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Wish Bus arrives in L.A. for its Hollywood launch on Sept. 7

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Day 2 (August 29) Sunset in Nebraska after a day-long drive from Iowa.

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – “ [We’re going] a notch higher and continents farther, conquering not only the national scene but the global scene.”

These were the words of Wish 107.5 innovator Daniel Razon, as he spoke proudly of how far the station has come and how further it will go in the future.

With over three million subscribers and more than one billion accumulated views, Wish 107.5 is no doubt the leading YouTube channel in the Philippines and is now conquering the global music scene by storm with, of course, the first and Filipino original FM station on wheels — the iconic Wish Bus.

True to its commitment to be Filipino talents’ gateway to the world, Wish 107.5 is bringing the state-of-the-art, custom-built mobile Wish Bus to the entertainment capital of the world – Hollywood – to further wow foreigners especially big names in the music industry by the singing prowess of Original Pilipino Music (OPM) artists.

Wishclusive videos taken on the Wish Bus are continuously gaining worldwide attention through the Wish YouTube channel.

So to make the world experience how it is to sing inside, the Wish Bus has traveled for 7 days, 13 states and 2,789.6 miles from New York City to Los Angeles for the first outside-of-the-Philippines launch on September 7, 2018.

The official launch will be at the Universal City Walk in Hollywood, 6:00 p.m. local time.

For wishers in the Philippines who want to celebrate this milestone, a parallel event will be held at Eastwood City Walk in Quezon City on Saturday, 9:00 a.m. coinciding with the live launching in Los Angeles. — Marje Pelayo

Take a glimpse of the Wish Bus’ 7-day drive to Hollywood.

 

Day 1 (August 28) The Wish Bus getting ready to drive off New York City

 

Day 2 (August 29) The Wish Bus cruising through the cornfields at a countryside linking Illinois to Iowa

 


Day 2: (August 29) The Wish Bus as it passes by popular U.S. convenience-store chain in Nebraska

 

Day 3 (August 31) The Wish Bus crew as they touched down in Colorado for a three-day break and engine tune up from August 31 to September 2 (Day 3 to Day 5).

 

Day 5 (Sept. 2) The Wish Bus traversing the mountain ranges known as “The Rockies” as it exits Colorado and enters the state of Utah.

 

Day 5: (Sept. 2) A few more miles before it reaches its destination. The Wish Bus as it hits the desert road of Utah on the longest day of the week. The Grand Canyon is an eye squint away at this point. Arizona and Nevada next then finally, the long trip will be over.

 

Day 6: (Sept. 3) Nevada welcomes the Wish Bus as it arrives at dawn in Las Vegas.

 

Day 6: (Sept. 3) Almost there! The Wish Bus at broad daylight in Las Vegas about a six-hour drive to the destination.

 

Day 7: (Sept. 4) Finally at Universal Studios in Las Vegas. The Wish Bus is ready to conquer Hollywood!

 

 

 

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Fil-Am, American artists hail launch of Wish Bus in Hollywood

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, September 10th, 2018

 

 

 

Launching of the iconic Wish 107.5 bus in Hollywood

 

CALIFORNIA, USA –  The Hollywood launch of Filipino original, mobile recording studio – the Wish Bus – was indeed another milestone for Wish 107.5.

Filipino artists wowed music enthusiasts in the entertainment capital of the world when they took the center stage at the Universal CityWalk and on the Wish Bus on Saturday (September 8) in the US.

“This is great. It is a great avenue for Filipino artists para makita tayo ng buong mundo,” exclaimed Original Pilipino Music (OPM) rock music icon Perfecto de Castro.

Fil-Am YouTube sensation AJ Rafael said he was honored to be among the artists to launch the iconic Wish Bus.

“We’re in a historic place, like city walk. As much as I’d love to play on the stage, it’s really great that I’m going to be in the bus to play and to launch it,” he said.

“It’s uplifting Filipino artists. Nakikilala tayo, pwede tayong makilala sa buong mundo dahil it’s a big opportunity for artist who will be able to play in the bus. Salamat. Kuya Daniel, thank you very much sa ginawa ninyong vision na ito. Just to be part of this major milestone in our career, thank you. It’s very humbling,” said OPM rock band Introvoys referring to the man behind it all, Wish FM’s innovator, Daniel Razon.

 

Daniel Razon, the brains behind the iconic Wish 107.5 bus

 

“We are planning to move not only here in the US but in other parts of the globe. The next stop that we are looking at is the Middle East. So after the inauguration of the Wish Bus here, we are preparing for the next launch which is going to be in the Middle East. So that’s what we have now in the drawing board,” said Razon who is also a renowned Filipino broadcast journalist and a celebrated humanitarian.

