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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.
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