Hi! I’m Maria Kathrina, a New York implant from San Antonio, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. I’m a content creator, entertainment publicist, business marketer, and sometimes I DJ for fun.
Being the youngest of three girls (yes, I was a surprise child), my family and I moved to New York when I was just two years old. I’m the first in my immediate family to complete my full education in America, something I know my parents always wanted for me. I’m an alumna of the Fashion Institute of Technology, having graduated early as Summa Cum Laude, with a B.S. in Advertising & Marketing Communications and a Minor in Economics.
During my high school and college education, I completed eight internships in the areas of journalism (Rockland Journal News), public relations (Nike Communications), fashion design (Loris Diran), social media (Hatsumi Toshima), fashion merchandising (FiftyTwo Showroom), and more. I served as the NYC Fashion Writer for Examiner.com, often working with clients such as Ford Motors, Kimpton Hotels, and Project Runway.
Directly after graduation, I began to work for renowned celebrity hair stylist Ricardo Rojas who introduced me to his partner Jim Mannino, president of Jim Mannino Public Relations (JMPR). Little did I know that I would go on to work for JMPR for three years thereafter, developing my knowledge of public relations, celebrity wrangling, event production, and countless other skills. To this day, I attribute a lot of my best experiences to the JMPR team where our clientele ranged from Facebook to Tiffany & Co., American Horror Story, U.S. Open Tennis, Moët & Chandon, Herradura Tequila, Desert Smash, Entree Lifestyle, Delta Airlines, and The New York Knicks.
After leaving JMPR, I ventured into the area of music and went onto DJ at venues including PHD Terrace at The Dream Hotel Midtown, HILO, and Velvet Lounge in NYC.
Even still, I continued to build my PR, management, and events clientele. For a time, I served as the Director of Events at The Chamber Group, working with the likes of STARZ's hit show POWER and media personality Wendy Williams.
Some additional past and current clients of mine include Kimoto Rooftop, The Fifth Column PR (Remy Martin), (DJ) Ben Paul, DJ Level, Eternity Flux Entertainment, Kingsley Restaurant, The 82 Group, and Tiffany & Co.
In my spare time I am a contributing writer for the website AllWomensTalk and a new partner to Cosmopolitan Philippines, and I regularly speak at career panels at FIT and St. John's University. I am a recent member of Forbes’ Communications Council (what an honor).
I am also a proud partner of the charities Compassion International and Freedom United.
Thank you taking the time to read about me. I hope you subscribe to my newsletter or stay in touch on Instagram, and join me on this incredible journey.