Meet Team YugaTech
YugaTech.com is the largest and longest-running technology site in the Philippines. Originally established in October 2002, the site has been transformed into a full-fledged technology site in 2005.
YugaTech mainly covers consumer electronics, tech news, social media, automotive, tech policy and provides in-depth reviews of the most popular devices released in the market with special focus on the Philippine landscape.
The team regularly attends and covers all major tech events in the work, including the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and Shanghai, IFA in Berlin, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Computex in Taiwan and the North American Auto Show in Detroit along with most of the major global product launches.
The site generates over 2.5 million page views a month from about 1,100,000 unique visitors per month.
It has a very active and engaging social media presence with an average of 1 million weekly exposure from over 350,000 fans on Facebook and a subscriber base of over 400,000 on YouTube. YugaTech has consistently been the No. 1 tech site in the country for the past 16 years.
Mission Statement / Blog Purpose
We blog because it is our passion and we share the same enthusiasm for technology as our readers do. We strive to give the best and most comprehensive coverage in our sector by providing fresh, fast, original, and relevant stories.
We are the primary destination for Filipino readers in all things technology. We bring the best, most updated, most comprehensive, and most relevant tech coverage in the Philippines. We are the foremost authority in our sector and we enjoy the respect of our colleagues in the media. We believe that our readers are our conscience. We strive for excellence and credibility. We believe our passion is our fuel to success. We believe in the sacredness of individuality and freedom of expression. We uphold the spirit of fair and balanced reporting by virtue of transparency. We believe in the God Almighty.
Abe “The Boss” Olandres (Founder and Editor-in-Chief)
Abe has been blogging since 2000 and founded YugaTech in 2002. He is a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University with a BS in Chemistry and Computer Engineering. He’s been to several countries (Germany, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan) moderating seminars/workshops on blogging and new media (complete list of talks/workshops here).
John Louie Diangson (Managing Editor)
Louie studied Electrical Engineering but found writing and consumer tech more exciting. He then combined those two interests and became a tech blogger instead. He has been writing for YugaTech since 2012. When not reviewing gadgets or covering tech events here and abroad, he’s a full-time husband and dad, and gamer on the side.
Joey Maceda (Video Production Manager)
Joey graduated with a degree in Digital Filmmaking from the De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde last March 2017. A filmmaker by heart, he has since put the camera aside to focus on his other passion, technology. PC’s, mechanical keyboards, audio, cameras, and gaming are among his biggest tech interests.
AJ Viray (Senior Multimedia Producer)
AJ is a Broadcast Journalism graduate from De La Salle University – Dasmarinas. She might look unapproachable at first but once you get to know her she’s fun to be with. Don’t be fooled by her cuteness as she seems to be equipped with a set of pipes big enough to call your attention. She’s adventurous, loves traveling, taking photos, eating, as well as sleeping at 7PM when there’s nothing left to do.
Justine Basco (Senior Multimedia Producer)
Justine is tech enthusiast on the inside and a city girl on the outside. She graduated from St. Paul University Quezon City with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Communication. When she’s not on the go, you’ll find her sipping iced coffee or watching movies and series.
Gracey Maala (Senior Multimedia Producer)
Gracey is an AB Communication Graduate from LPU-Laguna who loves both teaching and learning. Formerly, she was teaching kids and now finds joy in learning more about writing. Outside work, Gracey enjoys watching films and bonding with her mom and dogs.
Arel Ebana (Multimedia Producer)
Arel is currently studying Material Science Engineering at Mapúa University. While he is a multimedia producer in YugaTech, he is also a theater actor, cinematographer, and editor at Tanghalang SAWAKAS, and Vincentiments. He has been doing films for a year while doing stage performances for 5 years already.
Andre Co (Multimedia Producer)
A former Radio DJ, Andre is a TV and events host by trade but really a tech and gaming enthusiast by heart. Wanting to go out of his comfort zone and pursue his passion, he found himself writing for Yugatech. He loves building computers, trying out the latest audio equipment, and taking care of his 2 kids.
Joaquin Segovia (Operations Specialist)
Joaquin graduated with a degree in Operations Management from San Beda University. Despite having no direct connection with his undergraduate course, his interest in technology led him to join YugaTech as an intern back in 2018. A few months after he graduated, fate worked its way in making him the Operations Specialist of the company.
Kathleen Manangkil (Accounts Manager)
Kath is a Communication graduate in LPU-Laguna. Wanting to go out of her comfort zone, she tried exploring something new that she’s not familiar with which is why she joined YugaTech. Aside from that, she loves acting, she has won the best actress and best-supporting actress back in her college days and still hoping to use that talent of hers in the future.