I took this portrait of senior boat builder, Jaime “Mindoro” Maltos during the boat launch earlier this month.
Mindoro is 66 years old. He grew up in Romblon and sailed to Palawan [via Mindoro Island] when he was a young man. He has lived on Palawan’s west coast for 22 years with his wife Filipina.
Mindoro began sailing when he was just ten years old. When he was fourteen his father, a fisherman and boat builder, taught time how to build his own small outrigger boat and sail alone using the wind and the stars as a guide.
To read more about our amazing team of carpenters, check the Maestros page on this blog.