A new visual series by Seafarer Asia, Kumusta, Kabaro? Kumusta, Kaibigan? gives viewers gritty glimpses into the lives of Filipino seafarers and their kin. True tales of love, pride, sacrifice, failure and success weave a living tapestry and an oral history of life at sea. The subjects are given free rein on what to share and how they wish to be photographed. The series is inspired by the popular photoblog, Humans of New York.

Alekhine Lozano, 40

I’ve been a seaman for 15 years. Sent my kids to school. Saved enough to buy a house and farm in Gen San. And I want to go on just one more cruise because I’m close to paying off my dream car – a Toyota Hilux. A Conquest. All-terrain. You should see it. Once I pay it off, I’m saying goodbye to the sea. I’ll finally get to spend more time with my family. I’m 40 and I want to enjoy life while I’m still young. I’m really looking forward to it – driving my family around our farm in my beautiful Hilux. I worked hard for a long time and I have our family’s needs covered. The car? This one’s for me.

Gregg Yan

Gregg Yan is an award-winning writer and photographer who covers marginalized groups and environmental conservation issues. His work has been featured by National Geographic, Discovery Channel, CNN plus over a dozen books – including Into the Wild, his first coffee table book. He also has a monthly magazine column on wildlife.