The Founding Team

The Founding Editorial Board

Mark Sherwin Castronuevo Bayanito (@maaarrko) is a boy perpetually amazed of the stars in the night sky. He has varying degrees of complexities. Mark is an aimless graduate student of Political Science in UP Diliman, and is also an accidental peace advocate working at the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). When you can’t find him, he’s most likely to be lost in his own mind again.

CJ Chanco (@CJ_Chanco)  A hopeless romantic and obsessive thinker, reader, writer and long-distance runner struggling to understand a world forever torn between  cynicism and hope.  A former features editor at The Lasallian and an aspiring anthropologist.

Jesse Claudio (@jessiclaudio) is forever someone’s research assistant, but a freelance researcher in the social sciences nonetheless. She’s currently a graduate student in Sociology on the blue side of Katipunan. Her hobbies include crunching numbers and running statistical tests on SPSS, and lurking around the internet looking for creative content. She found a pirated copy of Photoshop and posed as one of The Daily Opium‘s creative directors. Pseudo geek, part hipster, still wandering.

Howell Ico (@howellico) A kid who’s infinitely startled in Neverland. Habitually speculating, reconnoitering and probing on enigmatic prevalence within the social atmosphere. A gold-blooded Sociologist-to-be at the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas and currently the chief executive of the Philippine League of Sociology Students. 

Michael V. Manangu (@michaelmanangu) is a politics and policy researcher, aspiring academic, and a founder and lead author for The Daily Opium. When he’s not trawling bookstores and the Web for awesome reads, you can find him walking the planes (otherwise known as playing Magic: the Gathering) and plotting the downfall of kings in historical strategy games.

Mark Amiel Pascual (@makoypascual) is a frustrated writer and an eccentric researcher for the social sciences. He’s also a self-proclaimed poet and a certified movie geek. Mark has a penchant for underrated movies and actors that more often than not don’t make it to the limelight (just like himself). His dream is to laymanize the social sciences and bring it closer to the people. 

Elroy Rendor (@elroyrendor) doubled his weight in college thanks to the dallop of creme in his daily coffee that aids him in finishing numerous readings. He finished a Bachelor of Arts Major in Development Studies with a Minor in Cultural Heritage and Minor in Filipino Literature from the Ateneo de Manila University. He wants to pilot a Gundam in the near future.

Yvan Ysmael Yonaha (@YvanYonaha) is a Development Practitioner, Technology Enthusiast and Productivity Buff. Yvan holds an AB Degree in Sociology from UP Diliman. He is a former instructor in the Department of Social Science for the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina, and currently works for Ateneo de Manila University as a formator of the Office of Social Concern and Involvement.

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