Dominique Cojuangco on the September 2014 cover of Preview Magazine
Dominique during the cover shoot
For the September 2014 issue of Preview Magazine, Dominique Cojuangco graces the cover in generation next peg. The tall daughter of actress Gretchen Barretto and businessman Tonyboy Cojuangco shows in the first video below the kind of high fashion model posing she tried to pull off during the indoor shoot.
And on the second video, we can see behind the scenes footage of the outdoor shoot, complete with Dominique talking about her sense of fashion.
The girl may not have been blessed with the movie star looks that made her mom a popular fixture in local showbiz, but she definitely has that extra oomph, style and sophistication to be proud of.
Dominique Cojuangco on the July 2014 cover of Sense & Style (portraits Shaira Luna/ creative direction Hector M. Reyes/ makeup Albert Kurniawan/ hair Mark Familara/ styling Ieth Inolino/ shot on location at Poliform Showroom, Makati/Tube dress by Eric delos Santos/art by Francis Nacion/ and earrings by The Aziza Collection)
Dominique for Bench Body Whitening Lotion
Dominique Cojuangco, daughter of Businessman Tonyboy Cojuangco and actress Gretchen Barretto, is tall (around 5’9″) and pretty. But much as some quarters may want someone like her to try taking the pageant route, there simply is no way that she will even entertain the thought. Not that she is averse to the idea of joining one, but this sophisticated and well-off young lady simply has so many things to keep herself busy with – least of which are her studies and her father’s business concerns.
But that won’t stop us from using the 19 year-old as a possible peg for beauty pageant joiners, right? I have seen her in person on a few occasions and what can I say. She breathes class. The way she strides is a joy to watch given her long frame and lean body. And with her recent endorsement for the mass-oriented Bench Body Whitening Lotion, I’m pretty sure many girls will look up to her as inspiration. 😉
The festival will run from July 26-August 4, 2013.
In case some of you are wondering why I am giving a spot feature to the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, your blogger is also a self-confessed indie movie buff who enjoys watching flicks that have moderately off-mainstream appeal. This year, the line-up is particularly special with the presence of some big-name stars as well as plots that are both ground-breaking and innovative in appeal. Do check out seven of the more interesting opuses below:
courtesy of QuantumFilmsProdn
Vilma Santos stars in her first indie movie and Jeffrey Jeturian has the honor of directing her in this one. “Ekstra” (The Bit Player) is a socio-realist drama-comedy which follows a seemingly usual day in the life of Loida Malabanan (Vilma Santos) as she embarks on yet another shooting day of a soap opera as an extra. As the shoot goes on, we get a glimpse of the truth in the ruling system of the production as well as the exploitation on the marginalized laborers like her.
The project is made more luminous with the cameo appearances of Piolo Pascual, Marian Rivera, Cherie Gil, Cherrie Pie Picache and Pilar Pilapil playing their real selves.
courtesy of Christopher Ad. Castillo
The first directorial debut of Christopher Ad. Castillo (yes, he is the son of the late renowned director) takes pride in having Gretchen Barretto – another indie first-timer – in the lead. “The Diplomat Hotel” is about Victoria Lansang (Barretto), a popular news reporter who has been requested to mediate a hostage crisis. And in front of a national television audience, something horribly goes wrong and people are killed while Victoria suffers a mental breakdown. A year later, she’s eager to get back into the game but the only assignment she can get is to do a documentary on the last night of The Diplomat Hotel in Baguio City, a crumbling and abandoned building infamously known for its bloody past and its hauntings and has carved a place in Philippine ghost lore. Looking for redemption, she arrives there with her crew and they start filming. But as they get deeper into the night, the place starts to exert its will on them and they find out exactly what monstrous evil awaits at The Diplomat Hotel.
courtesy of QuantumFilmsProdn
What do you get with the combination of Cinemalaya favorite Eugene Domingo and Japanese actor Yuki Matsuzaki (who has starred in a string of Hollywood films like Letters from Iwo Jima)? Director Leo Abaya’s “Instant Mommy“!
In order to solve a personal predicament, Bechayda (Domingo), a wardrobe assistant in TV commercials, pretends to be pregnant.
The film is one summer’s journey with her as she reaches the fateful decision amidst a highly visualized world where the video screen not only reigns supreme but is also the frame within which a usually unsuspecting public accesses the content of image-makers.
courtesy of Joseph Israel Laban
This is going to be the most controversial entry for 2013, I reckon. Coming from one of GMA-7’s most prolific documentary filmmakers – Joseph Israel Laban – “Nuwebe” is inspired by the actual story of one of the youngest mothers in Philippine history. It follows the story of Krista who at the tender age of 9 got pregnant from the sexual abuse perpetrated by her own father. Her story is complex. Krista refuses to see herself as a victim.
