A new book on the Philippines by Stuart Naval Dee

Born and raised as a child in the Philippines before immigrating to Canada, the photographer returns after many years and has a unique perspective on the country. For this complete update to the classic first volume, he returned many times over a span of a dozen years to document his impressions, from Batanes to Tawi-Tawi. From the bustling capital to remote, untouched wilderness areas, he created a more personal, intimate portrait of the country--not the typical tourist-oriented book. He captures the stunning beauty of the landscape and the quiet, simple beauty of everyday life.

Growing up as a child in the country, he retains a natural affinity for the people, the country and its culture. Due to his decades-long absence, he also acquired a foreigner’s fascination and curiosity. Together, these give him a unique perspective. Through his fresh vision, Filipinos and others rediscover the Philippines.

The book's strength is the images. Short captions provide some interesting cultural, historical and anecdotal information.

To Filipino eyes, some of the scenes Stuart captures with his camera may be familiar, but in a manner that is at once so distinctive one would wish to see them again, feel them, even live with and in them. This is the essence of a loving remembrance akin to an anthem in the heart.

—Nick Joaquin, National Artist

Finally, a book that provocatively captures the beauty, luminosity, romance and diversity that is the Philippines…definitely the best photo book on the country…

—Mel Tobias

Page Size: 9 x 12 inches
Cover: Hardcover, Color Cover, with jacket
Pages: 224 pages
Illustrations: Over 560 color photographs
Price: US$60.00; CAD$80.00
ISBN: 978-0-9684027-2-6