We are a German-Australian-Spanish-Filipino tour company. Our team members are:
John was born and raised in Bavaria to a German father and Filipina mother. Over the years, the family would spend vacations in the Philippines to reunite with relatives, to stay connected to their roots and to explore the country’s many attractions. This is where his love for the Philippines and for travel began.
As an adult, he continued to visit the islands often bringing friends along and introducing them to this part of the world, exploring new regions with each tour and eventually settling in the Visayas for some time.
Together with his father Siegfried and brother Mel, he has written a Philippine travel guide (German language) which can be purchased on Amazon. John is the CEO of Philippinen Tours, a German tour company which began as a blog in 2009. Today, Philippinen Tours is a leading tour operator offering individualised trips to major destinations in the country.
You can find John on LinkedIn or send him a direct e-mail on john.s.rueth[at]gmail.com
Bea hails from the Philippines but grew up in Australia, so she likes to think of herself as somewhat of an expert on beautiful beaches and the great outdoors. She has travelled the world extensively but keeps returning to the nation of 7,107 islands (or 7,641 depending on who you believe) as there is always much more to explore.
She is a fan of adventure and the underwater world, is an avid scuba and freediver, experienced snorkeler and novice surfer. She has jumped many waterfalls and trekked many trails but likes to balance this with the serious business of testing many hammocks and trying out luxury spas.
Bea loves traditional Filipino food and of course the warm-hearted islanders. She speaks English, Spanish and Tagalog and is currently working to improve her German language skills but fears that life may be too short for this.
Melvin was born and raised in Germany and is currently based in the Southern Visayas. He has travelled the Philippines extensively, with particular interest in the less explored regions of the country. He likes to visit remote areas and get to know the locals and their customs; everything from learning traditional methods of fishing to understanding the nationwide pastime of cockfighting.
He is especially fond of finding interesting ways to travel from one place to another so has been on just about every local mode of transport available, discovering boat, bus or jeepney routes unknown to most tourists.
Mel’s plan is to experience as many of the Philippines’ regional festivals as possible and is slowly getting there, one fiesta at a time. In between these adventures, he shares his knowledge and love of the Philippines with our guests by thoughtfully designing one of a kind, tailor-made tours, from affordable beach escapades for families to high-end unforgettable experiences for couples.