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75 Most Influential Filipino-Americans of 2020

October: Celebrating Filipino-American History Month

Yearly Lists of 75 MIFA Since 2014. Photos Courtesy of Filipino-American National Museum Website Screenshot

by MJ Racadio, Host of Blogtalk Hollywood, (America’s First Fil-Am Hollywood Entertaiment Podcasting Show). #75MIFA2020

(Los Angeles, California, October 18, 2020)–Filipinos indeed have come a long way. We landed in Morro Bay in California’s Central Coast on October 18, 1587 as part of The Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade. According to records from (FANHS), Filipino-American National Historical Society, Filipinos described as Yndios Luzones (Luzon Indians from the Northern, Philippines). Therefore, we are celebrating the Filipino-American Heritage Month this October. Despite the pandemic, Fil-Ams did not stop in making a difference in our community especially in American society at large. We have spearheaded the fight against COVID-19 with our fellow front-liners including doctors, nurses, caregivers, farmers, supermarket employees, public servants, entertainment industry, fashion designers, and so on. Fil-Ams truly stands out because of resilience and love for our fellowmen. This year’s 75 Most Influential Filipino-Americans are the following.

1. Ruben V. Nepales (Executive Producers of Golden Globe Awards 2020/Executive Secretary of Hollywood Foreign Press Association/Philanthropist).

2. Janet Nepales (Executive Producer of Golden Globe Awards 2020/ Treasurer of Hollywood Foreign Press Association)
3. Fritz Friedman (Sony Pictures Consultant/Veteran Publicist)
4. Marc Anthony Nicolas (2-Time Emmy Award-Winning Producer of The Talk)
5. Lisa Lew (4-Time Emmy Award-Winner)
6. Jhett Tolentino (3 Time Tony Winner & Grammy award winning producer)
7. Robert Lopez (EGOT Awardee)
8. Bruno Mars (Grammy Award Winner)
9. Hailee Steinfield (Oscar Nominated Actress)
10. Lea Salonga (Tony Winner & Grammy Nominated Recording Artist)
11. Apl De Ap (Grammy Award Winner of Black Eyed Peas)
12. Darren Criss (Emmy & Golden Globe Winner)
13. H.E.R. (Grammy Award Winner)
14. Chad Hugo of the Neptunes (Grammy Award Winner)
15. Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls/Grammy Nominated Recording Artist)

16. Olivia Quido-Co (Olivia Quido Skincare, Official Skincare of the 68th Miss Universe)
17. Vanessa Hudgens (Hollywood Actress/Recording Artist/Philanthropist)
18. Melissa Dela Cruz (Award-Winning Author)
19. Angela Perez Baraquio-Grey (Miss America 2001/School Principal/Philanthropist)
20. Dr. Tess Mauricio (America’s Favorite Dermatologist)
21. Dado Banatao (Entrepreneur/Philanthropist)
22. Keesa Ocampo (Emmy Winner/Public Relations)
23. Elton Lugay (TOFA Pioneer)
24. Loida Lewis (Businesswoman/Philanthropist)
25. Jon Jon Briones (Hollywood Actor)
26. Eva Noblezada (Tony Award Nominee/West-End Star/Grammy Award Winner- Hadestown)
27. Filbert Kung (Hollywood Photographer)
28. JRey Soul (New Member of Black Eyed Peas)
29. Jokoy (Comedian)
30. Augie Vargas (Emmy Primetime Producer)
31. Janelle So-Perkins (TV Host/Producer)
32. Oliver Tolentino (Fashion Designer/Philanthropist)
33. Joey Galon (Fashion Designer/Philanthropist)
34. Kenneth Barlis (Fashion Designer/Philanthropist)
35. Puey Quinones (Fashion Designer/Philanthropist)
36. Luis Pedron (Film Festival Director of IFFM)
37. Ellona Santiago (Front Liner/ U.S X-Factor Finalist)
38. Sthanlee Mirador (Hollywood Photographer)
39. Alain Uy (Hollywood Actor)
40. Michael Galante (Hollywood Actor)
41. Dante Basco (Hollywood Actor)
42. AJ Rafael (Youtube Superstar)
43. Princess Punzalan (Actress/Front-liner)
44. Thomas Orlina (Host/Producer/Songwriter)
45. Ranella Ferrer (NBA U.S. Anthem Singer)
46. Edwin A. Santos (Fil-Am Chamber of Commerce Hollywood/Actor/Producer)
47. Pen De Leon Manahan aka Ms. M (Publisher of Spotlight Media Magazine/Philanthropist)
48. Fleur Magbanua (Frontliner/COVID-19 Survivor)
49. Yong Chavez (Hollywood TV Reporter)
50. Steve Angeles (TV Reporter/Emmy Winner)
51. Cher Calvin (TV Anchor/Emmy Winner)

