Joey Alarilla
Head of Platform and Engagement at e27


Husband. Dad. Storyteller. Geek. Passionate about tech and startups. Science and science fiction buff. Book, comic book and anime lover. Apple, Marvel, Stars Wars, WWE and UFC fan. Ex-Yahoo. Using social media to help build the #e27community

From dead trees to digital, Joey Alarilla has built a career as a storyteller and catalyst. He was one of the pioneers that spun off the online news site (now known as from the Philippine Daily Inquirer. As the Multimedia Editor of, he trained the company’s first batch of multimedia journalists and launched the site’s blog, podcast and online video networks. He was also one of the pioneering tech bloggers of Singapore-based CNET Asia and a multimedia critic for US-based

He joined the corporate world as the Multimedia Head of online game publisher Level Up! Inc. before becoming the Head of Social and Community of Yahoo! Southeast Asia.

At digital agency Tribal Worldwide Philippines, he set up a new horizontal department addressing the social content and engagement needs of clients. He later joined Manulife Asia as Director and Regional Digital Officer, overseeing the insurance firm's digital and social selling initiatives in the region.

He won third prize in the Philippines' most prestigious literary contest, the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, for his essay "Surviving the Zeroes" about his daughter and the digital future her generation is creating. He is the author of the Philippine Internet Commerce Society’s “E-Business Made Easy” handbook for SMEs, as well as one of the writers who contributed to the book “Tikman Ang Langit: An Anthology on the Eraserheads.”

He loves his wife Ellen and daughter Sam, both of whom he tries to brainwash into also liking games, gadgets, comics, anime, pro wrestling and MMA.
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