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.

Jun 2017
AGOS 06:45pm, Jun 23, 2017
WATCH: UP Resilience Institute is Project NOAH's new home

MANILA, Philippines – A few days before the country observes the National Disaster Consciousness Month in July, the University of the Philippines relaunched its Resilience Institute (UP-RI), ...

May 2017
AGOS 08:08pm, May 27, 2017
How a father fled Marawi to save kids, wife in labor

MANILA, Philippines – From a village in crisis-hit Marawi City, he called for help. “From the mosque, take the narrow road going to our house. About 100 meters. There are no house numbers, and the ...

MOVEPH 09:08pm, May 23, 2017
#PrayforMarawi: Twitter users show support for Filipino civilians, troops

MANILA, Philippines – Heartfelt messages poured out on Twitter in support of the civilians and soldiers in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, as Filipino troops clashed with terror groups on Tuesday, May ...

AGOS 06:38am, May 10, 2017
WATCH: Duterte commissions Red Cross humanitarian ship

MANILA, Philippines – A day after it was named M/V Amazing Grace by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), the country's biggest humanitarian and disaster response ship was commissioned by President ...

Apr 2017
AGOS 01:40pm, Apr 29, 2017
Phivolcs quells rumors of tsunami threat after magnitude 7.2 earthquake

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reiterated its announcement that the agency has canceled its earlier tsunami advisory "as there is no longer a ...

AGOS 09:10am, Apr 29, 2017
NDRRMC activates response cluster for 7.2 magnitude earthquake

MANILA, Philippines – (NDRRMC) has activated its response cluster after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit Davao Occidental early Saturday morning, April 29. NDRRMC clusters met at 9 am, Saturday, to ...

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 ...