52. Bobby Rubio (Film Maker of Float, First Animated Filipino Short-Film)
53. Allen Basalaje (TV Reporter/Producer/Eagle News America)
54. DJ QBert (Turntablist)
55. Emil Guillermo (Print/Broadcast Journalist)
56. Jose Antonio Vargas (Author, Pulitzer Prize Awardee)
57. Mutch Carino (Producer/Fil-Am Community Service)
58. Diane Paragas (Award-winning Director of Yellow Rose)
59. Melody Garcia (Motivational Speaker/Philanthropist)
60. Isabel Sandoval (Film Maker)
61. Samantha Lomibao (TV Reporter)
62. Elaine Quijano (TV Reporter)
63. Dr. Ryan Fillmore (Neurologist/Clinical Instructor/Front Liner)
64. Don Tagala (TV Reporter/Producer)

65. Kirsten Regalado (Fashion Designer)
66. Reggie Lee (Hollywood Actor)
67. Eric Spoelstra (NBA Coach)
68. Dean Devlin (Hollywood Producer)
69. (SIPA) Search to Involve Pilipino Americans
70. Grace Moss (NBC Talent Development & Inclusion)
71. Cheryl Burke (Pro Dancer- DWTS)
72. Ella Basco (Hollywood Teen Star)
73. Ryan Letada (CEO of Next Day Better, Modern Filipino Storyteller)

74. Kulintronica (Kulintang+Electronica) aka Ron Quesada

75. (FANHS) Filipino American National Historical Society

World Premiere of The Blogger (The MJ Racadio Documentary)

Premieres this Weekend on BlogTalk with MJRacadio Facebook Page and Sine Abreño #BlogtalkwithMJRacadio

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July 11 at 10PM (Los Angeles Time)
July 12 at 1PM (Manila Time)

Social Dragon PR presents #TheBlogger #MJRacadioDocumentary written and directed by Dexter Macaraeg (Internationally-Acclaimed Director). Who is MJ Racadio? From small-town boy in #VillasisPangasinan (Philippines) to #HollywoodPodcaster/

#HollywoodVlogger/ Red Carpet Correspondent.

Part 2: Little Show called Blogtalk

Part 2:Little Show called #Blogtalk True Confessions of MJ Racadio

Hollywood Debut as Celebrity Podcaster at #BloodRansom Red Carpet 10.28.14
Hollywood Debut as Celebrity Podcaster at #BloodRansom Red Carpet 10.28.14

