A tale of two portraits: The Chef and The Actor

I had a rare chance of having two well-known personalities as subjects of my portraits. In both instances they were impromptu  mini-pictorials. I really didn't bring my strobes, softboxes, reflectors etc with me and in cases like these you have to maximize either the location's ambient light or your on-camera flash (which is a very useful gear because of its versatility).


It was supposed to be a media-lunch, a taste test of the restaurant's menus, I requested chef Morisco if we can have a short pictorial. 

Chef Giuseppe Morisco rose to international fame as one of the Top 10 finalists in the second season  of the  reality TV show MasterChef where people around the world saw him prepare dishes for Chef Gordon Ramsay of Hell's Kitchen.

Today, Morisco runs a restaurant in Costa Rica named Amici Restorante, he also manages Food Lover's Retreat which is an all-inclusive food retreat across the world's vacation spots.

Currently Morisco is teaming up with his father Gaitano "Don Beppe" Morisco", who currently resides in Davao City to open an authentic fine-dining restaurant in Davao City.

I used an on-cam flash, bounced off the restaurant's ceiling. For impromptu
photo-shoots such as these, an on-cam flash is a very necessary tool.

"I want people when they walk in here, they think they are walking in Italy." says Morisco. Aside from authentic Italian cuisine, Morisco made sure that the decor and ambiance will remind Dabawenyos about his mother land.

The 40-year old chef started professional cooking a decade ago. His passion aside from cooking is his country Italy which he will never run out of things to talk about. He said he comes from the beautiful Italian region of Puglia whose cuisine figures much in Morisco's culinary influences.

Morisco's says he had learned to love the Philippines comparing it to Costa Rica where he spends most of the year. "Davao is a beautiful town, in five to ten years it will become competitive." the Master Chef finalist describes the City.

Shot on location at Morisco, SM Lanang Premiere. 


During a mini-pictorial with Xian, I utilized window-lighting, requested the actor to
sit beside the window. For me nobody beats the quality of window light. 
Xian then living in the United States wanted to play basketball in his native land. Thus armed with a dream he went back to Manila and joined the basketball try-outs at the University of the East eventually making it to the Team B of the school's Red Warriors team.

While playing ball, a talent scout noticed him and invited him for some pictorials and the rest is showbiz history, the 6'2 forward is now a big name actor/celebrity. Basketball's loss is tinseltown's gain.

Shoot location was at Mcdonald's Bajada where Xian graced a meet-and-greet activity with fans. Xian is the ambassador of the food chain's McFloat Rainbow Medley.

His team-up with Kim Chiu is fast gaining waves, "it's the trust, we trust each other, we're comfortable with each other." Xian describes his onscreen team up with Kim Chiu whom he first worked with in the TV series  "My Binondo Girl"  Their love team is currently reaping good TV ratings with the ongoing telenovela "Ina, Kapatid, Anak." 

On the works is Kim and Xian's first film together entitled "Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo." alongside Ramon Bautista, whose book of the same title inspired the film. "Iba thinking niya, something out of the box."  Xian describes his co-star, the great Ramon Bautista.

Aside from being an actor and an erstwhile basketball player, Xian is also an accomplished musician- a pianist, not many know that he also writes and arranges some of the musical scores for Ina, Kapatid, Anak.

For Giuseppe Morisco: a lot of thanks to Marissa Te Eng Fo, Henrylito Tacio, Kelvin Lee and Dr. Escudero

For Xian Lim: a lot of thanks to EON, The Stakeholder Relations Firm, Nina Espiritu, Jolly Macachor, Mcdonald's Bajada staff and crew.


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