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Boracay is the new Batanes: An Interview with Iza Calzado and Ignite Media

Batanes showing at The Tides

Wednesday morning
Went to airport for the press preview of Batanes the Movie starring Iza Calzado and F4’s Ken Zhu. Movie preview of Batanes will be at Batanes. Cool, ain’t it. Exciting for me as the last time I was in Batanes was more than 10 years ago for a student seminar. It was a memorable experience making friends with the Koro Ivatan and playing on the grassy cliffs that resembles much of the scenery you see in Mel Gibson’s Braveheart. I’m hyped.

Markku sports a new hair style.

Wednesday morning, a few hours later
Flight gets cancelled. Media junket pushes through in spite of bad weather. Asian Spirit reroutes destination to Boracay. Yay!

Markku is official photographer for trip. Can’t stop looking at his hair rather than camera lens for photo ops.

Wednesday afternoon
We’re at Boracay. Wondering how we ended up at the beach is so surreal. We look silly wearing jackets in station 2.

Still getting used to Markku’s new hair.

Adolf Alix and Iza Calzado Interview at The Tides

Wednesday evening
Interview with Iza Calzado and Ignite Media’s Adolf Alix. You can listen to the podcast with Direk Adolf and Iza. The podcast is hosted by Juned and AJ while I butt in on several occasions. Markku takes photos. Podcast recorded on Juned’s kick ass recorder.

Getting used to Markku’s hair, or its lack of it, rather.


Iza Calzado and Jayvee :) The money shot!

Through it all, I’d actually like to commend Asian Spirit for their presence of mind in this whole thing. It’s not unusual for a flight to Batanes to get cancelled as this is the typhoon capital of the Philippines. We were able to get on with the event with barely any delays.

We would also like to thank Markku’s barber for the hair.

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

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