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A creative artist/mentor/disc jockey International Independent Recording/Producer/Songwriter/Entrepreneur MJ Racadio took advantage of technology to broadcast his latest show called Blogtalk with MJRacadio- think blogging meets podcasting. The show concepts are providing quick tips from time management to how to budget your money? as well as live interviews from Broadway publicist to Hollywood Foreign Press, celebrities, and new discovery talents. In addition, #BlogtalkwithMJRacadio premiered April 26, 2014 powered by Soundcloud App already reached Season 6 (More 100 Episodes). After four years, Blogtalk created another segment called #BlogtalkHollywood over iTunes, Spotify, Anchor FM and other major podcasts platform.

4th Impact- Their 1st Interview in the USA and The Dreamers

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4th Impact – Their 1st Interview in the USA and The Dreamers

By Mark Daniels
On Saturday April 25th, 2020, 4th Impact made their 1st interview appearance in the United States on Blogtalk Hollywood, with Host MJ Racadio and Co-Host Mark Daniels (aka: DJ M).

The purpose of the interview was to introduce 4th Impact to a new audience within the United States, and to promote their 1st original song K(no)w More.
It was a special interview as 4th Impact opened up and shared their thoughts and feelings on many topics.
To commerate the fact that this was 4th Impact’s 1st interview in the USA with Blogtalk Hollywood, the interview also included questions from their Patreon account, submitted by the fans of 4th Impact who are affectionately known as Dreamers.
4th Impact is a singing group of 4 sisters: Almira, Irene, Mylene, and Celina Cercado.
They began their singing career in 2001.
The girls were singing anywhere they could, and as the years went by they also performed in many competitions.
4th Impact (formerly known as 4th Power, changed their group name due to copyright reasons), rose to fame in 2015 when at the suggestion of a fan they tried out for X-Factor UK.
They made it to the finals and became known throughout Europe and in many parts of the world, including the United States.
The debut video of the 4th Impact on X-Factor UK has reached over 160 million views at the time of this article.
4th Impacts YouTube Channel currently has over 500K Subscriptions.
The girls began the interview on Blogtalk Hollywood by talking about how they were trying to make the best of the quarantine during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Almira shared that with the quarantine in place in the Philippines, she was taking the opportunity to practice more.
Celina added that they were focusing on building their Patreon account, working out and staying fit and healthy.
While laughing Almira shared that her dog Chanel had just given birth to 6 puppies (5 boys and 1 girl) and they had stayed up the previous night until 4am in the morning.
Celina stated “I’m the editor for the vlogs…for now.  I spend more time now with my puppies because every time we have a gig we are so busy we don’t have time to take care of them, so now I put more of my time to play with them and feed them.”
Later in the interview, Mylene discussed something that she loves to do in her free time.
“I love to cook…and I love to eat,” Mylene said laughing.
“She (Mylene) has this specialty.. in LA.”  Irene said, “the boiling crabs.  So delicious. Like the spicy shrimp.”
“Irene is good with Korean dishes,” Almira admitted.
When talking about how 4th Impact came up with the sound for their 1st original single K(no)w More, and who influenced them, Irene had this to say, “We have a lot of influences, but we focused on our own story.”
Laughing Mylene said, “Our own makeup story.”
Irene then added,  “We wanted to deliver 4th Impact sound in this original song which is somewhat like’ Bang, Bang’ with the harmonies.  Actually, we were so nervous that people will not like it because people would be expecting a ballad.”
Almira agreed. “And they would have a high expectation of us.”
Now that 4th Impacts 1st original song ‘K(no)w More’ has been released, the girls took a moment to reflect on their journey from 2001 up until this moment.
Irene thoughtfully had this to say about their journey, “Actually there are sometimes that um..we as 4th Impact we really have time to talk about our dreams and our goals in life, and whenever we look back, we see ourselves like we have achieved a lot already in this time, since 2001, and we can’t believe that everything had happened after a lot of challenges we have encountered in life.”
Almira had this to say about their emotions during their journey to this point:  “Talking about emotions, I think we were very emotional as sisters.
We always cry in all our interviews as you can see.
And looking back from here, having our own song which is independently released from our family and from the friends and those fans who have supported us, it’s been a big challenge.
And sometimes we were laughing and crying at the same time.
We were like where are we going now?
When we look back where we started as simple kids from Isabella without nothing but just dreams, we were kinda like ‘ Hey this is it,’ because from the rock bottom and now we are here and the Dreamers are looking up to us, and they said they were inspired by us and we feed on that and we take that as inspiration to move forward and never stop.”
Irene said “And just like Mylene always tells us, that life is improving. Life is changing.  We are just so grateful for all the blessing were are receiving.”
“We are so grateful for all of our Dreamers also,” said Mylene.
A week prior to the interview, members of 4th Impacts Patreon account were asked if they would like to ask 4th Impact a question, to submit their questions to the Patreon account or to the host of Blogtalk Hollywood: MJ Racadio and/or Co-host Mark Daniels (aka:DJ M).
The love and support by the fans (Dreamers) of 4th Impact became very evident the week leading up to the interview.
Both MJ Racadio and Mark Daniels were bombarded by countless messages by the Dreamers.
Many messages from the Dreamers were touching and heartwarming, while countless more were showing love, prayers, and support for 4th Impact.
Many Dreamers opened up to share their personal stories about 4th Impact, while a few shared how the group had gotten them through their own struggles and challenges. So many more shared their hopes and dreams for the future of 4th Impact. Peter, a longtime Dreamer from the USA shared “I’ve been a Dreamer since that faithful night in 2015 on X-Factor UK.  I’ve been a supporter of them ever since.”
