Sofia Tomacruz


Sofia Tomacruz is a multimedia reporter at Rappler, covering health, education, and social welfare. She also writes stories on women, children, and gender issues. Before that, she was a researcher-writer at Rappler’s investigative and business sections.

In 2017, she was awarded the International Labour Organization’s Global Media Award for her coverage on fair recruitment of migrant workers.

Sofia graduated from Ateneo de Manila University in 2016 with a degree in Communication and minor in Literature.

Her interests include Philippine history, geopolitics, stationery, makeup, and practicing Barre.

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Jun 2019
PHILIPPINES 05:08pm, Jun 18, 2019
Ice Seguerra calls out Cardema's Congress bid

MANILA, Philippines – From one former National Youth Commission chairperson to another, Ice Seguerra clapped back at Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema as he criticized the latter's use of his ...

PHILIPPINES 12:48am, Jun 18, 2019
Lorenzana doubts if PH boat sinking was intentional

MANILA, Philippines – After President Rodrigo Duterte dismissed the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea as a "maritime incident," Defense Secretary Delfin ...

2019 07:30pm, Jun 17, 2019
Another petition vs Duterte Youth's Cardema filed with Comelec

MANILA, Philippines – Backed by veteran election experts, youth group Millennials PH filed a petition before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday, June 17, seeking to cancel Duterte Youth ...

2019 04:53pm, Jun 17, 2019
Comelec denies alleged poll fraud amid photo of floating ballot box in Maguindanao

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) denied allegations of poll fraud on Monday, June 17, even as it investigates reports of a ballot box allegedly found submerged in a ...

2019 12:25pm, Jun 17, 2019
Ex-poll chief Brillantes, Macalintal back calls to junk Cardema's Congress bid

MANILA, Philippines – Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr and veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal on Monday, June 17, backed calls for the poll body to reject ...

PHILIPPINES 03:35pm, Jun 16, 2019
2 human rights workers shot dead in Sorsogon

MANILA, Philippines – Two human rights defenders were gunned down by unidentified men in Barangay Cabid-an, Sorsogon, on Saturday, June 15. According to human rights group Karapatan, the slain ...

PHILIPPINES 12:16pm, Jun 14, 2019
FDA orders Shopee, Lazada to stop online sale of medicines

MANILA, Philippines – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday, June 14, ordered online shopping platforms Shopee Philippines and Lazada Philippines to immediately stop the sale of medicines ...

PHILIPPINES 10:58pm, Jun 12, 2019
Gov't to run after corrupt health providers, PhilHealth officials – Duque

MANILA, Philippines – After a dialysis center was found to have charged the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) for "ghost" kidney treatments, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III ...

PHILIPPINES 09:55pm, Jun 11, 2019
After reshuffle, PhilHealth COO Ruben Basa to take over as officer-in-charge – Duque

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) Chief Operating Officer Ruben John Basa will assume the post as the company's officer-in-charge (OIC) as its officials are ...

2019 06:27pm, Jun 11, 2019
Too old to be youth official, Cardema now says he represents ‘professionals’

MANILA, Philippines – After claiming to represent the youth, but found breaching the age limit for the sector's congressional representative, Duterte Youth chairman Ronald Cardema changes tunes. He ...