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Rexona’s DO MORE at the Fight Expo

UFC star Carlos Condit meets super fan Ari & son Red Repalda. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

UFC star Carlos Condit meets super fan Ari & son Red Repalda. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

The historic first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. While the Philippines has long been the home of boxing icons such as Pacquiao, Donaire, Ellorde, Espinosa and countless more, combat sports has seen a recent resurgence of practitioners and popularity especially with the growth of MMA.

Boxing Icon and PBA coach Manny Pacquiao is also a Rexona endorser—with the latest TVC images here. Photo from official Rexona Philippines facebook

Boxing Icon and PBA coach Manny Pacquiao is also a Rexona endorser—with the latest TVC images here. Photo from official Rexona Philippines facebook

TJ Manotoc of THE SCORE, THE RUNDOWN and Jef Gaitan of BANANA NITE hosted the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

TJ Manotoc of THE SCORE, THE RUNDOWN and Jef Gaitan of BANANA NITE hosted the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

 

The ABS CBN Sports & Action-Rexona Fight Expo is the first event of its kind to bring together activities that truly help encourage more people to get into MMA and boxing. TJ Manotoc of THE SCORE, THE RUNDOWN and Jef Gaitan of BANANA NITE hosted the prestigious event.

3 Champs share their warm up and stretching techniques. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

3 Champs share their warm up and stretching techniques. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

There have been countless viewing parties sometimes held for free whenever a huge Pacquiao fight rolls along such as the upcoming fight against Alghieri. But almost none of them actually encourage people to GET INTO the sport of boxing. As fitness regiment for both men and women boxing has grown in the U.S. and around the world morphing into TAEBO etc etc.

Boxing Icon and PBA coach Manny Pacquiao is also a Rexona endorser—with the latest TVC images here. Photo from official Rexona Philippines facebook

Boxing Icon and PBA coach Manny Pacquiao is also a Rexona endorser—with the latest TVC images here. Photo from official Rexona Philippines facebook 

3 Champs from right: ‘King Arthur’ Villanueva- Int’l Super Flyweight Champ, Genesis ‘Azukal’ Servania -WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Champ and Jason ‘El Niño’ Pagara WBO Intl Light Welterweight pose with fan. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

3 Champs from right: ‘King Arthur’ Villanueva- Int’l Super Flyweight Champ, Genesis ‘Azukal’ Servania -WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Champ and Jason ‘El Niño’ Pagara WBO Intl Light Welterweight pose with fan. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rexona’s tagline of DO MORE is embodied in the many different physical activities that were part of the fight expo. There were free Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai classes conducted by experts. The F.I.S.T. Gym setup booths for consultation, complete with mats and a ring.

UFC Father and son super fans Ari & Red Repalda play Tekken 6 for free at the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

UFC Father and son super fans Ari & Red Repalda play Tekken 6 for free at the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Participants got to play arcade games measuring punching strength and TEKKEN 6 absolutely free. Fans also had a chance to win a boxing glove signed by Manny Pacquiao through a contest for the most number of consecutive punches on a speedball.

Pacquiao signed glove is prize in Speedball contest. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pacquiao signed glove is prize in Speedball contest. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Flyweight Jomar Bislig of Spartacus (red) won over Argie Guiriba of Elorde Katipunan via unanimous decision. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Flyweight Jomar Bislig of Spartacus (red) won over Argie Guiriba of Elorde Katipunan via unanimous decision. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Amateur bouts in both boxing and MMA were also held. This is where the fight expo gives a real boost. Unlike running or basketball finding a safe venue for combat sports such as boxing and MMA are not as prevalent. You have to be a dedicated professional to get into the big events locally such as ONE FC, PXC. That’s IF you’re talented enough to do so. Those have international fighters and high-level competition.

from left: Welterweight Carl Jose Lalu of Tiger MMA (red) wins over Ken Menia of Espinosa MMA by split decision. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Welterweight Carl Jose Lalu of Tiger MMA (red) wins over Ken Menia of Espinosa MMA by split decision. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Middleweight Ramon Nabong III of Tiger MMA (red) wins over Jonathan Rice of Yawsa MMA via Armbar. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Middleweight Ramon Nabong III of Tiger MMA (red) wins over Jonathan Rice of Yawsa MMA via Armbar. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

SO if you’re an MMA practitioner or a weekend warrior who has a day job, doing it for the pure love of sport, where can you go to actually compete? MMA fights have to be supervised in a safe controlled manner. At the fight expo, Pinoy amateur MMA fighters gave a good account of themselves. The event may have been one of the few venues where they could show their skills and passion. People just visiting Eastwood Mall during the weekend who watched the fighters, witnessed the enormous technical mastery in strikes, wrestling and ground game that it takes even at the amateur level to win.

Rexona gave a boost to MMA and boxing by creating a venue for practitioners to compete. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rexona gave a boost to MMA and boxing by creating a venue for practitioners to compete. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

3 Champs from left: ‘King Arthur’ Villanueva- Int’l Super Flyweight Champ, : Genesis ‘Azukal’ Servania -WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Champ and Jason ‘El Niño’ Pagara WBO Intl Light Welterweight. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

3 Champs from left: ‘King Arthur’ Villanueva- Int’l Super Flyweight Champ, : Genesis ‘Azukal’ Servania -WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Champ and Jason ‘El Niño’ Pagara WBO Intl Light Welterweight. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

3 Boxing Champs + UFC Fighter Carlos Condit

If all the action wasn’t enough for you 3 Pinoy boxing champs: Genesis ‘Azukal’ Servania -WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Champ, ‘King Arthur’ Villanueva- Int’l Super Flyweight Champ and Jason ‘El Niño’ Pagara WBO Intl Light Welterweight were also there. They not only had a meet and greet but shared their warm up, stretching exercises with participants.

Carlos Condit former UFC Interim Welterweight champion and WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit had a meet and greet session with fans in Eastwood Mall. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Carlos Condit former UFC Interim Welterweight champion and WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit had a meet and greet session with fans in Eastwood Mall. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Not long after former UFC Interim Welterweight champion, WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit, had a meet and greet session with fans. The day was a huge success with a bona fide UFC star in Condit touching base with his Filipino supporters. Condit was able to pose with super fan Ari Repalda and son Red.

UFC star Carlos Condit meets super fan Ari & son Red Repalda. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

UFC star Carlos Condit meets super fan Ari & son Red Repalda. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

RUN TO YOUR BEAT is the premiere running event in the country Photo from official Rexona Philippines facebook

RUN TO YOUR BEAT is the premiere running event in the country
Photo from official Rexona Philippines facebook

Rexona / Unilever Sports and beyond

Rexona has been a very active brand in sports development in the Philippines. UNILEVER the company that produces Rexona has a commitment to sports that can be seen through out their personal care brands.

RUN TO YOUR BEAT is the premiere running event in the country Photo from official Rexona Philippines facebook

RUN TO YOUR BEAT is the premiere running event in the country
Photo from official Rexona Philippines facebook

For several years now Rexona also supports and organizes RUN TO YOUR BEAT, which is the premiere running event in the country combining a widespread sport with music. Last June there was the CLEAR DREAM MATCH that brought Manchester United legendary players Andy Cole and Paul Schole. The exhibition match has been led by superstar footballers Phil & James Younghusband.

Followed by the Master Game Face Challenge where Chris Tiu and Marc Pingris led all stars from the PBA, NCAA and UAAP in an exhibition match. The Master Game Face Challenge also brought in NBA player Kevin Love for a half time exhibition show/skills challenge.

