Last year’s video featured over 150 YouTube creators, along with TV personalities and celebrities James Corden, T-Pain, Karlie Kloss, and John Oliver and celebrated themes from”Pizza Rat” to “Watch Me Whip/Nae Nae.”
What will 2016 focus on? See this video to know more!
From Japanese comedy and European soccer to big celebrity moments and some of YouTube’s most popular faces, this year’s top trending videos represent the amazing variety of creativity shared on YouTube every day. Collectively these 10 videos have 550 million views and were watched for over 25 million hours. The channels who make them have more than 40 million subscribers who tune in regularly to watch the funny, insightful, entertaining things they create.
In Music, 2016 seemed to be all about “work,” with Fifth Harmony landing the year’s top music video (and more than a billion views) and Rihanna claiming the record for most views in the first 24 hours.
International Film Festival Pioneer Visiting Manila
by MJ Racadio
April 13, 2016 (Social Dragon PR) Quezon City, Philippines. Pedron arrived in the Philippines for speaking engagements about Film-Making and consulting projects. Luis Pedron making rounds of interviews from Magandang Umaga po! to 95.5 Pinas FM. Luis Pedron is the Festival Manager of the Viva Latino International Film Festival NY 2015 and 2016. In the past Luis was the Programmerfor the Soho International Film Festival 2010 and 2011, Festival Director for the Asians on Film Festival in North Hollywood CA 2013, Festival Director for the One FILAM Film Festival Hollywood CA 2013.
Luis Pedron is currently the Co-Founder/Festival Director and Programmer of the International Film Festival Manhattan now on it’s 6th Year. IFFM showcases Asian, Latino, New York and International filmmakers that reflect the change that we see in America and the world today. His advocacy is to help film-makers from around the world to showcase different genres of films during the Film Festivals on October 20-23, 2016. For submissions visit http://iffmnewyork.com
Hollywood, CA (Social Dragon PR) September, 2015. Tune in this Sunday, September 6, 2015 7PM PST / 10PM EST to Blogtalk with MJRacadio on http://mranow.co and get to know basketball stars and a voice-over/Mo-Cap Artist plus DJ MD.
First meet James Yap, also known as James Carlos Agravante Yap Sr. and Big Game James. Yap is a Filipino professional basketball player. He was a 4th-time High school Basketball MVP and during that time they won three championships. After High School, He took his college team, UE Red Warriors to two straight final four games and was named UAAP MVP in 2003. A year later, Yap entered the draft and was selected in the first round and 2nd overall in the 2004 PBA, also known as the Philippine Basketball Association, Draft. Yap currently plays shooting guard/small forward for the “Star Hotshots” in the PBA. He is a twelve-time All-Star from 2004 thru 2015, and his team has won seven PBA championships. He is also a 4th-time PBA MVP. Overall, James Yap was born to play basketball.
Next, meet another basketball player, Kobe Paras, the son of 2nd-time PBA MVP Legend, Benjie Paras, and the brother of actor/basketball player, Andre Paras. He is notoriously known for dunking over Lebron James. Also, he is the youngest player to compete in the 2013 FIBA 3×3 World Championships, and won two gold medals in a row at the slam dunk contest. This past summer he played in the Adidas Uprising All-American Camp, and in the Adidas Global Nations camp. Currently, he is a shooting guard/small forward at Cathedral High School and he has accepted a college basketball scholarship to play for UCLA. Per ESPN, he is ranked in the top 25(#23) best small forwards in the US. All in all, Watch out for this rising basketball star. Basketball is in Kobe Paras’ genes.
Finally, lets get to know Micah DC aka DJMD! he was born and raised in the California Bay Area. Living in the Peninsula, East Bay, and South Bay, DJ MD has opened his eyes to the diversity in the Bay Area. It is a hotbed of entertainment, fashion and culture waiting to be shared with everyone. Being someone that appreciates these things, DJ MD hope to as a Norcal correspondent to share with you the exciting things happening in the Bay Area.
Shoot and Score.
