31 Aug 2010
in Personal, Photography Tags: Edwin Tuyay, Ej Belen-Litiatco, Ken Go, modeling, photography
The last week spent shooting photos for Kikayism made me think about my old modeling photos. I was actually supposed to model too for Kikayism but we ran out of time. Since we were only relying on natural light, which, thank goodness, burst through that afternoon despite the cloudy skies that morning and the somewhat heavy rain right as we were arriving at Blue Ridge A where the shoot was held. More realistically, I could not model because we had no one else to shoot for me. If I was in front of the camera, who would press the shutter?
This was shot in 2004 by Ken Go. Orlan Lopez of Emphasis Salon of The Manila Peninsula did the hair and make-up.
I was going to get Orlan Lopez again for my wedding in 2006 so I did a make-up trial with him for the pre-nup shoot with Edwin Tuyay and his wife Ellen at the La Mesa Ecopark. It did take 3 hours to curl my hair and it didn’t even last long.
We never got a copy of the pre-nup shots but we super loved this one particular photo that had really beautiful lighting, and it was made into the tarp that greeted the guests at the entrance our reception venue that was The Pavilion ofÂ The Oasis Manila.
This was a photo of the tarp that my dad took with my Pentax point-and-shoot camera.
I do not have to say that Edwin Tuyay is one of the most amazing and best photographer out there. I have never, not even once, regretted having him as photographer for my wedding. The following photos are his but I tinkered with them back in 2007 when I was trying to learn Photoshop.
I found another make-up artist c/o of one of my friends and did a make-up trial with her for another pre-nup shoot for our back-up photographer, Gel Motilla.
The make-up done was by EJ Litiatco-Belen and it took us hours to get my hair curled again. Really, I was insisting on having my hair curled for my wedding. It never would stay curled long though.
Here is a shot by Gel Motilla at the waiting shed in front of the Palma Hall in U.P. Diliman. Make-up by EJ Belen-Litiatco – who ended up doing my make-up the day of my wedding. (Photo below is a low-res version).
And it was by these circumstances that I ended being friends with EJ and that is how I ended being in this fun shoot at Celebrity Sports in January of 2008.
Venue: Celebrity Sports Club
Date: January 13, 2008
Photography: Ging Lorenzo
Hair, Make-up and Styling: EJ Belen-Litiatco
Gowns: Gina Dalu
These are just one of the things I used to do. I used to be involved in a lot of things. I used to be actively involved in things related to short films, music videos, TV shows aside from acting onstage, but these days I am more comfortable being behind the camera and being off-stage. I just don’t have a lot of time anymore or a lot of energy. It’s still wonderfully nice to look back to all those little things I used to do and look at the nice photos that I have managed to collect through the years.
Here is a photo taken by Ryan in the middle of the shoot at the Celebrity Sports. We just used one of those pin lights from the ceiling as source of light.
22 Aug 2010
in Route 196 Tags: Amrei Dizon, Dan Geromo, friends, gigs, music, Route 196, UP Repertory Company
We’ve been looking forward to this event for quite some time as we knew it was gonna be one great night of celebration of life, friends and music. We had a blast with friends we get to see often and friends we don’t. Nothing like good old friends and wonderful music! (Watch out for videos of performances from Diwa de Leon, Top Junk, The Discoball and of course, Flush and the Toilets, to be posted as soon as they get uploaded on Youtube)
18 Aug 2010
in Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater Tags: Ariel Diccion, Carmi Martin, CCP, Dennis Teodosio, Paul Jake Paule, Paul Santiago, photography, theater, Virgin Labfest, Virgin Labfest 6
These photos were taken on the June 29th 8pm and June 30th 3pm shows. My thanks to Nicco Manalo for giving up his seat on the front center row so I can take decent photos.
written by J. Dennis Teodosio
directed by Paul Santiago
Stage Managers: Kristian Bernardo Prago & Lucci Mangoba Javier
Paul Jake Paule as Adonis
Ariel Diccion as Gabriel
Carmi Martin is a play that has nothing to do with Carmi Martin.
Gabriel picks up Adonis, a young hustler wearing a college student uniform
17 Aug 2010
in Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater Tags: Dexter Santos, Dulaang UP, Orosman at Zafira, photography, theater, University of the Philippines, University of the Philippines Diliman
Imagine living in a time when poetry was simply an everyday language. Beauty was magnified ten folds, pandemonium was disguised in lyrical verses, and love was simply glorious. Chaos translated to poetry is Orosman at Zafira, a play written in the 1850s by Francisco Baltazar (Balagtas). It tells the story of three warring tribes in thirst for power, a plot we could still relate to today.
16 Aug 2010
in Places Tags: events, flea market, Guijo St., makati
A lot of things are happening on Saturday, August 21. One, we will be having a much anticipated photo shoot for Kikayism in partnership with Glambox. Two, Kikayism will also be at the Flea Market at Grillery Cafe and Gallery. Do check it out! There will surely be fab finds! (And three, we will be celebrating Amrei’s birthday in the evening at Route 196)
Wondering where Grillery Cafe and Gallery is? It’s at Guijo St. in Makati! Don’t know where Guijo St. is? Click on the link to the map.