Rexona gave a boost to MMA and boxing by creating a venue for practitioners to compete. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rexona gave a boost to MMA and boxing by creating a venue for practitioners to compete. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Unilever however has far more brands than just REXONA, Master Facial Wash or CLEAR shampoo. Under the personal care branch are: Eskinol, Dove, Vaseline, Cream Silk, Tresemmé, AXE, Block & White and Pepsodent.

They produce popular home care products such as: Surf, Domex & Cif.

Rexona is only one of many top brands under the UNILEVER, AXE is also one of the successful brands in the personal care category. Photo from official AXE Philippines facebook.

Rexona is only one of many top brands under the UNILEVER, AXE is also one of the successful brands in the personal care category.
Photo from official AXE Philippines facebook.

In their food products division is one of my favorite homegrown Pinoy ice cream brands of all time: Selecta. The food division also includes kitchen essentials like: Knorr, Lady’s Choice, Best Foods. And top selling tea and iced tea mix: Lipton.

TJ Manotoc of THE SCORE, THE RUNDOWN and Jef Gaitan of BANANA NITE hosted the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

TJ Manotoc of THE SCORE, THE RUNDOWN and Jef Gaitan of BANANA NITE hosted the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Condit poses with Pinay fan who shoots a selfie. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Condit poses with Pinay fan who shoots a selfie. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

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3 Champs share their warm up and stretching techniques. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

3 Champs share their warm up and stretching techniques. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

IN THE CLINCH MMA Lightweight- Oyo Cruz of Xtreme Boxing Gym (blue) wins over Dik Lopez of Spartacus by split decision. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

IN THE CLINCH MMA Lightweight- Oyo Cruz of Xtreme Boxing Gym (blue) wins over Dik Lopez of Spartacus by split decision. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Corner of Welterweight Carl Jose Lalu of Tiger MMA (red) wins over Ken Menia of Espinosa MMA by split decision. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Corner of Welterweight Carl Jose Lalu of Tiger MMA (red) wins over Ken Menia of Espinosa MMA by split decision. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Genesis ‘Azukal’ Servania -WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Champ and ‘King Arthur’ Villanueva- Int’l Super Flyweight Champ. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Genesis ‘Azukal’ Servania -WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Champ and ‘King Arthur’ Villanueva- Int’l Super Flyweight Champ. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Carl Jose Lalu of Tiger MMA (red) on top and in the guard of Ken Menia of Espinosa MMA. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Carl Jose Lalu of Tiger MMA (red) on top and in the guard of Ken Menia of Espinosa MMA. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Carlos Condit poses with Pinay fan. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Fight fan works the punch-testing machine for free at the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fight fan works the punch-testing machine for free at the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dik Lopez of Spartacus lands right hook on Oyo Cruz of Xtreme Boxing Gym. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Carlos Condit former UFC Interim Welterweight champion and WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit had a meet and greet session with fans in Eastwood Mall. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Carlos Condit former UFC Interim Welterweight champion and WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit had a meet and greet session with fans in Eastwood Mall. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ken Menia of Espinosa MMA (blue) lands a leg kick on Carl Jose Lalu of Tiger MMA (red) The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ken Menia of Espinosa MMA (blue) lands a leg kick on Carl Jose Lalu of Tiger MMA (red) The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

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TJ Manotoc of THE SCORE, THE RUNDOWN and Jef Gaitan of BANANA NITE hosted the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

TJ Manotoc of THE SCORE, THE RUNDOWN and Jef Gaitan of BANANA NITE hosted the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rexona gave a boost to MMA and boxing by creating a venue for practitioners to compete. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

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UFC Father and son super fans Ari & Red Repalda play Tekken 6 for free at the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

UFC Father and son super fans Ari & Red Repalda play Tekken 6 for free at the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Perception of Jo Ann Bitagcol

Jo Ann Bitagcol shows her factory IDs from Indo Phil Cotton Mills Inc. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol shows her factory IDs from Indo Phil Cotton Mills Inc. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Perception can be the strangest thing. What is completely apparent and obvious to me may not be the same thing another person sees or feels. There are occasions when I find that extremely strange and unbelievable. How different people perceive the same phenomena, in this case a person. But it IS true.

Photographer and model Jo Ann Bitagcol is featured in the CNN Philippines produced GOOD COMPANY. The show is aired on 9TV every SUNDAY 7pm.

Photographer and model Jo Ann Bitagcol is featured in the CNN Philippines produced GOOD COMPANY. The show is aired on 9TV every SUNDAY 7pm.

I’ve never had the pleasure and privilege of actually meeting Jo Ann Bitagcol although, I have photographed her several times as a model in fashion shows. I’m also a fan of hers as photographer, from her countless magazine covers and she’s done an infinite number of fashion spreads for the biggest brands AS photographer.

Jo Ann’s fashion photography; model and TV personality Joey Mead is on the right. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann’s fashion photography; model and TV personality Joey Mead is on the right. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol models the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol models the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

My favorite photos of Jo Ann are when she wears pants and suits ala Marlene Dietrich. There was this one fashion show where she was the only woman in what was basically a men’s line. The reason I found her so hot was the fact that her femininity shone through while wearing what was essentially men’s clothes. She has Asian traits, fair skinned, slits for eyes, thin soft lips that are all unmistakably… feminine. This is what makes her stand out among a dozen male models all wearing similar clothes. That’s why she was cast there too.

Filmmaker Jeffrey Jeturian is one of the ‘3 Fairy Godmothers’ that discovered Jo Ann Bitagcol. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Filmmaker Jeffrey Jeturian is one of the ‘3 Fairy Godmothers’ that discovered Jo Ann Bitagcol. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

That’s why it was with disbelief that I was listening to Jeffrey Jeturian relating an experience of Jo Ann’s. She was teased by street kids calling her: bakla bakla bakla. (fag fag fag) The interview was from a feature by GOOD COMPANY a new show by CNN Philippines aired on 9TV, 7pm Sundays. The show interviews and shows a day in the life of different artists, creative minds and interesting people. The show opened my eyes to how I and other people perceived Jo Ann.

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. CATCH a feature on Jo Ann this Sunday Nov 9, 2014 -- 7PM on CNN Phils (formerly 9TV/ SOLAR News Channel). Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. CATCH a feature on Jo Ann this Sunday Nov 9, 2014 — 7PM on CNN Phils (formerly 9TV/ SOLAR News Channel). Photo by Jude Bautista

NOT that there’s anything wrong with our gay sisters, it just never occurred to me that’s all. The more I see Jo Ann in jeans and t-shirt the more attractive and feminine she is to me. I don’t know why. I just don’t know how she could possibly look masculine.

Jo Ann Bitagcol models the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol models the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

For me what distinguishes men and women’s bodies are the curves. I love how her slender neck curves to her shoulders, how her waist curves to her hips, how her long thighs curve to her sleek legs. Her jawline is extremely, perfectly shaped extenuating her elegant neck. I can’t imagine seeing her anything than female.

from left: from left: Sen. Ralph Recto, Ryan Christian Recto, Gov Vilma Santos, director Jeffrey Jeturian, Jenelyn Mercado and Luis Manzano. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: from left: Sen. Ralph Recto, Ryan Christian Recto, Gov Vilma Santos, director Jeffrey Jeturian, Jenelyn Mercado and Luis Manzano. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center. Photo By Jude Bautista

I respect Jefferey Jeturian as a filmmaker. I photographed the premiere of EXTRA with Vilma Santos in Cinemalaya. But I have to completely disagree with him when he ascribed some of Jo Ann’s success to the androgynous look that was prevalent in the 90s.

