Last month on Saturday, June 29, the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood (FACCHO) hosted Edwin A. Santos' 6th Annual Filipino Hollywood Actors Panel held at the Secret Rose Theatre in the NoHo Arts District, north of the City of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley. #FilipinoHollywoodActorsPanel
Created in 1998 and produced by Santos starting in 2015, his previous special guest panelists were Vincent Rodriguez III ("Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," "Insatiable"), Manny Jacinto ("The Good Place," "Top Gun: Maverick"), Nico Santos ("Crazy Rich Asians," "Superstore"), Ginger Gonzaga ("Ted;" "Togetherness," "Mixology," "Kidding"), Angela Relucio ("Code Black," "Six"), Reggie Lee ("All Rise," "Grimm," "The Fast & The Furious,"), Aina Dumlao ("MacGyver," "Ballers"), Tess Paras ("Just Add Magic," "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," "Grimm"), Bernardo Bernardo ("City After Dark," Invisible"), Ruben Maria Soriquez ("Dolce Amore," "Of Sinners and Saints"), Eugene Cordero ("Tacoma FD," "Kong: Skull Island"), Jon Jon Briones ("The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story") and Ellen D. Williams ("Baskets," "How I Met Your Mother") as well as casting directors, talent agents and talent managers; all who represent the craft and business of acting across the board while shining a spotlight towards Filipino American actors.
This year's actors panel discussion, Q&A and networking featured 2019's Special Guest Panelists Rodney To ("Barry," "Parks & Recreation," etc.), Jason Rogel ("Rim Of The World," "This Is Us," etc.), Joy Regullano ("Crazy Ex-Girfriend," "Supernatural," etc.) and JB Tadena ("SEAL Team," "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," etc.) with our FACCHO Board of Director in Public Relations, Annie Nepumeceno as this year's host and moderator.
The event is devoted specifically towards Filipino American actors in addition to providing useful information to aspiring actors overall. Since the 2010 Census, there are four million Filipinos in the United States. The second largest ethnic group. However, Filipinos are under-represented in film and television today. Representation matters. And, media should reflect society. Why is this not the case?
The panelists engaged on such topics as how they got started in the business, the craft of acting, Filipino representation in Hollywood, improv, self-producing, just to name a few. More informational and personal exchanges took place during the audience Q&A and afterwards, the one-on-one networking that closed out the two hour productive event.
Many in the audience were appreciative of the program and were interested in joining FACCHO. One audience member offered to our panelists complimentary service to create new websites for them, Another audience member, a former actress who was shy on how to network was introduced to Joy Regullano thanks to FACCHO Secretary
Our four Special Guest Panelists also shared their sentiments on social media about this year's Filipino Hollywood Actors Panel.
"What a blast it was to share this event with this great group of artists! Thank you Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood for having me!" said Rodney To. "SO happy to share this experience with you all!"
"Thank you for having me!!!!" added Jason Rogel.
"This was a lot of fun. Met lots of cool people and was seriously honored to sit up there with that talent, Rodney, Jason and Joy. Thanks FACCHO." said JB Tadena.
"Pleasure is all mine!!!" said Joy Regullano.
Thank you to FACCHO Board of Director/CEO Angelo Varsobia and Premier Property Preservation (PPP) for being the event's Sponsor. The Los Angeles based general contracting company, PPP offers low costs projections and top quality materials for foreclosure clean up, debris removal, deferred recurring maintenance, repairs, restoration, building structures from ground zero and remodeling homes. For info about PPP, click here: https://www.pppreserves.com
Thank you to Rick Shaw, the manager of the Secret Rose Theatre, a community-minded theater offering an intimate sixty-seat space for local productions and other events. A staple since the late 1990s in the NoHo Arts District, the area also includes the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (that operates the annual Emmy Awards for television excellence), the Art Institute of California, Laemmle NoHo Cinemas as well as art galleries, hip pubs, restaurants, dance studios, gyms, coffee houses, cafes, boutiques and other live theaters. For more info about the Secret Rose Theatre, click here: http://www.secretrose.com/ .
