October 02, 2018, (Los Angeles, California). Wow, it has been five years, since created this movement, in conjunction with Filipino-American History Month (October). Therefore, about time to recognized our fellow Fil-Ams with their variety of contributions in American society. Here are the following lists, who made it this year 2018.
75 Most Influential Filipino-Americans of 2018:
37. Cheryl Burke (Award-winning Dancer/Performer)
38. Luis Pedron (Film Festival Director/Actor/Director)
39. Elton Lugay (TOFA Founder)
40. Sonia Delen (Appointed State-board of California/Apl De Ap Foundation)
41. Zaldy Coco ( Emmy Award-Winning Costume Designer)
42. Joshua Ang Price (Public Relations/Marketing)
43. Lisa Manibog- Lew (4th-time Emmy award winning producer)
44. Cher Calvin (Emmy winning anchor/KTLA 5)
45. Gel Santos Relos (TV Anchor)
46. DJ Qbert (Award-winning DJ)
47. Susan Ordona (Best-selling Author)
48. Mutch Carino (Marketing)
49. RD Alba (Award-winner director)
50. Manny Streetz (Radio Host)
51. Kat Inaba (TV Host)
52. Oliver Carnay (Talent Manager)
53. Ken Alcazar- Style Fashion Week (LA and NYC)
54. Thomas Orlina (Radio/Youtube Series Producer)
55. Anthony Boncio-(TV Producer)
56. Jush Andowitt (GMA Pinoy TV Marketing)
57. Oliver Tolentino (Hollywood Fashion Designer)
58. Vincent Rodriguez III (Hollywood Actor of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
59. Christina Luna– (Event Organizer)
60. Kathy Marino (OC Fashion Week)
61. Michael Paulo (Jazz Saxophonist)
62. Dr. Astrid Tuminez (President of Utah Valley University)
63. Fleur Magbanua– (Reporter/Journalist)
64. Val Abelgas (Journalist)
65. Rob Banta (Public Servant)
66. Elaine Quijano (News Anchor)
67. Guillermo Amok (Print/Broadcast Journalist)
68. Kevin Nadal (Author)
69. Lou Razon (Fashion Designer)
70. Don Tagala (TV Reporter)
71. Rex Navarette (Stand-up Comedian)
72 Gherald Alaman (Talent Management)
73. JB Adkins (Entertainment Journalist)
74. Cristina DC Pastor (Founding Editor of FilAm)
75. Monet Lu (Stylist)
Congrats! to all, greetings from
MJ Racadio, Host/Executive Producer of Blogtalk, Social Media Reporter of the Year 2016. One of the official Bloggers/Media of Miss Universe, an active member of Los Angeles Press Club and Filipino-American Press Club of California. Freelance Producer of Eagle Broadcasting (Eagle News International).
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When Celebrity Beauty Expert meets Miss Universe
by MJ Racadio
Los Angeles, California (September 05, 2018) When it comes to beauty there is one name who stands out, her name is Olivia Quido-Co also known as Ms. O, a celebrity beauty expert from Los Angeles, California. Her impressive lists of clientele include Pia Wurtzbach, (Miss Universe 2015), Ruffa Gutierrez, (Moviestar/Host/Model) and KC Concepcion (Actress, Singer/Model), Megan Young (Miss World 2013), Boy Abunda (Asia’s King of Talk) and so on. I had a chance to meet Ms. O in person during Summer Beauty Bonanza last July 20, 2018 in Daly City, California along with her brand ambassadors, Pia Wurtzbach and Daniel Matsunaga.
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Getting-to-know the real Ms.O, recently interviewed via over the phone. Let’s find out.
MJ: Who is Ms. O as a person?
Ms. O: I’m a fun person, God fearing, I love people and passionate about making people look good.
MJ: What are your hobbies?
Ms. O: I love playing the piano, arts and crafts, actually that’s my favorite bonding-time with my daughter and I love watching concerts.
According to Ms. O, she plays the piano by ear and does not have not any formal training in music. “I listen to the music and then I play it right away.”
MJ: What inspired you to become a beauty-expert?
Ms. O– First, “I studied computer programming in De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Business Administration major in computer application. In addition, I designed the computer system of the business to become paperless. Since I arrived in States, wanted to follow my passion in facial because I love people and helping them to look beautiful.” Unfortunately, Ms. O realized that computer programming was not her passion.
