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.

Aug 2017
RAPPLER IQ 12:10pm, Aug 15, 2017
TIMELINE: Why only Uber is suspended

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The regulation deadlock between the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and transport network companies (TNC) reached a new point on Monday, ...

RAPPLER IQ 08:18pm, Aug 11, 2017
Will North Korea's missile threats affect Filipinos?

MANILA, Philippines – "Fire and fury like the world has never seen." This was US President Donald Trump's warning to North Korea as tensions between the two countries heat up over Pyongyang's ...

RAPPLER IQ 01:45pm, Aug 07, 2017
FAST FACTS: Who is Comelec chair Andres Bautista?

MANILA, Philippines – Who is Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista, the man now at the center of a controversy involving at least P1-billion worth of unexplained wealth? Before becoming ...

Jul 2017
RAPPLER IQ 04:00pm, Jul 31, 2017
Who were ASEAN's 5 founding fathers?

MANILA, Philippines – On August 8, 1967, 5 foreign ministers sat down in Bangkok, Thailand and signed a document that would be the basis of what is now the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ...

RAPPLER IQ 09:26am, Jul 28, 2017
What's the fuss about the Grab, Uber regulation issue?

MANILA, Philippines – Over the past couple of days, Filipino commuters took to social media to express their anger and frustration over reports that the operations of Grab and Uber may be adversely ...

ROAD SAFETY 01:40pm, Jul 25, 2017
Tour on two wheels: Seeing Iloilo City's historic sights by bike

ILOILO CITY, Philippines – By day, the historic heritage street of Calle Real is bustling with activity, as Ilonggos go about their daily lives in the decades-old business district. By night, ...

PHILIPPINES 07:58pm, Jul 24, 2017
Duterte used SONA 2017 as bully pulpit – analysts

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte's second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 24, ran for two hours, but instead of presenting a comprehensive report of his ...

PHILIPPINES 05:52pm, Jul 24, 2017
'Tatay Digong' brand, charisma behind Duterte's survey numbers – analysts

MANILA, Philippines – One year into his term, President Rodrigo Duterte continues to enjoy majority approval and trust among Filipinos, even as his administration is criticized over the bloody ...

ROAD SAFETY 09:52pm, Jul 21, 2017
With nearly 5,000 crash incidents, how do we make Iloilo roads safer?

ILOILO CITY, Philippines – The bike ride to Molo Plaza was only two kilometers away, but traveling that distance turned out to be a longer, two-month road to recovery for biker Wilfredo Sy Jr. Sy, ...

Jun 2017
RAPPLER IQ 09:00am, Jun 27, 2017
Top issues and controversies under Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – When longtime Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte became the 16th president of the Philippines, he made a vow: change was coming. In a country still plagued by corruption and a ...