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Philippines’ Hottest Girl Group, 4th Impact, and the Dreamers

Philippines’ Hottest Girl Group, 4th Impact, and the Dreamers
By Mark Daniels
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Philippines’ Hottest Girl Group, 4th Impact. 
Some would say that the shouts of joy, laughter, and stunned voices of the girls of 4th Impact could be heard around the world.
With 6 minutes left in their KUMU broadcast on Saturday May 23rd, the girls of 4th Impact, who had already surpassed their previous week’s record of 2 million diamonds, were now on the verge of reaching 3 million diamonds.

 

KUMU is a social networking platform based in the Philippines where many artists now go in order to stay in touch with their fans and perform for them during the Pandemic.
The virtual gifts or diamonds that fans send can be converted into cash.  For many artists this is their only source of income.
On this day, the fans of 4th Impact were determined to make sure the girls made history again.
Irene stated breathlessly, “Guys I cannot breathe..wait guys..I’m waiting for the 3 million.”
Suddenly the sounds of pure joy, laughter, and excitement rang out from the girls as they realized they just reached 3 million diamonds, as they began jumping up and down screaming.
As Mylene jumped up and down, Celina, trying to catch her breath said “Okok wait, wait, calm yourself, calm down, calm down, let’s see.”
When Mylene stopped jumping she looked into the camera and said “Dreamers and Patreons we love you so much!!”
Irene agreed. “Guys, Dreamers, and Patreons you are making us feel so overwhelmed.”
Almira nodded. “We can’t say thank you enough.”
“Thank you so much guys,” Irene added, “even though there is a pandemic, we appreciate your generosity, your help.”
As Irene reflected she added “I think the magic is the Dreamers and the Patreons.”
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As we approach the 5 year anniversary of 4th Impact, with their song K(no)w More still at the top of the charts in the Philippines and in the top 3 on 89.9 FM The Wave, the top 20 charts in Brazil, along with participating in many interviews along with an appearance on EBC’s (Eagle Broadcasting Corporation) Enjoy Music Beyond the Crisis, the girls of 4th Impact have been very visible recently despite the pandemic.
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The debut video of 4th Impact on X-Factor UK has just also reached an unbelievable 162 Million views making it the most viewed video of all time for X-Factor UK.
With the passionate support of their fans which are lovingly referred to as Dreamers supporting and promoting 4th Impact every step of the way, the question comes up, who are the Dreamers and what has inspired so many people from around the world to come together as one worldwide family to support, promote, love and care for these girls?
Many dreamers have been sending me emails and messages for weeks sharing their thoughts and feelings about 4th Impact and what the girls mean to them.
What originally started out as a story about 4th Impact has now become a love letter from Dreamers worldwide to the girls of 4th Impact.
After reading their words, you will see the reason why so many Dreamers from around the world support 4th Impact. And when you read these testimonials you will learn so much more about who the girls of 4th Impact really are.
Hyun Jae- “My name is Jobs. There was a time I wanted to give up, feeling sad, broken, and tired of everything, but because of 4th Impact I didn’t give up.  They always tell us Dreamers never give up in any situation because there is a God who loves us so much and these struggles are a part of our life that will make us strong. We just need to trust God.  I always remember that Celina says ‘Never stop dreaming. Eventually dreams do come true.  Believe, achieve.’
I keep that quote in my heart forever.
My house burned down in May 2019.  A common Dreamer friend had told Almira about it. I was feeling down and I was browsing my phone when I couldn’t believe that Almira messaged me!  She asked if I’m ok, where are we, and how can she help me?
If you ask me what does 4th Impact mean to me?  They are God’s gift to me.  They are God’s instrument and they inspire me so much.”
Gregory Roberts- “An angels shield is their song.  They use it to protect the weak and comfort the weary.  The most precious angels are the ones that don’t know they are angels.  4th Impact says prayers and give thanks to their supporters, friends, and family.  They have a constant display of grace, gratitude, and concern for other people.  These are delightful, warm, caring, giving souls, and by the way, they just happen to also be a world-class singing and performance group.
About the Dreamers, you will find that as a group, they are nice people that are respectful to each other and their kindness is expressed in the way they speak to each other.  Communicating with other Dreamers is a welcoming and inclusive experience.”
Jim Ough– “All 4 young ladies show grace, concern for their fellow human beings, a healthy sense of humor, concern for others, and an understanding of the aspects of life that is unique in today’s world.
That makes you root for them simply because they expect nothing past what they earn.
4th Impact defines what the term “role model” means.”
James Garton– “I had played music for over 30 years. After I retired as an IT specialist I lost interest in music.  I saw 4th Impacts debut on X-Factor UK.  They took the crowd, the judges, and including me to a level I had not been on in a long time. The girls pray before and after each performance.  They wanted you to know that God was responsible for what they could do.  These girls went through disappointment over and over, but they would always pick themselves up and just keep going.  They were not known in many places including the USA but I found they somehow had a group of fans called Dreamers, and the Dreamers 4th Impact were superstars.  After a while I could tell that Dreamers were like a group of friends. They would do anything for 4th Impact and 4th Impact would do anything for them.  It’s like one big group with a common dream, to make 4th Impact the best in the world. They are all in it together.
4th Impact has a talent that God has given them to share with the world.
I’m 73. I will stick beside these girls until they make it. If I can help them in any way I will do so. They bring joy to my life I never had before.  They are like my own kids and I really feel I do owe them my life, and showing me there are good people in life.  I think they are Angels that God sent down to show us how people are supposed to be on Earth.”
Harold Kelly – “The girls never want to let their Dreamers down.  Everything the ladies do is for the family, and for the Dreamers.
I use their ‘Never give up your dreams, never stop believing’ as my everyday theme.  When Almira said ‘The reason they keep going and going and don’t give up is because of the Dreamers.’
I never want to let them down.  They will never let us down so as a Dreamer I am not going to let them down either.
To a true Dreamer, there is no greater love, than to see 4th Impact realize their dreams because their dreams are our dreams.”
To write more about how much 4th Impact has changed the lives of so many Dreamers around the world and what the girls mean to them would become a novel.
It is extremely humbling to read all of the testimonials Dreamers have about 4th Impact.  It is very rare in the entertainment industry these days to find a relationship between artist and the fans that are similar to 4th Impact and the Dreamers
As we look forward to a time when a vaccine is available and life returns to normal, with the Dreamers behind them, we will see 4th Impact become worldwide Superstars. Just like the song that 4th Impact sings, with the Dreamers and 4th Impact together as one “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now.”
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4th Impact Smashed Hit Single ‘K(no)w More’
To K(no)w More about 4th Impact, just listen to their music, subscribe to their social media accounts like YouTube, Facebook, and KUMU.
You can also become a V.I.P. Dreamer by joining 4th Impact’s Patreon account: https://www.Patreon.com/4thImpact.

