Trailblazer – Gelo Santos
Travel Blogger & Author
Dr. Gelo Santos aims to inspire everyone to travel, regardless of distance and destination. This year marks the 51st country in his travels, and after publishing two travel books, Doc Gelo (as he is fondly called) has been hard at work, making his third book come to fruition. Entitled ‘Departures,’ his latest work is a celebration of the power and joy in travel, conveyed through a selection of postcard-perfect images taken across 5 continents.
Gelo’s works have also garnered much adoration on social media; his photos are often featured in prominent photography pages, including the quintessential Dubai tourism platforms. His images depicting the Dubai metro have also been featured exclusively by CNN Arabic. He was also featured in an article with his photographs in conjunction with the Dubai Metro’s 10th-anniversary celebration.
Of his globetrotting, this wander luster remarks, “My favorite part, each time I travel, is whenever I am asked by locals of my origin.” He says. “I always take pride and say that I am from the Philippines! I believe that in such moments, I am able to show the world that we Filipinos can be global and can set foot on destinations that were once just a part of our bucket lists.”
Dr. Angelo Niño Santos
Clinical advisor, Dr. Angelo Niño Santos, known simply as Doc Gelo has championed the concept of living a dual life as a medical professional/travel blogger. Famed for his captivating imagery of places unknown and well celebrated, he is one of the most prolific travel bloggers in the Middle East and has become synonymous with the iconic Dubai image.
Beyond his medical career, Doc Gelo’s milestones include visiting 45 countries in over five continents and publishing two travel photo books (with a third on the way) that showcase the beauty of places near and far. His photos have been featured in the tourism book ‘My Dubai,’ as well as in the city’s official Instagram page, and also published by the Manila Bulletin, along with an interview where he spoke about his journeys across the world. “I hope readers have picked up something from that article where I shared that photography remains a powerful and effective medium for the expression of freedom and creativity,” Gelo shares.
As a Filipino before anything else, Doc Gelo also hopes to promote the community through his platform, enforcing that Filipinos are indeed global citizens. “Wherever you go and whatever you do, always aim to be a better global Filipino, and be proud of the Philippines no matter what.”
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