(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.
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!
(May 23, 2017) After 30 years in the fashion industry, Philippines’ First eco-couture designer John Ablaza, there is no sign of slowing down. Before flying to New York, he spent many hours in creating those mini-couture collection. In May 20, 2017, Ablaza finally revealed the Le Petite Couture during 30 years behind-the-seams at the Amar Estate.
Ablaza said “I am really proud to present to the world my ” Le Petite Couture ” a collection of about 30 pcs miniature Couture Gowns done 90 percent by hand in 100 days.
I am dedicating this creation to women who matters and each piece will be named after those whose been a part of my 30 seamless and very challenging journey in fashion. This is also my humble contribution to the fashion industry. Will eventually launch this as a traveling exhibit that I intend to showcase in important cities around the world.”
Most fashion shows focuses in Glamour however, John Ablaza 30 years behind the seams more on the charity, whom Ablaza close to his heart especially the less fortunate communities from Zimbabwe to Kenya.
Apart from this, the people who made the fashion show possible were the organizers, models, photographers, media, volunteers, make-up artist, sponsors. Special mention to Helsey Lubiano of CHHC Event Planning and Operations, the Productions Agency: Ronnie and Nanette, the Same Family, Chris Labaco, show director.
Photo credits: Marcie Concepcion, Elton Lugay, Bernadette Semple, Myra Mrowicki and J Rhoda Taduran and Darren Lee.
Opening Remarks by Aquino-Thomas before the Fashion Show
Humble Beginnings of “Blogtalk with MJ Racadio”
by Viva Alvaro-Galvez
(May 07, 2017) While others choose to work outside home, few choose to do the opposite. Out of the few, some do it for convenience, some do it to balance work and family relationship, but someone just make the most out of it – started conquering the world and inspiring hundreds of thousands of people in the comfort of home.
He was born in Pangasinan, and as a teenager, leaving his hometown for United States was quite easy, with his dreams in mind and heart. He had a dream of making it into Hollywood. Growing up, he always knew he had to do something to fulfill it. He believed and continuously believe in every posibility and so he lived and is still living these dreams.
Graduating from Business Management in University of Phoenix was just the beginning of an amazing journey. When he moved to Los Angeles, it was as if the world calls out his name, turning his dreams into an overwhelming reality.
From being a Recording Artist to a Publicist, a PR expert, an Event Organizer/Producer, a Red Carpet reporter in Hollywood and Fashion runways, to being the Social Media Reporter of the Year (2016) awarded by Filipino American Press Club of California.
He has indeed mastered the art of persistency and passion that never fail to get him through wonderful doors and paths, all on the way to the promise of his dreams.
In an interview, he said it took him a while to notice that he is already living his dreams. When asked about his thoughts about leaving Pangasinan as a teenager, he said “I have been always fascinated with Hollywood growing-up, and when I moved to Los Angeles, I got to live the dream, I would always remember my first red carpet in Hollywood.”
And it indeed just doesn’t stop there. In April, 2014, he tried to come up with something that has never been done before. That’s when the first ever America’s First Fil-Am Hollywood Entertainment Podcasting Show — Blogtalk with MJ Racadio.
He’s now celebrating three years of wonderful episodes married into the power of social media. He said “my vision is clear, and that is to empower and inspire one person at a time, Filipino and Fil-Americans alike through my platform which is the Blogtalk.”
When asked about some of the most memorable interviews during the first season of the show, he would highlight some of the most influencial Fil-Am personalities who have made their marks inn Hollywood. To name some we have Hollywood writers Janet and Ruben Nepales. He even recalled the moment when he got invited by the power couple to Hollywood, and he said “Is this happening?” Because according to him, they usually interview the biggest stars in the planet. Some of the notable interviews he had for the show include 2015 Ms. Universe Pia Wurtzbach, the famous Filipino Balladeer and the first ever Filipino to win WCOPA world grand champion title Jed Madela, to matinee idols Alden Richards and Dennis Trillo.
