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Through a Writer’s Lens

Through a Writer’s Lens by Ruben V. Nepales
Ruben V. Nepales, Author of Through a Writer’s Lens and Award-Winning Hollywood photojournalist

Award-winning Hollywood photojournalist Ruben V. Nepales releases coffee table book of his photos of stars



Award-winning Hollywood photojournalist Ruben V. Nepales has released “Through a Writer’s Lens,” a stunning coffee table book of more than 1,000 photos of stars that he took in almost two decades.



“Through a Writer’s Lens,” a 260-page hardbound compilation of Nepales’ often candid, refreshing snapshots of the Hollywood stars he has interviewed, is a beautiful 12” x 14” book that is bound to be a collector’s item.



Based in Los Angeles, Nepales won honors from the National Entertainment Journalism Awards and the Southern California Journalism Awards, both presented by the Los Angeles Press Club.



Variety editor Tim Gray praised “Through a Writer’s Lens”: “Ruben Nepales is smart, has great taste, and observes things that most people overlook. These qualities make him a good photojournalist and they make this book so great.”



Rito Asilo, entertainment editor of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, where Nepales’ popular column, “Only IN Hollywood,” ran for 15 years, also hailed “Through a Writer’s Lens”: “It is with great pleasure that I welcome Ruben’s coffee table book, a visual tome of sorts, featuring stellar Hollywood talents he interviewed over the years, from Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise to Al Pacino and Steven Spielberg…If you read his interviews often enough (as you should), you’ll soon realize that one is truly made more satisfying by the other. Suffice it to say that his words go hand in hand with his photographs.”



Bessie Badilla, the book’s publisher, cited why she encouraged Nepales to share his photos of stars, many of which appeared in his column. But majority of the photos featured in the special book are published for the first time.



“When I saw Ruben’s photos for his column on the Philippine Daily Inquirer, they made me want to read his latest column right away,” Badilla said. “His photos made me curious. They have the ability to make you want to ‘get to know’ more the celebrities that he features.”



The publisher added, “It was Ruben’s photo of Sarah Jessica Parker that got me thinking he has a special talent! It was the best photograph of Ms. Parker I’ve ever seen. Ruben has the eye for capturing his subject’s best angle and he also has perfect timing.



“During one of our dinners in New York with his wife Janet, I asked Ruben if I could publish a coffee table book of his photographs that he’s been taking for many years. I’m so happy he agreed because this collaboration was a joy to make and will be equally enjoyable to all the book’s readers.”



Each of the 200-plus top and beloved talents, from Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey, Sandra Oh, Jennifer Lopez, Kristen Stewart, Darren Criss to Robert Pattinson, included in the tome has an interesting, memorable quote culled from the photojournalist’s columns of these stars. Some of the quotes were also culled from Nepales’ monthly Hollywood feature on Smile Magazine, Cebu Pacific Air’s inflight magazine.



Badilla also said, “ ‘Through a Writer’s Lens’ will give readers an intimate date with each of the more than 200 talents and celebrities featured in the book. Readers will enjoy many never-before-seen candid shots of their favorite stars while reading these stars’ quotes that give you personal insights on their lives, struggles, pain, fame, triumphs and loves.”



“Through a Writer’s Lens” is Nepales’ second book, following his 2012 book, “My Filipino Connection: The Philippines in Hollywood,” which won in the print journalism – book category of the Migration Advocacy and Media Awards presented by the Office of the President of the Philippines’ Commission on Filipinos Overseas.



Nepales is the first Filipino to be elected to membership in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the association of international journalists which votes on and presents the Golden Globe Awards. Nepales served for many years as a board member of the HFPA, which is one of the biggest philanthropic organizations in Hollywood (it has donated more than $44 million in the past 31 years to entertainment-related charities, scholarships and grants).



