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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.

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.

Written by

Jude Bautista

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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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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

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


Her Elegant Neck

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista
Center: Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

1Her Elegant title

A poem by

Jude Bautista

Center: Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista 

2Her elegant

Her elegant neck adorned by

the most precious pearls

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. 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. Photo by Jude Bautista 

3Jewels Made

Jewels made from the purity

of the sea desired for their rarity

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. 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. Photo by Jude Bautista

4No Price No price can match

her kind smile

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. 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. 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. 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. Photo by Jude Bautista

5She f flesh

She of flesh and bone

sweet curves of her neck

that carries these pearls

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. 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. Photo by Jude Bautista 

6She true treasure

She is the true treasure!

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. 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. Photo by Jude Bautista 

7Woman images

Woman in images

Creator of images

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. 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. Photo by Jude Bautista

8Inspire me

Inspire me liberate your visions

of beauty with truth

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. 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. Photo by Jude Bautista

9Ur Cntenance

Your countenance pulls my gaze

My heart is set upon you

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation captivates Arnold Reyes on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation captivates Arnold Reyes on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation captivates Arnold Reyes on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol (Model and photographer) in Rhett Eala creation captivates Arnold Reyes on the ramp for Jewelmer 35th, Miracle of the Golden Pearl September 23, 2014. 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. 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. Photo by Jude Bautista


Priscilla Queen of the Party

Priscilla Queen of the Desert Stars from left: Jon Santos (Bernadette), Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and Red Concepcion (Felicia). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista
Leo Valdez is Mitzi. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Leo Valdez is Mitzi. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Unlike other musicals or theatrical performances, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL did not have a standing ovation on opening night. Instead what they had was even better, a dancing ovation where audience members were boogying in the aisles to Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”, the Village People’s “Go West”, Alicia Bridges’s “I Love The Nightlife”, Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”, Dionne Warwick’s “I Say A Little Prayer”.

Cast and friends had a ball at the post party. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast and friends had a ball at the post party. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Sel Yulo, RWM Pres. Kingson Sian, Walang Tulugan’s German Moreno and John Nite. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Sel Yulo, RWM Pres. Kingson Sian, Walang Tulugan’s German Moreno and John Nite. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

The disco beat is irresistible in any generation; the flamboyant and colorful clothes all make it easy to party. The ecstatic mood spilled over to the atrium of Resort’s World Manila where the post party was held. People dining in Mr. Kurosawa, Johnny Chow, Crisostomo, Tao Yuan Restaurant, Murray’s New Orleans Fine Steaks And Ribs and Beurre Blanc were craning their necks trying to see what the fuss was about.

foreground: Jon Santos (Bernadette) and her entourage. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground: Jon Santos (Bernadette) and her entourage. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

The FLINSTONES is a rocking retro band. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

The FLINSTONES is a rocking retro band. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Retro band The FLINTSTONES played the same party hits from 70s and 80s. The long lines going in REPUBLIQ and OPUS were treated to a dance floor right in the middle of the atrium. For once the action was outside these hot nightspots. The people inside Ginzadon Japanese & Korean Restaurant, Parmigiana Italian Kitchen, Krazy Garlik, Passion, Cafe Republiq, Passion Chinese Restaurant, Red Crab Alimango House and Starbucks Coffee couldn’t resist joining in.

The Party was not just inside REPUBLIQ and OPUS but also at the Atrium. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Party was not just inside REPUBLIQ and OPUS but also at the Atrium. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes was mistook for a cast member because of her afro and 70’s look. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes was mistook for a cast member because of her afro and 70’s look. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes was one of many celebrity faces that attended opening night. She was also in 70’s fashion and could have been part of the cast. In an interview with NEWS CAFÉ host Mitzi Borromeo she said, “I look like I’m part of the production! I came in late they thought I would walk to my seat and go straight to the stage! I could have I loved it. Wonderful it was such an entertaining production.”

from right: News Café Host Mitzi of SOLAR News and PDI Columnist Tessa Prieto Valdes. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: News Café Host Mitzi of SOLAR News and PDI Columnist Tessa Prieto Valdes. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

In front of Café REPUBLIQ A fan takes Android pic w Jeff Flores. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

In front of Café REPUBLIQ A fan takes Android pic w Jeff Flores. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tessa noticed the shift in themes from previous RWM shows, “It’s so edgy and different from all the other fairy tales, musical. Its wonderful they’ve gone to this edgy side of entertainment. It was so warmly received. The audience was so involved, engaging and game.  In the end people were just dancing. It’s such a feel good production”

from left: Pinky Marquez, Micah Muñoz and Cara Barredo. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Pinky Marquez, Micah Muñoz and Cara Barredo. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Priscilla the Bus changes colors foreground: Lani Ligot (Diva)Red Concepcion (Felicia), Jon Santos (Bernadette) and Leo Valdez (Mitzi). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Priscilla the Bus changes colors foreground: Lani Ligot (Diva)Red Concepcion (Felicia), Jon Santos (Bernadette) and Leo Valdez (Mitzi). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: RWM Dir. for Sponsorship Anna Chua shoots selfie with Pinky Amador and Red Concepcion (Felicia) THEN parties! PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: RWM Dir. for Sponsorship Anna Chua shoots selfie with Pinky Amador and Red Concepcion (Felicia) THEN parties! PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