He never fails to acknowledge the people behind the show’s continuous success. “I thank God for the knowledge he has given me, my Executive Producer Mariebeth Racadio for providing me a never ending support, and of course, my family, my followers, and my friends. Because without them, Blogtalk would not be possible.”
“It’s been a long 3-year journey. I am going to continue as long as I can find someone whom I think is capable of inspiring others. I will try my very best to invite important people for an interview in Blogtalk. As long as I have the resources, and the ability to do it, I will do it, and I will do it for the rest of my life,” he said.
From Blogging in the Bedroom to Miss Universe Red Carpet
Celebrating 3 Years I Season 7 Finale I Best of Blogtalk
by MJ Racadio
(Quezon City, Philippines), April 25, 2017. It has been a long journey for me as a blogger then publicist. I can never imagine in my wildest dream to reached three years this week. First and foremost, I thank our almighty God for giving the life strength and knowledge and the people behind this so called little show called blogtalk, especially Mariebeth Racadio, friends and relatives and loyal followers.
From blogging in the bedroom to Miss Universe red carpet. It all started from simple blogging tips including fitness, time-management, health and wellness. Taking it to the next level by inviting known and influential guests and the rest is history. Here comes the hard part being a blogger, especially moving to Los Angeles was a big risk. Luckily, I was able to connect with the right people and of course fellow media/ press people, they either hate or love you. The first two years was always a challenge because people may look at you weird, when I say I’m a blogger/publicist. After the Hollywood experienced, I got stronger and wiser in choosing friends and what not to say.
Moving to the Philippines was sort of icing on the cake, it seems like never left the United States. I have yet to become a segment producer for Eagle Broadcasting Corporation, entertainment reporter and morning show host of ‘Pambansang Almusal’ oh boy, I have to worked double time from waking-up 5AM to evening for Eagle News International Showbiz segment. As entertainment reporter, was able to cover Selena Gomez to 21st French Film Festival. One of the most unforgettable interviews were Jaclyn Jose, Asia Pop Comicon, Ambassadors from other countries including France, Japan, South Korea, Brazil and Netherlands.
Early January, the most famous DJ in the world David Guetta had a successful concert in the Metro, plus I have watched and reviewed a Hollywood Film ‘Sleepless’ starring Jamie Foxx, the movie (Story, Cinematography, Acting were superb) was a suspense thriller so I loved it. Here is my story for Miss Universe, first of all, I asked a friend from media how to apply for credential, his name is Jude Cartalaba, thankfully he directed me to Chavit Singson’s publicist so she sent the link where you can apply for Miss Universe. After a week, Miss Universe Organization approved Blogtalk to cover the live and pocket of events of Miss Universe. I still could not believed that it did not sink in until now, when people found out that I was one of the official media/bloggers of Miss Universe, people raised eyebrows and say “OMG! you are famous now”. Finally, it all boils down to hard-work, perseverance, be grounded and do not give-up on your dreams. In addition, you should know your purpose and be nice to people you meet and you will never know they can jump-start that dream of yours.
#BestofBlogtalk It will be uploaded starting April 23, 2017 a month-long celebration
From Anne Curtis (Filipino Superstar) to Jessica Sanchez (American Idol Runner-up).
From Marc Anthony Nicolas (Emmy Award winning producer of the Talk) to Dr. Tess (America’s Favorite Dermatologist)
From David Guetta to Miss Universe
Celebrating 3 years I Season 7 Finale I
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MISS UNIVERSE FRANCE IRIS MITTENAERE CROWNED MISS UNIVERSE
More than 100 million fan votes helped one lucky contestant advance into the Top 13
Press Conference of the New Miss Universe at Media Center. Miss France, Iris Mittanaere. Blogtalk with MJ Racadio was able to asked the second question for the New Miss Universe.
Manila, Philippines – January 30, 2017 – In front of a global audience, Iris Mittenaere was crowned the new Miss Universe at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. The three-hour special programming event aired live on FOX in the United States.
