A Wedding in Cebu

Angelli and Nilo

Due to my length of tenure in the industry, I find there are very very few places of worship left to see which just leave you breathless and in awe.

San Pedro Calungsod Church in Cebu is one of those.

The multitude massive walls springing out of a vast piece of land is reminiscent of the Fortress of Solitude. It is imposing. It is massive. It is beautiful.

People would do best to appreciate this structure befoer it gets dwarfed by malls, condominiums and arenas. Much like the way Shrine of Jesus in Macapagal Avenue went.

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The wedding we filmed in comparison, was also AS grand but did not lack intimacy.

It was a beautiful celebration of love and family.  Please enjoy the Same Day Edit.

Let us be Brave

Aiza Seguerra and Liza Diño’s Wedding

“You both will never imagine how much braver and kinder the Philippines is because you chose each other.” – Gang Badoy Capati

No truer words were said at Aiza and Liza’s wedding in Batangas.

Most of you know that they had their first wedding in the state of California last December.  They had to because there it was legal and not the least frowned upon.

But most family and friends were here in the country and they could not not have an event here.  Here where it is not legal, not allowed, “immoral”,  and where a thousand sacred eyebrows will raise at the mere thought of a same sex marriage.

Yet they did as well.  Because they were stubborn, because they were brave and the most important of all, because they were in love.

There was no officiating pastor or minister at the beach where they got married on,  just a couple of friends who spoke about Aiza and Liza and their relationship.

But the profession of love and commitment between the couple moved everybody to tears, EVERYBODY, including this videographer.  The love was overflowing and genuine, it was shared and felt by everyone in attendance.   It was pure.   Because like I said before, it knows no race, religion nor gender.   If anybody dares to condemn what happened that afternoon as wrong and immoral, I’d happily burn in “hell” for it.

 

 

 

 

A Wedding in Batanes

Andrea and Mark

The moment we set foot on the island, it was like we were transported to another world.

It was, after all – Batanes. Pictures nor words wouldn’t be enough to capture its breathtaking beauty and majesty. You have to experience it yourself.

So when Andrea and Mark approached us early 2014 for their wedding, we jumped at the chance right away.

Mark kicked off his personal vows with a joke…

“Batanes ka ba?”

“Kasi you’re intimidating and expensive but so beautiful and worth it”.

The joke set the tone for some humor inside the small chapel but the dam eventually broke and soon, everybody was in tears.

Mark (further along his vows), recounted his ordeal some three years back where he got a stroke (in his 20s!!!) and extolled his gratitude and love for Andrea who was always there.  She never faltered.  She never wavered.

Not unlike the steady and beautiful landscapes of Batanes, constantly harangued and beaten by the howling winds and elements, yet they remain.

 

My thoughts

Bianca Gonzalez and JC Intal’s Wedding

Have I told you I celebrated my birthday exactly on the day of JC and Bianca’s wedding?

I’ve actually worked on my birthday the past several years and it wasn’t really any biggie. I suppose the difference was this was going to be out of town. And I wasn’t about to decline Bianca Gonzalez’ wedding was I?

From the very first meeting several months ago in Podium, she just wanted a “chill” wedding. “Super chill” if you may.

Now that word gets bandied out around a lot for weddings. Only to be ironically negated by an obsessive compulsive bride, a well meaning but controlling planner or even a inherently not-so-chill massive venue.

But hers, she insisted, was going to be “chill.”

She asked us to keep the date private (no media fanfare).
She was going to wear off the rack (to keep the peace among her numerous designer friends).
She was going to do her own makeup (she knew exactly what she wanted).
And it was going to be a small private affair (celebrating it with the closest few).

Simple. Chill.

In fact, when I flew in the morning of the wedding to El Nido, JC was out for a swim, the guests were hanging around the pool, and Bianca was just enjoying a few drinks with her friends.

Believe me and this is so comical in hindsight, I was the one starting to panic.

Shoot, she’s starting too late.
Darn. we might miss the sunset.
OMG, it’s going to be too dark by the end of the ceremony.

So yes, we ran out of light.
It rained during the reception (wet, humid and sandy).
And it just became really tough for us to shoot.

But the couple did not have one care. Did not have one complaint. Did not show one frown.

They were chill.

And the panic and concern of capturing the most perfect wedding video ever dissipated.

If they were chill, I sure as hell should be as well.

Go with flow. Roll with the punches. It’s gonna be alright.

It was pitch dark after the boat ride from the ceremony to the island where the reception was going to be held.

The rain fell just after the beach dinner and everybody rushed to the roofed pavilion. I was furiously moving our lights to a safer place and constantly monitoring the audio for a good recording whilst keeping everything from getting sopping wet from the rain.

Then out of nowhere, they whipped out a cake with a candle for me to blow out while they sang. It was my birthday!

Selfless and chill. That’s who they were. (Did I mention they also had Mr. Laurenti Dyogi and his wife renew vows during the ceremony because it was their anniversary too?).

It was a awesome experience and a great way to celebrate the big 4-0. I would not have it any other way!

A Guide to the Perfect Engagement Diamond

I had the greatest honor of producing a short film for Harry Winston Philippines.

Bachelors rejoice!  It’s a quick and simple refresher for the 5cs of diamonds.  Be reminded, it’s not just the size that matters (as most things in life), but more importantly, the quality.

Do me a favor and share this to somebody about to pop the question.

 

 

 

 

Mae and Jarred: Top Prenup Poses by Jason Magbanua

Only Filipinos would understand.