In 2012, Nepales became the first Filipino to be elected as chairman of the board of the HFPA. In June 2019, the photojournalist was elected executive secretary of the HFPA. He was the managing editor of a special anniversary commemorative book, “Hollywood Foreign Press Association: A History (75 Years of the Golden Globe Awards).”



In August, Rappler, the Philippines’ leading news website, became the exciting new home of Nepales’ beloved column, “Only IN Hollywood.”



The University of Santo Tomas (Manila) alumnus also serves on the board of directors of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO), the only Filipino symphony orchestra outside of the Philippines.



Special, limited edition hardbound copies of “Through a Writer’s Lens” are available at $125 plus $10 for shipping and handling; in the Philippines, ₱6,000 plus ₱200 for shipping and handling. To order, send a message to: https://www.facebook.com/throughawriterslens/.

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Highly Anticipated Season 13 Kick-off Episode of Blogtalk

Highly anticipated Season 13 Kick-off 

New Episodes of Blogtalk Hollywood: Stories of hard-work, inspiration, and success 

By MJ Racadio

(Los Angeles, California, November 16, 2020). After several months of hiatus, the highly anticipated Season 13 kick-off of Blogtalk with MJ Racadio with new segments of Blogtalk Hollywood, America’s first Fil-Am Hollywood entertainment podcasting show will be on iTunes, Spotify and other major podcast platforms this Friday November 20, 2020. The kick-off episode, an interview with Ruben and Janet Nepales, Hollywood power-couple, who are both members of Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and executive producers of Golden Globe Awards 2020. What is going on in the film industry? Can Golden Globe Awards will roll-out the red carpet on February 2021? Tune in! for answers this Friday. Plus Ruben will reveal his biggest project to date.

Another historical moment for Filipino-Americans because Yellow Rose has been distributed by Sony Pictures early October this year. Who is the director behind it? None other than, Diane Paragas, an award-winning Director. What inspired her to work on Yellow Rose? Tune in! this Friday for a double episodes. 

About Diane Paragas 

Diane Paragas is an award-winning director, editor, cinematographer and

producer of commercials, narrative features and documentaries. She owns

and operates Civilian Studios a Brooklyn based production company.

She is most known for her documentary, Brooklyn Boheme, a feature-

length documentary about an African American arts movement that she

made in tandem with writer and critic Nelson George featuring Spike Lee,

Chris Rock and Rosie Perez to name a few. After being the first documentary to open the Urbanworld Film Festival, the film was acquired by Showtime and went on to win the Black Reel Award for Best Documentary. Paragas just completed a narrative feature film, Yellow Rose, about an undocumented Filipino-American teen pursuing a dream to become a country music singer. The film won the Cinematografo Originals Grant and the NYWIFT Ravenal Production Grant. She is also in pre-production for a bold feature documentary about a wrongfully convicted illegal immigrant.

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World Premiere of The Blogger (The MJ Racadio Documentary)

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

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

#HollywoodVlogger/ Red Carpet Correspondent.

75 Most Influential Filipino-Americans of 2019: October Celebrating Fil-Am History Month

75 Most Influential Filipino-Americans of 2019: October Celebrating Fil-Am History Month

by MJ Racadio

Another milestone for #BlogtalkwithMJRacadio celebrating 5 years (Season 11 Kick-off) from its humble beginnings. America’s first Fil-Am Hollywood Entertainment podcasting show introducing a brand new segment Blogtalk Hollywood on Spotify and iTunes.

Season 10 Finale Blogtalk with MJ Racadio: Blogtalk Hollywood with Ruben Nepales (Former Chairman of Hollywood Foreign Press Association/Current Secretary). Tune in to a new episode this month of October 2019. 

 

Recognizing the works of our fellow Fil-Ams in the entertainment industry and influential in the community at large and uplifting the Filipino image in the United States of America. In celebration of Filipino-American history month this October.  Congratulations! to all of you.

