Philippines Photo Tour - 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.
Dates: Feb 1 - 10
4 People Maximum led by Alfonso Calero - fluent in Tagalog, pro photographer, tutor and guide (Date Requests Accepted)
Curious about South East Asia but haven't yet found the best way to explore? Our Philippines Photography Tour will introduce you to the beauty and diversity of Asia.
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 far northern islands of Batanes have been compared to the Ireland of Asia. 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. Your guide will be Alfonso Calero - a professional photographer, guide and instructor fluent in Filipino.
- All ground transport
- All domestic flights
- All 3.5 Star Accommodation
- All Tuition (6 hours per day), translating, photography and tour-guiding
- All meals
- International flights and Hotel Transfers
- Travel Insurance
Flights should be booked separately once your Tour booking is confirmed.
What to Bring: Photographic & General Gear
- DSLR camera
- 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)
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.
Day 2 - Batanes Island is a about a 2 hour flight from Manila. Basco is it's main town with a small population of only 8,600. This will be a our base for the next few days when exploring the islands.
Day 3 - Batanes Island has been described as the Ireland of Asia with it's 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.
Day 4 - Sabtang Island is an hour boat ride. Once on the island we will explore the village of Chavayan to see stone houses and nearby hidden beaches and clifftops.
Day 5 - Sabtang Island is a one hour boat ride on the high seas. Here we will spend the night in traditional accommodation. It's isolation is a blessing if you wish to experience the locals who are very hospitable. The Chavatan culture is very honest and warm.
Day 6 - Flight to Manila & Bohol to arrive at The Bohol Bee Farm which is a very cozy and relaxing place on 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.
Day 7 - 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.
Day 8 - 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.
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.
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!
- 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:
- Street Portraits
- Landscape Photography
- Architectural Photography
- Night Photography
- Advanced Editing Techniques
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.