Sai Villafuerte

01 — Journalism

How can we contextualise the resurgence of horror movies with the state of Filipino filmmaking today? Sai Villafuerte speaks with award-winning film director Mikhail Red on what it takes to tackle one of cinema’s most challenging genres.

Carlos Celdran took on the church eight years ago and the fight took over his life.

May 2018
For fine art graduates, the art market can seem impenetrable. Natasha Arselan wants to change that with her new platform AucArt which aims to bring early-career artists and collectors together. Sai Villafuerte reports.

The Huffington Post,
August 2017

There is much to say about the Philippines’ Nixon-style war on drugs. But what about Dutertenomics? With reports being overshadowed by the slew of state-sponsored killings, it can be difficult to realise the counter-narratives surrounding other policy areas.

02 — Photo-essays

The Church is running poverty alleviation programs in communities like Tondo. But it’s also fighting against policies that could help them.

Roman Road Journal,
June 2018
Through a combination of creative prose and monochrome analogue images, writer and photographer Sai Villafuerte explores the concept of home in a world of travel, poverty and connectivity.

September 2017

In her series Holding Your Breath, Sai Villafuerte focuses on mundane, yet intriguing visions. Scout speaks to the London-based photographer about the art scene in England, the essence of analogue, and why photo essays remain relevant to this day.

01 — Projects
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02 — Portraits

Anna Isabelle ‘Sai’ Villafuerte is a writer and photographer whose work has appeared in VICE, The Huffington Post, intern, Purveyr, BikeVibe, and more. 

She studied her BSc in International Politics at City, University of London and is now an MPhil candidate at the University of Oxford’s Department of International Development where she is researching the limits and capabilities of digital value chain upgrading in the Philippine film industry.

At the age of fifteen, Sai was awarded the ‘Student Prize for Film Photography’ during an Oxbridge-sponsored academic programme in Lycée Notre Dame de Sion, Paris. In 2015, she received the Visual and Creative Arts award by the Council for Independent Education (CIFE) in the House of Lords where she was acknowledged for her “imaginative ambition, stylistic control and superb sense of narrative structure.

Alongside her journalism, Sai is interested in the relationship between prose and images — a theme she explores in her photography. Her primary medium involves digital and analogue photography techniques complemented by an introspective approach to essay writing.

“By choosing to photograph ‘ordinary’ places, Sai makes them extraordinary. Beauty can be found in any setting and she gives every place she photographs the story it so rightfully deserves. It is a rare and special skill to tell the narrative of places where one does not naturally appreciate its allure. When done with her unique, experimental style it allows for more people to relate and understand her pictures by connecting it to their everyday lives.”

— Excerpt from interview with Unloop, July 2017

Oxford, United Kingdom