VISUALZINE Art+Fashion Public Exhibition Culminating Party

Monday, May 30, 2011

VISUALZINE Art+Fashion Public Exhibition Culminating Party

I am so blessed! I got the chance to meet my Sensei's Xander Angeles and Niko Villegas again. This was in an event by The Fashion Academy Manila called VISUALZINE Art+Fashion Public Exhibition Culminating Party; and of course I wouldn't miss this for the world! A lot of celebrities, models and people from the fashion industry who attended the event to celebrate things to come from The Fashion Academy Manila and this new photo-magazine.

Maxene Magalona makes history as she graces this one's cover. She didn't hold back and ravaged out of that teen image with high fashion poses in all her glory.

"It's time!" as Maxene says and because she trusts the guys behind this epic project i.e. Raymond Guttierrez and Xander Angeles. The outcome has definitely shown what my Sensei Xander and his team can do with the simplest image and awesome lighting he's known for. You should all get a copy, it's a good conversation piece/coffee table book equivalent if I may say so.

Bubbles Paraiso, Xander Angeles, people from Team Manila Graphics (sorry name recall is another trait I'm not good at) and my other Sensei Niko Villegas having fun at the launch! Yes, if you see them Raymond Gutierrez and Frank Magalona is at the back. I have other shots so you'll see em there!

Oh there! Maxene Magalona, very pretty in person! Tim Yap who hosted the show and Raymond Gutierrez in his Art Directorial debut.

Here are some of my Sensei's works shown in The Podium as part of the public exhibit

(No copyright infringement intended, just for show; all works shown are by Xander Angeles)

My apologies for the flare (intended) just to show I took these shots from large prints shown in the event. Prints are by Epson.

Ms. Ruffa Gutierrez with her hair blown out; and very nice bokeh.
Gorgeous Georgina Wilson, simple and elegant.
Coming out of the shadows, Lovi Poe. Really nice seeing her in a different light.
KC Montero in this Emo moment. Who would have thought he's got it like this! =)
John Hall, very masculine indeed.

How can anyone not love Solenn Heussaff... what a sight to behold!
I love this one specifically, I love the intended streaks of flares and the lights around her. Think about how much light they used on this one... it made me think heheh =)
This is Frank Magalona, son of the Master Rapper Francis M. Nice and hot huh? Girls like him a LOT!

Look at Maxene Magalona here, she definitely knows what she's doing...
Wham Bam High Fashon overload!

Now do you see why I idolize my Sensei? =)

Aside from photography, there are a lot of classes available in The Fashion Academy Manila for different levels of Advanced Photography, Fashion Styling, Ramp Modelling, Print, Graphics Design, High Fashion/Editorial and Personality Development among others. I suggest you look into these options for your companies; you might need to get their services for your employees. Learning from industry experts (with tons of practical experience) would give you the edge and that X Factor people look for at these times. It makes your people a whole lot better in the long run!

Excited for the next issue? Look out for who's gonna be in the cover!

Need I say more?!

Kapish?! =)


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AXN Celebrates Philippines Independence Day (Show them how you love your country!)

I have been able to enjoy freedom from unbelievable leaps and bounds because of the sacrifices countless men and women fought for in the past. A country of heroes; when often one's blood is exchanged for not his own, but his countrymen. It made me who I am now. Filipino!

There is no other kind of love that would ever compare to one's love for his country. In it's vast archipelago, rich fertile land and stretches of ocean one can't be thankful enough for being born into the Philippines. In celebration of Philippine Independence day, I shall continue to live and make this world a little better than when I found it. I'll try and teach the next generation about what most of our people had to go through in order to give them this democracy and freedom we fought for; and continue to do so in the coming years. I am an inheritor of a very glorious past, my future may be uncertain but I'll continue to be a Filipino by thought, by word and by my actions.

Philippine Independence Day is on June 12th. AXN would like to invite viewers from the Philippines to send their greetings, messages and thoughts about what this particular day means for us. This is our chance to shine on stage on a worldwide level. Make sure your entries are less than 50 words, Tagalog, English or Taglish. Send them before noon of May 31 to their Facebook Fan Page (click here for direct link) or email with the subject title "AXN Celebrates Philippines Independence Day". The shortlisted entries will be broadcasted on AXN channels all over the world on the 12th and 13th of June 2011. Make sure you show them how much you love the Philippines!


Nuffnang and Hapee Special Screening

Thursday, May 26, 2011

What makes Nuffnang and Hapee world class is the fact that they are here in the Philippines and they believe in the Filipino people. No matter what shape, form or ethnicity they still consider this one great nation as a stalwart to their companies success in the years that they have been able to do business here.

