixed background in advertising, business development and education, you can find Nyc working on different things all at the same time. On most days, she’s meeting clients and crafting strategic plans. On some days, you can find her volunteering for an organization (like teaching kids how to read) or playing with pigments to create postcards for friends around the world. She writes mostly for her own consumption but is now convinced that there’s a lot of value in stringing words together as one of Taste.Company’s impact storytellers.

 

 

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Vicki Abary

Writer

Vicki Abary fell in love with the written word at an early age and began a career in publishing as an editor for luxury lifestyle publications Philippine Tatler and Lifestyle Asia. From here, she made a natural progression to freelance writing and working on the other side of the press as a PR consultant. Having grown up in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Manila, she can’t stay in one place for too long so her wanderlust drives her adventuring, from road trips in California to sunrise at Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Find personal experiences like these and more in her travel lifestyle blog, The Gypsetters.Vicki is a lucky mother of one. She enjoys yoga and spinning and in her free time, discovering something new.

 

Cheenee Ottara

Writer

Cheenee is Taste.Company’s development communication guru. A former teacher, she continues her mission of touching lives by contributing her expertise by working with international NGOs and local enterprises. Her heart beats for travel, sustainable tourism, the arts and culture. In 2014, she co-founded Pushpin Movement, a Global Social Enterprise that connects and inspires individuals and communities through immersive volunteer experiences and meaningful travel in the Philippines. To recharge from the hustle & bustle of life in Manila, she takes weekends off to go on nature trips or spends a few hours of ‘me time’ to create her own art.