Sunday, February 19, 2017

96. PUREFOODS HOTDOGS “Codiñera, Patrimonio, Lastimosa” TVC SERIES, 1988

PHOTO FROM CNN SPORTSDESK. Pinterest: PBA, The Basketball Life

The trio of Purefoods commercials that made waves at the 1989 Philippine Advertising Congress creative competition  in Baguio City, featured the prized cage stars of the  PUREFOODS TJ Hotdogs basketball team: Jerry Codiñera, Alvin Patrimonio and Jojo Lastimosa.

The year before, the Purefoods Hotdogs season began in and was the first season of the franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). They would win their first PBA title in 1990, with a lineup that included the 3 ace cagers.
 
ACTUAL TVC STORYBOARDS, autographed by the Purefoods cage stars.

PUREFOODS sought to capitalize on the immense popularity  of their basketball stars by directing its agency, Ace-Saatchi & Saatchi, to feature them in their corporate advertising, with the hotdogs as flagship brand. The big project was assigned to the newly-created Marketing Services Department of Ace-Saatchi & Saatchi, which prepared the storyboards for the Client.
 
Photos taken from the shooting of Purefoods "Codinera" TVC, Oct. 1988.

Jerry Codiñera, then a 22 year old center from University of the East, along with Alvin Patrimonio, was was a dominant presence in  the All-Filipino hardcourts, christened “Defense Minister”, for his prowess in the defensive end.


 For Codiñera, a dramatic storyboard that involved him playing basketball with a handicapped, crippled child was shot in a day in San Juan, in front of the Sto. Cristo Church.  It was effectively directed by young Vittorio “Vitt” Romero.

WATCH PUREFOODS "Codinera" TVC 60s HERE:

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Actual photos taken from the Purefoods "Patrimonio" TVC shoot.

Mapua stalwart Alvin Patrimonio, also 22, entered the PBA in 1988 and played his entire career with the Purefoods franchise which won five championships. He would go on to win 4 PBA Most Valuable Player awards.


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Patrimonio’s commercial showed him propping up the spirit of of a grade school basketball player after losing a game. The filming involved replicating a school fair with hundreds of kids and parents in attendance. It was a challenging shoot, compounded by the replacement of the original lead child actor on the set, but which was superbly directed by award-winning Maryo de los Reyes.

WATCH THE PUREFOODS"Patrimonio" TVC HERE:

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Jojo Lastimosa, then 24 years old, was a guard forward from University of San Jose Recoletos. “Jolas” came into the league as a member of the very first PUREFOODS TJ Hotdogs team and would be named PBA Rookie of the Year in 1988.

Lastimosa’s commercial was the first to be shot, which showed him helping a child practicing his shooting skills awkwardly amidst the taunts of  neighborhood bullies. The scene was filmed at the basketball court of Philam Homes in Quezon City, under the direction of film director Ismael Bernal. The ad is best remembered for exposing his sexy legs which he was known for at that time. (Unfortunately, a print of this ad has yet to surface).
 
Photos taken from the actual Sept. 22, 1988 shoot, at PhilAm Homes.

Each ad was scored with the same original jingle,”Slowly, But Surely”, but arranged differently to suit the varying moods of the one-minute commercial. The well-crafted ads were enthusiastically received and further bolstered the popularity of PUREFOODS hoop heroes. 

When the Araw Award season came, the 3 commercial won for Ace-Saatchi & Saatchi two Golds in the two categories they were entered in: TV Campaign (for the Codiñera, Lastimosa, Patrimonio TVCs) and Single Medium TV (for the Codiñera version)—a triumph that would put the agency in the lead as that year’s most creative.
 
PHOTO CREDITS: CNN SCREEN GRAB
CREDITS:
ADVERTISER: Purefoods Hotdogs   
AD AGENCY: Ace-Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising
ECD: Jaime F. Santiago / CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Alex R. Castro
COPYWRITERS: Finina Gatchalian-de Jesus, Abe Medenilla Jr., Cary Rueda, Vianne Perdigon
ART DIRECTOR: Ernie Sta. Ana
PRODUCERS: Paul Suarez, Jess Garcia, Carrie Villamor / CASTER: Flor Salanga
ACCOUNTS: Mila Marquez, Natasha Balce, Jeanna Vidamo
PRODUCTION HOUSE: FILMEX / DIRECTORS: Vitt Romero, Maryo de los Reyes
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Butch Garcia / JINGLE MAKER: Caloy Agawa

SOURCES:
PF Jerry Codinera TVC, uploaded by Albert Marc Justine Carreon:  Jerry Codinera Purefoods TVC
PF Alvin Patrimonio TVC, uploaded by likmainutz 4477, idol by gvg

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