Patricia Evangelista

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Patricia Chanco Evangelista is a Manila-based journalist and documentary filmmaker. She is a multimedia reporter for online news agency Rappler and is a writer-at-large for Esquire Magazine.


Evangelista finished high school at St. Theresa's College, Quezon City. She graduated Cum Laude with a degree of BA Speech Communication University of the Philippines Diliman in 2006. She is an alumna of the UP Debate Society (UPDEBSOC).


Patricia is a multimedia journalist covering conflict, disaster and human rights.[1]

At 18, she became the first Filipino to win the London-based annual International Public Speaking Championships - an annual competition sponsored by the English-Speaking Union held in London. Her speech entitled Blonde and Blue Eyes for the theme Borderless World, bested 59 contestants from 37 countries.[2]

She was first published as a youth columnist by the Philippine Star, and then went on to write a weekly column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer's opinion section that ran for nine years. She has written for Rogue Magazine and UNO.

Patricia had her start in television journalism as a production assistant for ANC. She went on to produce a number of programs and documentaries, including the groundbreaking narrative series, Storyline that ran over the Abs-cbn News Channel for five years. She also wrote and produced the short film series AmBisyon and Kinse. She was the executive producer behind ANC's Truths, a three-part investigative documentary on abortion, disaster, and human rights.

She is a fellow of the South East Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), is a Titus Brandsma Awardee for Emergent Journalism[3] and was part of Devex's 2012 40 under 40.[4]

She is the co-founder of Storyline Productions with filmmaker Paolo Villaluna. Her various television projects have been recipients of a number of local awards including the Gawad Tanglaw,[5] the Catholic Mass Media Award,[6] as well as three New York Festivals medals.[7]

Evangelista's short film on the aftermath of Supertyphoon Haiyan won the media prize at the Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction in Thailand in 2014.[8] She was also awarded the 2014 Kate Webb Prize for frontline journalism.[9]

She is a field reporter for Rappler, producing documentary and news pieces as well as analysis for the Thought Leaders section. As a writer-at-large for Esquire Magazine since its inception, Evangelista writes long-form journalism pieces and profiles politicians and newsmakers.

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  1. ^ Rappler reporter Patricia Evangelista,
  2. ^ UP coed tops global speechfest,
  3. ^ Titus Brandsma Award-Philippines for Journalism,
  4. ^ Devex 40 Under 40,
  5. ^ ABS-CBN big winner at 10th Gawad Tanglaw,
  6. ^ Catholic Mass Media Awards bares list of winners for 2007,
  7. ^ Storyline wins New York Festivals,
  8. ^ Haiyan tale scoops film award
  9. ^ Philippines journalist wins AFP’s 2014 Kate Webb Prize,