EDWARD B. LIBRANDA, Executive Editor and Publisher

For more than 15 years, the Philippine Sentinel has covered most of the important events and issues affecting the everyday life of the Filipinos in the State of Texas. It was launched in 1987 and named the publication  Housman Times, but was later renamed Philippine Sentinel in January 1988 upon suggestion from the community leaders in the Dallas area. It has covered from immigration issues to technical smuggling of Filipino nurses in Texas, the Philippine Sentinel was there to cover it.

          In 2005, after three major operations, Edward decided to close the broadsheet publication, and instead focused himself on helping a friend opened his own news magazine publication.

          January 2016, the Filipino-American community of Texas saw the rebirth of the Philippine Sentinel from print publication to digital medium, and for greater access all over the world via its website, www.philippinesentinel.com       

          He is an active member of the Lions and an endowed Masonic member of Solidarity Lodge 1457. Edward is a graduate of Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) and holds a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from the American Inter-Continental University in Huffman Estates, Illinois.

 

Member: Society of Professional Journalists, Houston Chapter

Yashika Torib, News Director & Manila Bureau Correspondent

Yashika is a maritime journalist, a marine environment volunteer, public speaker, author, video editor, and traveler.

Her exposure with the Philippine maritime industry spans 13 years of writing and reporting for several print and broadcast maritime media, covering issues about manning, maritime education and training, domestic and international shipping, maritime security, marine environmental protection, and interests of the seafaring families.

Hailing from a family of seafarers, Yashika extends her passion for the sea by volunteering with the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA). For the past nine years of membership, she participated in various Maritime Search and Rescue, Maritime Safety, Marine Environmental Protection, and Maritime Community Relations projects.

 

She also served as the organization’s Public Information Officer, Trainer, and one of the authors of the PCGA Ladderized Training Program manual. She has also written, directed, and edited the promotional video presentations of the PCGA from 2017-2018. Yashika was promoted to the rank of Auxiliary Captain in 2018.


Yashika also served as a lecturer with the Coast Guard Education and Training Command (CGETC), covering subjects on Media Relations, PR Writing, Public Speaking, Speech Writing, Media Management, Crisis Management for Media, and Leadership Theories. She was also the head writer of the Philippine Coast Guard’s Public Affairs Office and lead anchor of its radio program from 2012-2015.

She is currently writing for the oldest running broadsheet in the Philippines , The Manila Times, for its Maritime Section, as well as two major maritime publications in the country. Yashika started writing editorial pieces for the PHILIPPINE SENTINEL in November 2015 upon invitation of fellow PCGA officer and Philippine Sentinel founder, Capt. Edward Libranda. 

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