Direk Jeffrey Jeturian described Apples Aberin as elegant and the prevailing beauty during Jo Ann’s debut in the fashion world. I shot this photo of the Unilever PR Head for Personal Care at Fashion Watch Quartet supporting her friend Jojie Lloren’s show. It was held at Makati Shang Rila Hotel, September 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Direk Jeffrey Jeturian described Apples Aberin as elegant and the prevailing beauty during Jo Ann’s debut in the fashion world. I shot this photo of the Unilever PR Head for Personal Care at Fashion Watch Quartet supporting her friend Jojie Lloren’s show. It was held at Makati Shang Rila Hotel, September 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

He said, “At the time the prevailing beauty sila Tweetie, sila Apples. Si Apples is a very elegant model. Si Jo Ann kasi even if she doesn’t fit the prevailing norm of beauty then may character siya e. It is precisely because of her unconventional looks na yan ang naging passport niya to be accepted sa modeling world. At the time uso rin naman yung androgynous look.” For me other than Psy, the majority of male K-POP stars who endorse whitening, skin moisturizers for women, now, those guys are androgynous.

Peter Lim is one of the ‘3 Fairy Godmothers’ that discovered Jo Ann Bitagcol. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Peter Lim is one of the ‘3 Fairy Godmothers’ that discovered Jo Ann Bitagcol. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Still, Jeturian was one of ‘three fairy godmothers’ (JoAnn’s words) that found her meeting with a friend in a pansiteria in Malolos. Seeing her height and facial features Peter Lim and Jay Lozada offered her work as a model.

Jay Lozada is one of the ‘3 Fairy Godmothers’ that discovered Jo Ann Bitagcol. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jay Lozada is one of the ‘3 Fairy Godmothers’ that discovered Jo Ann Bitagcol. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol is the cutie on the far left. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol is the cutie on the far left. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

PAMPANGA roots, Factory worker

Whenever one sees or thinks about fashion models, humility and honesty aren’t traits that particularly come to mind. But Jo Ann exhibited this talking about her roots during the interview also from GOOD COMPANY. “I was born in Angeles City. Tubong Kapangpangan po ako. I got started in Bulacan when we moved after the Mount Pinatubo eruption. I took up my high school there. Highschool nag umpisa po yung chapter ng pagiging factory worker ko. 1994 June it says here, December 1994 official na kong worker sa Indo Phil Cotton Mills inc.”

Jo Ann Bitagcol’s Indo Phil Cotton Mills IDs. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol’s Indo Phil Cotton Mills IDs. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

I felt if only for the candid revelations of her humble beginnings this show has justified itself. AGAIN, perception here plays with my mind. Just by looking at her anyone would think she’d have a privileged upbringing with her Fil-Chinese looks. I can imagine her high school in ICA and college in Ateneo. But no, she didn’t make a big deal about it, very matter of fact. She actually had to work in a factory as a high schooler.

Jo Ann Bitagcol shows her factory IDs from Indo Phil Cotton Mills Inc. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol shows her factory IDs from Indo Phil Cotton Mills Inc. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol who has reached the heights of fashion not just in the Philippines but internationally. And yet casually, comfortably admits she worked as a teenager. That gives her more strength of character, makes her more ‘beautiful’ in my eyes. While some people would rather forget their humble roots she actually kept and showed her factory ID to the TV crew. (Thank you to CNN Phil Producer Michi Ancheta who acknowledged my blog for their use of my photos of Jo Ann for GOOD COMPANY)

Jo Ann is proud of working as teen-ager in a factory. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann is proud of working as teen-ager in a factory. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol in INQUIRER RED MAGAZINE photo by Shaira Luna. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol in INQUIRER RED MAGAZINE photo by Shaira Luna. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

CHANEL, Hong Kong, Paris, India

One of the highlights of her career was being cast in a CHANEL show in Hong Kong along with Lala Flores. She didn’t realize the significance until seeing the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and sharing the ramp with other supermodels: Nadja Auermann, Karen Elson and Helena Christensen. Designer Jojie Lloren, himself, worked on her first piece in Body SHOTS Competition in the mid 90s. Later on they shared an apartment in Paris where Jo Ann worked as model.

Jojie Lloren designed Jo Ann’s piece for BODY SHOTS Competition the mid 90s. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jojie Lloren designed Jo Ann’s piece for BODY SHOTS Competition the mid 90s. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann and designer Jojie Lloren were roomies in Paris. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann and designer Jojie Lloren were roomies in Paris. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

THE top Make Up artist Patrick Rosas. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

THE top Make Up artist Patrick Rosas. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Possibly the most sought after make up artist today, Patrick Rosas recalls working with Jo Ann abroad, “Image wise she gave the Philippine fashion industry a global perspective. As a model her face is everywhere. We’ve been together abroad several times: India, Paris, several times in Hong Kong. She represents the new face of Filipina, hindi lang yung typical brown skin na maganda, global dahil Asian. Several times napagkakamalan siyang Chinese or Japanese, which is good.”

Jo Ann had a unique look and gait on the ramp. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann had a unique look and gait on the ramp. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. CATCH a feature on Jo Ann this Sunday Nov 9, 2014 -- 7PM on CNN Phils (formerly 9TV/ SOLAR News Channel). Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. CATCH a feature on Jo Ann this Sunday Nov 9, 2014 — 7PM on CNN Phils (formerly 9TV/ SOLAR News Channel). Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol uses the Canon EOS 5D Mk III in her studio. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol uses the Canon EOS 5D Mk III in her studio. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

8-Year Cycle

Jo Ann believes that major changes in her life seem to come in 8-year cycles. After working as a model she has transitioned into photography. It was borne out of a need to challenge herself in making better photos and going behind the camera. She credits the moral and technical support of many photographers: Lhiliane Uy , Jun De Leon, Juan Caguia, Mark Nicdao, Jake Verzosa and Nelson Villarica. This encouraged her to take it professionally. Who knows maybe filmmaking or cinematography may be in the next cycle?

Photographer Jun De Leon. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Photographer Jun De Leon. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Photographer Mark Nicdao. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Photographer Mark Nicdao. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

While giving a tour of her studio to the TV crew distinguished designer Lulu Tan Gan was getting prepped for a shoot. Lulu said, “She has evolved. It’s her design sensibilities. She has interpreted her visions across the different disciplines in design first as a model then now, as a photographer. Since she is into fashion she has become more specialized into fashion photography. Her strength is bringing out the expression of the model and the concept of the designers clothes.” I suspect my own perception of Jo Ann will still change. One thing is certain; my fascination of her will forever continue to grow.

Prestigious designer Lulu Tan Gan talks about Jo Ann’s work. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Prestigious designer Lulu Tan Gan talks about Jo Ann’s work. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol in INQUIRER RED MAGAZINE photo by Shaira Luna. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol in INQUIRER RED MAGAZINE photo by Shaira Luna. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Jo Ann grew up in historic Malolos, Bulacan. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann grew up in historic Malolos, Bulacan. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol uses the Canon EOS 5D Mk III in her studio. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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far left Jo Ann Bitagcol, Wilma Doesn’t. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

far left Jo Ann Bitagcol, Wilma Doesn’t. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol in INQUIRER RED MAGAZINE photo by Shaira Luna. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Designer Joey Samson. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Designer Joey Samson. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Thank you to CNN Phil Producer Michi Ancheta for acknowledging my blogs. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Thank you to CNN Phil Producer Michi Ancheta for acknowledging my blogs. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Jo Ann Bitagcol’s features are both Asian and Filipina. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol’s features are both Asian and Filipina. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Photographer Jake Versoza. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Photographer Jake Versoza. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Jo Ann’s photography for ROGUE Magazine. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann’s photography for ROGUE Magazine. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann’s fashion photography. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann’s fashion photography. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Tim Yap shot by Jo Ann Bitagcol for ROGUE Magazine. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Tim Yap shot by Jo Ann Bitagcol for ROGUE Magazine. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol modeled the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol modeled the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Jo Ann and designer Jojie Lloren were roomies in Paris. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann and designer Jojie Lloren were roomies in Paris. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann poses with the Louvre Pyramid in the background. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Designer Jojie Lloren is one of Jo Ann’s long time mentors and friends. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Designer Jojie Lloren is one of Jo Ann’s long time mentors and friends. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Photographer and model Jo Ann Bitagcol is featured in the CNN Philippines produced GOOD COMPANY. The show is aired on 9TV every SUNDAY 7pm.

