Patricia Evangelista


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Patricia is a journalist who has worked across a range of platforms including television production, documentary film and multi-platform collaborative projects focused on human rights, conflict, disaster, development and public interest issues. She is a videographer, editor and producer.

She was born in Manila and graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines-Diliman with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications.

At 18, she became the first Filipino to win the London-based annual International Public Speaking Championships. At 19, she began writing for the Philippine Daily Inquirer's opinion section. Her column ran for eight years. She has written for Rogue and UNO, and was writer-at-large for Esquire Philippines Magazine.

Patricia had her start in television journalism as a production assistant for ANC. She went on to produce a number of programs and documentaries, including the groundbreaking narrative series, Storyline. Her various television projects have been recipients of a number of local awards including four Gawad Tanglaw Awards, a Catholic Mass Media Award, as well as two New York Festivals medals.

She is a fellow of the South East Asian Press Alliance and an international fellow of the Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship for Trauma Reporting.

In 2009, she was awarded by the Union Catholique Internationale de la Presse the Titus Brandsma Awardee for Emergent Journalism for trekking “treacherous grounds for journalists."

In 2014, she won the Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Prize for her "balanced, nuanced eye and astonishing courage” covering two of the country's most brutal events of 2014 – the standoff between the military and Muslim rebels in Zamboanga and the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan. The international prize is awarded for exceptional journalism in dangerous or difficult conditions.

In 2015, she received the Ten Outstanding Young Men in Nation's Service (TOYM) for Journalism, the only woman among the 10 recipients.

In 2016, she was among the Ten Outstanding Women in Nation's Service (TOWNS), also for Journalism.

She writes analysis as well as produces multimedia political and human interest stories for Rappler. She continues to work as a field reporter for disaster and human rights.

More by Patricia Evangelista

The Mourners of Mamasapano

Edgardo's Junior

Sta. Catalina


The Barber of Guiuan

The trial of Kris Aquino

The rape of Jessica Soho

The first stone

The most wanted man in the country

Jul 2017
THOUGHT LEADERS 05:00pm, Jul 03, 2017
The Butcher in the Palace, and Other Fabrications

Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was a country. It was a country known for 3 things: sparkling beaches, beautiful women, and killing. Killing was its expertise. It was serious business, and ...

Jun 2017
IN-DEPTH 04:15pm, Jun 23, 2017
Resorts World Manila: Jessie's Got a Gun

The gunman did not run. He strolled past the pink tables of the Tao Yuan Restaurant at 11 minutes past midnight of Friday, June 2. He was a tall man, big and broad. Some say he was 6 feet tall, ...

May 2017
INVESTIGATIVE 07:03pm, May 02, 2017
Kung saan nagsimula ang digmaan kontra-droga

Sa Police Station 2-Moriones sa Tondo, Maynila, unang naiulat na may biktima ng “war on drugs” makaraan ang inagurasyon ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte noong Hulyo 1, 2016. Sinundan ng Rappler ang ...

Apr 2017
INVESTIGATIVE 09:35pm, Apr 24, 2017
Where the drug war began

Rappler tracks the killings in Police Station 2-Moriones in Tondo, Manila, where the first drug fatality after Rodrigo Duterte's inauguration was shot in the early hours of July 1, 2016. Of the ...

Mar 2017
PHILIPPINES 08:02am, Mar 02, 2017
PNP behind extrajudicial killings – int'l rights group

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is responsible for the extrajudicial, vigilante-style killings of drug suspects, New York-based group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a ...

Feb 2017
IN-DEPTH 08:46pm, Feb 07, 2017
Impunity: Welcome to the end of the war

It was in October when the cops took him: Jee Ick Joo, South Korean businessman, dragged out of his Angeles City home by police officers on a pretend drug bust waving a fake arrest warrant. They took ...

Dec 2016
IN-DEPTH 10:58pm, Dec 27, 2016
Impunity: The Night Before Christmas

The playground is crowded with children on Christmas Eve. They sleep under plastic chairs in a tangle of arms and feet. Those who are still awake sit scattered across the room holding paper plates of ...

IN-DEPTH 09:40pm, Dec 25, 2016
Impunity: The Church of the Resistance

The cathedral is lit in neon. Seventy-one feet of cement and adobe glow red and aquamarine and purple and blue. The spotlights change hue at half-second intervals. Colored stars dot the soaring ...

IN-DEPTH 08:21pm, Dec 15, 2016
Impunity: In the Name of the Father

In the beginning, on the first day, he promised a new earth. He said the fishes will feed fat on the corpses of criminals. He said morticians will grow rich with the deluge of dead. He said the ...

IN-DEPTH 08:05pm, Dec 01, 2016
Impunity: Murder as Meme

The first responder was sure there was at least one body – the naked curve of the back and the denim waistband showed just under the crumpled pile of garbage bags. What might have been another body ...