Romancing the 50’s

Romancing the 50's

Romancing the 50’s
January 31, 2010
Model/MUA/Stylist: Jaqi Fragatta Simeon
Christian Meonada and Marjoree Cabral
Creative Director: Rman Nepomuceno Lorenzo

Location Shoot:
El Hogar Filipino, This beautiful beaux-arts building, designed by architect Irrureta Goyena and set by the Pasig River on Muelle dela Industria in Binondo, was built as a wedding gift for the union of a Zobel daughter and a Peruvian count back in 1914. It housed the offices of the lending company El Hogar Filipino (hence its name) and the original headquarters of Ayala Life Insurance Company. After World War II, the building found itself in the hands of the Fernandez clan who still run the building till this day.

Why Romancing the 50’s? This is the post war era, after the Japanese-American War in the late 1940’s. An era of overwhelming emotions brought by the war depression. This is the same era when Ramon Magsaysay reunited the Filipino people as a new independent nation. And same era when my grand parents started their courtships and romancing. My lola and lolo’s story about the Americans and the Japanese people and how they survive the war and fought for their love.

My Lolo Abel, a good cook and a “cuchero” (Kalesa Driver) fancy his charm of courting my Lola Naty with daily flowers and Origami creations. He said, he always waits for my Lola Naty to ride his Kalesa every morning. My Lola Naty, a fine lady from Malabon and a beauty contest winner of Miss Malabon Charity who came from a very strict family need to skip her car ride just to see my Lolo Abel. Their romance started in 1940’s when there’s so much fears and chaos due to war. Their bondage as a Nepomuceno happens at late 40’s and the 50’s brought new romance with their children’s and their interesting stories too. My mother born in the late 40’s tells interesting stories about her crushes in her early teenage life during the 1950’s and so as my aunties and uncles sweet fairy tale like romance during these era. I would say my photo project creativity can start with these era having seen the photos of my uncles and aunties on their formal wear and their fancy smiles. And reading the Philippines history during the 1950’s is truly inspiring and I’m hoping to get more information for my readers and visitors to continue a series of Romancing the 50’s.

The late 50’s also made a history in Broadway for the West Side Story, the phenomenal songs like Maria, One Hand One Heart and Somewhere which unto this date are the most popular in wedding ceremonies.

So what’s your idea of 1950’s?

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{Disclaimer: This is a Photography Project that portrays my idea of 1950’s. There’s is no character portrayal or whatsoever copying of a character from a known person or my family members}

King-Co Nuptials

King-Co Nuptials

Sally Co and Frederick King Wedding Ceremony
January 24, 2010
San Agustin Church, Intramuros Manila
Century Park Hotel, Manila

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This is my 2nd wedding photography sniper assignment. It was very memorable being it’s held in one of my favorite church, San Agustin in Intramuros. This is also the first time my cam slips down from my coat and hit the floor (ouch) and my SD memory card got corrupted! Luckily, I’ve found this German expert to recover all my files, though the cost is in Euro but I just cant let go of these memorable shots of Fred and Sally. So here it is, shot’s from Manila and files recovered in Germany! The King-Co Nuptials ๐Ÿ™‚

Eminent Light Workshop by Manny Librodo Jr.

Eminent Light Workshop by Manny Librodo Jr.

January 2, 2010
Location: Noveleta, Cavite City
MODEL/MUA: Kharunizia Jazmin and Bambi Dela Cruz
Workshop: Eminent Light
Producer : Mr. Aly Reyes
Lead Photographer/Director: Manny Librodo Jr.

This is my 3rd workshop with the master of portraiture himself Manny Librodo Jr. There were a quite number of participants in the workshop and you need to be very aggressive to take your shot, otherwise you’ll be left always at the back. The weather then was very humid and I’m really having an advance summer feeling while shooting! Anyway, thanks for the good food of Malen’s Restaurant, to compensate the workshop challenges.

To the production staff/organizer – Aly, Martin, Harie, Joel and Derick – you guys are really cool and funny all the times. Fun Fun Fun! Kudos to you all!

Also, I wish I could go back to Noveleta to take shots of their very interesting mini-bus/jeepney and the Aguinaldo Shrine. Anyway’s enjoy viewing my latest post of Eminent Light in textures ๐Ÿ™‚

Till then @ My Life Best Shots,
Rman

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Mr&Mrs Simbol, A Beautiful Tandem

Mr&Mrs Simbol, A Beautiful Tandem

December 11 2009
Location: Elysium Gardens, E. Rodriguez Ave. Quezon City
Models: Ricardo Simbol Jr & Anna Latina Simbol

From the hallway and cubicles of SMPC (Sykes former office building) to the shopping premium outlets of Orlando, Florida and recently our photography location shoots, all the good laughters with them, this couple always amazes me. Their strong bondage is really inspirational.

