78 A DAY WITH MANET DAYRIT

THE PRES­I­DENT AND CEO OF CEN­TRAL DIG­I­TAL LAB TALKS TO MAN­ICA C. TIGLAO ABOUT FILM RESTORA­TION, WHAT COULD BE THE NEXT GOLDEN AGE OF PHILIP­PINE CIN­EMA, AND BRAD PITT.

Town & Country (Philippines) - - CONTENTS / SEPTEMBER -

The pres­i­dent and CEO of Cen­tral Dig­i­tal Lab talks to Man­ica C. tiglao about film restora­tion, un­for­get­table mo­ments at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, and the state of Philip­pine cin­ema.

WhAT TIME DID YOU WAkE Up TO­DAY? 5:30 a.m.

WhAT’S ThE FIRST ThINg YOU USU­ALLY DO WhEN YOU WAkE Up? I drink a glass of wa­ter, wake my son up, and help him get ready for school.

WhAT ARE YOU Up TO ThIS MORN­INg?

I’m about to drop off my son at school, get cof­fee at Toby’s Es­tate, do yoga at Manila Polo Club with my girl­friends, then I’m off to work.

WhAT TIME DO YOU hEAD OUT TO WORk?

10:30 a.m. WhAT WAS FOR BREAk­FAST? A cap­puc­cino, yo­gurt, and a crois­sant.

FASh­ION STApLES? Dresses that can go from day to night.

NEW­EST pIECE OF CLOTh­INg YOU’vE BOUghT? A dress from Dorothy Perkins.

FA­vORITE ShOES? My wedges from Sa­p­ato Manila. I can run around in them all day in com­fort.

JEW­ELRY OR WATChES? I’m lov­ing my new iWatch! It tracks my work­outs, al­lows me to check my mes­sages in the mid­dle of meet­ings with­out oth­ers notic­ing, and it looks cool.

ANY SIg­NA­TURE AC­CES­SORIES?

Jewelmer South Sea pearl stud earrings. I wear them ev­ery day.

WhAT FRAgRANCE ARE YOU WEAR­INg?

I’ve been us­ing Royale Am­brée cologne since I was a teenager.

FA­vORITE DE­SIgN­ERS? For for­mal dresses, I love Vic Barba and Rajo Lau­rel.

FA­vORITE CITY IN ThE WORLD? Lon­don. I went to film school there a long time ago. I don’t get to go back very of­ten but when I do, it al­ways feels like my se­cond home. There is just so much to do and see. I watch plays and films, visit mu­se­ums and art gal­leries, pic­nic in the beau­ti­ful parks, visit her­itage sites,

and have af­ter­noon tea while catch­ing up with old friends.

STYLE ICON? Au­drey Hep­burn. I love her clas­sic look that is sim­ple yet fem­i­nine and el­e­gant.

ANY WORk­OUTS OR FIT­NESS ROU­TINES YOU’RE COM­MIT­TED TO? I try to do yoga thrice a week and jog or walk twice a week.

ANY SpE­CIFIC DIET YOU FOL­LOW? I’m just try­ing to eat health­ier by cut­ting down on red meat and sugar. I have a ma­jor sweet tooth!

OThER CON­SUM­INg pAS­SIONS? I love to watch films and read books. I still love the whole moviego­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Watch­ing films while eat­ing pop­corn is our fa­vorite fam­ily pas­time on week­ends. I also have a book club with my friends, al­though we haven’t been meet­ing as reg­u­larly as we used to. It’s fun to read the same books, meet about it over din­ner, and come up with our ideal cast in case the book gets made into a movie.

hOW OF­TEN DO YOU EN­TER­TAIN? WhAT SORT OF EN­TER­TAIN­INg? FOR­MAL? CA­SUAL? En­ter­tain­ing at our house usu­ally con­sists of happy hour fol­lowed by a ca­sual din­ner with the fam­ily.

YOUR TIpS TO A MEM­O­RABLE CEL­E­BRA­TION? Keep things sim­ple and spend more time con­nect­ing with your guests than fuss­ing in the kitchen.