Iris Mittenaere was born north of France in a town called Lille. Mittenaere has kept herself busy the last 5 years by pursuing her degree in Dental Surgery. Besides dental school, Mittenaere has always been fond of extreme sports, travelling the world and cooking new French dishes. She enjoys making others happy, especially when volunteering at Bienvenue-Tongasoa and Les Bonnes Fées.
Emmy® Award winner Steve Harvey returned to host this year’s competition with model, designer and body activist Ashley Graham as backstage host. Grammy® Award nominee and multi-platinum hip-hop artist Flo Rida and four-time Grammy® Award-winning R&B group Boyz II Men performed.
The judges who helped crown Miss Universe include:
· Cynthia Bailey: Former model and founder of The Bailey Agency School of Fashion, a modeling and fashion school dedicated to helping young women achieve their dreams; current cast member on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
· Mickey Boardman: Editorial Director and advice columnist for PAPER magazine.
· Leila Lopes: First Miss Universe from Angola and former United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Desertification; currently working with various charitable organizations in Africa.
· Francine LeFrak: Emmy® and Tony® Award-winning producer, social entrepreneur, women’s empowerment activist and founder of Same Sky, an initiative that provides training and employment to HIV+ women survivors of the Rwandan genocide.
· Sushmita Sen: Bollywood actress, philanthropist and champion of women’s rights in India; founder of I AM Foundation; and first-ever Miss Universe from India.
· Dayanara Torres: Former UNICEF ambassador, writer, singer, model, actress and former Miss Universe from Puerto Rico.
Prior to the competition, the Miss Universe celebrity red carpet streamed live on MissUniverse.com. Throughout the live telecast, the newly designed Miss Universe website and official Miss U App delivered exclusive content and highlights. Additionally, the Miss Universe digital backstage lounge provided a unique second-screen experience for viewers around the world to see what happens behind-the-scenes.
With a virtual seat at the judging table, an estimated 100 million votes were tabulated from fans around the world to determine which lucky contestant would advance into the Top 13 at the start of the live broadcast, with millions more voting throughout the competition. Eighty-six women represented their countries in this year’s MISS UNIVERSE® competition, which culminated in Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach crowning her successor. #MissUniverse | #BlogtalkwithMJRacadio | Miss Universe Media Coverage | http://missuniverse.com
A Masterpiece of Eco-couture Gowns and Bow-Tie Creations
November 24, 2016 (Hollywood, California) International Fashion Designer John Ablaza is showcasing his masterpieces in a fashion show event – John Ablaza Couture & Culture NY 2016. His awe-inspiring collections have graced the runways of Hong Kong, Singapore, Bahrain, Sydney, Toronto, London, Belgium, Arizona, San Francisco, Los Angeles/Hollywood, Zimbabwe and now coming to NYC!
Saturday December 10, 2016 at ONE UN New York Hotel (1 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017)
5PM Red Carpet I Cocktails I Silent Auction I Photo Exhibit 7PM Gala Fashion Show
his inspiration – nature
his mission – to help people
his vision – to bring fashion and culture together
John is an “eco-fashion” designer specializing in fabricating garments using sustainable, local materials like seeds bark reeds and coconut shells. While working with The Mangyan Tribe of Mindoro, together they came up with new ideas to use native sustainable materials in his designs while the Mangyans build a better future for their families.
With Couture & Culture NY 2016 in collaboration with Harare-Zimbabwe Designers and Artisans, the fashion show will gather 150 VIP guests from New York’s most influential circles, UN diplomats, celebrity appearances and partner with several media companies to cover this prestigious VIP ONLY cocktail gala, photo exhibit by an acclaimed Southern California photographer, Jhenny Morales Evans and a silent auction of all-things Zimbabwean and artisanal. Expanding his reach of beneficiaries, the Children of Silozwane Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and St. Martin de Porres, Cebu City.