1. Janet Nepales (Emmy Nominated Producer of 75th Golden Globe Award/Treasurer of Hollywood Foreign Press)
2. Jhett Tolentino (3-time Tony Award-winning producer and Grammy-winning producer)
3. Fritz Friedman (Hollywood’s Veteran Publicist)
4. Apl De Ap (Grammy Award Winner)
5. Ruben Nepales (Secretary of Hollywood Foreign Press)
6. Lea Salonga (Broadway Legend/Tony Award Winner)
7.  Bruno Mars (Grammy Award-winning recording artist)
8. Dean Devlin (Hollywood Producer)
9. Dr. Tess (America’s Favorite Dermatologist/Daytime Beauty Awardee)
10. Marc Anthony Nicolas (2-time Emmy award-winning producer of the Talk)
11. Marc Dacascos (Hollywood Actor)
12. Eva Noblezada (Broadway Actress) Vanessa Hudgens (Hollywood Actress)
13. Hailee Steinfield (Oscar nominated actress)
14. Josie Trinidad, Head of Story for Disney Animation
15. PJ Raval, director and cinematographer
16. Bobby Pontillas, director, writer, and animator
17. Trevor Jimenez, animator, writer, and director
18. Lisa Valencia-Svensson, producer (Herman’s House)
19. Ronnie Del Carmen (Oscar and Golden Globe Awardee–Director of Inside Out)
20. Robert Schoder (FASO Conductor)
21. RC Caylan (Hollywood Designer)
22. Puey Quinones (Hollywood Designer)
23. Olivia Quido-Co (Hollywood Beauty Expert)
24. Jocelyn Enriquez (Queen of Freestyle)
25. Lisa Lew (4-time Emmy Winning Producer)
26. Vincent Rodriguez III (Hollywood Actor)
27. Jessica Sanchez (Recording Artist/Producer)
28. Tia Carrera (Hollywood’s Triple Threat)
29. Manny Jacinto (Hollywood Actor)
30. Nico Santos (Hollywood Actor)
31. Ella Jay Basco (Bat Girl)
32. Eugene Cordero (Hollywood Actor/Writer)
33. Tobit Raphael (Hollywood Actor)
34. Oliver Tolentino (Hollywood Designer)
35. Kenneth Barlis (Hollywood Designer)
36. Bailey “Bailrok” Muñoz (So you think you can dance winner 2019)
37. Luis Pedron (Film Festival Director/Hollywood Actor)
38. Elton Lugay (TOFA Pioneer)
39. Jush Andowitt (Marketing/GMA Pinoy TV North America)
40. Vanessa Minillo-Lachey (Host/Entrepreneur)
41. Paul Mirador (Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood)
42. Tamlyn Tomita (Hollywood Actress),  43. Dante Basco (Hollywood Actor/Producer)
44. Yong Chavez (Hollywood Correspondent), 45. Cher Calvin (Emmy Winning Anchor/Producer), 46. Sthanlee Mirador (Hollywood Photographer)

47. Lou Razon (Fashion Designer/Entrepreneur)
48. Tony Cabrera (Emmy Award Winning Host)
49. Angela Perez Baraquio-Grey (Miss America 2001/ School Principal)
50. Ted Benito (Producer)
51. Janelle So (Host/Producer)
52. Jerry Sibal (New York’s Design Fusion)
53. Don Tagala (TV Reporter)
54. Joshua Ang Price (Public Servant/Public Relations)
55. Dado Banatao (Innovator/Philanthropist)
56. Jay R (Recording Artist)
57. Sam Milby (Actor/Recording Artist/Model)
58. Liza Soberano (Actress/Model)
59. Josephine Banig Roberto (Recording Artist/Producer)
60. Sharon Tanyag (Recording Artist/Vocal Coach)
61. Jeanette Marco (Public Relations/Entrepreneur)
62. Christina Luna (Artist Management)
63. Filbert Kung (Hollywood Photographer)
64. Fleur Magbanua (TV Reporter/Nurse)
65. Mithi Aquino Thomas (Philanthropist/International Model)
66. Alain Uy (Hollywood Actor)
67. AJ Rafael (Recording Artist/Youtube Superstar)
68. Jokoy (Stand-up Comedian)
69. Matthew Libatique (Hollywood Cinematographer)
70. Michael Galante (Hollywood Actor)
71. Melody Garcia (Speaker/Philanthropist)
72. Jasmine Trias (Stage Performer)
73. Faith Bautista (Community Leader/Philanthropist)
74. Roger Oriel (Asian Journal Publisher)
75. Benny Uy (President of Fil-Am Press Club of CA)

