Happy to be part of Kumu, A Filipino Livestreaming and Social App

Earlier this year, I got an offer to work for a digital platform. I thought it was a digital marketing agency which needed content writers. I’m glad it was Kumu. What is Kumu anyway? Kumu is livestream app “that prioritizes the voices of over 100 million Filipinos around the world.”

By livestreaming in the app, you can get paid! Plus you can also win cash prizes by playing live game shows and make money by joining in several promotions within the app.

I write, and sometimes, direct for Kumu. Last March, I directed a promotional event headlined by viral stars Dante Gulapa and Albert Nicolas aka Asian Cutie. It aired on the app on March 21, 2020.

Sharing BTS photos from the shoot we did around Fairview area. We rented a gym for this shoot. And it was one of the funniest shoots I have ever done. Both Dante and Albert are wacky and easy to work with. The team was also professional so the shoot was smooth. (Ang init lang talaga.) It was just so hot in there. Summertime in the Philippines came in early, lol.

Happy to be part of Kumu because the team is very dynamic, open-minded and very collaborative! I saw a colleague’s post on Facebook which summed up what Kumu is all about. Here it is:

We are a global group of creatives, technologists, entrepreneurs, and diehard fans of a Filipino culture bursting with creativity and potential.

Our goal at Kumu is to create a platform for Pinoy power bringing communities closer. Creativity and excellence has always been in our blood; through media and technology, we aim to move that creativity beyond ideas, beyond action, towards movement and momentum. Our ambition is no less than to enable the future of the global Filipino community.

Even during this pandemic, the Kumu team has made sure that its people stay sane amidst the lock down by disseminating mental health information as well as providing medical and financial assistance just in case we need them. The operations also continued as we shifted to work from home setup, and without a doubt, we made it work.

Really proud to be working with the team and for Kumu. Looking forward to more creative collaborations and pursuits.

 

Watch: Teaching Students Who Live Under a Bridge in the Philippines

I just want to spread hope and inspiration during these trying times. Today is day 15 of the enhanced community quarantine. In the Philippines where I am from, the COVID-19 positive cases have reached almost 1, 500 as of this writing. The least thing that I can do is to spark some positivity. I have realized that as much as possible I try to inject that in my films, so I thought might as well share them.

In this short documentary, we take a look at the inspiring initiative of a teacher who spearheaded the Education Under the Bridge advocacy. She is Teacher Fe Matullano-Lustañas from Parañaque. She is a public school teacher by profession but on Saturdays, she teaches the out of school youth who reside in a coastal area of Parañaque. Most of these kids do not have a permanent home.

We filmed this back in 2018. I made it with the help of my friends in UP Film Institute. Thanks once again to Kim Ilaya, Isabelle Toledo and Josh Lomahan to name some. Luckily, the film was recognized by the Change Film Festival. We won 2nd place.

If you want to donate or volunteer, Teacher Fe can be reached through her official Facebook page, or through this program found iniVolunteer Philippines. Please study hard and educate those who need it the most: the young children, the underprivileged and the marginalized.

Education must be available to everybody. Education is not a privilege; it is a human right.

Thank you so much!

Lucky Single Mom gets a FREE Glow Up treatment

Ever since she got separated from the father of her kids, Arvie Anatacio’s self-esteem suddenly dropped. This even caused her to gain more than ten pounds. The 34-year-old mom, who used to be a bubbly lady to have around, became strangely anxious and oddly reserved. But now she has come to understand that this is not doing her any good, especially to her children. So she decided to Glow Up!

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Our hosts, Win and Thia, will help Arvie bring back her natural positivity through a complete makeover. They say a woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life, and that’s exactly what Arvie is set to receive on the first part of her transformation. Good bye to the old, and welcome to the new look!

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As someone who also didn’t spend so much time putting makeup on herself, now Arvie gets to know the basics of everyday makeup for busy moms like her. And lastly, a styling session with the hosts inspires Arvie to flaunt her curves.

From being anxious, Arvie now learns to be proud of whatever she has gone through, making her stronger than ever before. Watch her Glow Up journey this Sunday at 8 p.m. on GMA News TV.

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[Glow Up] A Former Beauty Contestant gets pampered like a beauty queen again

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This week on Glow Up…

A former beauty contestant will be pampered like a beauty queen! The three hosts — Winwyn, Thia and Michelle — who are all title holders in international beauty competitions will sure

ly make her feel at ease in her transformation today.

Eunice Dampil, now 21 years old, used to join beauty pageants. During her teens, she usually competes in beauty contests but this all stopped when she got pregnant. She has no regrets but her dream of being a beauty queen is now unlikely to happen.

But that doesn’t mean it’s all over for her now because she will be given a pep talk by Mrs. Universe 2019, Patricia Javier. A professional stylist to beauty queens, Bessie Besana returns to the show to dress her up in style!

Plus to complete her Glow Up experience, the glam team of Ms. World Philippines 2019, Michelle Dee, will do her hair and makeup today.

