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Patricia is a writer, producer, video editor, and occasional videographer. In 2004, she became the first Filipino to win the London-based annual International Public Speaking Championships. She used to be called a role model for the Filipino youth until it quickly became obvious to schools and government agencies that left-leaning loose cannons supporting gay marriage, free contraception and very short skirts should not be allowed on public platforms.
She was born in Manila and graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 2006 with a degree in Speech Communications. She has covered the refugee camps of Burma and the killing fields of Maguindanao, has spent the last 9 years writing for a number of publications, and continues to write a weekly opinion column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer. She is now writer-at-large for Esquire Philippines Magazine.
Patricia had her start in television journalism as a production assistant for ANC and went on to produce a number of programs and documentaries, including the groundbreaking narrative series, Storyline, now showing over ANC and ABS-CBN, as well as the human rights short film series, KINSE. She is a fellow of the South East Asian Press Alliance and is a Titus Brandsma Awardee for Emergent Journalism. Her various television projects have been recipients of a number of local awards including the Gawad Tanglaw, the Catholic Mass Media Awards, as well as three New York Festivals medals.
She shoots narrative profiles for Rappler and covers the beat she now calls crime, carnality, and celebrity.