30 Years in One Amazing Night: John Ablaza Behind-the-Seams

30 Years in One Amazing Night: John Ablaza Behind-the-Seams

” Something that I can contribute in protecting our environment. I will never turn back with my advocacy this is more important and meaningful”– John Ablaza

By MJ Racadio

November 21, 2018, (Toronto, Canada) 30 years in the making. Philippines’ first eco-couture John Ablaza, has done it again and showcased craftsmanship and promoting sustainable materials from the Philippines to its finest last November 17, 2018, at the Toronto, Pavilion.

Prior to the fashion show, Star Circle talents took the center stage around 4PM, performing songs from the Greatest Showman.

Starcircle Talents after performances with Ms. Elle aka Ellen Galarfort, Starcircle Entertainment Owner.

#TheBlogger on the Red Carpet

From Red Carpet to Backstage. Rehearsals and Post Fashion Show Photo-Op with Alvin Masangkay Francia (Fashion Director).

The red carpet event started around 5PM with special guests, sponsors, celebrities, and model. John Ablaza 30 years Behind-the-Seams highlights Kubo Barong Collection, John Ablaza, Kid’s Couture Launching and of course the main collection (30 years in the making).

Le Petite Couture Philippine Debut on News 5 with MJ Marfori

Plus showcasing the Le Petite Couture by John Ablaza at the lobby area.

Le Petite Couture at the Lobby of Toronto Pavilion. Photo Credit- Daniel Houle

Emily with Le Petite Couture
Emily B (International Award-Winning actress/Commercial Model/Philanthropist) next to her Le Petite Couture. Photo Credit: Daniel Houle

The Blogger interviewing Bea Santiago (Miss International 2013/Model/Actress) next to Le Petite Couture. Photo Credit- Fe Taduran

Bea Santiago was surprised having her own Le Petite Couture named after her. Let’s find out! Video.

In addition, backstage moments with models we’re so memorable including the talents of Star Circle Entertainment.

The Show started the special guest designer Jared Servano of Yaser & Mayasa Co. Photo Credit- Mannie Panaguiton

followed by soft launching Kubo Barong Collection, a collaboration between John Ablaza and Ronnie Dela Gana. Photo Credit-Mannie Panaguiton

Collection John Ablaza’s Kids Couture. Photo Credit: Mannie Panaguiton

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30 Years Collection, and Finale.

Photo Credit: Faisal Hafeez

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Photo Credit: MJ Racadio

Grand Finale

From Left, Emily B (International award-winning actress/commercial model), Bea Santiago (Miss International 2013), from the right, Mithi Aquino-Thomas (Model/Philanthropist/Wife of former U.S. Ambassador in the Philippines and Harare, Zimbabwe, Africa) and Ben Isaac (Top Commercial Model in the Philippines) John Ablaza’s 30 Years Behind-the-Seams Finale at the Toronto Pavilion last November 17, 2018. Photo Credit-Faisal Hafeez

His designs from tree bark to coco beads that helped artisans and Mangyan women in providing a livelihood in Mindoro and parts of Metro Manila.

