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From Rockstar to Popstar

From Rockstar to Popstar

Getting-to-know #LouisXavier

By Viva Alvaro-Galvez and MJ Racadio

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Louis Xavier Official Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/louisxaviermusic/
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Louis Xavier (International Pop Recording Artist/Model/Songwriter). Photo Credits: Memo Photography Studio, Stylist: Elora Camille E. Aragon

Who would not recall Junard, the rockstar from the famous Philippine Sprite commercial in 2015? Yes, that’s him!

Together, let us discover how he managed to land the famous character, and witness his transition towards fulfilling his dreams and aspirations.  There is so much more than what his character in the commercial offers.

This is a story of a young man who has overcome undertakings at a very young age, by focusing not on his negative experiences, but on the things that he wants to pursue, and the person that he wants to become.

“I didn’t really enjoy being a kid because I was bullied. Everyone was calling me names. Somebody would say nobody likes me, I should just go home.”

“But I enjoyed listening to music, and playing various musical instruments. I did not have lots of friends but I enjoyed being with my family all the time.”

Hearing his past experiences would make us wonder and ask how and why he has become the person that we know today.

Graduating from high school marks the end of the darkest moments in his life. “That’s the best and most memorable part for my high school life; saying goodbye to everyone. New environment, new me,” he said.

In 2011, he went to the best culinary school in the Philippines. He did great in school and he was half scholar. He started meeting a lot of great people and great friends, however, he felt like something else is missing.

“There was a piano in the lounge. That’s where I learned how to play piano. No one taught me. I started with Happy Birthday, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star at first and then soon, I became good at it,” he recalled. He did it everyday without a miss, before classes, during breaks, and after classes.

That’s when he found the answer to the question he was asking himself way back. He already knew what was missing! This is something he has always been passionate about, his joy, his solace, one of his selected companions during his unhappy days in high school – his love for music.

He recalled his thoughts and dilemmas during that time. “At the back of my mind, I still think about music. I was good at baking and culinary stuff, but the urge to play and make music was there, and not even my parents knew about that.” Nobody knew about this except him.

It’s the universe showing a glimpse of what he would do and pursue in the coming years, but not in culinary world. He was so used to playing piano that he would hum along, and eventually sing while playing, until he started writing songs out of these melodies. It gave him a hope that he could make it to the industry.

Aside from his love for music, he would attend TV commercial auditions. His Dad is an award-winning advertising creative director, but during his younger years, he would always think he wouldn’t make it. “I’ve always wanted to be a model, but before, I was thinking I will never reach that level. I am not saying that I am a really good looking person now, but I tried my best to make myself look and be like one,” he added. Little did he know, his first ever commercial break would air on the national TV in 2015.

Sprite Commercial: ‘Jhunard as Rockstar Vocalist’

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Louis Xavier’s Transformation from Rockstar (Jhunard Of Sprite TV Commercial) to Popstar.

He was chosen as one of the main characters in Sprite commecial. “Ako si Jhunard,“Punta ka sa gig ko, ako Bokalista” was his line. To him, it’s not only about having a noticeable part in a TV advertisement. Moreover, it is about being portrayed as a musician, because that’s what he is in real life. “I perfectly fit in that commercial,” he said.

More than 200 young men auditioned for the role.

In 2016, he went to Hollywood for an auditon, to sing, and participate in a workshop for John Robert Powers. He stayed there for 5 months. “It was hard to be away with my family. It was also scarry because there are a lot of con artists in Hollywood and I met a lot of them,” he recalled.

When asked about the learnings he acquired during his stay in US, he would say it taught him a lot of things. “Life is really hard. You don’t get an overnight success in Hollywood, you really have to work for it. You have a lot of competitors. You have to be realistic with your dreams, but you do not have to be discouraged. It seem impossible, but there is a possibility.”

Right now, he is preparing for a come back. Every bit of him could really tell that he is excited for everything. He is being mentored, and he is very much willing to work things out. “This is it! There is a strategy. I feel like I am on a right direction. I never thought that there is a better way of doing it. I just have to do it.”

He will be making a music video soon, featuring one of his original music. “I am polishing all my songs. I need to sharpen my performance, and work on my vocals even more. I am giving myself a 6-month preparation before I launch myself in New York and Hollywood,” he said.