4th Impact- Their 1st Interview in the USA and The Dreamers

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4th Impact – Their 1st Interview in the USA and The Dreamers

By Mark Daniels
On Saturday April 25th, 2020, 4th Impact made their 1st interview appearance in the United States on Blogtalk Hollywood, with Host MJ Racadio and Co-Host Mark Daniels (aka: DJ M).

The purpose of the interview was to introduce 4th Impact to a new audience within the United States, and to promote their 1st original song K(no)w More.
It was a special interview as 4th Impact opened up and shared their thoughts and feelings on many topics.
To commerate the fact that this was 4th Impact’s 1st interview in the USA with Blogtalk Hollywood, the interview also included questions from their Patreon account, submitted by the fans of 4th Impact who are affectionately known as Dreamers.
4th Impact is a singing group of 4 sisters: Almira, Irene, Mylene, and Celina Cercado.
They began their singing career in 2001.
The girls were singing anywhere they could, and as the years went by they also performed in many competitions.
4th Impact (formerly known as 4th Power, changed their group name due to copyright reasons), rose to fame in 2015 when at the suggestion of a fan they tried out for X-Factor UK.
They made it to the finals and became known throughout Europe and in many parts of the world, including the United States.
The debut video of the 4th Impact on X-Factor UK has reached over 160 million views at the time of this article.
4th Impacts YouTube Channel currently has over 500K Subscriptions.
The girls began the interview on Blogtalk Hollywood by talking about how they were trying to make the best of the quarantine during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Almira shared that with the quarantine in place in the Philippines, she was taking the opportunity to practice more.
Celina added that they were focusing on building their Patreon account, working out and staying fit and healthy.
While laughing Almira shared that her dog Chanel had just given birth to 6 puppies (5 boys and 1 girl) and they had stayed up the previous night until 4am in the morning.
Celina stated “I’m the editor for the vlogs…for now.  I spend more time now with my puppies because every time we have a gig we are so busy we don’t have time to take care of them, so now I put more of my time to play with them and feed them.”
Later in the interview, Mylene discussed something that she loves to do in her free time.
“I love to cook…and I love to eat,” Mylene said laughing.
“She (Mylene) has this specialty.. in LA.”  Irene said, “the boiling crabs.  So delicious. Like the spicy shrimp.”
“Irene is good with Korean dishes,” Almira admitted.
When talking about how 4th Impact came up with the sound for their 1st original single K(no)w More, and who influenced them, Irene had this to say, “We have a lot of influences, but we focused on our own story.”
Laughing Mylene said, “Our own makeup story.”
Irene then added,  “We wanted to deliver 4th Impact sound in this original song which is somewhat like’ Bang, Bang’ with the harmonies.  Actually, we were so nervous that people will not like it because people would be expecting a ballad.”
Almira agreed. “And they would have a high expectation of us.”
Now that 4th Impacts 1st original song ‘K(no)w More’ has been released, the girls took a moment to reflect on their journey from 2001 up until this moment.
Irene thoughtfully had this to say about their journey, “Actually there are sometimes that um..we as 4th Impact we really have time to talk about our dreams and our goals in life, and whenever we look back, we see ourselves like we have achieved a lot already in this time, since 2001, and we can’t believe that everything had happened after a lot of challenges we have encountered in life.”
Almira had this to say about their emotions during their journey to this point:  “Talking about emotions, I think we were very emotional as sisters.
We always cry in all our interviews as you can see.
And looking back from here, having our own song which is independently released from our family and from the friends and those fans who have supported us, it’s been a big challenge.
And sometimes we were laughing and crying at the same time.
We were like where are we going now?
When we look back where we started as simple kids from Isabella without nothing but just dreams, we were kinda like ‘ Hey this is it,’ because from the rock bottom and now we are here and the Dreamers are looking up to us, and they said they were inspired by us and we feed on that and we take that as inspiration to move forward and never stop.”
Irene said “And just like Mylene always tells us, that life is improving. Life is changing.  We are just so grateful for all the blessing were are receiving.”
“We are so grateful for all of our Dreamers also,” said Mylene.
A week prior to the interview, members of 4th Impacts Patreon account were asked if they would like to ask 4th Impact a question, to submit their questions to the Patreon account or to the host of Blogtalk Hollywood: MJ Racadio and/or Co-host Mark Daniels (aka:DJ M).
The love and support by the fans (Dreamers) of 4th Impact became very evident the week leading up to the interview.
Both MJ Racadio and Mark Daniels were bombarded by countless messages by the Dreamers.
Many messages from the Dreamers were touching and heartwarming, while countless more were showing love, prayers, and support for 4th Impact.
Many Dreamers opened up to share their personal stories about 4th Impact, while a few shared how the group had gotten them through their own struggles and challenges. So many more shared their hopes and dreams for the future of 4th Impact. Peter, a longtime Dreamer from the USA shared “I’ve been a Dreamer since that faithful night in 2015 on X-Factor UK.  I’ve been a supporter of them ever since.”