Kimball Miller had one of the most commonly stated thoughts from the Dreamers when he shared “I hope we can get them to come to the USA for a show.  I love these girls.”
After the interview aired, Harold Kelly offered a deeper explanation as to why the Dreamers were so happy to play an active part and being asked to share their thoughts and ask questions as part of the interview.
“I wanted to thank you for asking my question (during the interview). Not just because I felt like part of the Dreamer Nation, but because you (MJ and Mark) provided what was missing.
When they were in the UK for X-Factor, we Dreamers that knew them before that show, and the Dreamers from the Philippines were not able to vote or voice our support because the way X-Factor works it only allows voting from within the UK.  So we were hurt and we felt left out.  By including the Dreamers voices, questions, and feelings as a part of your interview you filled that void.”
And now with their Patreon account, 4th Impact has found a way to still perform and more directly connect with their fans in a personal way.
When asked about their fans, lovingly referred to as Dreamers, Irene said,  “Actually we were debating what name we will choose for our fans, our supporters.”
Almira added, “When we started on X-Factor UK we are 4th Impact, we wanted to call them 4th Impactors.
We debate on words like that.”
Laughing Mylene added  “Impactors!!!”
With a big smile, Almira continued “We based it on us who are also Dreamers, and we ended up calling them Dreamers.”
“Because I think 4th Impactors is kinda funny to hear it,” Irene said.
Almira shared “What is special for me is I spend my spare time reading because the Dreamers send me a lot of music business books.”
“It is really inspiring,” agreed Irene.
Almira agreed and continued, “Yes, I really learned a lot because this is what we really wanted.  This is our passion.  So I would think being the oldest it’s my responsibility too because we are working with a lot of people in the future.  So this quarantine time is a good time to learn something new about the craft we are working on.”
Irene nodded “She (Almira) is getting smarter and smarter, and she is sharing it to us,  like…”
With a mischievous twinkle in her eye and a smile on her face, Mylene quickly added: “Like.. she is getting smarter …and getting fatter!”
With that comment, all the girls burst into laughter.
When it comes to the hard work that goes into the complex arrangements when recording a cover of a song that 4th Impact releases on their Youtube page ‘4th Impact Music’ Irene revealed, “It depends on the content that we are doing.  Usually if its a song cover, we practice it for 3 days, then record it. And then Celina or Kuya Jake will edit it. And then we upload it.”
Almira said “So overall the average is 1 week.”
“But the simple Vlog is the easiest.”  Added Celina.
Looking towards the future Almira said “It is one of our dreams to collaborate with international artists, as well as artists here in the Philippines.  So given the opportunity, we’d really love to.”
One of the most common questions submitted by the Dreamers for the interview was when the 4th Impact will release their 1st full album?
Almira replied, “We are trying our best to finish it for next year. We are trying to get more songs to finish the whole album.”
Lots of hits, doing live music, and a world tour was also some more of the future goals of 4th Impact in the next 5 years.
But there was one goal that stood out that was very special and close to the hearts of 4th Impact.
“One of our visions,” said Almira, “is to have a performing arts school here in the Philippines.”
“We wanted to help those young people like us” added Irene.
“Because when we competed in Korea before (2014)” continued Almira, “in SSK6 we remembered how the Government supports the K-Pop system and they have this school, and they have this room where you can just stay there and just sing and just practice and I think the Philippines need to have more of that. So we are praying for that.”
At the conclusion of the interview 4th impact had the following dedication to make to all the Dreamers before singing ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon:
Irene:  “We just want to encourage all the people around the world, especially the Dreamers, that let’s hope that everything will be fine again, and through this song, we can touch your hearts and uplift your spirits.”
Almira: “During this trying time we especially want to take this opportunity to thank all the Dreamers from the bottom of our hearts.
Because sometimes we can see some of the comments.  They said they’ve been worried about us in our situation here in the Philippines because as performers we have affected also of this situation.  We were very grateful for your care and for your heartwarming support for our music.  So thank you very much.”
After the interview, 4th Impact went on their Patreon account and conducted a live video feed where they thanked the Dreamers for their overwhelming love, participation, and support in relation to the interview on Blogtalk Hollywood.
Almira had this special message for all the Dreamers: “Always remember Dreamers, the reason why we are not giving up is because of you. Only you guys. Only you.”
Mylene became inspired and the girls decided to ask the Dreamers to submit their messenger id’s and they would start randomly calling Dreamers who are members of the Patreon account to talk to them.
And all 4 girls of 4th Impact spent the next hour doing just that.
Reaching out, calling and speaking directly with their Dreamers, sharing jokes, laughter, and heartfelt words and sincere thank you’s for their constant love and support.
Something like this experience between artists and fans is a very beautiful, touching, and inspiring thing to see.

With their heartfelt and amazing vocals, individually and in harmony with each other, their amazing talent and drive, along with the incredible bond, love, and support of their family, and of Dreamers around the World, 4th Impact has an amazing career and future ahead of them.
You can learn more about 4th Impact by following them on Facebook or their YouTube page: 4th Impact Music.
You can also have access to exclusive videos and live concerts and chats with 4th Impact by joining their Patreon account: www.patreon.com/4thImpact.