As expected, Hollywood celebrities were amazed by the unique concept and expressed their intention to one day have the chance to board and perform on the Wish Bus.

Present at the launch were teen actors and singers Alessandra Cowan and Derrick Riehl.

“It’s interesting and kind of — ‘whoah!’ ” said Cowan about the Wish Bus.

Riehl on the other hand said, “It’s kind of like intimidating because there’s a lot of artists around. It’s an opportunity to bring yourself out and show your talent as well. You can also appreciate other talents.”

 

Teen stars and singers Derrick Riehl and Alessandra Cowan at Wish Bus launch in Hollywood

 

Filipino-American child star and singer Sophie Mackenzie Nack said she would be glad to perform her own songs on the bus.

The celebrity stars, together with other Nickelodeon and Disney actors and performers,  were at the launch also to support their friend, Fil-Am singer Michael Keith, who was proud to perform at the Wish 107.5’s milestone event.

“Thank you so much for having us, for putting this altogether. I’m so excited to do more with you guys,” he said.

Having the Filipino blood in him, Michael expressed support to the advocacy of Wish 107.5 in making Filipino talents known to the international music scene, especially through the Wish Bus.

“Don’t stop dreaming because of this (the Wish bus), because of Wish. They keep on doing what they are doing, (so) we are here now,” said the celebrity performer.

FilAm child actor and singer Michael Keith, joined by his friends, FilAm child star Sophie Mackenzie Nack (Truth Be Told); American child stars Micah Abbey (Grey’s Anatomy); Kale Brady Culley (6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain); Kaitlin Yamano (Sia: The Greatest); and other celebrity friends Gianna Brown and Lola Kohno. (Photo grabbed from Kale Culley @kale_the_kid IG)

Dubbed as the only FM station on wheels, Wish 107.5, gained popularity for its Wishclusive videos of amateur and professional artists from the Philippines and foreign known singers covering songs inside the state-of-the-art Wish Bus.

It has become the favorite YouTube channel among YouTube reactors worldwide. With over 3.4M subscribers and 1.2B accumulated views, no doubt that Wish FM secured its spot as the number one Youtube channel in the Philippines to date.

Wish FM is dedicated in making Filipino artists widely known not just in the Philippines but across the globe.

“It’s one of the things that I really like to do ever since – to help the Filipino artists primarily and the Filipino citizens to be able to reach out the globe and and be able to showcase their talents. You see, the kind of artists that we have are really remarkable,” Razon said.  “We thank God for allowing us to walk this extra mile. Now that we have reached the Hollywood, we are looking forward to moving a notch higher again. Again,  to all the wishers, thank you so very much and we hope that you keep on supporting.” – Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue – USA

 

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Burt Reynolds remembered at Hollywood star after death at 82

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, September 7th, 2018

 

Actor Burt Reynolds | REUTERS

Movie star Burt Reynolds was remembered at his Hollywood Walk of Fame star on Thursday (September 6) after his death at 82.

Reynolds’ good looks and charm made him one of Hollywood’s most popular actors as he starred in films such as “Deliverance,” “The Longest Yard” and “Smokey and the Bandit” in the 1970s and ’80s.

Reynolds died on Thursday morning at the Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, his manager, Erik Kritzer, said in an email. — Reuters

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ part of ‘revolution’ for representation of Asians on screen – star

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

 

Actress Constance Wu as Rachel Chu in Crazy Rich Asians movie | Courtesy to Warner Bros. via Reuters

Romantic comedy ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ hits UK cinemas on September 14th as the first Hollywood studio film featuring a large Asian cast in 25 years. Its cast hopes it is part of a “revolution” for more representation of Asians on screen.

The romantic comedy tells the story of an Asian-American New Yorker who goes to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s wealthy and tradition-bound family of Chinese descent is based on the 2013 best-selling book of the same name by Kevin Kwan.

The last Hollywood studio film to feature a large Asian cast was “The Joy Luck Club” in 1993.

Twenty-seven-year-old Londoner and financial services worker of Chinese heritage, Nicola Wong, said on Tuesday (September 4) she grew up seeing few Asian actors on screen.

However with the prospect of viewers getting to see more people of their own ethnicity on the big screen, it could help the next generation “deal with their own personal issues,” she said.

Showing people of different races on screen is important for showing reality, she added.

For actress Jung Lusi, who plays the fiancee of lead character Nick Young’s friend, the film is part of a revolution for Asian actors to play “normal characters.”

“To be standing here as part of that revolution… I can’t believe I’m part of it,” she added.

The U.S. box office saw an August surge partly due to the film’s success. It topped the domestic box office for the third week in a row following its release on August 15, with a cumulative U.S. domestic gross nearing 120 million dollars. — Reuters

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