[the ondoy story i never had]//[vince and melai]

september 26, 2009 – st. ignatius chapel
crowne plaza
photographer: redsheep photography

i do not have an ondoy story. on that fateful day, during the worst typhoon our country has experienced for more than four decades, i was on the sixteenth floor, safe and dry. no walking for an hour to get to a destination, no hour-long traffic jam encountered, no flood, no landslides, no floating cars, no power interruptions, not even internet connection problems. as a matter of fact, i had no idea how bad the situation was until our bride turned on the television some time before lunch. it was then that i realized that i was very lucky.

i remember sleeping the night before, at about 3 a.m., it was already pouring hard. when i woke up, there were no signs that the rain was slowing down. the most challenging part of the day was getting into our vehicle. one of my shooters was wearing his third outfit when he successfully got into the car.

it was just another day in the office. the trip to the hotel didn’t take more than thirty minutes. the rain was worse than ever. a couple of hours later, our bride was receiving text messages that people won’t be able to make it. soon, phone call after phone call, the bride and the groom finally decided to talk about the whole situation…we waited…

i do not have an ondoy story…but i had a couple who had one…and i was lucky to be there to witness and to capture that one epic moment of their lives.

it was a sad day for the country. when i got home, the horror was unbearable. then again, this exact same thing happens every single year in our country. only this time, it hit manila. i am glad to see a lot of people lending a helping hand. i am trying my very best to do my part and i am positive that somehow, someway, like we always do, we are gonna get through.

8 years ago


  1. Hi! Our family and friends (most of whom were not able to come to the wedding) really loved the video! Thanks so much for helping us tell our wedding story.

    More power to you!

    ~Vince and Melai v(^_^)/\(^_^)v

  2. grabe! goosebumps and teary eyed ang inabot ko dito… kudos to you bim! and to the couple more blessings to come! :)

  3. hi bim and gen,

    this is really special…

    gaya ng iba, naiyak din ako… kudos to you and to the couple. amazing ang calmness nila, grace under pressure talaga.

  4. i really admire how vince and melai handled the situation. they were very calm and composed all throughout their ordeal. extraordinary bride and groom!

    congratulations vince and melai! =)

  5. Hi Bim and Gen!

    Ang ganda ng video nila vince and melai! Ang lakas ng dating! Epic talaga :D It’s nice to work with your team again. Kita kits sa susunod natin na event. Ingats :)

    – Therry Arriza of Bridal Fantasy

  6. Can’t help but to leave a comment. Goosebumps all over me and i cried on the latter part. Now i know who to book for my special day. You guys rock! \m/

  7. It’s like a documentary! Galing, Bim&Gen! I can’t find more words to say but know that my heart was filled with emotions watching this one.:)

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