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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
A Masterpiece of Eco-Couture Gowns and Bow-Tie Design Creations
The fashion press hailed his collection last December 2016 New York show, a success! Now, an offer to take the ultimate fashion show experience to the next level is on as he presents the intricacies of his 30 years behind the seams.
International Fashion Designer John Ablaza is showcasing his masterpieces from old to new in an exceptional anthology fashion show experience – John Ablaza 30 Years Behind the Seams NY 2017 on May 20th, 2017. His awe-inspiring collections have graced the runways of Hong Kong, Singapore, Bahrain, Sydney, Belgium, Toronto, London, Arizona, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Zimbabwe and another come back to New York City.
The Amar Estate ( 8 Sgt Schwarz Court, Stony Point, NY) 6 pm Red Carpet 7 pm 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 the Philippines, 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 30 Years Behind The Seams NY 2017, the fashion show will be quite a revelation as it gathers 150 VIP guests from New York’s most influential circles, celebrity appearances and partner with several media companies to cover this prestigious VIP ONLY cocktail gala.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE BACK
Expanding his reach of beneficiaries, the Toto Love Orphanage, Kenya and Make-A-Wish Foundation (501c3 nonprofit) – chosen beneficiary of our partner-venue, The Amar Estate.
It is this shared value that we desire to partner with the press and media channels to help spread the word about towards the success of this fashion show for a cause.
Coordinated by Helsey Lubiano of CHHC Event Planning & Operations and The Productions Agency.
In collaboration with: Portables Unlimited, The Filipino Assiociation of Rockland NY, Blogtalk with MJRacadio (Official Blogger/Publicist), The Amar Estate, Alex Tupaz Photography, Michael Maniago Photography and Jhenny Evans Photography
(Los Angeles, May 04, 2017) – Becca Godinez – actress, singer/songwriter, producer/director – makes a much anticipated return to the concert stage with “Me, Myself & Music” on Saturday, May 20 in Hollywood. The intimate show, which highlights songs that have influenced the artist through the years, serves as Becca’s one-woman debut at the legendary Catalina Jazz Club. While Becca has performed in numerous musical concerts in recent years (“Apl.de.ap Takes You to the Philippines” at the Hollywood Bowl and “Jazzmopolitan” at the Ford Amphitheater, to name a few), the Catalina engagement marks the first time in over seven years she will take the microphone as a solo artist.
“After 2009, I performed with other artists – perhaps because it was safer that way,” muses Becca. “I was returning to the concert stage after an absence and not having to singularly carry a show was easier. Sharing an act allowed me the chance to stretch, to rediscover what I could do stylistically and vocally and I began to grow into the entertainer that I wanted to be. Appearing in a solo concert on that [Catalina] stage will be a feather on my cap, for sure. I like being close to the audience – to reach out and Catalina is the perfect venue for that.”
“Me, Myself & Music” will present an eclectic mix of songs and musical genres covering everything from Brazilian jazz, to contemporary pop to acapella music. There will even be some original music that Becca will be presenting for the first time. “The audience will hear my voice – my choice of songs – the kind of music that I have loved – music that has influenced my song choices and styles. There will be no frills – just five musicians and me. I will be able to show all facets of my music and all the crazy sides of me.”
A portion of the concert proceeds will benefit two needy charities that Becca is personally involved with – Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) (introduced to Becca by friend Ted Benito) and her own library system she developed in the Philippines that benefit children. “I have always leaned towards advocacies for children,” explains Becca. “CHLA is a true friend to children and their health care needs. They rely on the generosity of philanthropists to support patient care and as well do research that could positively impact all children today and in the future. In the Philippines, God opened avenues that allowed me to establish four childrens’ libraries to date. All of these are located in financially depressed areas. It was my dream but must confess that I did not do it alone. It is a humble but successful effort. I believe any child – given equal educational opportunities – can better or even surpass the successes of those who have been given an easier lot in life.”
As special guests for the evening, Becca will welcome the Philippine Chamber Singers (PCS), the chorale ensemble under the direction of Gelo Francisco. “I love them; I love their immense talents individually and as a whole and, I love the varied song styles they tackle,” said Becca. “I love hearing the coming together of musical chords. I saw PCS perform at the Disney Concert Hall last year and thought…’gosh I’d like to harmonize with that talented group!’”
