A tale of two portraits 2: Matteo Guidicelli and Franco Reyes

I had the opportunity to shoot another batch of celebrities, two Cebuanos who have established themselves in the field of entertainment- there is former race kart driver turned actor and now serious triathlete Matteo Guidicelli and rocker, occasional indie actor Franco Reyes.


This Filipino-Italian Cebuano first excelled in karting where he was three-time recipient of Karter of the Year honors.

In 2007 he joined showbiz where he appeared in ABSCBN TV shows Go Kada Go and Kung Fu Kids. He gained popularity when he became part of  primetime TV series Agua Bendita and My Binondo Girl. Matteo also co-hosted the defunct noontime show Happy Yipee Yehey.

He also acted in movies such as My Cactus Heart alongside Maja Salvador and Xian Lim then he also had a role in the Gerald Anderson-Sara Geronimo rom-com flick Cath Me I'm In Love.

He took up the sport of triathlon where he joined numerous races including the tough 70.3 Ironman in Hawaii last year.

Shot using a Nikon D90 with Nikkor 35mm 1.8 lens

Recently he was named as the celebrity member of the Isuzu D-Max cycling team. "Mateo reflects the excellence and toughness of the brand and we are glad to have him with us in Davao." said Kim Liu Isuzu Cars Davao Vice-President.

It was during Matteo's visit to Davao along with his teammates in the Isuzu D-Max cycling team where I managed to sneak in for a mini-impromptu pictorial at SM Lanang's Fountain Court.


Shot using a Canon 500D with a Canon 50 mm 1.8 lens

Another Cebuano, Franco Reyes is the man behind Franco which was originally known as a rock supergroup composed of members from different established bands such as Parokya ni Edgar, Queso and Urbandub. But he decided to take in new members as he found it difficult to sync his bandmates schedules and other priorities.

With new members who can fully focus on the band, Franco has released its new album titled Soul Adventurer. "More laid-back than the first but it still has those heavy riffs." Franco says during the interview at Abreeza Mall.

Aside from music, Franco has also appeared in indie films particularly in Cinema One's zombie flick Di Ingon Nato. He said acting in films was a new and enjoyable experience however he found it difficult adjusting to the unpredictable working schedule of film production, he says his next indie film project would be a cameo appearance in an indie film which will star Kitchie Nadal.


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