Voltaire Tupaz



Follow him on Twitter via @VoltaireTupaz
Email him at: voltaire.tupaz@rappler.com

Voltaire was born in Tacloban, Leyte, and graduated with a degree in social sciences from UP-Baguio where he served as student council chairperson. He headed the Baguio and Benguet chapter of the National Union of Students of the Philippines and served as the youngest secretary general of Tongtongan Ti Umili (People's Forum), a multi-sectoral network in Metro Baguio.

Before joining Rappler, Voltz was the executive director of a consortium of non-government organizations that promotes sustainable development and food security. He also served as a policy advocacy specialist for various non-profit organizations and an international environmental network, raising awareness about a range of issues that included indigenous knowledge systems, appropriate technology, climate change and other development issues.

In Rappler, Voltz creates and manages platforms for public discussion, opening avenues for citizen involvement online and on the ground.

One of the pioneers of Move.PH, Rappler's citizen journalism arm, Voltz moves around the country organizing the 'Social Media for Social Change' chat series. He often covers green causes and, sometimes, red carpets. In between, he retreats to white sand and blue seas.

Apr 2017
MOVEPH 08:00pm, Apr 23, 2017
WATCH: PH's climate czar tries carbon footprint calculator

MANILA, Philippines – Secretary Vernice Victorio, Climate Change Commission vice chairperson, walked her talk when the Paris Agreement on Climate Change entered into force for the Philippines on ...

MOVEPH 07:42pm, Apr 22, 2017
Cardinal Tagle on Earth Day: Protect nature from 'acts of greed'

MANILA, Philippines – On Earth Day, April 22, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged the public to protect nature from greed that contributes to climate change. "Our celebration of the ...

PHILIPPINES 02:49pm, Apr 21, 2017
PH to mark Earth Day as Paris deal takes effect

MANILA, Philippines – The Paris Agreement on Climate Change will enter into force for the Philippines on Earth Day, April 22, or 30 days after the country submitted its "Instrument of Accession" to ...

AGOS 08:09pm, Apr 15, 2017
#ReliefPH: DSWD ready to help areas affected by Tropical Depression Crising

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is ready to serve areas expected to be adversely affected by Tropical Depression Crising. “Patuloy po ang koordinasyong ...

AGOS 10:55am, Apr 14, 2017
WATCH: Help arrives in earthquake-hit Batangas island

BATANGAS, Philippines – Irene de Austria, a mother of 3 from Tingloy town, is still terrified as she recalls the earthquake swarm that hit Batangas on Saturday, April 8. "I looked for my 3 children. ...

AGOS 09:27am, Apr 14, 2017
WATCH: Inside the damaged Batangas basilica

BATANGAS CITY, Philippines – Many Catholics in Batangas City observe Holy Week outdoors – in an open chapel or at the Mabini Plaza. The earthquake swarm that hit Batangas in April 2017 damaged the ...

AGOS 08:31pm, Apr 12, 2017
#ReliefPH: Earthquake-hit Batangas island needs food, water

BATANGAS, Philippines – Irene de Austria, a mother of 3, was still terrified as she recalled how her family ran into open space when the ground shook violently last Saturday, April 8. "Parang ...

AGOS 03:28pm, Apr 11, 2017
WATCH: Phivolcs explains 'earthquake swarm' in Batangas

BATANGAS CITY, Philippines – On Monday, April 10, Science Undersecretary Renato Solidum Jr corrected a number of online posts about the twin earthquakes that rocked Batangas on Saturday. He visited ...

AGOS 06:09pm, Apr 08, 2017
IN PHOTOS: Earthquake causes panic, damage in Batangas resort

MANILA, Philippines – "People panicked. Children were crying." This was how Facebook user Ryan Valle described how his fellow guests at Camp Netanya Resort in Mabini town in Batangas when a ...

Mar 2017
SHAREPH 03:17pm, Mar 26, 2017
#SharePH: ATV adventure at the foot of Mayon Volcano

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – Set off on an adventure to get closer to Mount Mayon, the Philippines' most active volcano, world-famous for its almost-perfect cone. When you are in Legazpi City, hop on ...