Get to know basketball greats and voice-over/Mo-Cap talent plus DJ MD by Tuning in this Sunday, September 6th, 2015 from 7PM PST / 10PM EST to Blogtalk with MJRacadio on http://mranow.co.
We got three exciting people in the entertainment industry, Apl. de. Ap ,Tia Carerre and Eric G. this Sunday August 23rd 7PM PST /10PM EST to Blogtalk with MJRacadio on http://mranow.co.
Apl.de.Ap (pronounced “Apple Dee Ap”), also known as Allan Pineda Lindo, is a Filipino-American Rapper, singer, break dancer, record producer, and a philanthropist. Apl.de.Ap had a tough life growing up, but he persevered. He is widely known, as one of the founding members of the Grammy Award winning music Hip Hop/Pop group “The Black Eyed Peas.” He has won numerous awards: The Myx Award, Global Achievement (GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards), The Spirit Award for his philanthropy work, etc… Currently, Apl.de.Ap is one of the judges for “The Voice of the Philippines.” Overall, despite the fame, Apl.de.Ap never forgot where he came from. He has given back to his family, the Philippines, and the global community.
Next, meet Tia Carrere. She is an American Actress, singer, model and voice artist, born and raised in Hawaii. She got her big break, while she was at a grocery store. She landed her first movie role in “Aloha Summer.” Than, she showed her acting range in several major blockbuster films, such as Wayne’s World 1& 2, True Lies, Rising Sun, Lilo & Stitch, and so on.In addition, Carrere and her friend/artist/producer Daniel Ho was nominated for a Grammy 3 years in a row and won two. Their song “Hawaiiana” reached the #10 on Billboard’s World Music Chart. Presently, Carrere is producing a biopic of Rell Sunn, a Hawaiian surf legend, in which she plans to portray her. All in all, Tia Carrere has a diverse entertainment background and a Hollywood Triple Threat indeed.
Don’t miss out on Apl.de.Ap, Tia Carrere’s and Eric G.’s latest buzz. Tune in this Sunday August 23rd 7PM PST /10PM EST to Blogtalk with MJRacadio on http://mranow.co. Listen to their interviews and get inspired.
From Press Conference to Bikini Runway Fashion Show
Hollywood, CA (Social Dragon PR) August 03, 2015. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder from Morena to Mestiza. Luckily was able to get a glimpse of the beautiful ladies from across America last July 19, at the Porsche Downtown, Los Angeles Press Presentation. The candidates of premier Filipina American beauty pagent currently in a high gear vying for coveted crown for Binibining Pilipinas USA 2015 that will take place on August 15, 6PM at the Carpenter Performing Arts in Long Beach, California.
Apart from the Press, had a chance to attend the meet and greet and getting to know the candidates at the Gerry’s Grill last July 30. Tune In! August 06-5PM PST for Blogtalk with MJ Racadio mid-week episode: exclusive interviews from the lovely candidates. Visit http://mranow.co
Meet & Greet & Getting to know
If you win the title what is your purpose? “I’ll definitely use my voice and be a role model.” – Sidette San Agustin, Bb. 10. “Be a goodwill ambasador”- Megan Culp, Bb. 18.
If given a chance to make laws what would that be and why?
“I will create laws for equality”- Heather Casignia, Bb. 1.
Any changes in terms of equality in the US? “Most definitely, we are family of immigrants and thankful for our parents because of the opportunities have given to us”- Eriel Uy, Bb. 13.
The Bikini Runway Fashion Show will be held at Porsche Downtown Los Angeles this coming Sunday August 09, 7PM for details visit http://insiderproductions.net
Who is your favorite?
According to fans
Number 2, she’s pretty and tall- Bianca Daza (Manila, Philippines).
Number 2-Rodchild Urena of Sacramento, California.
Lovely ladies wish I was there with you- Daryl Cook of Missouri.
Hollywood CA (Social Dragon PR) July 25, 2015. This Sunday July 30th 7PM PST/10PM EST on Blogtalk with MJ Racadio http://mranow.co , it’s all about love and singing with two talented people.
