RS Francisco collaborates with the “Magnificent 7” in “The Chrysalis” photo exhibit for “M. Butterfly”

By: Throy Catan

SEVEN of the most well-known Master Photographers in the country give their own interpretation of a “perfect woman” in this photo exhibition titled The Chrysalis. This is part of the Tony-award-winning play, M. Butterfly, happens at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater in Bonifacio Global City from September 13-30.


About The Chrysalis

In the photo exhibit, it showcases the talent of Magnificent 7: Jun De Leon, Raymund Isaac, Manny Librodo, Mandy Navasero, BJ Pascial, Wig Tysmans, and Patrick Uy. On the other hand, Eric Pineda is in-charge of costume design.

All the photos will be auctioned, and 100% of the proceeds in the exhibit will also go to charity. Particularly, to a chosen foundation of the photographer who captured the photo.

The event will take place in the main hall of the Maybank Performing Arts Theater from September 12-30, 2018 in which photos will be sold through a silent auction. With a starting bid of P 50,000, only three limited edition prints of each Master photographer were produced for the exhibition.

For further information, kindly contact Isha Germentil at 0917-623-3834.


Up close and personal with the Magnificent 7



Jun De Leon was known by many as a “Bad Boy of Photography”. He started his career as a photojournalist for more that four decades, but he found his passion in fashion photography.

Recently, he got interested in underwater photography, because of his constant scuba diving and wakeboarding.

No wonder, in his latest collaboration with RS Francisco, the photo shoot takes place in underwater. The title of the photograph is Rhapsody in Blue. Despite that RS can’t swim, he trusted Jun, and he’s brave enough to do the shoot. “RS is the perfect example of people that you would want to work with. He is a person with no qualms or boundaries.” Jun De Leon explained.


For 35 years, Raymund Isaac worked for numerous celebrities in the country. There’s no surprise that he’s known as the Philippines’ first “Celebrity Photographer.”

His book, Merchants of Dreams won awards abroad, including Fedrigoni competition in Milan, and HP competition in Singapore.

In his latest project with RS Francisco, Raymund showed in his photograph the young and innocent look of Song Liling (the main character of M. Butterfly played by RS Francisco). That is why the title of the photo is Ingénue.

All proceeds from Raymund Isaac’s photos will be donated to Home for Girls in Nueva Ecija.


According to American photographer, Scott Kelby, Manny Librodo is “one of the world’s five best photographers that you probably haven’t heard about.” This is one of the few praises Manny received in local and international photography scene.

Manny specialized in travel and fashion photography. His images appeared in many publications worldwide, including several cover pages for Asian Geographic, and calendars for UNICEF.

He’s currently based in Thailand, and conducted more than 150 workshops worldwide. He’s now the brand ambassador of SONY Philippines.

In The Chrysalis, he captures the mystery and achieve a rare avant-garde depiction of Song Liling. A massive butterfly adorned head piece was custom-made to add extravagance.

The proceeds from Manny Librodo’s photos will be donated to the St. Joseph Parish in Lambunao.


Many Navasero is regarded as the woman “who changed the landscape of photography” in the Philippines.

Shooting for the Chrysalis was pure nostalgia for RS and Mandy as their first set of photos together made jaws drop and caused a stir all over the Philippines. Yes, it was indeed Mandy, who photographed RS Francisco’s epic nude photo (which is still very much alive and remembered today) when he first portrayed Song Liling for Dulaang UP in 1990.

In her current interpretation for the Chrysalis exhibit, Mandy chose to reveal Song Liling in an intimate scene with her lover René Gallimard (now portrayed by French actor Olivier Borten). She transformed her studio into a bedroom adorned with delicate cherry blossoms, showing Song in only a pink robe and René in the nude.

The proceeds from Mandy Navasero’s photographs of Song Liling during the Chrysalis exhibit will be used for the continuing education of a student in Philippine Women’s University.


The last 10 years has seen the rise of master photographer BJ Pascual, who—at only 30 years old—has established himself as one of the country’s top lensmen.

To date, BJ has shot more than 300 magazine covers and editorials here and abroad, immortalizing global personalities such as supermodel Coco Rocha and musicians Sky Ferreira and Troye Sivan. A seasoned professional who looks up to the works of Steven Meisel and Richard Avedon, BJ’s works are easily recognized for its tasteful aesthetic and classic edginess.

BJ watched the film adaptation starring Jeremy Irons and John Lone, and got inspired by the line about “the cruel white man and the submissive Oriental woman.” In this line, BJ saw a cunning woman in control of the situation, and used that to imagine a scene when Song Liling first arrives in Paris.

With the help of set designer Princess Barretto, they re-created a rue on a foggy night, with the heroine of the show—channeling incognito-chic in Burberry and Hermes—illuminated by just the moon and lamp posts.

The proceeds from BJ Pasucal’s photographs during the Chrysalis exhibit will be donated to Home for the Golden Gays.


For over 30 years, photographer Wig Tysmans has created images for the most powerful and influential people in Philippine society. His works have graced the covers and inside spreads of Manila’s top magazines, lined the walls of art collectors, and have highlighted several books that are archives of Philippine culture.

One of Tysmans’ most notable shows abroad was Portraits of the Filipino, a one-man black and white photography exhibition which showcased his portraits of the Filipino – mostly artists and elderly immigrants – at the Grand Hyatt in Chicago.

Apart from taking command over the lens, Tysmans has judged numerous National Photography Competitions and sits as Chairman of the Board of Judges for the Vision Petron’s Annual Photography Contest. Wig Tysmans is also a brand ambassador for Canon.

With RS clad in an authentic Japanese Kimono and wearing classic Kabuki make-up, Tysmans transforms the studio into a theater stage with a black room set-up created by the brilliant production team present that day.

The proceeds from Wig Tysmans’ photographs of Song Liling during the Chrysalis exhibit will be donated to Child and Family Services Philippines, Inc.


Also one of the first photographers to capture RS when M. Butterfly premiered in the Philippines, Master Patrick Uy rose to fame by shooting Richard Gomez’s classic (yet un-forgotten) BENCH advertisement which stood loudly as one of the first few billboards in Quirino Avenue and SLEX.

Patrick Uy is a symbolic figure in Philippine weddings as he elevated the industry and created a significant market for wedding photography. Apart from being a natural expert in capturing people’s best moments, Uy has a penchant for travelling and taking photos of beautiful landmarks and scenery.

Indeed, highly accomplished in his field, Patrick Uy is the proprietor of Pacific Light Studio and is also the past president of both the Camera Club of the Philippines and Advertising Photographers of the Philippines.

In June 2018, Master Photographer Patrick Uy achieves a soft and feminine interpretation of Song Liling through his trusted Nikon camera. By using his precision Swiss & German lighting system, Uy was able to mimic the natural outdoor light into his studio and complement Song Liling’s delicate Oriental look.

The proceeds from Patrick Uy’s photographs of Song Liling during the Chrysalis exhibit will be donated to Chosen Children Village, Inc.

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