Not rain nor sleet

Nicco and Erica

The whole world was transfixed at Typhoon Haiyan’s destruction and aftermath last November 2013.

But there was one little quiet wedding in Tagaytay right at the tail-end of Yolanda. - Erica and Nicco’s

Watch the calm in the middle of the storm.

What I do when the SDE plays?

Michelle and Kelly

You know I spend anywhere from three to fours editing a Same Day Edit.  By the time I export the file, I know the film inside and out and each of its peaks and valleys.

So by the time we screen it on the big screen.  It’s the last thing I want to see.

Instead, I move up front and get a good vantage point of the two most important people in the room.  The two people I need approval, validation and praise(?) from.

I look at every gentle touch and caress of one hand to another, every smile that breaks, every tear that falls.

This is my validation.  This is the reason why I do what I do.

I love my job.

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At Kelly and Michelle’s wedding, a few minutes passed after they screened the Same Day Edit on the wall to wall LED screen, I saw Michelle, still tearing up.  I came close, approached her and said my congratulations, and she was still crying.  I stood away and looked at her, yep, eyes still wet.  Job well done.  *Pat on the back.

Baguio City

Janray and Kweng

Being Filipino means you never miss a summer making the trip out to lovely Baguio City.

That’s exactly what Janray and Kwneg had in mind.  Only this time, they were gonna get married.

Guests who took the time out to drive up four hours were treated to a very special set by resident DJ-RN (Janray).

*I do a cameo here somewhere, look for it.  And yes that’s a Kaskade cover!

Bacolod City

Mars and Obet

Last weekend, we were fortunate enough to shoot the wedding of Marian and Roberto – “Mars and Obet” – in charming Bacolod City.

They spent a long eleven years together as a couple, through hills, plains and valleys, thus the rush of emotions at the altar.

Have a look -

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.

 

 

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The wet weather in Manila the past few weeks reminded me of a wedding we shot right at the tail-end of Typhoon Haiyan. We drove up the night before to zero visibility rain and fallen trees and the howling winds. Pretty scary really. But thankfully, the next day, the day of the wedding, the skies cleared up a bit and the rain stopped. I'll take overcast any day over the crazy rain. Check out the day's events here in this film we made for Nicco and Erica. https://vimeo.com/101367684

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Hey, if you're getting married - Why not take 10 minutes of the day just to thank and express gratitude to people who devoted all that time, effort and energy in seeing you take your vitamins, ward off the monsters under your bed, making sure you get a good education, ensuring you grow up to be a lovely young lady or fine young gentleman and you know - just influencing every fiber of your being. https://vimeo.com/99530339

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Save the date for Danelle! Lewis Caroll says - A boat, beneath a sunny sky Lingering onward dreamily In an evening of July -- Children three that nestle near, Eager eye and willing ear Pleased a simple tale to hear -- Long has paled that sunny sky: Echoes fade and memories die: Autumn frosts have slain July. Still she haunts me, phantomwise Alice moving under skies Never seen by waking eyes. Children yet, the tale to hear, Eager eye and willing ear, Lovingly shall nestle near. In a Wonderland they lie, Dreaming as the days go by, Dreaming as the summers die: Ever drifting down the stream -- Lingering in the golden gleam -- Life what is it but a dream? https://vimeo.com/99530348

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When Pablo Neruda speaks, everybody shuts up. And now you're mine. Rest with your dream in my dream. Love and pain and work should all sleep, now. The night turns on its invisible wheels, and you are pure beside me as a sleeping amber. https://vimeo.com/89881318

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My most favorite memory of Baguio was the summer after college graduation with just a few close friends. It was a bittersweet time as it was the end of an era and the beginning of another. No doubt, Janray and Kweng's willl be their beautiful wedding held just a few weeks ago. https://vimeo.com/94199680 What's your fondest memory of Baguio City?

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Just tried TimHoWan's Pork Buns. Parang 1st kiss. Gentle na kagat sa start, mapapapikit ka sa sarap. Simot. Then you crave for more.