Meet the Changs

Apple and Mark

Pauline got married ahead of everybody (to Paul), then Mike to Jenny, a week ago it was Mark’s turn to get hitched with Apple.

Three siblings, three Jason Magbanua videos in six years.  (Sorry, I referred to myself in the third person, which is pretty douchey).

I reiterate, I love nothing more than to be of service to whole families.  It speaks volumes of the kind of service and product we provide.

To the Changs – thank you for the trust.

The Changs

 

Angelfields, Tagaytay

Kakin and Sacho

Take a listen to Kakin’s vows – behind the endless stream of tears is the honest expressions of a woman so grateful and in love.

The vows are earnest, almost of the cuff. And it tugs at the heart. There is pain, and yet there is an over-abundance of joy.

We all think sometimes we have mediocre lives, how lucky for people who have found theirs to make life more rich and special.

The 2014 RTW Collection

The Veluz Bride

I can’t recall if it was 2001 or 2002.

But it was my first time to attend the bridal fair in Shangri-la Edsa (’twas the golden age of Bridal Fairs for the Big Hotels), we were in one of the satellite rooms outside the Isla Ballroom and my booth was proximate to her space.

We were both struggling startups then and I still recall how pleasant she was to talk to and how her work then showed flashes of brilliance of what was to come.

Years passed and I did pretty well with wedding videos.  And Veluz was always a fixture too with the weddings I did.

It was a slow steady burn for her, not a blink of an eye.  It was a lot of years of hard work and passion, dedication and service.

And then you just realize, not only did she raise the bar,  right now, she IS the bar.

And truthfully, what I love about her and her work is that she didn’t come with the pedigree nor fanfare. She doesn’t have the familiar last name (at least before), the degree from Parsons nor a bevy of celebrities she clothed.

What does she have then?

Talent.  And a great deal of it.

I’m happy and proud to present to you the film we did for her 2014 RTW collection.

 

 

A Marriage More Beautiful Than The Wedding

Bea and Das

It’s not everyday I can say that the wedding’s reception was held at the backyard.  Well, Bea and Das’ was.

And amidst the towering trees, the pretty flowers from Cibo d M, the Castañas station (it was Christmas after all) and the scores of people who shared the day and danced the night away – there was this sign -

bea das quote

 

And to hear the people speaking about them, giving them advice and recounting days gone by, you KNEW this wooden sign was prescient.

The wedding and celebration was beautiful beyond belief, this sets the bar pretty high for the marriage they aim for.   But knowing Bea and Das – it’s gonna be a piece of chocolate cake.

Iya Villania and Drew Arellano’s Wedding

It’s understandable that celebrities have walls around them to shield their private lives from the prying eyes of the public.

You also get the feeling that for the most part, they are inaccesible.  Busy with their own work and fame.

I was proven wrong.

Iya and Drew are the most humble and friendly as they get.  They don’t feel entitled .

They don’t preen.  Which makes them all the more beautiful.
They don’t demand.  Which makes acceding to their requests easier.
They make the ugliest, funniest faces.  Which make them more charming.

They treat you as friends. Which ironically, makes me a bigger fan.

And believe me, there are numerous things that impress.  Talent and looks are given.  But how they relate to people, how they love their family and friends, and how deeply they regard each other, these are the things that make you adore them even more.

And it’s the little things:
How warmly she greeted us when we arrived in the morning, in her jammies, no makeup and unaffected.

How he incessantly invited my team to partake in their lunch.

How you realize that only a small part of the guest list came from the industry, and how media was non-existent.  They weren’t putting on a show for anybody, they were celebrating the moment with those most important to them.

I’m truly glad to have filmed these moments.

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Music licensed through themusicbed.com
Morning is Coming/Celeste by Les Enfants

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Planning:  Chinkie Uy Agregado
Photographs:  MangoRed
Styling:  Teddy Manuel
Couture: Pepsi Herrera/Edwin Tan

 

 

The Pre-Wedding Shoot

Biyahe ni Drew at Iya

Like giggly teenagers out for the summer day, basking in the sun, blasting the stereo, enjoying each other’s company.

Nary a care in the world.  As it should be for lovers.

 

Music: The Black Keys – Have Love Will Travel
Photographs from MangoRed –  here.

Prenup Styling > Rabbithole Creatives
Makeup > Madge Lejano
Coordination > Chinkie Uy Agregado

They grow up so fast

Phoenix plays in Manila

This picture was taken in 2006, Jakob was head over heels when the Power Rangers visited Manila.

sentai jakob

Some 8 years later, he’s shouting to the beat of a different drum (Thomas Hedlund to be precise).

jakob phoenix

It was the first concert he ever went to and it was extra special because Phoenix was truly one of his favorite acts.  Hell, he knows more of their discography than I do.

You know the phrase – “you see them grow right before your eyes.”  Exactly what happened.

It was special last night (and I’m waxing nostalgic over a rock concert).

Big thanks to the best concert photographer in the country Magic Liwanag and Karpos Productions for the VIP seats!