Voltaire Tupaz is a multimedia journalist who covers climate change, environmental topics, and development issues. He is the co-founder and chief content officer of FYT, an independent media start-up in the Philippines. FYT creates online content that highlights courage in stories and advocacies.
He is also a director of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) and a program lead of the Initiative for Media Freedom (IMF), the consortium behind the BarangayHub.PH platform and network.
Before that, Voltaire was the editor of MovePH, Rappler’s civic engagement arm. A founding team member of Rappler in 2012, he directed award-winning digital campaigns, content executions, and platforms such as Not on Our Watch or #NowPH, #ClimateActionPH, and Agos e-Bayanihan until 2018.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore's Climate Reality Project in the Philippines recognized Voltaire as a Filipino media champion in 2017, eventually receiving the Luntiang Aligato Award in 2018 for his coverage of the historic Paris climate change conference and issues on global warming.
He wrote and produced “360 Perspective: Women of the Mountains,” which won Best Immersive (360, VR) at the Regional Round of the Asian Academy Creative Awards 2019. This immersive video takes you to the ancestral land of two indigenous women who are leading the fight to keep their way of life in picturesque Sagada in Mountain Province, Philippines, as it faces climate change.
Voltaire’s passion for storytelling and civic engagement was inspired by his extensive experience as a youth leader and development worker.
He was a former chairperson of the University of the Philippines Baguio student council and the National Union of Students of the Philippines in Baguio and Benguet. After earning his B.A. in Social Sciences - Major in Economics and Political Science, he pursued policy advocacy on the rights of indigenous peoples, climate action, and sustainable agriculture with various NGOs as a consultant and campaign officer. He was the executive director of the Philippine Network of Food Security Programmes before he joined the media industry.