With an almost documentary style, “Nuwebe” follows Krista’s story as she demonstrates a level of resilience uncommon to her age. Her mother on the other hand is torn between her love for her child and her love for her husband.
The movie stars TV child performer Barbara Miguel as Krista, with the support of Anita Linda, Jake Cuenca and Nadine Samonte.
courtesy of MyCinemalaya
“Debosyon” is from Director Alvin Yapan and stars Paulo Avelino and Mara Lopez (yes, the daughter of Ma. Isabel).
Mando, a Bikolano devotee of Ina, Virgin of Peñafrancia, Patroness of Bikolandia, injures himself in the middle of the forest at the foot of the Mayon Volcano. He will be nursed back to health by a mysterious woman, Salome, living there. They will fall in love with each other. But when Mando invites her to come with him to the plains, Salome refuses, saying a curse prohibits her from leaving the forest. Salome holds a secret that will devastate Mando’s love for her. Mando relies on his devotion to the Virgin of Peñafrancia to lift the curse, making him realize just how inextricably linked are the virtues of love and faith.
courtesy of Jerrold Tarog
From one of my favorite indie film directors who has successfully crossed mainstream, Jerrold Tarog is bringing “Sana Dati (rough literal translation: Wish Before) to the festival. Lovi Poe, Benjamin Alves, Paulo Avelino and TJ Trinidad star in this one.
Andrea Gonzaga (Lovi Poe) has accepted her fate by agreeing to marry a man she does not love. But a few hours before her wedding, someone arrives to remind her of the true love she once had and lost. “Sana Dati” is a love story about bittersweet compromises and real-life decisions. It is the third part of Jerrold Tarog’s Camera Trilogy after Confessional and Mangatyanan.
Lastly for this group, there is “Quick Change” which is the second directorial effort of Eduardo Roy, Jr. who brought us the memorable “Bahay Bata” a couple of years back.
courtesy of B0nfire Productions
This movie is about the life of Dorina a middle-aged transsexual looking for his niche amidst the complexities of the world he is in. This is a story of suffering, acceptance and hope.
“Quick Change” casts newcomer Mimi Juareza in the role of Dorina. He is joined by Miggs Cuaderno and Junjun Quintana.
Cinemalaya 2013 (Philippine Independent Film Festival) will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 with the main venue at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) plus simultaneous showings at select Ayala Mall cinemas. If you’re up to it, then better plan on buying tickets to the more anticipated movies (like Ekstra, Instant Mommy and The Diplomat Hotel) ahead of time so you don’t have to get stuck in long lines for the same.
Do watch out for it, and let’s keep on supporting the local indie filmmaking industry! 🙂
Let’s just digress a bit from all the Miss Universe blogs to give way to one of my current favorites on TV.
I don’t usually get hooked on teleseryes because I hate the thought of watching each episode every night and feeling all antsy after missing even one 30-minute installment. But “Magkaribal” (Rivals) is just too sinfully addicting for a FashionSerye that I found myself stuck, and happily I might add.
This is another glossy production from ABS-CBN and every scene was painstakingly set up to the smallest of detail. It helps that one of the two leads, Gretchen Barretto, is a stickler for perfection that she wants to make sure that each frame looks like a finished canvas. Her Miranda Priestly/Anna Wintour-pegged character can be compared to eating a plate of skolatina…decadent till the last syrupy drop!
Here’s a sampling for those who haven’t caught the fever yet. This video contains parts of the July 30, 2010 episode.
video courtesy of YouTube/KINGKONGMURSENG
“Magkaribal” airs over ABS-CBN Monday-Friday nights after “Agua Bendita“.
Ok, imagine this…Gossip Girl-meets-Project Runway-meets-The Devil Wears Prada and what do you get? ABS-CBN’s newest teleserye titled “Magkaribal” (Rivals) which is being tagged as the fashion-serye to watch out for!
I expect this soap to be glossy – extravagant even – not only because it revolves around the world of fashion, but because the lead star, Gretchen Barretto is going all out in flashing her expensive wardrobe, designer shoes, and all sorts of bling-bling. And as an added bonus, Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2009 Bianca Manalo will be joining the cast in her first-ever primetime project for ABS-CBN. Others in the cast are Bea Alonzo, Derek Ramsey, Erich Gonzales, Enchong Dee and Angel Aquino.
“Magkaribal” will start airing this month over ABS-CBN’s primetime block.
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