MJ Racadio the Blogger during Billboard Philippines Successful Launched.
Frances the Reviewer
Frances with Gab of Urbandub
Frances enjoying the musc
with Mr. C
with Elmo Magalona
Your ultimate go-to for the world’s most popular charts, videos, events, and music news is now in the Philippines! Since the 1950’s, Billboard has been the authority in the music industry. It is the standard record chart in the United States (and eventually internationally) for global singles. To celebrate Billboard’s presence here in the Philippines, #BillboardPH and Ayala Malls are holding three events this month called #BBPHPlaySound: The BillboardPH Music Trip. The first one was held last May 13-14 at Trinoma Activity Center. There will be another one this weekend at Alabang Town Center.
Live Coverage of Blogtalk with MJ Racadio with #FrancestheReviewer
Luckily for the #BlogTalkWithMJRacadio Team, we were invited to celebrate and witness the ribbon cutting ceremony last Saturday, May 20 at the Glorietta Activity Center. The event was attended by big names in the local music industry such as Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, Elmo Magalona, Gab Alipe of Urbandub and Tutti Caringal of 6CycleMind plus Louis Xavier up and coming pop artist. According to the #BlogTalk interview with the Mr. Cayabyab, chart rankings are based on physical and digital sales, radio play and YouTube streaming.
The event was full of celebrities, upbeat music, sweet Billboard chocolate lollipops, and many more! There was definitely no shortage of fun that afternoon.
MJ Racadio Interviewing Legendary Mr. Ryan Cayabyab
#FrancesTheReviewer interviewing Elmo Magalona
Below are clips from our interviews with Mr. Ryan Cayabyab, Elmo Magalona, and Gab Alipe of Urbandub.
(May 24, 2017) When she was 4, she used to name all of her shoes. Never had she imagined naming her own brand of shoes, fast forward to more than 20 years later.
She started making a living at a very young age. From Marikina, they moved to Mindanao (Butuan City). There, she recalls selling hair clips as early as 11. At 10, she was selling stationeries in school, and pinasugbo (a local delicacy) a year later, to have an extra on top of her daily allowance.
At 17, back to Marikina for college, together with a friend, she would post photos of foot wears and sell them online through Multiply (a social media giant that time). A journey she would later on continue by herself, due to some circumstances. That’s where all the magic started.
She reminisced some of the most unforgettable moments when she was starting on her own. During that time in the Philippines, only few people knew about an online market, and the main communication medium was only through text. Today, almost everyone can sell almost anything and can be reached out on Facebook.
None of us would have made it like her — a nursing student with an iconic all-white uniform and neat hair bun rummaging stalls and put-up-stores along the sidewalks of Marikina, knocking on the doors of shoe factories, saying, “hello po, ako si Via Galang, may online shop po ako, nagtitinda po ako ng sapatos” (“hello, I’m Via Galang, I have an online shop where I sell shoes”). She is nothing but an epitome of a bold, and brave persona. And because of that, she finally had a shoe factory “to-go-to”.
The owner was generous enough to let her take pictures of all the shoes, however this time, she could not do reservations, so she should buy the items outright. With a limited budget as a student, she could only afford one pair of shoes to start with.
She recalled one of the most beautiful items on her list. It was the Gretchen shoes which is (according to the factory owner) designed by the famous Filipino actress Gretchen Barreto. It was only available in black, and red, and since it was in demand, the factory only had limited stocks of it. The shoes remind her of her bitter-sweet experience while she was embarking her journey into shoe-selling. It’s through these shoes that her perseverance, and determination was tested.
In an extraordinary afternoon, she had to meet a client in Sta. Mesa who ordered Gretchen shoes. The rain was pouring real hard; the flood was already on the waist level while walking to the destination. She was on the way to V. Mapa Station when she had to carry her school bag all the way to the top of her head, for the shoes were there, while the flooding was persistent which then reached chest level. Her mind was saying “huwag lang mabasa ang shoes” (“the shoes should not get wet, no matter what happens”). She had to do that so she wouldn’t have to spend another penny for another pair, since part of her savings out of the school allowance was spent for it. She was thinking that’s probably the last pair in her bag right there. “It was the most difficult delivery I had to do” she said.
From then on, she gained a lot of followers and resellers. “I was the first seller of Marikina shoes online before. The factories did not have online accounts, there was no Facebook. If you find the same type of shoes sold in Multiply, I was the supplier, and the pictures on their page were from me” she said. She had more than a hundred resellers/clients from Mindanao, Vizayas, and Luzon.
Her venture continued until she graduated from College and she was able to buy herself a better camera phone that she’d been dreaming of. In the hopes of expanding her inventory, she would get Korean sandals from Muslim sellers in the basement of Farmer’s Market. She had a huge competitor selling imported shoes from China and Korea, and she also tried to sign up and import shoes from the same suppliers. “I think the market wants to have different designs, so while I don’t have the budget to create and design my own, I’d just be everybody’s reseller” she said.
