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 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.
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
Don’t miss out on this special episode on Blogtalk with MJ Racadio, Sunday June 28, 2015 7PM PST/10PM EST http://mranow.co Three talented people in the entertainment industry will be on the show.
First, meet Luis Pedron, a filmmaker, producer, and an actor, who co-founded one of the hottest film festivals in New York City, The International Film Festival Manhattan and Asians on Film Festival. Some of Pedron’s notables include receiving the Best Directing award and Best Documentary Video at the NYIIFVF for his film “VIP Very Important Pinoys” and his last short film, “Party Games” won “Best Director Award.” Most notably, he is the producer for the Solar Champion Movie.
Next, meet Loui Fernandez, a DJ and Producer from Madrid, Spain. Fernandez has spun at several hot parties and venues in Spain, such as Fabrik, Pagoa, Mark Aldany. In addition, he spun with several top artists Ricardo Villalobos, Carl Cox, Luciano and others. Furthermore, Fernandez has worked on several music labels such as KMS Records, Nervous Records, Frequenza Records, Ametist Records, and several others.
Last, but not least, on this episode, meet Tamlyn Tomita , a Japanese-born American Actress and singer. Tomita made her screen debut in The Karate Kid, Part II, as Kumiko. Later, she landed supporting roles in several top films such as Joy Luck Club, Come See the Paradise, Picture Bride and other films. Moreover, she had recurring roles on popular day time soaps, such as Santa Barbara, General Hospital, and Days of our lives. Also, Tomita was featured in People Magazine.
Overall, don’t miss out on this episode. Tune into Blogtalk with MJ Racadio Sunday Jun 28 , 7PM PST/10PM EST
“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
Little Show called Blogtalk Celebrating Milestone!
One Year Anniversary plus over 70 Inspiring Episodes/ 3 Seasons
By MJ Racadio
Hollywood, CA (Social Dragon PR), May 11, 2015
Wow! It’s been over a year since started this little show called Blogtalk. First and foremost, thanking God for his guidance and blessings. Met wonderful and beautiful people who made my show possible and of course my partner in crime Mariebeth who endlessly supporting throughout the years from providing hi-tech gadgets to moral support. Never imagine had this chance of a lifetime to give platform or medium to inspire others even empowering via podcasting and blogging. Just got back from the Philippines and had a blast out there from spending quality time with parents to visiting beautiful places like Vigan (Sur) and Pagudpud (Norte) both in Ilocos, San Pablo City in Laguna, Villasis in Pangasinan where I delivered my speech as guest of honor/ speaker and that was the most surreal experienced ever.
After two weeks of vacation, here comes the interviews, being invited by the legendary Jim Paredes at his fabulous house was real treat indeed. He was so welcoming and hospitable, which is the known character of Filipino people. Early eve, hanging out with Travis Kraft and Lance Raymundo at Gateway in Cubao, a beautiful place to eat and unwind from busy schedule. This meeting called it, where Iron Man meets the Superman they were both accommodating and answered all the questions. By the way, my assistant executive was there too her name is Jo “Rockon” I could not have done it without her assistance along with Benedict (Red Band Drummer) which I’m currently mentoring.
Then after, we went and see the show of Mitoy (The Voice of the Philippines Season 1 Winner) his very good no wonder he won. Mitoy gave me a chance to interview him for 5 minutes, he was accommodating and down-to-earth. I had a long day, guess what? It’s not done yet because Jo wanting me to visit Papa Jack the DJ Superstar of the Philippines. We arrived at Love Radio along Roxas Boulevard in Manila; the place was very quiet and spacious. Papa Jack was very friendly and gave me a chance to ask him questions, which is really cool and getting to know him up close and personal. The next day, meeting with Nino Alejandro was fun and cool because he was so gracious to offer me something at a known coffee shop at Resort World in Manila. The interview went well and of course his show was mind-blowing, he was such an excellent performer and vocalist.