Photographer and model Jo Ann Bitagcol is featured in the CNN Philippines produced GOOD COMPANY. The show is aired on 9TV every SUNDAY 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol on PREVIEW. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol on PREVIEW. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Jo Ann grew up in historic Malolos, Bulacan. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Thank you to CNN Phil Producer Michi Ancheta for acknowledging my blogs. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Jo Ann grew up in historic Malolos, Bulacan. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Thank you to CNN Phil Producer Michi Ancheta for acknowledging my blogs. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Thank you to CNN Phil Producer Michi Ancheta for acknowledging my blogs. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Jo Ann’s photography for ROGUE Magazine. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann’s photography for ROGUE Magazine. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Photographer and model Jo Ann Bitagcol is featured in the CNN Philippines produced GOOD COMPANY. The show is aired on 9TV every SUNDAY 7pm.

Photographer and model Jo Ann Bitagcol is featured in the CNN Philippines produced GOOD COMPANY. The show is aired on 9TV every SUNDAY 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol checks images on her i-mac. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol checks images on her i-mac. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Jo Ann works with designer Jojie Lloren. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann works with designer Jojie Lloren. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol’s famous gait as described by designer Jojie Lloren. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

Jo Ann Bitagcol’s famous gait as described by designer Jojie Lloren. Catch the CNN Philippines produced show GOOD COMPANY on 9TV every Sunday 7pm.

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Photographer and model Jo Ann Bitagcol is featured in the CNN Philippines produced GOOD COMPANY. The show is aired on 9TV every SUNDAY 7pm.

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THE WALKING DEAD at EASTWOOD

Get a good scare from the official WALKING DEAD PRISON HOUSE at Eastwood City. Tonight, November 9, 2014 is the last night. Photo by Jude Bautista

Get a good scare from the official WALKING DEAD PRISON HOUSE at Eastwood City. Tonight, November 9, 2014 is the last night. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

I was walking home from the ABS CBN Sports & Action/ Rexona Fight Expo at Eastwood Open Area when I saw this ridiculously long line. I had no idea what it was for except there were so many kids and grown-ups giddy with excitement. The line that stretched around the block was for the (official) WALKING DEAD PRISON HOUSE at Eastwood City. Tonight, November 9, 2014 is the very last night the PRISON HOUSE will be there.

People could NOT wait to get into the official WALKING DEAD PRISON HOUSE at Eastwood City. Tonight, November 9, 2014 is the last night. Photo by Jude Bautista

People could NOT wait to get into the official WALKING DEAD PRISON HOUSE at Eastwood City. Tonight, November 9, 2014 is the last night. Photo by Jude Bautista

Get a good scare from the official WALKING DEAD PRISON HOUSE at Eastwood City. Tonight, November 9, 2014 is the last night. Photo by Jude Bautista

Get a good scare from the official WALKING DEAD PRISON HOUSE at Eastwood City. Tonight, November 9, 2014 is the last night. Photo by Jude Bautista

If you’re s fan of the hit series from FOX (the way my brother George is)—they’re called The Walking Dead Heads by the way, IF you’re into zombies, IF you just want a good scare then you CANNOT miss this opportunity. Get your family, friends, loved ones, meet and be scared by zombies by falling in line. It’s a very cheap thrill at 100 pesos considering it has THE WALKING DEAD series stamp on it.

Get a good scare from the official WALKING DEAD PRISON HOUSE at Eastwood City. Tonight, November 9, 2014 is the last night. Photo by Jude Bautista

Get a good scare from the official WALKING DEAD PRISON HOUSE at Eastwood City. Tonight, November 9, 2014 is the last night. Photo by Jude Bautista

People could NOT wait to get into the official WALKING DEAD PRISON HOUSE at Eastwood City. Tonight, November 9, 2014 is the last night. Photo by Jude Bautista

People could NOT wait to get into the official WALKING DEAD PRISON HOUSE at Eastwood City. Tonight, November 9, 2014 is the last night. Photo by Jude Bautista

The more people saw the reminders the more they want to try it: DUE to the INTENSE nature of the horror house Parental discretion is advised for children below 13 years of age…Pregnant women and person suffering from any medical condition including heart ailments, respiratory problems, seizures, nervous disorders, notion sickness, claustrophobia or other physical injuries are NOT allowed to enter.

Get a good scare from the official WALKING DEAD PRISON HOUSE at Eastwood City. Tonight, November 9, 2014 is the last night. Photo by Jude Bautista

Get a good scare from the official WALKING DEAD PRISON HOUSE at Eastwood City. Tonight, November 9, 2014 is the last night. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Get a good scare from the official WALKING DEAD PRISON HOUSE at Eastwood City. Tonight, November 9, 2014 is the last night. Photo by Jude Bautista

Get a good scare from the official WALKING DEAD PRISON HOUSE at Eastwood City. Tonight, November 9, 2014 is the last night. Photo by Jude Bautista

People could NOT wait to get into the official WALKING DEAD PRISON HOUSE at Eastwood City. Tonight, November 9, 2014 is the last night. Photo by Jude Bautista

People could NOT wait to get into the official WALKING DEAD PRISON HOUSE at Eastwood City. Tonight, November 9, 2014 is the last night. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Get a good scare from the official WALKING DEAD PRISON HOUSE at Eastwood City. Tonight, November 9, 2014 is the last night. Photo by Jude Bautista 

People could NOT wait to get into the official WALKING DEAD PRISON HOUSE at Eastwood City. Tonight, November 9, 2014 is the last night. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Jo Ann Bitagcol on CNN Philippines

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. CATCH a feature on Jo Ann this Sunday Nov 9, 2014 -- 7PM on CNN Phils (formerly 9TV/ SOLAR News Channel). Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. CATCH a feature on Jo Ann this Sunday Nov 9, 2014 — 7PM on CNN Phils (formerly 9TV/ SOLAR News Channel). Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and Photographed

By Jude Bautista

Mark your calendars and TV sets this Sunday, 7PM November 9, 2014,  at CNN Philippines (formerly 9TV): a feature of successful fashion/commercial photographer and model Jo Ann Bitagcol will be on GOOD COMPANY.

GOOD COMPANY is the type of show, which is the antithesis to your normal showbiz artista interviews. IT caters to a more creative side, influencers, photographers, designers and musicians, interesting people who have something to say with their work APART from looking good themselves.

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. CATCH a feature on Jo Ann this Sunday Nov 9, 2014 -- 7PM on CNN Phils (formerly 9TV/ SOLAR News Channel). Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. CATCH a feature on Jo Ann this Sunday Nov 9, 2014 — 7PM on CNN Phils (formerly 9TV/ SOLAR News Channel). Photo by Jude Bautista

I learned about the show from a personal message by Producer Michi Ancheta who requested permission to use one of my photos from my poetry blog for Jo Ann.

In an article written by Romeo Moran for Scout MAG, he describes GOOD COMPANY as: “a weekly half-hour profile/documentary series that features prominent personalities in their respective fields of interest—from the creative worlds of film, art, fashion, and pop culture, just to name a few. With YoungStar’s Raymond Ang as executive producer, the show will shed light on these luminaries by following their everyday lives, looking into their personal journeys, and understanding the way their creative minds work by exploring the facts, the people surrounding them, and the personalities themselves.”

