Our Philosophy

Change the World, One Story at a Time has been the company battle cry of Overmind since it’s inception. This slogan is the distillation of the beliefs and values developed by the community derived from the teachings of one of their mentors, the late film legend Marilou Diaz-Abaya.

 

The ideal is bold but we recognize that we have the tools and the means to make it happen—we have story which is a natural art found within all of us. Overmind commits to employing this ancient artform in transforming lives of individuals and organization and to teaching this artform to as many preachers as possible.

 

Story is a very powerful human invention to help us survive, grow, and expand horizons. Overmind sees Story as the core of all its products and as the main driver of innovation and corporate culture.

Our History

Overmind began in 2012, in a small garage in Mandaluyong, when a group of friends led by X Vallez was approached by the Ayala Foundation to create two series of videos for their Text 2 Teach initiative with the Department of Education. As film professionals affiliated with the recently-closed Marilou Diaz-Abaya Film Institute came streaming into the group, Overmind grew into a production company. We functioned as a production company for a year, shooting AVP’s and commercials, including one for LBC that garnered industry attention.

 

In the projects we took outside of advertising, clients have come to value our storytelling acumen as well as our production capacity. This was especially true with NGO clients like REID and USAID, for whom Overmind personnel were employed as consultants. This began the company’s shift towards creative and strategic consulting.

 

Having developed creative content for clients such as Fox Philippines and the Supreme Court of the Philippines, and having consulted for clients such as the Department of Transportation and the Department of Tourism, Overmind is confident in the skill and experience of its consultants as it completes its shift into a storytelling company that focuses on creative and strategic consulting.  

Our Core People

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X Vallez

is a multi-awarded poet, playwright, and director. He finished his Masters Degrees in Information Technology, Humanities, and Business Economics at the University of Asia and the Pacific. After working for a decade in the film industry under the late film legend Marilou Diaz-Abaya, he founded Overmind, where he aims to bring together his knowledge in these varied fields to preach the art of storytelling as a framework for strategic thinking and organizational development.

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Ian Amane

is a composer and filmmaker. After he finished his Bachelors in the Humanities at the University of Asia and the Pacific, he studied film scoring under the multi-awarded composer Nonong Buencamino. He was Overmind’s COO and CFO for several years before finally taking on the leadership of the company as its CEO in 2018. Ian also works as a financial consultant for several start-ups and continues to develop tools and frameworks in building teams and improving project management practices in organizations.

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Jonathan Guillermo

is a playwright, historian, and filmmaker. He graduated from the University of Asia and the Pacific with a Bachelor’s Degree in the Humanities. He is a three-time Carlos Palanca Awardee for Literature and currently serves as Overmind’s Chief Marketing Officer. He recently penned the screenplay to a collaboration between Overmind, Fox Philippines, and Unitel Pictures, under the direction of Mark Meily entitled “Maledicto” which comes out in theaters in 2019.

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Greg Rodriguez III

is an internationally acclaimed sound designer and filmmaker. He finished his certificate in Directing Motion Pictures at the Marilou Diaz-Abaya Film Institute and Arts Center. Greg is currently the Chief Operations Officer of Overmind. He also continues to practice storytelling in other fields especially in Theater where he still actively designs and consults for production and technical design projects. He also continues to teach the art of filmmaking and documentary filmmaking to young people.

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Aje Alfonso

is one of our youngest storytellers, even though he's been part of an award-winning post-production team. His combined information technology and digital storytelling skill sets make sure that our content can thrive in any platform.

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Neil Bat-og

is a young cinematographer and photographer who also carries some experience in finance. His management of our project and internal finances, along with his visual storytelling acumen, ensures the efficiency and viability of our storytelling process.

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JP Nazareno

is an experienced sound production veteran and developing film director. His keen creative insight and production experience keeps our storytelling work flow efficient.

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JJ Rimando

is a development consulting veteran with experience working with USAID and local government and non-government agencies. His long theater experience adds a storytelling layer to his development consulting.