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.

Aug 2017
MOVEPH 07:52am, Aug 05, 2017
Evacuees in tent city to Duterte: End war in Marawi, allow us to go home

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines – Speaking on behalf of his new neighbors in a recently opened tent city in a town near Marawi City, Alajadj Ismael Panarigan called on President Rodrigo Duterte to end the ...

#ENVIRONMENT 09:50pm, Aug 02, 2017
ASEAN region to lose 70-90% of habitats by 2100 – report

MANILA, Philippines – The biological diversity or biodiversity in the ASEAN region, which is home to the "mega-diverse countries" of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia, will greatly be eroded ...

Jul 2017
AGOS 01:43pm, Jul 27, 2017
#FloodPH Alert: Flooded areas in Metro Manila on July 27

MANILA, Philippines – The southwest monsoon, enhanced by Tropical Storm Gorio (Nesat), brought more moderate to heavy rain to Metro Manila and the western part of Luzon, and light to moderate rain ...

PHILIPPINES 08:21am, Jul 18, 2017
Gov’t, MILF call on public, lawmakers to support new Bangsamoro law

MANILA, Philippines – Against the backdrop of Martial Law in Mindanao, the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) called on Filipinos to back the revised draft of the Bangsamoro ...

AGOS 12:36am, Jul 09, 2017
Phivolcs finds ground rupture in quake-hit Leyte

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) found the ground rupture caused by the magnitude-6.5 earthquake that hit Leyte province on Thursday, July ...

AGOS 11:06pm, Jul 01, 2017
Prepared for the Big One: MMDA, Agos partner for #MMShakeDrill 2017

MANILA, Philippines – To raise public awareness on preparing for a major earthquake or the "Big One" that could strike anytime, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has partnered ...

Jun 2017
MOVEPH 12:34pm, Jun 30, 2017
#InspireCourage: UP grad from Marawi dreams of building PH biotech industry

MANILA, Philippines – Fresh from his much-applauded valedictory speech at the graduation ceremony of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Arman Ali Ghodsinia shared what he intends to do ...

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 ...