Let’s get to know Papa Jack, a.ka. John S. Gemperle. He is one of the main Kabisyo Djs on 90.7 Love Radio Network (www.loveradio.com.ph) in Manila. Papa Jack’s segment is all about Love. From 09:00pm – 12:00am TRUE LOVE CONVERSATIONS and at 12:00 am – 02:00am WILD CONFESSIONS.
Warning: Topics can get hot. Just call him the love doctor. All you need is love.
Also, meet Mitoy Yonting. Yonting is a Filipino singer, comedian, and lead vocalist for his band, The Draybers. Most notably, Yonting is known for winning the first season of The Voice of the Philippines. This has opened many doors. Yonting was the supporting act for Lea Salonga’s concert series titled “Playlist.” More recently, he was one of the cast members for ABS-CBN’s comedy “Home Sweetie Home.”
Overall, get to know these 2 talented individuals Sunday July 30th 7PM PST/10PM EST http://mranow.co . Maybe you will learn something new about love and singing.
Hollywood CA (Social Dragon PR) July 02, 2015. Tune in this Sunday7PM PST/10 EST on Blogtalk with MJ Racadio http://mranow.co. This Episode features Mary Lai, NYC Bag Designer, John Ablaza, Philippine’s First Eco-Fashion Designer, and this weekend’s Featured Artist: International Super Star Ricky Martin and Remix by DJ Cubanito & Klubjumpers.
Mary Lai is a seasoned designer, artist, and business entrepreneur, known for her ultramodern edge, high quality leather handbag collection. Recently, Lai was nominated for Distinctly Denim Handbag by Guess at the 17th Annual IHDA Award Ceremony, and the year before she was nominated in 2 categories out of 1500+ applicants. Prior to 2014, Lai received the American Express OPEN Rising Stars of Fashion Award. Furthermore, Lai was awarded the Independent Handbag Designer Award in June 2013 for the Best Handmade Handbag. All in all, Lai is a gifted designer.
Next, meet John Ablaza, an international Fashion Designer with a mission and vision of promoting the rich culture and heritage of the Philippines. Ablaza’s Vision is to create a livelihood for local artisans. He is also known for his bow tie couture. What makes his bow tie collection special is the embroidery, which is made by different tribes in the Philippines. Most notably, Ablaza is Philippine’s first eco-fashion designer.
Featured artist will be International Superstar Ricky Martin with his new smashed hit “Adios” remixed by DJ Cubanito & Klubjumpers– Grammy nominated Billboard producers.
Tune in to this exciting episode Sunday July 5th 7PM PST/10 EST on Blogtalk with MJ Racadio http://mranow.co
Hollywood CA (Social Dragon PR) June 20, 2015. On Sunday, June 21st 8PM PST/11PM EST, meet Charmaine Rodriguez on Blogtalk with MJ Racadio. Ms. Rodriguez worked with Fashion Designer Contestants on the Hit NBC show “Fashion Star”. She creates patterns and technical patterncards from designers call out sketches. Currently, she runs her own couture business, Charmaine Joie Couture.
Also meet Nihil Young, aka Less Hate and Mattia Marotta. Young is an Italian DJ and producer. He has worked with several top artists and labels. He is also one of the founders for Frequenza Records and the owner of Frequenza Limited.
Get to know both of these talented people on Blogtalk with MJ Racadio Sunday Jun 21st at 8PM PST/11PM EST.
One of the most versatile and cosmopolitan saxophonist in pop, soul and contemporary jazz for over 35 years, Michael Paulo is bringing jazz to Los Angeles with the 1st Annual Asian Heritage Jazz Festival presented by Apaulo Music Productions, featuring some of the most renown Asian Jazz Artists in America, who have made inroads on a national and global scale.
According to Paulo: ” With my lifelong passion for Jazz, I want to host an event unlike any other that focuses on the Asian Culture embracing an American Art form, Jazz. As America is a melting pot of cultures it is important in the assimilation of those cultures to embrace things that are uniquely American. It is through this that we can become a part of the mainstream culture. Also in most instances Asian Americans aren’t readily associated with Jazz. The festival aims to change that perception by featuring as many of the best Asian jazz performers here that we can assemble. We will have the biggest line up of Asian Jazz artists ever in the US.”