Apart from her passion, running a spa was quite challenging especially in exceeding client’s expectation. For example, her clients stated “Ms. O I would like to look 10-15 years younger”. Ms. O said “I am blessed with a good team and it’s hard to find trained and experienced aesthetician and it would take a year or two in becoming an expert so I dedicate my time to train them” In a nutshell, once the team is ready he or she can do the O signature facial.”
Her advice to follow her footsteps, “if you like skin care so can follow your passion and do something to help many people. For example giving treatment, healing their acne and it boost their self-confidence and always put God’s first in everything that you do, so your plan will succeed.”
Ms. O– I want people to see my fun side. Usually, I’m very professional and love going out with my family and blessed with four beautiful children and a very nice husband. I want my clients to be my friends and I do not want just a client. I want them to be part of the family. I am so happy with my team and doing skin care for 15 years. I am very grateful to my clientele not only as client but good friendship.
From Cancer Survivor to Millionaire Maker:
Kuya E hosting a new show RYTS on Net 25
by MJ Racadio
(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”
Also visit the Eagle Broadcasting Corporation Webpage
Fil-Am Snag Another Emmy for #TheTalk
Marc Anthony Nicolas received his second Emmy
By MJ Racadio
Hollywood, California (April 29, 2018).
Filipino-American Marc Anthony Nicolas snag another Emmy for the Talk as one of the producers. I had a chance chatting with him prior to his winning last year 2017.
MJ Racadio: How ya been?
Marc Anthony Nicolas: I’m fantastic. Gearing up for the holidays. The Talk got nominated for People’s Choice Awards so I’m really excited for that event next year. How are you? ￼￼
MJ Racadio I’m great! fantastic and Congrats! for the nominations of #theTalk you guys deserve it. You did very well winning the #Emmys and you are the #1 Most Influential Filipino-Americans of 2016 from #BlogtalkwithMJRacadio
Marc Anthony Nicolas Thank you for your support! Im so proud of you! Keep up your great work. ￼￼
MJ Racadio Thank you! you will be forever inspiration to the #Filipinos Worldwide
MJ Racadio What is your message to your fellow Kababayan?
Marc Anthony Nicolas Be kind to everyone… Do all the good you can, to as many people as you can, as often as you can… And make a change in this world ￼￼
MJ Racadio Marc Anthony Nicolas Wow! that’s beautiful
MJ Racadio Marc Anthony Nicolas with your success, any other wishes and dream for Marc Anthony?
Marc Anthony Nicolas 2016 was a good year for me. I turned 40. I don’t look my age thanks to my dermatologist, Dr. Tess Mauricio. I won the 2016 Emmy. I was ranked #1 in the list of “Most Influential Filipino-Americans” by Blog Talk. Boy Abunda interviewed me in Los Angeles. Finally, I was a judge in the Miss CA USA pageant. The winner represents California and competes in Miss USA 2017. For the new year, I want everyone to be happy and to start every day with a grateful heart. Be thankful. It’s not how much you have, it’s how much you can give. 2018, ready or not… Here I come
MJ Racadio Thank you! for catching-up with my very famous and yet very humble friend in so called #Hollywood or #Lalaland. Regards to the hosts of #TheTalk and don’t forget to shout-out. Before ending this catching-up, Tell me your favorite Filipino Food, Places in The#Philippines, The Best #Filipino moments.
Marc Anthony Nicolas My favorite food is pancit and lumpia. Every place in the Philippines is amazing but I really want to go to Palawan. My favorite Filipino moment is when I visited the Philippines during the holidays and everyone was at my Lola and Lolo’s house eating and singing. It was so fun! They would light the firecracker, Sinturon ni Judas which put a smile on my face.
One one of
BOYZLIFE LIVE IN MANILA!
Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy, part of the multi-platinum, record breaking bands, Westlife and Boyzone, have joined forces to create Boyzlife.
Boyzlife is the thrilling untold story of life in two of the world’s biggest boybands, with the lifelong friends walking the audience through their lives – captivating tales of the highs, the lows and of course weaved in between the stories will be an intimate performance including a selection of their biggest hits that forged their careers! Boyzlife has been selling out all their special intimate performances since their formation in 2016.
During Brian’s time in Westlife the band secured a record 7 straight Number 1 singles, 12 UK & Ireland Number 1 singles in total, 4 Number 1 Albums, x3 Record of the Year Awards, x2 MTV Europe Music Award, x1 Brit Award and countless others. Sales during this time reached in excess of 30 million. Among Westlife’s chartbusting singles are; “Swear It Again”, “My Love”, “Fool Again”, “Queen of My Heart”, “I Have A dream”, “Uptown Girl”, “I Need You”, “Soledad”, “All or Nothing”, “Seasons In The Sun”, and many more! Brian’s debut solo single ‘Real To Me’ topped the charts in the UK, Ireland and across Europe, becoming one of the biggest radio airplay hits that year across the continent. Brian followed this up with a further three solo Number 1 singles and platinum status in Australia where he resided.
