Thoughtleader: Maxxy Santiago
No other Filipino journalist has covered the Middle East as extensively and as fearlessly as Maxxy Santiago.
As a Correspondent and Consultant at the ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau and Senior Reporter at Arab Times for almost two decades, she has covered a wide range of important and historical events in region, including the 2003 war in Iraq, the evacuation of Filipinos at the Libyan-Tunisian border in February 2011, as well as the repatriation of Filipinos in Syria. Maxxy has also championed the rights and welfare of Filipinos in Kuwait, introducing a new level to Kuwait’s press freedom, courageously exposing stories on labor abuse, domestic worker maltreatment, and other issues worthy of concern. She has also helped numerous kababayans caught in conflict areas.
“I want my lasting legacy to be the brand of journalism that I have carried through all this time – with the commitment to serve, expose the truth and be a catalyst of change,” she professes.
A well-loved figure, Maxxy, also founded Pinoy Arabia ME, which has become a source of entertainment and comfort for Filipinos in Kuwait and the GCC.