When asked if the local market was ready for Priscilla, Tessa said, “I think it’s the right time. The gay world is welcome in the Philippines. It has nothing to do with a gender thing. It’s about family and engaging people in different lifestyles. I just love that people are expressing themselves in costumes. I was asking myself before I got here, what afro color should I wear?  All of them they just jumped out of my closet! I have that color and that wig too!”

foreground from left: Red Concepcion (Felicia), Leo Valdez (Mitzi), Jon Santos (Bernadette) and Noel Rayos (fake Aborigines) dance to entertain tourists in the Outback. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from left: Red Concepcion (Felicia), Leo Valdez (Mitzi), Jon Santos (Bernadette) and Noel Rayos (fake Aborigines) dance to entertain tourists in the Outback. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Red Concepcion (Felicia) and Tessa Prieto Valdes. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Red Concepcion (Felicia) and Tessa Prieto Valdes. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, RWM Pres. Kingson Sian, Jon Santos (Bernadette), RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun and Phil BIO Founder Samuel West Stewart. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, RWM Pres. Kingson Sian, Jon Santos (Bernadette), RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun and Phil BIO Founder Samuel West Stewart. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr was also able to share why they chose Priscilla, “We wanted to make a change. We’ve done all the Roger’s and Hammerstein. We didn’t want to be identified with just one theme, Sound of Music, Cinderella. We wanted something radically different, modern, catchy songs but still everyone knew. There’s tangibility. There’s still that connectivity with people. Of course I’m a Priscilla fan. Our artistic director Menchu Lauchengco Yulo talked about it and it just grew. Everyone came on board.”

Cast seated from left: Jeffrey Flores, Warren David Saga, OJ Mariano, Victor Bernardino Sy, Reg Claravall, Thou Reyes, Red Concepcion, Dindo Divinagracia, Jonathan Santos Cast standing from left: Noel Rayos, Henry Strzalkowski, Raymund Concepcion II, Red Nuestro, Jill Peña, Mako Alonso, Jasmine Fitzgerald, Timmy Canlas, Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, Michael Stuart Williams, RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, Nullabor Productions Managing Dir Garry McQuinn. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast seated from left: Jeffrey Flores, Warren David Saga, OJ Mariano, Victor Bernardino Sy, Reg Claravall, Thou Reyes, Red Concepcion, Dindo Divinagracia, Jonathan Santos
Cast standing from left: Noel Rayos, Henry Strzalkowski, Raymund Concepcion II, Red Nuestro, Jill Peña, Mako Alonso, Jasmine Fitzgerald, Timmy Canlas, Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, Michael Stuart Williams, RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, Nullabor Productions Managing Dir Garry McQuinn. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

right pic: Cara Barredo and Red Nuestro. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

right pic: Cara Barredo and Red Nuestro. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast members had impromptu performances with the FLINTSTONES. Red Nuestro had a powerful rendition of September by Earth Wind and Fire. The whole cast was such natural singers that most of them have their own groups and individual gigs. Timmy Canlas and Jasmine Fitzgerald for example have a new duo SINGING SENSATIONS. Their former group TRIA performed regularly at Bar 360 also in Resort’s World Manila. Bituin Escalante, Jon Santos, Leo Valdez and many more in the cast are powerful solo musicians with countless concerts and shows to their credit.

Cast members from left: Timmy Canlas and Jasmine Gitzgerald are also the duo SINGING SENSATIONS that perform in BAR 360 at Resort’s World Manila. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast members from left: Timmy Canlas and Jasmine Gitzgerald are also the duo SINGING SENSATIONS that perform in BAR 360 at Resort’s World Manila. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast and friends had a ball at the post party. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast and friends had a ball at the post party. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

The list of cast members include: Bituin Escalante , Japs Camantigue Treopaldo, Noel Rayos, Inday Echevarria, OJ Mariano, Henry Strzalkowski, Raymund Concepcion II, Red Concepcion, Jeffrey Flores, Warren David Saga, Wendell John Frando, Jonathan Santos, Mako Alonso, Jill Peña, Guido P. Gatmaytan, Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, Jasmine Fitzgerald, Reg Claravall, Thou Reyes, Michael Stuart Williams, Cara Barredo, Ring Antonio, Timmy Canlas, Red Nuestro, Chesko Rodriguez, Lani Mabilangan Ligot, Victor Bernardino Sy, Pinky Marquez Cancio, Jeri David, Dindo Divinagracia, Niel Murat and Leo Tavarro Valdez.