She was a writer/copywriter in a company, when Multiply died. When she changed her career path, the shoe business led to a full stop. That was May, 2012. All the while she thought that the shoe-selling journey would stop from there, but no.
She would recollect glimpse of difficulties in importing, versus selling locally made shoes. According to her, there was not a lot of earning because of tax and payables in customs. “The designs are really nice, and if ever it gets manufactured in Marikina, it would be way cheaper. Since I am already living in the Shoe Capital of the Philippines, I feel like I have to take advantage of that” she said. That’s when her fascination of designing her own shoe collection started. Little did she know that this would turn into a reality in the next coming years.
In December 2015, she met her Prince (John, now her fiancé). Like a fairytale story, there would be moments full of sparkles, and moments that are too tough to handle. This chapter of her story made her realize that in creating a masterpiece, one doesn’t just need perseverance and determination, but also people that could be trusted; the ones that won’t let nor bring you down, through thick or thin.
In 2016, amazed by her compelling stories, John motivated her to continue what she has always wanted. He introduced her to the very first client who needed 37 pairs of shoes (same style and color) for an event in one of the known Universities in the Metro. This was when she made her very first shoe design. She signed up simply because she wouldn’t want to turn her first ever clients down. She found a shoe factory owned by a family friend who was willing to her design and get the job done just 3 weeks from the day of the event. “I was assured” she said, so she trusted.
The event was to be held on the 19th of May, however, the most painful part of the story set in — the factory sent the items a day late from the promised delivery date. Worst, that was morning of the very day before the event, with only 9 pairs finished. “We had to magically create 28 pairs a day before the event. I was already bad shot with my client because I was supposed to deliver the items on the 17th” she said. What a very unpredictable villainous plot by that factory.
But in the dark times, Via has always found her calmness through her very own fairy god mother (her Mom, Gina). Afternoon of the same day, she asked for an early out (from work) to meet her mom. “Whenever I have problems, I always tell it to my mom, because she always has a solution” she added. Hours later they had bags of 28 pairs of shoes sourced from different malls from Cubao all the way to Ortigas. She had spent more than what she prepared for, not thinking about the profit, but the commitment and promise she made.
Sad to say, her mom never got to see some of the latest designs after the first one. In January 2017, she passed away. When asked about her mom being an inspiration, she said “I am what I am now because of her, and my taste is greatly influenced by her” she said.
This May, just in time for the very 1st anniversary of Versaheel (her very own shoe-brand), she met MJ Racadio (a long time Publicist of the famous Filipino Eco-couture fashion designer John Ablaza). Both of them was in an event of the famous designer Francis Libiran. She never thought of meeting brilliant designers and some of the notable celebrities in Fashion and Entertainment industry. Days after, Ms. Jaclyn Jose (the 2016 Cannes Film Fest Best Actress) got her first ever Versaheel pair. A whirlwind experience she couldn’t believe up to now. “I was not planning to do something like this a week ago. So this opened my mind, and made me think of going out more often, just try new things.”
“For new designers, just play with colors, play with fabrics, do not produce shoes that are already out there. If you want to be distinct, you must take inspiration from your own personality” her answer when I asked her thoughts about aspiring shoe designers.
When asked about her own flavor she’s putting in her design, she said “I want my shoes to be the outfit. Even if you’re wearing sako (sack) or what, when you have my shoes, you stand out. Shoe is every period in your fashion statement. It pulls everything together. I want to be known as Via Galang, the girl in better shoes.”
Nice shoes indeed take us to beautiful places, but it’s us, our perseverance, our determination, our talent, and right people who believe in us take part in most of our accomplishments.
(May 23, 2017) After 30 years in the fashion industry, Philippines’ First eco-couture designer John Ablaza, there is no sign of slowing down. Before flying to New York, he spent many hours in creating those mini-couture collection. In May 20, 2017, Ablaza finally revealed the Le Petite Couture during 30 years behind-the-seams at the Amar Estate.
Ablaza said “I am really proud to present to the world my ” Le Petite Couture ” a collection of about 30 pcs miniature Couture Gowns done 90 percent by hand in 100 days.
I am dedicating this creation to women who matters and each piece will be named after those whose been a part of my 30 seamless and very challenging journey in fashion. This is also my humble contribution to the fashion industry. Will eventually launch this as a traveling exhibit that I intend to showcase in important cities around the world.”
Most fashion shows focuses in Glamour however, John Ablaza 30 years behind the seams more on the charity, whom Ablaza close to his heart especially the less fortunate communities from Zimbabwe to Kenya.