As a member of Boyzone, Keith has enjoyed incredible success, with the band being Europe’s most successful boyband during the second half of the 1990’s and the success has continued for many years. Achieving 6 UK Number 1 singles – with 16 of their first 17 singles going Top 5 in the UK Charts – it cemented Boyzone as the first Irish group to top the UK charts so regularly. 5 Number 1 albums were secured and over 25 million records sold worldwide. Some of the group’s greatest hits are No Matter What, I Love The Way You Love Me, Words, Baby Can I Hold You, Love Me For A Reason, among others.
Brian and Keith will sing the greatest hits of Boyzone and Westlife as they perform live in Manila on December 4 at the Kia Theater, presented by Ovation Productions. Ticket prices are P5750, 4750, 3750, 1750 and are available starting October 26 viawww.ticketnet.com.ph and all regular ticketnet outlets.
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I found my heart in Santa Fe stole my heart
By MJ Racadio
September 13, 2017, (Quezon City, Philippines)
Have you ever been in love or broken hearted? This new film I found my heart in Santa Fe stole my heart. First, the movie setting was like a paradise, a perfect beach made in heaven. The plot where Viktor played by Will Devaughn finding his way to Santa Fe searching for his mother, all of a sudden, he couldn’t find a place to stay and end-up staying at the guard house. The next day, Viktor met Jennifer played by Roxanne Barcelo, who is snotty and uptight daughter of the resort owner. The conflict started the day Viktor met Jennifer. The story evolve with the two characters from longing to meet a love ones and waiting for the right one. A heart warming film with some twist and tear jerker moments. On the lighter note, the supporting roles made this film exciting with superb delivery of their characters with sense of humor. In terms of cinematography, the beautiful aerial views caught my eye and ready to visit this paradise.
Roxanne Barceno’s Interview
Will Devaughn’s Interview
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From Mount Busay to 10,000 Roses: Discovering Cebu City.
by MJ Racadio
Cebu City or Queen City of the South is known for its beautiful landscape, history and crispy lechon.
First night, already enjoying the mouth-watering pancit called Bam-i. After that, walked around Fuente Circle and tried tea and dessert at a cafe.
Cebu is bustling and hustling city that has something unique to offer. I had the time of my life exploring the city and some friends showed me around town what to do in one day. From driving around mouth Busay to enjoying the romantic feel at 10,000 roses.
Sirao Garden: a little Amsterdam
The Temple of Leah
Lapu-lapu Shrine: The Battle plus affordable souvenir shopping. Photo Credit: Rey Tumulak
Third Day: Ipars Spanish Authentic Restaurant.
We really enjoyed the mouth-watering appetizers from chorizo to paella as main course plus dessert like leche flan.
Needed to unwind before going back to Manila. Vacation would not be complete without pampering myself at reflexology and spa. Feel rejuvenated after the massage.
If you happen to visit Cebu City, explore and get lost. It’s better that way anyway so what are you waiting for travel now.
Cebu Photo Album
I Got Sparked at sparkup.ph Launched
by MJ Racadio
(Quezon City, Philippines) I got sparked at the successful launched of a new website called Sparkup.ph in Quezon, City last week June 10, 2017. It all started from photo-op and getting-to-know fellow bloggers from lifestyle to business.
As a blogger, I am covering something different aside from the entertainment industry. After all, spark up is all about business catering the millennials and entrepreneurship to those who wants to start their business whether it be an online store to event services. In addition, it is a platform for everyone to connect and jump-start his or her dream business.
Let’s watch the interesting panel discussions.
From Rockstar to Popstar
By Viva Alvaro-Galvez and MJ Racadio
Who would not recall Junard, the rockstar from the famous Philippine Sprite commercial in 2015? Yes, that’s him!
Together, let us discover how he managed to land the famous character, and witness his transition towards fulfilling his dreams and aspirations. There is so much more than what his character in the commercial offers.
This is a story of a young man who has overcome undertakings at a very young age, by focusing not on his negative experiences, but on the things that he wants to pursue, and the person that he wants to become.
“I didn’t really enjoy being a kid because I was bullied. Everyone was calling me names. Somebody would say nobody likes me, I should just go home.”