Thank you to the following for their donations to FACCHO's gift bags given to our Special Guest Panelists: Davis Osmena and Mike Borjas of Papo Js, Demenev Quirino of Pinoy Rising and Fiona Hilario of Lay Bare Waxing Salon courtesy of Paul Mirador of the Coffee Corner Show.
Thank you to Annie Nepomuceno (Host & Moderator), Craig Wilson (Talent Handler), Tiffany Porter (Sign-In), Katherine Bercasio (Poster & Program Design), Paul Mirador (Set Design and Gift Bags) and Ren Arrieta of ReAL Images (Photography) for their volunteerism and service.
And, tremendous thanks to our Special Industry Guest Panelists - Rodney To, Jason Rogel, Joy Regullano and JB Tadena - for taking the time to be part of the 6th Annual Filipino Hollywood Actors Panel for Actors & Networking Event. To keep-up-to-date with them, please follow them on their social media - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Until next June of 2020 for the 7th Annual Filipino Hollywood Actors Panel.
This past Saturday, the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood (FACCHO) attended the 2019 FilAm Chamber of Commerce Tri-County Induction Gala.
Pictured here with our FACCHO President Paul Mirador, FACCHO Secretary Tiffany Porter and FACCHO Vice President Edwin Santos with Philippine Consulate General of Los Angeles Adelio Angelito S. Cruz and his wife, Catherine Amon Cruz at the DoubleTree Hilton in Claremont, California.
The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Tri-County (Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino) advocates for all businesses, provide opportunities for growth, and increase their competitiveness in the market place.
Congratulations to all inductees!
We invite you all to our Fundraiser Mixer & Karaoke Night at 6pm at Brewyard Beer Company in Glendale, California with Special Guest Speaker by Ted Benito, Executive Director of Apl.De.Ap Foundation. Comedian Erick Esteban will be your host.
In an effort to foster community for professional Filipino Americans in the entertainment and media industries as well as build relationships to help uplift your careers, everyone - from business executives, social media influencers, business owners, entrepreneur startups and creative artists - are welcome! Socialize, listen, exchange business cards, food truck, world class craft beer and song! Collaboration is key!
- Network with Fil-Am directors, producers & more entertainment industry professionals
- Spin-The-Wheel prizes including free FACCHO membership, professional headshots, & more!
- Gourmet grilled cheese menus by Northstar Culinary food truck
- Cash Bar
- World Class Craft beer by Brewyard Beer Company
PAYPAL - www.facchollywood.org/brewyardmixer.html
EVENTBRITE - www.eventbrite.com/e/mic-test-1-2-3-faccho-fundraising-mixer-karaoke-night-tickets-58412258638
Members: $20 (advance) / $25 (door)
Future Members: $25 (advance) / $30 (door)
Buy your tickets now as they will be $5 more at the door!
Check out photos from our last two fundraiser networking events taken by Ren Arrieta!
Complimenting the Franchise Retail Trade Conference (FRTC), the Coalition of Filipino Chambers of Commerce (CoFACC) invites you to join us for A Night of Magical Masquerade | The FRTC Gala Night Friday, February 15, 2019 at 6:00pm at the Sheraton Cerritos Hotel located at 12725 Center Drive S Cerritos, CA 90703.
Ticket Link ($65.00):
Meet our speakers:
- Miguel Sangalan, Deputy Mayor City of Los Angeles
- Consul General Adelio Cruz, Philippine Consulate General
- Christ Lim, Philippines Franchise Association
- Vic Scimo, FranNet
- Robert Claudio, Philippine Retailers Association
- Enchong Formoso, World Retail Congress 2019 Ambassador
Enjoy orchestral music on a post-Valentine dinner gala with:
- Filipino American Symphony Orchestra
- Glenn Fernandez, Opera Singer
Along with global, franchise, and retail Filipino business owners and delegates from around the world will be available to mix and mingle to expand business networks and develop business relationships.
*This is an elegant black tie formal red carpet event.
(Masquerade masked attire is requested and preferred).
The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood continues to host networking events uniting businesses, artists and industry professionals in entertainment.
You are invited to the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood‘s first general networking mixer happening Saturday, August 11 at 6pm to 9pm at the Filipino American owned business, the Brewyard Beer Company in Glendale, California.
