FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TFCU Talks Heads to UC Davis, Embracing Identity

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TFCU Talks Heads to UC Davis, Embracing Identity

DALY CITY, Calif, January 18, 2018TFCU Talks will be in Davis, California on Saturday, February 3, 2018. An affiliate of ABS-CBN International, TFCU Talks Davis will feature a lineup of top industry leaders to connect, inspire, and empower college students and young professionals to help them realize their full potential.

TFCU Talks Davis is co-presented by Mga Kapatid (My Brothers and Sisters) – a social, political, cultural, and academic organization for the Pilipino-American community at UC Davis.

The event takes place at the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre in UC Davis (Arboretum Dr, Davis, CA 95616) TFCU Talks Davis is an exclusive free event with limited seating – first come, first served. For all ticketing information, and to reserve your spot today, please visit

Last year, TFCU Talks visited several campuses across the U.S. bringing speakers who engaged and inspired the youth to aspire to be the best versions of themselves. Natalie Nuesca who attended the Carson State University talks said that “Everything they talked about definitely resonated with me, especially for those of us who are college students. We’re getting ready to enter the real world and it’s good to get advice from people like them.”

Daniel Lazo, President of Akbayan SJSU who co-presented the TFC Talks in San Jose, admitted that “The biggest thing for me is seeing the students here really feel connected, inspired, and empowered. It puts a light in my heart seeing how people glow up and see the kind of things they can accomplish because they are really agents of change.”

Desiree Chan, a student of San Francisco State University, shared how everyone has their own struggles, but that “what I learned from the talks is to always keep pushing forward and to never settle for less.”

2018 proves to be an even more exciting year as TFCU brings more of its rousing, uplifting, and stimulating TFCU Talks all over the country. First stop is at UC Davis where TFCU curated an exciting and fitting line-up of speakers and performers for “Embracing Identity:”



Christine Gambito, also known by her screen name “HappySlip”, is a Filipino American internet personality, actress, and comedian. Her videos have been viewed over 100 million times across the web. As a wife, mother to four kids, and an entrepreneur, Christine’s passion is to make a powerful and positive impact not only in every area of her life, but in the lives of others as well.

“As a child, my Filipino mom would always remind me to wear a half-slip with skirts. However, the way she would pronounce the phrase was misleading: “Your hap e-slip! Be sure to wear your hap e-slip!” So, I naturally went around calling the thing a ‘happy slip.’” – Christine Gambito on the origin of “Happy Slip.”


For more than three decades, Sydney Loyola has created dance pieces performed by cultural groups in the Philippines, Asia and Europe. Her dance method has garnered respect from peers as she emerged as the Bay Area’s ingenious dance practitioner with choreographies motivated through immersions in Philippine indigenous tribes. Loyola recognizes the importance of actively engaging youth, in order to create new generations of culturally invested community members.  Her dances inspire young people of Philippine heritage to establish a deeper connection to their roots.

Sydney Loyola is the Founding Artistic Director for American Center of Philippine Arts, and consultant for Philippine Cultural Night at various universities, including UC Berkeley, CSU East Bay, UC Merced, UC Irvine and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (Photo courtesy of Sydney Loyola’s Facebook page.)


Born and raised in the South of Market in San Francisco, Rudy Corpuz Jr. spent his younger years in and out of prison. He turned his life around in 1994 when he founded United Playaz, a San Francisco-based violence prevention and youth development organization. They are trying to make the neighborhood a safer place to live in. United Playaz believes that “it takes the hood to save the hood”.

Rudy Corpuz, Jr. is the founder and executive director of United Playaz. UP provides a comprehensive range of services to prepare vulnerable youth for higher education, employment, and healthy living within a safe, nurturing, and collaborative environment. (Screenshot from BA’s “The Filipino Champions of SoMa.”)


Mike has spent his career helping underserved communities in Northern California make safer and healthier choices for their life. He continues to create safe spaces for people to think deeply about themselves and stand authentically. Mike is passionate about helping people live in authenticity and a life of purpose.

Mike Sagun has facilitated over 1,000 workshops about empathy and inclusivity with an emphasis on positive conflict resolution. Mike has educated over 500k community members all over Northern California, and in October 2017 he gave his first TEDx Talk.  (Photo courtesy of



Chapkis Dance Family is a dance team founded by Greg Chapkis in Suisun City, California. Established in 2004, Chapkis Dance Family started performing at local events but have since won and placed at some of the biggest dance competitions in the world, earning first place titles in the MegaCrew, Junior and Varsity divisions at Hip Hop International 2014 and 2016 as well as World of Dance competitions. They have also been featured on America’s Got Talent and most recently on NBC’s World of Dance TV show. Many of the dancers have appeared in movies, television shows and commercials, and have choreographed for recording artists, awards shows, and music videos.

