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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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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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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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From Rockstar to Popstar

From Rockstar to Popstar

Getting-to-know #LouisXavier

By Viva Alvaro-Galvez and MJ Racadio

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Louis Xavier Official Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/louisxaviermusic/
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Louis Xavier (International Pop Recording Artist/Model/Songwriter). Photo Credits: Memo Photography Studio, Stylist: Elora Camille E. Aragon

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’

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Louis Xavier’s Transformation from Rockstar (Jhunard Of Sprite TV Commercial) to Popstar.

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!

Louis Xavier Official Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/louisxaviermusic/

Memo Photography Studio

https://www.facebook.com/MeMoPhotographyStudio/

John Ablaza 30 years Behind-the-Seams a success!

John Ablaza 30 years Behind-the-Seams a Success

A revelation of Le Petite Couture

By MJ Racadio

John Ablaza with Le Petite Couture
Photo Credit: Priscilla Marte

(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.  

Amar Estate Photo Credit: Elton Lugay

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.”

John Ablaza’s Advocacy

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.

(Left) Gio, Myra (Right) Fatena
Limuel Hayag Photo Credit: Darren Lee
Media Interviews before the Fashion Show
Hannah Marte
Dressing room with make-up artist
le petite couture
Finale
Limuel Hayag featured model
Fatena striking a pose.

photo credit: Jersey Lubiano

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 credit: Dennis Madigan
Briefing during rehearsal
a big thank you Darren Lee for capturing John Ablaza’s 30 years behind-the-seams.

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

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154402769672064&id=642802063

Video Credit: Elton Lugay

According to John Ablaza “Thank you God for an amazing show.. Enchanted Evening !!!!Thank you to.everyone who made this show a great success !!!!”

John Ablaza’s Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/John-Ablaza-International-Fashion-Designer-152450354924711/

Bow Tie Couture

https://www.facebook.com/Bow-Tie-Couture-by-John-Ablaza-1409456045981735/

For any questions and inquiries contact: MJ Racadio-The Publicist/Road Manager: social.dragonpr@gmail.com 


Humble Beginnings of “Blogtalk with MJ Racadio”

Humble Beginnings of “Blogtalk with MJ Racadio”
by Viva Alvaro-Galvez

with Flo Rida during The Miss Universe Red Carpet in Manila, Philippines [01.30.17]
with Pia Wurtzbach (Miss Universe 2015)
with Alden Richards (Filipino Superstar)

with Jaclyn Jose (Cannes Best Actress 2016).
with Tia Carrere (Hollywood Triple Threat).

(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.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A Masterpiece of Eco-Couture Gowns and Bow-Tie Design Creations

John Ablaza 30 Years Behind the Seams.

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.

Please visit http://chhcevents.com/events/john-ablaza for more information.

Follow John Ablaza 30 Years Behind the Seams NY 2017 I @johncablaza I #johnablazaat30

For more information visit www.chhcevents.com/events.

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

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For press inquiries: Helsey Lubiano of CHHC Events  E: info@chhcevents.com

For tickets & sponsorship:  Janiz “Obie” Dy of The Productions Agency E: prettyobie@gmail.com I P: (845) 591-3476 I http://chhcevents.com/events/john-ablaza