Nina Unlay

GRID Editor-in-Chief

Nina is GRID's former Features Editor and current Editor-in-Chief. She's supposed to be a writer, but she spends most of her "writing time" banging her head on the table and pretending to be a photographer. She has also survived sleeping in the jungle and driving off cliffs. She asked to be acknowledged for helping Paco Feng Shui the office.

https://www.ninaunlay.com/
Each year, tourists flock to the town of Donsol to swim with the whale sharks. But what happens when spotting these creatures becomes a game of chance?
Feature

The Town that Counts Whale Sharks

Each year, tourists flock to the town of Donsol to swim with the whale sharks. But what happens when spotting these creatures becomes a game of chance?

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The Town that Counts Whale Sharks

Each year, tourists flock to the town of Donsol to swim with the whale sharks. But what happens when spotting these creatures becomes a game of chance?

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Whale shark tourism has uplifted the lives of the locals in Oslob, who keep a close relationship with these gentle giants. But where do we draw the line between tourism and conservation?
Feature

Where The Whale Sharks Remain

Whale shark tourism has uplifted the lives of the locals in Oslob, who keep a close relationship with these gentle giants. But where do we draw the line between tourism and conservation?

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From the Buddhist temples of Cebu to a protected island in Negros, Dave Albao has gone all sorts of places in search of meaning.
Hometown Stories

Nature's Path is Winding

From the Buddhist temples of Cebu to a protected island in Negros, Dave Albao has gone all sorts of places in search of meaning.

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Just a couple hours away from Metro Manila, the dive hotspot of Anilao is ready to welcome visitors.
Editor's Pick

Back to Anilao, Part II

Just a couple hours away from Metro Manila, the dive hotspot of Anilao is ready to welcome visitors.

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While on the road to Anilao, we take a detour through Tagaytay and Taal for GRID’s first trip out after the pandemic. But do we still remember how to travel?
Editor's Pick

Back to Anilao, Part I

While on the road to Anilao, we take a detour through Tagaytay and Taal for GRID’s first trip out after the pandemic. But do we still remember how to travel?

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Volvo has a reputation for making some of the world’s safest cars. An eventful trip to Batangas puts that rep to the most rigorous test possible.
Feature

Man vs Machine

Volvo has a reputation for making some of the world’s safest cars. An eventful trip to Batangas puts that rep to the most rigorous test possible.

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The life of a chef isn’t easy. Conversations with some of the Philippines’ best have us more convinced that these are the people who take their work home with them.
Editor's Pick

Portraits of a Chef

The life of a chef isn’t easy. Conversations with some of the Philippines’ best have us more convinced that these are the people who take their work home with them.

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Can we still earn our tattoos? A trip to Buscalan offers a closer look at traditional tattoo culture and the legendary Kalinga mambabatok Whang-od.
Editor's Pick

Whang-od Loves Coco Martin

Can we still earn our tattoos? A trip to Buscalan offers a closer look at traditional tattoo culture and the legendary Kalinga mambabatok Whang-od.

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Some people have been waiting for a near-decade for the slow, sleepy town of San Vicente to catch up to the Palawan tourism boom. Mayi Picazo, and his Urals, aren’t waiting any longer.
Editor's Pick

Off the Beaten Path

Some people have been waiting for a near-decade for the slow, sleepy town of San Vicente to catch up to the Palawan tourism boom. Mayi Picazo, and his Urals, aren’t waiting any longer.

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The story of the Philippine Wrestling Revolution begins and ends with a group of wrestling fans.
Editor's Pick

The Wrestling Revolution

The story of the Philippine Wrestling Revolution begins and ends with a group of wrestling fans.

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At Bahay Kalipay, people come to meditate, to heal intuitively, and to save the planet through good vibes.
Editor's Pick

It Takes a Village

At Bahay Kalipay, people come to meditate, to heal intuitively, and to save the planet through good vibes.

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A writer returns to a familiar place with new questions, including one that has been on the mind of the rest of the country.
Editor's Pick

The Mayor's City

A writer returns to a familiar place with new questions, including one that has been on the mind of the rest of the country.

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What do you do when extreme weather has become the new norm?
Feature

The Weather Man

What do you do when extreme weather has become the new norm?

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We send three of our youngest Team GRID members to survival boot camp. Nina Unlay comes back with blood on her hands.
Editor's Pick

Welcome to the Jungle

We send three of our youngest Team GRID members to survival boot camp. Nina Unlay comes back with blood on her hands.

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Meet the unsung heroes who are working hard to save our culture, our biodiversity, and our land.
Feature

Defending the Land

Meet the unsung heroes who are working hard to save our culture, our biodiversity, and our land.

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Photojournalism is a deceptively simple form of photography. Fotomoto 22: Home's Jes Aznar and Veejay Villafranca talk about their journey in a discipline that balances the beauty and reality of life.
Interview

Taking the right shot with Jes Aznar and Veejay Villafranca

Photojournalism is a deceptively simple form of photography. Fotomoto 22: Home's Jes Aznar and Veejay Villafranca talk about their journey in a discipline that balances the beauty and reality of life.

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Ask Chef Alvin Cailan how his Tagalog is and he’ll quip, “Mas magaling pag lasing!” Last December, GRID sat down with him here in Manila to talk about how great food is here at home and how Fil-Am chefs abroad are taking our cuisine to new heights
Feature

Drinks with the Egg Slut: Chef Alvin Cailan

Ask Chef Alvin Cailan how his Tagalog is and he’ll quip, “Mas magaling pag lasing!” Last December, GRID sat down with him here in Manila to talk about how great food is here at home and how Fil-Am chefs abroad are taking our cuisine to new heights

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This is the decades-long story of how the Filipino divers who made Tubbataha famous–at the cost of unsustainable fishing nearly destroying the reef–helped establish one of the most successful marine parks in the Philippines.
Editor's Pick

Dark Mountain, Part I: A Ship Appears

This is the decades-long story of how the Filipino divers who made Tubbataha famous–at the cost of unsustainable fishing nearly destroying the reef–helped establish one of the most successful marine parks in the Philippines.

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Inseparable from the coordinated effort to protect Tubbataha is the quest to understand it. To scientists from around the world, the faraway atoll presents a bottomless mystery, offering answers that lead only to more questions.‍
Editor's Pick

Dark Mountain, Part II: A Fathomless Frontier

Inseparable from the coordinated effort to protect Tubbataha is the quest to understand it. To scientists from around the world, the faraway atoll presents a bottomless mystery, offering answers that lead only to more questions.‍

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