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About the Author

My name is Estan Cabigas, an avid traveler, a writer, blogger/digital influencer and photographer.

I shoot and write ARCHITECTURE, TRAVEL AND DOCUMENTARY and am available for projects, assignments and talks on Travel Blogging and Photography: +63 932 872 1074

My ethnicity is a mixture of Filipino, Chinese and a minority, the Subanen tribe of Western Mindanao. I call Cebu as my permanent home, studied in Manila, worked in the cities of Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao and Makati, the Philippines. An inveterate traveler, I have gone to the northernmost islands of Batanes, the southern corridor of Tawitawi and islands and forlorn places in between. I have also forayed in Asian and European countries as well.

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I enjoy the freedom that going to places entails, both the trip itself and the destination, reveling in the many things that the act of travel offers: the sounds, the sights, the people and the flavors. I’m more into going off the beaten path but am equally comfortable in tourist traps too.

I have traded the comforts of the corporate life to pursue my interests. Right now, I’m a freelance photographer, writer and blogger based in Makati City, the Philippines. My work has been exhibited in major cities in South and Southeast Asia, Germany, China, the Netherlands and Paris, France as well as attended local and international photography workshops. I have been the principal photographer of two coffeetable books, contributed for CNN Travel and images published in the May 2010 issue of the National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London), as well as wrote for local magazines and newspapers.

Other than this blog, I have my other online presence.

About the blog

As featured in the TV show, Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Travel Special
As featured in the TV show, Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Travel Special

Langyaw is Cebuano* for an outsider, a foreigner in a local place. It also means a visitor, or more, a traveler.

Travel is a discovery not only of a place and what it has to offer but is also a discovery of oneself. Here in Langyaw I will focus on my travels and experiences usually around the country and some forays abroad.

Langyaw has also been acclaimed as Best Travel Blog and Digital Tribe Awardee (Philippine Blog Awards 2009), Best Single Post – Travel (Philippine Blog Awards 2009) and Winner, Culture and Heritage, Wandering Juan Travel Blog Awards and many more. Just check my downloadable info sheet above.

About the Photos

If you are interested with my images, send me an email via the contact link of this blog.

*Cebuano is the second most widely used Philippine language and is predominantly spoken in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Comments or questions are welcome.

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43 thoughts on “About”

  1. wow nice one! visit my site din ha…

  2. Hi Estan…thanks for finding your way to my blog..I truly appreciated your kind visit and comment.Bay salamat kaayo sa pag visit ha….suroy2x lang usab….hope you can include Siquijor on your travel…I also love travelling and its eventually my tenacious desire…but things is quiete complicated this time…

  3. hey estan, just got back from siquijor meself. i try to travel as much as i can, being the scatterbrained and scatterhearted creature that i am. bonne anee!

  4. wow! nainggit naman ako! i wish i have time also to tour the phils, C lang ang grade ko, pero i have a lot of plans to travel to various philippine destinations!

  5. Jonathan

    Estan, pls find time to visit Dumaguete. It’s a university town. The culture and character are different. The moment you’ll leave the place, you will be haunted to come back . . . 🙂

  6. Hi, Estan. Thanx for dropping by in my humble travelogue.
    You’re obviously an “A” at Lakbayan. You traveled a lot.
    Your site is interesting. Given much time online, I will stay here in your site more often…

    Sige, ayo-ayo… 🙂

  7. Estan, I noticed from your lakbayan map that you did not visited Basilan yet. you might one day decide to go there. sama mo ako.

  8. Dong, I’m already setting my sights on Basilan. I have an unused Zambo ticket which I can just book whenever I will decide to go there 🙂

    Jonathan, I have visited Dumaguete from time to time and I agree with you, its beautifully different.

  9. how i love to travel!
    i love this blog and the blogger himself! hehehhe 😀

    i wish i could reach as many places as possible!

    first mission ko Sagada! 😀

  10. That must be exciting. I’ll wait for your Basilan account. Keep me posted…

  11. wow estan, you toured visayas, i hope i have the time and resoyrces to do the same, wonderful photos! keep posting! aheheh! maayong adlaw! cebuano ka diay, kasabot ko gamay nga bisaya kay taga leyte ang akong nanay. 🙂

  12. Raquel

    I searched my mom’s maiden name in twitter and came up with your profile, in turn lead me to this site.

    I am in awe with your photos and your photographic style. Finally, beautifully captured images of the Philippines and its people.


    ur great! thanks for all the writeups about mah place.. i miss the place already and so excited to come home…

  14. nanette

    wow! you are such a great traveller!. i am from cuyo, palawan but sad to say, i have not even been to the nearest island of bisucay, although i travel around the world as an international flight attendant for a hkg based airline. next time you want to visit cuyo, make it august 28, during the town fiesta or during the holy week, and see the islands come alive.

  15. kuya.. tnx for the soundslide.. i had a hard time finding this template.hehe.. the best yung blog mo..may attitute..galing po. im starting my own blog and your site is one of my reference.hehe..dami ko di2 na tutonan.. sana mka visit ka din sa blog ko..hehe tnx po.

  16. kuya c dave po 2.. tnx for the soundslide.. i had a hard time finding this template.hehe.. the best yung blog mo..may attitute..galing po. im starting my own blog and your site is one of my reference.hehe..dami ko di2 na tutonan.. sana mka visit ka din sa blog ko..hehe tnx po.