Catch the mesmerizing transformation of Eunice this week on Glow Up. It airs every Sunday, 8pm on GMA News TV.

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[Glow Up] How to look like a K-Pop Idol

Aired a few weeks ago on GMA NEWS TV.


 

TONIGHT WILL BE AN EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME FOR A FAN WHOSE ABOUT TO GLOW UP!

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THE GLOW UP STYLE COUNCIL GRANTS THE MAKEOVER REQUEST OF AN ONLINE FOLLOWER. HER DREAM LOOK OF CHANNELING A K-POP INSPIRED FASHION IS ABOUT TO COME TRUE!

A FEW WEEKS AGO, 21-YEAR-OLD MARYLEN CAYANAN WAS ONLY WATCHING GLOW UP ON TV. BUT TONIGHT, SHE WILL GET BEAUTY AND FASHION ADVICE STRAIGHT FROM THE STYLE COUNCIL: WINWYN MARQUEZ AND THIA THOMALLA.

TONIGHT’S MAKEOVER CHECKLIST INCLUDE:

HOW TO LOOK LIKE A KOREAN SUPERSTAR? CHECK!

HOW TO PULL OFF A NEW HAIR STYLE WITH SIDE BANGS? CHECK!

AND HOW TO GET THAT DEWY AND NATURAL MAKEUP LOOK? CHECK!

GIRL… YOU, TOO, CAN GET THE CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR OWN MAKEOVER ON TV… FOR FREE!

JUST VISIT GLOWUPGNTV ON INSTAGRAM AND TUNE IN EVERY SUNDAY ON GLOW UP ON GMA NEWS TV AT 8PM.

 

Heart Evangelista on love and career, plus fashion secrets!

We got to work with Heart Evangelista last March for GMA Network. We went to her office in Quezon City to shoot an ‘office tour’ plus several other quirky things to let people know more about this lovely and multitalented woman. The result was the online content that were launched via the social media platforms of GMA Network like Facebook and Instagram, and we officially named the project called “GMA Artistakeover”.

What you will watch below contain a side of Heart that you rarely get to see in soap operas that she stars in or her official Instagram page. Her showbiz BFF, Lovi Poe, will also make an appearance here to send her warmest regards to GMA’s Artist of the Month for March.

Meanwhile, for this April, we will give a warm Kapuso welcome to Derek Ramsay who is the Artist of the Month!

 

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Help these kids thru the Education Under the Bridge Program

In 2018, we made a short documentary about Fe Matullano-Lustańas, a teacher who is the brainchild of the Education Under the Bridge project. Teacher Fe has an advocacy and that is to educate the children/youth who live under the bridge in Barangay La Huerta in Parañaque City. Our short docu about her was recognized by the Change Short Film Festival as 2nd Best Short Film. As a way of giving back, we held an outreach program this February to help the community. You can contact Teacher Fe thru her official Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

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Hope Springs, 2019

I’m going to challenge myself this year by focusing on what I had been really wanting to pursue, and to pay attention to a few things I also hope to improve on. That includes photography. In the coming days, I’ll be posting random snapshots and some musings that go along with it. Moreover, The Dogwood Challenge 2019 is also a weekly activity I hope to accomplish successfully until the end. If you haven’t heard about it, Google is your friend. Just hit search. 🙂

The past weeks gave me time to reflect and it’s one of those phases where I truly had the chance to detach myself from thinking about my career. The past few years have been about ‘hustle’, in Filipino, ‘raket’. Raket dito, raket doon, and even when your flame is burning passionately, it’s a flame that’s bound to lose its spark one day. May be mine needs some rest or some rethinking. It’s not a sign of giving up, but a period of reevaluation.

Here’s also hoping that by the time that I’m going to share some spontaneous brain farts / reflections from my readings/ research on my film studies, you benefit from it as well. I’ve yet to unearth a goldmine of information and reflections from the movies I have watched, the texts I have consumed. I’m definitely no film critic but may be instead of passively consuming all these media texts, we can also actively participate in creating them? Good way, nonetheless, to process information and contribute to the discourse.

It’s going to be a busy year, I am sure. And I hope to anchor 2019 on improvement and gratefulness. And I’m really eyeing that magic word: focus.

So to start… here is a picture.
No profound epiphanies here yet. ) but i love to look at it because of its aesthetic simplicity, and because it represents much about hope and growth, two things I’ll look forward to this year.

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Film Fridays: Watch some scenes from the Hidden Cinema Congress

Whew, it has been a while! And now I’m releasing some never-before-seen footage from the Hidden Cinema Congress that happened last month. I wrote about it in detail in this post.

And now I’m compiling the videos that I took from the said event. Here, you’ll be seeing film historian and academician, Nick Deocampo, film teacher Jag Garcia and and filmmaker Elvert Bañares.

For those who have not attended the event and for those who’d like to know what happened, I hope I was able to help you by sharing these videos. I feel like I’d have to do this to contribute to the documentation of the present and evolving landscape of Philippine cinema.

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