WhAT’S YOUR FA­vORITE ThINg TO SERvE YOUR gUESTS? A well-made char­cu­terie plat­ter and a good se­lec­tion of cheese is al­ways a win­ning com­bi­na­tion.

FA­vORITE DRINkS OR OThER MEAL ACCOMpANIMENTS? A good red wine. Great desserts are a must!

WhAT ARE YOU READ­INg RIghT NOW?

Love and Grav­ity, by Sa­man­tha Sotto, and a lot of scripts! I’m cur­rently part of the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee of QCinema. I have to read 34 full-length fea­ture film scripts!

WhAT MU­SIC IS ON YOUR pLAYLIST NOW? Bruno Mars. LUNCh TO­DAY: BUSI­NESS OR pLEA­SURE?

Lunch at the of­fice, which is a mix of both busi­ness and plea­sure.

LUNCh COM­pAN­IONS? I usu­ally have lunch with my guys at the of­fice. We ca­su­ally dis­cuss our on­go­ing projects but mostly we just laugh and talk about the lat­est film we’ve seen or the lat­est an­tics of our kids or pets at home. I’m glad that we treat each other more like fam­ily in the of­fice. WhERE? WhAT’S ON ThE MENU? A nice

hearty salad for me.

FILL IN ThE BLANk: IF YOU WERE NOT A FILM EDI­TOR, YOU WOULD BE… I’ve al­ways wanted to own and run a bed and break­fast. Maybe when I re­tire, I’ll fi­nally do it.

WhAT DO YOU FIND pAR­TIC­U­LARLY MEAN­INg­FUL IN YOUR LINE OF WORk? Film­mak­ing has al­ways been very ful­fill­ing for me. Be­ing able to en­ter­tain an au­di­ence, make them think, feel, or even change their point of view on some­thing is very grat­i­fy­ing. But my lat­est pas­sion and ad­vo­cacy is film restora­tion. A hun­dred years of film­mak­ing in the Philip­pines has pro­duced thou­sands of films. Un­for­tu­nately, due to the dis­mal state of film han­dling and ar­chiv­ing in the coun­try, many of th­ese films have de­te­ri­o­rated or even dis­in­te­grated. There is an im­mi­nent need for the sur­viv­ing ti­tles to be re­stored be­fore they lit­er­ally dis­ap­pear. It is my ad­vo­cacy right now to save as much of our film her­itage as we can. For the past five years, my com­pany, Cen­tral Dig­i­tal Lab, in part­ner­ship with ABS-CBN, has been dig­i­tally restor­ing the film col­lec­tion of the ABS-CBN Film Ar­chives. So far, we have re­stored more than 120 films. Th­ese in­clude Filipino clas­sic films like Hi­mala, Oro, Plata,

Mata, Karnal, and other im­por­tant ti­tles by our great film masters. Be­ing able to bring back th­ese ti­tles for a whole new gen­er­a­tion to see and learn from has re­ally brought pur­pose and mean­ing in what my team is do­ing.

WERE ThERE Ex­pE­RI­ENCES, MEM­O­RIES FROM YOUR ChILD­hOOD AND FOR­MA­TIvE YEARS ThAT IN­FLU­ENCED YOUR ChOICE OF CA­REER? WhAT COM­pELLED YOU TO

EN­TER ThE FILM IN­DUS­TRY? When I was 8 years old, I saw Star

Wars for the first time. I was in awe! How did they do that? Then I saw the mak­ing of the movie on TV. Ever since then, I knew that I wanted to be a film­maker. That was the first year I stayed up to watch the Academy Awards. I re­mem­ber go­ing to bed for­mu­lat­ing my own ac­cep­tance speech in case I ever won an award.

WhAT hAS BEEN YOUR pROUD­EST MO­MENT ThUS FAR? See­ing the guys I’ve men­tored through the years win­ning their own awards.