Ablaza also has been helping St. Martin De Porres (School for Autistic and Down Syndrome Children) in providing school supplies and renovation of the school in Cebu City.. Importantly, Ablaza now focuses in the mentorship program to young designers and artisans to hone their talents and skills. Particularly, he started it in Zimbabwe, Africa, a project of the U.S. Embassy in Harare headed by Former Ambassador Harry Thomas and the wife Mithi Aquino-Thomas. Lastly, the first quarter of 2019 Mr. Ablaza’s scheduled to return to Africa to continue what he started along with world-renowned photographer, Filbert Kung. Produced by Star Circle Entertainment.

 

Social Media: Thank you’s from the Publicist

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Photo Credit: MJ Racadio

On behalf of #JohnAblaza‘s Team, we would like to thank the people who made 30 years Behind-the-Seams a success!. Our producer, Star Circle Entertainment: to Ellen Galorport aka Ms.Elle, Phoebe Yap Chan, and Maria, you guys are the best host ever. Our models, Bea Rose Santiago(#MissInternational 2013), Ben Isaac, and Lady Diana Alvaro who traveled all the way from the Philippines. Our models from the U.S., Mithi Aquino-Thomas and Fides Spes Caritas. Models from Calgary and the stage director, Alvin Masangkay Francia you are awesome. Rico Ray, you made the fashion show so exciting because of the amazing beats and music. Local models from #Toronto#EmilyBRobert Xavier and so on many to mention. Star Circle Kids, Ronnie Dela Gana and Claire De Rivera of #KuboBarong, make-up artists and volunteers. Wonderful and entertaining host, Gloria Gift. Thankful for all the media/press/photographers and Toronto Pavilion. All our sponsors, VVIP guests, friends fans and parents of star circle talents. My assistant that day, Rhovic-Magene Cabato and Kuya Manny. – MJ Racadio, the publicist/Road Manager/#TheBlogger.
BlogTalk with MJRacadio #JohnAblaza30BTS#JA30BTS#30yearsbehindtheseams.

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5 Things to Prep for Hollywood Red Carpet Ready Look with #theBlogger

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5 Things to do for Hollywood Red Carpet Ready Look with #theBlogger

by MJ Racadio

Getting ready for Hollywood Red Carpet seems easy to do than you think. First, decide what you are going to be your look, therefore find a reputable salon or barber shop. Second, if you wanna look fresh and aiming for glowing skin, find a licenced aesthetician in your area and make sure asked for services that does not make your skin red after the facial. Third, search for experienced stylist, he or she can do the magic including the concept of your look such make-up and hairstyle. Fourth, if you are planning to wear a couture, make sure to double check if you already gained weight so you can make a necessary adjustment and alteration. Last, the final touch can be done by adding accessories such jewelries, ties and bling-bling. The following are #TheBlogger’s Choice places to get ready for the big events.

  1. Haircut 
  2. Facial
  3. Stylist
  4. Couture
  5. Final Touch/Look

Haircut- Southern Exposure with Brianna

Facial- O Skincare Med Spa with Marie

with Marie of O Skin Care Med Spa

 

StylistVenus Salon with Ojie Leona

Men’s Couture by John Ablaza

The Blogger on the Red Carpet at Metro FW

Photo Credit: Priscilla Marte

Final Touch/Look- Stylist Ojie Leona

Accessory by John Ablaza

with Ojie Leona

MJ Racadio-Host/Producer of Blogtalk (Blogtalk Hollywood). Social Media Reporter of the Year 2016 by Fil-Am Press Club of California. an active member of Los Angeles Press Club. One of the Official Bloggers/Media(s) of Miss Universe. Freelance Producer of Eagle News International.

