With Asia's Titanic Yam Laranas became the first Filipino film director to director and produce an all-Filipino National Geographic documentary. That's another feather to his cap after making the full-length Hollywood horrow film The Echo (which is based on Sigaw, shown in the U.S. last month)
Yam was not yet working in the film industry when news broke out in 1987 that the MV Dona Paz collided with an oil tanker off the shore of Mindoro Island. The accident claimed the lives of more than 4,000 passengers. It was an event that shocked and left an indelible mark on the then art student and budding cinematographer.
On a lighter note, this is Yam's second interview with FHM, an encounter that we'd like to think delights the friendly filmmaker. Because when we sent him an SMS to request for an interview, he agreed right away, jokingly adding, "Do I have to wear a bikini?"
Asia's Titanic airs in the Philippines on August 25, Tuesday, at 9pm on National Geographic Channel.