Katerina Francisco


Katerina is primarily a writer, but she dabbles in (a lot of) other things.

When she's not writing stories for Rappler, she likes to hit the streets with camera in hand. She feels strongly about heritage and culture, human rights and gender issues, and ideas that could change the world.

She graduated cum laude from Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Communication and a minor in Japanese Studies. She was the news editor of college publication The GUIDON, and got her first taste of cross-border journalism during an internship in the Netherlands in 2011.

She loves reading books, traveling and mostly getting lost, and preaching the merits of the Oxford comma.

Before joining Rappler's research and investigative team, she was a reporter on the metro beat and a writer on the production team.

May 2017
RAPPLER IQ 12:50pm, May 24, 2017
FAST FACTS: What you should know about the Maute Group

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law over Mindanao on Tuesday, May 23, prompted by a raging gun battle between government forces and members of the Maute group in ...

ROAD SAFETY 10:10am, May 08, 2017
The 5 pillars behind the Philippines' road safety action plan

MANILA, Philippines – Since 2006, the number of road crash deaths in the Philippines has been increasing, despite the country's goal to halve the number of deaths by 2020. Government data showed ...

Apr 2017
RAPPLER IQ 11:40am, Apr 27, 2017
How safe are road users in ASEAN countries?

MANILA, Philippines – Traveling around Southeast Asia can be an adventure in itself: one has the choice to ride trains, buses, tuk-tuks, tricycles, and kalesas. But the transport infrastructure in ...

PHILIPPINES 04:16pm, Apr 26, 2017
Ex-INC members alarmed over 'disappearances'

MANILA, Philippines – At least two former members of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) have gone missing, in two separate incidents that occurred within days of each other. Danilo Patungan, a security ...

IN-DEPTH 08:30am, Apr 23, 2017
Bridging the digital divide: Tech4ED brings new tech closer to Filipinos

MANILA, Philippines – For Maricel Panayas, not knowing how to use a computer was a source of embarrassment. So when a community center under the government’s Tech4ED project opened in M’lang, she ...

RAPPLER IQ 12:00pm, Apr 17, 2017
LOOK BACK: How ASEAN was formed

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines will be playing host to members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this 2017, hosting conferences and the leaders' summit this year. The ...

ROAD SAFETY 08:00am, Apr 09, 2017
These road signs keep you safe on the road

MANILA, Philippines – Driving in the Philippines can be a test of patience and attention, as you have to keep your eyes on the road while also being aware of motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians ...

Mar 2017
ROAD SAFETY 11:30am, Mar 26, 2017
What's lacking in our road safety laws?

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has a number of laws aimed to protect road users – from banning the use of mobile phones while driving, to prescribing speed limits and the use of seatbelts and ...

FLASHBACK 04:18pm, Mar 22, 2017
LOOK BACK: When the Philippines didn't have a vice president

MANILA, Philippines – For criticizing the government's war on drugs, Vice President Leni Robredo may find herself the subject of an impeachment complaint, with no less than House Speaker Pantaleon ...

RAPPLER IQ 10:15am, Mar 18, 2017
FAST FACTS: What you should know about Benham Rise

MANILA, Philippines – What is Benham Rise, and who owns it? The subject has come up in recent days, after the Philippines' defense department revealed that China has shown interest in the territory ...