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100 MIFG: Travel Bloggers

100 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Travel Bloggers


Gelo Santos

Travel Blogger



100 MIFG: Travel Bloggers

Photo by: Alex Callueng


Doc Gelo has received countless recognitions as a travel blogger. The author of two travel books, his travel photos have also been published in many magazines and sites online. He documents and narrates his travel stories and gastronomic adventures through words and vivid photography, and shares helpful travel tips, suggestions and insights on his site which he considers his virtual home. Since it went live in 2007, his blog, Beyond Toxicity has wholly evolved into what it is now – a go to page for those with hit by the travel bug. Doc Gelo enjoys traveling to places that are rich in culture and heritage sites.  He also likes to hobnob with friendly locals and sample native dishes. To date, he has already set foot in 36 countries in 5 continents.


Lady Anne Abit

Travel & Lifestyle Blogger



100 MIFG: Travel Bloggers

Photo by: Alex Callueng


Quite the image of a shy and timid girl, you wouldn’t guess that Lady Anne has wanderlust and has actually immersed herself in so many cultures in faraway lands. In 2017, her blog ‘Lady and Her Sweet Escapes’ was included in Feedspot’s Top 10 Dubai Travel Blogs, 10 UAE blogs Recommended by Expat Focus and Grafdom 15 Influential Travel Bloggers in the UAE. Her advice to aspiring and rising bloggers: “Stay true to who you are and be passionate in what you do. Use social media, not just for self-expression, but as a portal to help and inspire other people.”


Faith Rodriguez

Travel and Lifestyle Blogger



100 MIFG: Travel Bloggers

Photo by: Alex Callueng


Her blog started out on the backbone of fashion, a virtual scrapbook of looks for work and play, and evolved into a journal of travel pursuits and stylish lifestyle experiences. Faith shares a few words for bloggers and future global wanderers.  She says, “Remember why you started in the first place. For me, it was a hobby that turned into something greater than I expected, and that keeps me grounded. Don’t be pressured into always keeping up appearances. Move at your own pace, and don’t treat it as a job. Live life too.”




Photography by: Alex Callueng

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From the Middle East to the rest of the world, IllustradoLife shares the stories of Filipinos expats from around the world, providing a global venue championing the world class Filipino. IllustradoLife features articles on fashion and beauty, travel, lifestyle, business, events and other topics of interest to the international Filipino community from its mother publication, Illustrado Magazine.

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