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Ojie Leona Venus Salon

ACADEMY AWARD WINNING MAKEUP ARTIST VE NEILL HONORED WITH “EXCELLENCE AWARD,” PRESENTED BY STEVE CARELL FOR THE METROPOLITAN FASHION WEEK AWARDS

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RUTH E. CARTER – “BLACK PANTHER”
AND MARY E. VOGT – “CRAZY RICH ASIANS” TIE FOR
OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGNERS – MOTION PICTURES

 

JACQUELINE DEMETERIO – “YOUNGER”
WINS OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGNER – TELEVISION

 

JOEL HARLOW, CAMILLE FRIEND & KEN DIAZ – “BLACK PANTHER”
WIN OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE FOR MAKE-UP ARTISTS & HAIR STYLISTS

 

DOUGLAS TAPIA (Venezuela) WINS FASHION DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
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Winners Recognizing Outstanding Achievements in Fashion & Costume Design for
Motion Pictures & Television Were Announced at Closing Gala, October 6th
at Los Angeles City Hall Celebrating ‘The Most Fashionable Week in Hollywood’

 

Photos Available at: http://bit.ly/2QDRpBJ

 

LOS ANGELES, OCT. 11, 2018 –TheMetropolitan Fashion Week (MetroFW)announced winners of its fashion and costume awards honoring outstanding achievements in fashion and costume design in motion pictures and television, during the 6th Annual Metropolitan Fashion Week Closing Gala and Fashion Awards, held at the iconic Los Angeles City Hall Forecourt and Rotunda on Saturday, October 6, 2018.

 

Three-time Academy Award winner Makeup Artist, VE NEILL (A Star Is Born, Beetlejuice, Mrs. Doubtfire) was honored with the “Excellence” Award. Presenting the award to Ms. Neill was actor STEVE CARELL, best known for The Office, The 40 Year-Old Virgin and Foxcatcher and star to the upcoming movies Beautiful Boy and Welcome to Marwen. America’s Next Top Model AVA CAPRAand Metropolitan Fashion Week Founder and President EDUARDO KHAWAM hosted the event, which was attended by over 1200 industry VIP’s celebrities, costume and fashion designers and makeup exclusively by Cinema Makeup School.

 

Winners in the motion picture categories included a tie for Costume Designer of the Year – Motion PicturesRUTH E. CARTER for her costume design in BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios) and MARY E. VOGT for her costume design in CRAZY RICH ASIANS(Warner Bros. Pictures); Costume Designer of the Year – Television: JACQUELINE DEMETERIO for her costume designs in YOUNGER(TV Land); Outstanding Ensemble For Make-Up Artist & Hair Stylist – Motion Picture or TV:  JOEL HARLOW, CAMILLE FRIEND & KEN DIAZ for BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios); Fashion Designer of the Year: Fashion Designer DOUGLAS TAPIA (Venezuela).

 

Award presenters included Actress Producer & former Miss Universe,  ALICIA MACHADO; celebrated Hollywood MediumTYLER HENRY, who was also filming segments of the fourth season of his TV show Hollywood Medium; Telemundo52 – Acceso Total HostELVA SARAY; and MetroFW Fashion DirectorNIVEEN HEATON among others. BEBE CORONEL and JAQUIE RIVERA performed the Academy Award Winning song “City of Stars” to celebrate the event’s location in the heart of Los Angeles.

 


In addition to the Metropolitan Fashion Awards, the Gala showcased a unique, exclusive one-of-a-kind runway fashion show featuring Fashion Designers MELLARDIGiovanni TestiErickBendaña and introducing the Metropolitan Fashion Capsule Collection byDouglas Tapia and hats by Arturo Rios.A special segment of Haute Couture and Avant Garde Masterpieces was also showcased, inspired by the KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh Exhibit currently on display at the California Science Center, and designed by over 15 international fashion designers.

 

The show is produced and directed by EDUARDO KHAWAM, fashion expert, producer and TV personality for Telemundo and the CW, and Executive Producer PAUL JARAMILLO. During the 2018 Closing Gala MetroFW, NAZIK UTUCHIAN, Designers’ Director, announced that next year’s 2019 Metropolitan Fashion Week will be held at the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Dates to be announced.

 

ABOUT METROPOLITAN FASHION WEEK: Metropolitan Fashion Week events are held in dramatic, non-traditional venues that showcase not just best fashion designers or costume designs, but the most beautiful venues each city has to offer. MetroFW is one of the fastest growing fashion weeks in the United States, with shows in Seattle, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Official video reel click here .

