Robert Suntay PRO

Manila, Philippines

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Robert "Bobbit" Suntay's work is featured regularly on websites and TV shows including World Without Walls. Most recently, he was a Studio H20 videographer for the documentary, "On The Brink: Uncharted Waters." On the Brink, a 55 minute film on the Whaleshark Eco-Tourism program in Oslob, Cebu, recently won the Conservation Film Award at the 2016 San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival. It is also an Official Selection at the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema (London) in 2016.

His Dive Philippines Collage video was shown at the Sept 2015 Diving Resort Travel (DRT) Philippines Expo. DRT is one of the largest expos of its kind in Asia. His Bohol diving video was part of the award winning Philippine pavilion in Expo 2012, Yeosu, Korea. His film on octopus behavior was aired on CNN news television and on their website as an iReport "Editor's Pick." His video on Anilao diving, together with the photos of renowned underwater photographer, Jerome Kim, was shown at the Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) in April 2014 in Singapore. And on Earth Day, 22 April 2014, the film "Philippine Marine Biodiversity," featuring Bobbit's footage, was launched. This video was made in partnership with the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippine Information Agency, and internationally acclaimed filmmaker, Brillante Mendoza. The film is part of Sen. Loren Legarda's longtime advocacy on environmental conservation. Sen. Legarda is the Chair of the Philippine Senate Committee on Environment and Natural resources.

Bobbit was featured, together with environmental activist, AG Sano, on Solar News Cafe in June 2014, and his work on the "Philippine Marine Biodiversity" documentary was shown on Solar Nightly News in April 2014, ANC, and other news channels. His experiences as a divemaster and videographer in Anilao, Philippines (together with dive instructor and conservationist, Boy Siojo) were featured in an episode on ANC's Green Living TV show in March 2013. Bobbit has also worked with professional videographer, Mel Segarra, in shooting dive sites around Anilao for the Islands Insider TV series that is being edited for release on the National Geographic (Philippines) channel. The waters flowing from Puerta Galera in Mindoro to Anilao in Batangas are considered by scientists, both in the Philippines and in other countries, to be "the center of the center of marine biodiversity."

Bobbit has done video work for Balai Resort in Anilao, The Ananyana in Bohol, Acqua Dive in Dumaguete, and the Pangulasian, Lagen, Miniloc and Apulit Island resorts of the El Nido group in Palawan. He has shot video on the Guimaras and Camiguin islands' reefs for their local government tourism projects. Bobbit contributes videos regularly in support of the dive tourism development projects of the Philippines Department of Tourism (DOT), The Mabini Tourism Office, as well as for exhibits and workshops of The Mind Museum - most recently, A Glass of Sea (AGOS) launched in August 2015. Together with colleagues from the Network of Underwater Digital Imagers (NUDI), he recently engaged in documenting the coral restoration project, as well as other dive sites, in the province of Antique. This project resulted in the release on October 2014 of the "Antique Coral Restoration" DVD, also conceptualized and produced by Sen. Loren Legarda and again directed by Brilliante Mendoza. Bobbit's videos have been used by organizations in various countries including, most recently, China, India, and Russia. Bobbit also teaches introductory workshops on underwater videography and editing. He has recently taught 3-day workshops at Acqua Dive Resort in Dumaguete and Pawikan resort in Anilao.

Bobbit has been scuba diving in the Philippines and in other countries for over 20 years, and has been a PADI-certified dive master since 1998. He is also an AIDA3 certified free diver. When he is not underwater, Bobbit serves on various boards and advisory councils including: Studio H20, NUDI, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines, the SEA Institute, and the Beacon Academy. He has also served on the boards of the Beacon School and the Principals' Center at Harvard University. He was formerly a research and teaching fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education's doctoral program, the high school principal of Xavier School in Manila, and an assistant professor and administrator at the Ateneo de Manila University. Bobbit is currently president of the SEA-VIP Institute, a non-profit foundation that uses Science, Education, and Advocacy projects to protect the Verde Island Passage.

Bobbit is the co-founder and currently the board chair and executive director of the Carewell Community Foundation. Carewell is a Manila-based NGO that provides cancer support free of charge to persons with cancer and their loved ones.

Profile photo thanks to Boogs Rosales and Wowie Wong of NUDI.

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