Season 2 |September 2014| Hollywood experienced were memorable with Janet Nepales (Hollywood Journalist) last August 2014 during Season 1 Finale. |Season 2 Premiere| Where Film maker meets The Bookman: amazing interviews with Philip Anthony of Alba Productions (Produced Dr. Tess Show & On Your Marc w/Marc Anthony Nicholas: 3rd Time Emmy Nominated Producer of The Talk). He was pleasant and answered all the questions with inspiring advice to youth. In addition, The Bookman of UCLA was indeed an inspiration interview because Michael Comaduran helped lower income family to invest in education, which is a set of book to educate young individuals from Math to Science courses.Unexpectedly, booking interviews was kinda challenging sometimes. Have to be consistent and persistent in contacting publicists and managers until they will agree on schedule. Luckily, was able to booked in advance for two months ahead of schedule. Imagine just to get a yes for one guest was already a challenge, all the more for the entire season especially prepping for pre and post productions; the questions, topics, and promos indeed. That’s why having correspondents can make a show easier indeed. Thanks to Pearl & Mariebeth for being persistent and hardworking individual. The most memorable interview for the month of September was Jim Paredes, kinda stars struck in a way because love listening to his music growing up as a teen in the Philippines. Can’t tell though over audio recordings. Anyhow, he was gracious enough to answer all questions. A very down-to-earth indeed. Lastly, he even tweeted his interviews over his 700K friends, wow! was in cloud 9. |Historical MIFAA (75 Most Influential Filipino Americans of 2014)| presented by MGR Records & #BlogtalkwithMJRacadio Since October is Fil-Am History Month so it’s appropriate to recognized and honor fellow Fil-Ams. Created this lists of people and did researched for almost two weeks. Originally released 50 but in a later time changed to 75 MIFA. The sole purpose of the lists was to unify Fil-Ams, recognized their contributions to society and community. Empower others. Surprisingly, the response were overwhelming after releasing the 75 MIFA of 2014, inbox from social network were buzzing in from New York to Hollywood. I said “is this really happening, wow! I did something cool to the community and bring them together. |Before making it to Hollywood| was able to interviewed most notable Fil-Ams such as Fritz Friedman (Veteran publicists of Sony Pictures)very down to earth person, inspiring, and really care about the community he said ” If I don’t believe or have confident in any of it, I don’t participate”; Dr. Tess was so humble and refreshing, cannot imagine she is America’s Favorite Dermatologist according to her “When home, I’m just Tess, a mother” Wow! She definitely an awesome good role model to young generation. Lastly, Ted Benito (Executive Director of Apl De Ap Foundation) was very gracious and fellow Manongs, private conversations were amazing and catch up with being Ilocanos, and his favorite food was Pinakbet. Definitely have something in common with Ted not only for the love of fellowmen rather inspire and empower them. Thanking him for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to launch as celebrity Podcaster in Hollywood during Blood Ransom premiere. October 2014 |Hollywood Debut| One day, contacted a Hollywood MUA Maxitone, the Artist obliged to do an interview and thought its kinda cool to do it. Little did I know this MUA is very popular in Hollywood, credentials included BET, Golden Globes, Grammys and so on. Offered PR services so the MUA agreed and got invited in Hollywood to cover the event at The RedBurry Hotel in the heart of Hollywood. Witnessed the glitz and glamour but behind the scenes was a lot of work. Interviewing influential people in the red carpet was fun and nerve-wracking at the same time. Guess what? was able to re-connect with long time friend Esmeralda now she’s Mrs. Asian Las Vegas. 2014. Imagine never seen her since 2002 back in Vegas, as they say everything happened in Vegas Stays in Vegas definitely  not our friendship though. She was still stunning despite having a kid, wow! So proud of her accomplishments. Another surprise! Janet & Ruben Nepales was at the event, the power couple of Hollywood Foreign Press Association, such a thrill to see them. Also met Hollywood Designer Alan Del Rosario and took selfie with him. Really had a blast mingled with VIP in the heart of Hollywood never in my wildest dream. Two women approached if I’m one of the Basco Brothers I said “no I’m covering the event.” MUA said you look like Hollywood Celebrity, “I said thank you” replied you should try acting, I replied “Really?” . Before The Hollywood Debut as Celebrity Podcaster Got invited by Andy Edralin of Filipino Press Club, a Press Conference of Blood Ransom in Glendale. The place was jam-packed with journalist and celebrities and awesome food. Finally met Ted Benito and offered something to drink so ordered mango juice. What a night of press and good company including Peter Gonzaga (Pacific Rim Video), Sthanlee Mirador (Hollywood Celebrity Photographer) and so on . By the way, was able to asked Anne Curtis (Filipino Super Star) a very cool questions. What can we expect from you in this movie? Anne Curtis “Something that you never seen before because never portrayed a vampire”. |Oh boy! Disaster| Before the Hollywood Premiere of Blood Ransom a lot of things happened. First, booking a hotel before the event was not a good idea. Second, the hotel it’s away from Hollywood. Third, arriving in the hotel was a disaster because the front desk refuse a service so completely canceled the reservation without valid reason. Fourth, dealing with the LA traffic was worst, at same time assistant calling hotel close to sunset blvd. Finally, the hotel was booked but I have only 30 minutes to get ready before checking in to the Hollywood Premiere. Wow! Thought wouldn’t able to make it. Oh boy! Never ever book a hotel again before any event in Los Angeles. What a surprised? to see my name next to Hollywood Red Carpet where all the Celebrity Walks & Interviews. To be continued November-December 2014 Kenneth Barlis Maseg as birthday gift Met new friends through Blogtalk in San Francisco Miss America 2001 Season 2 Finale in NYC: East Coast Tour

2014 MIFA Awards: 75 Most Influential Filipino Americans (Fil-Am)

75 Most Influential Filipino American

For Immediate Release
MGR Records-
Central Valley,California
October 13, 2014
Contact: MGR Rac

By Mario G. Racadio Jr.

