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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Oct 2019
PEOPLE AND PROFILES 05:20pm, Oct 22, 2019
One more mission for DFA’s Generoso Calonge

MANILA, Philippines – In a swath of land in Labason, Zamboanga del Norte, a former soldier named Generoso Calonge was just shy of 30 when he received a letter in the mail that would change the ...

PHILIPPINES 07:00pm, Oct 20, 2019
Bello opposes House bill proposing 2-year probationary period for workers

MANILA, Philippines – Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III is against a House bill seeking to extend the probationary period of workers from 6 months to 2 years, saying this would deny workers their ...

PHILIPPINES 05:05pm, Oct 20, 2019
DOLE: No deployment ban or mandatory repatriation for OFWs in Hong Kong

MANILA, Philippines – Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III clarified that the Philippine government did not ban the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Hong Kong. There was also no ...

PHILIPPINES 02:41pm, Oct 20, 2019
Carpio welcomes Russian oil exploration in West Philippine Sea

MANILA, Philippines – Retiring Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio welcomed the possibility of Russian participation to explore for oil and gas in Philippine waters being claimed ...

PHILIPPINES 07:11pm, Oct 18, 2019
SC raises 4 issues with Marcos' motion to probe Mindanao polls

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), raised 4 issues with the motion of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr to nullify election ...

PHILIPPINES 07:03pm, Oct 18, 2019
Robredo widens lead over Marcos in recount in 3 pilot provinces

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Vice President Leni Robredo increased her lead over defeated 2016 rival Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr in the Supreme Court's recount of votes in the 3 pilot ...

PHILIPPINES 05:04pm, Oct 18, 2019
Carpio on West Philippine Sea: Every Filipino's duty to defend PH territory

MANILA, Philippines – It may have earned him the wrathful ire of President Rodrigo Duterte but for Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, defending the West Philippine Sea is part of every ...

PHILIPPINES 05:00pm, Oct 18, 2019
Labor groups slam House bill proposing 2-year probationary period for workers

MANILA, Philippines – Labor groups rejected a proposed House bill seeking to extend the probationary period of workers over 3 times from 6 months to 2 years, warning that its implementation would ...

PHILIPPINES 11:29am, Oct 17, 2019
Intentional? Chinese ship in Recto Bank incident 'explicitly connected' to Beijing

MANILA, Philippines – Contrary to what Chinese authorities previously claimed, the Chinese ship involved in the sinking of Philippine fishing boat Gem-Ver in the West Philippine Sea had been ...

PHILIPPINES 08:36am, Oct 16, 2019
Locsin wants DreamWorks boycott over 'Abominable' movie

MANILA, Philippines – Following the appearance of China’s 9-dash line in a DreamWorks children’s film, Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr called for a "universal boycott" of ...