CLAIRE AGBAYANI has been writing since she was 9, and has been writing professionally since she was 19.
Her first feature articles were published in Chi Rho, the college publication of Maryknoll College (now Miriam College) and UP Collegian of the University of the Philippines Diliman. Her first professional feature articles were published in Business Times, Malaysia and in Saudi Arabia while she was doing internship at DepthNews, Press Foundation of Asia. She has since written for major broadsheets and glossy magazines.
Her personality profiles, features and reviews have seen print in publications such as the defunct Business Day, New Day, News Day, Daily Globe, Diario Filipino, Manila Chronicle, The Weekly Observer as well as in The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, Manila Times, Pahayagang Malaya, Business World and the magazines of these broadsheets such as Sunday Inquirer Magazine, Starweek, Sunday Times Magazine, High Life and Business Mirror’s Personal Fortune. She has also contributed to magazines such as the defunct Xtreme, Perspective and Rush, as well as to Mr. & Ms, Mega, Preview and Good Housekeeping.
She was a staffwriter of TV Times, reporter of Business Star, music columnist of Cosmopolitan Philippines, associate editor of Pulp Magazineand managing editor of The Philippines Yearbook.
She was also one of the writers of the pioneering Pinoy music online site philmusic.com.
Claire’s short stories were published in the following publications: Philippine Graphic, Philippines Free Press, Diario Filipino, Women’s Journal and Pulp.
Claire graduated from Maryknoll College with a baccalaureate degree in Communication Arts. She took two years worth of course work on Creative Writing at UP Diliman and De La Salle University-Manila, both under scholarship.
She has taught Communication Arts-English and Creative Writing to students of HEDCen at the Little Farm House and Cornerstone Academy, and Journalism, Broadcasting and Theater to college students in UP Baguio. Occasionally, she facilitates writing workshops for foundations and NGOs.