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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Jul 2019
RAPPLER IQ 04:10pm, Jul 19, 2019
Why Iceland led UN resolution on PH drug war killings

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte earlier blasted Iceland for failing to “understand” the Philippines after it led the filing of a resolution for the United Nations to review drug war ...

PHILIPPINES 05:40pm, Jul 18, 2019
2 Filipinos missing at Phuket beach

MANILA, Philippines – Two Filipinos have been reported missing at Freedom Beach in Phuket, Thailand, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on Thursday, July 18. The DFA said in a ...

PHILIPPINES 04:48pm, Jul 18, 2019
PNP to deploy 14,000 cops to secure SONA 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police will deploy 14,000 cops all over Metro Manila to secure the 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte, PNP chief ...

PHILIPPINES 03:52pm, Jul 18, 2019
Duterte gov't tally: Drug war deaths top 5,500 before SONA 2019

MANILA, Phlippines – Three years into the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, the government's anti-illegal drug campaign has claimed over 5,500 lives, according to the Philippine Drug ...

PHILIPPINES 08:00pm, Jul 17, 2019
Carpio, Del Rosario refute Duterte on invoking defense pact with U.S.

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio refuted President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, July 17, saying the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the ...

PHILIPPINES 04:59pm, Jul 17, 2019
Isko Moreno eyes new slaughterhouse complex in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Isko Moreno continued to give a glimpse of his new Manila as he announced a plan to build a complex to replace the beatdown Vitas slaughterhouse in Tondo. Moreno ...

PHILIPPINES 08:07am, Jul 17, 2019
New law creates social welfare attachés for OFWs

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law that creates social welfare attachés for countries with a large number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Republic Act ...

PHILIPPINES 10:33pm, Jul 16, 2019
U.S. urges PH: Ensure sea code 'consistent' with international law

MANILA, Philippines – The United States urged the Philippines on Tuesday, July 16, to ensure that the crafting of a code of conduct (COC) in the South China Sea among countries in the Association of ...

PHILIPPINES 07:53pm, Jul 16, 2019
PH, U.S. sign education deals, create new fellowship for Filipino scholars

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines and United States signed on Tuesday, July 16, two statements and agreements on education and during the Bilateral Strategic Dialogue (BSD) held between the two ...

PHILIPPINES 07:45pm, Jul 16, 2019
PNP rule banning presentation of suspects 'mere guidance' – Manila legal office

MANILA, Philippines – After Manila Mayor Isko Moreno presented some of the capital's most wanted suspects to media, Manila City Legal Office chief Emeterio Moreno defended the new mayor, saying the ...