Sarah and Rodney

It is during these times that I am grateful that I do what I do. To be able to work with inspiring people. To have the chance to film their stories, their struggles, and triumphs, framed in the context of their wedding day.
Some may view the wedding as a one-off event of pomp and celebration. I see a bigger picture. I see how that one day is a culmination of a journey and the start of a new one
I see Sarah”s fight against illness, how her hope never faltered. I see Rodney’s unwavering love, strong and dependable.
I see how they saved each other. And I’m grateful I have the honor of meeting them and being part of their big day.

For Colgate Optic White

Precious and Aljoe

Last year I and Pat Dy was asked by Colgate to banner a promotional campaign for soon-to-weds.

It need not be said, a beautifully smiling bride is a gorgeous bride.

And so therefore, I take it upon myself, as my personal mission, to make sure that that radiant white smile is present on your wedding day.

Be it cracking one liners during the makeup session, delivering our best work possible and even hawking Colgate Optic White. That’s who I am. That’s what I do. ;-)

And of course the winner of the promo couldn’t have happened to a nicer couple nor a happier bride. Proud to share to you Precious and Aljoe’s wedding.

A Great Memory

Kitchie and Buko

We had played the SDE, we were done shooting and started to pack up, just a few more close friends and family were doing rockeoke with the band on stage.

I was circling the dance floor, as I almost always do after a wedding, eyeing for familiar faces, wanting to shake old friends’s hands, checking for past couples. It is always a joy to see them. I need to do this as I’m always game face on during the ceremony shooting and a recluse at the reception, editing.

Well they saw me first, a past couple of mine, they were good friends with Buko and Kitchie and after exchanging predictable yet sincere pleasantries, they left me with a parting greeting – “It was great to see you Jason – you are always a great memory.”

And that brought a smile to my face I carry over to the time I’m writing this.

It was such a simple compliment to receive.  But one of the highest order.

And yet again, I wax romantic and sentimental about what I do for a living.   Because I am reminded that my job brings great joy and happiness to people I serve.   It is a great responsibility and that is why I take it very seriously.  I would not want to be anything else but a great experience for my couples.

I preserve memories (record), augment and embellish them (edit)  and place them online for generations to remember (upload).

“I am a great memory”   For what I do, how I and my team conducted ourselves during the day and for who I was.   It is high praise.  Thank you.

Two Post Scripts:

1.  I hope, in whatever you do or choose to do, you will also be a “good memory” to people you deal with.

2.  On the subject of memory, the name of the couple who said hi escapes me.  Thus they are unnamed.  I suck I know.

The Palace Pool Club

Music by Kygo

Directing, Editing, Color Grading: Jason Magbanua
DOP: Zach Sycip
Creative Consultant: Raymond Gutierrez
Stylist: Andie Javelos
Production Manager: Tin Villanueva
Illustrations and Typography: Jill Fernandez
Motion: Manuel Joson
Client: The Palace Pool Club

Same Day Edit

Julia Barretto’s 18th Birthday

I just realized all of a sudden, whenever I write about celebrity weddings and events, I almost always make it a point to say how “non-celebrity” the event was. As if I try real hard to qualify that the event was raw, pure and emotion-laden in spite of the glitz and glamor.

That is my mistake and I rectify that with this post.

Julia Barretto’s 18th birthday celebration was grand, opulent and befitting the lady of her stature.

It was “celebrity” personified. It was show business at its highest degree.

But it was no less fun, no less enjoyable and no less emotion-laden than all of the other events I’ve covered for other people.

Here’s a peek at those events via the same day edit.

One Love

Nora and Lian

Nora and Lian already got hitched in New York City, (legally, I might add).  But that didn’t preclude them from celebrating and exchanging vows in front of close friends and family in the good ol’ Philippine Islands.

The ceremony was brief and secular.  And the reading which struck me most was from this guy named Bob Marley –

“She’s not perfect—you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can.”

It wasn’t from the letter of John to the Corinthians nor from any holy book.  But the verses were spot on.

Nobody speaks the truth better than Nesta Robert Marley (him and weed – I kid.).

