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  • Fluent in Cebuano, English, Tagalog; learning German, Spanish
  • 24, Male
  • Member since 2018
  • Filmmaker and Photographer
  • Bachelor of Screen Arts at Massey University
  • From Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte, Philippines
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About Me

*My Mission*

My journey is fueled by a profound love for meeting people and collecting the myriad of stories and cultures that shape our world. Whether it's hearing about life experiences or unraveling stories from travels, I am on a quest to spread kindness and understanding in the world we live in. The mantra of seeking discomfort, embracing the unknown, and traveling the world one day, as I yearn to discover the rich tapestry of our world.

*About Me*

"Stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet," and I'm on a mission to turn strangers into friends, one story at a time. Hi there, I'm Loyd Doron, a 23-year-old dreamer originally from the serene, small countryside town of the Philippines, now chasing my dreams as a Storyteller and Filmmaker in the vibrant landscapes of Wellington, New Zealand.

Currently, I'm an international student pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Screen Arts at Massey University. Family holds a special place in my heart, and my passions extend to exploring diverse cultures, attempting new recipes in the kitchen, and indulging in activities like walking, hiking, indoor rock climbing, and beach swimming.

*My Personal Passion Project*

Allow me to share with you the small video project close to my heart, born from chance encounters and blossoming friendships. What began as a collaboration with a fellow traveler, once a stranger, now counted among my dearest friends, has evolved into something truly special.

Welcome to "The Stranger Project" - a podcast or video series, an intimate exploration of humanity through the lens of the unknown. In this series, aptly named "Stories about People, for the People," we delve into the lives of diverse individuals, seeking their unique perspectives on life, dreams, passions, and everything in between.

Moreover, inspired by the spirit of connection, I've integrated the "Spark" card game, a creation by "Yes Theory," into our interactions. These thought-provoking cards harbor a collection of intriguing questions designed to foster deeper connections among participants, ultimately leading to profound insights and understanding.

I am wondering if you'd like to take part on my small project to share inspiration to others. Would you consider becoming a guest on my show, sharing your experiences and insights with us in front of the camera? Let's embark on this adventure together.

*Why Did I Choose New Zealand?*

Wellington captivated me during my first visit in 2019, where I was honored with a filmmaking award. The city's creative spirit, coupled with its illustrious film industry (think Weta Workshop, Avatar, Lord of the Rings), inspired me to return for studies and further hone my storytelling craft.

*Filmmaking and Beyond*

Filmmaking is not just a passion; it's my lifeline. Through the lens, I aspire to share the untold stories, particularly those forgotten or overlooked. Back in the Philippines, I've already embarked on creating short films that address social issues, environmental concerns, and the critical topic of mental health, earning few recognition and awards in some international film festivals from different countries.

You can also check some of my work through my Instagram and Youtube Channel ⏬⏬⏬

Instagram: Instagram.com/loyddoron
Youtube Channel: youtube.com/LoydDoron

*Extreme Passion for Storytelling:*

Storytelling fuels my existence, a flame that keeps me going when life gets tough. The desire to inspire and motivate others through the lens of my camera is what propels me forward. Beyond filmmaking, I find joy in badminton, hiking (Tongariro Crossing being a recent triumph), and the camaraderie fostered through the 'Seek Discomfort' philosophy of the Yes Theory community.

*Connecting Through Yes Theory*

Being part of the Yes Theory community has been a life-changing experience. The mantra, "Stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet," perfectly encapsulates my approach to life. Through this incredible community, I've forged friendships that transcend borders, finding brothers and kindred spirits from various corners of the world.

In essence, my story is a patchwork of dreams, experiences, and a profound belief in the transformative power of storytelling. Join me in this journey of exploration, connection, and the pursuit of a life well-lived.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I want to meet new people and at the same time, experience and learn new culture.


  • photography
  • film making
  • instagram
  • videography
  • video editing
  • photo editing
  • instagram: @loyddoron

Music, Movies, and Books

All The Light We Cannot See
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Harry Potter
The Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings
Fate: The Winx Saga
You (Netflix Series)

Imagine By John Lennon
Space Song By Beach House
AJR songs

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

✅ Moving to a new country to pursue my dreams
✅ Bungee Jumping in Taupo, NZ
✅ 5 Hour Cave Adventure in Waitomo Caves
✅ Skiing for the first time in Queenstown, NZ
✅ Turning Strangers into a Friend of a Lifetime

Teach, Learn, Share

We all have that someone we can learn and share something. And I'm still on the look out for that.

What I Can Share with Hosts

I could share something about my culture, passion and experiences in life.

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, New Zealand

Countries I’ve Lived In

New Zealand, Philippines

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