Philippines Photo Tour
10 days on 4 tropical islands; Bohol, Siquijor, Negros & Cebu. This will be the trip of a lifetime. Let me show you a side to the Philippines that is both beautiful and true. This is where I was born and raised. Our very personal encounters with the locals will keep you coming back to this wonderful country. Focus on street portraits and landscapes.
This is where I was born and raised for the first 15 years of my life. The country is diverse in culture and its landscapes. The landscapes are lush green rolling hills and rustic coastlines. It's isolation has kept it from development. This is a place where ecotourism works in unison with locals. We will venture to the Chocolate Hills on the island of Bohol where we can also see the near extinct Tarsier primate in captivity.
Dates: Feb 2 - 11
4 People Maximum led by Alfonso Calero - fluent in Tagalog, pro photographer, tutor and guide (Date Requests Accepted)
USD$4499 (Single room)
All ground transport
All domestic flights
All 3 Star Accommodation
All Tuition (6 hours per day), translating, photography and tour-guiding
All Meals (9 dinners, Breakfast and Lunch)
International flights and Hotel Transfers
Flights should be booked separately once your Tour booking is confirmed.
(Feb 2) Day 1 - Old Manila Photo Walk will take us through the heritage listed area of Intramuros. A Spanish walled city that has been preserved to bring history to life. The San Agustin Church and surrounding buildings are exquisite examples of Spanish Colonial Architecture. After lunch by Manila Bay with seafood banquet we will stroll down Manila Boulevard and Luneta Park to mingle with locals for some street portraits.
(Feb 3) Day 2 - Flight from Manila to Bohol to arrive at The Bohol Bee Farm which is a very cozy and relaxing place near Panglao island. Owner and Chef Vicky Wallace prepares delicious meals from organically-grown vegetables on her farm. Nearby we will visit the coconut tree lined beaches for a magic sunset. Philippine sunsets are always blood red and filled with a vast array of orange tones.
(Feb 4) Day 3 - Bohol - Island Exploration includes visiting the villages and the city of Tagbiliran for some unique street portraits. Environmental Portraits give us an opportunity to make new friends and hear their stories. The camera is a great excuse to interact with locals. I will teach you different ways to capture a series of shots that have a narrative. Together we will examine travel photography with a photo-journalistic approach.
(Feb 5) Day 4 - Bohol - Chocolate Hills & Tarsier are the highlight of this trip with the chance to photograph a primate near extension. The hills have been known as Chocolate because of their resemblance to Hershey's Kisses Chocolate.
(Feb 6) Day 5 - Siquijor Island is a about a 2 hour ferry ride from Tagbilaran in Bohol. Siquijor is known as the island of faith healers. Aside from picture perfect beaches, the island offers a swamps and waterfalls. What makes this island unique is there is no loud music playing at nightclubs, no airport and no shopping malls. This all equates to a more serene and pristine environment.
(Feb 7) Day 6 - Siquijor Island has rustic seascapes and rolling green hills. Agri-tourism work well in these parts. At sunset you can ask a farmer to pose with his water buffalo. At dawn you can find a fisherman casting his net. The island is full of authentic unplanned surprises.
(Feb 8) Day 7 - Negros Island is an hour boat ride. Once on the island we will explore Wuthering Heights B&B is a short 30 minute drive from Dumaguete port. Nearby hidden beaches and clifftops views make for the perfect place to relax and enjoy the calm and simple seascapes.
(Feb 9) Day 8 - Cebu Island is a one hour boat ride on the high seas. Here we will spend the day in Oslob swimming with Whale Sharks.
(Feb 10) Day 9 - Flight to Manila & afternoon shoot of Makati skyline. Manila's Mayhem is best seen from above with a cold drink and a sunset. The financial district of Makati is the perfect spot to photograph a night shot of skyscrapers and Manila Bay in the distance.
(Feb 11) Day 10 - Morning Shoot at Payatas slum. The Payatas slum is next to the largest dumpsite in the Philippines. Working closely with the Fairplay for all Foundation we will photograph the people in these slums. The photos along with a small donation to the charity will be used for their marketing. In the style of Humans of New York we will photograph Humans of Payatas to tell the positive stories of how this foundation has changed their lives for the better.
It's a great way to give back to the community without exploiting them for photographs. With the help of local staff we will be securely guided and told the stories of the locals and how they have been able to benefit from the foundation's help.
Very small group
Learn at your own pace one on one
Hand-picked BEST locations
Led by an experienced photographer/guide/tutor - Alfonso Calero
Truly authentic travel experience - a trip of lifetime!
What to Bring: Photographic & General Gear
Wide angle lens
Tripod & Cable Release
Dependable Portable External Drive
Laptop and power supply
Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop
Up to 20 kg luggage and appropriate clothing
Moderate Level of Fitness is required with around 10,000 steps a day (2hrs)
Photographing Unique Seascapes
Visiting the famous Chocolate Hills
Staying in traditional accommodation
Seeing and photographing the Tarsier
Going to a very remote island group
Sample the beauty of Filipino Cuisine
Discovering why the Philippines is a paradise.
We will learn:
Advanced Editing Techniques
Nature & Wildlife Photography
Deposit and Cancellation Policy (per person)
A deposit of $US1000 per person is required to secure booking
Via Bank Transfer
Cancellation More than 120 days before a trip: 100% refund of deposit.
Cancellation Between 120 and 30 days: 50% refund
Cancellation Less than 30 days: 0% refund
Final payment is due 120 days before the workshop/trip starts.