The Team

MetroVan Independent News Team

The MetroVan Independent News team is a group of talented individuals uniting to serve their community through the power of words. They strive for accuracy, fairness, transparency and accountability aiming to engage, inform and entertain their readers. The team's secret weapon is courage and integrity... with a hint of adobo.370 Articles


Luisa Marshall

Luisa Marshall is a singer, performer, tribute artist, TV host, editor, scriptwriter, producer and anti-bullying advocate based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her internationally acclaimed and award winning Tina Turner Tribute show has enabled her to share her passion and love of the arts through music and often uses her talents to donate her time and efforts to various charitable causes all over the world. Her popular TV show, Simply the Best, is a local independent production on the Shaw Multicultural Channel and aims to inspire, educate and entertain Filipino and mainstream viewers alike.41 Articles


Steve Marshall

Steve Marshall was born and raised in Prince Rupert, BC. He is an entrepreneur; having started as an owner of a small arcade in Masset, BC. He has owned a bowling alley and a Chinese restaurant. He’s the proud owner of a pub & grill, liquor store, taxi, and an entertainment booking company. Steve is also a Red Seal Mechanic, producer, inventor of the Computer Hammer, and now a publisher of a newspaper. Back in the day when Steve had long hair and wore bell bottom jeans he used to race cars, fly airplanes, gliders, helicopters. He’s proud to say that he still plays drums like he told his mom he would.19 Articles


Rene Orobia Durian

Rene Orobia Durian is an educator, publicist and media specialist in the Philippines. He spearheads an effective media and press relation management team with politicians, filmmakers, performing artists, religious leaders and education figures as clients.14 Articles


Tota Mendez

Tota Mendez is a musician and avid food lover originally from Manila. Her recipes are inspired from her days of traveling all over the world which is mostly Asian Cuisine.12 Articles


Janet Susan R. Nepales

Janet Susan R. Nepales is an award-winning journalist who is the first and only Filipina member of the prestigious Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) that produces the Golden Globe awards annually. A member of the Los Angeles Press Club, Janet has received awards from the Los Angeles Press Club in the Best Columnist – International category for 2012, 2013 and 2014. Janet has a regular weekly column in Manila Bulletin entitled, “Hollywood Bulletin,” and is a regular Los Angeles correspondent of GMA-7 TV Network. She has been chosen by the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in 2012 and one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina in the World in 2013. The Los Angeles-based journalist also co-authored the first book published by the Filipina Women’s Network entitled, “Disrupt.” She is married to journalist-author Ruben V. Nepales and has two daughters --- Bianca Nicole and Rafaella Angelica.9 Articles


Kim Mendez

Kimi is a Jalipino and a recovering ice cream addict. She loves free food, feasting on veggie trays, the colour green and Jane Austen novels. When short on spare change, she and her best friend Kiwi the Les Paul are forced to take the stage and play music. When Kimi grows up she wants to be a Ninja Turtle or David Bowie.4 Articles


Zenia Marshall

Born into a musical family, she knew she wants to be a singer and dancer at an early age. Zenia performs on stage with her mom, Luisa Marshall providing both lead and backup vocals. What awaits her exciting teen life is yet to be unfolded.4 Articles


Jackie Diy

A performing arts mentor and public speaker, Jackie is a mentor in creative drama, film, dance, theatre arts, and stage performance. Jackie was trained in Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of the Philippines, Diliman and holds a BSC degree in Business Management from the De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines.2 Articles