Chapkis Dance Family is a professional dance company that seeks to create well rounded professional individuals to further contribute to the dance community.
(Photo courtesy of Chapkis Dance Family Facebook Page.)

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TFCU strives to connect, inspire, and empower millennials helping them realize their full potential in relation to their cultural identity. Their frontline project, TFCU Talks, is an opportunity where students and young professionals can connect with successful industry leaders who share their stories and experiences to empower the next generation.

For additional information about TFCU, please visit or follow TFCU on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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ABS-CBN International – TFC
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Daly City, CA 94014





PRESS RELEASE: ABS-CBN Names Olivia De Jesus as New Global COO

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ABS-CBN Names Olivia De Jesus as New Global COO

MANILA, Philippines, January 12, 2018 – ABS-CBN Corporation, the Philippines’ largest media and entertainment network, has named Olivia De Jesus as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO) of ABS-CBN Global Ltd., the organization that oversees all international subsidiaries of ABS-CBN and manages its global flagship brand, TFC (The Filipino Channel).

De Jesus takes over her position from Rafael Lopez who has retired.  Lopez will continue to be engaged by the company as Executive Adviser to the President and CEO of ABS-CBN Corporation.

As COO, De Jesus will provide the leadership and vision necessary to grow the Global business. She will drive strategy formulation and establish initiatives to expand the company’s product lines and markets. She will effectively manage the company’s regional business operations, product management, content creation, support functions and corporate services to ensure that financial strength and operating efficiencies are achieved.

Prior to her appointment, De Jesus held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in ABS-CBN.

As Managing Director of North America since 2007, De Jesus effectively managed a diverse content, experience and service portfolio, making the region the consistent dominant contributor to ABS-CBN Global’s consolidated growth.  Under her leadership, cross-functional teams launched successful initiatives that have been adopted global-wide such as TFC@theMovies, One Kapamilya Go event, Lifestyle Network Global, Myx TV, Adobo Nation among others.  These led to new revenue streams, garnered industry awards and solidified ABS-CBN‘s position as a leading and thriving global brand.

Most recently, De Jesus also spearheaded the development of innovative content for the emerging global Filipino millennial market through projects such as TFCU Talks, the reality travel show, “Discovering Routes”, and the very successful 1st Cinematografo International Film Festival in San Francisco.

Since joining ABS-CBN in 1996, De Jesus has held other positions such as Director for Marketing Communications at the International Division, Head of Manila Operations at ABS-CBN Global, Managing Director at Creative Programs Inc. and Global Head of Content Strategy.  Prior to joining ABS-CBN, De Jesus was an award-winning senior creative at McCann-Erickson and Saatchi & Saatchi in the Philippines.

De Jesus has been very active in the community as Managing Director of ABS-CBN North America.  She served as Board Director and Treasurer for the Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF) from 2008 to 2011. She was named among the Filipina Women’s Network’s (FWN) 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the U.S. in 2012. She still serves as Vice Chairman of the Board for ABS-CBN Foundation International, the non-profit philanthropic arm of ABS-CBN.

De Jesus completed an Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School in 2015.  She graduated from the University of the Philippines, Diliman with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication.



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:“Ang Larawan” (The Portrait) Provides Magnificence and Nostalgia


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The award-winning musical film directed by Loy Arcenas plays to a global audience and starts screening in the U.S. on Friday, January 12.

“Ang Larawan” (The Portrait) Provides Magnificence and Nostalgia

DALY CITY, Calif. (January 9, 2017) – First screened at the prestigious Tokyo Film Festival, followed by its opening night showing at the inaugural Cinematografo International Film Festival in San Francisco last November, then running away with six awards at the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival last December, “Ang Larawan” returns to the U.S. for a nationwide release starting Friday, January 12. Advanced screenings will be held at 6:30 and 8:30 P.M. on Thursday, January 11 at the New People’s Cinema at 1746 Post Street in San Francisco.

Set before World War II in Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, “Ang Larawan” tells the plight of sisters Candida (Joanna Ampil) and Paula (Rachel Alejandro) Marasigan, daughters of high-profile painter Don Lorenzo Marasigan.

Rachel Alejandro is Paula (left) and Joanna Ampil is Candida, two spinster sisters who are having a hard time making ends meet. Their dilemma is whether to sell out and offer their father’s painting to the highest bidder. (Photo courtesy of Culturtain Musicat Productions, Inc.)

Since Don Lorenzo has not produced a single painting for a long time, the family is in financial trouble. The spinster sisters have had to rely on their more successful siblings, Manolo (Nonie Buencamino) and Pepang (Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo), who keep urging Candida and Paula to sell the house.