Cast seated from left: Jeffrey Flores, Warren David Saga, OJ Mariano, Victor Bernardino Sy, Reg Claravall, Thou Reyes, Red Concepcion, Dindo Divinagracia, Jonathan Santos, Nullabor Productions Exec. Producer Bradley Stauffer-Kruse, RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun, Japs Camantigue Treopaldo, Broadway Asia Mgr Intl Licensing & Touring Damon G. Brooks and RWM President Kingson Sian. Cast standing from left: Henry Strzalkowski, Noel Rayos, Raymund Concepcion II, Red Nuestro, Jill Peña, Mako Alonso, Jasmine Fitzgerald, Timmy Canlas, Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, Michael Stuart Williams, RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, Nullabor Productions Managing Dir Garry McQuinn, Leo Tavarro Valdez, Jaime Del Mundo, Pinky Marquez Cancio, Inday Echevarria, Wendell John Frando, Bituin Escalante  and Nancy Crowe. [NOT in photo: Guido P. Gatmaytan, Cara Barredo, Ring Antonio, Chesko Rodriguez, Lani Mabilangan Ligot, Jeri David and Niel Murat.] PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast seated from left: Jeffrey Flores, Warren David Saga, OJ Mariano, Victor Bernardino Sy, Reg Claravall, Thou Reyes, Red Concepcion, Dindo Divinagracia, Jonathan Santos, Nullabor Productions Exec. Producer Bradley Stauffer-Kruse, RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun, Japs Camantigue Treopaldo, Broadway Asia Mgr Intl Licensing & Touring Damon G. Brooks and RWM President Kingson Sian.
Cast standing from left: Henry Strzalkowski, Noel Rayos, Raymund Concepcion II, Red Nuestro, Jill Peña, Mako Alonso, Jasmine Fitzgerald, Timmy Canlas, Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, Michael Stuart Williams, RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, Nullabor Productions Managing Dir Garry McQuinn, Leo Tavarro Valdez, Jaime Del Mundo, Pinky Marquez Cancio, Inday Echevarria, Wendell John Frando, Bituin Escalante and Nancy Crowe. [NOT in photo: Guido P. Gatmaytan, Cara Barredo, Ring Antonio, Chesko Rodriguez, Lani Mabilangan Ligot, Jeri David and Niel Murat.] PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

RWM Exec sings impromptu I WILL SURVIVE as Red Concepcion does a lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

RWM Exec sings impromptu I WILL SURVIVE as Red Concepcion does a lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Impromptu performance by RWM Exec who sang I WILL SURVIVE with Red Concepcion’s lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Impromptu performance by RWM Exec who sang I WILL SURVIVE with Red Concepcion’s lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Just when things were winding down a talented singer grabbed the mic but not from the ranks of the cast but RWM execs. When she sang an emotional I WILL SURVIVE by Glroia Gaynor it prompted Red Concepcion to join her on stage to shake it. NOT to be out done Jon Santos went into a very special swing dance sequence with cast member Dindo Divinagracia. The complex yet impromptu choreography included Jon rolling on the floor seemingly remote controlled by Dindo’s gestures.

RWM Exec sings impromptu I WILL SURVIVE as Red Concepcion does a lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

RWM Exec sings impromptu I WILL SURVIVE as Red Concepcion does a lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dindo gestures towards and away as Jon rolls on the ground… then a dip. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dindo gestures towards and away as Jon rolls on the ground… then a dip. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos receive much-deserved applause. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos receive much-deserved applause. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

When Mitzi Borromeo asked Tessa which part of Priscilla was her favorite she replied, “I love everything. But I loved that scene where they had those gigantic afros and neon colors. Each of them had their own entourage. I’m gonna have myself and my entourage and come in party and show them how to rock Priscilla style!”

Red Concepcion (Felicia) and her entourage. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Red Concepcion (Felicia) and her entourage. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes and RWM Pres. Kingson Sian. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes and RWM Pres. Kingson Sian. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from right: Red Concepcion (Felicia), Jon Santos (Bernadette), Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and Noel Rayos (fake Aborigines) dance to entertain tourists in the Outback. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from right: Red Concepcion (Felicia), Jon Santos (Bernadette), Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and Noel Rayos (fake Aborigines) dance to entertain tourists in the Outback. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Dr. Vivian Sarabia, Alissa Martinez and Liezl Martinez. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dr. Vivian Sarabia, Alissa Martinez and Liezl Martinez. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Reg Claravall hugs Leo Valdez. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Reg Claravall hugs Leo Valdez. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mako Alonso & Jill Peña. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mako Alonso & Jill Peña. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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OJ Mariano shoots selfie with cast and friends. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

OJ Mariano shoots selfie with cast and friends. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Neil Murat lifts Japs Camantigue Treopaldo in the air and shocks cast mates—like a HANGOVER moment. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Neil Murat lifts Japs Camantigue Treopaldo in the air and shocks cast mates—like a HANGOVER moment. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Japs didn’t realize she could extend her foot that high. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Japs didn’t realize she could extend her foot that high. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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From left: Ballet Manila founder Lisa Macuja with Elizabeth Rae an esteemed guest instructor from the UK. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: Ballet Manila founder Lisa Macuja with Elizabeth Rae an esteemed guest instructor from the UK. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

lovely faces from left: Timmy Canlas, Choreographer Nancy Crowe and Jasmine Fitzgerald. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

lovely faces from left: Timmy Canlas, Choreographer Nancy Crowe and Jasmine Fitzgerald. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