  17. bai nindot ni imo site dah!!. WordPress nga CMS nindot ni. Keep bloggingg…. useful au sa mga travellers ba..

  18. Andy

    Good day! I’m Andy from Infanta,Quezon and living now in Canada. A very good info about sa mga “nagpipinitensya” from our town. It’s true we have a different kind of flagellants there that set as apart from different regions.

    I have a classmate from high school, Norman Cabigas of Brgy. Dinahican or Binulasan in Infanta. Maybe you’ve relatives that you can trace there.

    For your info only! Good luck on your travels and endevours!


  19. Andy


    bay, finally visited your blog. nice. what you are doing now is very different from the hectic corporate life we used to have. been to basilan once and i find it to be interesting, although you really need to be careful when going to some areas. what about tawi-tawi? been there also and would like to go back one day and just hop on the islands.

  20. except for basilan, i’ve been to the sulu archipelago pero gusto ko balik lagi

  21. Great site! Truly deserving of the best travel blog award at the PBAs 🙂 Hope we can trade links – I’ve already added yours to mine. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  22. way to go!! ^_^ by the way, are we relatives by any chance? i am from mindanao and my grandmother’s maiden name is cabigas.

  23. i love your site! =D as a fellow pinoy travel enthusiast, i also appreciate blogs that promote the beauty that our country has to offer. and great pictures, too!

  24. Good day!
    I am Karen Apostol from UP Diliman. I’m a senior student and I am doing a manuscript on blogging. May I ask if you would like to participate in my thesis as a key respondent?

    If yes, may i ask your email add so i can send the formal letter of intent and the questions? Should you have any questions, you may contact me at 09276995262.

    Your participation will be of great help. Thank you very much and more power.

    Truly yours,

    Karen Apostol
    BA Broadcast Communication
    UP Diliman

  25. Hi Estan, I’ve been following your blog together with my other favorite bloggers. I hope you can also add me to your growing number of links .:-)Keem em coming po.

  26. Hi Estan, discovered your blog through ChiChi of Dong, you have an awesome travel blog. I’ll visit more your blog again! Good luck, Have fun in all your travels!

  27. Hope

    Hi Estan, discovered your blog through ChiChi of You have an awesome travel blog. I’ll visit more your blog again! Good luck, Have fun in all your travels!


  28. Camille

    Hi Estan! This is Camille from Club Manila East!

    Want to get thoroughly stoked this summer?

    We’re inviting you to experience summer in high gear as Club Manila East and the Philippine Surfing Academy hold its 2nd annual surfing competition for beginners entitled the CME SURFING CUP 2011.

    This year, we will have 3 divisions for the competition, KIDS’, LADIES’ and MEN’S as they battle it out to be the finest surfer in this side of the planet.

    Also, be one of the first to experience the new and most exciting, high-flying attraction in CME, the CME FLY. A 320-m zipline that will take you across the whole resort!

    Happening on April 17, 2011, Sunday, 1pm at the OceanWaves of Club Manila East!

    Club Manila East is at Km. 24 Manila East Road, Taytay, Rizal.
    For more info, visit our website or check our facebook page .

    You get a free entrance and snacks, we’re giving away some goodies, and you could also bring a friend or two for free!

    You can confirm until Friday at 4PM.


    If you have questions, you can text / call me at 0917-9076360.

    See you there!

  29. estancabigas


  30. Don

    Hello Estan!

    We opened up a new hostel in Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City. Maybe you can drop by this Feb.8,2014 for a few booze and party. We will be gladly offer you a bed space for the night to stay.

    Look for: Don or Andrew


    #5023 P. Burgos, Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines

    (632) 897 – 1869

    (632) 890-0927

  31. Nonette LIb

    It is nice to know you better through this page…ur so organized…love your work…thanks for sharing your talents, will follow your blog.

  32. Николай

    Hi webmaster at Ang.

    I am contacting you on behalf of “DialAFlight”. I am trying to remove some backlinks pointing to our website. While I understand that you have linked to us in good faith, I would really appreciate your help in removing the link highlighted to enable us to comply with Google’s webmaster guidelines.

    Here is the information relating to the links in question…

    The website is linked on your website here:

    The anchor text is : flights to thailand

    Can I ask that you remove the link?

    Thanks in advance!

    I hope to hear from you soon.

  33. Cristiana Victoria

    Hope you’re keeping well!
    I’m Cristiana and am an avid reader and blogger, a passion which I think we share.
    Your blog “” is by far the most interesting I have come across in the recent past, hands down!
    The writer in me is yearning to write a piece for your blog, may be around 400-500 words, or whatever you are okay with.
    Awaiting your reply.

  34. Nate

    Hi Estan,

    The contact page on this blog isn’t working. What’s your email address?

  35. Your blog is awesome, inspiring. This makes me wanna travel and explore the world. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

  36. Hi estan,

    I remember checking your website when I was in college for easy travel guide on our barkada trips ngayon na lang ako nakabalik to check some itineraries. But thank you!! Thank you for keeping a blog like this. 🙂

  37. Welcome Jerome! Happy to have helped you 😉

  38. ian laririt

    hope 2 read more of ur travel exp… tnx

  39. Thamar M. Restar

    Hi Estan,

    One of these days I’ll be inviting you to visit again the place for ” Piña: The Queen of All Fibers” now on the trend of an Eco-Friendly Clothing…

    Thanks for the blog….

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