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. CATCH a feature on Jo Ann this Sunday Nov 9, 2014 -- 7PM on CNN Phils (formerly 9TV/ SOLAR News Channel). Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. CATCH a feature on Jo Ann this Sunday Nov 9, 2014 — 7PM on CNN Phils (formerly 9TV/ SOLAR News Channel). Photo by Jude Bautista

Other episodes feature Preview Magazine editor in chief Pauline Suaco-Juan, in-demand wedding videographer Jason Magbanua, visual artist Leeroy New, comedian/TV personality/Internet action star Ramon Bautista, indie film director Pepe Diokno, model and photographer Jo Ann Bitangcol, athlete/writer/celebrity chef Erwan Heusaff, and fashion designer Joey Samson.

Good Company will be airing every Sunday at 7 p.m. on CNN Phils (formerly 9TV). For more info, check out Good Company on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. CATCH a feature on Jo Ann this Sunday Nov 9, 2014 -- 7PM on CNN Phils (formerly 9TV/ SOLAR News Channel). Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. CATCH a feature on Jo Ann this Sunday Nov 9, 2014 — 7PM on CNN Phils (formerly 9TV/ SOLAR News Channel). Photo by Jude Bautista

Chris Lizo: Living the PBA Dream

from left: PLDT Chairman and SBP Pres. Manny V Pangilinan and MPTC Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Christopher Lizo. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PLDT Chairman and SBP Pres. Manny V Pangilinan and MPTC Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Christopher Lizo. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Last October 21, 2014, all I could do was text him a greeting when I remembered it was his birthday. Christopher Daniel C. Lizo is my cousin who is now Metro Pacific Tollways Corp (MPTC) Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. He texted back immediately and invited me to the debut of the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA. It was their very first game in the league, in the storied SMART Araneta Coliseum.

Tip off from right: NLEX Road Warriors (Asi Taulava) and Global Port Batang Pier (Yancy De Ocampo). Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tip off from right: NLEX Road Warriors (Asi Taulava) and Global Port Batang Pier (Yancy De Ocampo). Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

He told me he was so excited with the efforts of MPTC Pres. & CEO Ramoncito Fernandez, in building the team. The NLEX Road Warriors was finally making the transition to the majors after so much success in the Developmental league. PLDT Chairman and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Manny V. Pangilinan will also personally make an appearance to watch the debut.

from right: PLDT Chairman and SBP Pres. Manny V Pangilinan and MPTC Pres. & CEO Ramoncito Fernandez. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: PLDT Chairman and SBP Pres. Manny V Pangilinan and MPTC Pres. & CEO Ramoncito Fernandez and MNTC Pres & CEO Rod Franco. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

MVP has been the singular moving force developing the SMART Gilas National team, and fulfilling the hopes of a whole nation for the sport of basketball. ALL of them who work for him have had to step up in showing their support for the game we love. CEOs and top level Execs are expected to do double duty as Team Presidents/ Operation Managers for their respective PBA squads. It’s an honor, sacrifice and huge responsibility.

Global Port Batang Pier Stanley Pringle inbounds ball in front of NLEX coaches Adonis Tierra and Ford Arao. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Global Port Batang Pier Stanley Pringle inbounds ball in front of NLEX coaches Adonis Tierra and Ford Arao. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

MVP has taken a personal hand in coming up with the coaching staffs of TALK’N TXT, MERALCO and NLEX. MVP met with team execs, MPTC Pres & CEO Ramoncito Fernandez and finalized the NLEX brain trust. Last July, Quinito Henson in his Phil Star column reported, “Six-peat PBA D-League champion coach Boyet Fernandez will pilot N-Lex which has acquired the Air21 franchise.  Fernandez, however, will finish the NCAA season with San Beda College before moving back to the PBA where he was once Coach of the Year with Sta. Lucia Realty.  His Warriors staff will consist of Adonis Tierra, Jojo Lastimosa, Sandy Arrespacochaga, Mon Celis and Ford Arao with Allan Gregorio as team consultant.”

MVP & CEOs intently watch the NLEX Road Warrior’s PBA debut. Foreground: Coach Boyet Fernandez (left) & Asst Coach Jojo Lastimosa (right). Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

VIP ROW from left: MPTC Pres. & CEO Ramoncito Fernandez, Tollways Mgt Corp. SVP for Toll Operations Bobby Bontia, PLDT Chairman and SBP Pres. Manny V Pangilinan, MNTC Pres & CEO Rod Franco and MPTC CFO/Treasurer Christopher Lizo. Foreground: Coach Boyet Fernandez (left) & Asst Coach Jojo Lastimosa (right). Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX acting head Coach Adonis Tierra was calling the shots in the huddle early in the 1st quarter. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX acting head Coach Adonis Tierra was calling the shots in the huddle early in the 1st quarter. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Paco, Manila

The PBA game seemed like a world away from our days growing up in Paco. I was the youngest of 5 boys but all of my brothers had been way older. That’s why I was closer to Chris growing up. Chris and I were born just months apart, post Crispa Toyota era. Barely off our toddler years we still took sides, he liked Crispa and I Toyota. We found a common team to cheer for when Great Taste came around with Ricardo Brown, Abe King, Arnie Tuadles, Philip Cezar, Bogs Adornado. The team had remnants from both Toyota and Crispa.

MPTC Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Christopher Lizo. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Right: MPTC Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Christopher Lizo. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Basketball was so pervasive in everything we thought and did. We’d play it EVERY free time we had. My brother Noel Bautista was an NBA, PBA, NCAA, UAAP fanatic. We’d talk about match ups and players endlessly. Much of our technical knowledge and debates came from Noel’s influence. He’s now living in Wellington, NZ with wife Hazel. His kids Nigel, Nicole and Brent are all grown up.

NLEX Road Warrior Enrico Villanueva sails in for a lay-up. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX Road Warrior Enrico Villanueva sails in for a lay-up. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

We had a hoop installed on our garage roof. Me, Chris his brother Vincent Lizo, my brothers George, Noel, schoolmates, neighbors would play from morning until late into the night. Only George Bautista and Vincent took the game seriously trying out in college and making it to the TEAM B in DLSU. Vincent Lizo was our hope in making it to the PBA, we all had dreams at the time. He dominated in the commercial leagues: PICAA and PBL. Somehow we all lived vicariously through the success of Vince as a player, fulfilling our collective hoop dreams. Vince is now also one of the top executives in EVEREADY and still plays basketball in Alumni Leagues.

Grand slam champ and enforcer DLSU Archer Rafa Dinglasan shoots w i-phone. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Grand slam champ and enforcer DLSU Archer Rafa Dinglasan shoots w i-phone. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Their close friend and teammates in the DLSU squad include Perry Ronquillo, Dong Vergere who later became coaches. Perry won a PBA Championship with Shell. Dong became a coach for UST in the UAAP (who passed away in 2011). Current Archers coach Juno Sauler was also a teammate of theirs. Juno married my other cousin Agnes Apostol.

from left: PLDT Chairman and SBP Pres. Manny V Pangilinan and MPTC Pres. & CEO Ramoncito Fernandez. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PLDT Chairman and SBP Pres. Manny V Pangilinan and MPTC Pres. & CEO Ramoncito Fernandez. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

METROPACIFIC

After graduating and acing the Accounting Board exams Chris worked for one and only one company throughout his career: METROPACIFIC Corporation. Much later after that he was assigned to his current post at the MPTC. Under a shared love for the game together with MPTC Pres. Ramon Fernandez they participated in the Developmental league of the PBA. Chris managed the day-to-day operations of the team, acquiring players, coaching staff while deferring major decisions to Fernandez. Mr. Fernandez has become a mentor and father figure to Chris; he was also the Ninong in his wedding. The NLEX Road Warriors earned 6 titles in the 7 years since the league was established.