Enjoy this film as much as we loved crafting it.  One Love ja!

 

 

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Yesterday. After the first screening of the Veluz filmfest, I rushed to Solaire to catch one of my favorite acts, Alt-J. I assumed that just like the Tycho concert, it would be a good 60-90 minutes delayed from the time printed on the ticket. I love AltJ but I love Veluz more so I just had to finish the screening. I arrived at the venue before 10pm. Pretty early for concert standards. As I was out of breath running towards the theater I heard the last bars of Breezeblocks being played. When I opened the doors, the first thing I heard was - "Thank you Manila!" And the house lights opened. :-| I'll find a way to find watch them live someday somewhere. In the meantime, I'm just gonna bust out An Awesome Wave.

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Sarah and Rodney's Wedding. It is during these times that I am grateful that I do what I do. To be able to work with inspiring people. To have the chance to film their stories, their struggles, and triumphs, framed in the context of their wedding day. Some may view the wedding as a one-off event of pomp and celebration. I see a bigger picture. I see how that one day is a culmination of a journey and the start of a new one I see Sarah"s fight against illness, how her hope never faltered. I see Rodney's unwavering love, strong and dependable. I see how they saved each other. And I'm grateful I have the honor of meeting them and being part of their big day.

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Last year I and Pat Dy was asked by Colgate to banner a promotional campaign for soon-to-weds. It need not be said, a beautifully smiling bride is a gorgeous bride. And so therefore, I take it upon myself, as my personal mission, to make sure that that radiant white smile is present on your wedding day. Be it cracking one liners during the makeup session, delivering our best work possible and even hawking Colgate Optic White. That's who I am. That's what I do. ;-) And of course the winer of the promo couldn't have happened to a nicer couple nor a happier bride. Proud to share to you Precious and Aljoe's wedding.

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We had played the SDE, we were done shooting and started to pack up, just a few more close friends and family were doing rockeoke with the band on stage. I was circling the dance floor, as I almost always do after a wedding, eyeing for familiar faces, wanting to shake old friends's hands, checking for past couples. It is always a joy to see them. I need to do this as I'm always game face on during the ceremony shooting and a recluse at the reception, editing. Well they saw me first, a past couple of mine, they were good friends with Buko and Kitchie and after exchanging predictable yet sincere pleasantries, they left me with a parting greeting - "It was great to see you Jason - you are always a great memory." And that brought a smile to my face I carry over to the time I'm writing this. It was such a simple compliment to receive. But one of the highest order. And yet again, I wax romantic and sentimental about what I do for a living. Because I am reminded that my job brings great joy and happiness to people I serve. It is a great responsibility and that is why I take it very seriously. I would not want to be anything else but a great experience for my couples. I preserve memories (record), augment and embellish them (edit) and place them online for generations to remember (upload). "I am a great memory" For what I do, how I and my team conducted ourselves during the day and for who I was. It is high praise. Thank you. Two Post Scripts: 1. I hope, in whatever you do or choose to do, you will also be a "good memory" to people you deal with. 2. On the subject of memory, the name of the couple who said hi escapes me. Thus they are unnamed. I suck I know. https://vimeo.com/126775657

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Our latest production work for the newest outdoor club in the city. Directing, Editing, Color Grading: Jason Magbanua DOP: Zach Sycip Creative Consultant: Raymond Gutierrez Stylist: Andie Javelos Production Manager: Tin Villanueva Illustrations and Typography: Jill Fernandez Motion: Manuel Joson Client: The Palace Pool Club

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I just realized all of a sudden, whenever I write about celebrity weddings and events, I almost always make it a point to say how “non-celebrity” the event was. As if I try real hard to qualify that the event was raw, pure and emotion-laden in spite of the glitz and glamor. That is my mistake and I rectify that with this post. Julia Barretto’s 18th birthday celebration was grand, opulent and befitting the lady of her stature. It was “celebrity” personified. It was show business at its highest degree. But it was no less fun, no less enjoyable and no less emotion-laden than all of the other events I’ve covered for other people. Here’s a peek at those events via the same day edit.