This is Cebu! First Local Guides Photowalk in Cebu

Last updated on February 6th, 2017 at 06:42 am

Cebu, Philippines — Cebu will be hosting its first-ever Local Guides Photowalk. It is with pride that Cebu will again be rediscovered by photography enthusiasts, may it be with their handheld SLRs or humble mobile phones.

What is a Photowalk?

While many of us are wondering what it is, simply put, it is the gathering of photography aficionados from all walks of life with a sole purpose of recapturing the streets, and the charm and strong historical value each place reeks of.

Google has opened the opportunity of recognizing Local Guides, wherein, these guides are given the chance to post their adventures and travels, and have it mapped out by Google, thereby increasing foot traffic and tourist interaction on these areas.  Such photos uploaded on the web with meta tags for locations shall then be searched on Google Maps.

Local Guides Photowalk

This Local Guides Photowalk is organized by Herbert Kikoy of Drift Stories, backed by ESCooped Media and Viajera Cebuana, alongside with the participation of Cebu-based local guides and bloggers who has the passion and the eye for exposing what Cebu is truly all about. This photowalk aims to provide an experience that goes down to the core of what our beloved Cebu has to offer. From the old alleys and walkways, churches and stone heritage houses to the oldest street in the country, the event aspires to let people see that there is something to delve into on how Cebu started and how it blossomed into what it is today.

On the event itself, seasoned street photographer, Shamgar Dean, will be present to share his knowledge on effective street photography. Meanwhile, Local Heritage Interpreter and the go-to guy for Cebuano history, Ka Bino Guerrero, will also grace the event as he leads the tour.



What to expect:

Participants are encouraged to come ahead of time. There will be a short talk regarding street photography.

1:00 – 1:30 – Introduction to street photography, e.g. tips and tricks, by Shamgar Dean

1:30 – Walk begins. Spots to cover are as follows:

  1. Fort San Pedro
  2. Malacañang of the South
  3. Campaña Maritima
  4. Senior Citizen Park
  5. Plaza Sugbo
  6. Basilica del Sto. Niño de Cebu
  7. Cebu Cathedral
  8. Cebu Heritage Monument
  9. Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House
  10. Colon
  11. Carbon

What to bring:

  • Camera 
  • Mobile Phone
  • Towels
  • Hydration Kit
  • Sunblock
  • Pocket WiFi

Additional notes:

** Since we will be passing by Carbon, please be extra careful with your personal belongings.

** For those who are planning to do mobile photography, we encourage you to bring a mobile WiFi and have Google Maps installed so you can easily add your pictures to Google Maps.  Every photo you add will be incorporated to your Local Guides account.


Herbert Kikoy

Surigaonon by birth, Butuanon by heart and now an adopted son of Cebu, Herbert is a hobbyist photographer who focuses on Food, Sports, Travel and Festivals photography.