Apart from this, the people who made the fashion show possible were the organizers, models, photographers, media, volunteers, make-up artist, sponsors. Special mention to Helsey Lubiano of CHHC Event Planning and Operations, the Productions Agency: Ronnie and Nanette, the Same Family, Chris Labaco, show director.
Photo credits: Marcie Concepcion, Elton Lugay, Bernadette Semple, Myra Mrowicki and J Rhoda Taduran and Darren Lee.
Opening Remarks by Aquino-Thomas before the Fashion Show
Humble Beginnings of “Blogtalk with MJ Racadio”
by Viva Alvaro-Galvez
(May 07, 2017) While others choose to work outside home, few choose to do the opposite. Out of the few, some do it for convenience, some do it to balance work and family relationship, but someone just make the most out of it – started conquering the world and inspiring hundreds of thousands of people in the comfort of home.
He was born in Pangasinan, and as a teenager, leaving his hometown for United States was quite easy, with his dreams in mind and heart. He had a dream of making it into Hollywood. Growing up, he always knew he had to do something to fulfill it. He believed and continuously believe in every posibility and so he lived and is still living these dreams.
Graduating from Business Management in University of Phoenix was just the beginning of an amazing journey. When he moved to Los Angeles, it was as if the world calls out his name, turning his dreams into an overwhelming reality.
From being a Recording Artist to a Publicist, a PR expert, an Event Organizer/Producer, a Red Carpet reporter in Hollywood and Fashion runways, to being the Social Media Reporter of the Year (2016) awarded by Filipino American Press Club of California.
He has indeed mastered the art of persistency and passion that never fail to get him through wonderful doors and paths, all on the way to the promise of his dreams.
In an interview, he said it took him a while to notice that he is already living his dreams. When asked about his thoughts about leaving Pangasinan as a teenager, he said “I have been always fascinated with Hollywood growing-up, and when I moved to Los Angeles, I got to live the dream, I would always remember my first red carpet in Hollywood.”
And it indeed just doesn’t stop there. In April, 2014, he tried to come up with something that has never been done before. That’s when the first ever America’s First Fil-Am Hollywood Entertainment Podcasting Show — Blogtalk with MJ Racadio.
He’s now celebrating three years of wonderful episodes married into the power of social media. He said “my vision is clear, and that is to empower and inspire one person at a time, Filipino and Fil-Americans alike through my platform which is the Blogtalk.”
When asked about some of the most memorable interviews during the first season of the show, he would highlight some of the most influencial Fil-Am personalities who have made their marks inn Hollywood. To name some we have Hollywood writers Janet and Ruben Nepales. He even recalled the moment when he got invited by the power couple to Hollywood, and he said “Is this happening?” Because according to him, they usually interview the biggest stars in the planet. Some of the notable interviews he had for the show include 2015 Ms. Universe Pia Wurtzbach, the famous Filipino Balladeer and the first ever Filipino to win WCOPA world grand champion title Jed Madela, to matinee idols Alden Richards and Dennis Trillo.
He never fails to acknowledge the people behind the show’s continuous success. “I thank God for the knowledge he has given me, my Executive Producer Mariebeth Racadio for providing me a never ending support, and of course, my family, my followers, and my friends. Because without them, Blogtalk would not be possible.”
“It’s been a long 3-year journey. I am going to continue as long as I can find someone whom I think is capable of inspiring others. I will try my very best to invite important people for an interview in Blogtalk. As long as I have the resources, and the ability to do it, I will do it, and I will do it for the rest of my life,” he said.
A Masterpiece of Eco-Couture Gowns and Bow-Tie Design Creations
The fashion press hailed his collection last December 2016 New York show, a success! Now, an offer to take the ultimate fashion show experience to the next level is on as he presents the intricacies of his 30 years behind the seams.
International Fashion Designer John Ablaza is showcasing his masterpieces from old to new in an exceptional anthology fashion show experience – John Ablaza 30 Years Behind the Seams NY 2017 on May 20th, 2017. His awe-inspiring collections have graced the runways of Hong Kong, Singapore, Bahrain, Sydney, Belgium, Toronto, London, Arizona, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Zimbabwe and another come back to New York City.
The Amar Estate ( 8 Sgt Schwarz Court, Stony Point, NY) 6 pm Red Carpet 7 pm Gala Fashion Show
his inspiration – nature /his mission – to help people / his vision – to bring fashion and culture together
John is an “eco-fashion” designer specializing in fabricating garments using sustainable, local materials like seeds bark reeds and coconut shells. While working with The Mangyan Tribe of the Philippines, together they came up with new ideas to use native sustainable materials in his designs while the Mangyans build a better future for their families.
