Make-up wizard Fanny Serrano is a close friend to actress-director Gina Alajar and has practically seen all her three sons—Ryan, AJ, and Geoffrey—grow up.
"Si Geoffrey, ipinagbubuntis pa lang, nakita ko na," says Fanny, adding, with a laugh: "Chubby-chubby na talaga siya noong bata pa. Noong medyo malaki na, hindi masyadong nakikita. Kaya nagulat ako noong lumabas, ang laki ng ipinayat. Sabi ng nanay, ‘E, ano, mag-aartista na.'"
Geoff, a middle child, has now clearly made it to hot matinee-idol status. One indication of his immense popularity is that, in 2005, he made it to the cover of the number one teen magazine, Candy. That's thanks to his exposure in Hiram (2004), the ABS-CBN telenovela where he plays lover to both Anne Curtis and Heart Evangelista. Fans clearly noticed.
These days, the handsome actor is busy with tele-epiko Rounin and sineserye Hiram na Mukha.
Fanny has become Geoff's official fashion stylist. But Fanny likes to refer to their working relationship as "our collaboration."
Fanny explains: "Basta ako, dinadamitan ko siya sa mga showbiz functions niya. Mga awards night... barong-barong...
"Siya naman, pag nagpupunta dito at nakita kong may suot siyang pantalon, halimbawa, na ang style at fit ay swak sa kanya, sinasabihan ko na iwan na niya. Then, I copy the fit. Ginagawan ko ng pattern para next time, magagawan ko siya ng similar.
"Ang batang 'yan, malalaman mo na gusto o ayaw ang suot—kahit hindi magsabi, ha—sa mukha o kaya sa bodily gestures."
For this special YES! shoot, Fanny says Geoff got so excited that he made an extra effort to try the South Beach Diet. Fanny assures us: "Nako, hintayin ninyong ma-trim pa lalo 'yan. Lalong ang guwapo."
Again, for this shoot, Fanny says he made Geoff act. And Geoff happily obliged.
"Sabi ko, ‘Hindi basta pictorial ito, ha. Aarte ka, kasi gagawan ko ng istorya.' Tutal kako, siya naman ang hot na young leading man ngayon, so gagawin kong soap opera fashion itong shoot."
And this is how the Fanny-Geoff collaboration turned out—simply dramatic.