The travel was well worth it, we finally reached the Kuebang Lampas from land to boat. Describing the place like paradise with white sandy beach, I had a chance to enjoy the sound from beach waves along the shore.
It was really worth the travel four hour drive from SLEX:South Luzon Express Way. Pagbilao’s Kuebang Lampas should be included in one of the top beaches in the country. With better accomodations and restaurant, this place will be another top tourism destination in the Philippines.
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!
From Blogging in the Bedroom to Miss Universe Red Carpet
Celebrating 3 Years I Season 7 Finale I Best of Blogtalk
by MJ Racadio
(Quezon City, Philippines), April 25, 2017. It has been a long journey for me as a blogger then publicist. I can never imagine in my wildest dream to reached three years this week. First and foremost, I thank our almighty God for giving the life strength and knowledge and the people behind this so called little show called blogtalk, especially Mariebeth Racadio, friends and relatives and loyal followers.
From blogging in the bedroom to Miss Universe red carpet. It all started from simple blogging tips including fitness, time-management, health and wellness. Taking it to the next level by inviting known and influential guests and the rest is history. Here comes the hard part being a blogger, especially moving to Los Angeles was a big risk. Luckily, I was able to connect with the right people and of course fellow media/ press people, they either hate or love you. The first two years was always a challenge because people may look at you weird, when I say I’m a blogger/publicist. After the Hollywood experienced, I got stronger and wiser in choosing friends and what not to say.
Moving to the Philippines was sort of icing on the cake, it seems like never left the United States. I have yet to become a segment producer for Eagle Broadcasting Corporation, entertainment reporter and morning show host of ‘Pambansang Almusal’ oh boy, I have to worked double time from waking-up 5AM to evening for Eagle News International Showbiz segment. As entertainment reporter, was able to cover Selena Gomez to 21st French Film Festival. One of the most unforgettable interviews were Jaclyn Jose, Asia Pop Comicon, Ambassadors from other countries including France, Japan, South Korea, Brazil and Netherlands.
Early January, the most famous DJ in the world David Guetta had a successful concert in the Metro, plus I have watched and reviewed a Hollywood Film ‘Sleepless’ starring Jamie Foxx, the movie (Story, Cinematography, Acting were superb) was a suspense thriller so I loved it. Here is my story for Miss Universe, first of all, I asked a friend from media how to apply for credential, his name is Jude Cartalaba, thankfully he directed me to Chavit Singson’s publicist so she sent the link where you can apply for Miss Universe. After a week, Miss Universe Organization approved Blogtalk to cover the live and pocket of events of Miss Universe. I still could not believed that it did not sink in until now, when people found out that I was one of the official media/bloggers of Miss Universe, people raised eyebrows and say “OMG! you are famous now”. Finally, it all boils down to hard-work, perseverance, be grounded and do not give-up on your dreams. In addition, you should know your purpose and be nice to people you meet and you will never know they can jump-start that dream of yours.
#BestofBlogtalk It will be uploaded starting April 23, 2017 a month-long celebration
From Anne Curtis (Filipino Superstar) to Jessica Sanchez (American Idol Runner-up).
From Marc Anthony Nicolas (Emmy Award winning producer of the Talk) to Dr. Tess (America’s Favorite Dermatologist)
From David Guetta to Miss Universe
Celebrating 3 years I Season 7 Finale I
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Last year’s video featured over 150 YouTube creators, along with TV personalities and celebrities James Corden, T-Pain, Karlie Kloss, and John Oliver and celebrated themes from”Pizza Rat” to “Watch Me Whip/Nae Nae.”
What will 2016 focus on? See this video to know more!
From Japanese comedy and European soccer to big celebrity moments and some of YouTube’s most popular faces, this year’s top trending videos represent the amazing variety of creativity shared on YouTube every day. Collectively these 10 videos have 550 million views and were watched for over 25 million hours. The channels who make them have more than 40 million subscribers who tune in regularly to watch the funny, insightful, entertaining things they create.
In Music, 2016 seemed to be all about “work,” with Fifth Harmony landing the year’s top music video (and more than a billion views) and Rihanna claiming the record for most views in the first 24 hours.
Philippines First Eco-Couture Designer taking Hollywood by Tsunami
Plus Pacman’s Live Auction
By MJ Racadio
(Hollywood CA, November 19, 2015, Social Dragon PR) One of a kind fashion show that will blow your mind. After 28 years of designing, John Ablaza (Philippines First Eco-Couture Designer) will be premiering his Bow Tie Couture in Hollywood on November 28, 2015 7PM and 5PM Red Carpet at the Celebrity Centre International. The lists of VIP’s from the Producer of The Talk to Teen Superstar of Nickelodeon and Hollywood Foreign Press Members, and so on.
What really sets him apart from other fashion designers because of his advocacy which is helping the Mangyan Tribe in sustaining livelihood projects through Ayala Foundation.
Ablaza said, “This upcoming show is exciting because I’m finally releasing my creation in Hollywood not only that its also for a good cause. In addition, Manny Pacquiao’s Foundation recently endorsed the show so I’m caught by surprised indeed.”
