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Journey’s Frontman Concert in Manila

Arnel Pineda: The 50th Birthday Concert

September 5, 2017/ 7:00 PM
Grand Ballroom, Okada Manila

July 04, 2017(Manila, Philippines). Partake in a heartfelt celebration of Arnel Pineda’s colorful life as he turns 50. The Filipino rockstar is marking his golden year with an intimate birthday dinner show at Okada Manila, where he will be singing the songs of his life. The night’s setlist follows Arnel’s life story, from his beginnings in local bands to conquering the world stage as frontman of the legendary Journey. The artist will delight the audience with renditions of his personal favorites and original compositions. Surprise performances await both the audience and the artist himself.  With acclaimed video and event director Paul Basinillo at the helm, the night will surely create lasting impressions for those in attendance.

Our Cause
Arnel’s humble beginnings has shaped him into a man of goodwill. Majority of the event’s proceeds will go to the Arnel Pineda Foundation, Inc. (APFI), a non-stock, non profit, and independent foundation that provides underprivileged children quality education, health services and medical attention. Arnel and his family personally oversee the Foundation and are always present in its events.

The Celebrant

Arnel Pineda is the lead singer of celebrated American rock band, Journey. Since landing the coveted gig in 2007, he has showcased his powerful pipes at the biggest venues including the Hollywood Bowl, Wembley Arena, and Tokyo Budokan. He has collaborated with the likes of Foreigner, Deep Purple, Santana, Joan Jett, Rascal Flatts among others.

Arnel was born on September 5, 1967 in Sampaloc, Manila. After his mother’s illness and eventual death put the family in a dire financial situation, he volunteered to live independently, taking on odd jobs to provide for himself at the age of 14. At 15, he became the lead singer of the band, Ijos. In 1986, along with some members of Ijos, he formed Ammo and the band went on to win the Rock Wars contest. In 1988, Ammo won the Philippine leg of the Yamaha World Band Explosion and competed in Hong Kong for the finals.  In 1990, Pineda and other Ammo members formed another band called Intensity Five which came first runner-up at the Yamaha World Band Explosion, with Arnel winning Best Vocalist. Arnel also fronted the bands New Age, 9mm, Most W@nted, and Zoo.

Our Venue

Okada Manila impresses anyone who enters its halls. This biggest and grandest integrated resort in the country occupies an astounding 44 hectares of land in the Entertainment City.With a five-star hotel, a wealth of dining destinations, exciting retail options, and gaming experiences, Okada sets the bar high in the hospitality and gaming scene.


Tickets to the event are now out at Ticketworld branches and online at A seat is PHP 7,040.40, inclusive of a full-course sit-down dinner and covering tax and other mandated charges.  For inquiries, get in touch with Up North Productions at, or at mobile number +63 917 652 7463.

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John Ablaza 30 years Behind-the-Seams a success!

John Ablaza 30 years Behind-the-Seams a Success

A revelation of Le Petite Couture

By MJ Racadio

John Ablaza with Le Petite Couture
Photo Credit: Priscilla Marte

(May 23, 2017) After 30 years in the fashion industry, Philippines’ First eco-couture designer John Ablaza, there is no sign of slowing down. Before flying to New York, he spent many hours in creating those mini-couture collection. In May 20, 2017, Ablaza finally revealed the Le Petite Couture during 30 years behind-the-seams at the Amar Estate.  

Amar Estate Photo Credit: Elton Lugay

Ablaza said “I am really proud to present to the world my ”  Le Petite Couture ” a collection of about 30 pcs miniature Couture Gowns done 90 percent by hand in 100 days.

I am dedicating this creation to women who matters and each piece will be named after those whose been a part of my 30 seamless and very challenging journey in fashion. This is also my humble contribution to the fashion industry. Will eventually launch this as a traveling exhibit that I intend to showcase in important cities around the world.”

John Ablaza’s Advocacy

Most fashion shows focuses in Glamour however, John Ablaza 30 years behind the seams more on the charity, whom Ablaza close to his heart especially the less fortunate communities from Zimbabwe to Kenya.

(Left) Gio, Myra (Right) Fatena
Limuel Hayag Photo Credit: Darren Lee
Media Interviews before the Fashion Show
Hannah Marte
Dressing room with make-up artist
le petite couture
Limuel Hayag featured model
Fatena striking a pose.

photo credit: Jersey Lubiano

Apart from this,  the people who made the fashion show possible were the organizers,  models,  photographers, media,  volunteers,  make-up artist, sponsors. Special mention to Helsey Lubiano of CHHC Event Planning and Operations,  the Productions Agency: Ronnie and Nanette,  the Same Family,  Chris Labaco,  show director.

photo credit: Dennis Madigan
Briefing during rehearsal
a big thank you Darren Lee for capturing John Ablaza’s 30 years behind-the-seams.

Photo credits: Marcie Concepcion, Elton Lugay,  Bernadette Semple, Myra Mrowicki and J Rhoda Taduran and Darren Lee.

