environmental conservation

[DOCUMENTARY] Masungi Georeserve: A paradise in danger

Nick Villavecer
[DOCUMENTARY] Masungi Georeserve: A paradise in danger
Despite their efforts to protect Masungi Georeserve, its founder and staff continue to face threats from illegal encroachers to this day. It's a challenge that Masungi's forest rangers have long accepted.

RIZAL, Philippines – The Masungi Georeserve in Rizal province is a gem of rock formations and forest, just more than an hour’s drive from Metro Manila.

Since its construction in 2000, Masungi Georeserve has become a haven for endemic and endangered species of flora and fauna.

While the founder and staff of Masungi have preserved the area for years, the threat of illegal encroachers remains a challenge to this day. It’s a challenge that its forest rangers have long accepted.

In this documentary, Rappler tells the story of Masungi founder Ben Dumaliang, his daughter Billie, and Kukhan Maas, a park ranger who almost lost his life guarding the conservation area. – Rappler.com

Host/narrator: Iya Gozum
Writer/producer: Nick Villavecer
Production specialists: Franz Lopez, Jeff Digma
Video editor: Emerald Hidalgo
Supervising producer: Beth Frondoso

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Nick Villavecer

Nick Villavecer is a multimedia producer for Rappler where he produces newscasts, explainers, and short documentaries. From 2016 to August 2020, he was a researcher, writer, and segment producer for ABS-CBN's Current Affairs division, producing stories on human interest, public health issues, natural disasters, crimes, accidents, and emergency-preparedness.