“But I enjoyed listening to music, and playing various musical instruments. I did not have lots of friends but I enjoyed being with my family all the time.”
Hearing his past experiences would make us wonder and ask how and why he has become the person that we know today.
Graduating from high school marks the end of the darkest moments in his life. “That’s the best and most memorable part for my high school life; saying goodbye to everyone. New environment, new me,” he said.
In 2011, he went to the best culinary school in the Philippines. He did great in school and he was half scholar. He started meeting a lot of great people and great friends, however, he felt like something else is missing.
“There was a piano in the lounge. That’s where I learned how to play piano. No one taught me. I started with Happy Birthday, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star at first and then soon, I became good at it,” he recalled. He did it everyday without a miss, before classes, during breaks, and after classes.
That’s when he found the answer to the question he was asking himself way back. He already knew what was missing! This is something he has always been passionate about, his joy, his solace, one of his selected companions during his unhappy days in high school – his love for music.
He recalled his thoughts and dilemmas during that time. “At the back of my mind, I still think about music. I was good at baking and culinary stuff, but the urge to play and make music was there, and not even my parents knew about that.” Nobody knew about this except him.
It’s the universe showing a glimpse of what he would do and pursue in the coming years, but not in culinary world. He was so used to playing piano that he would hum along, and eventually sing while playing, until he started writing songs out of these melodies. It gave him a hope that he could make it to the industry.
Aside from his love for music, he would attend TV commercial auditions. His Dad is an award-winning advertising creative director, but during his younger years, he would always think he wouldn’t make it. “I’ve always wanted to be a model, but before, I was thinking I will never reach that level. I am not saying that I am a really good looking person now, but I tried my best to make myself look and be like one,” he added. Little did he know, his first ever commercial break would air on the national TV in 2015.
Sprite Commercial: ‘Jhunard as Rockstar Vocalist’
He was chosen as one of the main characters in Sprite commecial. “Ako si Jhunard,“Punta ka sa gig ko, ako Bokalista” was his line. To him, it’s not only about having a noticeable part in a TV advertisement. Moreover, it is about being portrayed as a musician, because that’s what he is in real life. “I perfectly fit in that commercial,” he said.
More than 200 young men auditioned for the role.
In 2016, he went to Hollywood for an auditon, to sing, and participate in a workshop for John Robert Powers. He stayed there for 5 months. “It was hard to be away with my family. It was also scarry because there are a lot of con artists in Hollywood and I met a lot of them,” he recalled.
When asked about the learnings he acquired during his stay in US, he would say it taught him a lot of things. “Life is really hard. You don’t get an overnight success in Hollywood, you really have to work for it. You have a lot of competitors. You have to be realistic with your dreams, but you do not have to be discouraged. It seem impossible, but there is a possibility.”
Right now, he is preparing for a come back. Every bit of him could really tell that he is excited for everything. He is being mentored, and he is very much willing to work things out. “This is it! There is a strategy. I feel like I am on a right direction. I never thought that there is a better way of doing it. I just have to do it.”
He will be making a music video soon, featuring one of his original music. “I am polishing all my songs. I need to sharpen my performance, and work on my vocals even more. I am giving myself a 6-month preparation before I launch myself in New York and Hollywood,” he said.
He picture himself launching an album, and becoming an International popstar, a year from now. “I can see my future as that person. I see myself playing my music, performing, and having concerts in different places,” he said.
It is indeed a dream that one could only imagine as a reality. Louis is far different from the many because he is doing something about his dreams. He has a goal, a plan to reach that goal, and a way to work on everything thay may hinder him from reaching it. He is unstoppable!
His dreams would only remain as dreams without the most important people who believed in him; his family. Family is the sole foundation throughout his transformation, and towards becoming the person he was just used to dreaming about.
“To me, they are the only people that I can lean on to. Friends will come and go, but my parents are always going to be there for me. My family is my real friend.”
Horror of the past may sometimes hunt him in sleep, but they are no longer there when he wakes up. It’s now too far from his reality, not even a slight of it show today.
The world and some people in it may take away some of the valuable things in life (confidence, happiness, and true identity)but in their most powerful way; Music, and family seem to be a refuge. There is no room for a vengeful heart, but a fighting, pure, forgiving, and loving soul conquers. “I didn’t really change, I just made myself stronger, and better,” he said.
Louis is currently working in the studio finishing his debut album with Ryan Klos (Record Producer) . His dream of becoming a pop recording artist is a work in progress, and he is surely getting there. It’s 90% completed, and only 10% is a work in progress. He’s got what it takes, and he believes he can!
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