Beyond the trail: A day in the life of a forest ranger

Featuring Kuya Ruben Gianan

About the episode

Beyond the trail: A day in the life of a forest ranger

Let’s have a personal look into the life of a forest ranger and discover the joys and challenges that one may face in the field. 


Kuya Ruben Gianan, one of Masungi Georeserve’s veteran park rangers and forest guards, narrates his shared history and personal transformation along with the gradual development of the world-renowned conservation area. As Masungi faces various threats to its environmental and social integrity, Kuya Ruben’s devoted commitment to his profession serves as a microcosm of the fight for forest protection amidst the environmental defense crisis in the Philippines.

About the podcast

Gubatbp. (pronounced as “gubat at iba pa” or “forest and others”) is a monthly podcast by the Forest Foundation Philippines. Here, we tell stories and engage in discussions about the interrelatedness of people, forest, and biodiversity.

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Executive Director

Onggie Canivel is the Executive Director of Forest Foundation Philippines. A staunch advocate of the environment, he previously held positions, leading advocacy and policy initiatives, at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines, Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC), and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). 


He obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Ateneo de Manila University. 


Passionate about the great outdoors, he spends his free time reading books on the environment, and sharing his love of the forests to friends and family by taking them to the country’s most beautiful landscapes. Also a serial hobbyist, he collects fountain pens and takes fishkeeping seriously.


Knowledge Management Specialist

Bryan Mariano is Forest Foundation Philippines’ Knowledge Management Specialist. He is a development communication practitioner who has been working in the forest conservation sector since 2015. He is currently finishing his MS Geography program at the University of the Philippines Diliman where he studies social meanings of places and knowledge production in human-nature relations. With great admiration for landscapes, he enjoys hiking and reading books about the environment.