I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. At an early age I have always explored my artistic side. My mother would buy me sketch books and art materials to feed my creativity. I would later be taking an interest in computers and graphic design. And when my father bought me my first ever digital camera, I was immediately hooked in taking pictures. Hooked enough to drop out from college at my previous course studying Food Science.
Six years later, I am now the youngest photojournalist in the country to have ever worked for international wire agencies. Being commissioned by Deutsche Presse-Agentur, then becoming a contract photographer for ZUMA Press. And when monsoon rains submerged most of the Philippine capital in one of the worst flooding the country has seen, was hired to shoot for Associated Press. All while I was still 18.
Three years into shooting editorial work, my photos have been widely published internationally in major publications such as TIME, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, The Wall Street Journal, The Straits Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Denver Post, Conde Nast Traveler, Forbes, among others. I am currently represented by ZUMA and Barcroft Media, and continue to be an on-call stringer for AP and Reuters.
Alongside editorial work, I am also back in college (far from dropping out), happily finishing my Fine Arts degree at Far Eastern University.