Featured artists: Saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa, Koto June Kuramoto, Vocalist Pauline Wilson, Saxman Michael Paulo, Keyboardist Ming Freeman, Korean Saxman Danny Jung, Piano Legend Rene Paulo, Bassist Benny Rietveld, Vocalist Kemeya Seward, Saxophonist Ner de Leon, Bassist David Inamine , Guitarist Fred Schreuders and Yu Ooka, arranger /composer Derek Nakamoto, Pianist Boy Katindig, Saxophonist Justin Klunk and more! Rob Fukuzaki, the weekday sports anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News team in Los Angeles and host of the post-game show Sports Zone will serve as the festival emcee.
This festival will showcase the achievements of these artists, as well as recognize an impressive roster of Asian American musicians, who have contributed their talents to this original American art form. Jazz has become increasingly popular in Asia with The Java Jazz festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, now the largest jazz festival in the world. It is time to highlight and promote our local artists in the United States.
Paulo continues: “We can also generate opportunities for young up-and-coming talent to gain exposure, play and be inspired by the veteran performers who have had international success. This is what makes us different than the many other jazz festival events in Southern California. I am committed to its success and very excited to launch this event.”
The festival provides a platform to promote and nurture younger artists who deserve wider recognition, but are unable to break into the mainstream world of major jazz festivals.
The festival will also support the launch of a music scholarship fund to provide opportunities to further insure the future of the Asian culture in embracing this iconic American art form.
The Festival will be held at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center on an outdoor main stage, it is one of the largest ethnic arts and cultural centers of its kind in the United States.
Michael Paulo – Apaulo Music Productions
One of the most versatile and cosmopolitan saxophonists in pop, soul and contemporary jazz for over 35 years, Michael Paulo has added his distinct saxpertise to a virtual who’s who of artists, including Al Jarreau (Paulo’s longest term touring association), James Ingram, Rick Braun (No. 1 Smooth Jazz Trumpeter) , guitarist Peter White, Kenny Loggins, Patti Austin, Jeffrey Osborne, Jeff Lorber, David Benoit, Carl Anderson, Bobby Caldwell, Johnny Mathis, Deniece Williams, Oleta Adams, Paul Jackson Jr., Christopher Cross, Ray Parker Jr., Eric Benet, and more.
In 1983, Paulo caught his big break when Al Jarreau hired him for his touring band. The
young saxman became an integral part of the Jarreau experience while touring the world for the next decade. Paulo also gained international recognition as a result of his work on Jarreau’s
famed “Live in London” release.
Internationally, he has performed in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
With nine solo releases to his credit and numerous studio sessions Michael has been a
mainstay in the jazz world. In 2003 and 2004 Michael expanded his Horizons performing with
the Honolulu and Asian American Symphonies. Michael is currently completing a new recording
project featuring his compositions and an all star cast of top jazz artists and musicians.
As the Founding Producer for the Temecula Wine and Music Festival in California for the past ten years Michael is no stranger to the international festival scene. Paulo spent fifteen years as the musical director and host of the Dolphin Days Music Festival in Hawaii. He has also recently been active as a musical coordinator and artist in residence for The Java Jazz Festival, one of the largest international music festivals in the world.
Currently Michael produces popular Smooth Jazz Concerts in Hawaii and “Grooves at the
Westin” jazz series in Palm Springs. With over 20 concerts to date, and more scheduled this
year, Michael has been instrumental in the resurgence and popularity of jazz and instrumental music in Hawaii.
Beneficiary: The Heads up Youth Foundation
The Heads Up Youth Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged and at-risk youth in the Southern California area. The Foundation assists existing sports and youth organizations that promote positive development in children and teens through recreational, educational and mentoring programs. It was founded in 1997 by Rob Fukuzaki, the weekday sports anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News team in Los Angeles and host of the post-game show Sports Zone.
Corporate, Community and Media Sponsorships are available.