Apl.de.ap of Black Eyed Peas Teams Up with Mixed Roots Foundation by Throwing First Pitch at 3rd Annual ‘Adoptee Night’ with LA Dodgers – Friday, May 22 at Dodger Stadium
‘Adoptee Night’ is a Special Night for All Who are Touched by Adoption and Foster Care and will Provide 1,000 Adopted and Foster Youth An Opportunity to Attend Their First Baseball Game
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 28, 2015
As a fellow adoptee, I encourage all adoptees and their families to come out and support this great cause that touches millions of lives…please help me send 1,000 adopted and foster youth to their first baseball game by donating to Mixed Roots Foundation
In recognition of National Foster Care Month and celebration of its 4th Year Anniversary, Mixed Roots Foundation will host its 3rd annual ‘Adoptee Night’ with the LA Dodgers as they take on the San Diego Padres on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 7:10 p.m.at Dodger Stadium. Apl.de.ap, one of the founding members of the Black Eyed Peas and founder of Apl.de.ap Foundation was born in the Philippines and was later adopted to the United States at the age of 14 will throw out the first pitch.
“I look forward to throwing out the first pitch for the 3rd Annual Adoptee Night with the LA Dodgers to help raise awareness about the unique needs of adoptees and their families,” said Apl.de.ap, founding member of Black Eyed Peas and founder of Apl.de.ap Foundation. “As a fellow adoptee, I encourage all adoptees and their families to come out and support this great cause that touches millions of lives…please help me send 1,000 adopted and foster youth to their first baseball game by donating to Mixed Roots Foundation – I look forward to seeing all of you there…It’s going to be an amazing night – Go Dodgers!”
In addition, Mixed Roots Foundation will be partnering with the Apl.de.ap Foundation and The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to help recruit adoptees, foster youth and their families to participate in the special event.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to work with Mixed Roots Foundation,” said Apl.de.ap Foundation’s executive director, Ted Benito. “We look forward to not only supporting Apl throwing out the first pitch, but we believe through our partnership with Mixed Roots Foundation, this will provide a great way to share all the work that he is doing through the foundation that is truly making a difference in the lives of orphans and specifically children and families in his native home country, the Philippines – Thank you, Mixed Roots Foundation for this special opportunity and we look forward to partnering more in the future.”
“Currently there are 18,000 children in Los Angeles County living in foster care. The Dodgers Adoptee Night Event will help promote more awareness that all youth deserve safe, nurturing and permanent families. I thank all of the foster and adoptive parents who are committed to providing children in need, with a loving home, and also all of our DCFS social workers and staff who work so hard for our children,” said Philip L. Browning, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. “I especially want to thank Mixed Roots Foundation and to all of those who have helped make this special event possible for all of the children and families that will be in attendance.”
Mixed Roots Foundation will host a VIP pregame meet & greet at their community booth where fans will have the opportunity to meet Apl as well as learn more about important post adoption resources that are available for adoptees and their families. Adoptee Night ticket holders will also receive a signature Adoptee Night rally towel.
About Mixed Roots Foundation
Mixed Roots Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, CA and serves as the first and only national / global multicultural foundation for adoptees and their families representative of the international, domestic, and foster care adoption experience and leverages philanthropy and grassroots fundraising to support post-adoption resources for adoptees and their families. For more info, visit http://www.mixedrootsfoundation.org, LIKE Mixed Roots Foundation on Facebook or Follow on Twitter @mixedroots.
The eldest of seven siblings, Allan Pineda better known as Apl.de.ap grew up in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines. He worked in the farm with his grandfather and sold the crops at the open market. Coming from a poor family, he knew early on that going to school was his long-term ticket to a better life. Clinically blind, the young Apl managed to get treatment for his eyes in the U.S. through the Pearl S. Buck Foundation with his sponsor, Joe Ben Hudgens, who eventually adopted Apl. At the age of 14 years old, Apl moved to LA where Hudgens fostered the importance of education that would lead to achieving his dreams. Apl became a rapper, record producer, and member of the multi-Grammy award winning group the Black Eyed Peas. Drawing from his own life experiences and putting action behind his words, he established the Apl.de.ap Foundation.
