Cecilio Asuncion

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Cecilio Asuncion
Born Manila
Residence San Francisco, California
Nationality Filipino-American
Occupation Director, producer, filmmaker
Years active 2012–present

Cecilio Asuncion is a Filipino-American director, producer, and filmmaker best known for the being the director of What's the T?, a documentary focused on five transgender women.[1][2]


Originally from Manila,[3] Asuncion attended Ateneo De Manila Grade School and High School. He started his career by being an assistant production designer for television commercials under the tutelage of Gayl Vicente doing work for clients such as Johnson's Baby Powder, Hallmark cards, and San Miguel Beer. He also did production design work on a music video for the artist Jaya and then was appointed as Art Director and food stylist for the now-defunct Taste Magazine, a culinary magazine.

Asuncion is the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Filipino-American award for LGBT advocacy.[4][5]

He currently resides in San Francisco.

What's The T?

What’s the T?, edited by Israel Luna and released in 2014, is a documentary that explores the challenges, successes, and lives of five transgender women.[6][7]

The film features Cassandra Cass, Nya Ampon,[8] Rakash Armani, Vi Le, and Mia Tu Mutch.[9] The ladies featured in What’s the T? show the success and happiness for which all transgender women can aspire. After numerous interviews with potential cast members, Asuncion selected these particular ladies because of their stories that dispel the world’s misconceptions about life as lived by transgender women.[10] Film staff representation is handled by Ostrow and Company, while the film is distributed by Eye Films Releasing.

All proceeds from the premiere of the film went to Trans: Thrive, a non-profit clinic for transgender women in San Francisco, under the Asian and Pacific Islander Coalition against HIV and AIDS.[11]

The film has been an official selection of several film festivals including the Vegas Indie Film Fest, SoHo International Film Festival, Pensacola Lesbian & Gay Film Festival,[12] Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Cinema Diverse Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in Palm Springs, Asians on Film Festival in Hollywood,[13] and Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco.[14] The film was voted Festival Favorite Cinema Diverse at the Palm Springs LGBT International Film Festival.


  1. "Beyond Transition: Documentaries Capture Rich, Complex Transgender Lives" Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-3-21.
  2. "Out Attractions: What’s The T?" Our Hollywood. Retrieved 2013-3-21.
  3. "Two Pinoys in US produce film on transgenders" GMA News. Retrieved 2013-3-21.
  4. "Congratulations to all the TOFA-NY 2012 Winners" Retrieved 2013-3-21.
  5. "New York fetes 12 Outstanding Fil-Ams" Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2014-3-21.
  6. "L.A. Outfest: Bridging the Hollywood Gap for Latino Filmmakers" Adelante. Retrieved 2013-3-21.
  7. "What’s the T?, A New Film Documentary Film, Follows the Lives of Five Transgender Women" Gay Calgary. Retrieved 2013-3-21.
  8. "Nya Ampon: Internationalizing Transpinay" Outrage. Retrieved 2014-3-21.
  9. "Meet the Women of What's the T?" OutThere. Retrieved 2014-3-21.
  10. "All about the 'T'" Outrage. Retrieved 2014-3-21.
  11. "WHAT’S THE T?" OutThere. Retrieved 2014-3-21.
  12. "Movies that Matter" IN Weekly. Retrieved 2014-3-21.
  13. "Pinoy filmmakers stand out at Asians on Film Festival" Asian Journal. Retrieved 2013-3-21.
  14. "The Truth About the New Documentary, 'What’s The T?'" Progressive Pulse. Retrieved 2013-3-21.

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