Photographer, Writer & Researcher
Dela Cruz thought she was going to be a writer. While studying journalism, she became a student activist and brought a camera to document student protests and the flight of farmers and workers in the Philippines. From 2013-2016, she was a photo correspondent for Philippine Daily Inquirer covering news, sports, and lifestyle.
She has been documenting the war on drugs since July 2016 through research and photos. Some of her works appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, Time, Al Jazeera, Nikkei Asian Review, and in various local online and print publications. She recently co-produced “Si Kian”, a children’s book about Kian Delos Santos, a minor who was killed by cops in the drug war that sparked outrage in the Philippines. It won a National Children's Book Award and was included in the White Raven Category.
Dela Cruz was recently part of the Adelante Reporting Initiative by International Women's Media Foundationin El Salvador.