Congratulations to Jon Jon Briones and the Cast & Crew of Ratched (Netflix) for earning three Golden Globe nominations including Best Television Series, Drama.
The 78th Golden Globe Awards will air Sunday, February 28, 2021 on NBC. Check your local listings.
Filmmaker Ramona Diaz' critically acclaimed documentary film, A Thousand Cuts is one of seven nominees vying for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures by the Producers Guild Awards of America's 2021 PGA Awards.
The 35th annual #PGAAwards will take place on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
A Thousand Cuts is currently playing on PBS. Check your local listings.
In the meantime, watch our interview panel with Ramona Diaz (and with PJ Raval of "Call Her Ganda") below.
Fridays Happy Hour & Networking by the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Hollywood
End your workweek just right. 2021 is your year!
Enjoy the music, network with like-minded, or just chill in your living room, and enjoy the tunes...
The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Hollywood (FACCHO) presents:
FRIDAYS Happy Hour & Networking >
Music by resident DJ Oggy and guest DJ Icy Ice
Livestream in your living room. Featuring DJs, Music Artists, and 30 - second business pitches.
When: Feb 5/Fri, 6pm - 7pm
***Registration required for Zoom access.***
Are you in, or aspiring to get into the entertainment industry? Music, Film, Author, Podcaster, Youtube vlogger, Multimedia?
Join us! Showcase your talent here-- film shorts, DJ turntablism, music, and video channel.
Congratulations to filmmaker Isabel Sandoval as her film, LINGUA FRANCA is nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at this year's Independent Spirit Awards.
The 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards will take place on Thursday, April 22, airing live at 7:00 p.m. PT / 10:00 p.m. ET on IFC.
Stream LINGUA FRANCA today on Netflix.
Lingua Franca is a love story between an undocumented, transgender, Filipina caregiver and a Russian-Jewish slaughterhouse worker in Brooklyn, New York. The third feature from Isabel Sandoval — who wrote, directed, produced, edited and stars — the film comes from Ava DuVernay's ARRAY and made its world premiere at Giornate degli Autori/Venice Days and was the first Filipino film in main-competition at BFI London in its 63-year history.
FAHMfest is coming October 2021! A two day family friendly festival featuring food, music, art and fashion. They are currently accepting vendor applications NOW! Chefs/Restaurants, Financial Services, Clothing Brands, and everything else in between, inquire now at info@FAHMfest.com
Watch the New Episode, "Imposter" on Two Sentence Horror Stories starring Lou Ticzon ("Arrow"), Jasmine Vega ("Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow") and Carolyn Fe ("Blue Clues & You") TONIGHT at 8/7c on The CW (check your local listings) or stream free next on CWTV: https://www.cwtv.com/shows/two-sentence-horror-stories/instinct/?play=b8d6f1df-a565-4ef5-abb2-829f51d2e9ff
Congratulations to Tess Paras (top left) for becoming The 1st Filipina American Executive Producer and The 1st Filipina American Director for ViacomCBS' 2021 VIRTUAL “SHOWCASE”!
NEW MUSIC MONDAY:
Olivia Rodrigo (Bizaardvark, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series) debuts her first single, "drivers license". Released Friday, January 7.
This past week, our local Filipino American community lost a hero, Mark Ho. He was a Marine, an Iraq veteran with PTSD, who was fighting off cancer, then eventually Covid.
Although I never had the opportunity to meet him in person-- He was a hero in our local Filipino and So Cal community, and also to the nation as he was also a Marine veteran, who served in Iraq in 2002. Unfortunately where he also got cancer, service connected to his duties, along with PTSD.
In spite of those battles, Mark Ho still made it his mission to give back and inspire others in the local community through his music and the act of just giving back.
As a veteran myself, while reading about him, I was thinking to myself (in veteran lingo) - "This dude is unreal, and of course he's going to keep fighting.. he's a Marine.. he fights, leads, and inspires until it's time to go... until you're forced to go home.. and with redeployment orders from the higher ups.."
- Jason A (Pres. FACCHO)
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Mark S. Villamac Ho (BagYo) was a combat veteran, a performer and artist, a mentor to young children, down-to-earth with no ego, that's probably why he was likable. He was the type of guy you can call at three in the morning and ask him to bail you out. Mark was a man of his word.
He impressed us with his infectious smile and his pure, driven heart. He shared his inspirational life story and his positive music to everyone. You can hear his heart and his battle ridden mind in his lyrics. His latest release, "Legendary," he pays tribute to those that he lost. In the song he raps, "with the way that you fought with a smile. That you had on your face."
Mark may be gone but, he is not forgotten.
It was an honor and a privilege to know Mark. May God give him the Peace that he seeks. Our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.
Rest in Power, Mark.
Diane Paragas' Yellow Rose starring Eva Noblezada, Princess Punzalan, Dale Watson, Liam Booth and Lea Salonga is available On Demand and Digital today! See the film now on Amazon, Apple, Google, Vudu, and Fandango!
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.