NLEX Road Warrior Jonas Villanueva sets up offense. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX Road Warrior Jonas Villanueva sets up offense. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Zoom back to 2014 October 21st, Chris’ birthday was an auspicious date to have their debut in the PBA. This is the league where so many of our childhood dreams had come from. We watched countless legendary PBA heroes do battle in this very place SMART ARANETA. Among them a Senator- Sonny Jaworski, Ramon Fernandez namesake ‘The Franchise’, Atoy Co, Abet Guidaben, even to the days of Alvin Patrimonio, Benjie Paras, Allan Caidic and our special idol ‘Skywalker’ Samboy Lim. One of them Jojo Lastimosa is in the coaching staff of NLEX.

from left: PBA legend now NLEX Asst Coach Jojo Lastimosa coaches Jonas Viallanueva. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PBA legend now NLEX Asst Coach Jojo Lastimosa coaches Jonas Viallanueva. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Now the NLEX Roadwarriors was a team he helped build. Chris was making his own PBA memories, helping shape current and future PBA legends in its 40th season. I was especially nervous for Chris because, there’s so much at stake. As thankful as I was seeing him in this position a win is necessary validation of all their efforts leading up to that point. They had to make a statement that the NLEX Road Warriors belonged with the best of best players in the country. There was tremendous pressure to win, even if it was a debut.

NLEX Road Warrior Asi Taulava on Free-throw line. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX Road Warrior Asi Taulava on Free-throw line. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX is World Class

Before the game, Chris Lizo was able to talk about the transition of NLEX to the big league, “We won 6 out of 7 championships in the D League. Now the PBA is a different level. We want to prove to the management, to the owners that we can do it in the next level as well. What we’re trying to bring in the PBA is the same brand of team that we brought in the D League. We carry the NLEX brand name. NLEX is world class so we want to bring a competitive world-class team in the PBA.”

NLEX Road Warrior Mac Cardona going strong against Batang Pier Bonjay Buenafe. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX Road Warrior Mac Cardona going strong against Batang Pier Bonjay Buenafe. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Theoretically, the developmental league player can go to the PBA. But all players have to go through the daft process and theirs was no exception, “Unfortunately we’re not allowed by the PBA to bring our core team. Our core team had to go to the draft. We did the next best thing which was buy an existing franchise. We bought AIR21, which has good core players including Asi Taulava, Jonas Villanueva, Rico Villanueva, Mac Cardona. We mixed them with our own draft choices. We think we have a good combination of youth and experience.”

right (in Yankees cap) Maja Salvador loves the PBA. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

right (in Yankees cap) Maja Salvador loves the PBA. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Their draft choice of Matt Canuelas, who played for SMART GILAS was traded to TALK’N TXT for KG Canaleta. He believes Canaleta will help NLEX be competitive immediately. There are very specific and some say lofty goals for their debut. “We think we’re going to be competitive. Having said that we’re realistic. There are a lot of strong teams GINEBRA, TALKN’TXT, SAN MIGUEL, PUREFOODS STAR HOTSHOTS. We have an internal target. But we still think that if motivated enough, we work hard enough we can still go to the championship. Going to the finals is not beyond our reach we can still do it.”

from right: Mac Cardona, KG Canaleta and Kelly Nabong. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Mac Cardona, KG Canaleta and Kelly Nabong. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

PBA: The Best of the Best

With MVP’s top choice for a coach, Chris believes Boyet Fernandez is the right man to take them all the way, “He is defense oriented. Another thing working for him is he played professional basketball. He won a championship as a coach for Sta. Lucia. He gets the best out of players. Whether they’re veterans or rookies he’s able to define the role of each player. To that extent, Boyet has a lot of experience.”

From left: NLEX acting head Coach Adonis Tierra confers with Asst coach Sandy Arespacochaga. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: NLEX acting head Coach Adonis Tierra confers with Asst coach Sandy Arespacochaga. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

The challenge is huge in being able to translate their success from the D League to the PBA, “You have to look at the competitiveness. D League is a good league but the PBA is the ultimate goal of all players, all teams. You know that this is the cream of the crop, the best of the best, not only in terms of players but also in coaching staff, the support staff. So we’ve dedicated all resources we can to make sure that we’ll be competitive.”

Batang Pier Stanley Pringle explodes against John Raymundo. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Batang Pier Stanley Pringle explodes against John Raymundo. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

It’s been a long time coming, playing the game we loved since we were kids. We’ve all grown up; Chris has his own family now with beautiful wife Carlene, daughter Andrea and son Andrei. Not all plans have come to fruition. Hoop dreams remain for us, myself, brothers and cousins. Now we can experience it vicariously through Chris who is living the PBA dream.

MVP has light moment with CEOs during tense game. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

VIP ROW from left: Tollways Mgt Corp. SVP for Toll Operations Bobby Bontia, PLDT Chairman and SBP Pres. Manny V Pangilinan, MNTC Pres & CEO Rod Franco and MPTC CFO/Treasurer Christopher Lizo. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

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NLEX Road Warrior Eric Camson. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX Road Warrior Eric Camson. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NEVER THE STRANGER lead singer Ace Libre is a huge PBA fan. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NEVER THE STRANGER lead singer Ace Libre is a huge PBA fan. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

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NLEX acting head Coach Adonis Tierra was calling the shots in the huddle early in the 1st quarter with him are from left: Asst Coaches Ford Arao and Sandy Arespacochaga. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX acting head Coach Adonis Tierra was calling the shots in the huddle early in the 1st quarter with him are from left: Asst Coaches Ford Arao and Sandy Arespacochaga. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX Road Warrior John Raymundo sets up offense. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX Road Warrior John Raymundo sets up offense. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

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MVP has light moment with CEOs during tense game. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

VIP ROW from left: Tollways Mgt Corp. SVP for Toll Operations Bobby Bontia, PLDT Chairman and SBP Pres. Manny V Pangilinan, MNTC Pres & CEO Rod Franco and MPTC CFO/Treasurer Christopher Lizo. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

2014 Top draft pick Stanley Pringle warms up for Global Port Batang Pier. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

2014 Top draft pick Stanley Pringle warms up for Global Port Batang Pier. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Batang Pier Yancy De Ocampo posts up against  NLEX Road Warrior Aldrech Ramos. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

Batang Pier Yancy De Ocampo posts up against NLEX Road Warrior Aldrech Ramos. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PLDT Chairman and SBP Pres. Manny V Pangilinan and MPTC Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Christopher Lizo. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PLDT Chairman and SBP Pres. Manny V Pangilinan and MPTC Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Christopher Lizo. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

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NLEX Road Warrior John Raymundo calls play with Batang Pier Terrence Romeo guarding him. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

NLEX Road Warrior John Raymundo calls play with Batang Pier Terrence Romeo guarding him. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

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NLEX Road Warriors from left: Acting head coach (for PBA debut) Adonis Tierra and MPTC Pres. & CEO Ramoncito Fernandez. Catch PBA games live in SMART ARANETA Coliseum. If not you can watch the PBA’s 40th season live airing on TV5 five times a week on TUES, WED and FRI, with the first game at 4:15 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m.; on SAT at 5 p.m.; and SUN at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Photo by Jude Bautista

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SIGAW SA HATINGGABI Suzara’s scariest

Regine Angeles (Salvacion) and Richard Quan (Albert) are lead stars of SIGAW SA HATINGGABI. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.14, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Regine Angeles (Salvacion) and Richard Quan (Albert) are lead stars of SIGAW SA HATINGGABI. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.14, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The supernatural takes a sinister turn in “Sigaw sa Hatinggabi,” director Romy V. Suzara’s entry in this year’s Sineng Pambansa Horror plus Film Festival presented by the Film Development Council of the Philippines and showing at SM Cinema branches nationwide from October 29 – November 14, 2014.

