Maria Bernadette Romero


Continually transforming ideas into written stories

Hi! I’m Maria Bernadette Romero. I get to buy shiny new things because of writing. I’m also an occasional music photographer at night.

I write not just because it is a requirement in my work but because I find liberty in it. I write even if it means 10 missed calls from my sister or boyfriend and neglected invites from friends to dine out in our favorite sushi house. I write because I live in a mad country and writing is my escape from it so that somehow I could convince myself that I am not part of the madness.

I write because GGM, Murakami, and Ricky Lee encouraged me. I write because I don’t want to suffer the same thing Charlie of ‘Flowers for Algernon’ suffered because of idiocy.

I write because I have many voices in my head, urging me to tell stories despite sore feet after a day of coverage and heavy eyelids after a whole night of catching up on my TBR files.

Lastly, I write because I love how words are transformed into something magically beautiful. I’d like to believe that writing could change a person’s life, and if I’m lucky, I could change the impaired system of my beloved country.
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Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines|English

Published Content

War-torn Marawi, haven of authentic dishes

Despite having been the ground zero in the Maute Group’s recent attacks, this Islamic City in the Province of Lanao del Sur offers great variety of distinct food that cannot be found even in the most peaceful place in the world.

August 1, 2017
Malacañang Palace made accessible to public through cyberspace

HISTORY buffs and art geeks, rejoice!

August 24, 2017
4 Simple Gestures Allies Can Do to Create Safe Spaces for Nonbinary People

In this seemingly colorful age, creating safe spaces for everyone is at the cutting edge of social media campaigns and marketing conventions, but when we look beyond those things, are we really successful in making the world safe for all? We’re sure y’all are aware that gender and sexuality are wide spectrum but have you ever thought of including the genderqueers or nonbinary people to conversations?

November 7, 2018
The Aftermath: On Dealing With Abusive Partners

Ending a relationship is one of the most devastating things to do, especially if you’re still holding on to a promised forever. And honey, that’s okay. It’s not your fault to hold on a little longer and you did not cause the abuse to occur. Breaking your silence per se isn’t a piece of cake much more coping with the abuse aftermath.

November 12, 2018
Dear Future Kids: You Will Never Be My Retirement Plan

I grew up with the thought that I have to save money just so my parents would be lying in the most comfortable bed when their twilight comes. That’s not entirely wrong but I lost myself with that thought and I almost forgot that I have a life, too. So I promise, I will never be the kind of mother that would cause your secret mental breakdown at 2:00 am. That’s why as early as now, I’m trying my hardest to save as much as I can. You’re never going to be my retirement plan, honey, because I know how much that sucks.

November 16, 2018
Embracing the mishaps Once a mother, you are and will always be a mother for the rest of your life.

Raising kids to be successful is not easy.

May 9, 2017
Pare Ko, a Remastered Eraserheads Album is Coming to Your Fave Streaming Platforms!

First released in the form of cassette tapes in July 1993, Eraserheads' game-changing debut album Ultraelectromagneticpop! is now going to be available in Spotify and other streaming platforms!

November 21, 2018
When the Country’s top Leaders are the Perpetrators of Fake News, What do we do to Combat it?

Traditionally (and as it should be), we get our daily news updates from trusted sources and media outlets that follow strict codes of media practice. But thanks to the internet, anyone can now easily publish pieces of content that it’s hard to know who’s factual or not. And it seems like we now live in a universe where there are no boundaries left between fact and fake.

November 21, 2018
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