Acting Anywhere and Everywhere


I think something a lot of young actors fail to realize is that acting isn’t purely internal. You can imagine the perfect scene in your own mind, but that often won’t translate to a good scene, especially with a scene partner, or even with extras that you can’t plan with. One tip I love to give is that you should feed off the energy in the surroundings. Listen for laughter, or look for art around you. Acting is about reacting, and the best place to start is with your environment. Here are a few of my favorite examples of putting this technique into motion. These are all my own personal filming experiences.

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William A. Jones Memorial Bridge

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Manila, Philippines • Memory • 

I love that everywhere you look around Jones Bridge seems to tell a story. You’ll see these huge skyscrapers contrasted by tiny little houses in the forefront with their own little communities. There’s so much potential in the area to grow and flourish into something even more amazing.

  • Jones Bridge, Binondo, Manila, Metro Manila

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Far Eastern University

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Manila, Philippines • Memory • 

I spent my whole college life in FEU so seeing Morayta recently as a non student was weird coupled with the fact that Covid hit it pretty hard. For this film, I played a street thug and held someone at knife point, but someone else was convicted since they looked more like a stereotypical criminal. Just a simple overpass that people walk through everyday has so many meanings to different people that cross it.

  • Nicanor Reyes St, Sampaloc, Manila, 1008 Metro Manila

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There was this small park area we shot in Cubao for “Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus” next to a school. But if you saw the film, you’d have no idea where it was shot because a film lens can really bring out scenes you wouldn’t see even with your own eyes. It was also funny that students will pretty much act like students no matter which school you go to.

  • Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Claro M. Recto Avenue

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Manila, Philippines • Memory • 

For this small compound in Recto, I had to cross a little alleyway lined with homes, stores, basically an entire community in just a tiny little back street. Usually when people think of Recto, it’s just this highly commercial zone, but finding this tiny little community just out of view really puts the world into perspective.

  • Recto Avenue

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Manila, Philippines • Memory • 

My shooting in 168 Divisoria was easily the most memorable because I walked around wearing nothing but a pair of cycling shorts. It was of course for an experimental film. I liked that Divisoria is pretty much known as one of the busiest places in the city, but by acting out of the norm, I had full control of everyone’s gaze without even saying a single word. Everything I had to say, you could see on my face (and naked chest).

  • Quiapo, Manila, 1001 Metro Manila, Philippines

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Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish Marikina

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Antipolo, Philippines • Memory • 

This was one of my first performances since I was just a student acting in an upperclassman’s short film. We were in this park next to the Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish. We actually shot on Valentines Day so the streets were lined with flower and balloon vendors. Funnily enough, I was playing the part of one too. My character was a really happy-go-lucky type and the environment was really conducive to that energy. This was where I first tapped into the infectious joy of my surroundings.

  • J.P. Rizal, Corner V. Gomez St, Marikina, 1801 Metro Manila

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Tinipak River

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Binangonan, Philippines • Memory • 

I didn’t think I’d start a shooting day on a little dingy to cross the Tinipak River to shoot in the woods, but that just made the memory all the more awesome. In the film, my brother had gone missing in the woods, so I got to scream out into the wilderness against a coursing river. My favorite shot here was when I was hunkered over the river with tears flowing down my face as the current just kept rolling in.

  • Brgy. Daraitan, Tanay, Rizal

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Mount Daraitan

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Rodriguez, Philippines • Memory • 

I can still vividly remember the sound of leaves and grass rustling in the wind at Mt. Daraitan. It was like something would take your breath away everywhere you’d look. Funnily enough, I also saw carabaos in the area, and you’d just wonder how they got there. Did they swim across or did some locals bring them in on boats?

  • Mount Daraitan, Lalawigan ng Rizal, Philippines

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