A word is worth a thousand pictures-Jude B

Regine Anthem for JAZZ IN LOVE

Ernesto Tiglao is Jazz in the documentary JAZZ IN LOVE by Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Ernesto Tiglao is Jazz in the documentary JAZZ IN LOVE by Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

The Cinemalaya 2013 opening film is a documentary called JAZZ IN LOVE by Baby Ruth Villarama. It’s about Ernesto Tiglao nicknamed Jazz,  a gay 22 year old in Davao who fell in love with middle aged German via facebook. This documentary is able to show real emotion in a way that a feature film can’t. In one part Theo (German guy), Jazz and his brother celebrated their birthdays (only weeks apart) together.

Jazz zip lines into Theo’s arms in Cinemalaya Opening film JAZZ IN LOVE by Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Jazz zip lines into Theo’s arms in Cinemalaya Opening film JAZZ IN LOVE by Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Regine Velasquez was among many star guest performers, which included Martin Nievera, Charice Pempengco, The Ryan Cayabyab Singers, The Company, 5AZ1, Baihana, The Opera, and beat box artist Myke Salomon. The Phil Pop Music fest was held last July 20, 2013 at the MERALCO Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

Regine Velasquez was among many star guest performers, which included Martin Nievera, Charice Pempengco, The Ryan Cayabyab Singers, The Company, 5AZ1, Baihana, The Opera, and beat box artist Myke Salomon. The Phil Pop Music fest was held last July 20, 2013 at the MERALCO Theater. Photo by Jude Bautista

In it, there was this little boy not more than 10 years old. An orphan, he survives by taking care of the videoke machine that people rent for their parties. When everyone else had their fill with the machine, he took the mic and sang DADALHIN made famous by Regine Velasquez, music and lyrics by Tats Faustino.

from left: Ayala Mall Cinemas Mktg Mgr Rhia Arda, Ayala Malls PR Mae Vecina, Baby Ruth Villarama JAZZ IN LOVE, Ayala Malls Mktg Associate Barbie Maceda Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin and Cinemalaya Deputy Dir. Tess Rances. Photo was taken at the Cinemalaya opening in ALABANG TOWN CENTER, July 27, 2013. 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: Ayala Mall Cinemas Mktg Mgr Rhia Arda, Ayala Malls PR Mae Vecina, Baby Ruth Villarama JAZZ IN LOVE, Ayala Malls Mktg Associate Barbie Maceda Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin and Cinemalaya Deputy Dir. Tess Rances. Photo was taken at the Cinemalaya opening in ALABANG TOWN CENTER, July 27, 2013. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center. Photo By Jude Bautista

Hearing the lyrics it could not be more apt with the situation of Jazz and Theo. Jazz has high hopes of going to Germany, changing his life literally: Ang pangarap ko ang ‘yong binubuhay ngayong nagmamahal ka sa akin ng tunay at ng tinig mo’y parang musika. Nagpapaligaya sa munting nagwawala ang sarap nitong pag-ibig.

A scene from JAZZ IN LOVE a boy sings for Theo and Jazz, camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

A scene from JAZZ IN LOVE a boy sings for Theo and Jazz, camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

The brilliant song written and composed by Tats Faustino is about how love can change someone’s life, full of hope and promise. Then reality sinks in, love turns to loss and pain. Lalo na noong sinabi mong dadalhin kita sa ‘king palasyo. Dadalhin hanggang langit ay manibago ang lahat ng ito’y pinangako mo. Dadalhin lang pala ng hangin ang pangarap ko. Nang mawalay ka sa aking pagsinta bawat saglit gabing malamig ang himig ko hanap ang yakap mo…

A scene from JAZZ IN LOVE a boy sings for Theo and Jazz, camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

A scene from JAZZ IN LOVE a boy sings for Theo and Jazz, camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

There was so much more truth hearing an eight year old singing it with sincerity. The foreground was the boy’s innocent face; in the background Jazz would caress Theo’s cheek. The issue wasn’t that they were gay; the question is what will happen to their love? It’s the same with everyone else’s relationship whether straight, gay or whatever. By the end of the song in Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo the audience could not help but applaud the performance of that child.

DAVID F cast: Line Producer Krisma Maclang, Screenwriter Liza Magtoto, director Manny Palo, Eula Valdez and Rocky Salumbides. Photo was taken at the Cinemalaya opening in ALABANG TOWN CENTER, July 27, 2013. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center. Photo By Jude Bautista

DAVID F cast: Line Producer Krisma Maclang, Screenwriter Liza Magtoto, director Manny Palo, Eula Valdez and Rocky Salumbides. Photo was taken at the Cinemalaya opening in ALABANG TOWN CENTER, July 27, 2013. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center. Photo By Jude Bautista

Jazz and Theo go to a Marian shrine; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Jazz and Theo go to a Marian shrine; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Other documentary screenings in Cinemalaya from July 26-August 3 include: YANAN by Mae Urtal Caralde, BUKANG LIWAYWAY by Pabelle Manikan, THE PRIVILEGED MIGRANTS  by Rica Arevalo, ISHMA by Sari Dalena and Keith Sicat, BOTONG FRANCISCO: A NATION IMAGINED by Peque Gallaga written by Vince Groyon and SEARCH FOR WENG WENG by Andrew Leavold.