In front of REPUBLIQ Café from left: Leo Valdez (Mitzi), PDI Columnist Dolly Ann Carvajal and Jeff Flores (ensemble). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

In front of REPUBLIQ Café from left: Leo Valdez (Mitzi), PDI Columnist Dolly Ann Carvajal and Jeff Flores (ensemble). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from right: MB Entertainment Columnist Crispina Belen with grand daughters Mariella, Agatha and filmmaker Nardz Belen. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: MB Entertainment Columnist Crispina Belen with grand daughters Mariella, Agatha and filmmaker Nardz Belen. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

The atrium was in full Priscilla. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

The atrium was in full Priscilla. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Jeff Flores, Micah Muñoz and Fanny Serrano. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jeff Flores, Micah Muñoz and Fanny Serrano. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd from right: Mitzi Borromeo and the SOLAR NEWS Team. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd from right: Mitzi Borromeo and the SOLAR NEWS Team. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground: Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and her entourage. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground: Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and her entourage. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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In front of Café REPUBLIQ from left: Leo Valdez, PDI Entertainment Columnist Dolly Ann Carvajal and Thou Reyes. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

In front of Café REPUBLIQ from left: Leo Valdez, PDI Entertainment Columnist Dolly Ann Carvajal and Thou Reyes. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast and friends had a ball at the post party. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast and friends had a ball at the post party. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun, Japs Camantigue Treopaldo, Broadway Asia Mgr Intl Licensing & Touring Damon G. Brooks and Nullabor Productions Exec. Producer Bradley Stauffer-Kruse. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun, Japs Camantigue Treopaldo, Broadway Asia Mgr Intl Licensing & Touring Damon G. Brooks and Nullabor Productions Exec. Producer Bradley Stauffer-Kruse. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast from left: Raymond Concepcion II, Mako Alonso, Chesko Rodriguez & Jill Peña. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast from left: Raymond Concepcion II, Mako Alonso, Chesko Rodriguez & Jill Peña. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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bottom left pic: Leo Valdez is hugged by Henry Strzalkowski. Bottom right pic from left: Red Nuestro, Ring Antonio, Nancy Crowe, Neil Murat and Japs Camantigue Treopaldo. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

bottom left pic: Leo Valdez is hugged by Henry Strzalkowski. Bottom right pic from left: Red Nuestro, Ring Antonio, Nancy Crowe, Neil Murat and Japs Camantigue Treopaldo. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: RW Sentosa Asst Dir. Ent Technical Andrew Davies, Jon Santos (Bernadette) and RW Sentosa Sr Costume Mgr Sara Munday, Red Concepcion (Felicia). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: RW Sentosa Asst Dir. Ent Technical Andrew Davies, Jon Santos (Bernadette) and RW Sentosa Sr Costume Mgr Sara Munday, Red Concepcion (Felicia). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Left pic : Jill Peña  / right pic : from left: Pinky Amador, Nullabor Productions Exec. Producer Bradley Stauffer-Kruse and Noel Rayos. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Left pic : Jill Peña / right pic : from left: Pinky Amador, Nullabor Productions Exec. Producer Bradley Stauffer-Kruse and Noel Rayos. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Cast from left: Red Nuestro, Reg Claravall, Thou Reyes, Ring Antonio, Mako Alonso, Chesko Rodriguez, Cara Barredo and Raymond Concepcion II. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast from left: Red Nuestro, Reg Claravall, Thou Reyes, Ring Antonio, Mako Alonso, Chesko Rodriguez, Cara Barredo and Raymond Concepcion II. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Impromptu performance by RWM Exec who sang I WILL SURVIVE with Red Concepcion’s lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Impromptu performance by RWM Exec who sang I WILL SURVIVE with Red Concepcion’s lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

left pic: Janeena and Jessika Chan, / right pic: from left: PDI Columnist Dolly Ann Carvajal, Leo Valdez (Mitzi), and Ultimate Productions Managing Dir. Mark Manalang. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

left pic: Janeena and Jessika Chan, / right pic: from left: PDI Columnist Dolly Ann Carvajal, Leo Valdez (Mitzi), and Ultimate Productions Managing Dir. Mark Manalang. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Mako Alonso and Jill Peña. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mako Alonso and Jill Peña. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

left: Jeff Flores and Micah Muñoz. / right pic from right RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, RWM Pres. Kingson Sian, Jon Santos (Bernadette), RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun and Phil BIO Founder Samuel West Stewart. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

left: Jeff Flores and Micah Muñoz. / right pic from right RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, RWM Pres. Kingson Sian, Jon Santos (Bernadette), RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun and Phil BIO Founder Samuel West Stewart. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

A fan takes a selfie with Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and Pinky Amador. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

A fan takes a selfie with Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and Pinky Amador. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Red Nuestro, Ring Antonio, Nancy Crowe, Neil Murat and Japs Camantigue Treopaldo . PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Red Nuestro, Ring Antonio, Nancy Crowe, Neil Murat and Japs Camantigue Treopaldo . PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Priscilla Queen of the Desert Stars from left: Jon Santos (Bernadette), Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and Red Concepcion (Felicia). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Priscilla Queen of the Desert Stars from left: Jon Santos (Bernadette), Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and Red Concepcion (Felicia). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Reyna Ng Aliwan 2014

