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.