Our Contributors

Andrea Lo

Andrea Lo

Andrea Lo is a freelance journalist covering dining, travel, architecture and various other lifestyle topics for publications in Hong Kong and Macao. Follow her on Twitter: @andreas_lo

António Bilrero

António Bilrero

Bilrero has been a journalist since 1983. He worked in the Portuguese News Agency - Lusa for three decades and left as Deputy News Director in 2013. He then worked at 'Sol', a weekly Portuguese newspaper, and in the daily newspaper 'I'. He moved to Luanda, Angola in 2014 where he became adviser for the newspaper 'Novo Jornal' and later editor for the Weekly Sol. Bilrero moved to Macao in 2017 to take on the role of Executive Editor of the weekly newspaper 'Plataforma' Macau.

Catarina Brites Soares

Catarina Brites Soares

Catarina has been a journalist since 2010. Born in Lisbon, she studied in Portugal until she was 20 years old, when she left to study and work abroad. Macao was the place where she started her career. She worked for media companies like Expresso and Diário de Notícias as international correspondent, and for local chinese/portuguese media. Besides Journalism, she is also passionate about Arts and Culture. After a master in Cinema and documentary in Barcelona, in 2015, she also made movies and video-documentaries. Her life is between Europe and Macao, where she lives now.

Cathy Lai

Cathy Lai

Cathy is a freelance journalist from Macao who covers culture, history, social affairs, environment and societal issues. She is also the deputy editor of Ariana, a social justice magazine based in Hong Kong. Cathy is particularly passionate about environmental protection, and has taken part in several local eco-campaigns, from promoting waste awareness through to wildlife protection.

Charley Lanyon

Charley Lanyon

Charley is a journalist and self-described roast goose expert. After years reporting in Hong Kong, he is now based between Los Angeles and London — though he longs to get back to the fast-paced news cycle and immaculate dim sum of Asia.

Emma Russell

Emma Russell

Emma Russell is a Hong Kong-based freelance journalist specialising in features and profiles that have appeared in publications like VICE, i-D, The New Republic and HKFP. She has also worked at Vogue HK and Conde Nast Traveller.

Erico Dias

Erico Dias

Erico is born and raised in Macao, and is currently completing his Bachelor’s in Communication - News & Journalism at the University of Macao. He enjoys playing soccer, reading and writing. His goal is to be an entertainment, opinion and sports journalist.

Erris Ho

Erris Ho

Erris Ho is a freelance writer who covers arts, social affairs and lifestyle stories. Driven by an insatiable curiosity, she loves to delve into a wide range of subjects. Currently, she is pursuing a master’s in Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam.

Inara Sim

Inara Sim

After working as a travel writer in Africa, Inara moved to Macao in 2011. Since then, she has been freelance writing for publications in Macao and Hong Kong covering dining, travel and lifestyle, as well as writing social media posts for some of Macao’s biggest resorts. When she isn’t writing, you can find her at home wrangling her three kids. Follow her on instagram: @inara121

José Luís de Sales Marques

José Luís de Sales Marques

José Luís de Sales Marques was born and raised in Macao. After a degree in Economics in Portugal, returned to Macao and worked with the government starting in 1983. He was mayor of the City Hall (Leal Senado) for eight years and has been the president of the Institute of European Studies of Macau since 2002. He is also the president of the Council of Macanese Communities.

Kary Lam

Kary Lam

Kary is a Macao-based writer and translator. Having majored in English and currently completing her master’s degree in Translation Studies, she is also an art lover who is passionate about painting, music, film and literature.

Kate Springer

Kate Springer

Kate Springer is a Hong Kong-based freelance journalist and editor who covers lifestyle, travel, social justice issues and wellness. Her work has been published by more than 30 publications including CNN, BBC, Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, The Independent, Tatler, and the South China Morning Post, among others. She is the managing editor of Macao News, the managing editor of Ariana magazine and the editor of The Correspondent, the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club’s dedicated magazine. Kate is also the director of boutique content agency Springer Creative.

