I am freelance travel photographer and writer based in Manila. Born and raised in Tuguegarao City in the northern Philippines, I moved to the country’s busy capital, where I studied Political Science at the Ateneo de Manila University, and Communication Arts in Miriam College.
In the beginning, most of my photography skills were self-taught, later on honing them under the instruction of several teachers. In 2009, I was mentored by Jonathan Taylor of the Photography School Asia in Bangkok, Thailand. In May 2011, I completed my Photojournalism Degree at the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo.
It took several years for me to realize that my true passion lies in photography. Because I have been traveling for years – I have a love affair with the countries of Asia – it made sense that my photography takes inspiration from the places I explore, the people I meet and the adventures I encounter. What I love about travel photography is that I get to be exposed to different kinds of imagery – portraits, architecture, landscapes, events and food – while giving me enough freedom to express my creativity and personality.
My work has appeared in several publications, both local and international. These include AsiaNews Magazine, The Bangkok Post, The Philippine Daily Inquirer, New Internationalist, TRAVELife Magazine, Leisure + Adventure Travel, UNESCO World Heritage, Mabuhay Magazine, La Isla Magazine and Asian Geographic. Two coffee table books have featured my work as well: Treasures of the Dragon – Showcasing the Jewels of Asia and The Middle East, and Buddhas. My photographs have also been exhibited in Rome, Kiev and Manila.
While I am currently managing my own coffee shop in Manila, I am also a contributing photographer for Getty Images. In the next couple of years, I intend to continue my craft by traveling to and documenting the colorful festivals around Asia, as well as do stories about animal conservation and the LGBT community.