standing from left: Alvin Anson (Cong. Calipes), Regine Angeles (Slavacion), Robert Kuan (Albert), China Roces (Robina), Glea Burbano (Fern), Marga Yabes (Clarissa), David Karell (Xander) and Kevin Rivas (Rain). Foreground right Mavi Lozano (Marcus), & Hero Bautista (Direk Allan G. Pangalan). Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.14, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

standing from left: Alvin Anson (Cong. Calipes), Regine Angeles (Salvacion), Robert Kuan (Albert), China Roces (Robina), Glea Burbano (Fern), Marga Yabes (Clarissa), David Karell (Xander) and Kevin Rivas (Rain). Foreground right Mavi Lozano (Marcus), & Hero Bautista (Direk Allan G. Pangalan). Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.14, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Direk Romy finds inspiration from our culture’s widespread belief that the spirits of the dead linger on and visit the living. He shares, “Of course, there would be those that don’t believe but there are many who do because there are times when a relative passes away, the spirits of the dead come back and make themselves felt.”

Marga Yabes & Alvin Anson Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.14, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Marga Yabes & Alvin Anson Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.14, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Gala Premiere of “Sigaw sa Hatinggabi” takes place on October 23, 2014 at the SM North Edsa, Cinema 1, at 7:00pm. The premiere is to be attended by the director as well as his cast and crew, and invited guests. The screening will be open to the public for free on a first-come-first-serve basis due to limited seating capacity.

from left: China Roces (Robina), Romy Suzara, Hit composer Lito Camo and Glea Burbano (Fern) of SIGAW SA HATINGGABI. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.14, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: China Roces (Robina), Romy Suzara, Hit composer Lito Camo and Glea Burbano (Fern) of SIGAW SA HATINGGABI. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.14, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

During the Horror plus Film Festival press conference last week, direk Romy explained that funding makes it difficult to go from mainstream film making to indie, and FDCP allows filmmakers to bridge that gap. “Maybe next year, FDCP will surely give even more seed money,” direk Romy joked to a chuckling audience, but earnestly added, “Hopefully, FDCP will continue to make festivals like this.”

foreground from left: David Karell (Xander), Hero Bautista (Direk Allan G. Pangalan), Mavi Lozano (Marcus), Kevin Rivas (Rain), standing from left: Alvin Anson (Cong. Calipes), Romy Suzara, Regine Angeles (Slavacion), Robert Kuan (Albert), China Roces (Robina), Glea Burbano (Fern) and Marga Yabes (Clarissa) of SIGAW SA HATINGGABI. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.14, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from left: David Karell (Xander), Hero Bautista (Direk Allan G. Pangalan), Mavi Lozano (Marcus), Kevin Rivas (Rain), standing from left: Alvin Anson (Cong. Calipes), Romy Suzara, Regine Angeles (Salvacion), Robert Kuan (Albert), China Roces (Robina), Glea Burbano (Fern) and Marga Yabes (Clarissa) of SIGAW SA HATINGGABI. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.14, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Direk Romy is too one of the believers of spirits from his own personal experiences, as he shared in an interview with FDCP, “when FPJ [Fernando Poe, Jr.] died, I get to dream about him often. Then when Rudy Fernandez died, he returns to me in my dreams. So, there I believe that spirits are amongst us.”  The legendary FPJ was supposed to star in Direk Romy’s “Tahimik  Ngunit Mapanganib” before the actor’s untimely death in 2004, and Rudy “Daboy” Fernandez was a dear friend of the director’s, both having worked in the 1981 action drama “Pepeng Shotgun.” Direk Romy explained that he wants “Sigaw sa Hatinggabi” to recreate the feeling of sprits being present. “While watching the film I want the audience to experience that there are spirits around us.”

Robert Kuan’s selfie with zombies. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.14, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Robert Kuan’s selfie with zombies. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.14, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

The film puts an ominous and threatening spin on that belief, as the story, inspired by a news item Direk Romy once read, revolves around the investigation of a battered woman’s mysterious death. The wife of a famous man, she was forced to keep her husband’s beatings secret, lest the media slander his reputation with reports about his violence against his wife. When her husband finds out about her untimely death, he seeks the help of a celebrity medium, who has a third eye and leads the group of paranormal investigators. They communicate with spirits in order to solve the mystery—was his wife murdered or did she commit suicide?  In a “Big Brother”-esque style, a TV documentary crew records the investigation in the haunted house as the supernatural events unfold. The film stars Regine Angeles, Richard Quan, Lance Raymundo, Vangie Labalan, David Karell, Marga Yabes, Hero Bautista, Alvin Anson and China Roces.

Standing from left Glea Burbano (Fern), China Roces (Robina), Romy Suzara, Marga Yabes (Clarissa) & Alvin Anson (Cong. Calipes) foreground left Mavi Lozano (Marcus), Hero Bautista (Direk Allan G. Pangalan), Kevin Rivas (Rain) and David Karell (Xander). Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.14, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Standing from left Glea Burbano (Fern), China Roces (Robina), Romy Suzara, Marga Yabes (Clarissa) & Alvin Anson (Cong. Calipes) foreground left Mavi Lozano (Marcus), Hero Bautista (Direk Allan G. Pangalan), Kevin Rivas (Rain) and David Karell (Xander). Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.14, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Direk Romy described Regine Angeles, who is in her first lead role, the celebrity spirit medium, as a much underrated actress and was thrilled to have her as his leading lady. She said of Direk Romy, “He’s a legend, very skilled as a director. It’s an honor for me to be part of his film.”

from left: Regine Angeles, Van Leano, Paolo Gumabao & Manny Valera. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.14, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Regine Angeles, Van Leano, Paolo Gumabao & Manny Valera. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.14, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Regine Angeles plays lead role Salvacion Delavis in SIGAW SA HATINGGABI. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.14, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Regine Angeles plays lead role Salvacion Delavis in SIGAW SA HATINGGABI. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.14, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

“Sigaw sa Hatinggabi” is unique among his previous ventures in horror as it deals with a mysterious serial killer.  Direk Romy noted, “You’d think you already determined the killer but you’re wrong.”  Another new feature to the film is the use of CGI (computer generated imagery) to assist in the visualization of characters’ transformations through morphing.

from left: Mavi Lozano, Elaine Lozano, Baby Nebrida, Jodi Nebrida and Christine Nebrida. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.14, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Mavi Lozano, Elaine Lozano, Baby Nebrida, Jodi Nebrida and Christine Nebrida. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.14, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

The film is sure to be his scariest.  Direk Romy warns, “If you are going to watch the film, if you have a weak heart, if you are alone, never ever watch this movie.” The film is sure to be filled with twists as Direk Romy declares, “I want the theater to be filled with screams, no, not just once, but at least ten times!”   

from left: Carlos Maceda, Romy Suzara & Mel Navarro. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.14, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Carlos Maceda, Romy Suzara & Mel Navarro. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.14, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Horror plus Film Festival will officially kick off on October 29 and will run until November 4 in all SM Cinema branches nationwide at regular admission prices. Stay tuned by visiting the FDCP homepage (www.fdcp.ph) and the FDCP Facebook page for announcements and further screening details.

