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About Lantaw

"Lantaw" is a Hiligaynon word (one of Philippine's major dialects) which literally means "view", either "a view of a place" or "an opinion". Having been brought up speaking this dialect, Allan believes that the word "lantaw" best embodies what this site is trying to achieve: to show case his interpretation of the places he has been fortunate to see at some point.

photo courtesy of Raul Echivarre  (Bontoc, Mountain Province)

OK, now we have that 3rd person thing out of the way....

I love to travel and I am very passionate about the great outdoors - something which we still have plenty of here in the Philippines. I will probably be an amateur photographer forever and love shooting for myself.  If you happen to like some of my photos, thank you very much!

I do have a day job, as most of us need something to pay the bills and fund this passion of ours. If your day job happens to be your passion as well, lucky you! 

I try to promote Philippine tourism by showcasing off-the-beaten track destinations the best way I can through this site and this Facebook page.

 The Philippines cover photo (2013)
Lonely Planet
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Your Philippines Photos (selected)

Exciting Philippines book cover (vinta photo)
Periplus Publishing
May 2010


2015 POTY Gensan Camera Club

Buzzfeed 25 Filipino Travel Who'll Inspire Your Inner Wanderlust (2015)

Overall Winner 
2014 Philippines Bloscars Travel Award

Overall Winner 
2013 The World in Pictures Photography Competition
Thomson Reuters

Featured Photographer of the Week
Picture PerfectManila Bulletin
December 11, 2011

Winner - 2011 Best Photo Blog 
Philippine Blog Awards - Mindanao

Winner - Top Photo Post

Philippine Blog Awards (National) 2011

Finalist - Best Photography Blog

Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards 2011 
(Putrajaya, Malaysia)

Finalist 2009, 2010, 2011

Philippines Blog Awards (National Level)

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