Sponsor-Partners: Presko Magazine, Bella Skin Inc., Shoes by Chavez, ONE UN New York Hotel, CHHC Event Planning & Operations, Michael’s Floral Design NYC, Blogtalk With MJ Racadio, Alex Tupaz Photography and Jhenny Evans Photography.
Follow John Ablaza Couture & Culture NY 2016 I #johnablaza I #johnablazaNY2016
April 25, 2016 (Social Dragon PR) Quezon City, Philippines. an early morning anticipation at Eagle Broadcasting Corporation and just had a cup of coffee. Recently met with Davey Langit right after his hosting gig for Pambansang Almusal. Medium in height, kind of stocky dude, soft spoken, and very polite. Langit known for his hit song “The Selfie Song” and garnered million of hits on Youtube.
Apart from that success, he started as one of the scholars from Philippine Dream Academy headed by Iconic Legendary Jim Paredes of APO Hiking Society. His also a disc jockey of 95.5 Pinas FM and he has won the Himig Handog PPop Love Songs of 2016 for “Dalawang Letra” as composer performed by Itchyworms.
“Dalawang Letra” Performed by Itchyworms Video Link
Let’s get to know Davey Langit Up Close and Personal
According to Davey, he started playing the guitar in a such tender age as a hobby. During his college years, songwriting came and eventually joined the Philippine Dream Academy. Langit honed his talent in songwriting and the rest is history. He has written song for Yeng Constantino, which is “Cool-Off” 11 years ago. In 2013 Langit smashed hit “The Selfie Song” he only recorded it on his smart phone and uploaded on Youtube and garnered 10K Views after a week. In addition, he stated, “it’s always a pleasure to work with Iconic Jim Paredes of APO Hiking Society.”
Make sure to catch him three times a week at Pambansang Almusal and follow him on Social Media as Davey Langit via Facebook
April 21, 2016, (Social Dragon PR) Los Angeles, California
The success of Blogtalk with MJ Racadio is inevitable, behind the success is Mariebeth Racadio celebrating her birthday today April 21, 2016. Recognizing her for unending support from contacting future guests to providing moral support. Back in the memory lane, she stated ” Why don’t you interview influential people to inspire others”. Yes indeed! took that as advice and the rest is history. Wishing her good health and prosperous life.
Philippines First Eco-Couture Designer taking Hollywood by Tsunami
Plus Pacman’s Live Auction
By MJ Racadio
(Hollywood CA, November 19, 2015, Social Dragon PR) One of a kind fashion show that will blow your mind. After 28 years of designing, John Ablaza (Philippines First Eco-Couture Designer) will be premiering his Bow Tie Couture in Hollywood on November 28, 2015 7PM and 5PM Red Carpet at the Celebrity Centre International. The lists of VIP’s from the Producer of The Talk to Teen Superstar of Nickelodeon and Hollywood Foreign Press Members, and so on.
What really sets him apart from other fashion designers because of his advocacy which is helping the Mangyan Tribe in sustaining livelihood projects through Ayala Foundation.
Ablaza said, “This upcoming show is exciting because I’m finally releasing my creation in Hollywood not only that its also for a good cause. In addition, Manny Pacquiao’s Foundation recently endorsed the show so I’m caught by surprised indeed.”
The Bow Tie Couture Fashion Show will be an evening of fun and exciting segments of diverse and international models. Even the preparation was really intense according to Team Ablaza: From casting models to photo shoots. Get ready to be blown away from John Ablaza’s Collections plus right after the fashion show a live auctions of Manny Pacquiao’s authentic signed merchandise.
The show sponsored by Manny Pacquiao Foundation in cooperation with 3GsWorld, MBeauty by Dr. Tess (America’s Favorite Dermatologist) iDance Studio, Blogtalk with MJRacadio, David’s Salon, Eriel’s Cafe, Mod Xchange, Alex Photography, Bask International, and others will be announced very soon.