Kelsey Wilhelm

Kelsey Wilhelm

Kelsey Wilhelm is a Macao-based journalist who has been reporting on the rapid growth of the city, and the region, for over a decade. Ranging between magazines, daily newspapers and as a TV anchor and talk show host, he’s had access to celebrities, business leaders and politicians, but holds a particular fascination for artists, entrepreneurs and NGOs.

Leonor Sá Machado

Leonor Sá Machado

Born and raised in Macao, Leonor now lives between Lisbon and the MSAR. With a BA in English Language & Literature and an MA in Journalism, she is a freelance reporter and writer. Favourite things besides writing are traveling, reading, exercising, and trying new foods.

Maggie Chiang

Maggie Chiang

Having studied in Italy and France, Maggie combined fine arts with European cuisine. Ten years of being Chef, Culinary teacher, Restauranteur, Artist, brought her to the Excellence Award in Young Entrepreneur of Macau.

Marianna Cerini

Marianna Cerini

Marianna Cerini is a freelance journalist covering travel, culture and lifestyle. In Asia since 2010, she spent her formative writing years in Beijing and Shanghai. She has written for titles such as CNN Style, Conde Nast Traveler, WWD, and Al Jazeera English, and reported on topics spanning luxury fashion, the rise of bespoke travel in China, and the new generation of Chinese art collectors.

Mark O'Neill

Mark O'Neill

Mark is a Hong Kong-based author and speaker who has lived in Asia since 1978. He loves to go to Macao – his first visit was in 1979, for peace and quiet. He enjoys writing about its rich history, culture and many extraordinary people. Follow him on Facebook: @speaker2018

Rafelle Allego

Rafelle Allego

Rafelle grew up in Hong Kong and Macao. She spent her first eight years in Hong Kong before settling down in its sister SAR, however she has also lived in the Philippines, previously graduating from the University of the Philippines Cebu. Here, she developed an interest in investigative writing, infographics and screenplay writing and later became a journalist in Macao.

Richard Olano

Richard Olano

Richard Olano is a 19-year-old student journalist and filmmaker from the Philippines. He is currently taking up a bachelor's degree in nursing at the West Visayas State University, where he writes for the official university publication, Forum-Dimensions. For the past three years, Richard has written and directed six short films.

Sam Sinha

Sam Sinha

Sam moved to Hong Kong after a decade working as a chef in all manner of London kitchens. This hands-on industry experience informs every aspect of his work, and he now enjoys writing wherever food, sustainability and innovation intersect, as a freelance journalist and copywriter. You can find him out and about sampling the finest street eats on offer in Hong Kong and Macao.

Tanja Wessels

Tanja Wessels

Tanja Wessels is a writer, translator and public speaker covering lifestyle topics, with a strong focus on the environment. She's been published in Ariana magazine, SCMP, Echelon HK, Macau Closer, and more. Fluent in three languages, Tanja is a content strategist at Macao News. She calls Burning Man home, and is sustainable fashion advocate, creating art and giving her first TEDx talk on the topic in 2020.

Tony Lai

Tony Lai

Tony Chou-in Lai is a Macao-based freelance journalist and writer, covering politics, economy, corporates and start-ups, culture and other topics for Chinese-language and English-language publications in the region. He is also a Chinese-English translator, who has worked with various publications and entities in Macao and Hong Kong.

Vivianna Cheong

Vivianna Cheong

Vivianna has been an arts marketer and writer for over a decade. After completing a master’s degree in English Literature in the UK, she has been working in the arts – theatre, dance, Chinese opera, film and visual arts – in the UK, Hong Kong and Macao. She has written for numerous magazines and translated copy for shows and exhibitions of various scales.

Yuan Yuan

Yuan Yuan

Born and raised in various provinces in south China, Yuan spent most of her early adulthood in the US Midwest and East Coast before settling (for now) in Beijing to write about China's NGO sector. She received her undergraduate degree from the Missouri School of Journalism and her master's from the Columbia Journalism School. A former reporter for China Daily from DC and for an AI publication from Boston and New York, she's particularly interested in the intersection of different beats — tech, climate, food, travel, culture, gender issues, etc.