Reyna ng Aliwan 2014 winner No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City, also garnered Best in Festival Costume, Miss Unique Smile, Best in Swimsuit / Coca Cola Body, Best in Evening Gown / Miss Dazzling Beauty. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista
Reyna ng Aliwan 2014 winner No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City, also garnered Best in Festival Costume, Miss Unique Smile, Best in Swimsuit / Coca Cola Body, Best in Evening Gown / Miss Dazzling Beauty. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2014 winner No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City, also garnered Best in Festival Costume, Miss Unique Smile, Best in Swimsuit / Coca Cola Body, Best in Evening Gown / Miss Dazzling Beauty. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant

 

Reyna Ng Aliwan

P 100,000, FUKUDA LED TV+Tablet, Coca Cola Gift Pack

—No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City

Center: Reyna Ng Aliwan 2014 no. 6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City with her court from left 2nd Runner Up no. 16 Michelle Marie Monte –Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City, 1st R. Up No.13 Shaira Lenn Roberto – Singkaban Festival, No.14 Hazel Mae Trasmonte – Sinulog De Kabankalan, Negros Occidental and Miss Star of the Night / Miss Phil Star No. 8 Maria Gigante – Palawod Festival, Bantayan Island Cebu. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: Reyna Ng Aliwan 2014 no. 6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City with her court from left 2nd Runner Up no. 16 Michelle Marie Monte –Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City, 1st R. Up No.13 Shaira Lenn Roberto – Singkaban Festival, No.14 Hazel Mae Trasmonte – Sinulog De Kabankalan, Negros Occidental and Miss Star of the Night / Miss Phil Star No. 8 Maria Gigante – Palawod Festival, Bantayan Island Cebu. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

1st R. Up No.13 Shaira Lenn Roberto – Singkaban Festival got P 50,000 and a Coca Cola Gift Pack. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

1st R. Up No.13 Shaira Lenn Roberto – Singkaban Festival got P 50,000 and a Coca Cola Gift Pack. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

1st Runner Up

P 50,000, Coca Cola Gift Pack

—No.13 Shaira Lenn Roberto – Singkaban Festival, Bulacan

Miss Star of the Night / Miss Phil Star No. 8 Maria Gigante – Palawod Festival, Bantayan Island Cebu. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Miss Star of the Night / Miss Phil Star No. 8 Maria Gigante – Palawod Festival, Bantayan Island Cebu. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd Runner Up (3 winners)

—No. 8 Maria Gigante – Palawod Festival, Bantayan Island Cebu

—No.14 Hazel Mae Trasmonte – Sinulog De Kabankalan, Negros Occidental

—No. 16 Michelle Marie Monte –Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City

from right: no. 4 Lovely Gemma Abdul - Tuna Festival, General Santos City , 2nd Runner Up no. 16 Michelle Marie Monte –Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City & No. 5 Ivy Capili – Boling Boling Festival, Catanauan, Quezon. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: no. 4 Lovely Gemma Abdul – Tuna Festival, General Santos City
, 2nd Runner Up no. 16 Michelle Marie Monte –Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City & No. 5 Ivy Capili – Boling Boling Festival, Catanauan, Quezon. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2014 winner No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City, also garnered Best in Festival Costume, Miss Unique Smile, Best in Swimsuit / Coca Cola Body, Best in Evening Gown / Miss Dazzling Beauty. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2014 winner No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City, also garnered Best in Festival Costume, Miss Unique Smile, Best in Swimsuit / Coca Cola Body, Best in Evening Gown / Miss Dazzling Beauty. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best in Festival Costume

—No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City

Boling Boling Festival of Catanauan Quezon. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete.  It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Boling Boling Festival of Catanauan Quezon. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Reyna ng Aliwan 2014 winner No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City, 1st R. Up No.13 Shaira Lenn Roberto – Singkaban Festival,  No. 5 Ivy Capili – Boling Boling Festival, Catanauan, Quezon, 2nd R. Up No.14 Hazel Mae Trasmonte – Sinulog De Kabankalan, Negros Occidental, No. 4 Lovely Gemma Abdul - Tuna Festival, General Santos City and No. 15 Ma. Ahriana Lovely Hubayan – Paraw Regatta, Iloilo City. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Reyna ng Aliwan 2014 winner No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City, 1st R. Up No.13 Shaira Lenn Roberto – Singkaban Festival, No. 5 Ivy Capili – Boling Boling Festival, Catanauan, Quezon, 2nd R. Up No.14 Hazel Mae Trasmonte – Sinulog De Kabankalan, Negros Occidental, No. 4 Lovely Gemma Abdul – Tuna Festival, General Santos City and No. 15 Ma. Ahriana Lovely Hubayan – Paraw Regatta, Iloilo City. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Special Awards Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant

Miss Unique Smile

P 5,000

—No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City

 

Miss Star of the Night / Philippine Star

P5,000

—No. 8 Maria Gigante – Palawod Festival, Bantayan Island Cebu

Miss Photogenic No. 10 Lulette Jane Ramilo – Bambanti Festival. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Miss Photogenic No. 10 Lulette Jane Ramilo – Bambanti Festival. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Miss Photogenic

