CV

“I hired Kristine Buenavista to research sustainability issues and social impact initiatives, but she’s helped me with all kinds of projects at Orb, including website migration, translation work, and other random but necessary tasks. She also has done social media work for other clients. I would rank her skillset equivalent to anyone who has graduated from a U.S.-based university and who has worked in marketing, non-profit or consumer research. In her non-client time, she runs a sustainable, off-the-grid artist community, so she is particularly adept at work related to humans’ relationship to the environment, art, and wellbeing. She’s also a great addition to any slack community.” – Victoria Fine, CEO of OrbMedia.org

I am a creative visionary from Iloilo, Philippines. I am greatly inspired by self-development, mindful living, social impact and sustainable innovation, beauty and awe, and folk wisdom. I have 14 years of freelancing experience in digital media which has allowed me to explore and hone my skills for various roles – writing, virtual assistance, social media, research and database building, customer service, branding, creative direction, etc. Immersing in diverse cultures and environments is not difficult for me and I enjoy cultivating lasting working relationships.

In my non-work time, I lead a couple of small creative community initiatives: Artivism Iloilo and Alima Community.

  WORK EXPERIENCE 
  
ESL Teacher Moohan Language Academy
2005-2006  

Prepared daily lessons for Korean students, held man-to-man English classes (Grammar, Vocabulary, Conversations, and Writing). I handled students from beginner level to advance level.
 
  
Web Writer and Virtual Assistant
Eversun Software Philippines, Inc.
2006-2007  

Worked as a blog writer focused on SEO content and later, got trained and worked as a virtual assistant with diverse skills – data entry, research, writing, customer service, WordPress management
 
  
Executive Assistant and Writer
Luke Shavak
2008-2009  

Assisted Luke Shavak who had multiple businesses – helped him organize his daily tasks, managed his social media accounts, ghost-written some articles for him, edited his book, and managed his team of VAs.  
 
Blogger
Trancentia.com
2008-2010  

Wrote hundreds of online bingo content for various blogs and websites – keyword rich articles for SEO.  
 
ESL Online Teacher
Englishbreak.cn
2010-2011  

Prepared daily lessons for Chinese professionals. The online classes were categorized between Grammar and free talking.  
 
ESL Teacher
Jinsoo School
2011-2012  

Prepared daily English lessons for Korean university students who are studying English for their summer and winter break. I handled advance level students and group classes.
 
  Executive Assistant
Iya Affo, Writer
June – September 2013
 
Worked as remote sidekick for Iya Affo who was building up her online reputation. I assisted her in creating a branding and marketing plan, managed her social media accounts, and helped her craft some drafts for her book.  
 
Virtual Assistant
HouseCharts.net
September 2013-March 2014
 
Researched for potential customers and crafted comments targeted on multiple Soundcloud accounts for my client. The aim was create engagement and drive traffic to his website.  
 
Virtual Assistant, Social Media Manager and Editor
Bella Casa Liguria
August 2013- present  

Created social media accounts and managed them from scratch, polishes recipes and blog entries that were originally written in Italian and were translated into English through Google translate, and edits newsletter content.  
 
 Virtual Assistant
Favela Painting
March 2014 – November 2014

Helped in their Kickstarter campaign content creation, did research for their grants needs, and helped in organizing their portfolio.  
 
 E-book Writer (children’s literature and self-development genres)
Various independent clients
2014  

Wrote several e-books from short stories, series on slow life and self-help, and winning against anxiety.
 
Virtual Assistant
Tripura Foundation
January 2015-July 2015
 
Guided them in their story board, branding colors, and branding voice. I also created their social media platforms and managed all social media accounts and engagements.  
 
Virtual Assistant
Namaya Peace Arts
July 2015-January 2016

Managed their social media accounts and helped in creating content for blog and social media captions. Did some data entry and research tasks for fundraising.
 
 Virtual Assistant and Blogger
Tina C. Hines, Development Coach
February 2016-August 2016

Assisted her in rereading and organizing her book. Ghostwritten articles for her blog, and helped in captions for her social media account, did some data entry and administrative tasks.  
 
Writer for Sustainability and Slow Life
Greenfudge.org
2016  

Wrote numerous articles focused on agriculture and farming, sustainable lifestyle, community empowerment, and marine conservation.  
 
Creative Writer and Marketing Assistant
Sensual Seed
2016-2017

Created marketing plan for the brand, wrote blog posts for the website, wrote social media captions, wrote and submitted articles to authority sites like Elephant Journal.  
 
 Quirky gigs – Online dating profile management, erotica voice over
Various independent clients
2016-2017

Managed a couple of dating profiles (ghost writer and dater), rendered voice talent for a self-hypnosis website in the erotic genre.  
 
