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Freelance journalist, editor and content creator based in London. Travel blogger at www.illumelation.com. UK columnist for Inquirer Global newspaper (inquirer.net). My experience includes copywriting, content creation, web design, video editing, social media management, project management, communications, and film criticism. Aside from writing, I enjoy creating valuable and influential content - whether video, photo, or copy - for brands and individuals.Locked Pro Plan feature
I typically cover international events on behalf of news and consumer publications, including business, politics, economics, travel and cinema. My work has been published in Time Out London, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Huffington Post, Thought Catalog, The Filipino Expat, Live Magazine, Sinescreen, and Tales Magazine, amongst other publications. Since 2014 I have held the UK column for international online news site, Inquirer.net, covering Philippine-British relations. I cover a range of topics including business, politics, travel, food and art. Inquirer.net has an international reach of over 5 million readers. globalnation.inquirer.net/byline/melissa-legarda-alcantara
I edited and commissioned film articles for SineScreen (sinescreen.com), an international film festival magazine launched in conjunction with the World Premieres Film Festival Philippines (www.wpff.ph). For two years, I led an in-house team of six creatives to create and publish four issues of a magazine within a two-month deadline. We circulated over 8,000 copies of our magazine to an international film audience. My editorial duties involved a significant amount of PR and liaising with/reaching out to filmmakers and those in the industry for interview. I maintained the wellbeing of the magazine on a daily basis, including overseeing creative layout, writing and commissioning international contributors, website management, and art direction. During the film festivals I interviewed directors, actors, producers, and a number of other people in the film industry, both on live TV and on the red carpet, on behalf of the magazine. Since 2015, the magazine has been distributed across Asia, Europe, and in California, during the American Film Market in Santa Monica. Under my editorial initiative we released 8 issues of the magazine.
I was the Media Editor at the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), a government arts and cinema council in Manila, for 2 years. I attended international film events as a representative of FDCP, including the MIA (Rome) and AFM (Los Angeles). Under FDCP, I founded SineScreen Magazine (sinescreen.com), launched in conjunction with the World Premieres Film Festival Philippines (www.wpff.ph), an international film festival on the rise in Asia. Daily duties included coordinating a team of 6 creatives and feeding back to senior management. As was part of the festival organisational and screening committees, I liaised directly with filmmakers and their agencies, and led various teams including creatives (12 people), press relations (4 people), and volunteers (25 people). I further co-led events planning for the annual International Film Conference (www.ifx.ph), and arranged monthly screenings and events at the Cinematheque Centre Manila, the city's cultural film hub, which is operated and sponsored by FDCP.
First Class Honours in English and Comparative Literature
10 GCSEs, 3 A-Levels
Successfully pitched for 2 years of free creative studio space in Tottenham Hale on behalf of Paper Tank Studios, sponsored by the Big Lotto Fund. "This SomewhereTo_ certificate awarded by Sam Conniff, Chairman of Livity Ltd UK, shows that Melissa Legarda Alcantara has successfully completed a project with somewhereto_, demonstrating her ability to network, negotiate, plan, work hard and communicate effectively." somewhereto_ helps young people across the UK access free space to make their ideas happen and realise their potential. Completing a somewhereto_ develops initiative and problem-solving skills that can be applied to many future challenges and opportunities.