Nikon Coolpix camera from Columbia Digital

—No. 10 Lulette Jane Ramilo – Bambanti Festival, Isabela

 

Best in Swimsuit / Coca Cola Body

P 5,000

—No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City

 

Best in Evening Gown / Miss Dazzling Beauty

P 5,000

—No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City

Caragan Festival of Mabalacat, Pampanga. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete.  It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Caragan Festival of Mabalacat, Pampanga. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd Runner Up No.14 Hazel Mae Trasmonte – Sinulog De Kabankalan, Negros Occidental. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd Runner Up No.14 Hazel Mae Trasmonte – Sinulog De Kabankalan, Negros Occidental. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The colors of Aliwan attracts the best photographers like Eddie Boy Escudero. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete.  It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

The colors of Aliwan attracts the best photographers like Eddie Boy Escudero. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Inikadatu Float from Cotabato City. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions also includes a competition for the best float.  It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Inikadatu Float from Cotabato City. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions also includes a competition for the best float. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

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No. 7 Lady Ann Alquizar – Masskara Festival, Bacolod City Ann is from Bacolod City and represents the Masskara festival held in October and features masked participants amid Latin inspired dance music.

No. 7 Lady Ann Alquizar – Masskara Festival, Bacolod City
Ann is from Bacolod City and represents the Masskara festival held in October and features masked participants amid Latin inspired dance music.

Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete.  It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

SPONSORS Include: Cultural Center of the Philippines, The cities of Manila & Pasay, National Parks Development Committee, GLOBE TM, Tanduay Rhum, Coca Cola, Pride, Unique Toothpaste, Shell, Dazz, Alaska Milk, Tiger Biscuits, My Juiz, M Lhuiller, Cherry Mobile, Republic Chemicals, Fukuda, Mr Donut, GES Lights, Bayview Park Hotel, Cacao Talk, V Fresh, Modess, Fisher Mall, Columbia Digital and the Philippine Star.

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2nd Runner Up no. 16 Michelle Marie Monte –Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd Runner Up no. 16 Michelle Marie Monte –Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bato Art Festival of Luna, Isabela. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete.  It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bato Art Festival of Luna, Isabela. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Miss Universe 3rd Runner Up Ariella Arida was a judge for Reyna Ng Aliwan. The pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Miss Universe 3rd Runner Up Ariella Arida was a judge for Reyna Ng Aliwan. The pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Miss Photogenic No. 10 Lulette Jane Ramilo atop the Best Float from the Bambanti Festival, Isabela. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions also includes a competition for the best float.  It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Miss Photogenic No. 10 Lulette Jane Ramilo atop the Best Float from the Bambanti Festival, Isabela. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions also includes a competition for the best float. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

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2nd Runner Up no. 16 Michelle Marie Monte –Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd Runner Up no. 16 Michelle Marie Monte –Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Best Folkloric Performance awardee Adivay Festival, Benguet.  Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete.  It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Folkloric Performance awardee Adivay Festival, Benguet. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

No. 5 Ivy Capili – Boling Boling Festival, Catanauan, Quezon Ivy hails from Catanauan, Quezon and is the muse of the Boling Boling Festival. It is a unique fest which is celebrated during Ash Wednesday with merrymaking.

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Caragan Festival of Mabalacat, Pampanga. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete.  It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Caragan Festival of Mabalacat, Pampanga. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

The colors of Aliwan attracts the best photographers like Eddie Boy Escudero. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete.  It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

The colors of Aliwan attracts the best photographers like Eddie Boy Escudero. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

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2nd Runner Up No.14 Hazel Mae Trasmonte – Sinulog De Kabankalan, Negros Occidental. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd Runner Up No.14 Hazel Mae Trasmonte – Sinulog De Kabankalan, Negros Occidental. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Float Competition 2nd Prize Utanon Festival, Dalaguete, Cebu got P 250,000. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions also includes a competition for the best float.  It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Float Competition 2nd Prize Utanon Festival, Dalaguete, Cebu got P 250,000. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions also includes a competition for the best float. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Best Folkloric Performance awardee Adivay Festival, Benguet. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Reyna ng Aliwan 2014 winner No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City, also garnered Best in Festival Costume, Miss Unique Smile, Best in Swimsuit / Coca Cola Body, Best in Evening Gown / Miss Dazzling Beauty. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2014 winner No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City, also garnered Best in Festival Costume, Miss Unique Smile, Best in Swimsuit / Coca Cola Body, Best in Evening Gown / Miss Dazzling Beauty. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

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We Kiss Deeply

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.
At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

S1We Kissed

A poem by

Jude Bautista

We kiss deeply like never before

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

S2Your Lips Your lips are incredible

And I lose myself in them

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

S3 Tongues

Tongues swirling, searching

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

S4 Loins

 Loins burning, yearning

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

 S5 The Taste

The taste of you is hot

Like a fruit freshly plucked

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

S6 Flowing

Flowing juices, orgasmic faces

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

S7 I love

 I love and lust for you

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

S8 More More than you feel for me

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

S9 For u

  For you are My Passion.


