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In 2014, three fresh graduates from the Journalism program of the University of the Philippines decided to work on a project on media literacy. This rooted from the concern that despite of the pervasiveness of social media in the Philippines, combined with the influence of traditional media, many Filipinos remain indifferent to pertinent social issues.

The name “Out of The Box” dually refers to non-conformist, creative thinking, and a figurative imagery of going beyond the television and the computer screen (box). The name fits the very mission of the organization to promote a way of thinking that challenges existing ideologies and create innovative and emancipatory multimedia content.

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The Team

Darlene Cay

Darlene is currently a reporter at GMA News. She mostly covers crime and police stories. Before her stint as a reporter, she worked as a Segment Producer for GMA and as Media Officer in a non-government organization. Her articles are published in VERA Files, an independent media organization taking a deeper look on Philippine issues. 

         Darlene heads OOTB’s Media Engagements.               For inquiries, e-mail her at [email protected]

Marlon Nombrado

Marlon is a graduate student of Communication at the University of the Philippines. He is also a senior high school teacher in Benedictine International School which serves as his personal lab for media literacy education. As a graphic artist, his portfolio includes digital and print publications, infographics, logos, posters, and brochures. 

        Marlon heads OOTB’s Research and Design.         For inquiries, e-mail him at [email protected]

Sarah Torres

Sarah is a communication scholar and development worker. She finished her graduate studies at the UP Film Institute’s Media Studies program. Her research interests include media literacy, women studies, film geography, and Indigenous Peoples. She is currently working as Coordinator for Reality of Aid – Asia Pacific, a regional NGO on development cooperation.

Sarah heads OOTB’s Operations and Partnerships. For inquiries, e-mail her at [email protected]

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