DAVAO in my heart

I had yesterday a very great and tense commercial shoot and was really looking forward to have a cold beer in Kreuzberg/Berlin in Germany and just to enjoy the amazing view from a friends’ terrace. But things come always different than you have planned. 

I opened fb and checked the news and got a message if “I’m safe” because of an explosion in davao city. What does that mean “I’m safe”?!? What’s happening in my life, in my circle and my Philippine city? Meaning, what’s happening in my private circle twelve thousand kilometers away from Berlin?

First I thought of my parents who live in Davao. Second I checked on cnn Asia where the bomb explosion happened. And third, I remembered, just four months ago I was at the same place with friends and family. 

I was shocked, furious and sad. 

Of course I checked with all of them if they’re safe. And luckily yes. Happy to know for now but worried what will happen in the future. 

And in these last past hours I remembered something. 

In the last couple of years I always travelled to Mindanao and was listened to the Filipinos’ stories. Filipinos love fairytales and mythology. Since My family is from Davao City I know some stories. 

There are several tales from Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines. These tales were been handed from and to other people who believed in nature spirits. They respect and fear the spirits who watch over them. 

“The Philippine eagle”

The Philippine eagle is one of the country’s national treasure. It symbolizes the bravery, strengthness of the Filipino. 

This ferocious-looking bird stands over 3 feet (1 m) tall and can weigh up to 9 pounds (4 kg) — larger than a golden eagle. Bluish eyes, a large, sharp, curved beak, and a warlike headdress of spiky feathers, give the Philippine eagle a striking appearance.

People believe in his powers and his character. The Philippine eagle is monogamous. He always chooses one partner for his whole life. He never leaves his partner, never. And he takes care of the forest and watches over them.

I believe, most of the Davao people believe and characterize our new Philippine President Duterte is the Philippine eagle. And it’s a beautiful metaphoric way of thinking.

I would like to repost something what I found because it says everything:

“They attacked the Eagle’s territory while the Eagle is away protecting the whole forest.. And so the monkeys laughed, singing how weak the Eagle was, forgetting they’re all living in the forest the Eagle was protecting… Forgetting they’re all part of the reason why the Eagle left his home.”

REPOST. Alyssa Te

I am at a loss of words. I have no words to say or to describe what happened yesterday at the night market in Davao City. I’m sad, so sad. 

On location recce for a commercial ad

I love my job! Really! Everytime I’m in a new project, I always meet new people and new locations. 

This time we were on location tour for a commercial ad for XXX. 

Since this project not yet on air, I can’t really tell who was our client. 

But this time it was quiet interesting. 

Berlin apartments are really unique. They just have they’re own taste and style. 

I’m always amazed and get a lot of inspiration for my flat. What can you copy, what kind of ideas can I include in my apartment? Or just take pictures and remember how people have different tastes. 

For example this apartments’ kitchen is made of wine boxes. The owner just build it higher and higher. And I think it looks very cool. 

This apartment is very artistic and well structured. It has everything in the right place, even when the owner decided to have it black painted. I love everything! 

And then this apartment is quiet empty but very stylish! Dark red velvet curtain and an old huge lamp from the movies. A glass wall separates the room from the other. Also great idea. Just not to forget to mention that the room with the lamp is the master bedroom and behind the glass wall is the dining area. Funny idea! 

The next apartment was very stylish. The next two pictures belong together. I loved very much the taste of the owner. Not too much furniture but well thought of. 

The director had a hard time to decide between these apartments but on the end a lot of different reasons came together and we shot at the last apartment. 

For filmmakers it’s not always their personal taste what depends on, it’s also the taste of the client and agency. Plus if the technic can also fit in the place. 

If you are thinking to rent out your place for filming always think about your personal stuff. Just a personal tip from my side. 

I really love my job. It’s always a honor to meet new places. 

Cheers! 

Liwayway means sunrise/sunset 

People from the north part of Germany always tell me that the sunrise and especially the sunsets are the most beautiful thing what nature can offer you. And yes, it’s true. 

  
After a five week stay in the Philippines I am back in good old and cold germany. The time difference and the immense weatherchange is quite difficult for me. Still I’m missing the warm weather and the very friendly people from Davao city. 

But the sunset what is in the Philippines called “Liwayway” (=dawn) reminds me even here in the northern part of Germany near Kiel of the Philippines. So many colors and in different shades that I can’t even count how many colors I see. But it’s beautiful. Whenever I see a beautiful sky I feel happiness. Don’t you feel the same?

My second name is Liwayway. And where ever I see the sunset I am also there. Here and now.