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LumoXchange and Philippine Airlines Sponsor the IFFM 2018

Press Release
For Immediate Release

“LumoXchange and Philippine Airlines Sponsor the International Film
Festival Manhattan 2018”

The 8th Annual International Film Festival Manhattan (IFFM) 2018 that
attracts a lot of Filipino American audience because of it’s
programming of numerous Filipino films from all over the world will be
sponsored this year by LumoXchange and Philippine Airlines.

The festive IFFM will be held in New York City on
October 17 to 21, 2018 at various venues that are in the reach of
Filipino community members. The Opening night on October 17 will be
held at the Elmhurst Baptist Church 87-37 Whitney Ave Elmhurst NY
11373 featuring the faith based film “One Nation Under God” (USA) Dir:
Lisa Arnold. The Awards Night on October 18 will be held at the
Kalayaan Hall, Philippine Center 556 5th Ave NY, NY 10036 will feature
the film “Sekyu” (Philippines) Dir: Joel Lamangan. On October 19 to 21
the regular film festival screenings will be held at the Producers
Club 358 W 44th St NY, NY 10036. Schedule of events will be posted on starting October 1, 2018.

From hundreds of submissions the festival offers a quality selection
of world class films that encompass all different genres of diverse
films — narrative features, documentaries, shorts, music videos and
student films, selected through our programming and scouting from our
networks from all over the world. We will be featuring a lot of films
this year from the Philippines, France, Brazil, UK, Japan and other
Latino countries.

Luis Pedron, Festival Director of IFFM said,” I welcome LumoXchange
and Philippine Airlines as our partners this year in reaching out to
the Filipino American Communities here in the New York City area. My
fellow Filipinos have been supportive of IFFM and I’m sure they will
be happy to learn more about LumoXchange and the new services of
Philippine Airlines in NYC. We also created a Pre event called the
IFFM NY Filmmaking Contest. Various Teams of Filmmakers will be
creating original 5 minute short films featuring LumoXchange and
Philippine Airlines in  Immigrant stories to be screened and judged on
October 4,2018 at he Producers Club. The Top winner will be awarded at
the IFFM Awards Night on October 18m 2018 at the Philippine Center

About our Sponsors:

Refferral Code: Blogtalk

“LumoXchange was founded to help U.S. immigrants send more money to
their family back home,” said LumoXchange Founder and CEO Maf Sonko.
“We are proud to be a sponsor of the 8th Annual International Film
Festival Manhattan and celebrate the dynamic and vibrant culture of
Filipino-Americans through film.”

“As October is Filipino-American History Month, LumoXchange is
thrilled to be a presenting sponsor of IFFM — an organization that
creates opportunities for our kababayan to showcase their creativity,”
said Joshua Ang Price, LumoXchange Director of Marketing and Growth.
“We are looking forward to watching the short films these talented
teams come up with!”

LumoXchange is an innovative international money transfer company that
launched its remittance services to the Philippines in August of 2018.
With our platform, users can choose their own exchange rate from
leading banks in the Philippines and get 1-2 Pesos more per U.S.
dollar verses the competition. Founded by first and second-generation
Americans who know firsthand the challenges of sending money abroad,
LumoXchange gives you the power to pick your own rate, save money, and
send more love.
LumoXchange… Search. Compare. Send money. Hanapin. Ikumpara.
Magpadala ng pera.

About LumoXchange
Headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, LumoXchange is one-stop shop
exchange rate comparison and international money transfer company.
Through its innovative Local Exchange Networks (LENs) created with
local financial institutions in each country, LumoXchange can provide
cross border payments using the real exchange rates at the local
level. Easily search, compare, and send money online with the great
exchange rates. LumoXchange is an alumnus of the VC FinTech
Accelerator by Empowered FIS.

As per Josh Vasquez, PAL Area Manager – New York  ” We are excited to
be part of the IFFM 2018 and would like share with our fellow Pinoys
about the good news! Philippine Airlines will start flying NON-STOP
between New York and Manila starting Oct. 30, 2018. Experience the
fastest, most convenient and affordable  way of flying to the
Philippines on board a state-of-the-art aircraft, the Airbus 350-90,
through the heart of the Filipino– Philippine Airlines.”

