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Sunday, January 27, 2008

East So Nice!

When we Metro dwellers think of driving out of town, we often think of going north (Pampanga, Subic, Baguio) or south (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas). Rarely do we consider going east. About six years ago we McSiblings were so bored during Holy Week that we decided to take a road trip and went around Laguna Lake via Rizal province.

For the past two weekends we had a shoot in Tanay and in the outskirts of Antipolo. After Cogeo those irritating jeepneys and tricycles fall by the wayside, and the drive then transforms into a pleasant one with rolling hills and breathtaking twists and turns along a part of the Sierra Madre mountain range.

One of the locations we used is this wonderful art gallery. Located on a compound along a sloping lot, the place is composed of several houses and a huge backyard where nature and art mingle. Or at least try.

This is the swimming pool in the shape of a figure 8.

In the lot is a small chapel; inside are all these antique religious figurines. The chapel is quaint, but inside is creepy actually. I can imagine the figurines come to life around midnight.

All over the lot are man-made ponds. On top of one of them is this quaint little rest cabin, complete with toilet and bathroom. When the wind blows through the bamboo trees behind it, the effect is so relaxing.

Art work? Tribute to the Jodie Foster movie “Contact”? Or scrap metal? You decide.

Pondering beside the pond.


beejing said...

mcvie, nice photosets. anyway, ive just added you to my blogroll, I hope you could do the deed as well. lol. thanks.

Anonymous said...

saan yan po?

palma tayona said...

it's great you ended up shooting in doc cuanang's place. it is a lovely property with Pinto gallery right in front.

that little cabin is where doc cuanang would be reclining ala-medea giving orders to her court. it's wonderful there on saturdays when artists flock there to just hang out and chill and.. well, talk about life and art.

i wonder if jim orencio (he's a wonderful painter who does these garden scapes) still takes care of the gardens there. he used to be the "machete" of our batch in f.a. :-)

cant_u_read said...

ang gandaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

jan ang susunod na grand eb, pwede?

kelan ka mag-eemail ng script?

Gbo said...

If I can remember it correctly, that is in Pinto Gallery. I like the architecture and the landscape of the compound. Take time to visit it.

joelmcvie said...

@PALMA TAYONA: The "machete" of your batch? Iba ang na-iisip ko...!

@RYE: Eeeeep! Sige I'll email the script na ASAP.

@GBO: Yes, I went all over the place in between set-ups. Really nice place. I wanna go back nga again. =)

Jasper said...

any contact details for the place?
- Jasper,