6 things to know about EBC Films’ Make it Reel


6 things to know about EBC Films’ Make it Reel

by MJ Racadio

Got talent? Dreaming to be part of the film industry including acting, screenwriting and film making? Your chance is here, EBC Films’ Make it Reel, a film workshop. Getting-to-know the people who made this happen. But first, you should know these 6 things about Make it Reel.

1. Learn how to act in front of the camera.
2. Proper execution of the given character. Example, playing an angry mother to her child.
3. Screenwriting. Learning how to write the script and the dialogue in the movie.
4. Becoming a director. Learning the ropes of directing a film. For example, Director Carlo Cuevas will instruct actors to act the characters in the movie scene.
5. Honing your skills to the next level by attending workshops. For example, cinematography, guerrilla film-making, and sound editing.
6. You will be recognized after the workshop during the awards night. You’ll never know after Make it Reel, you will act in a movie scene.

Meet the ‘Make it Reel’ Hosts

Here are the people who will ’Make it Reel’ a success.

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Make it Reel Mentors

 

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Internationally acclaimed director, Carlo Ortega Cuevas recently recognized by the FDCP-Film Development Council of the Philippines during Ambassador’s Night for his film Guerrero for Best Screenplay in New York City October 2019, (IFFM- International Film Festival Manhattan).
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Director Carlo Ortega Cuevas receiving his award during Ambassadors Nights at the Film Development Council of the Philippines, celebrating 100 years of Philippine Cinema.
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From left; Actor Paolo Marcoleta (Mr Bernardo in Guerrero Dos), Robert Capistrano (EBC Films’ Head Operations); Director Carlo Cuevas and Stephen Cruz (Assistant Director of Guerrero Dos: Tuloy Ang Laban)

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All Photo Credit to EBC Films
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5 Reasons Why Conrad Manila is One of the Best Hotels in the World

#BlogtalkTravel: 5 Reasons why #ConradManila is One of the Best Hotels in the World.

Conrad Manila

by MJ Racadio 

1. Excellent customer service. They treat you like a royalty.

2. World-class restaurant. Ex. #ChinaBlue

The Restaurant
3. Luxury room. Perfect fit for a King.

The Room
4. Their Amenities is top notch. Plus Fitness Center

5. Priceless view. Overlooking the famous Manila Bay. The hotel shape like a cruise-ship.

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MJ Racadio, #TheBlogger.

Dene Gomez: From Dr. Jose Rizal to Gerardo De Leon

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Dene Gomez: From Dr. Jose Rizal to Gerardo De Leon

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How Dene prepared for his iconic roles from Dr. Jose Rizal to Gerardo DeLeon?   (Philippines National Artist for Film).

by MJ Racadio

“Despite all this craziness and competitive nature that I have, what I value the most right now is peace of mind. A peaceful mind and a peaceful heart will always come first.”– Dene Gomez

Many young and upcoming actors, enter show business for the wrong reasons but there is one actor, who honed his skills, Dene Gomez, theater actor, and successful commercial model during the teenage years. As seen on T.V. “Ang Probinsyano” plays the character Ramon Gonzales, who is a family man and cannot pay his debt so the collateral in exchange for the daughter’s being kidnapped.

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Author with Dene Gomez during the Premiere of Guerrero Dos: Tuloy Ang Laban by EBC Films.

I have met Dene from veteran theater actor Bobby Martino. He’s friendly, smart, and respectful. Aside from being an actor, Gomez also a professional as an entrepreneur and athlete on the side. The Philippines’ new drama prince because of his high-caliber acting portrayal alongside Coco Martin, primetime drama king in the Philippines.

“Grew up in Pagsanjan, Laguna, “Despite all this craziness and competitive nature that I have, what I value the most right now is peace of mind. A peaceful mind and a peaceful heart will always come first.”
Dene has this to say about his acting mentor from both stage and TV who influenced him so much, Bobby Martino., “Whenever he is acting, the first word to leave his mouth, I always get chills. I want to have that magic one day.”
Dene also gives credit to everyone whom he encountered in life for contribution to his acting technique. According to Dene, “I am a combination of all people around me. Aside from emulating celebrities on TV and film, I also observe people on the streets and in normal situations.”

Acting is your dream? “Yes, recently. But looking back from when I started the year 2004, the answer is no. My motivation during those early years was just to get famous and get rich. It was only last July 2018 when I realized that I dig acting. It gives me tremendous happiness, regardless of medium, pays, or exposure. The mere art of portraying a role and moving at least 1 person in the audience is more than enough for my soul.“

Dene’s dream role is a low-key lead character with several layers of the back story underneath. “I always wanted to show strength with restraint. Just like the character of Ethan Hawke on the “Before” trilogy. Just marvelous.”
Gomez experience working on the set of ”Ang Probinsyano”, “Everyone is at the top of their game. It’s the highest rating show among all networks for the whole of 2019. Everyone is performing excellently: from the staff to the directors, to the stuntmen, and the actors. Thus, I keep telling myself whenever I’m on set, “Must adapt fast and be snappy”.”
His piece of advice in becoming an actor. “Thick skin. Assertiveness. Authenticity. Unlimited Patience with People’s Differences. And 10,000 hours of practice, pressured and culture-shocked.

Finally, he always makes sure getting enough sleep before taping day because once the camera rolls, everything becomes a blur with the production’s fast-paced operation.