Kimball Miller had one of the most commonly stated thoughts from the Dreamers when he shared “I hope we can get them to come to the USA for a show.  I love these girls.”
After the interview aired, Harold Kelly offered a deeper explanation as to why the Dreamers were so happy to play an active part and being asked to share their thoughts and ask questions as part of the interview.
“I wanted to thank you for asking my question (during the interview). Not just because I felt like part of the Dreamer Nation, but because you (MJ and Mark) provided what was missing.
When they were in the UK for X-Factor, we Dreamers that knew them before that show, and the Dreamers from the Philippines were not able to vote or voice our support because the way X-Factor works it only allows voting from within the UK.  So we were hurt and we felt left out.  By including the Dreamers voices, questions, and feelings as a part of your interview you filled that void.”
And now with their Patreon account, 4th Impact has found a way to still perform and more directly connect with their fans in a personal way.
When asked about their fans, lovingly referred to as Dreamers, Irene said,  “Actually we were debating what name we will choose for our fans, our supporters.”
Almira added, “When we started on X-Factor UK we are 4th Impact, we wanted to call them 4th Impactors.
We debate on words like that.”
Laughing Mylene added  “Impactors!!!”
With a big smile, Almira continued “We based it on us who are also Dreamers, and we ended up calling them Dreamers.”
“Because I think 4th Impactors is kinda funny to hear it,” Irene said.
Almira shared “What is special for me is I spend my spare time reading because the Dreamers send me a lot of music business books.”
“It is really inspiring,” agreed Irene.
Almira agreed and continued, “Yes, I really learned a lot because this is what we really wanted.  This is our passion.  So I would think being the oldest it’s my responsibility too because we are working with a lot of people in the future.  So this quarantine time is a good time to learn something new about the craft we are working on.”
Irene nodded “She (Almira) is getting smarter and smarter, and she is sharing it to us,  like…”
With a mischievous twinkle in her eye and a smile on her face, Mylene quickly added: “Like.. she is getting smarter …and getting fatter!”
With that comment, all the girls burst into laughter.
When it comes to the hard work that goes into the complex arrangements when recording a cover of a song that 4th Impact releases on their Youtube page ‘4th Impact Music’ Irene revealed, “It depends on the content that we are doing.  Usually if its a song cover, we practice it for 3 days, then record it. And then Celina or Kuya Jake will edit it. And then we upload it.”
Almira said “So overall the average is 1 week.”
“But the simple Vlog is the easiest.”  Added Celina.
Looking towards the future Almira said “It is one of our dreams to collaborate with international artists, as well as artists here in the Philippines.  So given the opportunity, we’d really love to.”
One of the most common questions submitted by the Dreamers for the interview was when the 4th Impact will release their 1st full album?
Almira replied, “We are trying our best to finish it for next year. We are trying to get more songs to finish the whole album.”
Lots of hits, doing live music, and a world tour was also some more of the future goals of 4th Impact in the next 5 years.
But there was one goal that stood out that was very special and close to the hearts of 4th Impact.
“One of our visions,” said Almira, “is to have a performing arts school here in the Philippines.”
“We wanted to help those young people like us” added Irene.
“Because when we competed in Korea before (2014)” continued Almira, “in SSK6 we remembered how the Government supports the K-Pop system and they have this school, and they have this room where you can just stay there and just sing and just practice and I think the Philippines need to have more of that. So we are praying for that.”
At the conclusion of the interview 4th impact had the following dedication to make to all the Dreamers before singing ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon:
Irene:  “We just want to encourage all the people around the world, especially the Dreamers, that let’s hope that everything will be fine again, and through this song, we can touch your hearts and uplift your spirits.”
Almira: “During this trying time we especially want to take this opportunity to thank all the Dreamers from the bottom of our hearts.
Because sometimes we can see some of the comments.  They said they’ve been worried about us in our situation here in the Philippines because as performers we have affected also of this situation.  We were very grateful for your care and for your heartwarming support for our music.  So thank you very much.”
After the interview, 4th Impact went on their Patreon account and conducted a live video feed where they thanked the Dreamers for their overwhelming love, participation, and support in relation to the interview on Blogtalk Hollywood.
Almira had this special message for all the Dreamers: “Always remember Dreamers, the reason why we are not giving up is because of you. Only you guys. Only you.”
Mylene became inspired and the girls decided to ask the Dreamers to submit their messenger id’s and they would start randomly calling Dreamers who are members of the Patreon account to talk to them.
And all 4 girls of 4th Impact spent the next hour doing just that.
Reaching out, calling and speaking directly with their Dreamers, sharing jokes, laughter, and heartfelt words and sincere thank you’s for their constant love and support.
Something like this experience between artists and fans is a very beautiful, touching, and inspiring thing to see.

