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.

Jun 2017
ROAD SAFETY 10:30am, Jun 06, 2017
Road crash numbers: Looking at the data sources

MANILA, Philippines – How can policy makers curb the high number of deaths on Philippine roads? For starters, they should know how serious the problem is in the country so they can craft the ...

RAPPLER IQ 12:58pm, Jun 02, 2017
TIMELINE: Resorts World Manila attack

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – A lone gunman triggered panic in Pasay City past midnight on Friday, June 2, after gunshots were heard and a fire broke out at Resorts World Manila (RWM). The SITE ...

May 2017
RAPPLER IQ 05:18pm, May 31, 2017
Terror groups and clan wars: Mindanao's security threats

MANILA, Philippines – On May 23, President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao for 60 days, following clashes in Marawi City between government troops and the Islamic State ...

RAPPLER IQ 02:40pm, May 30, 2017
FAST FACTS: Mindanao, the Philippines' food basket

MANILA, Philippines – With martial law declared in Mindanao, the 24 million people living in the Philippines' southern island face threats to their livelihood – a difficult situation for a region ...

PHILIPPINES 05:20pm, May 29, 2017
Expelled INC members call for justice for slain ex-member

MANILA, Philippines – Expelled members of influential homegrown church Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) called for justice for one of their slain fellows, who was gunned down by an unidentified suspect while ...

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 ...