He picture himself launching an album, and becoming an International popstar, a year from now. “I can see my future as that person. I see myself playing my music, performing, and having concerts in different places,” he said.

It is indeed a dream that one could only imagine as a reality. Louis is far different from the many because he is doing something about his dreams. He has a goal, a plan to reach that goal, and a way to work on everything thay may hinder him from reaching it. He is unstoppable! 

His dreams would only remain as dreams without the most important people who believed in him; his family. Family is the sole foundation throughout his transformation, and towards becoming the person he was just used to dreaming about.

“To me, they are the only people that I can lean on to. Friends will come and go, but my parents are always going to be there for me. My family is my real friend.”

Horror of the past may sometimes hunt him in sleep, but they are no longer there when he wakes up. It’s now too far from his reality, not even a slight of it show today.

The world and some people in it may take away some of the valuable things in life (confidence, happiness, and true identity)but in their most powerful way; Music, and family seem to be a refuge. There is no room for a vengeful heart, but a fighting, pure, forgiving, and loving soul conquers. “I didn’t really change, I just made myself stronger, and better,” he said.

Louis is currently working in the studio finishing his debut album with Ryan Klos (Record Producer) . His dream of becoming a pop recording artist is a work in progress, and he is surely getting there. It’s 90% completed, and only 10% is a work in progress. He’s got what it takes, and he believes he can!

Louis Xavier Official Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/louisxaviermusic/

Memo Photography Studio

https://www.facebook.com/MeMoPhotographyStudio/

Billboard Philippines Play Sound

Billboard Philippines Playsound

by #FrancesTheReviewer

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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.

Teasers for Blogtalk with MJ Racadio

with Louis Xavier (Pop Artist)

The Story of a Dreamer: Via Galang

The Story of a Dreamer: Via Galang

By Viva Alvaro-Galvez

Photo Credit: Elvie Manlulu
http://www.elvirapalmesmanlulu.com

HMU: Alvicel Cee of Alluring Vision by Cel

(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.

Photo Credit: Tobi Cabrera
Instagram/Facebook @sazaefunkadelic

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.

Photo Credit: Tobi Cabrera

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.

Photo Credit: Tobi Cabrera

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.

Photo Credit: Elvie Manlulu

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”.

Inside the Shoe Museum
Photo Credit: Tobi Cabrera

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.

Photo Credit: Elvie Manlulu

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.

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Photo Credit: Evan Mogol of Memo Photography Studio https://www.facebook.com/MeMoPhotographyStudio/

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.

Photo Credit: Evan Mogol

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.

Photo Credit: Evan Mogol of Memo Photography Studio

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.

Photo Credit: Evan Mogol of Memo Photography Studio

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.

Photo Credit: Elvie Manlulu

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.

Via Galang with Boyfriend John Tancuan

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.

Photo Credit: Tobi Cabrera

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.

Photo Credit:Tobi Cabrera

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.

MJ Racadio (The Publicist) Via Galang

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.”

Via Galang with Ms. Jaclyn Jose (Cannes Film Festival Best Actress 2016).

“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.”

Photo Credit: John Tancuan

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.

Versaheel’s Official Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/versaheel

Instagram and Twitter : @versaheel

Via Galang’s Personal Blog:

http://encyclopevia.wordpress.com/

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FB : Alluring Vision by Cel

https://www.facebook.com/Alluring-Vision-by-Cel-1376846909059035/

IG : @alluringvisionbycel

For any questions and inquiries contact The Publicist: social.dragonpr@gmail.com

Humble Beginnings of “Blogtalk with MJ Racadio”

Humble Beginnings of “Blogtalk with MJ Racadio”
by Viva Alvaro-Galvez

with Flo Rida during The Miss Universe Red Carpet in Manila, Philippines [01.30.17]
with Pia Wurtzbach (Miss Universe 2015)
with Alden Richards (Filipino Superstar)

with Jaclyn Jose (Cannes Best Actress 2016).
with Tia Carrere (Hollywood Triple Threat).

(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.

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Official Podcast: http://www.soundcloud.com/mjracadio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A Masterpiece of Eco-Couture Gowns and Bow-Tie Design Creations

John Ablaza 30 Years Behind the Seams.

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.

Please visit http://chhcevents.com/events/john-ablaza for more information.

