Pauline Macaraeg


Follow her on Twitter via @paulinemacaraeg

Pauline joined Rappler in May 2019. Working with the research team, she fact checks suspicious claims, tries to make sense of data, and writes stories related to economy, environment, politics, and media democracy.

Pauline is a BA Journalism graduate from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She has been working in the field and has had experience both in print and online media since 2016.

Prior to joining Rappler, she worked as a data journalist for magazines Forbes Philippines and Entrepreneur Philippines. In October 2018, she received the 8th Statistical Media Award for Online from the Philippine Statistics Authority.

Pauline spends most of her time in the office, but when she’s not writing or thinking of the next story to probe, you can find her binge-watching TV shows and looking for the next local destination to explore.

Feb 2020
PHILIPPINES 03:44pm, Feb 22, 2020
CBCP suggests sprinkling of ashes on head on Ash Wednesday

MANILA, Philippines – The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) issued additional liturgical guidelines and precautions in a circular to reduce the risk of transmission of the 2019 ...

RAPPLER IQ 10:05pm, Feb 20, 2020
How does COVID-19 compare to SARS and MERS?

MANILA, Philippines – On December 31, China announced it is probing a “mystery viral pneumonia” outbreak in Wuhan. The new and unknown virus triggered speculation it might be linked to Severe Acute ...

FACT CHECK 03:32pm, Feb 13, 2020
Why fact checking is important during times of disasters, epidemics

MANILA, Philippines – In a country that’s prone to natural calamities, fighting disinformation should be one of its priorities whenever disasters strike. Every year the Philippines experiences 10 to ...

RAPPLER IQ 02:33pm, Feb 12, 2020
What happens after a novel coronavirus patient gets discharged?

MANILA, Philippines – As of February 11, the Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed 3 cases of COVID-19 (caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus) in the Philippines. Out of the 3, one died and two ...

Jan 2020
FACT CHECK 04:45pm, Jan 29, 2020
Fact checkers worldwide team up to debunk false info about 2019-nCoV

MANILA, Philippines – At least 48 fact-checking organizations worldwide are collaborating to debunk false information shared online about the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Rappler is taking ...

PHILIPPINES 11:08pm, Jan 17, 2020
NUJP launches signature campaign against ABS-CBN shutdown

MANILA, Philippines – The National Union of Journalists (NUJP) launched a signature campaign on Friday, January 17, asking Congress to renew the franchise of broadcast giant ABS-CBN, which President ...

RAPPLER IQ 01:08am, Jan 13, 2020
TIMELINE: Taal Volcano eruptions since 1572

MANILA, Philippines – Taal Volcano is one of the 24 active volcanoes listed by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). It is also one of the world’s lowest and deadliest ...

RAPPLER IQ 09:09pm, Jan 12, 2020
FAST FACTS: Phreatic and other types of volcanic eruption

MANILA, Philippines – Taal Volcano erupted in the afternoon of Sunday, January 12. The eruption was classified as phreatic by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). A ...

PHILIPPINES 02:23pm, Jan 04, 2020
TUCP pushes for 'early escape plan' for 1.2M OFWs in Middle East

MANILA, Philippines – Amid rising tension in the Middle East, labor group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) urged President Rodrigo Duterte to devise a government evacuation plan for ...

Dec 2019
TECH NEWS 02:46pm, Dec 20, 2019
Facebook taps community reviewers to aid in fact-checking

MANILA, Philippines – Facebook is tapping community reviewers to help third-party organizations of fact checkers address false claims faster, the social media network announced on Tuesday, December ...