About Apl.de.ap Foundation
As Apl.de.ap became financially stable and one of the most famous Filipinos in the world, he dedicates himself by giving back to his country and youth everywhere through his Apl.de.ap Foundation which focuses on education, technology, helping vision-challenged newborns and art-therapy. Apl has not shied away from acknowledging his Filipino roots and continues to embrace his heritage, even in his work. From his humble beginnings to his extreme fame he still retains the Filipino hospitality and “bayanihan” spirit. His humility, generosity, sense of humor and graciousness to his fans remains a core part of who he is. For more info, visit http://www.apldeapfoundation.org and also http://www.forfilipinochildren.com or LIKE Apl.de.ap Foundation on Facebook.
About The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
LA DCFS is the largest child protection agency in the country. The department serves over 36,000 children on any given day. The primary goal of the department is to protect children from abuse and neglect as well as reunite families when it is safe to do so. For children that are unable to safely remain home, loving foster families and adoptive homes are always needed. For more information about LA DCFS programs and services, please call888.811.1121 or visit http://www.shareyourheartla.org
By. Mario G. Racadio Jr.
(San Francisco, California)
Where Neyo meets Stevie Wonder.
A native of San Francisco, California. Amoray has numerous Billboard Hits under his belt including
‘Give it’, ‘Jack it out’, ‘Let it Go’ and ‘Keep your Head Up’ all available in iTunes w/ extended, radio, and club remix.
Amoray debuted #2 on Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Charts as Breakout Artist.
Recently released another Billboard chart-topping hits ‘Don’t Say it ‘ is available on iTunes to download. Apart from his hits, Amoray also embarking in another milestones of his career, which is chosen to be included in Promo Only Video with Global exposure. https://www.promoonly.com
Before even hitting Billboard Charts, Amoray had written all his music and did all the vocals as well. Most recordings released by his own independent label Knockout Fashion Records and legendary Producer Manny Lehman. Recently featured in Abercrombie & Fitch compilations, UK Charts, and King of Spin Charts.
He has also worked with top EDM (Electronic Dance Music) producers such as Klubjumpers, Mike Rizzo, Mr Mig team Funk Generation, and H3d Rush. Also featuring remixes by Edson Pride, Paul Goodyear, Funk3d, Timmy Loop, Bill Williams, Disco Delic, and so on.
Let’s find out more with Up close & personal interview with Amoray.
What motivated you to become a recording artist?
I have been in the performing art’s for 20 years in Dancing, Acting and Singing. I have been recording demo’s for years and have sung with various groups also doing musical theatre it’s always been in the cards for me to become a Recording Artist and it was all about timing. Another thing is the right songs that fit the trends of the music business. Once I got the right songs and producer I’m ready to work.
Where do you get inspiration?
I’m inspired by my first teacher to music by my mother and father they were lover’s of all types of music from Gospel , blues, great soul R&B singers and Reggae music was played almost everyday in our house. These things also inspired me to respect the quality of great voices like Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Sylvester, Bob Marley and so on. I love some of the new talents in music industry like Neyo, Usher, Beyoncé and strangely Nikki Minaj. I’m also inspired by everyday experiences and new things people adventures that’s inspires for my melodies. I write my songs for current times and situations. I just keep my ears and eyes open and the inspiration just pours in.
What do you do to unwind? Hobbies ?
I like to spend time with a few close friends, we almost never talk about the music business. It’s more of my listening to them and what’s going on in their lives. It really relaxes me to just chill, eat amazing food like salads are my favorites. Road trips are great to just filling the car with gas and let the wind take you. Spa’s are awesome and I’m love massage therapy. I’m also into some sports like Tennis and Swimming these are things I have been into since high School. But most of all, if I’m very sleep deprived I need catching up with at least 8 hour sleep.
What advice can you give to start-up artist?
The best advice I can give anyone that want to be a professional artist is to get a great vocal coach and study hard to learn about what your voice can do. Also make wise choices, you don’t have to be involved in everything just the right things that will help you propel to your goal. Also surround yourself with people who believe in what your doing. That will empower and motivates you. There is nothing worse than having haters around you it will only bring you down. One more thing if you are a independent artist be ready to invest in yourself. Take care of your business like copyrights and publishing it only cost a few dollars to secure your music.