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ZOZIBINI TUNZI FROM SOUTH AFRICA CROWNED MISS UNIVERSE

ZOZIBINI TUNZI FROM SOUTH AFRICA CROWNED MISS UNIVERSE The special event trended worldwide on Twitter with millions of viewers across the globe tuning in to watch 

Atlanta, Georgia (December 8, 2019) – Today, Zozibini Tunzi from South Africa was crowned the new Miss Universe at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The three-hour special programming event aired live on FOX and exclusively in Spanish on Telemundo. 

Zozibini Tunzi is a 26-year-old activist engaged in the fight against gender-based violence. She has been vocal in the #HeForShe campaign to change the narrative surrounding gender stereotypes. Tunzi holds a degree in public relations and is a proud advocate for natural beauty, encouraging women to love themselves the way they are. 

“Growing up, girls who looked like me weren’t considered beautiful,” said Tunzi. “I am so proud to be the first woman of color from South Africa to win the Miss Universe title for my country, and I hope every girl sees this and knows she is beautiful – no matter her skin color.” 

Tunzi was crowned in the new Miss Universe “Power of Unity” crown, which was crafted by international jeweler Mouawad and is worth $5 million. 

Now in its 68th year, MISS UNIVERSE® featured delegates from 90 countries. The top 20 finalists were selected from three regions of the world: Africa / Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Americas, as well as a group who could come from any region. The semi-finalists each shared a personal statement summarizing what they wanted the world to know about them prior to the selection committee choosing ten finalists. 

For the second consecutive year, the selection committee was made up entirely of women, including business leaders, digital influencers and former Miss Universe titleholders. For the first time, The CHI Lounge featured a roundtable discussion for Facebook Live about female empowerment, some of which was featured during the live broadcast. 

The top five finalists were each asked a final question on a timely topic. The top three finalists (Miss Universe Mexico Sofía Aragón; Miss Universe South Africa Zozibini Tunzi and Miss Universe Puerto Rico Madison Anderson) each delivered a final statement regarding the most important thing we should teach young girls today prior to Tunzi winning the new Miss Universe Power of Unity Crown, crafted by Mouawad. 

Five-time Emmy® Award winner Steve Harvey hosted the competition. Social media personality, model and Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo alongside actress and Miss Teen USA 1998 Vanessa Lachey appeared as backstage hosts to take viewers behind-the-scenes with 

the women competing. Ally Brooke, former member of the multi-platinum pop group Fifth Harmony, performed. 

Final Results: 

First Runner-Up: Miss Universe Puerto Rico Madison Anderson 

Second Runner-Up: Miss Universe Mexico Sofía Aragón 

Top Three: Miss Universe Mexico Sofía Aragón; Miss Universe South Africa Zozibini Tunzi; Miss Universe Puerto Rico Madison Anderson 

Top Five: Miss Universe Mexico Sofía Aragón; Miss Universe Thailand Paweensuda Drouin; Miss Universe Colombia Gabriela Tafur Nader; Miss Universe Puerto Rico Madison Anderson; Miss Universe South Africa Zozibini Tunzi. 

Top Ten: Miss USA Cheslie Kryst; Miss Universe Colombia Gabriela Tafur Nader; Miss Universe Puerto Rico Madison Anderson; Miss Universe South Africa Zozibini Tunzi; Miss Universe Peru Kelin Rivera; Miss Universe Iceland Birta Abiba Þórhallsdóttir; Miss Universe France Maëva Coucke; Miss Universe Indonesia Frederika Cull; Miss Universe Thailand Paweensuda Drouin; Miss Universe Mexico Sofía Aragón. 

Top Twenty: Miss Universe South Africa Zozibini Tunzi; Miss Universe Indonesia Frederika Cull; Miss Universe Vietnam Thuy Hoang; Miss Universe Nigeria Olutosin Araromi; Miss Universe Thailand Paweensuda Drouin; Miss Universe Albania Cindy Marina; Miss Universe France Maëva Coucke; Miss Universe Iceland Birta Abiba Þórhallsdóttir; Miss Universe Croatia Mia Rkman; Miss Universe Portugal Sylvie Silva; Miss Universe Puerto Rico Madison Anderson; Miss Universe Peru Kelin Rivera; Miss Universe Dominican Republic Clauvid Daly; Miss Universe Mexico Sofía Aragón; Miss USA Cheslie Kryst; Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados; Miss Universe Venezuela Thalia Olvino; Miss Universe India Vartika Singh; Miss Universe Brazil Julia Horta; Miss Universe Colombia Gabriela Tafur Nader. 

For more information, and to learn more about The Miss Universe Organization please visit: http://www.missuniverse.com. For photos from the competition and the contestant’s time in Atlanta, please go to press.missuniverse.com

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The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) is a global community that empowers women to realize their goals through experiences that build self-confidence and create opportunities for success. MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA®, and MISS TEEN USA® programs provide the 10,000 women who participate annually an international platform to affect positive change through influential 

humanitarian and professional efforts. The contestants and titleholders are leaders and role models in their communities, develop personal and professional goals, and inspire others to do the same. MUO is a subsidiary of Endeavor, a global entertainment, sports and content company. For more information, visit http://www.missuniverse.com

IMG IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media. The company manages some of the world’s greatest athletes and fashion icons; owns and operates hundreds of live events annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in licensing, sports training and league development. IMG is a subsidiary of Endeavor, a global entertainment, sports and content company. 

