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si chedeng, si apple, at si elvie

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im currently shooting a new film for cinema one originals with two of the most gorgeous women on the face of the earth, gloria diaz and elizabeth oropesa. these two ladies worked previously on the 1974 cult classic, Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa, and aptly titled too because even at their current ages, their beauty is unparalleled.  one can only wish theyd age gracefully as these two have.

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i grew up knowing i had family relations with gloria diaz. my middle name is, in fact, diaz; my mother had explained my grandfather and gloria’s father were cousins (and we have connections also on the florendo side of things). to get to work with her for this film is a dream come true but i took my time before letting ms gloria know of this family connection. i preferred to get to know her better first. the first time we met up with ms gloria to discuss film costume requirements, she told us she can provide day clothes but doesnt have sleeping outfits because she only wears gowns and her crown to sleep! a true beauty queen inside and outside, she turned out to be warm, generous, and with a fabulous sense of humor. so when i call her tita gloria, there is more than a kevin-bacon-6-degree truth to that. i, thank you. charot.

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shot in manila and cebu and features awesome cebuano talent behind the camera (director, producer, dop and camera crew, sound crew, etc), “si chedeng, si apple, at ang louis vuitton” is directed by fatrick tabada (writer of sleeper-hit patay na si hesus) and rae red (co-writer of birdshot), based on a fabulous script by tabada. cinematography by don gerardo frasco, production design by carlo tabije and myself (cdo reprezent), produced by bianca balbuena, and executive produced by ronald arguelles, this film is a finalist at the 2017 cinema one originals film festival on november 12-21.

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often called “the sexiest man in siargao” because he is, i had the privilege of taking some shots of champion surfer manuel “wilmar” melindo on our last day in the island, june 1, thanks to makeup artist syrel lopez and caster gaddy. here is one of my favorite shots. might post another photo tomorrow. wohoo!

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grooming by syrel lopez, photo by benjamin padero. shot at tuazon, harana resort, siargao, surigao del norte.

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shooting the sexiest man in siargao

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if walls could see, it would have eyes.

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a load of laundry for almost 6 hours? 

loving my new front load automatic washing i got for 50% off when abenson in greenbelt just this december. i no longer have an excuse to an unattended laundry since the machine can do all the way to cupboard dry! if only it could answer my emails, too. 

working out the settings since i dont need that too long a wash cycle for normal laundry and maybe i should cut down the rinse cycle for my linens. the spin cycle is awesome at 1400 rpm. and the tumble dry feature is a real life saver. 

this is me with the washing machine. comic strip from adamandandy.com

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when your pickup point is correct and you even send a text message to give further instructions but your uber driver drives away in front of you and had to call him up and you had to walk in the rain because he’s now several buildings away (because i dont want to wait for him to go round the block coz by then i’d be really really late). hayst.

update. so apparently he just probably feel he’s better than waze. he couldnt distinguish a right turn 500 meters away and a right turn right this very minute. awesome. 

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so i finally got around to mount some of the movie poster postcards i got from the terryho ponozky shop in prague on a big frame. it’s so pretty. i decided to get 1 frame first and see how it looks and i think it looks awesome. will probably get two more frames so i can mount the rest of the postcards and another set of andy warhol male nude sketches on postcards somebody gifted me (except im still trying to remember who gave it, the note it came with got lost through time). so cool.

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postcards on the wall.

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