Snobbish siblings Pepang (Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo) and Manolo (Nonie Buencamino) try to convince their unmarried sisters, Candida and Paula, to sell their old and crumbling ancestral house. (Photo courtesy of Culturtain Musicat Productions, Inc.)

To have a source of income, the sisters take in a boarder, the flippant and flamboyant vaudeville piano player, Tony Javier (Paulo Avelino). Meanwhile, Don Lorenzo becomes a recluse. The painter’s self-portrait fetches a high sum as it attracts the curiosity of many individuals which include pretentious art critics, bona fide journalist and family friend Bitoy Camacho (Sandino Martin), Don Perico (Robert Arevalo) who asks the sisters to donate the portrait to the government, and Tony who tries to convince Candida and Paula to sell it to an American.

(L-R) Candida (Joanna Ampil), journalist Bitoy Camacho (Sandino Martin), and Paula (Rachel Alejandro) stare at the portrait, trying to decipher what is depicted in the image that is causing a stir in the art community. (Photo courtesy of Culturtain Musicat Productions, Inc.)

“Ang Larawan” is an ode to the passing of the world of truth and beauty, and a celebration of the tenacity of the spirit amidst the rise of materialism and consumerism.

The cast of “Ang Larawan” carry out exemplary performances. (L-R) West End star Joanna Ampil is older sister, Candida; Paulo Avelino is the irreverent vaudeville piano player and boarder at the Marasigan residence, Tony Javier; Rachel Alejandro is Paula; and Sandino Martin is the journalist and family friend, Bitoy Camacho. (Photo courtesy of Culturtain Musicat Productions, Inc.)
(L-R) Joanna Ampil as Candida, Robert Arevalo as Senator Perico, Celeste Legaspi as Donya Loleng, and Rachel Alejandro as Paula. (Photo courtesy of Culturtain Musicat Productions, Inc.)
The seduction scene between piano player and tenant Tony Javier (Paulo Avelino) and Paula (Rachel Alejandro). (Photo courtesy of Culturtain Musicat Productions, Inc.)
Fancy fetes and boisterous banquets were a way of life for some before the wartime era. Here we see (L-R) Donya Irene (Nanette Inventor), Don Miguel (Noel Trinidad), Paula (Rachel Alejandro), Don Aristeo (Jaime Fabregas), Donya Upeng (Dulce), and Don Alvaro (Bernardo Bernardo). (Photo courtesy of Culturtain Musicat Productions, Inc.)

The Variety’s Richard Kuipers describes “Ang Larawan” (The Portrait) as “impeccably performed and crisply photographed. Clearly made with the utmost love and care ‘The Portrait’ is beautifully decorated and top-notch in every technical detail.”

The nostalgia of a bygone era is displayed through the exquisite period production design of multi-awarded Gino Gonzales, captured by the sensuous cinematography of Boy Yniguez, also a multi-awarded cinematographer. This is a scene from the La Naval procession scene that required around 700 extras. (Photo courtesy of Culturtain Musicat Productions, Inc.)

Stephanie Mayo of says it is “an important film to see this year. The music is catchy, the narrative crystal clear, and the words pierce the heart.” And Cinema Bravo’s Paolo Barazon is all praises when he said that “The actors and actresses of “Ang Larawan” deliver solid acting. That by itself is worth the price of the admission ticket.”

“Ang Larawan” is the film adaptation of “Larawan, The Musical” which was based on National Artist Nick Joaquin’s three-act English play “A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino.” The libretto was written by National Artist for Theater Rolando Tinio, with music created by iconic original Pilipino music composer Ryan Cayabyab. The musical film adaptation, screening to a global audience, is directed by multi-awarded Broadway theatrical set designer and director Loy Arcenas.’s Stephani Mayo calls Ang Larawan “a beautiful ode to poetry, romanticism and ideals, and to the undying love for art and culture.” (Left) Candida (Joanna Ampil) does her chores in the kitchen. (Right) Paula (Rachel Alejandro) lights a candle and offers prayers for discernment. (Photo courtesy of Culturtain Musicat Productions, Inc.)

At the Metro Manila Film Festival Awards Night, last December 27, “Ang Larawan” picked up six awards: Best in Production Design, Best Musical Score for Ryan Cayabyab, Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award, Posthumous Special Jury Prize for Nick Joaquin, Best Actress for Joanna Ampil, and Best Picture.

Audiences across the United States will be able to travel back to pre-war Philippines through the visual richness and musical eloquence of this film.

This time, audiences in the U.S. will get the chance to watch this powerfully articulate movie when it opens this Friday, January 12, in theaters across the country.

There will be advanced screenings will be held on Thursday, January 11, at 6:30 and 8:30 P.M. at the New People’s Cinema, 1746 Post Street in San Francisco.