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16 Aug 2010
in Old Writings, Palawan Tags: Cadlao Island, El Nido, musings, old writings, Palawan
Marimegmeg Beach. (This photo was taken on October 29, 2005 in El Nido, Western Visayas, using a Pentax Optio WP)
I can hear the sound of waves coming one after the other; rushing to the shore, even as I lay in bed with my ear against the pillow. It is in my head. This sound of waves. This sound of the sea that I’ve always loved, even as a child. It is only, perhaps the whirr of the blades of the fan. I am cold. It is exactly as I’ve felt this morning lying in a thin sheet of cloth spread on bare sand, with the wind blowing threads against my feet. And it is the same sound of cicadas in chorus.
Written January 7, 2006
Originally posted here.
16 Aug 2010
in Books, Family Tags: books, children's books, family, Lia
National Book Store is currently having a great sale. When Lia and I dropped by last Friday, I saw books that were on sale that I wanted to buy – but we had to go do all kinds of other things and we didn’t get to come back. When I went back yesterday, I didn’t find that one book I had set my eyes on. Dang, it was priced at P75 too! That is how I missed out on what seemed to be such a promising mommy-book for me… Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families.
I did find wonderfully colorful books for Lia – the Patchwork concept books for very young children. There are 8 titles in the series but I only managed to find five. The hardcover books are originally priced at P359 but I got them for P101.50 each.
15 Aug 2010
in Family, MOMents Tags: family, Lia
These days I find it hard to leave Lia at home with the maid after I caught the maid twice on different occasions and different days sleeping while watching over her. Another reason is that Lia needs a lot of activities and supervised play time. She is so interested in a lot of things and gets bored easily that I have to put a lot of effort in channeling her energies and her curiosity into things that are somehow developmental and educational.
So every time I have to do something outside the house, if it will not take a lot of time, like an errand to the bank a block away from the village gate, I do it while she is asleep. Every time I have to be away for a longer period of time, I try to take her with me.
Like Monday this week, I took her to U.P. with me, to the DUP office, Cashier’s Office and U.P. Shopping Center. In going home, we did a side trip to CDR King in Robinson’s East, had dinner at Jollibee and passed through Sta. Lucia East.
My day-to-day schedules and activities are basically governed by Lia’s schedules.
Friday this week had us going to Sta. Lucia again to pay our water bill, buy more DVD-Rs at CDR King, do the groceries and get her a new shirt, a new pair of walking sandals and a few pair of socks.
We did a little side trip to National Book Store where Lia had a grand time admiring books. She wanted all sorts of books! I had to take her away before she made a fuss.
On our way out the mall, I got her a little chocolate ice cream cone and she slurped at it like she was older than one year. It made me laugh to see her bob her head to the music blaring out of the speakers right outside Odyssey store, one hand holding mine and the other holding her little dripping ice cream cone, while her face was all splattered brown as we were passing by.
Sure, taking her out zaps all the energy out of me, but it makes me totally happy.
Weekend is always family day so Saturday saw us driving over to Cash & Carry mall over in Makati to supposedly look at this little shop for kids that carries pretty little dresses, a shop I found on Multiply. When we got there, I was happy to see that the dresses were really nice, the look and feel of it, but was saddened by the fact that there weren’t any in Lia’s size.
We ended buying her a toy and a nice Hello Kitty pen that lights up when you write and even has nice pink little feathers on it. We also bought presents for kids having their birthdays this month.
This Sunday, we took her to a kiddie birthday party in Fun Ranch in Tiendesitas.
14 Aug 2010
in Photography, Teatro Pilipinas, Theater Tags: Dexter Santos, Dulaang UP, Orosman at Zafira, photography, theater, University of the Philippines
When I first saw Orosman at Zafira in 2008, I was utterly moved to tears. Though I was not a part of the production, it felt like I was, too.
I saw them through their movement rehearsals, their music rehearsals with Carol Bello, even the Cirque du Soleil DVD watching in Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan (THY) and I was with members of the production before, in-between and sometimes even after the rehearsals. For some reason, I was even at the cast party. (Yes, I had a tremendously huge amount of free time back then).
I must have seen the show in its entirety at least four times and never did it lose the magic for me. I was always blown away. I was always moved to tears no matter how many times I saw it. Orosman at Zafira of 2008 was one of the best plays I saw that year.
13 Aug 2010
in Photography, Theater Tags: A Fist Full of Sand, CCP, photography, Robert Arlo de Guzman, theater, Virgin Labfest, Virgin Labfest 6
A Fist Full of Sand
written by Arlo de Guzman
directed by Katte Sabate
Video Design: J. Victor Villareal
Music Design: Alden/Noemer Sy
Stage Managers: Ava Santos and JV Canta
Trency Cagaanan as Character 1
Pat Valera as Character 2
Olive Nieto as Woman in Abaya 1
Maryjane Alejo as Woman in Abaya 2
Zaf Masahud as Man in Jihab
Nikka Angeles as Oud Player 1