We call pre wedding shoots “pre-nups”.   And ALL the wedding videographers in the country have their own bag of tricks come shoot time.

All in the hope and effort to make sure the couple look more in love affectionate than they really are  (I kid!).

So this video was bound to happen.

We had a fun time with Mae and Jarred with this one.  And oh, they’re getting married pretty soon!

Kamana Sanctuary, Bataan

Rhea and Eric

Rhea and Eric’s wedding introduced us to a lovely beach venue just past Subic. The drive was quite a while but well worth it. Kamana Sanctuary’s villas, which jutted onto the break had a spectacular view of the Zambales Mountains. It was breathtaking.

After a while in the industry, moments like these become few and far between. It’s nice to have your jaw drop once in a while.

The perfectly blue sky turning fiery red come sunset was a perfect backdrop to the wedding. With the sun kissing the horizon in time with Rhea and Eric.

Same Day Edit

Wendi and Kendrick

*I’ve known Wendi since 2009, she was a bridesmaid at a cousin’s wedding. She was curious and full of wonder. Eventually, Pat Dy took her under his wing as second photographer and we’ve worked with her as colleague since. It’s surreal to have her be the one dolled up, decked out and veiled over. She looks amazing today and I’m glad we’re the ones preserving everything for posterity.

 

*from my Facebook post dated last September 7 2014.

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Approaching the Same Day Edit on any given wedding, my mind is a mess, it is right now in the present yet looking into what will happen later. I decide on the music most of the time on the fly. After I've seen the prep footage and witnessed the ceremony. I listen intently to the minister's words. I parse the vows. All the while shooting and mentally taking notes on what to include or omit. I watch out for the rest of my team. Making sure they are where they need to be. I have pieces of a jigsaw right in front of me, by the time I get to the reception I start to piece them. Seeing the connections, weaving the tale, taking the audience for a ride. The frenzy becoming focus. The race to beat the clock very real. And then we screen it. And every time I am with bated breath. Watching the audience rather than the projection. I do it again the next day.

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Aiza and Liza - new post and video up on jasonmagbanua.com/blog “You both will never imagine how much braver and kinder the Philippines is because you chose each other.” – Gang Badoy Capati No truer words were said at Aiza and Liza’s wedding in Batangas. Most of you know that they had their first wedding in the state of California last December. They had to because there it was legal and not the least frowned upon. But most family and friends were here in the country and they could not not have an event here. Here where it is not legal, not allowed, “immoral”, and where a thousand sacred eyebrows will raise at the mere thought of a same sex marriage. Yet they did as well. Because they were stubborn, because they were brave and the most important of all, because they were in love. Photo credit by @theproudrad

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Angelli and Nilo: A Wedding in Cebu Due to my length of tenure in the industry, I find there are very very few places of worship left to see which just leave you breathless and in awe. San Pedro Calungsod Church in Cebu is one of those. The multitude massive walls springing out of a vast piece of land is reminiscent of the Fortress of Solitude. It is imposing. It is massive. It is beautiful. People would do best to appreciate this structure befoer it gets dwarfed by malls, condominiums and arenas. Much like the way Shrine of Jesus in Macapagal Avenue went. __ The wedding we filmed in comparison, was also as grand but did not lack intimacy. It was a beautiful celebration of love and family.

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Tuesday Tuesday! How are all of you doing? Marvin is the fourth of his siblings who's wedding I've shot since 2003. That's staying power for you.

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Ordinary ka ba? Wala kang Range Rover? You’re still saving up for that iPhone 6+. You hate Metro Manila traffic. You take the MRT. You have to work, like me, like her like everybody else. Buti na lang – may pag-ibig.

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Ivee and Anton I had plenty of time during Ivee and Anton's wedding so I did the crazy unthinkable, I played around with LUTS for color grading for their Same Day Edit. I was very very pleased!

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“You both will never imagine how much braver and kinder the Philippines is because you chose each other.” – Gang Badoy Capati No truer words were said at Aiza and Liza’s wedding in Batangas. Most of you know that they had their first wedding in the state of California last December. They had to because there it was legal and not the least frowned upon. But most family and friends were here in the country and they could not not have an event here. Here where it is not legal, not allowed, “immoral”, and where a thousand sacred eyebrows will raise at the mere thought of a same sex marriage. Yet they did as well. Because they were stubborn, because they were brave and the most important of all, because they were in love. There was no officiating pastor or minister at the beach where they got married on, just a couple of friends who spoke about Aiza and Liza and their relationship. But the profession of love and commitment between the couple moved everybody to tears, EVERYBODY, including this videographer. The love was overflowing and genuine, it was shared and felt by everyone in attendance. It was pure. Because like I said before, it knows no race, religion nor gender. If anybody dares to condemn what happened that afternoon as wrong and immoral, I’d happily burn in “hell” for it. https://vimeo.com/116474882

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Let's keep it rolling shall we? Here's Nikki and Lauren's wedding in Tagaytay Midlands. She's a cutie ain't she? Oh and break out the bubbly, we just hit 80,000 followers on this page.

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Hey guys! Happy new year! I've got tons of wedding films to share with you the coming days. Drop by periodically and get your dose of Jason Magbanua. This one is a personal favorite of mine recently - Joy's wedding in Alabang last December. So light. So fun. In the vernacular - "ang gaan, ang saya!". This just leaves a smile on your face after the credits roll. Hit repeat!