For Press Inquiries: Meg Omecene Miss Universe Organization (212) 373-4985 Momecene@endeavorco.com

75 Most Influential Filipino-Americans of 2019: October Celebrating Fil-Am History Month

75 Most Influential Filipino-Americans of 2019: October Celebrating Fil-Am History Month

by MJ Racadio

Another milestone for #BlogtalkwithMJRacadio celebrating 5 years (Season 11 Kick-off) from its humble beginnings. America’s first Fil-Am Hollywood Entertainment podcasting show introducing a brand new segment Blogtalk Hollywood on Spotify and iTunes.

Season 10 Finale Blogtalk with MJ Racadio: Blogtalk Hollywood with Ruben Nepales (Former Chairman of Hollywood Foreign Press Association/Current Secretary). Tune in to a new episode this month of October 2019. 

 

Recognizing the works of our fellow Fil-Ams in the entertainment industry and influential in the community at large and uplifting the Filipino image in the United States of America. In celebration of Filipino-American history month this October.  Congratulations! to all of you.

1. Janet Nepales (Emmy Nominated Producer of 75th Golden Globe Award/Treasurer of Hollywood Foreign Press)
2. Jhett Tolentino (3-time Tony Award-winning producer and Grammy-winning producer)
3. Fritz Friedman (Hollywood’s Veteran Publicist)
4. Apl De Ap (Grammy Award Winner)
5. Ruben Nepales (Secretary of Hollywood Foreign Press)
6. Lea Salonga (Broadway Legend/Tony Award Winner)
7.  Bruno Mars (Grammy Award-winning recording artist)
8. Dean Devlin (Hollywood Producer)
9. Dr. Tess (America’s Favorite Dermatologist/Daytime Beauty Awardee)
10. Marc Anthony Nicolas (2-time Emmy award-winning producer of the Talk)
11. Marc Dacascos (Hollywood Actor)
12. Eva Noblezada (Broadway Actress) Vanessa Hudgens (Hollywood Actress)
13. Hailee Steinfield (Oscar nominated actress)
14. Josie Trinidad, Head of Story for Disney Animation
15. PJ Raval, director and cinematographer
16. Bobby Pontillas, director, writer, and animator
17. Trevor Jimenez, animator, writer, and director
18. Lisa Valencia-Svensson, producer (Herman’s House)
19. Ronnie Del Carmen (Oscar and Golden Globe Awardee–Director of Inside Out)
20. Robert Schoder (FASO Conductor)
21. RC Caylan (Hollywood Designer)
22. Puey Quinones (Hollywood Designer)
23. Olivia Quido-Co (Hollywood Beauty Expert)
24. Jocelyn Enriquez (Queen of Freestyle)
25. Lisa Lew (4-time Emmy Winning Producer)
26. Vincent Rodriguez III (Hollywood Actor)
27. Jessica Sanchez (Recording Artist/Producer)
28. Tia Carrera (Hollywood’s Triple Threat)
29. Manny Jacinto (Hollywood Actor)
30. Nico Santos (Hollywood Actor)
31. Ella Jay Basco (Bat Girl)
32. Eugene Cordero (Hollywood Actor/Writer)
33. Tobit Raphael (Hollywood Actor)
34. Oliver Tolentino (Hollywood Designer)
35. Kenneth Barlis (Hollywood Designer)
36. Bailey “Bailrok” Muñoz (So you think you can dance winner 2019)
37. Luis Pedron (Film Festival Director/Hollywood Actor)
38. Elton Lugay (TOFA Pioneer)
39. Jush Andowitt (Marketing/GMA Pinoy TV North America)
40. Vanessa Minillo-Lachey (Host/Entrepreneur)
41. Paul Mirador (Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood)
42. Tamlyn Tomita (Hollywood Actress),  43. Dante Basco (Hollywood Actor/Producer)
44. Yong Chavez (Hollywood Correspondent), 45. Cher Calvin (Emmy Winning Anchor/Producer), 46. Sthanlee Mirador (Hollywood Photographer)

47. Lou Razon (Fashion Designer/Entrepreneur)
48. Tony Cabrera (Emmy Award Winning Host)
49. Angela Perez Baraquio-Grey (Miss America 2001/ School Principal)
50. Ted Benito (Producer)
51. Janelle So (Host/Producer)
52. Jerry Sibal (New York’s Design Fusion)
53. Don Tagala (TV Reporter)
54. Joshua Ang Price (Public Servant/Public Relations)
55. Dado Banatao (Innovator/Philanthropist)
56. Jay R (Recording Artist)
57. Sam Milby (Actor/Recording Artist/Model)
58. Liza Soberano (Actress/Model)
59. Josephine Banig Roberto (Recording Artist/Producer)
60. Sharon Tanyag (Recording Artist/Vocal Coach)
61. Jeanette Marco (Public Relations/Entrepreneur)
62. Christina Luna (Artist Management)
63. Filbert Kung (Hollywood Photographer)
64. Fleur Magbanua (TV Reporter/Nurse)
65. Mithi Aquino Thomas (Philanthropist/International Model)
66. Alain Uy (Hollywood Actor)
67. AJ Rafael (Recording Artist/Youtube Superstar)
68. Jokoy (Stand-up Comedian)
69. Matthew Libatique (Hollywood Cinematographer)
70. Michael Galante (Hollywood Actor)
71. Melody Garcia (Speaker/Philanthropist)
72. Jasmine Trias (Stage Performer)
73. Faith Bautista (Community Leader/Philanthropist)
74. Roger Oriel (Asian Journal Publisher)
75. Benny Uy (President of Fil-Am Press Club of CA)

Pop Star Carly Rae Jepsen will be bringing her ‘Dedicated Tour’ to Manila

Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen will be bringing her ‘The Dedicated Tour’ to Manila on October 23 at the New Frontier Theater. Tickets will be on-sale starting August 31 via TicketNet.com.ph and at all TicketNet outlets nationwide. Presented by concert promoter Wilbros Live.

