About the Author

Benjamin “Benjie” Locsin Layug, a graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman, is a registered architect, a travel contributor for the Lifestyle and Travel Section of the Business Mirror (the Philippines’ No. 1 business daily), 7107 Islands Magazine and, online, for www.pep.ph a travel consultant for United Tourist Promotions (makers of EZ Maps), developer of the travel website Biyahero: A Philippine Travel Portal (www.biyahero.net) and a copy editor for New Day Publishers and Great Books Publishing.  

He also has a travel blog called B.L.A.S.T. (Benjie Layug: Adventures of a Savvy Traveler, www.benjielayug.com) that narrates, in detail, his travel experiences here and abroad (You can “Like” it on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/benjielayugadventuresofasavvytraveler)

Benjie is also the author of 5 travel books, namely “A Philippine Odyssey: A Collection of Featured Travel Articles” (New Day Publishers, 2005), “Pathfinders Travel Guide: Boracay” (Great Books Publishing, 2006), “A Tourist Guide to Notable Philippine Churches” (New Day Publishers, 2007), “A Tourist Guide to Notable Philippine Historical Landmarks, Monuments and Shrines” (New Day Publisher, 2010) and “A Tourist Guide to Notable Philippine Museums” (New Day Publishers, 2012).

Some of his books now appear in the local library shelves of the National Library of the Philippines, De La Salle University, Ateneo de Manila University, University of Sto. Tomas, U.P. Diliman, Centro Escolar University, San Sebastian College, Miriam College, Silliman University, to name a few, as well as internationally at the National Library of Australia and the University of California Berkeley Library.  Here in Manila, these books are  sold in select National Bookstore outlets.

In the past, Benjie has also written articles for Travel Update, Philippine Daily Inquirer, TODAY (now Manila Standard TODAY), City of Angels (an Angeles City newspaper), Bluprint (an architectural magazine), COLORS, Cook Magazine and the defunct Business Day.

Benjie loves to travel when the opportunity presents itself and he has been to 54 of the Philippines’ 81 provinces.


  1. Hi, I discovered your blog, by chance, while panning a visit to Casa San Miguel. It is well written, brief and precise, and I like the layout (I want to ask you how you have done that... do let me know)

    I like to travel myself - and have so far been to 25 spots in the Philippines - some popular like Boracay, some not so popular like Agusan (taking offs from work, traveling on weekends, and the usual excuses we cityfolk have to come up with to live life better...)

    Do have a look at my Phiippines travel blog -

    Any comments from your side to improve it are most welcome :)
    (I have added a link to your blog post in my Casa San Miguel page)

    1. Glad to meet a fellow traveler and blogger like me. It seems you've been to other places I still have on my bucket list (Agusan for one). I also haven't even been to the Camotes and Malapascua. Lucky you. To think I was born in Cebu City. With regards my blog layout, most of the improvements were done by my daughter who's more of a computer geek. I belong to the category "It's hard to teach old dogs, new tricks." To help you out, check out "Design" and go to "Widgets" and "Templates."