About Us


Our mission is to bring together Filipino travelers supporting each other in traveling the world, and to harness the collective knowledge and experiences to benefit the Philippines.


Our vision is to be the leading global community of Filipino world travelers creating positive impact in travel thought leadership, education, culture, tourism, and international relations.

Core Values

One Global Community, Responsibility, Respect, Spirit of Adventure, Collaboration, Service


  1. To connect and bring together Filipino travelers worldwide;
  2. To cultivate a supportive community, where members encourage and inspire each other and help other members reach their travel goals

  3. To harness the strength of our network, our collective knowledge and experiences to serve our country.
    • Foster education through travel for the Filipino youth
    • Become a strategic thought partner for the Tourism Board.
    • Develop collaborative relationships with the domestic tourism industry to help them achieve their goals
  4. To advocate sustainable and responsible travel.
    • To devise and implement certification and accreditation programs
  5. To advocate for treaties and other international agreements according to Filipino travelers’ dispensation to enter countries sans visa or other conditional authorization on territorial entry to foster ties and cultural exchanges among nations thereby promoting the superiority of Philippine passport; 

  6. To help make the Philippines an important travel destination through the advocacy on the preservation of its cultural and historical heritage and for incorporation in tourism infrastructures;

Founding board of directors

Dr. Sonriza Rasco

Chairman and President

Atty. Dominador Buhain

1st Vice Chairman and Director for Education Links

Engr. Marcelino Mendoza

2nd Vice Chairman and Director for Advocacy Programs

Manuel Antonio Tianco

Secretary and Director of Communication and Public Affairs


Treasurer and Director of Finance

Ramchand Francisco

Director for Membership

Donalito Bales, Jr.

Director of Operations and Information Technology

Dr. Sonriza Rasco


Atty. Dominado Buhain

1st Vice Chairman

Engr. Marcelino Mendoza

2nd Vice Chairman

Manuel Antonio Tianco


Joniper Opol


Ramchand Francisco


Donalito Bales, Jr.


PGE History

From Conception to Birth

July 27, 2019

Breakfast meeting at Antonio’s Restaurant in Tagaytay City with Riza Rasco, Jimmy Buhain, Rambi Francisco, Mars Mendoza, Dong Rasco, Jr., Felix and Choy Nolasco. The group discussed forming the Philippine Travelers Group. Riza Rasco is elected to assume the leadership of the envisioned Philippine Travelers Group.

July 30, 2019

Facebook private group was created by Riza Rasco as Administrator.

August 1, 2019

Philippine Travelers Group members Riza Rasco, Jimmy Buhain, and Mars Mendoza were interviewed by Thelma San Juan, Lifestyle Editor of the Philippine Inquirer. The article was published on Sept 8, 2019.

August 4, 2019

Jon Opol became the first Facebook group moderator and joined the leadership team.

August 26, 2019

1st Philippine Travelers Group meet-up was held at Larry's Cafe and Bar, BGC attended by Riza Rasco, Nolan Tianco, Mars Mendoza, Jess Rasco, Jan Chavez-Arceo and Jimmy Buhain.

Sept. 2, 2019

Changed Facebook Group name to Philippine Global Explorers.

Sept 16, 2019

Finalized group logo created by Camille Miranda Evangelista.

Sept. 21, 2019

Nolan Tianco became a PGE Facebook group moderator and joined the leadership team

April 23, 2020

1st Global Virtual Meet-up of PGE members attended by 14 members from 5 different continents: Riza Rasco, Jon Opol, Nolan Tianco, Dondon Bales, Rambi Francisco, Luisa Yu, Mafe Leal-Lalonde, Cedric Valera, Raoul Bernal, Cyrus Dan Canares, Clifford Lopez, Marix Tajo, Andrew Gacayan and Ricky Alcantara.

April 30, 2020

Launched Weekly Thursday Zoom calls created by Dondon Bales to increase membership engagement through Meet & Greet, Q&A, Storytelling, Travel Gameshow, Masterclass

May 6, 2020

Dondon Bales became a PGE Facebook group moderator and joined the leadership team

May 28, 2020

The PGE Founding Board of Directors have been formalized and composed of Riza Rasco, Jimmy Buhain, Mars Mendoza, Dondon Bales, Jon Opol, Nolan Tianco and Rambi Francisco. This was witnessed by Lee Ulangca.

June 4, 2020

The PGE Founding Board of Directors finalized the Mission, Vision, Core Values and Objectives of the organisation.

June 6, 2020

Dondon Bales and Jon Opol created the PGE official email account and social media accounts (Facebook Page, Facebook public group, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube, and LinkedIn).

June 12, 2020

Launched PGE website created by Dondon Bales and the team composed of Hazel Borres Apuhin, Cedric Valera, Rambi Francisco, Andie Andros and Jeanne Gokotano.

PGE in the media

The League of Extraordinary Travelers—incredibly extraordinary

He did not think of himself as a tourist; he was a traveler. The difference is partly one of time, he would explain. Whereas the tourist generally hurries back home at the end of a few weeks or months, the traveler, belonging no more to one place than to the next, moves slowly, over periods of years, from one part of the earth to another. Indeed, he would have found it difficult to tell, among the many places he had lived, precisely where it was he had felt most at home.”—Paul Bowles, “The Sheltering Sky”

They were on a quest to visit every country. Then coronavirus happened.

“It’s going to be impossible to travel the way they did under the current climate,” says Riza Rasco, a cofounder of the Philippine Global Explorers group. “Extreme travelers are still going to want to visit as many places as possible, but the volume and the capacity are going to go down.”