With 30 Years Behind The Seams NY 2017, the fashion show will be quite a revelation as it gathers 150 VIP guests from New York’s most influential circles, celebrity appearances and partner with several media companies to cover this prestigious VIP ONLY cocktail gala.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE BACK
Expanding his reach of beneficiaries, the Toto Love Orphanage, Kenya and Make-A-Wish Foundation (501c3 nonprofit) – chosen beneficiary of our partner-venue, The Amar Estate.
It is this shared value that we desire to partner with the press and media channels to help spread the word about towards the success of this fashion show for a cause.
Coordinated by Helsey Lubiano of CHHC Event Planning & Operations and The Productions Agency.
In collaboration with: Portables Unlimited, The Filipino Assiociation of Rockland NY, Blogtalk with MJRacadio (Official Blogger/Publicist), The Amar Estate, Alex Tupaz Photography, Michael Maniago Photography and Jhenny Evans Photography
(Los Angeles, May 04, 2017) – Becca Godinez – actress, singer/songwriter, producer/director – makes a much anticipated return to the concert stage with “Me, Myself & Music” on Saturday, May 20 in Hollywood. The intimate show, which highlights songs that have influenced the artist through the years, serves as Becca’s one-woman debut at the legendary Catalina Jazz Club. While Becca has performed in numerous musical concerts in recent years (“Apl.de.ap Takes You to the Philippines” at the Hollywood Bowl and “Jazzmopolitan” at the Ford Amphitheater, to name a few), the Catalina engagement marks the first time in over seven years she will take the microphone as a solo artist.
“After 2009, I performed with other artists – perhaps because it was safer that way,” muses Becca. “I was returning to the concert stage after an absence and not having to singularly carry a show was easier. Sharing an act allowed me the chance to stretch, to rediscover what I could do stylistically and vocally and I began to grow into the entertainer that I wanted to be. Appearing in a solo concert on that [Catalina] stage will be a feather on my cap, for sure. I like being close to the audience – to reach out and Catalina is the perfect venue for that.”
“Me, Myself & Music” will present an eclectic mix of songs and musical genres covering everything from Brazilian jazz, to contemporary pop to acapella music. There will even be some original music that Becca will be presenting for the first time. “The audience will hear my voice – my choice of songs – the kind of music that I have loved – music that has influenced my song choices and styles. There will be no frills – just five musicians and me. I will be able to show all facets of my music and all the crazy sides of me.”
A portion of the concert proceeds will benefit two needy charities that Becca is personally involved with – Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) (introduced to Becca by friend Ted Benito) and her own library system she developed in the Philippines that benefit children. “I have always leaned towards advocacies for children,” explains Becca. “CHLA is a true friend to children and their health care needs. They rely on the generosity of philanthropists to support patient care and as well do research that could positively impact all children today and in the future. In the Philippines, God opened avenues that allowed me to establish four childrens’ libraries to date. All of these are located in financially depressed areas. It was my dream but must confess that I did not do it alone. It is a humble but successful effort. I believe any child – given equal educational opportunities – can better or even surpass the successes of those who have been given an easier lot in life.”
As special guests for the evening, Becca will welcome the Philippine Chamber Singers (PCS), the chorale ensemble under the direction of Gelo Francisco. “I love them; I love their immense talents individually and as a whole and, I love the varied song styles they tackle,” said Becca. “I love hearing the coming together of musical chords. I saw PCS perform at the Disney Concert Hall last year and thought…’gosh I’d like to harmonize with that talented group!’”
The veteran performer, who got her start in Manila in television and in musical theater, will also give a musical nod to those genres as part of the evening’s repertoire. “There’s a big difference between a concert, musical theater and television. Musical theatre is scripted; performing in a musical allows me to sing but it is as a fictitious character,” says Becca. “It is similar with television. I hosted several of my own TV shows in Manila, but in the end, it is also scripted in a way as to please a specifically themed hour that involves guests, dancers, interviews, etc. A solo concert is freeing. I get to choose songs that could be random, funny, crazy – a mash up of musical styles and it is my raw heart that is offered to the audience.”
GODinUs Music presents
BECCA GODINEZ: “ME, MYSELF & MUSIC”
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Catalina Jazz Club
6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
Two Item minimum or dinner per person
(not included with ticket price)
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Show at 8:30 pm
Club Parking Available: $6
Supporting CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES
To learn more about CHLA visit www.chla.org
“Me, Myself & Music” is a sentimental journey of songs from the American songbook, contemporary rock & pop and Broadway that have touched Becca Godinez’s heart and soul through the years. Becca Godinez is an award-winning, exciting, contemporary vocalist and singer/songwriter who brings a pastiche of music – Brazilian bossa, Broadway classics, modern pop, soft rock, jazz and Christian – punctuated by her unique and innovative interpretation. As an international artist, Becca has performed in Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Manila and at major venues including the Hollywood Bowl and the Ford Amphitheater. “Me, Myself & Music” marks Becca’s Catalina Jazz Club debut.