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.

Jett Daniel Solares Epres, 5, Nephew

Today, our Tito Budoy gets to come home! He’s been gone for a long time! Maybe five seconds. Or 30 seconds. Even 60 seconds!

Do you see everyone down there in white? They’re seamen! Yesterday, they were in blue. Then maybe they’ll wear white again next time they march around. I don’t know.  

My Tito Budoy is a really, really cool guy – and he’s very good looking. Gwapo kaayo, like me!

He’s a seaman and rides big, big boats. I want to be a policeman when I grow up though. I want to ride a motorcycle and catch bad guys!

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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.