2014 MIFA Awards presented by
‪#‎Blogtalk‬ with ‪#‎MJRacadio‬
(America’s First Fil-Am Hollywood Entertainment Podcasting Show)
& ‪#‎MGR‬ Records: Non-profit Organization- Empower. Creativity. Mentoring. Discover the undiscovered

MIFA: 75 Most Influential Fil-Am’s of the Year 2014
October Celebrating Filipino American History Month.

Vision: To unify Fil-Am, recognized the contributions within the community, society & empower others.

The 75 nominees according to achievements in the Fil-Am community, society and promotes Filipino Culture.

Marc Anthony Nicolas: Emmy Nominated Producer of ‪#‎TheTalk‬ /Host of ‪#‎OnyourMarcShow‬

Janet Susan R. Nepales- Hollywood Journalist & HFPA member

Ruben Nepales- Former Chairman (2013) of HFPA Hollywood Foreign Press

‪#‎DJQBert‬- America’s Best DJ (2010)

Christina Luna- Talent Manager/The Luna Company

Kara Birkenstock- ‪#‎StyleBites‬ Fashionista/Producer

Oliver Oliveros- ‪#‎BroadwayWorld‬ Public Relation

RD Alba- Director

Sharon T- International Dance Diva
Sharon Tanyag

Gene Santos (Make-up artist/Filipiniana Costume Designer/Kalahi member)

Jannelle So-Perkins Host/Producer

Ron Quesada of Kulintronica- Kulintang+ EDM

Joey Guila- Stand-up Comedian

Apl De Ap- ‪#‎BlackEyedPeas‬ member/Jeepney Music

Gel Santos Relos- Balitang America

Esmeralda Padilla-Gould -‪#‎Kalahi‬ Member/Ms. Asian Las Vegas( Mrs Category)2014/Public Figure

Dinah San Pedro- Publisher/Writer

Susan Delos Santos – Filipino Press Publisher

Eric G. – Performer/Songwriter

Rius- Performer/Songwriter

Ted Benito- Promoter/Producer
Exec. Dir. of the Foundation

Dr. Tess Mauricio- Hollywood Dermatologist

Keesa Ocampo-Lifestyle Network Public Relation

Fatima Yusuf David- Public Figure/Recording Artist

JD Charisma- Performer/Actor/Songwriter

Additional lists for MIFA Awards 2014

‪#‎ErikSpoelstra‬- Miami Heat Coach

‪#‎CristitaComeford‬- White House Executive Chef

Jackie Chavez – OPM Ambassador/Acoustic Gem

Jochael Huffman- Fashion/Magazine Make-up Artist/Stylist

Sansu Ramsey- Host/Producer

Josephine ‘Banig’ Roberto-

‪#‎BrunoMars‬- Grammy award winning recording artist

‪#‎ChadHugo‬ of ‪#‎Neptunes‬- Grammy award winning producer

‪#‎CherylBurke‬- Dancing with the Stars Champion

‪#‎VanessaHudgens‬- Hollywood Actress

‪#‎NicoleScherzinger‬ of ‪#‎PussyCatDolls‬- Multi-Platinum Recording Artist

‪#‎CherCalvin‬- ‪#‎Emmy‬ award winning News Anchor

‪#‎AJRafael‬- YouTube Superstar/Songwriter

‪#‎GTongi‬- Host/Producer (Kababayan Today)

‪#‎YongChavez‬- Reporter in Hollywood

Kenneth Barlis- Hollywood Fashion Designer

Zena Sultana Babao- Journalist for Elvis Impersonator of America

Michelle Andria- Performer/Mentor

‪#‎RobertLopez‬- Oscar winner of ‘Let it go’composer

‪#‎EllonaSantiago‬- ‪#‎XFactor‬ Finalist

John Paul Raposas- Film Maker/Producer

Elton Lugay- Community Leader/founder of TOFA-NY

Loida Nicolas Lewis- Community leader

Kris Babao- Choreographer

#MIFAAwards2014 #MIFA2014 #MIFA75

25 Additional Nominations:
for #MIFA75

Tia Carrere (2 time Grammy award winner) Actress Wayne’s World/True Lies

Lou Diamond Philips – Actor “King and I”/La Bamba

Mark Dacascos – Actor/Host- Hawaii Five-O and Iron Chef America

Angela Perez Baraquio – Miss America 2001 – just published her first book.