Follow John Ablaza 30 Years Behind the Seams NY 2017 I @johncablaza I #johnablazaat30

For more information visit www.chhcevents.com/events.

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

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For press inquiries: Helsey Lubiano of CHHC Events  E: info@chhcevents.com

For tickets & sponsorship:  Janiz “Obie” Dy of The Productions Agency E: prettyobie@gmail.com I P: (845) 591-3476 I http://chhcevents.com/events/john-ablaza

BECCA GODINEZ SET TO DEBUT AT CATALINA JAZZ CLUB

BECCA GODINEZ SET TO DEBUT AT

CATALINA JAZZ CLUB

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: TED BENITO (E:tedibenito@gmail.com)

 Becca Godinez (Singer/Songwriter, Actress,Producer/Director)

(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.”

 

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GODinUs Music presents

BECCA GODINEZ: “ME, MYSELF & MUSIC”

Saturday, May 20, 2017
Catalina Jazz Club
6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

TICKETS: $45
For tickets call: (323) 466-2210 or visit: www.catalinajazzclub.com

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. ​

From Blogging in the Bedroom to Miss Universe Red Carpet

From Blogging in the Bedroom to Miss Universe Red Carpet

Celebrating 3 Years I Season 7 Finale I Best of Blogtalk

Best of Blogtalk I Celebrating 3 Years I Season 7 Finale.

by MJ Racadio

(Quezon City, Philippines), April 25, 2017. It has been a long journey for me as a blogger then publicist. I can never imagine in my wildest dream to reached three years this week. First and foremost, I thank our almighty God for giving the life strength and knowledge and the people behind this so called little show called blogtalk, especially Mariebeth Racadio, friends and relatives and loyal followers.

From blogging in the bedroom to Miss Universe red carpet. It all started from simple blogging tips including fitness, time-management, health and wellness. Taking it to the next level by inviting known and influential guests and the rest is history. Here comes the hard part being a blogger, especially moving to Los Angeles was a big risk. Luckily, I was able to connect with the right people and of course fellow media/ press people, they either hate or love you. The first two years was always a challenge because people may look at you weird, when I say I’m a blogger/publicist. After the Hollywood experienced, I got stronger and wiser in choosing friends and what not to say.

Moving to the Philippines was sort of icing on the cake, it seems like never left the United States. I have yet to become a segment producer for Eagle Broadcasting Corporation, entertainment reporter and morning show host of ‘Pambansang Almusal’ oh boy, I have to worked double time from waking-up 5AM to evening for Eagle News International Showbiz segment. As entertainment reporter, was able to cover Selena Gomez to 21st French Film Festival. One of the most unforgettable interviews were Jaclyn Jose, Asia Pop Comicon, Ambassadors from other countries including France, Japan, South Korea, Brazil and Netherlands.

Early January, the most famous DJ in the world David Guetta had a successful concert in the Metro, plus I have watched and reviewed a Hollywood Film ‘Sleepless’ starring Jamie Foxx, the movie (Story, Cinematography, Acting were superb) was a suspense thriller so I loved it.  Here is my story for Miss Universe, first of all, I asked a friend from media how to apply for credential, his name is Jude Cartalaba, thankfully he directed me to Chavit Singson’s publicist so she sent the link where you can apply for Miss Universe. After a week, Miss Universe Organization approved Blogtalk to cover the live and pocket of events of Miss Universe. I still could not believed that it did not sink in until now, when people found out that I was one of the official media/bloggers of Miss Universe, people raised eyebrows and say “OMG! you are famous now”. Finally, it all boils down to hard-work, perseverance, be grounded and do not give-up on your dreams. In addition, you should know your purpose and be nice to people you meet and you will never know they can jump-start that dream of yours.

#BestofBlogtalk It will be uploaded starting April 23, 2017 a month-long celebration

From Anne Curtis (Filipino Superstar) to Jessica Sanchez (American Idol Runner-up).

From Marc Anthony Nicolas (Emmy Award winning producer of the Talk) to Dr. Tess (America’s Favorite Dermatologist)

From David Guetta to Miss Universe

Celebrating 3 years I Season 7 Finale I

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SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL IN MANILA

SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL IN MANILA
Sister Act in Manila
Sister Act in Manila

(Manila, Philippines) Music enthusiasts will be thrilled and dazzled by the exhilarating song numbers and hilarious scenes from a much-acclaimed Broadway musical comedy when “Sister Act” premieres on June 27, 2017 at The Theatre at Solaire, Entertainment City, Pasay City.

