A Wedding by the Numbers

Dody Puno and Char Galang

They call each other “Dude”.

Perhaps to express that they are as much friends as lovers. And perhaps to gloss over the age gap. Which everybody takes in good stride. Nobody gets offended, especially not Dody.

The differences are apparent, the similarities not quite.

But deep down. They were just two people who wanted to have a go at it again. One final time, for keeps.

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It is my privilege to share to you the love story and wedding of Dody and Char.

Anne and Chiro

Ang videong ito…

ay para sa mga taong umibig
at nabigo
At umibig uli
Para sa mga nasaktan
At nasaktan uli
Para sa hindi nadala
Para sa nawalan ng pag-asa
Baka meron pa.
Kahit katiting
Sa mga kinasal na
Pero hindi nag-work-out.
Sa may mga anak na.
Pero single pa rin.
Para sa naghanap pa
Para sa naghihintay
Para sa nanonood ng wedding video
Ng mga taong hindi mo naman kilala
Kasi nagbibigay ng saya
Kahit tatlong minuto lang
Kahit para kang tanga
Nakiki-iyak ka,
Hindi mo naman ka-anu-ano
Para sa mga umaasa pa sa isang happy ending.

Higit sa lahat, para kay Anne (at Chiro)
Na umibig, nasaktan at sumubok uli.

(At tinupad ang huling pangako sa kanyang Mommy.)

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

 

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The plastic tablecloth and stainless silverware are reminiscent of cheap canteens and carinderias the working class frequent. It's also a staple on the Filipino dining table not found in gated communities. This plastic "mantel" is seen as a banner of poverty thumbtacked onto worn wooden tables. "Jologs". You least expect to see it in a very popular Thai resto in Portland. And just like that - sosyal na s'ya bigla. Context is everything.

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A Wedding by the Numbers. They call each other “Dude”. Perhaps to express that they are as much friends as lovers. And perhaps to gloss over the age gap. Which everybody takes in good stride. Nobody gets offended, especially not Dody. The differences are apparent, the similarities not quite. But deep down. They were just two people who wanted to have a go at it again. One final time, for keeps. https://vimeo.com/103037579

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Ang videong ito... ay para sa mga taong umibig at nabigo At umibig uli Para sa mga nasaktan At nasaktan uli Para sa hindi nadala Para sa nawalan ng pag-asa Baka meron pa. Kahit katiting Sa mga kinasal na Pero hindi nag-work-out. Sa may mga anak na. Pero single pa rin. Para sa naghanap pa Para sa naghihintay Para sa nanonood ng wedding video Ng mga taong hindi mo naman kilala Kasi nagbibigay ng saya Kahit tatlong minuto lang Kahit para kang tanga Nakiki-iyak ka, Hindi mo naman ka-anu-ano Para sa mga umaasa pa sa isang happy ending. Higit sa lahat, para kay Anne (at Chiro) Na umibig, nasaktan at sumubok uli. (At tinupad ang huling pangako sa kanyang Mommy) https://vimeo.com/101886896

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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