The veteran performer, who got her start in Manila in television and in musical theater, will also give a musical nod to those genres as part of the evening’s repertoire. “There’s a big difference between a concert, musical theater and television. Musical theatre is scripted; performing in a musical allows me to sing but it is as a fictitious character,” says Becca. “It is similar with television. I hosted several of my own TV shows in Manila, but in the end, it is also scripted in a way as to please a specifically themed hour that involves guests, dancers, interviews, etc. A solo concert is freeing. I get to choose songs that could be random, funny, crazy – a mash up of musical styles and it is my raw heart that is offered to the audience.”
GODinUs Music presents
BECCA GODINEZ: “ME, MYSELF & MUSIC”
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Catalina Jazz Club
6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
Two Item minimum or dinner per person
(not included with ticket price)
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Show at 8:30 pm
Club Parking Available: $6
Supporting CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES
To learn more about CHLA visit www.chla.org
“Me, Myself & Music” is a sentimental journey of songs from the American songbook, contemporary rock & pop and Broadway that have touched Becca Godinez’s heart and soul through the years. Becca Godinez is an award-winning, exciting, contemporary vocalist and singer/songwriter who brings a pastiche of music – Brazilian bossa, Broadway classics, modern pop, soft rock, jazz and Christian – punctuated by her unique and innovative interpretation. As an international artist, Becca has performed in Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Manila and at major venues including the Hollywood Bowl and the Ford Amphitheater. “Me, Myself & Music” marks Becca’s Catalina Jazz Club debut.
Catching-Up with Emmy winning producer of #TheTalk : Marc Anthony Nicolas.
by MJ Racadio
Hollywood, California (January 05, 2017). First of all, Happy New Year friends, 2016 was a very fruitful year as blogger/publicist, basically in a nutshell had the time of my life despite the ups and down. 2017 will be an exciting year, this January alone is full of high profile events from attending a special screening of new Hollywood film Sleepless movie in Manila
to covering the world’s famous DJ: David Guetta in Araneta Coliseum (01.05.17)
plus legendary Bryan Adams Live in Manila on January 18, 2017.
Apart from this, had a chance to catch-up with a good friend from #Lalaland (Hollywood) his name is Marc Anthony Nicolas (Emmy Award Winning Producer #TheTalk– highly watched day-time talk show).
MJ Racadio: How ya been?
Marc Anthony Nicolas: I’m fantastic. Gearing up for the holidays. The Talk got nominated for a People’s Choice Awards so I’m really excited for that event next year. How are you? 😄
Marc Anthony Nicolas2016 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. 2017, ready or not… Here I come.
MJ RacadioThank 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 NicolasMy 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.
John Ablaza Couture & Culture New York 2016: A Success!
a Zimbabwe Collaboration will benefit Silozwane Children, Bulayo Village
by MJ Racadio
The John Ablaza: Couture & Culture New York 2016 was held at 4 West 43rd St, New York City. The event started with photo exhibit of award-winning photographer Jhenny Morales and red carpet arrivals with respected VIP’s and sponsors. The hosts of the evening were Marvic Chan and Maita Lockhart. The fashion show starts right on time and showcasing the latest collection of John Ablaza plus chosen designer from Zimbabwe, Yvette Ndaba.
Thank you volunteers, press & media, make-up artists & hairstylists, models & celebrities, U.S. Ambassador Harry Thomas of Harare, Mithi Aquino-Thomas, Zimbabwe Collaboration-Yvette Ndaba, Helsey Lubiano of CHHC Events, Velzon Hizon Velez of #PreskoMagazine and staff, Jeanette Marco & Bella Owen of Bella Skin Inc, Chavez Shoes, Michael’s Floral Design, Jhenny Evans, Alex Tupaz, Joy Faber, Michael Galante, Hannah Marte- Miss Philippines-USA 2014, Fatena Qassem-Miss Tourism New York 2016, Miss Universe- Uganda, Miss Tourism Zimbabwe, the hosts: Marvic Chan & Maita Lockhart, Nonoy Rafael- the DJ and sounds, Jujo Conol, and our gold and silver vip sponsors for making #JohnAblazaNY2016 a success . In behalf of #JohnAblazaJohn C. Ablaza Team we salute you for all your hardwork and dedication for the benefit of Silozwane Children a village of Bulayo, Zimbabwe. -Publicist/Manager #BlogtalkwithMJRacadio