Where are they now – Alfonso Calero (SPC 1981-83, PY1984)

March 19, 2024

The College recently reconnected with Old Collegian Alfonso Calero (SPC 1981-83, PY1984) who is an award-winning photographer with over 20 years’ commercial photography experience. Alfonso was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to Australia when he was 15, becoming a boarder at SPC.
Alfonso has made a successful career from his love of photography, leading photography tours at home and overseas, specialising in travel photography, street portraits, rural landscapes and urban nightscapes. Fluent in Japanese, Spanish and Filipino, Alfonso is also a respected country specialist in the Philippines, Spain, Australia, Japan and the Faroe Islands. Alfonso is returning for his Class of 1984 40-Year Reunion this year in May and shares some of his memories of his time at SPC.


Alfonso Calero.

Where has life taken you since leaving SPC?

Mainly Sydney and Tokyo.


Do you have family ties with SPC?

Afraid not.

Alfonso, pictured in his Form 5 class photograph, as published in the 1983 College Annual.

What are your fondest memories of your time at St Patrick’s College?

The deep connections and friendships I made with fellow borders.


Alfonso pictured trying out his cooking skills in a class activity at Loreto, as published in the 1983 College Annual.

Which teacher from your time at SPC had the greatest impact on you? Why?

Brother Rick.


How has your time at SPC shaped your personal values and your family life?

Able to adapt to different environments and personalities.


If you could pass on one message to the students of today, what would it be?

Don’t sweat the small stuff and always learn from mistakes.


To learn more about Alfonso’s photography tours, click on this link here

Alfonso was a boarder during his time at SPC.

Alfonso was a member of the First XI soccer team, as published in the 1983 College Annual.

Alfonso was also involved in basketball at SPC.

Alfonso was also a member of the SPC squash team, as published in the 1983 College Annual.