Fans can expect a night full of hits as Carly Rae Jepsen will be performing her chart-topping songs, including “Cut to the Feeling”, “Call Me Maybe”, “Party for One”, “I Really Like You”, “Boy Problems”, “Emotion”, “Run Away with Me” and many more.

After Carly Rae Jepsen released her critically acclaimed album E·MO·TION in 2015, it became “a modern touchstone for a new crop of pop-leaning artists and legacy acts,” as NPR noted, adding “the blast radius of E•MO•TION is expansive.” The album also inspired an abundance of memes — extending the cultural cachet that Jepsen earned from the ubiquity of her Grammy-nominated blockbuster hit “Call Me Maybe” (from her U.S debut album Kiss), which not only climbed to No. 1 on the iTunes Singles charts in over 47 countries, sold over 20 million singles worldwide, and was certified Diamond in the U.S., but was referenced by everyone from former secretary-of-state Colin Powell to Cookie Monster. 

Jepsen’s new album, Dedicated, retains the joyful, hook-filled feeling of its predecessor. But where E*MO*TION, which featured the platinum single “I Really Like You,” was an ’80s-influenced synth-pop classic that Rolling Stone called “a pop masterclass” and Stereogum called “indisputable, unfuckwithable pop genius,” Dedicated has a more ’70s-inspired feel at times (though the album defies categorization as a whole). At one point, Jepsen was sure she was making a disco opus. “The title was going to be ‘Disco Sweat,’” she says with a laugh. “I really bought into it.” But Jepsen had a change of heart thanks to her travels over the past two years, which included writing trips to the Swedish countryside (“It was spring and there were fields of flowers, homemade breads, and kittens running everywhere”) and a beach in Nicaragua, where she surfed and stayed in a cabana-like casita. Then there was an Eat Pray Love-esque solo vacation in Italy. “I had so many songs,” she says. “I needed some space to walk around, reflect, eat pasta, and get to know myself a bit.”

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6 Tips How to Get that Glowing Skin

6 Tips How to Get that Glowing Skin
Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach Collaborates with
Miss O, a Celebrity Beauty Expert

By MJ Racadio

Miss O with Pia Wurtzbach
(Los Angeles, California) March 04, 2019. Technology played a great role in the world of social media. In the case of Miss O, a celebrity beauty expert, she did very well in terms of marketing and branding herself. Despite our time-zone difference, Miss O and I managed to connect via messenger. Oh boy, I got some good news to everyone especially 6 tips how to get that glowing skin, the latest collaboration of Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach and interesting story why Miss O formulated her new products including shampoo, cushion, and liquid botox.

Miss O How ya been? Good very well,
What have you been lately? I am focusing on a new product and repackaging all the skincare line.


So I heard your new shampoo can you talk about that? “I always deal with clients with pimples on their forehead, thigh, back, and chest. I tell them to buy specific shampoo over-the-counter and often times that brand of shampoo is not available, so my client was having a hard time. I usually recommend an oil-free shampoo to stop acne. Even online shopping was hard to find. Despite giving them facial, they still get pimples because of shampoo.”
You decided to formulate your own shampoo that’s so clever. “So now according to my clients, it helps with their acne and very happy because we have a one-stop shop at the Spa.

So curious about your new product cushion foundation. “It’s 10 formulas before perfecting it. I am hard to please when it comes to my products because I know how it works and to see my client needs. Always see to it, my clients will benefit from it. I want their face to have like bulb light and spotlight like complexion.”
New TVC of Pia Wurtzbach

Now you finally worked with Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach in a new TV Commercial of Oskincare, how is it like working with her?
“It was fun because we’re already friends, like playing around on the set, she’s willing to endorse our clinic, she tried the facial already. According to Pia, it was the best facial experience, it was a red carpet 2-hour facial, you can see results right away, even better the next day, after two to four days, her face was glowing .”
In addition, discuss the secret pearl. It’s a liquid botox, just apply it within wrinkles part of your face and intense whitening when you apply the second layer, the skin will be lighter according to the client’s preference.
I’m glad that you came up with these amazing skincare line. Now give us tips on how to get that glowing skin.

6 Tips How to Get that Glowing Skin
1. Do not use mineral oil on the skin. Read ingredients on facial wipes or cleanser before applying on skin. Choose oil-free products.
2. Sunscreen/Sunblock- SPF 50, it has longer sun’s protection (8-hours sun protection whereas SPF 35 you only get 5-hour sun’s protection against UV. Better to have sunscreen than washing your face with soap.
3. Hydrate yourself with water, watch caffeine intakes like coffee or soda, it make your skin dehydrated; if you drink a cup of coffee, you have to drink four glasses of water to flush out the caffeine in your system.
4. Do the basic four. Perhaps add whitening or glow in your daily regimen.
Cleanse
Tone
Moisturizer
Sunblock
5. Make it a habit, get facial at least every month. Exfoliate so your skin will glow.
6. Get 8-hour sleep is very important for mind, skin, and health

Miss O How, do you deal with bashers? “I just think they are going through something. I don’t get upset. Diverting the mindset.”
What makes you happy? “Spending time with the Lord, it gives me Joy and helping people. Bringing out friends to eat. Anything in giving and happy clients makes me so happy.”

