A world with RH as told by Patricia Evangelista

Patricia Evangelista's wickedly satirical piece, Church of Magdalena, was recognized as Best Opinion Piece at the 7th PopDev Media Awards. Watch her acceptance speech here.


Patricia Evangelista, reporter for Move.ph, columnist at Inquirer and producer of ABS-CBN’s Storyline bagged the win for Best Opinion or Editorial Piece at the 7th Annual Population and Development Media Awards on November 29, 2011.

Her wickedly satirical piece, Church of the Magdalena (which can be read in full at  HYPERLINK “http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/columns/view/20101010-296915/Church-of-Magdalena” \o
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We know what a world without the RH bill looks like. A World Bank report shows nearly a third of the poorest 20-24 year-old Pinays had a baby before reaching the age of 18, meaning when they were still children themselves. According to the United Nations, more than half of all six year olds don’t enter the formal school system. Hear Patricia Evangelista tell the story of another Philippines.