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 2020
PHILIPPINES 12:01am, Jul 14, 2020
Easing of Metro Manila quarantine restrictions after July 15 unlikely – Roque

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Monday, July 13, that it was unlikely Metro Manila will be downgraded to a lower quarantine level after July 15, citing recent ...

PHILIPPINES 10:04pm, Jul 13, 2020
China rejects Philippines' call to comply with Hague ruling

MANILA, Philippines – China on Monday, July 13, refused to heed the Philippines' recent call to comply with the 2016 Hague ruling, once again rejecting the historic award as "illegal and ...

PHILIPPINES 07:48pm, Jul 13, 2020
New Anti-COVID czar Magalong to 'radically’ change PH contact tracing system

MANILA, Philippines – On his first day as the Philippines’ new coronavirus tracing chief Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong said on Monday, July 13, that the country’s contact tracing system, a crucial ...

PHILIPPINES 06:15pm, Jul 13, 2020
Philippines coronavirus cases climb further over 57,000

MANILA, Philippines – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Philippines climbed further to 57,006 on Monday, July 13, after 836 new cases were reported nationwide. The newly-reported ...

PHILIPPINES 04:38pm, Jul 13, 2020
Malacañang names 3 more 'anti-COVID czars'

MANILA, Philippines – In a bid to boost its testing, tracing, and treatment strategy as coronavirus cases continue to increase nationwide, the national government has named 3 more officials as ...

PHILIPPINES 03:56pm, Jul 13, 2020
DOH: Expect reported deaths, recoveries to increase as more LGU data come

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) told the public to expect an increase in the number of deaths and recoveries reported in the coming days, as the agency continued to receive more ...

PHILIPPINES 12:20pm, Jul 13, 2020
DOH clarifies home quarantine allowed, but stresses rules should be followed

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire clarified on Monday, July 13, that the government is not discouraging the public from observing home quarantine ...

PHILIPPINES 09:35am, Jul 13, 2020
Philippine coronavirus cases breach 56,000

MANILA, Philippines – The total number of confirmed cases in the Philippines rose to 56,259 as of Sunday, July 12, following 2,124 cases newly-reported from across the country. The Department of ...

PHILIPPINES 09:40pm, Jul 12, 2020
50 more Filipinos abroad get coronavirus; total at 8,854

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Sunday, July 12, that another 50 Filipinos abroad became infected with the coronavirus, raising the total number of confirmed ...

PHILIPPINES 07:15pm, Jul 12, 2020
PH to fly back remaining deceased OFWs from Saudi Arabia on July 20

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines committed to bring home the remains of over 200 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who died in Saudi Arabia after logistical challenges delayed their ...