About The Author

Benjamin “Benjie” Locsin Layug, a graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman, is a registered architect, a travel contributor for the Lifestyle and Travel Section of the Business Mirror (the Philippines’ No. 1 business daily), 7107 Islands Magazine and, online, for www.pep.ph a travel consultant for United Tourist Promotions (makers of EZ Maps), developer of the travel website Biyahero: A Philippine Travel Portal (www.biyahero.net) and a copy editor for New Day Publishers and Great Books Publishing.  

He is also the author of 5 travel books, namely “A Philippine Odyssey: A Collection of Featured Travel Articles” (New Day Publishers, 2005), “Pathfinders Travel Guide: Boracay” (Great Books Publishing, 2006), “A Tourist Guide to Notable Philippine Churches” (New Day Publishers, 2007), “A Tourist Guide to Notable Philippine Historical Landmarks, Monuments and Shrines” (New Day Publisher, 2010) and “A Tourist Guide to Notable Philippine Museums” (New Day Publishers, 2012);

Some of his books now appear in the local library shelves of the National Library of the Philippines, De La Salle University, Ateneo de Manila University, University of Sto. Tomas, U.P. Diliman, Centro Escolar University, San Sebastian College, Miriam College, Silliman University, to name a few, as well as internationally at the National Library of Australia and the University of California Berkeley Library.  Here in Manila, it is also sold in select National Bookstore outlets.

In the past, he has also written articles for Travel Update, Philippine Daily Inquirer, TODAY (now Manila Standard TODAY), City of Angels (an Angeles City newspaper), Bluprint (an architectural magazine), COLORS, Cook Magazine and the defunct Business Day.

Benjie loves to travel when the opportunity presents itself and he has been to 54 of the Philippines’ 80 provinces as well as a number of Southeast Asian and East Asian countries.  His travel experiences here and abroad are faithfully narrated, in detail, in this travel and lifestyle blog.(You can “Like” it on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/benjielayugadventuresofasavvytraveler)

3 thoughts on “About The Author

  1. Dear benjielayug ,

    Thank you for all the useful information and fabulous photos you’ve given me in this blog. I’ve got to say that you inspire me to travel more and more. I love the way you’ve styled your blog and your angle – of – view in photography. It’s amazing! I just want to be there right away

    By the way, I’m Duyen content staff of Fiuzu – Trip planner portal. I’m writing this to ask for permission to use your photos on our website http://fiuzu.com/ . Fiuzu is a smart trip planning app on the web and mobile that helps plan travel activities, especially auto/semi-auto generation of itinerary that match traveller’s time, budget and interests.

    At Fiuzu, we want introduce outstanding astounding sightseeing and attractions in each city through the pretty photos as yours. Hence, your photos will give our users a vivid and intuitive view about the locations we target. We will definitely put your name under each photos and a link to your blog. Please have a look at this link: http://fiuzu.com/a/skyline-luge-sentosa-1978045999 to see how Fiuzu presents photo and credit authors. So I just want to ask whether I can use your images National Museum, Magsingal Branch at http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gR0Wev4xLtc/UZEPkBcOjtI/AAAAAAAAJhY/3MaxD_K0b80/s1600/National+Museum+(Magsingal,+Ilocos+Sur).JPG
    When is your next holiday? Why don’t you give Fiuzu a try to make your own plan for your upcoming trips? I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. Fiuzu solves the hard part of travel activity planning and let you enjoy traveling as much as you can. With Fiuzu, just go.
    Again, I would be very grateful if you could give us permission for the photos.
    Looking forward to hearing from you very soon.
    Best regards,

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