Catch “Ang Larawan” at the following theaters across the U.S. starting Friday, January 12. Advanced screenings will be held at 6:30 and 8:30 P.M. on Thursday, January 11 at the New People’s Cinema at 1746 Post Street in San Francisco.

Go to for more information and to find a theater near you, or visit TFC US  on Facebook. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC and @KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram.


Media Contact:
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PRESS RELEASE: Myx TV Nabs Finalist Nods for “Discovering Routes”, “My Motto: Veterans Edition” at 2018 Cynopsis Short Form Video Awards

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“The creativity shown on the creative and business sides on short form platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are heralding a new chapter in the media business and Cynopsis, with its slogan of ‘long story, short,’ makes us the perfect leader of the charge.”
Cynopsis Publisher Robbie Caploe

Myx TV Nabs Finalist Nods for “Discovering Routes”,
“My Motto: Veterans Edition” at 2018 Cynopsis Short Form Video Awards

LOS ANGELES, CA, January 2, 2018Myx TV, the leading English-language Asian American entertainment network, kicked off 2018 with two finalist nods at the inaugural Cynopsis Short Form Video Awards which recognize outstanding short form content and storytelling across all platforms.  The finalists will be showcased at the Cynopsis Short Form Video Festival & Conference on March 7, 2018 at the SVA Theatre in Chelsea, New York City.

Discovering Routes”, a fresh take on travel entertainment grounded on homeland and heritage discovery adventures in the Philippines starring Filipino American tech entrepreneur and The Bucket List Family adventure journalist Garrett Gee and sister, Miristi, was named finalist in the Travel Series category.  Executive produced by Olivia De Jesus, Miguel Santos and Keesa Ocampo for ABS-CBN Global Studios in association with Go Button Media, “Discovering Routes” will compete against:

  • Skratch – Adventures in Golf
  • Viacom Velocity – LVCVA and RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Outside Television – Over the Horizon
  • SundanceTV – Project Five by Five
  • Time Inc., PeopleTV – Travel + Leisure Explainers
  • Scripps Networks Interactive – Uncharted Discoveries
  • Brand USA – USA Through Music
  • VISIT PHILADELPHIA – We Got You: Philly By Tarik

Meanwhile, “My Motto: Veterans Edition”, a television special created in partnership with the national veterans campaign, Got Your 6, to honor Asian Pacific American veterans, was named finalist in the Stand-Alone Short from a TV Network or Digital Publisher – Series category.   Produced by Myx TV Digital Producer Diana Vergara, the special will compete against:

  • BET Networks – BET Digital’s – The Last One Horror Series
  • Discovery Communications – ID NOW
  • Scripps Networks Interactive HGTV Quicken Loans – Mortgage Check: Short Form Series
  • The Fred Rogers Company – Odd Tube
  • Discovery Communications – Shark Week
  • SNY – The Amazin’ Life
  • Spike – The Art of Ink
  • NuBlu – Time Warriors
  • Stage 13 – Two Sentence Horror Stories

Inaugural jurors include:

  • Anthony Galloway, VP Programming, Conde Nast Entertainment
  • Scott Iason, Agent, Creative Artists Agency
  • Ashley Kaplan, SVP, Production (Head of Content), Fullscreen
  • Justin Killion, GM, Premium Content for Complex Networks
  • Ajay Kishore, Founder & CEO, Stareable
  • Howie Kleinberg, COO, GLOW
  • Christine Lubrano, SVP, Original Programming, IFC
  • Vikki Neil, GM, Scipps Lifestyle Studios
  • Bonnie Pan, Head of Network, Awesomeness TV
  • Nick Sheingold, Director of Strategy, Laundry Service
  • Mike Vainisi, Head of Editorial, ATTN
  • Veronica Zelle, CCO & Co-Founder, Sweety High
  • Randy Abramson, Head of YouTube MCN for Vox Media
  • Cary Anderson, Screenwriter, Director, Producer
  • Josh Beane, Founder/CEO, Idea Farmer
  • Joe Bellotti, Head of Global Music Marketing, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Perrin Chiles, CEO/Co-Founder, Adaptive Studios Inc.
  • Polly Conway, Senior TV Editor, Common Sense
  • Ariel Elazar, EVP of Brand, Marketing & Digital Strategy, Dick Clark Productions
  • Nick Frew, Creative Director, Coyote Post

When asked about the reason for starting the awards, Cynopsis Publisher Robbie Caploe said: “With the burst of interest in and focus on short form content across so many platforms, we thought the time was right to launch this program, which will both entertain and inform our community. The creativity shown on the creative and business sides on short form platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are heralding a new chapter in the media business, and Cynopsis, with its slogan of ‘long story, short,’ makes us the perfect leader of the charge.”