Jessica Sanchez – highest Fil-Am finalist on American Idol

Jon Jon Briones – Theater Actor/”Miss Saigon” in London

Rob Bonta – first Fil-Am elected Ca. State Assemblyman

Eddie Angeles – First Fil-Am appointed to TSA by President Obama

Fritz Friedman – first Fil-Am appointed to California Humanities Commission by Governor Brown

Tony Olaes – Exec. Dir. of Gawad Kalinga – USA

Dado Banatao – Fil-Am tech whiz (multi-millionaire) and Chairman of PhilDev

Shay Mitchell – of Pretty Little Liars – just started own fashion line

Alee Vicencio Baytan (Fitness Guru/Kaba Modern)

Monique Lhullier, Oliver Tolentino, Alan del Rosario, Alexis Monsanto, David Tupas – Fashion Designers, they dresses Hollywoods A-List celebrities

Hailee Steinfeld- Oscar nominated actress

Darren Criss – (Glee) actor/singer/songwriter

Peterson Gonzaga- Public Relation/Pacific Rim Video

Fil-Am TV- Media

Sthanlee Mirador-Hollywood Photographer

Art Delpasen- Hollywood Celebrity Make-up Artist

Armi Guzman- Singer/Mentor

Stephanie Reese – International singer/actress/philanthropist

Hash Tags: #MIFA2014 #MIFA75
‪#‎MIFAAwards2014‬. The Top 75 MIFA Awardee will be announced end of October 2014 according to accomplishments not popularity votes. Congrats! To everyone

#MIFA75 Thank you’s
Ron Quesada
“wow thanks”

Eric G. Artist Page (Performer/Songwriter)
“Humbled n honored. Give God the glory!”

Ruben V. Nepales(Former Chairman of Hollywood Foreign Press Association 2013)
“Thank you, MJ Racadio, for understanding and no longer making this a popularity contest.”

JD Charisma(Performer/Actor/Songwriter)
“Thank you MJ. God bless you & more power to you.”

Sharon Tanyag(International Dance Diva)
“This is Awesome Thank you MJ”

Kara Birkenstock(Hollywood Fashionista/Host of Stylebites
“Thank you, MJ! What an honor to be recognized amongst such inspirational Fil-Ams!”

Zena Sultana Babao(Journalist of Elvis Impersonator of America)
“I’m humbled and honored that I am included in your list of prospective recipient of MIFA awards. Thank you, MJ!”

Joey Guila(Stand-Up Comedian)
“Thanks my brotha MJ! But I’m just your average chubby guy who loves Nilaga and going to Ross when I cash my check. Much love bro!”

Marc Anthony Nicolas- (Emmy Nominated Producer of #TheTalk)
Thank you MJ Racadio

Esmeralda Padilla-Gould (Ms. Asian Las Vegas Winner/public figure)
Thank you, MJ. I’m very grateful.

Jackie Chavez (Acoustic Gem)
Thanks MJ! It’s my pleasure.. Godbless your podcast!

Elton Lugay- Founder of TOFA-NY
Hi MJ, thank you so much!

Dr. Tess Mauricio(#Hollywood Dermatologist)
Wow! I totally didn’t expect to see my name! I just read the names of my friends and colleagues listed before I saw my name – all very deserving and inspiring individuals and true Pinoy Pride! Thank You MIFA
and MJ Racadio for the honor of being nominated! I am humbled! I love what I do and I am blessed to help my patients feel their very best everyday. Maraming Salamat!

Art Delpasen- (Hollywood Make-Up Artist/Stylist)
I am very honored by this and very humbled.

Ted Benito (Producer/Exec. dir. Alp De Ap Foundation)
Thank you MJ. Appreciate the nod.

Alan Del Rosario- (Hollywood Fashion Designer)
I am??? Thanks MJ Racadio….. !!! I am humbled…. I feel like I still have a lot to do to deserve such honor…. super Gratefull…!!!!

Oliver Oliveros- (Broadway World/Public Relation)
Thank you, MJ

Michelle Andria-(Performer/Mentor)
MIFA rocks! Thank you MJ for the honorable mention

Jochael Huffman (Fashion/Magazine-Stylist/Make-up Artist)
What an honor and privilege to be a part of this list with so many great names. Thank you so much Mario. I am truly humbled.

Peterson Gonzaga
A Big thank you to MJ Racadio for considering me and Sthanlee B. Mirador in your list of nominees of the most influential Fil-Ams of 2014! On behalf of our media outlet / production company Pacific Rim Video / Pacific Rim Photo Press we thank you!