Fritzie Rodriguez

Fritzie Rodriguez is a writer and researcher for Rappler.

She writes stories on campaign spending and election-related violations as part of the #PHVote coverage.

Prior to joining the research team, she was a writer for MovePH, Rappler's civic engagement wing. She covers issues on children's and women's rights.

She writes for the #HungerProject, featuring the intersections of poverty and health. She also writes for the #GenderIssues section, sparking discussions on reproductive health, divorce, abortion, LGBT rights, and violence against women and children.

She graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines-Diliman with a degree in Broadcast Communication. She also spent a year in Japan studying International Relations as an exchange student.

She is a recipient of the 2016 Hildegarde Journalism Award, the 2015 Save the Children Media Award, and the 2015 Water Warrior Award.

She was also a finalist for the 2015 Silliman University National Writers Workshop (Creative Non-fiction Category), the 2015 European Union Peace Journalism Awards, and the 2014 Lassalian Scholarum Awards.

In 2015, she received a fellowship from Canal France International, under the Media 21 Asia Project. She was part of a team of Southeast Asian journalists that travelled to Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam to learn how to cover environmental and climate change issues.

For her final project, she produced a series of stories on the environmental practices of the Hanunuo Mangyan, an indigenous community in Oriental Mindoro.

She was also part of the Philippine team that covered the 2015 Climate Conference in Paris, France.

Jul 2019
ISPEAK 06:51pm, Jul 20, 2019
[OPINION] A love letter to Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Manila is crumbling. I often hear this from disappointed tourists and politicians. This year, I promised to explore the great capital more – to see if I would step on crumbs, ...

Dec 2018
LIFESTYLE 05:00pm, Dec 02, 2018
IN PHOTOS: Sundays at Central, HK

HONG KONG – The streets were filled with cardboard boxes, Filipino snacks, and hundreds of women taking over a posh shopping area of Central, Hong Kong for their once-a-week gathering. Today is ...

Jul 2017
IMHO 02:35pm, Jul 01, 2017
Marawi children need our help

On May 23, Marawi City made headlines as government forces and a local armed group clashed in the area. Bullets were exchanged and properties were damaged – including hospitals and schools. As of ...

Jun 2017
#GENDERISSUES 07:47am, Jun 24, 2017
WATCH: Can boys play with dolls?

MANILA, Philippines – Toys are toys. Both girls and boys can play with dolls. In Caloocan, I met Rowena and Angelo. This mother and son duo is challenging misconceptions among Filipino families – ...

Jul 2016
MOVEPH 06:33pm, Jul 23, 2016
Bata, bata, paano magbasa?

MANILA, Philippines – What was your favorite book as a child? While many of us still vividly remember our favorite stories, there are Filipino children who grow up without books in their ...

HUNGER 08:18pm, Jul 16, 2016
When a child raises a child

MANILA, Philippines – She moved in with her “husband” at 13. The age of consent under Philippines laws is 12, one of the lowest in the world. Although not married, they call each other “asawa” ...

HUNGER 04:00pm, Jul 09, 2016
Ever been to Market 3 where kids grow up with dirty water?

MANILA, Philippines – The air smelled of fish, fresh off the water. It rained the night before, leaving the ground wet with urine and washed-out garbage. After a while, it gets hard to distinguish ...

May 2016
PHILIPPINES 01:30pm, May 21, 2016
Advocates to Duterte: Don't imprison parents of street kids

MANILA, Philippines – “Penalizing parents won’t necessarily make them good parents,” said Education Undersecretary Alberto Muyot on Friday, May 20. Muyot’s statement comes after President-elect ...

2016 05:08pm, May 11, 2016
Where did presidential bets enjoy landslide victories?

MANILA, Philippines – All presidential candidates – except Senator Miriam Santiago – enjoyed landslide victories from certain barangays across the country. At least 95% – or even more – of these ...

2016 06:57pm, May 05, 2016
WATCH: Guide for teachers on duty on election day

MANILA, Philippines – Teachers, are you ready for election day? On Monday, May 9, several public school teachers nationwide will be lending their hands to ensure a smooth, clean, and credible ...