Opening Remarks by  Aquino-Thomas before the Fashion Show

Video Credit: Elton Lugay

According to John Ablaza “Thank you God for an amazing show.. Enchanted Evening !!!!Thank you to.everyone who made this show a great success !!!!”

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Bow Tie Couture

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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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When superstars meet Mayon Volcano

When superstars meet Mayon Volcano

From Left: Allen Cecilio, Dee Jay Alvaro and Markus Paterson of Pinoy Boy Band Superstar. Photo Credit: MJ Racadio I #MayonVolcano I #TobacoCity I

Mayon Volcano

by MJ Racadio

It’s really a dream come true to visit the magnificent Mayon Volcano: perfect cone shape volcano located in the heart of Tabaco City. Where superstars meets the nature, some of the promising superstars and iconic artist performed live during the 16th anniversary of Tabaco City. The audience welcomed us with hospitality and full of love as the city known for ‘City of Love’. Definitely fell in love with the beauty of nature and people were indeed beautiful.

#Negi (Stand-up Comedian/Sidekick of Vice Ganda of #GGV) before performing live in front of thousands of people.
Enjoying Mayon Volcano on the top, near the crater.
with Mayor
with Dee Jay Alvaro (Philippines Folk-Pop Queen) & Tobaco City Mayor Krisel Lagman Luistro. Photo Credit: Merlina Reeves

By Viva Galvez (Guest Writer/Blogger)

Viva Galvez

About Tabaco City

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” but as we set foot to the City of Tabaco, in the wonderful province of Albay, beauty is when you gaze upon the Mayon volcano. Yes, Tabaco City is where the perfect cone shaped volcano seats. And if you’re wondering why the famous volcano is called “Mayon”, well, that’s just short for the Bicolano word “magayon” (which means beautiful). Tabaco is a city of love, as it brings us one of the best “love affairs” that will forever remind us why we are special. This is our love for nature, as well as our love for creator for us – for the place mirrors a true paradise one could only dream of. Aside from the beauty of the place, a lot of things could be unlocked. Whoever thought of “sili ice cream” making it on every Bicolano restaurants’ table is a genius.

There’s more or less a hundred ways to prepare or cook pili nuts. Such delicacies draw people from every corner of the globe to this beautiful place. Bonus is when we get a taste of their 16th City-hood Anniversary. Such event showcases everything that the City has to offer. Those, and with world class entertainment from both local and national artists. This celebration is worth trying for. While Tabaco City’s natural beauty sets it apart from other tourist destinations, it never fails to bring people in one place where together, they can experience beauty of nature, taste of culture, and unexplicable love. All in one.

 Allen Cecilio’s Interview

Markus Paterson’s Interview

Negi of GGV

Dee Jay Alvaro’s Live Interview



John Ablaza High-end Fashion Designer Like No Other

John Ablaza High-end fashion designer like no other

John Ablaza and Mithi Aquino- Thomas with the SILOZWANE children in Bulawayo,Zimbabwe. Photo Credit: Jhenny Evans
John Ablaza and Mithi Aquino- Thomas with the SILOZWANE children in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Photo Credit: Jhenny Evans

by MJ Racadio

Hollywood, California (November 29, 2016) High-end fashion is all about glamour, beauty and sophistication although there is one designer who can change the perspective of fashion. His name is John Ablaza, Philippines first eco-couture designer, he has been in the fashion design industry for over 29 years but what really sets him apart is the way he collaborated with individuals from other local designers to photographers. For example, he recently had a successful collaborations with local artisans in Zimbabwe, which aims to educate future designers in making sustainable materials yet elegant. According to John, he enjoyed Zimbabwe because they welcomed him with open-arms led by Mithi Aquino-Thomas, the wife of US Ambassador Harry Thomas of Harare. He added “I enjoyed hanging-out with the young kids at the village, it’s worth every time spent there”. In addition, John would like to continue his legacy by helping others through his advocacy.

Hollywood Actor Michael Galante (Jane the Virgin, Switched at Birth) Photo Credit: Alex Tupaz
Hollywood Actor Michael Galante (Jane the Virgin, Switched at Birth) Photo Credit: Alex Tupaz

His new designs will be featured during couture & culture fashion show on December 10, 2016 at the One UN New York Hotel in New York City along with selected VIP Guests, that will benefit Zimbabwe collaboration (Benefiting the children of Silozwane, Bulawayo). In addition, John Ablaza will closely working with volunteers and friends in New York City including the models of Presko led by Velzon Velez, top-notch photographers like Alex Tupaz and Jhenny Evans, CHHC event planner expert Helsey Lubiano, Joy Faber of One UN New York,  celebrities like Michael Galante (Jane the Virgin, Switched at Birth), Miss Philippines-USA 2014 Hannah Angelica Marte , Miss New York Tourism, and Zimbabwe Designers.

