From the EDITOR
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.