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has been Certified with the 4-Star Airline
quality ranking by SKYTRAX, the international air transport rating
This 4-Star Airline rating is a mark of quality distinction that
recognises excellent standards of Product and Staff service across
different assessment categories for both the Onboard and Airport
environment, with Philippine Airlines noted for providing much
improved standards of product and service quality to its customers.

About Philippine Airlines
With the 4-Star rating now certified, PAL aims to intensify efforts as
it continues unveiling new products and expanding routes, including
the launch of nonstop services to New York and Brisbane as well as
flights to India and additional routes to Japan and China within 2018.
“By offering the public a globally competitive airline service, we are
empowered to attract more tourists to visit the Philippines,
experience our country’s beauty and our people’s warmth, and to
generate more economic activity for the Philippines,” said PAL
President Bautista. #flyPAL4Stars

International Film Festival Manhattan is still OPEN for SUBMISSIONS
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Fil-Am Snag Another Emmy for #TheTalk

#TheBlogger with Marc Anthony Nicolas (Emmy Award Winning Producer of the Talk- Hit TV Talk Show in Hollywood). Photo Credit: Andy Edralin

Fil-Am Snag Another Emmy for #TheTalk

Marc Anthony Nicolas received his second Emmy

By MJ Racadio

Hollywood, California (April 29, 2018).

Filipino-American Marc Anthony Nicolas snag another Emmy for the Talk as one of the producers. I had a chance chatting with him prior to his winning last year 2017.

Marc Anthony Nicolas second Emmy for #TheTalk as one of the producers [04.29.18]
MJ Racadio: How ya been?

Marc Anthony Nicolas: I’m fantastic. Gearing up for the holidays. The Talk got nominated for People’s Choice Awards so I’m really excited for that event next year. How are you? 

MJ Racadio I’m great! fantastic and Congrats! for the nominations of #theTalk you guys deserve it. You did very well winning the #Emmys and you are the #1 Most Influential Filipino-Americans of 2016 from #BlogtalkwithMJRacadio

Marc Anthony Nicolas Thank you for your support! Im so proud of you! Keep up your great work. 

MJ Racadio Thank you! you will be forever inspiration to the #Filipinos Worldwide

MJ Racadio What is your message to your fellow Kababayan?

Marc Anthony Nicolas Be kind to everyone… Do all the good you can, to as many people as you can, as often as you can… And make a change in this world 

MJ Racadio Marc Anthony Nicolas Wow! that’s beautiful

MJ Racadio Marc Anthony Nicolas with your success, any other wishes and dream for Marc Anthony?

Marc Anthony Nicolas 2016 was a good year for me. I turned 40. I don’t look my age thanks to my dermatologist, Dr. Tess Mauricio. I won the 2016 Emmy. I was ranked #1 in the list of “Most Influential Filipino-Americans” by Blog Talk. Boy Abunda interviewed me in Los Angeles. Finally, I was a judge in the Miss CA USA pageant. The winner represents California and competes in Miss USA 2017. For the new year, I want everyone to be happy and to start every day with a grateful heart. Be thankful. It’s not how much you have, it’s how much you can give. 2018, ready or not… Here I come

MJ Racadio Thank you! for catching-up with my very famous and yet very humble friend in so called #Hollywood or #Lalaland. Regards to the hosts of #TheTalk and don’t forget to shout-out. Before ending this catching-up, Tell me your favorite Filipino Food, Places in The#Philippines, The Best #Filipino moments.

Marc Anthony Nicolas My favorite food is pancit and lumpia. Every place in the Philippines is amazing but I really want to go to Palawan. My favorite Filipino moment is when I visited the Philippines during the holidays and everyone was at my Lola and Lolo’s house eating and singing. It was so fun! They would light the firecracker, Sinturon ni Judas which put a smile on my face.

Marc Anthony Nicolas holding his very first Emmy for winning as one of the producers of #TheTalk.
















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75 Most Influential Filipino-Americans 2016


October 02, 2016 (Los Angeles, California). This month of October, celebrates the Filipino-American History month, therefore #BlogtalkwithMJRacadio (Season 6) recognizing the contributions of our fellow Fil-Ams in society. From #Hollywood to #TheWhiteHouse. Here are the following lists of  75 Most Influential Filipino-Americans who made it this year.