If given a chance to work with any artist/producers who would that be?
David Guetta, Motto Blanco, Jennifer Hudson, Neyo, Tony Moran, Manny Lehman wish came true on the new EP “Don’t Say It” there are so many more.
(America’s First Fil-Am Hollywood Entertainment Podcasting Show) http://mranow.co
February 12, 2015
Los Angeles, California
In Cooperation with
“TOGETHER WE CAN!”
IN CELEBRATION OF BANTAY BATA 163’S 18TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Paying tribute to the hard word and achievements of
Achievement, Excellence in Community Service
ABOUT BANTAY BATA 163
Back in February 14, 1997, Miss Gina Lopez of ABS-CBN Network Philippines, started Bantay Bata 163 (in English, Child Watch 163) as a local emergency go to and rescue hotline-operation in Manila, Philippines. 18 years after, Bantay Bata 163 has expanded their operations to Cebu, Davao, Zamboanga, Bicol, Negro Oriental, Iloilo, Pangasinan, Laguna and General Santos City. And with the help of the nation, Bantay Bata 163 was able to further expand its reach through a variety of ongoing projects such as:
Opened in 2003, a Children’s Village to house and care for children who require further attention. Located in the outskirts of Metropolitan Manila, the Children’s Village provides health and wellness care, nutrition, education and psychological development for these disadvantaged and at-risk kids.
Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led the groundbreaking ceremonies of the Bantay Bata 163 Children’s Village March 29 in Norzagaray, Bulacan. Its construction was the collaboration of efforts by various companies and supporters who have generously donated their resources to build this paradise for the children.
Bantay Bata 163 is also actively involved in combatting and dealing with the problems of Child Trafficking in the Philippines. This includes: The act of trading or dealing with children, including but not limited to, the buying and selling children for money, or for any other consideration, or barter; and sexual exploitation wherein, children whether male or female, who for money, profit or any other consideration or due to the coercion or influence of any adult, syndicate or group, indulge in sexual intercourse or lascivious conduct, are deemed to be children exploited in prostitution and other sexual abuse.
With that said, ABS-CBN Foundation International and N91Live would like to take this opportunity to invite you to attend the above noted Gala as one of our distinguished honoree – as we celebrate the 18th year anniversary of ABS-CBN network Bantay Bata 163 Foundation – in a unified theme, called “Together We Can”.
The 2015 Gala celebration is also to pay tribute to Ms Gina Lopez, the founder and head of the Lopez Family Foundation – The first in her family to systematically harness the technology of ABS CBN media in novel ways for social good in the Philippines for the Filipinos.
This special event will be held on February 20, 2015 at the Conga Room at LA Live, 800 West Olympic Blvd. in Los Angeles.
Date: Friday, February 20, 2015
• 6:00 PM Red Carpet Flow
• 6:30 PM Reception/Auction (Manny Pacquiao and Metta World Peace memorabillas)
• 7:30 PM Program
• 8:00 PM Live Performances
• Inland Empire’s Youtube Pop-Duo Sensation, Zac & Chris
• Grammy Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Brian McKnight’s Sons, BJ & Niko McKnight “Archie”
• NBC’s The Voice 2012 Contestant, Cheesa
• BMG/Chrysalis Recording Artist, Nikki Paige
• Consul General, Leo Herrera Lim, Excellence in Government Service
• Metta World Peace aka; Ron Artest, Special Recognition
• Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, Special Recognition
Mistress of Ceremony
• Reyna Joy Banks, Actor, Choreographer, Voice Over Artist, FHG Entertainment
Please tell us your ideas and/or suggestions as well. We look forward to hear them and as well as having you on board at this exciting event of giving.
Thank You – In the hopes that you are able to join us in strengthening the foothold of Bantay Bata 163 in the US to bring joy to the wonderful children they provide for.
J. TED I. BENITO
Executive Director, Apl.de.ap Foundation International
A Project of the Asian Pacific Community Fund (www.apcf.org) //1145 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 105, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Commissioner, California Volunteers Commission, Appointed 2014 (www.californiavolunteers.org)
Facebook: Ted Benito // Twitter: JTIBenito