Gabriel Malvar

Gabriel Malvar

Gabriel “Gabby” Malvar is a multi-awarded documentary filmmaker, writer, and photographer whose narratives are nuanced with unique, inventive perspectives to provoke an inquisitive look at his favorite subject, the Philippines. His films have been screened and recognized in festivals throughout the world. His articles have been published in Destinasian Magazine, Esquire Magazine, Travelife, among other publications. His National Geographic series Islands Insider (2012) is a travel guide with a bent towards history and culture. His work On the Brink (2016), a full-length feature, offers a balanced look at Oslob’s whale shark tourism. Then there is Passages, a series of films on Mindanao that features Tawi-Tawi (2015) and Sulu (2020) through a photographer’s lens. Know Your North (2016 to present), an anthology on Northern Luzon, exposes the region through individuals’ stories. Fields of Hope (2014) juxtaposes Tacloban’s recovery with the hopes of a junior football team. Palawan: the Last Bastion (2019) and Coral Resiliency: the Marine Protected Areas of Taytay (2019) highlight the fragile state of the country’s most popular island in the face of the demands on its resources by a growing
population and the influx of tourists. Viajero Chronicles is a written collection of his journeys
while Project Larawan consolidates images of the diverse souls he continuously encounters.
Gabby entertains and informs with one hand, while he conserves traditions, culture and nature
with the other.


Gabby is a resource speaker and lecturer on conservation, tourism sustainability issues and
filmmaking. He is also a GoNegosyo mentorExplore his work on YouTube.