Contact: Apaulo Music Productions LLC, Michael Paulo at 951-696-0184 or Saxhawaii@aol.com,
To purchase tickets: www.tix.com – Asian Heritge Jazz Festival
Media Contact: Michael Paulo and featured artists are available for appearance and interviews
“THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR” – by ARTHUR DONG
WINS AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
“HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME)” – by JOSH KIM
WINS AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST NARRATIVE
GOLDEN REEL AWARD for BEST SHORT FILM GOES TO
“90 DAYS” – A FILM BY TIMOTHY YEUNG
LINDA MABALOT NEW DIRECTORS/NEW VISIONS AWARD GOES TO
“JULIET JULIET – THE SOUND OF LOVE MUSICAL” by KEN OCHIAI
May 1, 2015 (Los Angeles, CA) The 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) produced by Visual Communications celebrated it’s closing night of their 31st edition on Thursday night with a filmmaker awards ceremony for the competition films, and the LA premiere screening of the award winning MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW directed by Shonali Bose.
Los Angeles based director Dax Phelan was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature for his feature debut JASMINE. The festival’s Best Director award was given to LAAPFF alumni Jennifer Phang for her film ADVANTAGEOUS.
Both JASMINE and ADVANTAGEOUS were among multiple award winners. JASMINE was recognized by 5 awards; ADVANTAGEOUS took home 4 awards; and MISS INDIA AMERICA was honored with 2 prizes.
Additional Narrative Feature awards presented on closing night include:
Best Screenplay Ravi Kapoor and Meera Simhan for MISS INDIA AMERICA
Best Editor (tie) Sean Gillane and Jennifer Phang for ADVANTAGEOUS
Chris Chan Lee for JASMINE
Best Cinematography Guy Livneh for JASMINE
Best Music Score Timo Chen for ADVANTAGEOUS
Best Sound Design Lisa K. Fowle for JASMINE
Best Actor – comedy Tiya Sircar for MISS INDIA AMERICA
Best Actor – drama Jason Tobin for JASMINE
Best Ensemble Cast Cast of KTOWN COWBOYS – directed by Daniel Park
Best First Feature Li Lu for THERE’S A NEW WORLD SOMEWHERE
Best New Actor (tie) Anthony Ma for LOVE ARCADIA
Brandon Soo Hoo for EVERYTHING BEFORE US
Best Animation in a MAN UP – directed by Justin Chon
In addition, the narrative jury awarded actress/writer Jacqueline Kim for her work as the lead actress and co-writer of ADVANTAGEOUS with the special inaugural Linda Mabalot Renaissance Award. This award recognizes a multi talented artist who exemplifies the spirit and fierceness of the late executive director of the LAAPFF and Visual Communications, Linda Mabalot. Mabalot died in 2003 just after the festival ended.
In the documentary competition, directors Samantha Futerman and Ryan Miyamoto won the Grand Jury Prize for the film TWINSTERS. The film tells the real life story of co-director Futerman finding her twin sister on social media by accident. Futerman and her twin sister were separated in Korea when they were adopted by different families – one in the US and the other in Europe.
Best Documentary Director award was given to Jim Choi for CHANGING SEASON; Best Cinematographer prize was bestowed on Patrick McLaughlin for his work on EVERYTHING WILL BE; and Best Editing went to Sara Newens and Summers Henderson for TOP SPIN. A special jury prize was awarded to Kimberlee Bassford for WINNING GIRL.
Attendance was up with many sold out shows this year and audiences really responding to the films and stories. All of the 32 feature films were eligible for Audience Award. This was divided into the fiction and documentary categories. THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR from award winning filmmaker Arthur Dong took home the Audience Award in the documentary arena; and HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME) by Josh Kim wowed the audiences and won the Audience Award for Best Fiction Feature.
This year, the LAAPFF presented over 102 short films from directors across the globe. The dramatic and elegantly executed 90 DAYS by Patrick Yeung received the Golden Reel Award, while Ken Ochiai was honored with the Linda Mabalot New Directors/New Visions Award for his musical short JULIET JULIET – THE SOUND OF LOVE MUSICAL
The 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival kicked off on April 23, 2015 for eight days starting with the world premiere of EVERYTHING BEFORE US – a film by Wesley Chan and Philip Wang. Since opening night, LAAPFF has screened all over Los Angeles from Little Tokyo to Koreatown to Downtown LA to West Hollywood.