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Zimbabwe Fashion Show

Mouth Watering Pastries

by MJ Racadio

Photo Credit: Jay Mark

I arrived at the venue around 3:30 PM, August 05 in the heart of Makati. Academy of Pastry & Bakery Arts (Philippines) celebrating its one year anniversary in the country. My team check out the main kitchen while students are prepping for the big event. Showcasing up and coming chefs with their talents in making pastries. I got lucky to witness all that from the beginning to the end of presentation. Finally, the buffet of pastries are amazing and yes indeed mouth-watering. Definitely a world-class event, gathering award- winning chefs passing on skills how to make a gourmet cakes and desserts.

Photo Credit: Jay Mark









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Who will be the next Bb. Pilipinas USA?

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by MJ Racadio

Who will be the next Bb. Pilipinas USA?

Coronation Night August 15, 2015 6PM at the Carpenter Performing Arts. Photo Credit Insider Productions.
Coronation Night August 15, 2015 6PM at the Carpenter Performing Arts. Photo Credit Insider Productions.
Bikini Runway Fashion Show August 09, 2015 7PM at the Porsche Downtown Los Angeles.
Bikini Runway Fashion Show & Talent Competition: August 09, 2015 7PM at the Porsche Downtown Los Angeles.

From Press Conference to Bikini Runway Fashion Show

Bb. Pilipinas USA beauiful candidates vying for the coveted crown during Press Presentation last July 19 at Porsche Downtown Los Angeles
Bb. Pilipinas USA beautiful candidates vying for the coveted crown during Press Presentation last July 19 at Porsche Downtown Los Angeles. Photo Credit Oscar Arcena

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.

Meet & Greet at Gerry's Grill Artesia, CA. Getting to know the Binibinis
Meet & Greet at Gerry’s Grill Artesia, CA.
Getting to know the Binibinis.

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

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

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.

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Noli Me Tangere: The Musical a Hit!

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Where Les Miserables meets Miss Saigon

Cast members of Noli Me Tangere:The Musical after a succesful perfomances
Cast members of Noli Me Tangere:The Musical after a succesful perfomances. Photo Credit: Jophel Huffman

Hollywood CA (Social Dragon PR) July 22, 2015. The anticipation was high outside Cerritos Performing Arts on July 11, 2015 before 8PM, Noli Me Tangere The Musical returns in Los Angeles, where Dr. Jose Rizal’s legacy bringing to life and the music from legendary Ryan Cayabyab.

Curtains opening: speech from the producer of the show Teatro Pilipino USA, First Act was really dark then the whole casts started singing in crescendo like style and building the momentum.

The most memorable characters were Crisostomo Ibarra played by Miguel Vera, a multi-talented singer/recording artist. Miguel Vera’s performance was amazing amazing plus his portayal was believable. Sisa’s portrayal was dramatic tear jerker and made me laugh out loud.

A charming Maria Clara with vocal prowess and the ability to command each musical numbers with heart and soul.

Kapitan Tiago’s performance with excellent vocal plus unexpected serious and very funny moments througout the duration of the musical.

The famous couple played by Nepomuceno and Garcia were extremely funny and it adds the life of the musical and unforgeatable moments . In addition, the entire casts were talented from dancing to vocals. – MJ Racadio of #USPressAssociation

4.5 stars out of 5 stars

What’s next for Teatro Pilipino USA perhaps debut in a great white way? Heard it in the grapevine international staging in Canada.

Where Novel meets History

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Where Novel meets History

Noli Me Tangere: The Musical
Noli Me Tangere: The Musical

Hollywood CA (Social Dragon PR) July 02, 2015. Jose Rizal’s novel is widely known as bold and fearless confessions during Spanish occupation in the Philippines. Noli Me Tangere : The Novel is the legacy left by Jose Rizal but Filipino Americans in today’s generation will witness The Musical version this coming July 11, 2015 2PM & 8PM at Cerritos Performing Arts.

In June 19, at iDance Studio in Carson during the Press Conference, had a chance getting to know the lead character as well heard the music by legendary Ryan Cayabyab.

Here are the reviews after hearing the performance.

“Heartwarming and unforgettable perfomances by Sisa & Crisostomo Ibarra portrayed by Miguel Vera’s, his  vocal ability was superb and the music by Cayabyab was in pecfection, a must see ” – MJ Racadio of US Press Association.

Lets find out what the production team has to say.

MJ: What are the challenges to make the musicals

Production Team: Casting was a challenge because mostly Fil-Ams could hardly speak tagalog, most cast has day jobs, practically we rehearse in the weekends.

with Miguel Vera as Crisostomo Ibarra
with Miguel Vera as Crisostomo Ibarra

Miguel Vera said his been a stage actor before recording artist.

MJ: This is your second year to portray Crisostomo Ibarra. What preparation do you have for the character?

Miguel Vera as Crisostomo Ibarra: No preparations at all but I need to be fit physically and mentally for the character because this is very demanding role.

MJ: How do you take care of your voice?

Miguel Vera: a lot of sleep.

Noli Me Tangere: The Musical will indeed brings the history back to life, legacy by Dr. Jose Rizal.

Buy your tickets now!

July 11, 2015 at The Cerritos Performing Arts.

Matinee 2PM & Evening 8PM

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