For Niña Terol-Zialcita, life is a plush and vibrantly colored quilt made even more beautiful by the many connections that can be made between people, places, cultures, and ideas.
In her career as a journalist she has covered artists and exhibitions, musicians and festivals, movers and shakers, great books and groundbreaking ideas, issues and changemakers, and many other things in between. She confesses to be an odd mix of the pure and the profane, loving politics just as passionately as she loves paintings and poetry, immersing herself daily in Facebook and Twitter just as much as she does in the issues that move people’s lives.
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She first established herself as a writer and a communicator, having co-authored books and written for a long list of publications and clients. Her first book, S4: Success Secrets of the Sales Superstars (2003), was co-written with author, trainer, and entrepreneur Ardy Roberto. Her second book, [r]evolutionaries: The next generation of Filipino youth and youth organizations (2011), was co-written with Silvie Bandiola-Agravante and will was published by the Coca-Cola Foundation and the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Foundation. She has also written for publications published by the National Youth Commission and the Asian Development Bank.
Niña is also a widely published feature writer, whose pieces have been featured in some of the biggest newspapers and magazines in the Philippines. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of asianTraveler Magazine.
More than these, she is a communications strategist who uses her wide range of skills, experiences, and interests to connect the dots and cook up messaging and branding ideas that infect audiences and markets and incite them to positive action. She is a familiar name in the lecture circuit, speaking on communications, social media, leadership, and social change.
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When Niña isn’t writing, blogging, or working as a political communicator, she is hanging out in cafés, mingling with changemakers, or performing poetry with her husband, percussionist and performance artistPaul Zialcita, for the groups Romancing Venus and Bigkas Pilipinas. She dreams of more adventures of flight, and of flying without wings.