The event is FREE. But, register at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lights-camera-action-bridge-the-gap-filipino-art-business-thru-film-tickets-48395405962
In an effort to foster community for professional Filipinos in the entertainment and media industries as well as to build relationships that can help your careers, everyone – from business executives, social media influencers, business owners, entrepreneur startups and creative artists (both in front of, and behind the camera) – is welcome! Collaboration is key!
There will be upcoming announcements including the FilAm Film Challenge, networking opportunities, prizes (via a raffle)...
... and main event entertainment by our Special Guests, the Upright Citizens Brigade’s Fil-Am mashup improv team, Sini-Gang!
$1 a pint goes to the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood.
Brewyard Beer Company located at 906 Western Avenue in Glendale, CA 91201
Don’t miss your opportunity to transform your career! Come out and join us!
The Filipino American business community in Southern California, through the Coalition of Filipino American Chambers of Commerce (COFACC), is assembling for the first time in its history a MEGA PICNIC and NETWORKING event among families and friends and members coming from five of the most active FACC Chambers in the country!
Come and enjoy the summer weather with games and raffle prizes at the Frank G. Bonelli Park in San Dimas, California on Saturday, July 14th from 9 am to 5 pm. Please check above flyer and connect with your local chapters for details of this event. See you there!
The FilAm Chamber Commerce of Hollywood is hosting its inaugural event and membership drive. Come network, eat and be entertained.
Come celebrate with the FilAm Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood as we launch our association uniting businesses, artists and industry professionals in the entertainment industry on Thursday, July 12. Our journey begins with a celebration of FilAm food and FilAm art and performance…including eleven-year-old ventriloquist, Shane Selloria, comedian Erik Esteban, and visual art by Lyn Pacificar!
Guests of honor include FilAm actor Reggie Lee (NBC’s "Grimm") and two-time Emmy Award-Winning television producer Marc Anthony Nichols (CBS’ "The Talk").
The inspiring evening will be hosted by two-time Emmy Award-Winning television host and content creator, Jackie Fernandez.
Purchase your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/showtime-its-time-to-bridge-the-gap-tickets-47441314248
We cannot wait to see you there!
Dress code: Hollywood Chic.
Valet parking and street parking available.
Attend our official “after party” of our event at Wolf & Crane located at 366 East 2nd Street, Los Angeles, California 90012! NO COVER.
2018 is the first year the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood became a proud Community Partner with Visual Communications’ annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival from May 3-12. Personally, it is my twentieth year attending this festival.
With its continuing effort in presenting, showcasing and elevating our stories while banishing crab mentality and antiquated stereotypes, its 34th year was no exception. Especially during a time of representation, change and accountability in mainstream media today. While both mainstream television and New Media continue to push and highlight Filipino American talent both in front of, and behind the camera, mainstream cinema is falling behind. Despite a couple of exceptions such as Dave Bautista, Jacob Batalon and Ethan Dizon in the Marvel Comics Universe's film franchises as well as the upcoming "Crazy Rich Asians" starring Nico Santos, film festivals come into play showcasing the next generations of Filipino, and Filipino American talent.
First off, I attended the invitation-only, private screening of H.P. Mendoza’s new film, BITTER MELON starring Patrick Epino ("Awesome Asian Bad Guys," National Film Society) at the AMC Dine-In Theater in Hollywood (above).
Then, I joined up with FACCHO President Craig Obligacion-Wilson for Marie Jamora’s Cinema Sala X LAAPFF: Writers Night to hear new original scripts held at Matsumura in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles (above). Readers include Dante Basco (WeOwnThe8th, Steven Spielberg’s "Hook," Gene Cajoyan's "The Debut").
Prior to the Los Angeles Premiere Screening of the documentary film, THE CLEANERS on May 8th, FACCHO Co-Vice Presidents Paul Mirador and I co-presented the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood and our FilAm Chamber of Commerce Hollywood Film Challenge to the audience of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (above).
