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Alamat (Legend) – Trailer for 2015 Traditional Filipino dance show

Parangal Dance Company presents… 

Alamat (Legends) A cultural dance show about the traditions of native filipinos of Kalinga, Ga’dang, Tboli, and Bagobo.

Showing October 2015 in San Francisco California. Please enjoy the trailer. 🙂

We did their portraits session first in This is it Photography Studio in Santa Clara before we continue shooting some more portraits and video clips in Baker Beach San Francisco.Thank God, we were blessed with a great California late summer weather that day.

Santa Clara studio photo of  Parangal Dance Company

Alamat 2015 Cultural Dancers - Parangal Dance Company San Francisco

Some information on upcoming Alamat production


  • Kabunyan washes away a once harmonious land turned chaos. A new life begins restoring and sustaining the traditions and culture of the Kalinga.


  • The blue skies and corn filled mountains of Paracelis turn a journey in search of a Makammang to call back and heal the soul of sick.


  • In a fit of jealousy, the ruling datu slays his brother. For this outrage, his daughter is fated to die.


  • A stolen set of gongs awakens the spirits and causes disorder in the community. As the gong is retrieved one by one, music played pleasing to the spirits send them back to rest. The community regains their livelihood and bountiful harvests.

Credits to:

Kalinga chants – Jenny Bawer Young
T’boli Kudyapi – Music of the Mystical Far East
Video – This is it Photography
Legend Poster Artist – Mark Tolentino from Davao

Celebration of Change

President Obama Inaguration – 20 Jan 2009 –
We celebrated this historic moment, with a night of art, live R&B and Reggae, and comedy at Club Avalon in Silicon Valley. The Inaguration party was presented by Robert Warren Enterprises, and hosted by Joey Wells, with celebrity DJ General Lee. Musicians LZ & Ezell, Vacano, and Cali Cuz’nz are bands to watch out for.
To commemorate this event, we setup our studio lights with a backdrop of President Obama’s hand painterd protrait done by Bay Area artist Carlos Rodriguez. Party people who wanted their photos taken with Obama, strike a pose at our booth, and we print their photos on the spot. Here is a glimpse. (Thanks to Morian Walker for inviting us.)

>Remembering Michael Hedges

>I was around 10 yrs old (or younger) when I first heard of this amazing guitar music. I was sitting on the stairway in my hometown province in one of the islands in the Philippines, when my uncles played this concert on laser disc. When I heard the music, it overwhelmed me instantly. I never imagined a guitar could be played that way – outrageous! in full abandon and enjoyment, and reckless passion! At ten years old, those words were not in my vocabulary. But I felt it, the music spoke to me. It was an unusual experience. How universal, a music can reach out to a little kid that was me, in the hidden provinces in Asia, and opened the whole world of music imagination to me.
The guitarist, Michael Hedges, was born in Sacramento,CA. He was performing at some cafe at Palo Alto when Will Ackerman (another good musician, I still listen to him) signed him up a recording contract with Windham Hill records. When I was in my teens, my uncles settled in America and when we got the chance to talk they told me we’re all going to watch Michael Hedges in concert when I reach America. Unfortunately I was too late. Michael Hedges died from a car accident in 1997, he was driving home from San Francisco International Airport. He was 43.
Then, I watched the movie August Rush, there was one scene when August’s hands started hammering the guitar, and I told myself, that’s Michael Hedges style! As I am a fan, it was kind of hard for me to accept somebody playing like him in a big movie, therefore I slightly ignored the talent behind the guitar playings (which was Kaki King). Only later I learned from the August Rush soundtrack that it was indeed Micheal Hedges’ song “Ritual Dance” as performed by Kaki King and she did it so much justice.

Remembering Michael Hedges, these are some music clips that I so fondly watched him play for more than 50 times in my childhood years, now available in YouTube.

Aerial Bounderies

>New Website – bigger, better, and rockin’

>Our new website is launched! It’s up, runnin’ and kickin’! After a few hours online, we got our first client inquiry – a great sign! The new website shows bigger pictures, more features and info, and easy to update with new hot photos.
Check it out here

Meanwhile, we are saying goodbye to our old website which Marc spent hours and hours with to customize. It served us well.

This is iT!


We finally did it!
We leased a commercial space for our photography studio down at 980 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (10 miles away from our home in San Jose). It’s 1000+ sq. ft. Roomy space for receiving clients; enough space for the studio lights & photoshoot area, a dressing room and vanity nook; a tiny office for our post production, and there’s a little pantry (which can accommodate a fridge and only a fridge), and lots of wall space to hang our works of art. What a blessing it is to have this studio, we can’t stop thanking God for it. The building is a beautiful Victorian style, owned and built by the Italian architect Salvatore Caruso. The previous tenant was a wonderful couple and fellow photographers Lucie & Sam (of LucieXYZ Photography), and we are grateful ever when they helped us take over the cozy place. Our business name used to be Memory Station Studio, but we thought of changing it to something catchy and easy to remember, and something that will go well with our branding. When we stepped through the door of the studio, Marc said, “well, this is it!” and This is iT Photography was born. 🙂