The Bow Tie Couture Fashion Show will be an evening of fun and exciting segments of diverse and international models. Even the preparation was really intense according to Team Ablaza: From casting models to photo shoots. Get ready to be blown away from John Ablaza’s Collections plus right after the fashion show a live auctions of Manny Pacquiao’s authentic signed merchandise.
The show sponsored by Manny Pacquiao Foundation in cooperation with 3GsWorld, MBeauty by Dr. Tess (America’s Favorite Dermatologist) iDance Studio, Blogtalk with MJRacadio, David’s Salon, Eriel’s Cafe, Mod Xchange, Alex Photography, Bask International, and others will be announced very soon.
Hollywood, CA (Social Dragon PR) September, 2015. Tune in this Sunday, September 6, 2015 7PM PST / 10PM EST to Blogtalk with MJRacadio on http://mranow.co and get to know basketball stars and a voice-over/Mo-Cap Artist plus DJ MD.
First meet James Yap, also known as James Carlos Agravante Yap Sr. and Big Game James. Yap is a Filipino professional basketball player. He was a 4th-time High school Basketball MVP and during that time they won three championships. After High School, He took his college team, UE Red Warriors to two straight final four games and was named UAAP MVP in 2003. A year later, Yap entered the draft and was selected in the first round and 2nd overall in the 2004 PBA, also known as the Philippine Basketball Association, Draft. Yap currently plays shooting guard/small forward for the “Star Hotshots” in the PBA. He is a twelve-time All-Star from 2004 thru 2015, and his team has won seven PBA championships. He is also a 4th-time PBA MVP. Overall, James Yap was born to play basketball.
Next, meet another basketball player, Kobe Paras, the son of 2nd-time PBA MVP Legend, Benjie Paras, and the brother of actor/basketball player, Andre Paras. He is notoriously known for dunking over Lebron James. Also, he is the youngest player to compete in the 2013 FIBA 3×3 World Championships, and won two gold medals in a row at the slam dunk contest. This past summer he played in the Adidas Uprising All-American Camp, and in the Adidas Global Nations camp. Currently, he is a shooting guard/small forward at Cathedral High School and he has accepted a college basketball scholarship to play for UCLA. Per ESPN, he is ranked in the top 25(#23) best small forwards in the US. All in all, Watch out for this rising basketball star. Basketball is in Kobe Paras’ genes.
Finally, lets get to know Micah DC aka DJMD! he was born and raised in the California Bay Area. Living in the Peninsula, East Bay, and South Bay, DJ MD has opened his eyes to the diversity in the Bay Area. It is a hotbed of entertainment, fashion and culture waiting to be shared with everyone. Being someone that appreciates these things, DJ MD hope to as a Norcal correspondent to share with you the exciting things happening in the Bay Area.
Shoot and Score.
Get to know basketball greats and voice-over/Mo-Cap talent plus DJ MD by Tuning in this Sunday, September 6th, 2015 from 7PM PST / 10PM EST to Blogtalk with MJRacadio on http://mranow.co.
Hollywood, CA (Social Dragon PR) August 15, 2015. Wow, 2 fashion designers in one fabulous episode this Sunday, August 16 7PM PST/10PM EST to Blogtalk with MJ Racadio on http://mranow.co featuring Alexis Monsanto & Kirsten Regalado.
First, meet Hollywood Couture Designer Alexis Monsanto (Atlelier). Monsanto is a Visionary Designer of Bridal dresses, evening wear, Debutant, MOB’s, Special Occasion, and Red Carpet Fashions. He first got his taste of the fashion bug when he was 15. He saw his first fashion show. It wasn’t until he was 23, when he first developed his first runway show. Then, he made headlines in 2011 by presenting the first 3D Fashion Show, showing off his Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Overall, Monsanto is a pioneer in fusing fashion and technology in his shows.
Next, meet Fashion designer, Kirsten Regalado. Regalado started her fashion line in October 2009 by infusing Philippine Fabrics into contemporary designs. Nowadays, she expanded her fashion line and started focusing on bridal couture, pageant gowns and formal dresses. She has won numerous awards: People’s Choice awards, Spirit awards, APMA Awards, etc… In addition, her clientèle is stacked: Miss Universe Models, Miss Florida Models, Miss Worldwide International, etc.. All in all, Regalado’s unique styles is for the modern woman in today’s fashion world.
Pick up some great fashion designing tips by tuning in this Sunday, August 16 7PM PST/10PM EST to Blogtalk with MJ Racadio on http://mranow.co Don’t miss out. It is going to be a fabulous show.
Hollywood, CA (Social Dragon PR) July 31, 2015. Get to know celebrity photographer, Natalie Fiteni, this Sunday August 2nd at 7PM EST/10PM PST. Fiteni specializes inFashion, Editorial, Live Award Shows, Motion pictures, and much more. Her most notable clients include: Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Sony, Variety Magazine, etc…. This list goes on and on. Currently, she is a photographer and producer for Time Warner Cable Media. Overall, Fiteni has an eye for photography.
Also preview the sounds of Eric G.’s hit song “Dreams.”
Don’t miss this episode, Tune in Sunday August 2nd at 7PM Est/10PM PST You might learn what it takes to be a successful photographer.