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Victoria Canon Interview

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What age did you start wushu?

I started Wushu at the age of 8. My father sent me to a wushu gym in Binondo, Manila. This gym is not connected to the Wushu Federation. My father wanted me to learn martial arts because he is a martial artist too. My father was also a karate instructor for the longest period of time. Then I enjoyed practicing wushu rather than karate.

TV Series “Bagani” 2018. Victoria Canon is stunt double of Liza Soberano.

Why did you choose wushu to train?
I loved practicing it, it’s fun. I learned to become more flexible and to be more graceful. I saw people practicing at the gym that can jump high like a ninja. I was amazed and excited to join them.

What are your favorite weapons or events to perform in wushu?

My forms are changquan, dao, and gunshu. I love all of that but my favorite one is the daoshu. I like how Dao routine is executed by putting power in the movements and is beautiful for me.

Stunt double of Vallin Montenegro in “Mang Kepweng Returns” in 2016.
TV series La Luna Sangre. Stunt double of Ina Reymundo.

What college did you go to?

I went into the corporate world after I finished my degree as an office administrator. I also had a chance to teach in school as a teacher, but my body and interest fill me on this side. I gave up my work in the government office to become a stunt woman, to work in the film. The funny thing was I saw interesting things in there and I’m following what my body wants. There are no regrets because I believe that true success is when you love what you are doing when you are satisfied and content with what you’ve done or what you are doing in your life.

The Trigonal

How did you get into stunts and acting?

Opportunity comes. my friend in martial arts is a stuntman he asked me if I’m okay to do stunts, to be a stunt double of the actress in a movie. After those people know that I can do stunts so they called me if they need a female stunt woman or a talent for the film.

The Trigonal

What are your favorite films you worked on?

The movie “The Trigonal” is memorable for me. I learned new things with the stunt group of Sarah Chang and they taught me many things. We choreographed the fight scenes, assisted the actors and actresses, taught them their fight number or fight scenes. We did The Trigonal for about two and a half months in Bacolod. I had a role in that movie as a Chinese best friend of Mei which is Sarah. I also trained how to be an actress and how to act and express myself.

Premiere The Trigonal

What kind of training do you do to keep up in shape for stunts?

For stunts especially, if you have a team or a group, they allow us to train every week 2x a week for your body to be ready in urgent calls. Training of fight scenes like punches, kicks, jerking, flips, reactions of being hurt, rolling, cartwheel, falling, jumping, harness. From basic to advanced then basic to difficult one. So awareness and presence of mind are always important.

Stunts

What is your strength and conditioning plan for stunts?

I practice every week even without a project, but if there’s a project I spend more than 2 hours of training in a day and two to three times a day in a week.

Stunt double for Kathryn Bernardo in the TV series La Luna Sangre.

What is your nutritional plan you use for training?

Heavy breakfast is not my usual thing. My stomach does not like a heavy meal in the morning. So for my nutrition plan I love a lot of fruits, I ate veggies, fish, chicken, eggs, bread, and vitamins. If I’m preparing for a project I need to eat healthily. I need to have discipline with food, I do more strict counting calories or the timing of my meals.

Wire work.

How would you describe working on set with cast and crew?

Working on the set is different from working in the office or other fields. My job as a stunt woman is so risky, it’s not an easy job. It’s a commitment to action. If you don’t listen to what your body needs or wants, your life is in danger, you may get more injuries from it. It’s a matter of being aware of what is happening around you.

Your ability in doing the tasks you really can or not. In the film industry, you need to be kind as always in all of the people from the director, assistant director, crew, staff, co-actors, talents. Many of them are easily irritated because of the demand for work, lack of sleep, all are sleepless, they work 24/7 and all are tired. Normally, I understand that’s why I’m always kind and humble in anywhere I am.

Beautiful Justice
Crime Investigation Asia

What are the goals you are developing in your career?

My goal now is to learn more things in this craft. To experience new things that I did not yet know. To continue what I’m doing now and collaborate with other people who have the same interests. To travel to other countries and meet cool stunt people.

Justine Agaloos is a National USA Wushu Taolu Judge and was on the 2017 U.S.A. Traditional Wushu Team. Agaloos works full time as a Systems Analyst. With her extra time, Agaloos currently travels to domestic and international wushu tournaments.