Cherie Gil: A Woman That Inspires

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista
Photographed by Jo ann Bitagcol--Cherie Gil is style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza.

Photographed by Jo ann Bitagcol–Cherie Gil is style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza.

 

Photographed by

Jo Ann Bitagcol & Jude Bautista

Interviewed by

Giselle Tongi

Salon De Ning of the Manila Peninsula was the perfect setting for the press conference of FULL GALLOP, a play about the life of style doyenne Diana Vreeland as portrayed by the one and only Cherie Gil. The play opens on March 14, 2014 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. March 14, 15, 21 performances will start at 7pm, March 16 & 23 (Sundays) will start 3pm.

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila as style doyenne Diana Vreeland. FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod will run from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila as style doyenne Diana Vreeland. FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod will run from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Cherie Gil and Bizworld Mktg Mgr Denise Calnea are photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Cherie Gil and Bizworld Mktg Mgr Denise Calnea are photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

FULL GALLOP by My Own Mann Productions is co-presented by Inquirer Lifestyle, Look Magazine, and The Peninsula Manila in cooperation with Antonio’s Tagaytay, Facial Care Center, The Love Garden, Businessworld, HerWord.com, WhenInManila.com, and Rappler.com.

Cherie Gil and G Tongi w the MEN of Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil and G Tongi w the MEN of Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written by Mary Louise Wilson and Mark Hampton, FULL GALLOP focuses on the life of Diana Vreeland, who stood at the center of American style for five decades. As editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue magazines, and as a member of the International Cafe Society, Diana chronicled the extraordinary people and events of her time. FULL GALLOP is a portrait of this remarkable woman at a turning point in her life.

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

FULL GALLOP will have the special participation of Ms. Giselle Tongi. The creative team of  FULL GALLOP is composed of Bart Guingona (Director), Joey Mendoza (Set Designer), John Batalla (Lighting Designer),  Rajo Laurel (Costume Designer), and Ruben Nazareth (Hair and Make-up).

The creative team for the FULL GALLOP photoshoot are  Joan Bitagcol (Photo), Sandy, Higgins, Mark Higgins, Michael Salientes (Styling), Mark and Sandy Higgins (art direction), and Fanny Serrano (Hair and Make-up).

from left: Theater PR Guru Toots Tolentino, Cherie Gil and G Tongi are photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Theater PR Guru Toots Tolentino, Cherie Gil and G Tongi are photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

I was there when Giselle Tongi was about to interview one of the most respected and admired actresses in the country. Both were very welcoming in letting me listen and shoot their interview. Since both write for website Rappler, they already have a rapport that other interviews may not have. Cherie Gil is the most articulate and intelligent interview I have been blessed to witness, as G Tongi was the one who drew the best responses from her. 

AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY’s Hans Eckstein with FULL GALLOP’s Giselle Tongi photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie Gil plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY’s Hans Eckstein with FULL GALLOP’s Giselle Tongi photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie Gil plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Their friendship, the wine, the ambience of Salon De Ning allowed Cherie to be herself. G who also makes an appearance in the play, drew out Cherie’s most candid and vulnerable thoughts on work and her personal life. The woman that we see and hear in this interview is perhaps even more inspiring than the style icon she is portraying.

Cherie Gil is interviewed by G Tongi in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil is interviewed by G Tongi in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

–What is it about your devotion to the stage that you keep coming back?

The process, G you know, the camaraderie right? The family that you end up creating after that, the discipline you have to obligate yourself with.

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

–What is it about Diana Vreeland that fascinates you?

Everything that she sees. How she sees things that is beyond fashion. Her visions of color and art and music and everything else that she sees around her. Her managing her life in her downfalls, how she coped. How she fell and stood up again. Kept going til the day she died. When she was at the last days of her life she looked at pictures maybe thousands of them that at the end she was almost going blind. That’s probably when she said time to go. She dictated her destiny.

My OWN MANN PRODUCTION family w MEN of Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

My OWN MANN PRODUCTION family w MEN of Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

–What is it about her that scares you?

Her strength, lets not get so abstract. Her dialogues. (laughs) The words she creates her sentences in such a thorough way. That you cannot miss out a word in the way she structures her sentences. You can normally say her thoughts. If you were to do it, you can summarize her sentence into 4-5 words. But she will go around until she gets to the point. And its very precise. That’s what scares me because grammatically her words don’t come correct. She makes her own. She has a penchant for, a vernacular, which is only hers. That’s what scares me because I don’t want to be unfaithful to that material. That’s what makes her so amazing.

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

—Bart (Guingona) brought this to you 10 years ago why did you feel on your 50th birthday it was time to do FULL GALLOP?