JAZZ IN LOVE filmmaker Baby Rith Villarama was enrolled in GOETHE INSTITUTE and had Jazz as classmate there; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

JAZZ IN LOVE filmmaker Baby Rith Villarama was enrolled in GOETHE INSTITUTE and had Jazz as classmate there; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Docu filmmaker Baby Ruth Villarama in an interview said that she just wanted to capture moments in Jazz life whose full name is Ernesto Tiglao. Life happens and sometimes reality is even more entertaining than any made up story. Just like the moment captured above. Baby Ruth was herself enrolled in the Goethe Institute taking up German classes when she found out the fascinating stories of her classmates. A number of them, like Jazz have met Germans on the net. One of the visa requirements is fluency or working knowledge of German.

A scene from JAZZ IN LOVE from left: Theo and Jazz. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

A scene from JAZZ IN LOVE from left: Theo and Jazz. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Baby Ruth was already shooting another subject when she had problems with permission to shoot details of her life. Switching to Jazz as a subject seemed natural, since he was such an animated personality and had no problems with the shoot along with Theo.

Mellie Caballe (Jazz’ Aunt) with Theo Rutkowski, she discussed her family’s reaction to Jazz relationship; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Mellie Caballe (Jazz’ Aunt) with Theo Rutkowski, she discussed her family’s reaction to Jazz relationship; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

An intimate moment between Theo and Jazz with shallow depth of field camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

An intimate moment between Theo and Jazz with shallow depth of field camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Baby Ruth tapped the services of Dexter Dela Peña as director of photography while also doing camera work herself. Since, it was mostly a run and gun style, just going with Jazz and Theo there were no opportunities to light scenes or block subjects. To achieve this they used the CANON EOS 5D Mark II which allowed them to use lenses with wider apertures 2.8, 1.8 etc. The low light performances of these lenses were amazing having great bokeh or circles of confusion in darker scenes.

An intimate moment between Theo and Jazz with shallow depth of field camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

An intimate moment between Theo and Jazz with shallow depth of field camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Sometimes the two would have intimate conversations silhouetted against street lamps, the lights behind them melt into soft glowing hues. The 5D Mark II setup also allowed them to shoot Davao’s famous fest, the very colorful KADAYAWAN. Dela Peña is one of the young talented cinematographers today. He has 3 other films shot in Cinemalaya: DIPLOMAT HOTEL by Chris Ad Castillo, DEBOSYON by Alvin Yapan and INSTANT MOMMY by Leo Abaya.

A scene from JAZZ IN LOVE showing Davao’s KADAYAWAN festival; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

A scene from JAZZ IN LOVE showing Davao’s KADAYAWAN festival; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

A scene from JAZZ IN LOVE showing Davao’s KADAYAWAN festival; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

A scene from JAZZ IN LOVE showing Davao’s KADAYAWAN festival; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Baby Ruth Villarama’s better half is multi awarded film editor Chuck Gutierrez. The successful pair runs VOYAGE Studios, which has been involved in a great number of Cinemalaya projects.  She is also executive producer for DEBOSYON and worked as producer most recently for MNL 143 by Emerson Reyes and PALAWAN FATE by Auraeus Solito. She prefers to direct more documentaries in the future. Being able to capture these moments that are intimate, that are real especially in JAZZ IN LOVE help us viewers to see truth in our own lives.

from right: Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin, Voyage Studio’s Chuck Gutierrez, TWITCH reviewer Oggs Cruz and JAZZ IN LOVE director BabyRuth Villarama. Photo was taken at the Cinemalaya opening in ALABANG TOWN CENTER, July 27, 2013. 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 right: Cinemalaya Pres. Nestor Jardin, Voyage Studio’s Chuck Gutierrez, TWITCH reviewer Oggs Cruz and JAZZ IN LOVE director BabyRuth Villarama. Photo was taken at the Cinemalaya opening in ALABANG TOWN CENTER, July 27, 2013. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center. Photo By Jude Bautista

Sunset in Malita Davao Del Sur; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Sunset in Malita Davao Del Sur; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

For My Angel,

Haplos ng ‘yong puso

Parang walang ligtas

Kundi ang lumuha

Ang hapdi din

Nitong pag-ibig

Umasa pa sa sinabi mong

 

Dadalhin kita sa ‘king palasyo

Dadalhin hanggang langit ay manibago

ang lahat ng ito’y pinangako mo.

Dadalhin lang pala ng hangin ang pangarap ko.

Umiiyak, umiiyak ang puso ko

Alaala pa ang sinabi mo

Noong nadarama pa ang pag-ibig mo

 

Ang lahat ng ito’y pinangako mo

Dadalhin lang pala ng hangin ang pangarap ko

Theo watches the sun rise in Malita, Davao Del Sur; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

Theo watches the sun rise in Malita, Davao Del Sur; camerawork by Dexter Dela Peña and Baby Ruth Villarama. Catch the Cinemalaya film fest from July 26-August 4, 2013 at the CCP, Trinoma, GB3 and Alabang Town Center.

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