Welcome to Curious Philippines!


The proud sunset view of Manila Bay.

A dependable shot of romance if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Manila.


Curious Philippines is a platform for getting to know the Southeast Asian jewel, the Philippines, and its 7,000+ islands.  It is a photo archive that seeks to map trends, patterns and stories of Filipino heritage, as they are discovered first hand.

Curious Philippines is developed with contributions from artists and friends.  It serves as a challenge and an aid to Filipino artist Mae Aguinaldo in getting to know the islands of her home country.

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CINEMATIC                     ENIGMATIC                       POETIC


Dennis Aguinaldo   Daisuke Takeya    Irma Lacorte

Butch Mapa    Glaiza Veluz    Angeli Chi

And other “secret” friends…


Nature Ride

Photo by SC

Gen. Nakar, Quezon [2019]

Trying out Baybayin

First crack at learning Baybayin, an ancient Filipino script currently experiencing a revival.

Street talk

Rizal (2019)

Visita Iglesia: Tula

Ilang simbahan na ho kayo

Dalawa na lang at mukhang

Huling Visita ko na ito

Lagi lang akong nagpapahanap ng CR

Ultimo panhik-panaog sa bus ay

Nagpapaalalay / Hirap akong tumawid

by Dennis Aguinaldo

Bukod sa maliliit na hayop: mga tula. UP Press, 2018.

Rizal [2011]

Slide on Mindanao

One of the opening slides of Mr. Aguja’s presentation

for the symposium dubbed

“Recalibrating Compasses: Global and Local Knowledge Production Today”.


Manila [2019]

Home brew

Local maker’s ingredients for making Vermouth:

sugar (asukal), star anise, laurel leaves, cardamom, and coriander seeds

Photo by JQ

Manila [2019]

Street Conversation

Manila [2018]

“Street photography, it will be demonstrated, is not a passive medium representing the reality of urban life, but a dynamic visual practice through which urban reality is created, enacted, and reinforced.” – Brent Luvaas


Sidewalk Installation: Peace and Respect

Manila [2018]

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