Marife Necesito of BACAO. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.14, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Making Films for the Filipino People

from left: Peque Gallaga, Lore Reyes--TYANAK, FDCP Exec. Dir. Teddy Granados, Romy Suzara (SIGAW SA HATINGGABI), Gil Portes (HUKLUBAN) and Edgardo Boy Vinarao (BACAO). Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Peque Gallaga, Lore Reyes–TYANAK, FDCP Exec. Dir. Teddy Granados, Romy Suzara (SIGAW SA HATINGGABI), Gil Portes (HUKLUBAN) and Edgardo Boy Vinarao (BACAO). Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The concept seems to be at odds, making films that more of our kababayan (countrymen), more Filipinos will watch. And giving the reigns to the filmmakers, directors rather than profit-oriented producers, outfits, even networks. But this is exactly what the HORROR PLUS Film fest attempts to do. It will run from October 29-November 4, 2014 in all SM Malls and Walter Mart Cinemas. Galas of the movies will have a free entrance from October 20 to 23, in SM North Edsa & Megamall where cast members like Judy Ann Santos, Solenn Heussaff, Michelle Madrigal will make personal appearances. Please check gala schedules here: official FDCP site.

from left: Interaksyon Ent Editor and HUKULUBAN screenwriter Eric Ramos, Krista Miller (Mira), Kiko Matos (Kandro), Minda Flores (Hukluban), director Gil Portes. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Interaksyon Ent Editor and HUKULUBAN screenwriter Eric Ramos, Krista Miller (Mira), Kiko Matos (Kandro), Minda Flores (Hukluban), director Gil Portes. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

The films participating in the festival include T’YANAK by co-directors Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes, HUKLUBAN by director Gil M. Portes, BACAO by director Edgardo “Boy” Vinarao, and SIGAW SA HATINGGABI by director Romy V. Suzara. The film fest is composed of four entries so that the films may have more screening dates.

BACAO cast from left: Alvin Anson, Marife Necesito, Edgardo Boy Vinarao, Michelle Madrigal. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

BACAO cast from left: Alvin Anson, Marife Necesito, Edgardo Boy Vinarao, Michelle Madrigal. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

During a press conference outspoken director Peque Gallaga discussed the efforts of the FDCP (Film Development Council of the Philippines) and why they participated in it, “We’re very grateful to FDCP for doing these things. Sa totoo lang the budget is really, really, really low. Pero Lore and I feel, I think the same goes for Romy for Boy and Gil. It’s a pleasure to work for zero than people who tell you what to do. FDCP actually believes in artistic freedom. And I think what’s happening is FDCP has already produced 51 Pinoy indie films believe it or not.”

TYANAK director Peque Gallaga with actress Mailes Kanapi. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

TYANAK director Peque Gallaga with actress Mailes Kanapi. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gallaga believes the HORROR PLUS Film fest is a way of attracting audiences to the work of Pinoy directors without having the pressure of pleasing producers who don’t necessarily share the same vision, “Ang nangyayari with the Horror Film Festival, the FDCP has recognized that we have to go back to the middle ground. Dapat we should be making films, this is not a judgment of indie films I am an indie filmmaker, but we have to start making films for the Filipino people. This is a burgis person talking I am a Regal baby. It’s time that people go back to watching our films, not only for festivals. I think the Horror film festival is a good attempt to go back to the middle ground.”

SIGAW SA HATING GABI cast from left: China Roces, Vangie Labalan & Lance Raymundo. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

SIGAW SA HATING GABI cast from left: China Roces, Vangie Labalan & Lance Raymundo. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

The middle ground according to him is being able to give directors and writers greater creative control, “What’s happening now and I’m not insulting anybody. The big industry is getting people, getting really good, good, good artists in the form of directors. But its like you’re hiring sculptors to do carpentry work. It’s time to return movies to the artists. (Applause) Thank you for the few who agree with me. Still I think the combination of indie and mainstream is going to be wonderful for Filipino movies to go back to the Golden age.”

Krista Miller (Mira) & Kiko Matos (Pepito) of HUKLUBAN by Gil Portes written by Eric Ramos. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Krista Miller (Mira) & Kiko Matos (Pepito) of HUKLUBAN by Gil Portes written by Eric Ramos. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Gil Portes of HUKLUBAN, Adrian Cabido, Lore Reyes & Peque Gallaga of TYANAK. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Gil Portes of HUKLUBAN, Adrian Cabido, Lore Reyes & Peque Gallaga of TYANAK. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gallaga’s horror flick TYANAK with Janice De Belen defined what the monster truly is. He went on to explain that it wasn’t clearly defined or identified prior to that in film, “Ang nangyari sa TYANAK it’s a reboot. Reboot means we’re doing the original story but it’s been 30 years. Ang nangyari doon we were Regal babies we were with mother. And one of my favorite directors si Charing Carlos, I don’t know which one he did na may tyanak. The tyanak were the Gutierrez twins when they were 4 years old. Hindi yon tyanak those were Santa’s Elves. Sabi ko Mother hindi yan tyanak. When I worked with Richard Gutierrez way after I told him the same thing. Hindi yan tyanak. We’ll make a movie for you, Mother didn’t know what the tyanak was. When we did TYANAK the movie we went back to Philippine folklore.”

SIGAW SA HATING GABI cast mates Regine Angeles and Vangie Labalan. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

SIGAW SA HATING GABI cast mates Regine Angeles and Vangie Labalan. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mother Liliy Monteverde of Regal had a very specific scene that she wanted Gallaga to do. He relates, “All that Mother asked us to do that’s why I respect Mother a lot. Basta dapat si Lotlot is running with the baby na may ulan. She would fall in the putik. She would look at the baby and say ‘Why God?’ And tama si Mother people loved that.”

SIGAW SA HATING GABI cast from left: China Roces, Regine Angeles, Vangie Labalan, Director Romy Suzara, Lance Raymundo, Alvin Anson and Hero Bautista. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

SIGAW SA HATING GABI cast from left: China Roces, Regine Angeles, Vangie Labalan, Director Romy Suzara, Lance Raymundo, Alvin Anson and Hero Bautista. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

The invitation to make a horror film came from FDCP chairman Briccio Santos. “When we did the first TYANAK we wanted to show what a tyanak was. Now everybody knows what a tyanak is. Ang ginawa namin this time, we maintained the Janice and Lotlot characters. But we went deeper into what a tyanak does. Briccio said do you want to make a horror film? Sabi namin we want to do TYANAK again. Why? Because it’s the original Filipino monster. Mananaggal the Indoensians have that, the Thais have the manananggal. In all of the universe only the Philippines has the tyanak. The tyanak is a monster that hides behind compassion, it hides behind pity. In other words yung power ng tyanak you cannot kill him.”

TYANAK cast from left: Adrian Cabrido, Lore Reyes, Peque Gallaga and Mailes Kanapi. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

TYANAK cast from left: Adrian Cabrido, Lore Reyes, Peque Gallaga and Mailes Kanapi. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gala Pemiere Schedules

Bacao – October 20 (Monday) / SM Megamall / Cinema 7 / 7:00pm

Hukluban – October 21 (Tuesday) / SM North Edsa / Cinema 1 / 7:00pm

T’yanak – October 22 (Wednesday) / SM Megamall / Cinema 7 / 7:00pm

Sigaw sa Hatinggabi – October 23 (Thursday) / SM North Edsa / Cinema 1 / 7:00pm

from left: BACAO director Edgardo Boy Vinarao and actor Alvin Anson (Leloy). Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Gil Portes (HUKLUBAN), Mailes Kanapi (TYANAK) and Interaskyon Ent Editor Eric Ramos. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

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SIGAW SA HATING GABI cast from left: China Roces, Vangie Labalan , Lance Raymundo & Romy Suzara. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

SIGAW SA HATING GABI cast from left: China Roces, Vangie Labalan , Lance Raymundo & Romy Suzara. Catch the HORROR PLUS Film Fest from October 29-Nov.4, 2014 at SM Cinemas. Photo by Jude Bautista

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