With their heartfelt and amazing vocals, individually and in harmony with each other, their amazing talent and drive, along with the incredible bond, love, and support of their family, and of Dreamers around the World, 4th Impact has an amazing career and future ahead of them.
You can learn more about 4th Impact by following them on Facebook or their YouTube page: 4th Impact Music.
You can also have access to exclusive videos and live concerts and chats with 4th Impact by joining their Patreon account: www.patreon.com/4thImpact.

Dene Gomez: From Dr. Jose Rizal to Gerardo De Leon

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Dene Gomez: From Dr. Jose Rizal to Gerardo De Leon

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How Dene prepared for his iconic roles from Dr. Jose Rizal to Gerardo DeLeon?   (Philippines National Artist for Film).

by MJ Racadio

“Despite all this craziness and competitive nature that I have, what I value the most right now is peace of mind. A peaceful mind and a peaceful heart will always come first.”– Dene Gomez

Many young and upcoming actors, enter show business for the wrong reasons but there is one actor, who honed his skills, Dene Gomez, theater actor, and successful commercial model during the teenage years. As seen on T.V. “Ang Probinsyano” plays the character Ramon Gonzales, who is a family man and cannot pay his debt so the collateral in exchange for the daughter’s being kidnapped.

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Author with Dene Gomez during the Premiere of Guerrero Dos: Tuloy Ang Laban by EBC Films.

