About

Michaela Lola Abrera is a visual and media anthropologist, a writer, a producer, an editor, and a photographer. She has also worked as a presenter and scriptwriter for the Living Asia Channel, as well as managing editor for BBC Top Gear Philippines and GH Magazine Philippines.

Caught in the chaos of a volcanic eruption, Lola realized at the tender age of eight that life was meant to be an adventure. Covering everything from subversive rap battles to social issues, Lola’s writings have appeared in numerous print and online publications such as The Manila Bulletin, FHM Philippines and Women’s Health Magazine. Her film ‘Unseen Objects‘ was exhibited at the Humboldt-Lab Dahlem, as part of FU MA in Visual and Media Anthropology and Humboldt-Lab Dahlem’s “Re-Imagining the Museum Workshop” developed by artist and filmmaker Lidia Rossner.

A self-declared “punk for life”, Lola once managed a folk-punk band and produced an underground comic book.  Lola is currently pursuing an MA in Visual and Media Anthropology at the Freie Universität, Berlin. She is passionate about issues related to migration, transnationalism, visual storytelling, the anthropology of stigma, transcultural cinema, memory, post-colonialism, emerging digital and filmmaking technologies, anthropology of media, and participatory action research (PAR). She is also the founder and organizer of The First Reel: Philippine Film Festival Berlin and a member of Polology, a collective made up of artists, writers, filmmakers, and anthropologists.

Michaela Lola Abrera has lived in the Philippines, Hawaii, San Francisco and Berlin.

Her adventures have taken her to the U.S.A., the UK, the Netherlands, the Philippines, the Czech Republic, Greece, Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), China, Morocco, Singapore, and South Africa.

Website: http://lookingforlola.flavors.me/
Portfolio of selected work: http://lolaabrera-portfolio.tumblr.com/

Contact: mlabrera@yahoo.com/ michatheperegrine@googlemail.com

7 responses to “About

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  2. Hi Michaela :
    I really like your blog. I would love to travel as much as you do and I´ve always loved photography, but where do you take all the money from? Do you just travel to a city and then write a touristguide about it? Please give me some advice 😉

    • Hi, Maren,

      Great question! Thanks for getting in touch and I’m happy to hear that you like my blog. I really appreciate it.

      The blog is a mix of old trips and recent adventures. I used to backpack quite often–just for the heck of it. Saving as much money as I could then heading out on the road. I didn’t want any trip to go to waste, so I’d send pitches and queries to travel magazines and websites. Sometimes, before a trip, I’ll pitch an idea to an editor and see if they would be interested in a story from a particular place. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. It really depends on the needs of the publication. Earning money as a travel writer isn’t easy, but some people have been able to make it work. I have a day job (which I love), so that’s made it easier. And my advice for newbie writers is that you do the same. While it may be tempting to travel full time, my advice is that you start slow and work on building a portfolio. Don’t quit your job (at least, not yet) until you’re certain that you can support yourself as a traveler/writer. I’ve done it and while it was great, it’s also challenging. As a freelancer, work can dry up, the payments don’t always come out on time or it’s usually not that much, so relying solely on that income, at least in my case, made it more difficult to actually travel (since travel costs money) and there was so much more pressure to, well, survive (eat, pay bills, etc.).

      If you’re lucky, some publications will send you on press junkets. They usually send someone that they’ve built a relationship with and can trust to deliver the work on time. So, that’s another reason why I suggest building a portfolio first and getting more of your work out there. New places sometimes send invites to bloggers and writers to review their place. They usually send invites, but you can also check out postings on travel and journalism boards. But, again, they prefer to invite people who have built a solid reputation (popular blog, great track records, good portfolio, etc.).

      So my advice to you is to first work on building a good portfolio. If your work hasn’t been published yet, try to get as much out there as possible. Shoot for free (at first) if you have to. Start with small trips. Even an adventure in your city could be interesting. New coffee place that you love? Write about it! Fascinating neighborhood just outside of the city? Take photos! Just get the ball rolling.

      Good luck and keep me posted on all your adventures!

      Best,
      Lola

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