Virtual Assistant for Crowdfunding Dee Maitland 2016-2017   Created crowdfunding pages for him – Indiegogo and GoFundme and did some administrative tasks on the side – blog management, email content, and data entry.   
 Administrative Assistant
BLE Interactive
May-September 2017

Did some data entry tasks for them in building a leads database for interior designers in the USA and overseeing their newsletter broadcasts.  
 
Writer for Participatory app
Let’s Sync

May 2017-July 2018   Wrote interactive scripts for an innovative app that focused on role play. I was able to produce a couple of scripts for him. I also helped him try out the scripts and the app prompts.  
 
 Personal Assistant
The Mighty Introvert
August 2016 -February 2017

Assisted and organized his daily tasks and appointments, managed his Freshbooks account, and helped him in his newsletter broadcasts.  
 
Executive Assistant
Victor Menasce
February 2017-August 2017

Handled phone calls on behalf of him, organized his daily schedules, managed his inbox and calendar for work, and helped him organize his network list.  
 
Virtual Assistant and Blogger
WearArizen.com
January-July 2018

Wrote blog posts on ethical fashion for the website, helped in creating branding images, and researched about ethical fabrics and social entrepreneurship.  
 
Social Media Assistant
Unifyre
August – December 2018

Created social media accounts from scratch – Insatgram, Twitter, and Facebook, managed all the social media accounts by creating content and graphics, and initiating engagements.  
 
Social Media Manager
Altuit Design
April 2018-January 2019

Created social media accounts from scratch – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Quora, Managed the accounts daily for more than six months.  
 
Virtual Assistant and Customer Care Officer
Living Smart
February 2019-August 2019

Managed the lettings tasks which included looking and contacting leads via house sharing platforms, calling leads for scheduling, and booking appointments for property viewing.  
 
Executive Assistant
Love Temple Foundation
February 2019- June 2020

Managed the organization’s Instagram accounts – six of them on Instagram, one on Facebook, and multiple group pages. I also set up events for the CEO and assisted her in writing, creating courses, and managing her inboxes.  
 
Researcher and Virtual Assistant
Orb Media
June 2020-January 2021

Deep research on Sustainability projects, initiatives, and events
As response to COVID-19, database building from scratch,
Web content migration on Wix, and other administrative tasks.
 

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

University of San Agustin, Iloilo

Graduation year: 2005

Diploma in Teaching

University of San Agustin

Undegraduate, 2005

FELLOWSHIP and CERTIFICATION

Fellow, Strengthening the Youth Organizations

Freidrich Naumman Foundation, International Academy of Freedom

Gummersbach, Germany, 2010

Active Citizens Community Leader

Active Citizens Philippines

British Council, 2015- present

Certified Active Citizens Regional Development Online Facilitator

Active Citizens Southeast Asia

British Council, 2020-present

PUBLISHED WRITING

and the sea was saltier, KasingKasing Press (2015)

The Best of Everyday Poets, Everyday Publishing (2012)

Under the trees, out in the sun, Vox Humana (July 2013)

Ruralismo, Young Blood – Philippine Daily Inquirer (August 2013)

How a cow herder became a poet, Rappler (August 2015)

Immersive human-interest stories, Project Iloilo

Spiritual articles, Power Thoughts Meditation Club (2016)

Environmental awareness and project features, Greenfudge.org (2016)

Vulnerability and other tender narratives, Elephant Journal (2015)

Poetika Anthology, KasingKasing Press (2018)

Bilat Kahang – a poetry zine, KasingKasing Press (2018)

and then, there was awe, ebook- Kasingkasing Press (2020)

FEATURES and INTERVIEWS

Cosmo.ph – “Meet 11 Pinay Social Entrepreneurs who will Inspire you to Make a Difference”

Philippine Commission on Women – “Juana Says”

Sensual Seed – “Women of Sensual Seed”

Rappler – “Artivism gives face to Iloilo’s vulnerable public markets”

Sagisag – “Diving into Communities with Kristine Buenavista”

ANCx – “Iloilo’s 12 new large scale art pieces”

Western Visayas Bulletin, NEDA – “The women of Artivism Iloilo”

Your Safe Space – “Importance of a community”

Thrive Art – “Kristine Buenavista is listening to the barrio”

SKILLS

Writing: creative, blog, e-book, marketing, speech

Virtual assistance

Social media management

Public speaking – motivational and inspirational speaker with local and international experiences

Community organizing (online and offline)

Webinar hosting and organizing

Phone handling

Customer care

Database building through keen research

Branding and visuals creation

INTERESTS

Sustainability

Literature

Arts

Social innovation and social impact

Survivalist skills and folk wisdom

Immersive travels

Crafts and artisanal items

Slow living

Mindfulness

Alternative ways of consumption

For writing samples, you can check this folder. I am also on Upwork and Onlinejobs.ph.