The Philippines

​A pre-jury of more than 30 local science education and science communication professionals from the participating countries are closely involved in the selection of the films.

In the Philippines the pre-jury in 2020 consisted of the following members:
Alvin B. Baloloy

With trainings, skills, and love for Science and Arts, Alvin B. Baloloy is exploring the best of both worlds while contributing to the society in terms of scientific research and short films. Alvin believes that Science communication through media, like films, is as significant as discovering Science itself.

Alvin has strong academic background, achieved through the support of a national Science education scholarship. He graduated Cum Laude from Bicol University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He then received his master’s degree in Environmental Science from the Ateneo de Manila University. After graduation, he started working in the University of the Philippines Diliman and is currently a Senior Science Research Specialist. His research focuses in the field of remote sensing of the environment through projects implemented by UP. His previous research studies were already published in archives, proceedings and journals, including a recent publication in Elsevier this 2020. Alvin was invited to universities in Japan and Indonesia as a resource person to share his research on mangroves. He was also awarded travel scholarships to attend trainings and workshops in Taiwan and Beijing.

In the field of film making, he released his first short film ‘Maghihintay, Tonton’ in 2018. This film received a number of awards during the Short and Sweet Film Festival-Manila, and was screened as an official selection to the 48th ROSHD International Film Festival, 2018 CineKasimanwa, and 2019 Diwa Filipino Film Showcase of Seattle. In late 2018, he wrote and directed the short film ‘Panaghoy’ which was awarded the Best Short Film in the Sinag Maynila Film Festival 2019. Aside from social narratives, Alvin also do science-related documentary videos especially those related to his projects in UP. Similar to his work in the academe, Alvin has been invited to deliver talks in film making wherein his favorite audience are students who are always eager to learn.

When he was a child, Alvin believed that he should select only one career in the future. Now as a grown-up, he learned that the world is so huge to limit ourselves with a single dream. His goal is to keep inspiring the young minds and to continuously communicate his learnings and pass it on to the next dreamers.

Dr. Ruby Roan-Cristobal

Dr. Cristobal is currently the Chief of the Science and Technology Manpower Education Research and Promotions Division (STMERPD) of DOST-SEI, and also anchors a Science radio program in a national broadcast network. She has been practicing science communication, research and ICT management since 1997 and previously worked in the areas of science museum and science education program development.


Her long years of experience in developing science promotion programs and  her involvement in educational television production have sparked her interests in running a national science film making competition and in advocating the use of film in documenting research among scientists. She spearheads the collaboration between DOST-SEI and Goethe Institut Philippinen in running the Science Film Festival (SFF) in the Philippines by leading in the selection of films, and coordinating film screenings in key science and academic institutions in the country. She also participates in the regional and international  activities and workshops in preparation for SFF every year.

She writes and edits technical papers on science promotion and  education policies and research, as well as popular materials such as press releases, audio-visual scripts, and other promotional collaterals.

Her research interests include climate change communication  in the media, STEM perception studies, and S&T human resource mobility and forecast studies.

Ruby Christobal

Chief Science Research Specialist, Science Education Institute, Department of Science and Technology

Joseph V. Gutierrez

Joseph started his academic career as a science teacher in the private schools. He then transferred to the public schools where is connected up to the present. Currently, he is a Senior Education Program Specialist at the Curriculum Standards Development Division of the Bureau of Curriculum Development.
He finished his bachelor’s degree in education at Adamson University and his masters at the University of Wyoming. He also has taken certificate program in teaching mathematics at Central Luzon State University.
Joseph is very active in the promotion of backyard astronomy to teachers and students alike, using his telescopes to strengthen and provide authentic experience of sky observation. He has organized and facilitated AstroCamp for teachers and students as part of his personal advocacy.

Science Film Festival 2020 - Pre-Jury - Philippines: Joseph V. Gutierrez

Dr. Nelzo C. Ereful

Since childhood, Nelzo has always been curious of how things work: from bubble formation after mixing gumamela (Hibiscus) leaves, detergent and water to why ants bump to each other; from how birds fly and why sea curls and foams. He later found out he has interest in math and science. He then pursued BSc in Biology at the University of Philippines Los Baňos. He then became a Researcher of ABS–CBN Foundation’s Sine’skwela, an Educational TV show aimed at educating children on science. After this stint, he continued to teach children through voluntary outreaches in Laguna.  Nelzo pursued further education and took his postdoctoral studies in Cambridge, UK specializing in Molecular and Computational Biology.

Today, we have enormous problems like decreasing agricultural land areas to plant our crops, climate change, and environmental pollution. Because of climate change, plants also face problems such as drought and diseases. Nelzo is interested in knowing what happens to plants when they are infected by diseases. Or, how plants respond when they are exposed to drought. If crops such as rice, corn and wheat are exposed to diseases and drought, they will produce less and less yield or fruit. He therefore aimed at improving these important crops in order to  survive diseases and drought. If this happens, we will have more food to eat.

Science Film Festival 2020 - Pre-Jury - Philippines: Dr. Nelzo C. Ereful