 The show opens the two-week Philippine run of the hit Broadway musical that is part of the Asian leg of the American production’s Asian tour for 2017. The musical will run for only two weeks with no extension.

 Touted as America’s new musical comedy classic, “Sister Act” brings to the musical theater scene a stage re-creation of the music and general story of the hit 1992 film comedy of the same title, but with an all-original score and script and spectacular production design.

 The play will leave the audience breathless as it they follow for two-and-a-half delightful hours the funny adventures of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look – a convent.

 Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly re-discovers her own.

 The musical features original music and score with a big Broadway sound written by the most acclaimed composer of our time, 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “”The Little Mermaid,” “Little Shop of Horrors”), with lyrics by Glenn Slater.  The story was written by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner with additional book material by Douglas. Carter Beane.  

  It had its world premiere at  the Pasadena Playhouse in the Fall of 2006,  followed by a production at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta on the Winter of 2007.  The West End production began previews at the Palladium Theatre in London on May 7, 2009, while the Broadway production began preview performances on March 24, 2011 and officially opened on April 20, 2011 at the Broadway Theatre.2

 Seen by over 6 million theater-goers across the globe, “Sister Act” has been performed worldwide in Milan, Vienna, Paris, Germany, The Netherlands, Japan and on tour throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.  It has also been played in Canada, Ireland, South Africa and Spain.

 The musical received five Tony Awards nominations in 2011: Best Musical, Best Original Score (Alan Menken-music/Glenn Slater-lyrics), Best Book of a Musical (Cheri and Bill Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane), Best Actress in a Musical (Patricia Miller) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Victoria Clark)  

 It was also nominated for four Olivier Awards in 2010, including Best Musical.

 The musical has drawn widespread critical acclaim for being a “fun, funny and feel good” act, with The New York Post describing it as “ridiculously fun” and The Huffington Post lauding it for providing  fans “an unbridled joy.”

 Sister Act is Ovation Productions’ second Broadway musical presentation; with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast 2 years ago at the Cultural Center of the Philippines as it’s first.

 Media partners are Fox, Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and BusinessWorld. Produced by Ovation Productions in cooperation with Broadway Entertainment Group, and Troika. Tickets at P6500, 5500, 4500, 3500, 1500  available online at www.ticketworld.com.ph or call (02) 981-9999. Avail of 10% Early Bird Discount from February 12 –28, 2017.

Meeting the New Miss Universe

MISS UNIVERSE FRANCE IRIS MITTENAERE CROWNED MISS UNIVERSE
More than 100 million fan votes helped one lucky contestant advance into the Top 13

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First Press Conference of the New Miss Universe, Miss France Iris Mittanaere at the Miss Universe media center. Photo Credit MJ Racadio

Press Conference of the New Miss Universe at Media Center.  Miss France, Iris Mittanaere. Blogtalk with MJ Racadio was able to asked the second question for the New Miss Universe.

Manila, Philippines – January 30, 2017 – In front of a global audience, Iris Mittenaere was crowned the new Miss Universe at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. The three-hour special programming event aired live on FOX in the United States.

Iris Mittenaere was born north of France in a town called Lille. Mittenaere has kept herself busy the last 5 years by pursuing her degree in Dental Surgery. Besides dental school, Mittenaere has always been fond of extreme sports, travelling the world and cooking new French dishes. She enjoys making others happy, especially when volunteering at Bienvenue-Tongasoa and Les Bonnes Fées.

Emmy® Award winner Steve Harvey returned to host this year’s competition with model, designer and body activist Ashley Graham as backstage host. Grammy® Award nominee and multi-platinum hip-hop artist Flo Rida and four-time Grammy® Award-winning R&B group Boyz II Men performed.

