Maria Irene Aserios / Irene a.k.a. Mindanaoan is a multi-awarded blogger, USA-experienced and seasoned social media specialist, practising publicist, newspaper columnist, Google Business Group – Women lead, founding director of the Creator and Influencer Council of the Philippines, avid traveler and a proud relief operations volunteer.
She is also an O visa holder, a visa granted by the government of the United States of America to people with extraordinary skills and who have risen to the top of their chosen field. Her visa was granted for her extraordinary skills on social media, business, and blogging.
Currently, she runs an agency, MISA PR and Social Media, and is a founding director of the Creator and Influencer Council of the Philippines (cicp.com.ph) She is the Director for Youth and Academe.
Mindanaoan is also a regular resource person for social media and blogging related conferences/workshops here and abroad.
In 2012, Mindanaoan completed a US Government Department of State-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program for global leaders. She toured the U.S. for about a month for her IVLP experience. The IVLP is a United States of America Department of State-sponsored program for U.S. Embassy-nominated global leaders (one cannot apply for the fellowship, the US Embassy has to choose you). Her program was for social media, digital media and how these affect the US elections.
Irene has landed on the 5th spot on the “Top 30 New York Lifestyle Blogs To Follow” list (2020 and 2019, 6th spot in 2018) and has also bagged a Top CDO Blog award from the CDO ICT Council plus both the Mindanao Blogger Of The Year 2013 and Best Lifestyle Blog awards in the 2013 Mindanao Blog Awards. Recently, Acquisition International – London’s Business Excellence Awards 2020 bestowed her the Most Inspirational Travel Blogger award.
She has also fetched awards from the Philippine Blog Awards and CDO Blog Awards. She was declared as a finalist in both Social Media Advocate and Blogger of the Year categories in the 2016 Globe Media Excellence Awards. Her other blog also landed on the “Top 25 Philippine Travel Blogs” for both 2018 and 2019.
She is the founder of a bloggers group and social media club. She is also an active member of several online media, bloggers and social media enthusiasts groups all over the world.
She bagged a Top CDO Blog award from the CDO ICT Council. In 2013, she was declared the Mindanao Blogger of the Year and also received the Best Lifestyle Blog award in the 2013 Mindanao Blog Awards. She has also fetched awards from the Philippine Blog Awards and the CDO Blog Awards.
She is an official member of the International Bloggers Association. In the Philippines, she founded the Bukidnon Bloggers and is the blogger behind a top ranking community blog. She is also a part of the Mindanao Bloggers as well as the CDO Bloggers.
Mindanaoan.com is also a regular speaker on social media, online publicity and blogging. Some of her speaking engagements included one in Kuala Lumpur for Social Media Week Malaysia, Google Business Group – Women sessions, Social Media Day celebrations, school events and Google Days. She has also served as resource speaker in many events including those for Google, NGOs, US Embassy and Malaysia Social Media Week in Kuala Lumpur. Her most recent speaking engagements were during the Davao Camera Club 37th Anniversary (keynote speech) and before Meranao students and teachers of Masiricampo Abantas Marawi. The topics were about social media and how it can foster peace, community engagement and uphold human rights.
She has a weekly column dubbed “Mindanaoan Meets World” on Gold Star Daily, Mindanao’s largest newspaper. She is also a proud brand ambassador of the “I Heart CDO” campaign of the Islands Group. She has worked with numerous brands all over the world and is an ambassador of several globally-recognized brands and businesses.
Mindanaoan is available for work and travel. Contact: [email protected]
I believe I am a child of Mindanao, Philippines. I was born and raised in Davao City and have lived in two other areas in Mindanao – Cagayan de Oro City and Bukidnon. Mindanao is my native land. This is where I belong, feel secure and am at peace. To be in Mindanao is to feel the embrace of a warm, soft blanket.
I am a chronic traveler – you most probably will notice this in my blog posts. I travel a lot I should be called the-one-with-itchy-feet!
I am drawn to human interest stories and I have a couple of advocacies that I am absolutely fond of.
I have traveled to other countries outside of the Philippines:
United States of America
South Korea (and a side trip to North Korea)
Hong Kong (SAR, China)
Macau (SAR, China)
I love taking on new challenges and discovering new places. I love design, computers, fashion, culture, entertainment and exotic food.
Put me in an island with just a pen and paper and I will be fine.
Currently, I provide public relations, events management, marketing and advertising services. I can also provide content creation services, social media strategy, online publicity and branding services. If you want to know more, just CONTACT ME
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