YOU’vE BEEN hON­ORED WITh NU­MER­OUS AWARDS FOR SEv­ERAL FILMS. WhAT MO­MENT IN YOUR CA­REER ARE YOU MOST

pROUD OF? I think I had good tim­ing. We were pi­o­neers in dig­i­tal post-pro­duc­tion in the Philip­pines when I started edit­ing. So I was for­tu­nate that I got to edit for a lot of great di­rec­tors so early in my ca­reer. I edited for the likes of Peque Gal­laga, Mar­ilou Diaz-Abaya, and Car­l­i­tos Sigu­ion-Reyna. I learned so much from all of them. Learn­ing on the job from the masters of Philip­pine Cin­ema has been a priv­i­lege.

gREAT­EST ChAL­LENgE OF YOUR CA­REER?

Break­ing into the then very much male-dom­i­nated Film Ed­i­tors Guild of the Philip­pines. When I started edit­ing in the 1990s, the lo­cal film in­dus­try was dom­i­nated by male ed­i­tors. I had to ac­qui­esce to the con­di­tion of not be­ing prop­erly cred­ited for edit­ing work that I did on 10 films be­fore be­ing ac­cepted into the Guild.

WhAT qUAL­ITY OR TRAIT IS MOST ES­SEN­TIAL IN YOUR LINE OF WORk? Cre­ativ­ity and at­ten­tion to de­tail.

WhAT’S YOUR FA­vORITE FILM? Cin­ema

Par­adiso is still my all-time fa­vorite. All the el­e­ments of the film are per­fect! The script, act­ing, the ro­man­tic lo­ca­tion, the beau­ti­ful cin­e­matog­ra­phy, the lovely mu­sic of En­nio Mor­ri­cone, and, of course, the edit­ing. All th­ese won­der­ful el­e­ments were mas­ter­fully di­rected by Giuseppe Tor­na­tore into a very poignant film that warms my heart ev­ery time I see it.

NAME YOUR TOp ThREE FILIpINO MOvIES.

Hi­mala, di­rected by Ish­mael Ber­nal, Oro, Plata, Mata, di­rected by Peque Gal­laga, and

Kis­ap­mata, di­rected by Mike

de Leon. BEST FILM YOU SAW IN ThE LAST YEAR?

There were a lot of good films. But off the top of my head, Hack­saw Ridge was one of the best.

ANY FILM­MAk­ERS AND AC­TORS

ThAT Ex­CITE YOU? The lo­cal in­de­pen­dent film scene is very ex­cit­ing right now. The young film­mak­ers are com­ing out with unique points of view and the in­ter­na­tional scene is tak­ing no­tice. I have al­ways been a staunch sup­porter of the film­mak­ers and the dif­fer­ent lo­cal in­de­pen­dent film fes­ti­vals in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties. I spon­sor some of the fes­ti­vals, or I’m part of the se­lec­tion com­mit­tees or jury, and some­times I even co-pro­duce some of th­ese films. It’s ex­cit­ing to be a part of what could be the next golden age of Philip­pine Cin­ema.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAM­ILY. I come from a very big fam­ily and we are all very close. It’s great be­cause all gen­er­a­tions hang­out to­gether. Reg­u­lar happy hour is bond­ing time for all the grand­par­ents, titas, titos, and cousins.

WhAT AC­TIv­I­TIES DO YOU DO WITh YOUR

FAM­ILY IN OR­DER TO BOND? We have a lot of fam­ily lunches and din­ners. We watch movies to­gether and we love to spend long week­ends at the beach.

FA­vORITE RESTAU­RANT? The Last Chukker of my cousin, Vanna Sev­erino. It’s like our fam­ily’s se­cond home.

FA­vORITE ChEAp ThRILL? Does a re­ally good mas­sage count?

CON­vERSELY, WhAT IS YOUR FA­vORITE

SpLURgE? Def­i­nitely trav­el­ing. Whether trav­el­ing lo­cally or abroad, I love dis­cov­er­ing new places with great food, art, cul­ture, and scenery. It’s the way to recharge and get in­spired.

SIg­NA­TURE DRINk/COCk­TAIL? Red wine. I was also re­cently in­tro­duced to cala­mansi rum. It’s the per­fect cock­tail to have while loung­ing on the beach.

