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Leilani Chavez is a Filipina journalist, creative writer, and independent filmmaker. She first covered environmental issues in 2007, when she wrote feature stories on community-led conservation initiatives in Palawan for Mabuhay Magazine. Since then, she has written news, in-depth reports, and multimedia content on the environment, politics, energy, mining, human rights, and disasters for ABS-CBN News Online and Rappler. In the past decade, she has produced shows for television and digital channels in the Philippines and created films that tackle women’s issues. She's currently a staff writer for Mongabay and is a member of the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists (PNEJ).