Millet Mananquil

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Millet Martinez-Mananquil is the lifestyle editor and columnist of Philippine Star.

Early Life

She received her early schooling at St. Theresa's College elementary and high schools. At an early age she already displayed leadership and communication skills, becoming the class president in grade school and graduating at the top of her class. In high school she won writing prizes and became editor of the school organ.

In the late 1960s at the University of the Philippines she enrolled for a degree in foreign service, hoping to pursue her passion for global travel. Later she shifted into journalism, riding the tidal wave of student activism in the pre-martial law years.

She apprenticed at the Sunday Times Magazine of the Manila Times, then the most prestigious and respected Philippine periodical. She covered groundbreaking stories such as the defection of Victor Corpus from the Philippine Military Academy, as well as the military killings of fellow activists. As a UP graduate, she attended the historic rallies and demonstrations during the First Quarter Storm.

Lifestyle Career

When Martial Law was declared on September 21, 1972, she joined her Sunday Times Magazine editor to work for the government-controlled newspaper Daily Express, where she stayed for 13 years. After the People Power Revolution she joined Philippine Star founder Betty Go-Belmonte to head its new lifestyle section. She pioneered many journalistic developments in lifestyle reporting and trained a cadre of lifestyle writers and journalists. She joined in her husband Robert Mananquil's political career when he became a vice mayor of La Paz, Tarlac.

In 1997 she was named one of the most outstanding alumni in media by her alma mater, the University of the Philippines Institute of Mass Communication.

In Her Own Words

  • "To be a good lifestyle journalist, you must feel the lifestyle scene, breathe it, live it. You must not be afraid to explore new things. You must be a nationalist--promote the best of our very own--yet you must be global too, always attuned to the buzz elsewhere..."

References

  • Ching Alano, "Giving More to Life" in ''People Asia'', September 2007 issue