2 Pinays work magic in Cruise film

Hold key behind-the-scenes positions

LOS ANGELES—Two Filipinas, Maricel Pagulayan and Isabel Sumayao Henderson, hold key behind-the-scenes positions in Tom Cruise’s new film, “Valkyrie.”

Maricel, who was born and raised in the US but spent two years of high school in Maryknoll College in the Philippines, is visual effects (VFX in Hollywood lingo) producer. Isabel, who attended the University of the Philippines for a couple of years, is post-production supervisor.

We first met Maricel, a University of California, Berkeley graduate (Master of Fine Arts), at the American Film Institute. We interviewed her about her work as VFX production supervisor on “Superman Returns.” Her previous credits include “X2” and “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.” Maricel clarified that her late father, Luis Pagulayan, was from Cagayan Valley, Tuguegarao—not Cagayan de Oro, as we mentioned in our July 9, 2006 column. The VFX whiz’s mother, Ester Pagulayan, is from Cavinti, Laguna. [Read More]

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