These are the shots from my last year photo shoot with Anna for 12 Women of Christmas and later on Ric requested to have their couple shots. My first time to do like a pre-nup and presto I am blogging them now and be included in my life best shots!

To you both, Thank you for the inspirations and being so cool as a couple ๐Ÿ™‚ Your’s is a beautiful tandem!

Keep the love alive,

Rman

Mr&Mrs Asiddao, A Decade of Love

Mr&Mrs Asiddao, A Decade of Love

November 29, 2009
Canyon Woods, Tagaytay City
Models: Michael Fortuno Asiddao and Dottie Bobias-Asiddao

I recall my wedding song for them. The Gift by Jim Brickman, and to this date the words are still so trueโ€ฆ

โ€œAnd the years will make us grey,
But baby in my eyes, Youโ€™ll still be beautiful
All I want is to hold you forever
All I need is you more every dayโ€

They were my college classmates and I would consider as my friends for life. They never forget my birthday and other important โ€œlifeโ€ events that we all need to be together to support each other. Thanks much for always being there guys! I dearly treasure the friendship and us being โ€“ like a family.

This shot is a double celebration for Mikeโ€™s Birthday and their 11th Wedding Anniversary last December 2009. Cheers to you guys! You are a gift to each other!

Sy-Nalus Nuptials

Sy-Nalus Nuptials

May Jesseth Sy and Alexis Nalus
January 7, 2010
Sacred Heart Parish, Cebu City
Abaca Boutique Hotel, Mactan Island

I’m the claimed official photographer of their pre-nup and the unofficial “sniper” photographer on their wedding. Together with a shooting buddy- Mr Kaloi Yap, we travel to Cebu to witness their ceremony vows. The church was so beautiful, their windows and lightings were all superb for available lights. The flowers in the isles were really adorable and blends well in their colour-motiff and the reception area – Abaca, perfect!

This is my first wedding I attended in Cebu City, and the chorale who sang at their wedding was really awesome! I thought its just a CD being played, and was surprised to see them marching out after the ceremony…like oh no its live!….Bravo!

I cant do much of the shots during the wedding since the altar boy was very strict and always looking at me, and yes I have to be at the front too since I was assigned to do the First Reading…yeah multi tasking! I think i’m a lost kuya of the bride knowing she got 3 other sisters and no brother on the house! so there ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m the declared kuya for a while.

So since there was a Mr Official Photographer to take care of them, I just focus on the guest and do portrait shots which was really fun, it was’nt just a typical hey there guys “smile” look at me! but do your pose, express your eyes, hold it, hold it…click! And presto! it seems the family and guests were all enjoying being captured on our cameras. And I think they have to! they were all dressed up and look equally gorgeous like the bride.

So there you go..enjoy viewing the bride and the groom…and their family and friends ๐Ÿ™‚

Till next at my life best shots,
Rman

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May Jesseth Sy-Nalus, A New Decade Bride

May Jesseth Sy-Nalus, A New Decade Bride

January 7, 2010

May Jesseth Sy – Alexis Nalus Nuptials
Abaca Boutique Hotel
Mactan Island, Cebu City

From the prenups in the North to the wedding in the Southern part of the Philippines. MJ in her lovely smile after the wedding vows. I took this moment while her official photographer was having a siesta ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to capture the joy on her face, something special and a rare moment that will be always remembered.

Best Wishes!

Rman

We remember, Nanay.

Today, I remember the moments we all shared together.
Our laughters and celebrations every year end.
Our excitement to greet you Happy Birthday and Happy New Year.

Today, I will surely miss your pancit and kare-kare.
Your unforgettable sweet smile, saying Thank You for every birthday celebrations we have.
Your usual rice cooking before the 12 midnight strikes.
The blowing of the candles and our midnight hugging.
Nay, I never thought it will be too hard to celebrate Christmas and New Year without you.
I terribly missed the days, our holiday preparations and our family gathering with you.

But I know you don’t want to see us all sad, and incomplete.
We will continue to celebrate your birthdays and New Years to come.
We will hold on tight to each others, us siblings.
We will always remember.
Happy Birthday Nay.
We love you…..

We Remember