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!

 

 

Horses lots of horses

Mela and Pox

It was a 30 minute into the woods drive from the Lipa town proper to the Juban farm.

It was a quite a drive but well worth it.

There were coconut trees dotting the multi-hectare farm. There were majestic horses roaming around. And to be coño about it, these weren’t the Intramuros kind. They were of the Manila Polo variety.

They got married “Catholicly” last January so this was a garden affair.

And I swear, the style swag of this wedding was off the charts. Floral prints for the groomsmen. jumpsuits for the ladies, red riding jackets for the best men and a cobalt blue suit for the videographer (natch!).

The farm was enveloped by the fiery sunset glow right after the ceremony. The bartenders and baristas opened up shop as well as the fun fair games for kids and adults alike.

Darkness hit, and the party was just about to start.

With so many things happening all at the same time, this was my vision of the wedding, a patchwork of color and emotion, of movement and sound.

Immerse yourself in the wedding of Mela and Pox.

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!

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Do you sometimes feel that you're all alone and just have absolutely have no one to hold on to? Like you're dropping into an endless abyss of despair. Don't worry. It's gonna be ok. There's always a light at the end. ___ And oh this is just a picture of my hand planted on a purty fiberglass table. So much feels in this feed. ;-)

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Glad I was able to drop by @bridesandbeyondph event at Rockwell tent. The black tenting was so elegant and the exhibitors are all WIN. Last day today to visit my booth and my sister comapnay's - @foryouaremine

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Still on the subject of leather. Shown above is slim card wallet from @78percent based in Hongkong. Super nice and very slim. Aged very well. I gave it up because holding cash with it wasn't too intuitive. There is such a thing as too slim apparently. Below it is a well worn card case from @hardgraft. Absolutely loved it to bits and used it for a good two years. Cash and card? No problem. The elastic still holds after all these years. Why a small slim wallet? So there's no unsightly Constanza bulk. and thank you again @mygildednest for the black valet you sent. It's perfect.

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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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Cesca and Tyke. Bohol will always hold a special place in my heart. Beautiful place with beautiful earnest people. (And hey, I manages to sneak in a Valentine's dinner last weekend).

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It was a 30 minute into the woods drive from the Lipa town proper to the Juban farm. It was a quite a drive but well worth it. There were coconut trees dotting the multi-hectare farm. There were majestic horses roaming around. And to be coño about it, these weren't the Intramuros kind. They were of the Manila Polo variety. They got married "Catholicly" last January so this was a garden affair. And I swear, the style swag of this wedding was off the charts. Floral prints for the groomsmen. jumpsuits for the ladies, red riding jackets for the best men and a cobalt blue suit for the videographer (natch!). The farm was enveloped by the fiery sunset glow right after the ceremony. The bartenders and baristas opened up shop as well as the fun fair games for kids and adults alike. Darkness hit, and the party was just about to start. With so many things happening all at the same time, this was my vision of the wedding, a patchwork of color and emotion, of movement and sound. Immerse yourself in the wedding of Mela and Pox.

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Iya and Drew. The Wedding Film. When you watch these two together, you just stop and mutter to yourself - by jove, these two are gonna make it gloriously through life!

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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!