Hapee, a Filipino brand has been continuing to represent the Philippines elsewhere in the globe by bringing world class products to the consuming public. I believe that in the next few years this will continue to grow as they harness the powers of social media much like what Nuffnang has been able to penetrate for such a long time now. This has definitely made us stand out among the rest and I'm HAPEE to say; I'm proud to be a Filipino!

I'd be so happy if I could get an invite on this major event!


Ms Earth Philippines 2011 - Cultural Night at Thunderbird Resorts

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The stage was set to choose the 10 most beautiful Filipinas in the Ms. Earth Philippines Beauty Pageant. They traveled far and wide to spectacular Thunderbird Resorts in Rizal for the Cultural Presentation and true enough we were all set to a magical evening! I sat down quietly among the throngs of people; and got busy clicking my cam because these gorgeous ladies surprised everyone with their talents.

She did a "Veil Dance" to one of Shakira's track

(L) She did an awesome song and belted it out with all her might, quite impressive (R) she did sign language together with the song Price Tag, it was ROCK!

She hand painted a fetus and declaimed something about an Unborn Child... I'll give props to this gal for giving this acting stint a try. Very different from the usual talents you see in pageants.

What won the hearts of the judges for the talent portion was Ms. Tanauan who performed consecutive magic tricks. It was really a sight to behold because things just came out of nowhere LOL. It was really pure entertainment! I forgot where I put the photos though, I think it got lost in the uploads. Anyway, the next one's better!

The National Costume - Filipiniana was next and there were a few hits and misses. They all looked gorgeous though because of Thunderbird resorts stage they were in. They were all able to host Hotbabes and the Blogfest 2011 more events soon! Back to the pageant, they came out one by one impressing me and the audience. They're all so gorgeous!

From Cagayan and Baliuag, shouldn't they just keep these ladies to themselves?? It's just crazy they aren't married yet!

Balanga and Bayugan sent their representatives too. Very ethnic and colorful! I love the rainmaker-bamboo costume. It worked!

Ms. Cebu almost didn't fit getting into the stage because her gown was HUGE! It was really nice when she came out because it was reminiscent of Sinulog Festivals there!

Ms. Cotabato City was my favorite, she looked cute in this ensemble. She's also the lone contestant left to represent Mindanao.

Ms. Casiguran and Ms. Calapan city made their hometowns proud by wearing (L) something from their area au naturelle and (R) very ornate structured terno.

Ms. Narvacan is colorful, and so is this other one embellished with crystals. I felt a little awkward about the color though, not my type. I felt I was in public school and this was the color of the room again. (Mint green??)

Guys, I know what you are thinking. She's cute I know (L). I felt like I was seeing Georgina Wilson. Simple yet elegant. It was not showy but it showed her aptly. Very hispanic huh?! (R) Hello sunshine! With all that smile and this outfit how can anyone not look at her too.

(L) This lady worked what she's wearing, she did different things with the malong. While she on the other hand (R) made all metal pipes on her gown chink when she walked. Pretty good if she represented Las Pinas because it'll definitely represent the Bamboo Organ.

(L) I think I've seen this somewhere before. It must have been worn by other contestants somewhere. I saw her trying to move 4 times but she couldn't walk in it. She was still a sport and carried it though. (R) The pretty lady from Imus wore the green gown, not my type but I think they are trying to wear something like this because it is Ms. Earth after all.

They had pretty ternos. I like the white one better though. Imeldiffic!

(L)The largest gown worn there was a little troublesome to wear but it did catch our eyes. It was so heavy I bet the young lady might have her back sore a little. (R) This lady from Pampanga might be doing Paskuhan Village a thing or two but I don't think its going to work. Her very Asian features might mistake her for someone from Vietnam or Malaysia.

(L) She had trouble carrying that head dress but it looked good on her. Something from a festival again right? I think its good, not going to stand out that much though. (R) Now look at her, very simple yet VERY VERY CLASSY! I like this non OVER THE TOP dress that fits her fine elegant look. With her hair put back like that everybody looked at her like she dropped from heaven.

The night ended with Ms. Tanauan City winning both the Talent Portion and the Best National Costume. I was not surprised. Everyone was happy for her. Although we were a little upset why she didn't get in the top 10. Anyway, there will be another day to meet these ladies in fabulous Puerto Princesa City on June 5, 2011 that's a Sunday and it will be telecast live on ABS CBN at 10:00 PM make sure you get your schedules fixed.

Here's your top 10 Finalists for Ms Earth Philippines 2011!

Thank you so much to Thunderbird Resorts Rizal and everyone who made this trip to the East well worth while. Thank you to Carousel Productions too who I worked with when Star Olympics was still existing. Thanks you also to Iris and Montsch Acosta for the ride back to Manila, you guys are a lifesaver! LOL!


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