About Niña Terol-Zialcita

Resisting Mediocrity through Sound & Thought. January 2012

Niña Terol Zialcita is a self-described “Communicator, Connector, idea Curator, and Changemaker.” She is a political communications strategist by day and is a creative entrepreneur, lifestyle & travel journalist, culture vulture, poet & doodler, and obsessive dreamer every other minute 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 social media just as much as she does in the issues that move people’s lives.

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She is a co-founder of Writer’s Block Philippines, an organization that empowers aspiring writers and corporate communicators through workshops, networking events, and a wide range of communications consultancy services and solutions. She is also President and Deputy Editor of ProPinoy.net, winner of the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards for the Society, History, and Politics category. In 2011, Niña was editor-in-chief of asianTraveler, the longest-running independent travel magazine in the Philippines.Her work has been published in a wide range of publications, such as the dailies Manila Bulletin and Philippine Daily Inquirer; the glossies asianTraveler, Condo Living, Cosmopolitan Philippines, Expat Travel & Lifestyle, Illustrado, Maven, MEGA, Metro, Metro Society, MyHome, Space, Spark, Starfish, Travelife, Vault; and  the travel websites ClicktheCity.com, OfficiallyPhilippines.com, Rappler.com, and CNNGo.com. Niña has also written books and publications published by the Asian Development Bank, the Direct Selling Association of the Philippines, the National Youth Commission, the TAYO Awards Foundation, and the World Bank.

More than all these, Niña is an advocate and “content catalyst” 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 incite them to positive action. She is a familiar name in the lecture circuit, speaking on communications, social media, leadership, and social change. In 2010, she had a “grand slam” year in the speaking circuit after having been invited to speak at all three of Manila’s most-coveted events, Ignite Manila, Pecha Kucha Night, and TEDxManila. In 2011, she was recognized as a finalist in the first-ever Tatt Awards (“The Advocate” category) for her advocacy platform, Changemakers Philippines.

Niña graduated with a Communications degree, minor in Hispanic Studies, at the Ateneo de Manila University. She also studied under scholarships at the Asian Institute of Management (Professional Blogging and Internet Marketing) in Manila and the European Journalism Institute in Prague, Czech Republic. When she is not writing, blogging, or changemaking, she is creating art and performing poetry with her husband, percussionist and performance artist Paul Zialcita.

Her online portfolio is available at Niña’s Notebook, while her personal “journey of authenticity and abundance” may be read in Little Rich Girl. You may follow her on Twitter at @ninaterol.

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