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Photos by Mario Wong and Make-up by E.J. Litiatco

Personal, Photography By May 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 3 Comments

I model for friends once in a while. My make-up artist, E.J. Belen-Litiatco, was doing her new portfolio and the shoot fell on a date when I myself happened to be in Manila. I am seldom in Manila but on the scheduled day of the shoot, I was.

I love E.J. We first met in 2006. She did the make-up for my wedding and the make-up for a number of my friends’ weddings thereafter.

We did a portfolio shoot in 2008. This shoot was done in November 2013. It took a while for me to post about this and I even hesitated. In the end, I decided to blog about it so I can promote her talent as a make-up artist as well as the photographer’s, Mario Wong.

This is the photo I like best.

Make-up by E.J. Litiatco (Portfolio Shoot)

Here are the other edits sent by the photographer, Mario Wong.


Throwback: Make-up by E.J. Litiatco

Friends and their Interests, Personal, Photography By May 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

I first met E.J. Litiatco in 2006. We did the trial make-up at her salon in Visayas Avenue.


We had the pre-nup shoot after in the U.P. Diliman campus.


E.J. did the make-up for my wedding in 2006. (And a number of my friends for their own weddings thereafter.)



Summer Isn’t Over Until We Say It’s Over – Moalboal, Cebu

Cebu, Entrepreneurship, Photography By May 27, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

On my backpacking trip from Bacolod to Dumaguete to Oslob and off to Cebu City to catch a flight going back to Manila, I decided to drop by Moalboal. A friend, who lives in Cebu, decided to join me, saying, he has not gone to the beach the entire summer. So I say, “Summer isn’t over until we say it’s over,” and I then involve him in this impromptu shoot of a knitted maillot that I have recently acquired for Kikayism.

And these are what we came up with. We did not use any reflectors here or anything, just whatever sunshine was available. And these were shot with a Nikon D80. And this was also completely unplanned.


Old Modeling (and not-so-modeling) Photos

Personal, Photography By August 31, 2010 Tags: , , , , No Comments

The last week spent shooting photos for Kikayism made me think about my old modeling photos. I was actually supposed to model too for Kikayism but we ran out of time. Since we were only relying on natural light, which, thank goodness, burst through that afternoon despite the cloudy skies that morning and the somewhat heavy rain right as we were arriving at Blue Ridge A where the shoot was held. More realistically, I could not model because we had no one else to shoot for me. If I was in front of the camera, who would press the shutter?


This was shot in 2004 by Ken Go. Orlan Lopez of Emphasis Salon of The Manila Peninsula did the hair and make-up.

I was going to get Orlan Lopez again for my wedding in 2006 so I did a make-up trial with him for the pre-nup shoot with Edwin Tuyay and his wife Ellen at the La Mesa Ecopark. It did take 3 hours to curl my hair and it didn’t even last long. 😐

We never got a copy of the pre-nup shots but we super loved this one particular photo that had really beautiful lighting, and it was made into the tarp that greeted the guests at the entrance our reception venue that was The Pavilion of The Oasis Manila.

This was a photo of the tarp that my dad took with my Pentax point-and-shoot camera.

I do not have to say that Edwin Tuyay is one of the most amazing and best photographer out there. I have never, not even once, regretted having him as photographer for my wedding. The following photos are his but I tinkered with them back in 2007 when I was trying to learn Photoshop.

I found another make-up artist c/o of one of my friends and did a make-up trial with her for another pre-nup shoot for our back-up photographer, Gel Motilla.

The make-up done was by EJ Litiatco-Belen and it took us hours to get my hair curled again. Really, I was insisting on having my hair curled for my wedding. It never would stay curled long though.

Here is a shot by Gel Motilla at the waiting shed in front of the Palma Hall in U.P. Diliman. Make-up by EJ Belen-Litiatco – who ended up doing my make-up the day of my wedding. (Photo below is a low-res version).

And it was by these circumstances that I ended being friends with EJ and that is how I ended being in this fun shoot at Celebrity Sports in January of 2008.

Venue: Celebrity Sports Club
Date: January 13, 2008
Photography: Ging Lorenzo
Hair, Make-up and Styling: EJ Belen-Litiatco
Gowns: Gina Dalu

These are just one of the things I used to do. I used to be involved in a lot of things. I used to be actively involved in things related to short films, music videos, TV shows aside from acting onstage, but these days I am more comfortable being behind the camera and being off-stage. I just don’t have a lot of time anymore or a lot of energy. It’s still wonderfully nice to look back to all those little things I used to do and look at the nice photos that I have managed to collect through the years.

Here is a photo taken by Ryan in the middle of the shoot at the Celebrity Sports. We just used one of those pin lights from the ceiling as source of light.