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The Peninsula Manila Launches The Peninsula Academy

A heartfelt tribute to the Filipino art and soul

Few things carve a deeper knowledge or a better understanding of a place and its people than a sensory experience. Tactile. Evocative. Insightful.

The Peninsula Academy’s thoughtfully curated bespoke tours are designed to give guests exactly that: remarkable experiences that are as memorable as they are enriching.

These immersive tours and activities showcase what we at The Peninsula Manila feel are some of the highlights of the local landscape, inspiring places and experiences anyone looking to know the Philippines shouldn’t miss: historical sites that remain relevant to this day, contemporary arts and design and the forces behind them, traditional crafts, and an ever-evolving culinary scene.

It is with great pleasure that we offer this collection of photographs, taken by Francisco Guerrero, that celebrate unique and distinctively Filipino experiences, tailored by highly qualified industry experts as a heartfelt tribute to the Filipino people and the passions that inspire such a dynamic, complex and vibrant culture.

Francisco Guerrero

Francisco Guerrero is a Spanish-Filipino photographer based in Manila. His wide range of editorial and commercial work includes covers for Travel + Leisure US, stories for Conde Nast Traveler, Monocle, Elle Décor France, Surface, New York Times Travel, Grid and images for the Philippine Department of Tourism’s It’s More Fun in the Philippines campaign. He also hosts a TV show on Philippine travel photography titled What I See, and is currently at work on long-term coverage of the typhoon Haiyan post-disaster scene and recovery efforts for the World Health Organization. His images are most notable for their sensitive and intelligent approach to the subjects — often the people and places that he encounters during travel but, more importantly, to the larger stories behind them.

His photographs have been exhibited in Manila Contemporary, the World Health Organization, and at 1335 Mabini. He attended the Brooks Institute of Photography and holds a BA in Anthropology and Communications from Goldsmiths University, London.