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Sai Villafuerte
Multimedia Journalist
Curator, Cultural Learnings


📍 Manila, Philippines



VICE • Features
How the Philippine Drug War Could Kill the Underground Dance Scene →

A controversial drug raid leads to the closure of a dance club in Manila, leaving a music subculture lost and scrambling.


MUNCHIES • Features, Print
Filipino Chefs Are Taking Back Control of Their Cuisine →

Filipino food is gaining worldwide popularity. But as the diaspora grapples with the country's multicultural history, the cuisine's identity is yet to be established.



VICE • Profiles
This Artist is the Only Man Ever Convicted of Blasphemy in Modern Philippines →

Carlos Celdran took on the church eight years ago and the fight took over his life.


VICE • Features, Photo
How the Catholic Church is Helping, and Hurting, the Philippines’ Poorest People →

The Church is running poverty alleviation programs in communities like Tondo. But it's also fighting against policies that could help them.  


CNN • Features
In Manila, Heritage Architecture Struggles to Survive →

With the Capitol Theatre — one of Manila's last remaining art-deco theaters — now gone, the city's cultural landmarks face a precarious future.


PURVEYR • Features, Market Research
What do T-Shirts Represent in Today’s Filipino Creative Industries? →

In collaboration with Cultural Learnings, PURVEYR’s inaugural Insight Paper is a 46-page report on the role and value of t-shirts in the Filipino creative industries.

Buy the Insight Paper →

VICE • Features
People Are Socialising More Than Ever, Just In a New Way →

A new culture is emerging as people all over the world are forced to stay at home to contain the spread of the coronavirus.


CNN • Features
Plant Parenting as a Response to Our Lack of Urban Green
Spaces →


The cult of plant parenthood comes as a response to reclaim the right to green spaces, prioritizing the residential over the commercial interest.


HUCK • Interviews
Why the War on Drugs is Killing
Filipino Music →


A new documentary from Boiler Room shines a light on the defiant underground music scene of the Philippines – a country that’s being torn apart by political warfare and a violent drug war.


intern • Profiles

Art for All →

Sai Villafuerte meets Natasha Arselan of AucArt to learn how she plans to make the art market accessible for student and graduate artists.

Cultural Learnings • Newsletter

Do we live in a monoculture? →

On language extinction and civilisation.



MERCADO VICENTE • Photo Essay

The Mythology of Filipino Identity →

Recounting her time in England, Sai Villafuerte writes an essay on grappling with the Filipino "identity" – the conflict between honouring one’s roots and seeking a "better life" elsewhere.