 

O Skincare Med Spa

https://www.oskinmedspa.com

CATRIONA GRAY FROM THE PHILIPPINES CROWNED MISS UNIVERSE

CATRIONA GRAY FROM THE PHILIPPINES CROWNED MISS UNIVERSE

Photo Credit: Miss Universe Organization

The special event trended worldwide with millions of viewers across the globe tuning in to watch

Bangkok, Thailand (December 17, 2018) – Today, Catriona Gray from the Philippines was crowned the new Miss Universe in front of a worldwide audience at IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. The three-hour special programming event aired live on FOX in the United States.

Catriona Gray is passionate about the arts and previously received her Master Certificate in Music Theory from Berklee College of Music. She works closely with Young Focus Philippines, an education based NGO that provides free education and school sponsorships for children in Tondo Manila, one of the poorest neighborhoods within the country’s capital city. Additionally, Catriona is an advocate for HIV/AIDS education and prevention after losing a close friend to the virus. She supports Love Yourself Philippines, an organization that offers free testing, education and treatment to those living with HIV/AIDS, and now as Miss Universe, plans to bring more awareness to the epidemic.

Now in its 67th year, MISS UNIVERSE® had a record number of contestants at the competition with women representing 94 countries. The top 20 finalists were selected from three regions of the world: Americas, Europe, Africa-Asia Pacific as well as a wild card group across all areas.  For the first time in the competition’s history, the finalists had the opportunity to share a personal statement summarizing what they wanted the world to know about them. Topics ranged from female health care, the environment, ethnic minorities, body positivity, and cultural diversities.

The first-ever all-women selection committee panel was made up of entrepreneurs, business leaders, industry experts, and former Miss Universetitleholders. Miss Universe Spain Angela Ponce made history as the first transgender woman to participate in the pageant sharing a message ofinclusion, respect and diversity to the international community.

Miss Universe Laos On-anong Homsombath was honored as the winner of the National Costume Show and shared about her costume, the “Stream of Generosity,” a half-human, half-bird spiritual creature in traditional Laos’ folklore.

Five-time Emmy® Award winner, and one of television’s favorite entertainers, Steve Harvey hosted the global event. Model, entrepreneur and body activist, Ashley Graham took viewers behind-the-scenes throughout the competition alongside TV personality and style guru Carson Kressley and supermodel and pageant expert Lu Sierra to provide commentary.

Final Results:   

First Runner-Up: Miss Universe South Africa Tamaryn Green

 Second Runner-Up: Miss Universe Venezuela Sthefany Gutiérrez

 Top Three: Miss Universe Philippines Catriona GrayMiss Universe South Africa Tamaryn Green; Miss Universe Venezuela Sthefany Gutiérrez.

 Top Five: Miss Universe Puerto Rico Kiara Ortega; Miss Universe Vietnam H’Hen Nie; Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray; Miss Universe South Africa Tamaryn Green; Miss Universe Venezuela Sthefany Gutiérrez.

 Top Ten: Miss Universe South Africa Tamaryn Green; Miss Universe Vietnam H’Hen Nie; Miss Universe Venezuela Sthefany Gutiérrez; Miss UniversePhilippines Catriona Gray; Miss Universe Costa Rica Naalia Carvajal; Miss Universe Curacao Akisha Albert; Miss Universe Nepal Manita Devkota; MissUniverse Canada Marta Magdalena Stepien; Miss Universe Thailand Sophida Kanchanarin; Miss Universe Puerto Rico Kiara Ortega.

Top Twenty: Miss Universe South Africa Tamaryn Green; Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray; Miss Universe Nepal Manita Devkota; MissUniverse Vietnam H’Hen Nie; Miss Universe Thailand Sophida Kanchanarin; Miss Universe Poland Magdalena Swat; Miss Universe Belgium Zoë Brunet; Miss Universe Hungary Enikő Kecskés; Miss Universe Ireland Grainne Gallanagh; Miss Universe Curacao Akisha Albert; Miss Universe Costa Rica Naalia Carvajal; Miss Universe Canada Marta Magdalena Stepien; Miss Universe Puerto Rico Kiara Ortega; Miss Universe Jamaica Emily Sara-Claire Maddison; Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers; Miss Universe Venezuela Sthefany Gutiérrez; Miss Universe Indonesia Sonia Fergina Citra; MissUniverse Brazil Mayra Dias; Miss Universe Australia Francesca Hung.

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The Miss Universe Organization

The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) is a global community that empowers women to realize their goals through experiences that build self-confidence and create opportunities for success.  MUO believes that every woman should be “Confidently Beautiful.” MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA® programs provide the 10,000 women who participate annually an international platform to affect positive change through influential humanitarian and professional efforts. The contestants and titleholders are leaders and role models in their communities, develop personal and professional goals, and inspire others to do the same. The Miss Universe Organization is an Endeavor company. To learn more, visitwww.missuniverse.com.

