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HUBO Productions founders Will Fredo and Greg Macaraeg have been named among the “100 Outstanding Filipino Americans in the USA” by the Press Photographers Philippines-USA and Philippine Children’s Charities, Inc.  A black-tie charity event is to be held on July 28 at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles, California where the awardees will be officially recognized.  Main beneficiary is Bantay Bata 163, a Philippine-based organization that helps abused, underprivileged, sick and indigent Filipino children.  Expected to attend the event to accept donations are Robbie Fabian, President of ABS-CBN Foundation International, and Tina Monzon-Palma, Executive Director of Bantay Bata 163.

Greg Macaraeg (left) and Will Fredo lead a group committed to “testing the limits of known boundaries.”
Photography by Kim Guanzon, Make-up by Laa Hernando-Guanzon, Stylist/Creative Director Roldan Din

Darna B. Umayam, Philippine Children’s Charities, Inc. chair, who is also project director and lead organizer of the event, said the outstanding Fil-Ams had been picked “from among many who were highly recommended for this prestigious award because of their achievements as professionals and for their philanthropic works for less fortunate Filipinos back home, especially the children.”  There were nearly 300 such recommendations.

Fredo and Macaraeg are being recognized for their continuing achievements in the movie and entertainment field through HUBO Productions, established in 2006 with Fredo as CEO and resident director and Macaraeg as president.

HUBO released three full-length films, among them are Compound and Ganap na Babae (Garden of Eve) that won multiple nominations and awards in the Philippines and abroad. Two films—N.A.S.L. and In Nomine Matris—are in post-production stage.

In Nomine Matris is set to be released this year.  In addition to its core film ventures, HUBO has collaborated with other artistic endeavors consistent with its mission statement.  From the time of its founding, HUBO has produced Brave New Music, the accompanying soundtrack to the film Sa Pagdapo ng Mariposa (At The Touch Of A Butterfly), which it also produced.

HUBO supported the film Señorita by Vincent Sandoval; the music video Ayoko na Sa ‘Yo (I Don’t Want You Anymore) by Jeepney Joyride; theatre works Chagrin by Outside Inside Productions and Mirror Mates: A Two-Faced Farce , both in New York, and the stage adaptation of  Ang Unang Aswang (The First Ghost) in the Philippines.  The company also supports and advocates the work of painter Roldan Din, the first Filipino to be featured in the Finch Lane Gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah.  HUBO has also sponsored one of the recent stagings of The Next Wave Seattle Butoh Festival, in Seattle, Washington.

Fredo began his professional career at Microsoft managing various software developments.  He earned his computer degree from Brigham-Young University, Hawaii.  In 2005, after years of corporate dedication and success, Fredo decided to pursue his passion for filmmaking.  He finished an intensive filmmaking program at the New York Film Academy before founding HUBO in the Philippines.

Fredo currently divides his time between Seattle and Manila using HUBO as a springboard to tell his stories, and as a platform for artistic pursuits.  In the course of overseeing HUBO’s operations, Fredo discovers and nurtures fellow artists.  Outside of HUBO, Fredo is a Butoh performer who has regaled audiences in Seattle and San Francisco. He says Butoh greatly informs his narrative technique.

Macaraeg, a physician based in New York City, has more than 15 years of pharmaceutical industry experience.  He has spearheaded domestic (Philippines), regional (Asia-Pacific) and global medical events and clinical development functions, and worked in a variety of therapeutic areas—cardiovascular/metabolism, immunology/rheumatology, virology, and oncology.

He graduated cum laude in B.S. Speech Pathology from the University of the Philippines, Manila where he also earned his medical degree.  After clinical practice, Macaraeg went full-time with pharmaceutical medical roles.  His professional interests include research & development, medical-marketing, medical communication, and medical risk management.  He oversees HUBO’s strategic plans and networking.

HUBO is committed “to expose the complexity of the individual.”  As a collective, it professes to be “focused, innovative, compassionate and committed to explore creativity and test the limits of known boundaries and forms of expression.”  As such, it dedicates its art to stimulate the mind however unconventional and unfamiliar.

Completing the board of directors and founders of HUBO are Medwin Garcia, Joan T. Manalang, Ida Ceniza Tiongson, and George Sommerrock.

[ Article originally came out of PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER, JULY 23, 2012, Entertainment Section, G4 ]