i used to do print and tv ads during my early to mid-twenties. years after studies in japan,
after meetings with chris cahilig consultancy founder / CEO chris cahilig and nestle philippines officials, i was convinced that the milk drinking should be relayed to more people across the country. surveys indicated that in underdeveloped communities in the countryside, parents would rather spend their money on mobile phone credits, instead of buying milk for their children.
facing the cameras again turned out to be a tedious task. i have zero acting talent and double zero projection skills. worse, i gained weight months after arriving from
last 31 july, miss international lara, vice mayor isko and i shot our respective commercials in manila’s andres bonifacio elementary school, a pilot school along tayuman (between avenida rizal and abad
direk jay’s technical staff and crew arrived at the site between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. lara’s call time was 6:00 a.m. vice isko’s was 7:00 a.m. i was expected to arrive after 5:00 p.m. because of my classes and administrative duties in u.p. diliman.
miss international lara and vice mayor isko were certified pros. they nailed every bit of the shoot. in contrast, i was shaking at every scene, mumbling lines and messing up. big time. i had sore throat and running nose. i didn’t get to sleep well the night before—i read a paper and moderated a session during the international philippine studies conference at the philippine social science center, conducted classes and attended meetings in diliman, attended the opening of the thirteen artists awards retrospective at the cultural center of the philippines (curated by prizewinning production designer / visual artist leo abaya), before jumping to a meeting with filipino-american scholars at the university of santo tomas. worse, on the day of the shoot, many streets in manila were flooded due to heavy rains that week. throughout the shoot, i was comforted by direk jay, chris and his deputies, henry and gerai. direk jay’s technical staff and crew cheered me up every time i miss out. the kids, all fifty of them, inspired me to recover. by 3:00 a.m, shooting was over and we packed up.
after rough cuts, countless brainstorming sessions and further post-production work, my ad was finally aired over many shows on abs-cbn channel 2 and gma channel 7. when i woke up early this afternoon, i received at least ninety two messages from family members, friends and former students from places like batac (ilocos norte), lubao (pampanga), pililla (rizal), santa maria (bulacan), bacolod, dumaguete, cebu and polomolok (south cotabato). thanks to the wonders of editing, chris cahilig’s vision and direk jay’s magic touch, the final cut didn’t seem bad at all.
i am very fortunate to be part of bear brand’s wonderful campaign. wonderful, it still is.
inside andres bonifacio elementary school
styling by ricci chan and propaganda's janet