WhAT WOULD YOUR LAST MEAL ON EARTh

BE? My Tito Con­rad Calalang’s co­chinillo, my mom’s paella, my ni­nang Mar­ilou Senn’s mushroom can­nel­loni from La Tasca, and my sis­ter Mari­cel’s or­ange chocolate cake.

WhAT ELSE ARE YOU Up TO ThIS AF­TER­NOON? Happy hour with my girl­friends.

WhAT DO YOU DO AS SOON AS YOU gET hOME? Have din­ner with my son.

WhAT WAS ThE pRET­TI­EST ThINg YOU SAW TO­DAY? The iconic last shot of Hi­hin­tayin Kita Sa Lan­git.

gUILTY pLEA­SURES? Chocolate, a good mas­sage, and binge watch­ing a good se­ries on Net­flix. Over the week­end, I watched the whole first sea­son of Anne with an E with my sis­ter. SE­CRET FAN­TASIES? Well, I have been work­ing on my Os­car ac­cep­tance speech since I was eight years old!

BEST DE­CI­SION OF YOUR LIFE? Go­ing to film school and fol­low­ing my pas­sion.

BIg­gEST MIS­TAkE OF YOUR LIFE? I have no re­grets. I think I’ve learned from all my ex­pe­ri­ences, both good and bad.

WERE YOU gIvEN ANY gREAT AD­vICE

TO­DAY? Yes. A friend’s Face­book post to­day said, “Do what­ever you can, with what you have, where you are.”

hAvE YOU DIS­pENSED ANY AD­vICE OF

YOUR OWN? I told my son that from now on his magic word should be “yet.” Ev­ery time he feels frus­trated when he finds some­thing dif­fi­cult, in­stead of just say­ing “I can’t do it,” he should say, “I can’t do it yet.” Per­se­ver­ance is ev­ery­thing.

LOvE OF YOUR LIFE? My son,

Joaquin.

WhERE ARE YOU hAv­INg DIN­NER TONIghT? WITh WhOM? WhAT’S FOR DIN­NER? At home, with Joaquin. We’re hav­ing sini­gang, our fa­vorite com­fort food.

MOST MEM­O­RABLE MEAL. Last Holy Week, we went is­land hop­ping with the whole fam­ily in Coron. My most mem­o­rable meal was to­tally cooked by our bangkeros on the bangka while we were snor­kel­ing. We ate our lunch on a de­serted is­land. Our freshly grilled seafood, en­sal­adang ta­long, and rice were served on ba­nana leaves and we ate with our hands. It was the best meal ever with sand on our toes, the cool sea breeze, the pic­turesque lime­stone cliffs in the back­ground, and the won­der­ful com­pany.

WhAT DO YOU DO AND WhERE DO YOU gO TO UN­WIND? Cock­tails with my girl­friends at the Last Chukker or just sit­ting around dis­cussing a good book or film with friends.

WhAT ARE YOU MOST gRATE­FUL FOR TO­DAY? That my fam­ily is healthy and happy.

WhAT TIME ARE YOU gO­INg TO SLEEp? I may fall asleep when I put my son to bed at 8, but if not, then maybe at around 10:30.

WhAT DO YOU hOpE TO DREAM ABOUT?

Eight years ago, I was for­tu­nate enough to be in the ex­clu­sive party af­ter the pre­miere of

In­glou­ri­ous Bas­terds in Cannes. I was stand­ing face to face with my ul­ti­mate film crush, Brad Pitt! He was right in front of me look­ing gor­geous as ever while we were hav­ing cock­tails. He was an­i­mat­edly telling a story to one of the other ac­tors. I’m not sure ex­actly what he was say­ing be­cause I was so awestruck that I was just stand­ing there com­pletely dumb­founded. I just stared at him, prob­a­bly with my mouth open. How em­bar­rass­ing. So tonight, I would like to dream that I’m fi­nally re­ceiv­ing my Os­car and Brad Pitt comes up to me and con­grat­u­lates me. I im­press him so much with my fab­u­lous ideas that he de­cides to pro­duce my next film in the Philip­pines. Of course, we fall in love and grow old to­gether while we run my quaint bed and break­fast.

Pro­duced by Ca­role Cuasay-Tagle Pho­to­graphs by Medal Elepaño

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