Photography & Writing

June 5–8

The GRID Travel Series aims to cultivate aspiring creatives towards becoming effective travel journalists. In our fourth installment, we’re taking a group of 10 writers and 10 photographers to the story-rich grounds of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar to immerse in their craft under the guidance of the GRID team.

Think of it as two interactive events under one roof: For four days, writers and photographers will engage in separate activities related to their respective disciplines and learn from mentors such as Francisco Guerrero, Kristine Fonacier, Sonny Thakur, Sarge Lacuesta, and Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta.

As a publication whose strength lies in storytelling, our goal for this workshop is for both photographers and writers to gain a better understanding of the process behind each other’s work. It’ll be an intimate gathering of ideas with some of the best storytellers in the country.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Bagac, Bataan

Workshop Fee:

₱ 10,500

(Inclusive of accommodations for 4 days/3 nights, breakfast, lunch, dinner, workshop fees, and transportation.)




The GRID Travel Series 4 is an opportunity for photographers and writers to not only go out and practice their craft but to also think about the stories that compel them the most. This workshop is for creatives who already have their basics covered. Rather than discuss fundamentals, we will be delving into the editorial process behind each of the respective disciplines: 

  • The photography workshop will consist of a mentor talk followed by a day each of shooting and editing. Each photographer is expected to develop their own story during the course of the workshop. As a culminating activity, participants will present their final output to the group.
  • The writing workshop will consist of four talks, writing sessions, and a tour around some of the craftspeople’s workshops at Las Casas. Writers are encouraged to bring a work-in-progress or start a new project inspired by Bataan. While producing a finished product during the event isn’t required, those who do will also be given an opportunity to present their work to the group.

This is the place to share your work! Be ready to socialize and don’t hesitate to explore the area in pursuit of your chosen topic. We encourage everybody to venture beyond Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar to interact with its nearby communities. However, expenses related to this will be shouldered by the participant. At the end of each day, feel free to approach the mentors and guest speakers for any of your burning questions.

As a bonus, participants have the option to book an in depth one-on-one session with their chosen mentor for an added fee. The chosen mentor will be sent the participant’s portfolio ahead of time to facilitate a deeper dive into their work.

Get more updates on our facebook event page.



Open to all amateur and professional photographers/writers.

Photographers: Submit a portfolio of 10-15 photos along with a short description of your shooting style as a photographer and why you want to join our workshop in the form below.

Writers: Submit 3-5 writing samples along with a paragraph or two describing the stories you are interested in writing and what you hope to gain from the workshop in the form below.

Participants should bring their own laptops, digital cameras, hard drives, and card readers.

The application deadline for the GRID Travel Series 4: Bataan is Friday May 11, 2018.

Slots are limited to 20 to keep the workshops effective for each and every participant.

The registration fee of ₱ 10,500 is inclusive of 4 day/3 night accommodations, breakfast, lunch, dinner, workshop fees, and transportation.

Selected participants will be contacted directly with steps to finalize their payment and registration.

To be considered for the GRID Travel Series 4: Bataan, submit your info below! Or email us with inquiries



Do you need to be both a writer and photographer to attend GRID Travel Series 4?
No, there will be a separate curriculum for both groups.

I am both a writer and a photographer. Can I attend the workshop in both capacities?
While we welcome you multi-skilled creatives, the nature of the workshop requires that the writers and photographers engage in separate activities. For now, you will need to choose one concentration. However, there will be intersecting sessions at the beginning and end of the event that will be of benefit to you.

What happens when I avail of the additional one-on-one mentoring session?
While participants are free to approach any of the mentors at any given time for advice, we recognize that it takes a deeper familiarity with your work for the mentors to give pointed and specific feedback. When you avail of the one-on-one sessions, the chosen mentor will be given a copy of your portfolio beforehand to give them time to review your work. If you have a work-in-progress that you’d like someone to critique closely, this would be the time to bring it up.

What kind of writers and photographers are you looking for?
We welcome photographers and writers of all skill levels and genres. Take note that we will not be discussing the technicalities of each discipline (no f-stops, sentence structures, etc). However, if you’re looking to broaden your understanding of travel writing and photography, and get a taste of what it’s like working on assignment, this is for you.

Important Dates
Submission Deadline: May 18
Acceptance Notification: May 21
Travel Dates: June 5–8



Camera – any point-and-shoot, DSLR, mirrorless camera, and charger.
Laptop – portfolio review and photo-editing session.
Portfolio – either hard copy or tablet or laptops. No phones, please.
Cash allowance – for snacks and personal expenses.
Power bank/chargers – power up.
Clothing – 4 days/3 nights of clothes that will allow you to move freely.
Swimwear – if you plan to take a dip after the workshops.
Bug spray – to keep the bugs away!
Toiletries – sunblock, bug spray, and towel.
Comfortable shoes – outdoor for beach or trail.

Rain gear – weather can be unpredictable! Bring a jacket or rain boots.
Headlight/flashlight – make it easier to navigate around.
Pen and paper – for your notes.



Roundtrip transportation will be provided by the GRID team. Meet up place is at McDonald’s El Pueblo, Ortigas4:30 AM on Tuesday June 5, 2017.

If you are bringing your own car, you can look for Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bagac, Bataan on Waze. Make sure to arrive by 9:30am for registration.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac, Bataan

For inquiries, reach us at



Submission Deadline: May 18, 2018

Your Name

Your Email (required)

Contact # (required)


Submit Your Portfolio to

• Writing samples may be published or unpublished work. Manuscripts and works in progress are also acceptable.
File Size: Limit page count to a maximum of 5 pages per sample (Total maximum file size allowed: 5MB)
File Format: PDF only.
Filename: All files should include your full name. (Eg: W_Firstname_Lastname_1.pdf)

- Filename: All images should include your full name. (Eg: P_Firstname_Lastname_1.jpg)
- Number of images: 10-15 images
- Image Size: 1,200 pixels on longer side / JPG or JPEG format / Medium quality (5)
- File size: Ideal file size for each image is about 200KB (Maximum file size allowed: 500KB per image)


Personal statement
Briefly tell us about your experience (if any) and describe your photography/writing style. What kind of stories are you interested in telling and what do you hope to gain from the workshop? Bonus: If you could pitch a story to GRID Magazine, what would it be?

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