BENJAMIN "BENJIE" 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) and, online, for www.pep.ph, 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.
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 55 of the Philippines’ 81 provinces.