Saturday, December 20, 2008

The December Vineyard photo shoot

Every December, the CCM-Publications releases a special issue of The Vineyard.

Normally, for the Staff Page, we just have our photos taken in a typical setting. Last year, sa Don Bosco kami, right before the prayer meeting...

while the year before that, we had a pseudo-photoshoot at Baywalk.
This year, we wanted to make it more special, as it is the kick-off to SOLV's 25th year in 2009. How special was it, you may ask?

It was an official photoshoot by a professional photographer in a real photo studio with a professional make-up artist and design artist. And we wore costumes! The theme? Something that describes yourself. :D

Thanks to our Vineyard staffer, sister, and friend, Cecille Mendoza, for making it happen!

photographer (left): Alan Fontanilla, head of SPANK (a subsidiary of LOWE)
design artist (right): Cholo dela Vega, LOWE

make-up artist: Mona Borromeo (freelance make-up artist)
We (the ladies) had our make-up session at Cecille's office (LOWE).

Nako, if only I had a videocam! Ang kulit ni Beauty! :)) I spent several minutes photographing Beauty while she was waiting for her turn to have her make-up done. Hindi siya masyadong nag-enjoy, really. ;)
Siyempre, di nagpahuli si Cecille!

Kinunan din ako ni Cecille...

When we were all made-up, we drove to the photo studio for the pictorials. It was such a treat to see everyone in costume! The biggest surprise was seeing Caloy in his priest outfit. Ano kaya ang masasabi ni Ate Malou dito? Hehehe...

Here are some of my favorite behind-the-scenes shots. Documenting the whole event was pretty fun already!

Here are the official shots.

Thanks again to Alan, Cholo, Mona, Cecille, and to our Vineyard staff, who have been such great sports! Till next photo shoot! will we top this next year???

Saturday, November 01, 2008


i love Halloween.

though this goulish holiday isn't celebrated here as much as it is in other countries, i still enjoy the whole experience.  especially since i get a kick out of scaring people (a.k.a. my students).  yeah, yeah, i'm mean.  but my kids still love me so i'm not complaining.  not that i bribe them with candy (trick-or-treating is an exception).

the ballerina and pink fairy
oohh...the lights

most of my Halloween partying happen in school.  from the weekly theme to our special activity: trick-or-treating.  i so enjoy seeing my students in costumes.  

all aboard the Halloween bus!

going trick-or-treating around school

it's hilarious that, even if they're sweaty and their outfits are pretty uncomfortable, most of them refuse to take their costumes off, even during outdoor play.

her favorite ride

oh, i was a (fat) spider by the way.  check out my ginormous spider eyes!

the culmination of our Halloween celebration is the school-wide party.  this year's was held at the Greenmeadows clubhouse.  the parents, kids, and teachers all came in costumes.  it was pretty fun, especially since a lot of families were so game.  the theme was saving the environment - Happy Hallowgreen!

have no fear, the Justice League is here!
they were great sports
 she's such a cutie pie :)

the highlights of the event were definitely the children's parade and the magic show.  my students were mesmerized by this year's guest magician (who did a terrific job of hosting the whole show).
after d dumped ribbons on her big cousin's hair

all in all, the party was a success.  congrats to the LEAP teachers! boooooo!!