 

FOLLOW METROPOLITAN FASHION WEEK:
• Hashtag: #MetroFW
• Instagram: MetropolitanFashionWeek

 

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FASHION SHOW/AWARDS CONTACT:
#BlogtalkFashion

5 things to know in Becoming a Successful Blogger: The Blogger’s True Confession

5 things to know in Becoming a Successful Blogger: The Blogger’s True Confession

by MJ Racadio

Blogtalk 4th year Celebration from covering David Guetta to interviewing Golden Globe Awards Executive Producer.

After four years of hard-work and perseverance, Blogtalk with MJ Racadio produced hundreds of inspiring episodes, from podcasting to live broadcasting (vlogcasting) and one-on-one interviews. I have no idea this blogging thing evolve by itself and brought me to red carpet in Hollywood to high profile events like Miss Universe and covering David Guetta’s concert in Manila. It all began in my bedroom last April 2014, I’m sharing this information in how to become a successful blogger. Here are five things you need to know from experience.

  1. Know your passion and vision. First, you need to know what you wanted do and know you’re purpose. For example, blogging about the fashion industry, think about what ways to do it by reading and emulating other fashion bloggers and observe fashion shows and you go from there and how you will inspire others with your vision. Importantly you should know how to use the social media in your advantage. Later on in my other blog, I will discuss branding.
  2. Positive thinking and being pro-active. Second, thinking positive is the key for you to go on no matter what the barriers in pursuing what you love whether it be blogging about food or travel. Keep in mind that being pro-active is also as important being positive because allows you to keep moving forward despite negativity around you and keeping track goals in a daily basis.
  3. Ask, if you are afraid to ask learn how to do it. Third, how would you know without asking, right? So, you need to asked if your target topic or subject to be part of your blog or vlog. Nothing to lose when you asked.
  4. How to get response from an influential person. Fourth, here is the fun part, I have been rejected hundred times but there is one thing to share when I got the one big yes. One day, emailed an influential person to be part of my podcasting, she responded and said yes. I was shocked and blown away because I have written a short message and added his or her title next to their names. In addition, I made it clear about the time, date and purpose of the message.
  5. How to be famous right away. This is my favorite because all you have to do is take a selfie or photo together with influential person and you will create the rub-off effect, which you needed credibility when starting a blog or vlog. People will trust you and you become that expert.

Fellow friends, hopefully this information just shared will help you get started in blogging, podcasting, vlogging world. The next blog will be branding.

 

You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook: @MJRacadio

Fil-Am Snag Another Emmy for #TheTalk

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#TheBlogger with Marc Anthony Nicolas (Emmy Award Winning Producer of the Talk- Hit TV Talk Show in Hollywood). Photo Credit: Andy Edralin

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.

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Marc Anthony Nicolas second Emmy for #TheTalk as one of the producers [04.29.18]
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.

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Marc Anthony Nicolas holding his very first Emmy for winning as one of the producers of #TheTalk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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75 Most Influential Filipino Americans of 2017

MIFA 75 2017

75 Most Influential Filipino Americans 2017
#MIFA752017

By MJ Racadio

October 02, 2017 (Hollywood, California). Its time of the year, October is Filipino American history month. Therefore, Blogtalk with MJ Racadio recognizing fellow Fil-Ams with their contribution to the society and unifying the community from #Hollywood to community leaders in advocacy, four years in a row. Here are lists of 75 Most Influential Filipino Americans of 2017:

75 MIFA 2017

1. Joey Galon- (International Fashion Designer)
2. Marc Anthony Nicolas- (Emmy-award winning producer of the Talk)
3. Fritz Friedman- (Veteran Publicist of Sony Pictures)
4. Ruben Nepales- (Hollywood Jounalist)
5. Janet Nepales- (Hollywood Journalist)

