#BELLEssima18 in the Land Down Under

As we now all know, Presidential granddaughter, Isabelle Duterte, is celebrating her debut in a few days. Her Malacañang palace pre-debut shoot has been published last month.

But unbeknownst to many, she had her first shoot early December.

So as everyone were in awe with the beautiful ensemble she wore in her palace shoot, here’s another set to amaze us.

Isabelle had three gown changes for this shoot: Another two of Garimon Roferos couture gowns and an Edgar Buyan couture terno; all a perfect fit for the theme: “Belle of the Ball.”

Isabelle in Garimon Roferos © Gianne Carlo Chua
Isabelle in Edgar Buyan at Martin’s Place © Jp Velarde
Isabelle in Garimon Roferos at Sydney Opera House © Gianne Carlo Chua

And yes! That’s the iconic Opera House in the background as the two-day shoot was set in Sydney, Australia and the beautiful South Coast as her family were here on vacation.

L to R: Gianne Carlo, Angel, Isabelle and Shen
The team at Westfield Sydney

Her production team are friends of the family who are originally from Davao: Sydney-based photographers, JP Velarde and Gianne Carlo Chua, together with camera assistants, Angel Go, Icon Jen Chua and yours truly, Shen Sabater, and stylist Ivan Jeric Digamon. Make-ups were done by Isabelle herself and by Julio Caro at Chanel’s make up studio.

Cronulla Sand Dunes
Isabelle in Garimon Roferos at Cronulla Sand Dunes © Jp Velarde
Isabelle in Garimon Roferos at Coolangatta Estate © Gianne Carlo Chua

It was a light, fun and easy shoot as the debutante looked effortlessly gorgeous and was a natural in front of the camera.

Isabelle in Garimon Roferos at Kiama Blowhole © Gianne Carlo Chua
Isabelle in Garimon Roferos at Kiama Blowhole © Gianne Carlo Chua

We’re all lucky and honored to be a part of this team!

Some of the official pre-debut photos are already out in the respective photographers Facebook and Instagram accounts.

All our thanks to Wows Sangkola-Magno and Ate Lovelie Sangkola-Rumera!

Isabelle’s official debut hashtag: #BELLEssima18

LOOK: Isabelle’s Save the Date by GCC Visuals (Australia):


P.S. No taxes of any people from any country were spent on the production of this pre-debut shoot. 

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It’s a wrap! From model homes to interviews to wedding and pre-debut shoots in one week!

It has been a long week for me and it just ended tonight!

Last Sunday, my housemates and I went to visit some model homes as they were planning to have their house built soon. I didn’t expect that visiting model homes would be so fun and inspiring. I can’t wait to be able to plan for my own house soon! Here are some of the houses we visited over the weekend:

Model homes

Next, I’ve had a line-up of job interviews from Monday to Wednesday. All three were a success! Heard some ‘wows’ and ‘great answers’ from the interviewers! Tee-hee. After a few days, I got two call backs already, but I have yet to decide on which offer to accept.

Now, the highlight of my week has been the pre-debut and wedding shoots we did.

Cronulla Sand Dunes
@ Cronulla Sand Dunes

Town Hall, Sydney
@ Town Hall, Sydney

On Thursday, GCC and I drove to Sydney at 3:30 am for an early start on the pre-debut day 1. It was an all-day shoot and we went to Townhall, Martin’s Place, Centennial Park, Cronulla Sand Dunes then to Circular Quay. Then arrived home at around 1:00 am. Long day, I know! Whew! Can’t post photos yet but I can’t wait to share it to you all!

Glenn and Cj’s wedding © gccvisuals

The next day, Friday, was the wedding shoot. We, GCC, Icon and I, did some preparation shots and it was the first time we used the drone! It was one of the best Aussie weddings I’ve seen as everyone was happy! The couple have some beautiful vows for each other and I can’t help but cry a bit! Haha!

I was able to rest on Saturday morning, but I had to work in the arvo.

Visuals Team @ Coolangatta and Kiama

And today, Sunday, was a 7:00 am start for Team GCC Visuals (GCC, Angel, Icon and me) for the pre-debut shoot day 2! Had some amazing drone shots from the DJI Mavic Pro around Kiama Blowhole. Afterwards, we went to some vineyard to take a few photo and video shots. Finished the shoot at the client’s place for some Filo lunch!

Kiama Blowhole – Drone shot

I had to work again in the arvo but now, I’m in my PJs, freshly bathed and ready to sleep!

Learned many things this week! Looking forward to learning more in the next few weeks left for 2017! Thank you to GCC Visuals for teaching me how to use all camera equipment and for being patient with me!

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