I have met Dene from veteran theater actor Bobby Martino. He’s friendly, smart, and respectful. Aside from being an actor, Gomez also a professional as an entrepreneur and athlete on the side. The Philippines’ new drama prince because of his high-caliber acting portrayal alongside Coco Martin, primetime drama king in the Philippines.

“Grew up in Pagsanjan, Laguna, “Despite all this craziness and competitive nature that I have, what I value the most right now is peace of mind. A peaceful mind and a peaceful heart will always come first.”
Dene has this to say about his acting mentor from both stage and TV who influenced him so much, Bobby Martino., “Whenever he is acting, the first word to leave his mouth, I always get chills. I want to have that magic one day.”
Dene also gives credit to everyone whom he encountered in life for contribution to his acting technique. According to Dene, “I am a combination of all people around me. Aside from emulating celebrities on TV and film, I also observe people on the streets and in normal situations.”

Acting is your dream? “Yes, recently. But looking back from when I started the year 2004, the answer is no. My motivation during those early years was just to get famous and get rich. It was only last July 2018 when I realized that I dig acting. It gives me tremendous happiness, regardless of medium, pays, or exposure. The mere art of portraying a role and moving at least 1 person in the audience is more than enough for my soul.“

Dene’s dream role is a low-key lead character with several layers of the back story underneath. “I always wanted to show strength with restraint. Just like the character of Ethan Hawke on the “Before” trilogy. Just marvelous.”
Gomez experience working on the set of ”Ang Probinsyano”, “Everyone is at the top of their game. It’s the highest rating show among all networks for the whole of 2019. Everyone is performing excellently: from the staff to the directors, to the stuntmen, and the actors. Thus, I keep telling myself whenever I’m on set, “Must adapt fast and be snappy”.”
His piece of advice in becoming an actor. “Thick skin. Assertiveness. Authenticity. Unlimited Patience with People’s Differences. And 10,000 hours of practice, pressured and culture-shocked.

Finally, he always makes sure getting enough sleep before taping day because once the camera rolls, everything becomes a blur with the production’s fast-paced operation.

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Best of Blogtalk with Boy Abunda: Asia’s King of Talk

Best of Blogtalk with Boy Abunda: Asia’s King of Talk

by MJ Racadio

with Boy Abunda

Los Angeles, California (May 27, 2018). If America has Oprah, then the Philippines have Boy Abunda, he is known as out-spoken talk show host of Tonight with Boy Abunda (Top Rated Entertainment Night Show), an advocate of equality, author, motivational speaker and the founder of Make Your Mama’s Proud. Out of the blue, little did I know, I came across with Mr. Abunda and met him in his own restaurant sometime last November of 2017. Here are the exclusive clips of the interview

BestofBlogtalk with Asia’s King of Talk, the host of Tonight with #BoyAbunda (#TWBA). Getting-to-know the real Boy Abunda.
He talks about New York City, Education, as Author and Advocacy.
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#TheBlogger‘s One-on-one interview with Dr. Abunda.
Part 1
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10215032602351262&id=1316182103

Part 2
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10215032807356387&id=1316182103

Part 3
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10215084706293828&id=1316182103

 

From Cancer Survivor to Millionaire Maker: Kuya E hosting a new show RYTS on Net 25

From Cancer Survivor to Millionaire Maker:

Kuya E hosting a new show RYTS on Net 25

by MJ Racadio

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Teaser: RYTS Rule Yourself to Success on Net25

(Quezon City, Philippines), May 11, 2018. The long wait is finally over, RYTS: Rule Yourself to Success will be shown on May 12, 2018, 4-5PM in Net 25 (Eagle Broadcasting Corporation). Kuya E and I conceptualized this show over a year ago at Big Eyes Events and Productions.

Brainstormed and we came up with almost like where Oprah meets the Talk kind of show where Kuya E interviews known celebrities in the Philippines and discuss their inspiring stories in Shine like a Diamond segment to the viewers. Aside from that,  Kuya E also focus on exciting segment called “All About Success” where he invites business people to share their knowledge in how to make it as a successful entrepreneur. In addition, the viewers can expect Tulong ni Kuya E (Outreach) which is helping less fortunate individual across the archipelago.

About Kuya E

Let’s find out his story surviving the cancer and becoming a “Millionaire Maker”.

One-on-one interview with Kuya E last May 2017. Watch Now!-

About the co-creator: MJ Racadio, #TheBlogger

The kick-off episode guest is Ms. Lani Misalucha “Asia’s Nightingale”

RYTS Behind-the Scenes inside Eagle Broadcasting Studio.

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Big Eyes Events and Productions

Rule Yourself to Success Official Facebook

Kuya E, the Artist

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