The filmmakers of "The Cleaners" were unable to attend, but the people featured in this fascinating doc, United Nations Special Rapporteur/University of California, Irvine Law Professor David A. Kaye and Artist Illma Gore were present for audience Q&A after the screening held at the Regal L.A. Live Cinemas in Downtown Los Angeles (above).
Two nights later, FACCHO returned to the Regal L.A. Live Cinemas to co-present back-to-back screenings, the West Coast Premiere of THE FEVER AND THE FRET and the North American Premiere of NEOMANILA.
Joining co-presenting duties with FACCHO President Craig Obligacion Wilson and I were This Filipino American Life (TFAL) and FilAm Creative (FAC) for Mikhail Red’s "Neomanila" (above).
For Edwin, he attended the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival since 1998 (twenty years ago this week). And thereafter, the work-in-progress film, "Mercado Family Debut" was screened. It was later released as "The Debut" making it the first Filipino American film released theatrically nationwide. And, many a time as a frequent attendee, and at one point, a yearly VC Member — last year as an actor having three short films — "Lolo Pepe", "What You Don’t Say" and "Uncle Eddy" as well as other films premiered at LAAPFF to a sold out show.
Thank you to Janna Wang, Lailanie Gadia and Melanie Ramos for guiding us along the way. And, much thanks to the Executive Director of Visual Communications Francis Cullado for another successful film festival!
Until next year.
We are proud to announce that the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Hollywood is a Community Partner with the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, May 3 – May 12, 2018.
And, we are co-presenting three films this year: THE CLEANERS, THE FEVER AND THE FRET and NEOMANILA.
FACCHO Co-Presenters: Paul Mirador and Edwin A. Santos
THE CLEANERS – Premiere Screening at Regal L.A. Live Theater #13 on May 7th at 6:30pm
The documentary is about censorship on social media and internet technology in this day and age. Content cleaning is an outsourced job to the Philippines and this documentary shows their point of view. Filmmakers and cast in attendance.
FACCHO Co-Presenters: Craig Obligacion-Wilson and Edwin A. Santos
THE FEVER AND THE FRET – Premiere Screening at Regal L.A. Live Theater #14 on May 9th at 7:00pm
An experimental film, shot in black and white, about a Filipina artist in New York, escaping trauma of being bullied through fantasies. Filmmakers and cast in attendance.
FACCHO Co-Presenters: Craig Obligacion-Wilson and Edwin A. Santos
NEOMANILA – Premiere Screening at Regal L.A. Live Theater #14 on May 9th at 9:15pm
Since President Duterte’s election, the Philippines has been in the grip of the “war on drugs,” where police use bounty hunters to kill gangsters. Toto, a street orphan, is caught in the crossfire when he’s recruited by a notorious death squad in this noir-infused explosive thriller by one of the most exciting young voices in Filipino cinema. Filmmaker in attendance.
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After the screening, meet NEOMANILA filmmaker Mikhail Red at our casual meet and greet in Downtown Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 9th, 11pm at Angel City Brewery presented by the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood: Business and Entertainment. http://bit.ly/MikhailRedMeetnGreet
Change of Filipino Filmmakers mindset, strategy & collaborative efforts saw the beginnings of partnerships. With a budding Entrepreneurship movement, the FilAm Film Movement is bound to explode tying Businesses & Filmmakers. A cultural shift will happen here in SoCal.
A business meeting that will change the Filipino Filmmakers mindset, strategy, and collaborative efforts. It saw the beginnings of a partnership between the Honorable Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles Adelio Cruz, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Voice of Business, Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Los Angeles Inc, Filipino American Chamber of Commerce – SouthBay Los Angeles Area, Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County, FACC Tri-County, Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce of San Diego and us.
With a growing food movement, a psychology movement, and a budding Entrepreneurship movement, the FilAm Film movement is bound to explode marrying FilAm Businesses and FilAm Filmmakers.
A cultural shift amongst Filipino Filmmakers in America is about to happen, it started here in SoCal.
And it took a large step further last night.
Edwin Santos began blogging in 1995 when he was hired as Editor for the award-winning fansite, The Towne Cryer News on Renée Zellweger. He wrote about the entertainment business and film reviews of Zellweger's films until 2000.