6. Jhett Tolentino (Grammy and Tony winning producer)
7. Dr.Tess Mauricio- (America’s Favorite Dermatologist)
8. Hailee Steinfeld (Oscar-nominated actress/recording artist)
9. Bruno Mars- (Grammy winning recording artist)
10. Eva Noblezada (Tony-nominated actress of Miss Saigon)
11. Lea Salonga (Tony- award winner)
12. G Tongi (Award-winning host/producer)
13. Luis Pedron (Film Festival Director/Actor/Director)
14. Dante Basco (Hollywood Actor)
15. AJ Rafael (Youtube Superstar)
16. Jessica Sanchez (Recording Artist/Actress)
17. Apl De Ap (Grammy award winning recording artist of Black Eyed Peas)
18. Ted Benito (Producer/Apl De Ap Foundation)

19. Faith Bautista (Community Leader)
20. Vanessa Hudgens (Hollywood Actress)
21. Alex Tupaz (Fashion Photographer)
22. Michael Galante (Hollywood Actor)
23. Sonia Bermejo (Manila-Up Magazine)
24. RC Caylan (Fashion Designer)
25. Nicole Scherzinger (Grammy-nominated Recording Artist of Pussycat Dolls/Theatre Actress)
26. Sthanlee Mirador (Hollywood Photographer)
27. Yong Chavez (Hollywood Reporter)
28. Kenneth Barlis (Fashion Designer)
29. Charmaine Rodriguez (Fashion Designer)
30. Jhenny Evans (Award-winning photographer)
31. Tia Carrere (Hollywood Triple Threat)
32. Shay Mitchell (Hollywood Actress)
33. Stephanie Reese (Performer/Theatre Actress)
34. Joey Guila (Stand-up Comedian)
35. Jokoy (Comedian)
36. Allan Del Rosario (Hollywood Fashion Designer)
37. Cheryl Burke (Award-winning Dancer/Performer)
38. Angela Baraquio- Grey (Miss America 2001/School Principal)
39. Elton Lugay (TOFA Founder)
40. Ronnie Del Carmen (Oscar-nominated co-director of ‘Inside Out’)
41. Prosy De La Cruz (Author)
42. Jeanette Marco (Public Relations)
43. Lisa Manibog- Lew (Emmy award winning producer)
44. Eric G (International R&B Artist)
45. Gel Santos Relos (TV Anchor)
46. DJ Qbert (Award-winning DJ)
47. Robert San Luis (Best selling author)
48. Andy Edralin (Fil-Am Press Club of California)
49. RD Alba- (Award-winner director)
50. Cher Calvin- (Emmy winning anchor)
51. Kat Inaba- (TV Host)
52. Oliver Carnay- (Hollywood Publicist)
53. Ken Alcazar- Style Fashion Week (LA and NYC)
54. Janelle So- (Award-winning TV Host)
55. Anthony Boncio-(TV Producer)
56. Thomas Orlina- (Host/Producer)
57. Marlou Colina- (Celebrity Stylist)
58. Gherald Alaman- (Talent Management)
59. Christina Luna- (Event Organizer)
60. Arnel Pineda- (Journey’s Frontman)
61. Michael Paulo (Jazz Saxophonist)
62. Thelma Calabio (Founder of Fil-Am Press Club of California)
63. Hannah Marte (International Model/Miss Philippines USA 2015)
64. Val Abelgas (Journalist)
65. Susan Ordona (Author)
66. Kathy Marino (OC Fashion Week)
67. Carl Andrada (Fashion Designer)
68. Kevin Nadal- (Author)
69. Lou Razon- (Fashion Designer)
70. Tom Taus- (Disc Jockey)

71. Rob Banta (Public Servant)
72 Fleur Magbanua- (Reporter)
73. Ellaine Quijano- (News Anchor)
74. Rex Navarette- (Stand-up Comedian)
75. Vic Perez- (Concert Producer)

Congratulations for making the lists this year.

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