About Endeavor

Endeavor, formerly WME | IMG, is a global leader in sports, entertainment and fashion operating in more than 30 countries. Named one of Fortune’s 25 Most Important Private Companies, Endeavor is the parent of a number of subsidiaries with leadership positions in their respective industries, including WME, IMG and UFC. Collectively, Endeavor specializes in talent representation and management; brand strategy, activation and licensing; media sales and distribution; and event management.

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For more information, visit www.missuniverse.com and MissUniverse on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

 

30 Years in One Amazing Night: John Ablaza Behind-the-Seams

30 Years in One Amazing Night: John Ablaza Behind-the-Seams

” Something that I can contribute in protecting our environment. I will never turn back with my advocacy this is more important and meaningful”– John Ablaza

By MJ Racadio

November 21, 2018, (Toronto, Canada) 30 years in the making. Philippines’ first eco-couture John Ablaza, has done it again and showcased craftsmanship and promoting sustainable materials from the Philippines to its finest last November 17, 2018, at the Toronto, Pavilion.

Prior to the fashion show, Star Circle talents took the center stage around 4PM, performing songs from the Greatest Showman.

Starcircle Talents after performances with Ms. Elle aka Ellen Galarfort, Starcircle Entertainment Owner.

#TheBlogger on the Red Carpet

From Red Carpet to Backstage. Rehearsals and Post Fashion Show Photo-Op with Alvin Masangkay Francia (Fashion Director).

The red carpet event started around 5PM with special guests, sponsors, celebrities, and model. John Ablaza 30 years Behind-the-Seams highlights Kubo Barong Collection, John Ablaza, Kid’s Couture Launching and of course the main collection (30 years in the making).

Le Petite Couture Philippine Debut on News 5 with MJ Marfori

Plus showcasing the Le Petite Couture by John Ablaza at the lobby area.

Le Petite Couture at the Lobby of Toronto Pavilion. Photo Credit- Daniel Houle
Emily with Le Petite Couture
Emily B (International Award-Winning actress/Commercial Model/Philanthropist) next to her Le Petite Couture. Photo Credit: Daniel Houle
The Blogger interviewing Bea Santiago (Miss International 2013/Model/Actress) next to Le Petite Couture. Photo Credit- Fe Taduran

Bea Santiago was surprised having her own Le Petite Couture named after her. Let’s find out! Video.

In addition, backstage moments with models we’re so memorable including the talents of Star Circle Entertainment.

The Show started the special guest designer Jared Servano of Yaser & Mayasa Co. Photo Credit- Mannie Panaguiton

followed by soft launching Kubo Barong Collection, a collaboration between John Ablaza and Ronnie Dela Gana. Photo Credit-Mannie Panaguiton

Collection John Ablaza’s Kids Couture. Photo Credit: Mannie Panaguiton

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30 Years Collection, and Finale.

Photo Credit: Faisal Hafeez

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Photo Credit: MJ Racadio

Grand Finale

From Left, Emily B (International award-winning actress/commercial model), Bea Santiago (Miss International 2013), from the right, Mithi Aquino-Thomas (Model/Philanthropist/Wife of former U.S. Ambassador in the Philippines and Harare, Zimbabwe, Africa) and Ben Isaac (Top Commercial Model in the Philippines) John Ablaza’s 30 Years Behind-the-Seams Finale at the Toronto Pavilion last November 17, 2018. Photo Credit-Faisal Hafeez

His designs from tree bark to coco beads that helped artisans and Mangyan women in providing a livelihood in Mindoro and parts of Metro Manila.

Ablaza also has been helping St. Martin De Porres (School for Autistic and Down Syndrome Children) in providing school supplies and renovation of the school in Cebu City.. Importantly, Ablaza now focuses in the mentorship program to young designers and artisans to hone their talents and skills. Particularly, he started it in Zimbabwe, Africa, a project of the U.S. Embassy in Harare headed by Former Ambassador Harry Thomas and the wife Mithi Aquino-Thomas. Lastly, the first quarter of 2019 Mr. Ablaza’s scheduled to return to Africa to continue what he started along with world-renowned photographer, Filbert Kung. Produced by Star Circle Entertainment.

 

Social Media: Thank you’s from the Publicist

#JohnAblaza30BTS
Photo Credit: MJ Racadio

On behalf of #JohnAblaza‘s Team, we would like to thank the people who made 30 years Behind-the-Seams a success!. Our producer, Star Circle Entertainment: to Ellen Galorport aka Ms.Elle, Phoebe Yap Chan, and Maria, you guys are the best host ever. Our models, Bea Rose Santiago(#MissInternational 2013), Ben Isaac, and Lady Diana Alvaro who traveled all the way from the Philippines. Our models from the U.S., Mithi Aquino-Thomas and Fides Spes Caritas. Models from Calgary and the stage director, Alvin Masangkay Francia you are awesome. Rico Ray, you made the fashion show so exciting because of the amazing beats and music. Local models from #Toronto#EmilyBRobert Xavier and so on many to mention. Star Circle Kids, Ronnie Dela Gana and Claire De Rivera of #KuboBarong, make-up artists and volunteers. Wonderful and entertaining host, Gloria Gift. Thankful for all the media/press/photographers and Toronto Pavilion. All our sponsors, VVIP guests, friends fans and parents of star circle talents. My assistant that day, Rhovic-Magene Cabato and Kuya Manny. – MJ Racadio, the publicist/Road Manager/#TheBlogger.
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