From the EDI­TOR

YES! (Philippines) - - News - Jo-Ann Q. Maglipon

I t felt like fam­ily time at the shoot of An­dre and Kobe Paras in their newly ren­o­vated home in an ex­clu­sive sub­di­vi­sion. The deci­bel level in­side was high but pleas­ant. Youngest brother Sam was putting ev­ery­one in stitches with his obe­di­ent re­sponses to An­dre and Kobe’s di­rec­tions to “pose like a model” and to “look fierce” be­fore the cam­era. Brother Ri­ley, just back from school, was ob­serv­ing it all with glasses that made him look nerdy. Baby Ge­orja was the loud­est, squeal­ing some­times in joy and some­times in vex­a­tion, which was not sur­pris­ing be­cause so many strangers (18 in all) had de­scended on her play space. Mommy Ly, who had just come in from a meet­ing with Ri­ley’s teach­ers, first got busy with the kitchen staff, then got busy up­stairs, then got busy breast­feed­ing Ge­orja in The White Room, un­til the pho­tog called ev­ery­one in for the in­stant fam­ily por­trait. And the man of the house? Well, the tow­er­ing Ben­jie was a vir­tual gift from the gods! He made ev­ery­thing work for us, play­ing point man with­out be­ing asked, keep­ing ev­ery­one busy but calm. He’d tell Kobe and An­dre, then anx­ious about which of their clothes and shoes the pic­to­rial re­quired, that stylists had brought in ev­ery­thing they’d need (“Hindi n’yo na ke­lan­gang ku­muha ng is­usuot sa itaas”). He’d ex­plain to our re­porters de­tails of their re­cent renovation: where ma­te­ri­als were sourced, why this de­sign was fa­vored, whose idea it was to raise the ceil­ing in the din­ing room (Mommy Ly’s). He gave us the goa­head to shoot ev­ery­where, even when the work was not com­plete (“Ito ’yong salamin para sa banyo malapit sa en­trance, di pa nakak­abit”). And then the lady of the house, as it would hap­pen in real fam­ily time, had the ta­ble laid out for us with lasagna and pizza from Green­wich. (Son An­dre en­dorses the brand, whose lasagna is to die for.) All told, we had a great time with one very gra­cious fam­ily. —

TAKEN WHEN THE SHOOT WAS GOOD AND DONE. FRONT ROW: GMA ARTIST CEN­TER’S VIC DEL ROSARIO; THE PARAS FAM­ILY: AN­DRE, BEN­jIE & SAM, LYxEN & RI­LEY, KOBE & GE­ORjA. BACK ROW: GMA’S KuYA AL­LAN, IzzY LEE & MIKE FOz; YES! MAG­A­zINE’S SHARA CAYETANO, jOCELYN VALLE, MAYA IDANAN, EDI­TOR IN CHIEF jO-ANN MAGLIPON, GABBY LIBARIOS, ARVEE jAVIER & IRENE MISLANG; HOuSE STYLIST TALA SINGSON; AS­SIS­TANT PHO­TOG­RA­PHER KIMBERLIE GO & PHO­TOG­RA­PHER MIKE CHuA.

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