  1. Marc Anthony Nicolas (Emmy Award Winner producer of #TheTalk)
  2. Dr. Tess (America’s Favorite Dermatologist)
  3. Janet Nepales (Hollywood Journalist)
  4. Ruben Nepales (Hollywood Journalist)
  5. Fritz Friedman (Veteran Publicist of Sony Pictures)
  6. Elton Lugay (TOFA Pioneer)
  7. Hailee Steinfield (Oscar Nominated Actress)
  8. Michael Galante (Hollywood Actor)
  9. Lea Salonga (Tony Award Winner)
  10. Apl De Ap (Grammy Award Winner from Black Eyed Peas)
  11. Luis Pedron (IFFM Pioneer/Director)
  12. Bruno Mars (Grammy Award Winner)
  13. Jessica Sanchez (American Idol Runner-Up)
  14. Tia Carrere (Hollywood Triple Threat).
  15. Nicole Scherzinger (Recording Artist/Former Pussycat Dolls Lead Singer) 
  16. DJ QBert (America’s Best DJ 2010/Scratch University)
  17. Ronnie Del Carmen (Inside Out Co-Director)
  18. Monique Lhullier (Fashion Designer)
  19. Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO)
  20. Vanessa Hudgens (Hollywood Actress)
  21. Cristeta Comeford (The White House Head Chef)
  22. Ted Benito (Concert Producer)
  23. G Tongi (Producer/Host of Kababayan Today.
  24. Emma Tiebens (Bestseller Author)
  25. Jess Espaniola (Emmy Award-Winning Animator)
  26. Denise Dador (News Anchor)
  27. Cher Calvin (Emmy Award Winning Anchor Los Angeles)
  28. Dante Basco (Hollywood Actor)
  29. Jose Llana (Broadway Actor)
  30. Rex Navarette (Stand-Up Comedian)
  31. Sonia Bermijo (Manila-Up Publisher)
  32. Andy Edralin (President of Fil-Am Press Club of California)
  33. Gherald Alaman (Talent and Skills/Entrepreneur)
  34. Allan Del Rosario (Hollywood Fashion Designer)
  35. Kenneth Barlis (Hollywood Fashion Designer)
  36. Oliver Tolentino (Hollywood Fashion Designer)
  37. Pauline Wilson (Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist)
  38. Abe Pagtama (Actor/Director)
  39. Mildred Deang (Beauty Pagent Producer)
  40. Kevin Nadal (Author)
  41. Elaine Quijano (Emmy Award Winning Anchor)
  42. RD Alba (Award Winning Director)
  43. Gel Santos Relos (Balitang America Host)
  44. Yong Chavez (Hollywood Reporter) 
  45. Steve Angeles (News Reporter)
  46. Tony Cabrera (Fox Anchor)
  47. Eric G (R&B Internaional Star)
  48. Kirsten Regalado (Hollywood Fashion Designer)
  49. Kulintronica (Filipino Culture Artist)
  50. AJ Rafael (Youtube Superstar/Songwriter)
  51. FilHarmonic (Acapella Singing Group)
  52. Thelma Calabio (Fil-Am Press Club of Califonia Founder)
  53. Angela Perez Baraquio-Grey (Miss America 2001/School Principal)
  54. Martin Nievera (Concert King)
  55. Michael Paulo (Jazz Saxophonist)
  56. Monet Lu (Salon Owner/Stylist)
  57. Oliver Carnay (Publicist)
  58. Joey Galon (Hollywood Fashion Designer)
  59. Sheila Vidamo-Vertuno (Fashion Blogger/Fashionista)
  60. Leilanie Arellano (Outreach Advocate)
  61. Sthanlee Mirador (Hollywood Celebrity Photographer)
  62. Annie Nepomuceno (Artist/Producer)
  63. Sonia Delen (Apl De Ap Foundation)
  64. Lou Razon (Fashion Designer)
  65. Lydia Neff (iHeart Media)
  66. Charmaine Rodriguez (Couture Designer)
  67. Dado Banatao (Creator of PhilDev)
  68. Gini Cruz Santos (Pixar Animator, Finding Dory)
  69. Anthony Buncio (Hollywood TV Producer)
  70. Rob Banta (Public Servant)
  71. Peterson Gonzaga (Pacific Rim Video)
  72. Robert ‘Bobby’ Murphy (Snapchat Co-Creator/One of the Youngest Billionaires)
  73. Stephanie Reese (International Recording Artist/Songwriter)
  74. Kathy Miclat Marino (OC Fashion Week President)
  75. JB Adkins (Publicist/Writer)

Congratulations! Mabuhay!