Inday Espina-Varona

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Ma. Salvacion Espina Varona, more popularly known as Inday Espina-Varona is a Filipina journalist. She became a senior contributing editor and a writer for ABS-CBN Integrated News & Current Affairs.


Inday Espina-Varona started her career as a reporter at the Visayan Times, a local newspaper from Bacolod City. She became an investigative news chief at the Manila Times, she directed a numerous projects that won an awards including a series about Filipino children who suffered from tuberculosis and the telecommunications firms who ignored a consumer's problems. In 2007, she won the country's top prize for investigative journalism.

She also worked as a columnist for the Manila Times, and became editor-in-chief of Philippines Graphic newsweekly magazine wherein she wrote about her JVO prize-winning series. She formerly headed the Bayan Mo, iPatrol, a netizen journalism unit of the ABS-CBN News from 2010 to 2013. She is also a senior contributor for UCANews, an international Catholic news agency. She has also served as country director for, the world's largest petition platform.

She became Chairwoman of the National Union of the Journalists of the Philippines.

Personal life

She was born in Manila, Philippines. She was one of the 11 children of Dr. Lourdes Llavore, a pediatrician and former late journalist Rolando "Rolly" Espina, who passed away in December 28, 2017.

In 2016, her verified account was disabled by Facebook without explanation. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said the blocking of Espina-Varona was made "at the behest of what are clearly enemies of the right to free expression and of a free press." Her account was soon restored.

She is both an anti-Marcos and anti-Duterte.

Espina-Varona is a cancer survivor.

Political protests

Espina-Varona, together with Zerna Bernardo, Jean Enriquez, Mae Paner founded the Babae Ako movement (Template:Translation movement; stylized as #BabaeAko) on May 20, 2018.

She is one of the convenors of the Movement Against Tyranny which was launched on August 28, 2017.