That was the closest thing to being reminded of what I could have done after master class. I’m sure there are many other plays that I can discover about women like this one woman plays as challenging. But FULL GALLOP was something I needed to revisit.  I wanted to know why Bart really wanted ME to DO it. I wanted to understand why he could think I could even be capable. So part of it is an ego trip. (laughs)

Second it’s a challenge, I needed something to hold on to that would awaken again my discipline, awaken the drive to move forward in my love for acting. I needed another woman to inspire me, put words into me. Hopefully inspire other people, other women as well that’s about more like it. Maybe keep my brain intact for whatever reason, whatever purpose it may serve by continuously memorizing difficult work. Diana talks about it in the play; apparently it’s a disease of the present! Meaning, loss of memory because there are too many cross currents and things like that. You have to keep the brain working.

Manila Bulletin sub editor Ronald Lim and Cherie Gil are photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Manila Bulletin sub editor Ronald Lim and Cherie Gil are photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

—How’s your collaboration with Bart? What is it about Bart that you trust so heavily in?

He’s an amazing actor. He did RED. He did other obscure plays. That’s what I like about him he’s always not scared to be brave and stepping beyond the boundaries of what is the norm. Not just commercial musicals these are one act plays HEDDA GABLER. He did ART with my brother and so he’s amazing.  I want to know how he dabble the work in this kind of a medium, especially one woman plays how he approaches the process. He’s making me understand that to memorize in the first place is the wrong way to start.

I was quite skeptical because I was worried that there was nothing to work on unless I memorized. ‘Bart I can’t start rehearsing unless I memorize while I was in New York.’ ‘Hindi the words will come to you. You gotta know first once you’re seated in the character, the words will come.’ Then if you miss one word here and there that’s the time he’s more technical about it. You have to be loyal to the material yadada. So yeah, I wana be directed by an actor’s director.

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

—What experience in your personal life can you relate to most in FULL GALLOP?

Many, you want to go to the profound places? There are a lot of common things between Diana and I like tango! We like to TALK! (laughs) We don’t remember names. But she stayed on track when she discovered her identity. That she could do good and well in what she was asked to do. She never even thought she could be Editor In Chief.

I never thought I was gonna be an actor. Once she was plunged into it she loved it, gave it her best and never stopped doing it. In fact she never studied about it. It was just her innate quality in how she understood people and how she saw things. She gave what she knew to fashion and I through my art, through my acting. Also she gave up a lot of things family, children. But she never deviated from her being a devoted wife. At the same time she also never lost track of who and what she wanted to keep on doing.

from left: FULL GALLOP cast mates Cherie Gil and Giselle Tongi photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: FULL GALLOP cast mates Cherie Gil and Giselle Tongi photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

—One woman play is all you very challenging material. Are you trying to prove something to yourself?

Yeah of course only to myself. I can still grow make or break according to my standards. And I’m scared shit. Did I say shit?

–Does Cherie Gil doubt herself?

G! Kungyari ka pa! That’s because she knows more about me. Duh! And all the viewers and readers of Rappler. I’m just human G! Maybe that’s why we want to do these things. You’re one of them people who just wana keep on going. I told you many times G. Rubbing shoulders with you keeps me inspired because you keep going.  You wana keep n learning.

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila toasting interviewer and cast mate Giselle Tongi. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila toasting interviewer and cast mate Giselle Tongi. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

— This is about YOU

That means that’s also where I’m at I wana keep learning I wana keep growing. I wana keep testing myself I wana do thater work all the time, makes me feel alive. We talked about this. It obligates me to be disciplined.

–Fake it til you make it.

Diana says that I think I understand it. Only you can decide what is true and what is real. And what is believable. You dominate when you’re on stage. You have to dominate. You should never let anyone know how freaked out you are. That adrenaline rush is what gets you out there. There’s this exercise we know right? The magic pocket; I am the actor I am the deliverer. I am the one bringing out the story and I AM right. No one else knows what I’m doing. No one else knows my script.

And Maria said that. Dominate your audience in a most harsh way. I like these people e. Because I feel that I have the ability to make people believe my world even if it’s just for a moment of pretend. Fake it til you Make it.

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from right Events Coordinator Ayam Eckstein, Cherie Gil, AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY’S Hans Eckstein photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila as style doyenne Diana Vreeland. FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod will run from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right Events Coordinator Ayam Eckstein, Cherie Gil, AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY’S Hans Eckstein photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila as style doyenne Diana Vreeland. FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod will run from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

–You’re always drawn to these kinds of women what about these empowered women that you’re really drawn to?

Maybe in fact I am probably it takes a lot of balls for a girl to say I need. Imagine the paradox of that I said it takes a lot of balls for a girl to say I need. I got separated 5 years. Maybe it’s also a personal journey. I’ve been alone, I’m not gonna cry. We do that on the side behind closed doors. Maybe I’m convincing myself there’s another way to find joy in being alone. These women struggled til the day they died…alone.

And so maybe I’m imbibing women who can teach me how to do that. I’m tired I’ll cry na. (laughs) No self pity, no self pity but I’m still a girl. A lot of people have a misconception that a woman may not be vulnerable that’s why I have friends, good friends. I’m not gonna lie. I am using this part of my journey to be able to invite at least a little bit of that strength. Only with you I’m honest, you got that out of me G! (laughs)

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil and G Tongi w the MEN of Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil and G Tongi w the MEN of Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista


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