The 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is sponsored by:
PLATINUM: Comcast NBC Universal; Sony Pictures Entertainment; GOLD: Directors Guild of America; Nielsen; SILVER: HBO; BRONZE: FilmLA; Creative DCP; SAG Indie; STAR: Modern VideoFilm; Motion Picture Editors Guild; SAG-AFTRA; Union Bank; Writers Guild of America/West; Yu & Co.; VENUE SPONSORS: Aratani Theatre/Japanese American Cultural & Community Center; Directors Guild of America; Japanese American National Museum; Downtown Independent; CGV Cinemas; The Great Company; MEDIA SPONSORS: AngryAsianMan.com; KPFK – FM; LA-18 KSCI; LA Weekly; MYX TV; Yelp; GOVERNMENT: National Endowment for the Arts; Los Angeles County Arts Commission; Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; California Arts Council; Cal Humanities; FOUNDATION: Aratani Foundation; James Irvine Foundation; Weingart Foundation; Parsons Foundation; SAG-P IACF; Asian Pacific Community Fund; Sony Pictures Entertainment; RECEPTION: Asahi; Kirin; LA-18 KSCI; Stella Artois; Ketel One; MYXTV; IN KIND: Telepath Corporation; IKON Office Supplies; Meiji; LA18; HBO; Red Giant;
LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL 2015 AWARDS
NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM AWARDS
GRAND JURY PRIZE – BEST FILM – JASMINE
BEST DIRECTOR – JENNIFER PHANG – ADVANTAGEOUS
BEST SCREENPLAY – RAVI KAPOOR & MEERA SIMHAN, – MISS INDIA AMERICA
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – GUY LIVNEH – JASMINE
BEST ACTOR – DRAMATIC – JASON TOBIN – JASMINE
BEST ACTOR – COMEDY – TIYA SIRCAR – MISS INDIA AMERICA
BEST EDITING – TIE: CHRIS CHAN LEE – JASMINE
SEAN GILLANE/JENNIFER PHANG – ADVANTAGEOUS
BEST ENSEMBLE CAST – KTOWN COWBOYS
BEST SOUND DESIGN – LISA K. FOWLE – JASMINE
BEST MUSICAL SCORE -TIMO CHEN – ADVANTAGEOUS
SPECIAL JURY AWARD, BEST ANIMATION IN A NON-ANIMATED FILM – MAN UP
SPECIAL JURY AWARD, BEST NEW ACTOR – Tie:
BRANDON SOOHOO – EVERYTHING BEFORE US; ANTHONY MA – LOVE ARCADIA
SPECIAL JURY AWARD, BEST FIRST FEATURE – LI LU – THERE IS A NEW WORLD SOMEWHERE
SPECIAL JURY AWARD, THE LINDA MABALOT RENAISSANCE SPIRIT AWARD for the multi talented artist who embodies the spirit and fierceness of Linda Mabalot
JACQUELINE KIM – ADVANTAGEOUS
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM AWARDS
GRAND JURY PRIZE – BEST FILM – TWINSTERS – DIRECTED BY SAMANTHA FUTERMAN AND RYAN MIYAMOTO
BEST DIRECTOR JIM CHOI – CHANGING SEASONS
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – PATRICK MCLAUGHLIN – EVERYTHING WILL BE
BEST EDITING – SARA NEWENS & SUMMERS HENDERSON – TOP SPIN
SPECIAL JURY AWARD – KIMBERLEE BASSOFRD – WINNING GIRL
AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS
DOCUMENTARY AUDIENCE AWARD – THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR – A FILM BY ARTHUR DONG
NARRATIVE AUDIENCE AWARD – HOW WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME) – A FILM BY JOSH KIM
SHORT FILM AWARDS
NEW DIRECTORS/NEW VISIONS –
JULIET JULIET – THE SOUND OF LOVE MUSICAL – DIRECTED BY KEN OCHIAI