The judges who helped crown Miss Universe include:
· Cynthia Bailey: Former model and founder of The Bailey Agency School of Fashion, a modeling and fashion school dedicated to helping young women achieve their dreams; current cast member on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
· Mickey Boardman: Editorial Director and advice columnist for PAPER magazine.
· Leila Lopes: First Miss Universe from Angola and former United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Desertification; currently working with various charitable organizations in Africa.
· Francine LeFrak: Emmy® and Tony® Award-winning producer, social entrepreneur, women’s empowerment activist and founder of Same Sky, an initiative that provides training and employment to HIV+ women survivors of the Rwandan genocide.
· Sushmita Sen: Bollywood actress, philanthropist and champion of women’s rights in India; founder of I AM Foundation; and first-ever Miss Universe from India.
· Dayanara Torres: Former UNICEF ambassador, writer, singer, model, actress and former Miss Universe from Puerto Rico.

Prior to the competition, the Miss Universe celebrity red carpet streamed live on MissUniverse.com. Throughout the live telecast, the newly designed Miss Universe website and official Miss U App delivered exclusive content and highlights. Additionally, the Miss Universe digital backstage lounge provided a unique second-screen experience for viewers around the world to see what happens behind-the-scenes.

With a virtual seat at the judging table, an estimated 100 million votes were tabulated from fans around the world to determine which lucky contestant would advance into the Top 13 at the start of the live broadcast, with millions more voting throughout the competition. Eighty-six women represented their countries in this year’s MISS UNIVERSE® competition, which culminated in Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach crowning her successor. #MissUniverse | #BlogtalkwithMJRacadio | Miss Universe Media Coverage | http://missuniverse.com

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From Hollywood to Miss Universe

From Miss Universe to Hollywood

Kirsten Regalado: A Filipina International Fashion Designer

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Kirsten Regalado, an International Fashion Designer
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Lilimar (Hollywood’s Teen Superstar of Nickelodeon)
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Miss Mauritius-Universe 2016
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On the Red Carpet during Bb. Pilipinas USA, August 2015 at Porche Downtown Los Angeles, California.
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a glimpse of Miss Mauritius-Universe National Costume designed by Kirsten Regalado.

by MJ Racadio

(Manila, Philippines) January 20, 2017. a very friendly person, fashionable, and down-to-earth, Kirsten Regalado, an international fashion designer from Miami, Florida. Meeting Kirsten was a blast in Los Angeles during Binibining Pilipinas USA on August, 2015 and everyone says the rest is history. Kirsten asked ” would you like to meet Lilimar? I responded, “Sure, who is she? little did I know, she was teen superstar of Nickelodeon in Hollywood T.V. and blown away with her charm and humbleness in person.

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Hanging-out with Lilimar & Kirsten Regalado

Apart from Hollywood, Kirsten is designing for Miss Mauritius-Universe for the 65th Miss Universe in the Philippines

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DESCRIPTION OF MISS UNIVERSE MAURITIUS’ COSTUME
The multi-colored costume which showcases the Seven Colored Earth of Chamarel in country of Mauritius consists of three elements: headdress, cape and 3-piece gown.
The headdress made of red fabric petals represents the volcanic eruption and also the flora of Mauritius after the volcanic eruption.

The detachable cape made of ecofabric material is hand painted to show the volcano on the outside of the cape and then the volcanic eruption inside. (The cape opens up to 114 by 114 inches).
The three piece custom made gown is made of different materials. The upper gown is covered with recycled corded red lace and sewn with sequins for sparkle. The upper gown reflects the colors of the lava from the volcanic eruption.
The pencil skirt is made of recycled corrugated cardboard boxes, cut into diamond shape and the floor sweeping trail is covered with 1,300 pcs of recycled clear plastic cups and paper mache’ painted to show the hilly and amazing Seven Colored Earth of Chamarel in the island of Mauritius. Chamarel was chosen for its unique and colorful visual appeal which will surely entice visitors to flock to Mauritius once they see it.
It is worth noting that 4 children from La Consolacion College, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental Philippines including an orphan child helped work with the costume with fashion designer Kirsten Regalado.

Mauritius representing , the Seven Colored Earth(s)[1] (Terres des Sept Couleurs in French) are a geological formation and prominent tourist attraction found in the Chamarel plain in south-western Mauritius. It is a relatively small area of sand dunes comprising sand of seven distinct colors (approximately red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow). The main feature of the place is that since these differently colored sands spontaneously settle in different layers, dunes acquire a surrealistic, striped coloring.